Sounds of Success Music Corporation Hand Book 2021

Music mission statement
To create a musical community that is rich with cultural, social, and intellectual diversity while preparing each student with a solid foundation in music and an expansive education in the liberal arts. To advance music education by encouraging the study and making of music by all of our musicians to the end that they will be prepared to develop musical skills and understandings to the highest potential in their own future.

The following guidelines have been set to provide clarity to our function and process. It is an honor and privilege to be part of the Sounds of Success Music Company. Each member must uphold the ideals, traditions to come, and the legacy that they leave behind.

The Sounds of Success Music Corporation is open to any person regardless of musical experiences, with a passion for the band but mainly music as a whole. Interested participants should live within the surrounding areas of each community band. Auditions are held strictly for placement and part assignments within the marching/concert units. The band director and section leaders will conduct these auditions. SOS Music participants range from 10 24 years old. There will be a one time non refundable registration fee of $100.00 for each participant ages 10-22 provided with a school ID and $200 for anyone 23-older. The additional fee of $100 will cover the background screening for adults. A payment option is available, participants will not be allowed on campus until background results are received and approved. It is mandatory for all band members to participate in fundraising twice a month. We also ask if band parents to help donate the following items per enrollment:

(2) five gallons of water and (2) cases of gatorade.
(4) different varieties of snacks, for example (bagged chips, nutrition bars, honey buns, etc.).
Parents, we’re kindly asking if you could help assist with participating in four fundraisers a year, support is always greatly needed.

Band dues and monthly fees
There is a monthly fee of $25.00 per participant for membership. All payments are expected to be paid on the 1st of each month. If you’re five days late on your monthly payment, an additional $10.00 will be applied to your monthly payment with an additional $1.00 a day. After two weeks of non-payment, members will be suspended from the music program until the past due payment is made in full. Payments can be made in person (cash/money order/debit), cashapp ($soundsofsuccessmusic), or paypal (Sounds of Success Music).

Family Monthly Rates
● $25 a month, 1 member.
● $40 a month, 2 members.
● $55 a month, 3 members.
● $70 a month, 4 or more members.

Registration fees ($100 or $200) will go towards each participating member’s uniform but will only cover the marching sweatsuit and gloves. Members must have this fee paid in full before performing with the marching units. A replacement uniform or parts due to neglect or abuse are the responsibility of the participant. The uniform fee will be due by Friday, August 20, 2021. A payment option is available, please see the band director to set up a payment plan. The full band’s uniform will consist of:

● A full sweatsuit (included with registration fee)
● Two band shirts ($20, due 8/20/21)
● Band gloves (included with registration fee)
● Band shoes ($40, due 8/20/21)
● Marching spats ($12, due 8/20/21)
● Two band caps ($20, due 8/20/21)

Band shirts are to be worn under the uniform during performances at all times. Uniforms will be inspected before every event. Any student that does not meet this requirement will not be allowed to perform. Parts of the uniform include: A sweatsuit, marching band gloves, band hat, band shirt, band shoes, band spats, all black long socks.

All participants are required to wear SOS Music gear to every rehearsal. Our physical training or field shirts and pants are $5 each or $10 a set. Participants are to wear all black to rehearsals until practice gear arrives or if decided not to purchase.

All band parents/chaperones are required to purchase a band chaperone polo shirt. Only parents who become and purchase the chaperone shirts will be allowed to travel and stay with the marching units on away trips. These parents will also have full access to the band on away competitions or Battle of the Bands. Polo shirts are $25.00 each. Parents also have the option to purchase a band sweatsuit for $100.

Discipline and Attitude
We expect all band members of SOS Music to follow procedures and rules of the band without question. Remember that our rules are basically common sense and that each rule is set in place to allow the band and its participants to have a safe, enjoyable, exciting, and successful educational experience. Repeated office referrals will result in removal from the SOS Music Corporation. Severe breaches of policies and procedures (those actions that disrupt a performance or that jeopardize the safety of other members or sponsors) will be removed immediately from the music program and will not receive the benefit of a warning. Remember that all Sounds of Success Music rules are in effect at all times when members travel with and/or perform with the band. As a member of the marching units, you represent the Sounds of Success Music Corporation, Palm Beach and Martin County. This includes anytime we are in uniform or with the band and away from our campuses. The policies regarding personal conduct and dress code in the SOS handbook should be adhered to at all times. NO CELLPHONES ARE ALLOWED IN REHEARSAL. Cellphones are a huge distraction and will take away from learning show music, formations, and dance moves for performances. Band members whose attitudes are detrimental to the success of the program “WILL” be removed from the performing unit. There is ZERO tolerance for smoking or drinking around the band at all times. This includes; band practice, band fundraisers, band performances, or anytime the band is together as a whole representing Sounds of Success Music.

