Band Policies

Student Expectations and Rules

Band Room Rules & Expectations

All rules and regulations are designed to serve one of three purposes: to ensure the safety of the student; to protect and maintain the reputation of the organization; to allow the organization to meet its objectives. Students must adhere to the following:

  • No food, candy, drinks and gum in the band room.

  • Only students enrolled in band are allowed in the band room.

  • Instruments are to be placed in the storage room on the designated instrument shelf.

  • The seating area should be kept clear of backpacks, cases, etc.

  • Instruments are to be taken home at the conclusion of the school day. The band director, the school and the booster club are not responsible for the safekeeping of student owned or school issued instruments left overnight in the band room.

  • DMMS Bands have official Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts. Under NO circumstances can students create any social media accounts representing a group in the band

Classroom & Rehearsal Behavior

Students are expected to:

  • Use the restroom either before or after class.

  • Be polite to other students and instructors.

  • Enter the band room in a quiet, calm manner and be on time for each class and rehearsal.

  • Walk while in the band room and refrain from horseplay.

  • Have their instruments assembled when the teacher begins class or rehearsal.

  • Have their instrument, binder, music and pencil in class each day.

  • Not talk during instruction time.

  • Follow the directions issued by Mr. Merrin, clinicians and chaperones.

  • Handle your own instrument. Students causing damage to either DMMS band equipment or another student’s instrument will be held financially responsible for the repair or replacement of the damaged item.

Consequences for Inappropriate Behavior

  • 1st Verbal warning from teacher

  • 2nd Conversation with teacher after class

  • 3rd Lunch detention (parents notified)

  • 4th Class suspension (parents notified)

  • 5th Administrative referral (parents notified)

  • 6th Removal from band program (parents notified)

*For severe behaviors, the consequence will automatically move to #5 above.


  • Band requires extra-curricular commitment outside of the regularly-scheduled class period.

  • Attendance is mandatory at all rehearsals, both group and sectionals.

  • It is the student’s responsibility to make up any work that was missed.

  • Excessive absences from rehearsals may result in suspension from performances.

  • Attendance is mandatory at all performances.

    • See Band Calendar for all performance dates.

    • Unexcused absences from a performance CANNOT be made up. This will significantly affect the student’s grade.

    • All excused absences MUST be verified by parent/guardian with personal contact to the director via phone or visit. An email or written note is not acceptable.

    • Excused absences, per Ed Code, include medical emergency, home quarantine, and death in the family.

    • Excused absences MUST be made up with a research paper assigned by the director.

    • It is the responsibility of the student to inform their parent/guardian in advance of after school rehearsals and performances.

Concert Wear

ALL Bands

School Band Polo, black pants, black socks, and black shoes. Blue jeans and shorts are not acceptable for concerts.

Daily Classroom Supplies

  • Instrument in working condition with necessary supplies (i.e. - valve oil, 4 reeds, sticks, etc.) See Accessory List for more information.

  • Black 1 ½ inch 3-ring binder with at least 20 plastic sheet holders and dividers.

  • Pencil to mark music.

  • Method Book:

    • Beginning Band: Sound Innovations for Concert Band Book 1

    • Cadet Band: Sound Innovations for Concert Band Book 1

    • Intermediate Band: Essential Elements for Band Book 2 & Tradition of Excellence: Technique & Musicianship

    • Symphonic Band: Essential Elements for Band Book 2 & Tradition of Excellence: Technique & Musicianship

  • Korg TM-60 Tuner/Metronome and Korg Contact Microphone Pickup.


The grade that a student earns in band will be determined by the homework grade, pass-offs, theory assignments, rehearsals and concerts and teacher assignments that he or she completes, as well as the score of that completed work. On some assignments, the student may have the opportunity to re-submit the work to improve the grade earned. Students who have unexcused absences from a performance will have their grade lowered accordingly. More than one unexcused absence from a performance may result in the student’s removal form the band program.

Note: An unexcused absence from a performance or rehearsal will significantly affect the student’s final grade and possibly their continuation in the program.

Grading Rubric


Playing Tests

Written Tests

Practice Charts

  • Daily participation grade (1 per grading period)

  • Rehearsal and concert performance. All DMMS Band Rehearsals and Concert are MANDATORY. Concerts will be counted twice in the grade book.

  • In class playing tests, and pass-off material.

  • Written musical vocabulary tests, written performance evaluations and written music theory tests.

  • Outside Concert Attendance ~ Written Concert Evaluations are due twice during the year; at the of the first semester in December and at the end of the second semester in May, and will be counted as 2 grades.

  • Weekly practice chart homework grades. Completed charts are to be turned in every Friday. 120 minutes per week = 100% for the weekly chart. There are 6 weeks in every grading period and we count 4 practice charts.

Extra Credit Private Lessons

Extra credit may be earned by taking private lessons. Forms are available on the DMMS Bands website for recording lessons and must be signed by the private instructor, noting the date, time spent and material practiced.