Wildcat Marching Band Absence Form

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From the handbook:

Attendance and Grading

Attendance

Perfect attendance is considered the norm and your grade in class depends almost entirely on attendance.  Band functions will be announced in advance, and members should make the necessary arrangements to be at all functions.  If, for any reason, you are unable to attend a band function (rehearsal, performance, etc.), please fill out an absence form and contact your section leader/instructor as soon as possible.

Attendance Procedure

The drum majors will take attendance at the beginning of each rehearsal while in the block band formation or sectionals.  A tardy will be assessed to any person arriving in formation after 6:00 PM.  If a member is tardy (excused OR unexcused), he or she must check in with the drum majors to avoid being marked absent.

Excused Absences

Pre-Excused Absence

All requests to be excused from band functions must be submitted on an absence form in advance of the date for which the excuse is made.  The official absence form can be found on the forms page of the website.  After filling out the form, submit it and report the absence to your section leader or instructor.  Failure to fill out an absence form will result in an automatic unexcused absence.  Turning in an absence form does not guarantee that the absence will be excused.  Absences can be excused only by the WMB director, and are dealt with on an individual basis.  Serious illness, death in the family, marriage in the immediate family, religious conflicts, and unavoidable academic responsibilities are the sorts of things that are considered excused absences.  Other excuses are at the discretion of the director.

Illness/Emergency

If a rehearsal or performance is missed due to illness or emergency, fill out an absence form (on the website) for the day that was missed.  You should include a written explanation for the absence.  Excessive absence due to illness must be accompanied by a doctor’s note or note from Health Services.

Unexcused Absences

Missing a rehearsal or performance for any reason other than those listed previously will be considered unexcused.  In addition, attending a rehearsal without your instrument/equipment will also be considered an unexcused absence.  Do not schedule appointments or work during a rehearsal or performance, as these will be deemed unexcused absences.  Other examples of unexcused absences include, but are not limited to: attending a concert, going home for the weekend, going on vacation, visiting your high school, work, studying, writing a paper, etc.  You are allotted one unexcused absence (from a regular rehearsal only) before your grade is affected. An absence form must be completed in advance or the one unexcused absence will be forfeited and your grade will immediately be impacted.

Class Conflicts

We allow students to miss UP TO two hours of rehearsal per week for class/lab conflicts.  Conflicting courses must be required for your major and not available at another time.  A course conflict form must be completed and the conflict will be double-checked.  Band staff may be able to help you switch to a closed section or rearrange your schedule to avoid the conflict.  Students with evening classes or labs will be expected to attend rehearsal until 20 minutes before the conflicting class begins, or return within 20 minutes after the class ends.  Failure to do so will result in an unexcused absence.  If the conflicting class/lab is ever canceled or shortened, you will be expected to attend rehearsal.



Grading

It is expected that all members of the WMB will be enrolled in MUSI 454 for credit.  In extenuating circumstances, some members may not be enrolled in the course, but this will be decided by the director on a case-by-case basis.  The following guidelines will be used to determine grades:

Rehearsals

  • Two unexcused absences from rehearsal will result in the lowering of one letter grade.
  • Three unexcused absences from rehearsal will result in the lowering of two letter grades.
  • Four unexcused absences will be construed as a lack of interest in the band and will result in dismissal from the organization and a failing grade.
  • Absence from a Saturday performance rehearsal will result in the student sitting out of the performance for the portion of rehearsal that was missed, and will count as one unexcused absence.

Students not enrolled in the band for credit will be dealt with in the following manner:

  • Two unexcused absences from rehearsal will result in the student sitting out an upcoming performance.
  • Three unexcused absences from rehearsal will result in no participation in the remaining performances unless exempted by the Marching Band Director.
  • Four unexcused absences will result in immediate dismissal from the band.
  • Absence from a Saturday performance rehearsal will result in the student sitting out of the performance for the portion of rehearsal that was missed, and will count as one unexcused absence.

Performances

  • An unexcused absence from a performance will lower your grade two letters and may result in dismissal from the band pending a decision by the director.
  • Two unexcused absences from performances will result in automatic immediate dismissal from the band and a failing grade.

General

  • Two tardies will equal one unexcused absence.
  • Excessive excused absences from rehearsals or performances may result in a lowered grade and/or dismissal from the band, pending a decision by the director and the student leaders.
  • Sectional rehearsals are optional, but strongly encouraged.  Every effort will be made to schedule at a convenient time for the majority of the section.
  • Not having required equipment at rehearsal is considered an unexcused absence.
  • Improper adherence to the uniform code may also lower your grade.

 

 

 

 

 

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