Performance Responsibility/Stadium Procedure/Conduct
Performance responsibility extends beyond the realm of the marching field or concert stage. Performances are defined as anytime the band is together as a group. This includes; rehearsals, travel, social activities, and performances. During performances, the full band uniform will be worn at all times unless notified by the band director, staff, or section leaders. If certain situations arise, travel uniforms may be worn. Do not remove any part of your uniform when coming off the field unless you are instructed to do so by a staff member.

Sounds of Success Music are limited to instruments, drums, flags, and poms poms in which we own. Members will pay for any damages that occur during the year due to abuse or neglect. Wind players will be responsible for the purchase of reeds, cork grease, valve/slide oil, and any other maintenance. Percussionists are required to purchase their own sticks and scraps. All items are to be purchased through the SOS Music Corporation. Students may rent instruments from any music store or on Amazon. All students will need an instrument or drum to perform with the marching and concert units. An additional $10 will be charged per month for SOS instruments.

Band Travel
Traveling requires all members of Sounds of Success Music Corporation to act responsible and follow all codes outlined in the SOS Music Band Handbook. Members are to act and behave with the utmost respect when traveling with the marching or concert band units. MEMBERS WILL NOT TAKE ITEMS FROM HOTEL ROOMS WHEN TRAVELING WITH THE BAND. Repeated violations of this rule will result in those members losing their travel privileges. When you travel, you represent the Sounds of Success Music Corporation to the public. Remember your responsibilities to the organization. Our public image is of vital concern, as is your ability to perform to your fullest potential. Consider the greater picture, and what a moment of indiscretion may do to the band. Each band member as an individual is responsible for checking in, and loading their own equipment on the bus or van. IT IS MANDATORY FOR ALL SOS MEMBERS TO TRAVEL WITH THE FULL MARCHING BAND UNIT TO AND FROM PERFORMANCES. Participants must remain quiet while the roll is being checked so that an accurate accounting of each member may be recorded. Before leaving the bus, staff members will check for trash, members will not be allowed to get off the bus until it is cleaned to the satisfaction of the bus driver. Great bands do not leave trash behind. Members will be given departure times and the projected time of arrival for out of town trips. Please be picked up in a timely manner after trips and allow a 30 minute window either side of the given arrival time. This will ensure that you should not have to wait any more than about 5 minutes. Sign-up sheets will be posted for housing attendance before any trip. Members who do not sign up for housing will be randomly assigned to a room by Directors. The Sounds of Success and Martin County Community Marching Band are traveling organizations meant for the entire family. When traveling with the band, females will travel together as well as males. Families are allowed to room together when traveling. If parents aren’t traveling with the band, females will room together and males will room together within their age range. For example, middle school will room with middle school, high schoolers with high schoolers, and so on. All youths which are considered anyone 18 and younger, will room on the upper level floors while adults, 19 and older will room on the lower level floors of the hotel. All participants will have a curfew, anyone who violates their curfew hours will lose their travel privileges. Tape will be placed on the outside doors of participants to ensure that members will remain inside their assigned room.

Daily Operations
Rehearsals are held on Monday-Thursdays (Friday’s if needed), rain or shine. All participants are required to attend the SOS homework assistance program for at least one hour a day (2:00-5:00pm). This is the time to complete any homework or class assignments. Rehearsals will begin at 5:30pm, ening at 8:00pm. Proper preparation for rehearsal includes having a pencil, your music folder with clear protector sheets, drill charts, and your instrument at every rehearsal. Please take care of your charts and sheet music. Band members must have the music with them at rehearsals, even if you’ve memorized the music. It is required of all musicians that all music be marked with drill instructions IN PENCIL. Section leaders and staff members will check music throughout the week to see that it is properly marked. Please keep the facilities neat and clean. No smoking, eating, or drinking is permitted in rehearsal or practice rooms. Members attending rehearsal under the influence of alcohol or drugs are subject to immediate suspension from the SOS and MCC Band performance activities pending further review. This rule will be strictly enforced. SOS attire is a must. Dress for the weather. Good marching shoes and socks must be worn at practice. No sandals or flip flops, you will not be allowed in rehearsal. Come prepared to brave the elements!

It is critical in any marching band that regular attendance habits be maintained. It is difficult to perfect music, marching drills, and formations when the band must deal with “holes” created by absenteeism. It is not fair to require members who are at rehearsals to go out of their way by accommodating those members who are missing. As such, members are urged to develop the habit of regular and punctual attendance at all rehearsals and performances. Band members are expected to be in attendance for all rehearsals and performances. Regular attendance will be a requirement for all members of the MCC Band. Attendance will be taken and band members will have to sign in daily. Any band member who missed more than two rehearsals in a week (unexcused) will not be allowed to perform in the upcoming event.

Band Leadership The Band’s Staff or Section Leaders provides the necessary assistance in the operation to the department of music and band director. A complete discussion of the Band’s Staff system is contained in this General Information Handbook. Band leadership is also an important aspect of the marching band. Specific positions have been created to help cover the unique requirements of a marching band for specific types of band leadership. The available positions and the requirements for selection are listed below.

A. Drum Major and Band Captain– The Martin County Community Marching Band will have between 1-5 drum majors (depending on the band’s size). The drum majors are an integral part of the band’s staff leadership team in the marching band. Drum Majors serve in that position for one season at a time. These positions are declared open each spring, and all interested candidates must audition for the positions regardless of previous standing as drum majors. The Marching Band Staff also reserves the right to require participation of the Drum Majors in summer clinics or leadership seminars as deemed necessary by the band director. Their function: Serve as “field commanders” of the band during rehearsals and performances. Be responsible to the Director, and work with him in leading rehearsals and performances. Possess the ability to put a great deal of “showmanship” into their performances, while at the same time commanding the respect of the entire organization. Lead by example in all areas of marching, musicianship and character. Auditions occur each spring. Interested members must be enrolled in the Sounds of Success Music Corporation, have been a member of the MCC Band for at least one year. All students petitioning for the drum major position will also complete a written application form available in the Band Office. Additional information is available from the administrative assistant in the band office.

B. Section Leader– Section leaders are responsible for a particular instrumental section of the band. This responsibility includes: training the section in the content and execution of the marching fundamentals, rehearsing music, warming up the section prior to every rehearsal, and maintaining proper rehearsal discipline. Instruction in the basic rules and regulations as contained in each handbook. Maintaining high standards of performance and serving as the spokesperson for the entire section while assisting the director in making personnel decisions in the section as well as policy decisions that will affect the entire band. Reporting accurate section attendance to the band’s assistant each week.

C. Assistant Section Leader- Assist the Section Leader with the duties outlined above. Assistant Section Leaders will be selected according to the same policies listed above for Section Leader.

D. Rank Sergeant- The band is divided into three/five-member ranks(depending on the band size). Within each rank, two individuals will be named as a Rank Sergeant per rank, left and right sergeants. This individual will be responsible for the proper execution of all marching and maneuvering commands within that particular rank. Rank Sergeants answer directly to section leaders. An Assistant Rank Sargeants (position last in the rank) will be selected by the Section Leader and Rank Sergeant in cooperation with the band director. The process for selecting Rank Sargeants will be the same as described above for Section Leaders.

E. Auxiliary Dance Leaders- The auxiliary leaders are the counterparts for their respective groups of the band and assume the same responsibility in their groups. Auxiliary leaders report to the respective Auxiliary Director and Director of the Marching Band. Responsibilities include: the instruction and maintenance of discipline in the respective auxiliary groups, assisting the auxiliary director in planning routines, instructing members of the respective groups in the execution of those routines, teaching members of the groups the basic marching fundamentals, and enforcing marching band policies. During the spring semester, interested students with at least one year of experience in their respective groups may petition for leadership positions. Candidates will be selected based on the results of a personal interview, a review of past performance, and a formal audition routine. The decision will be made by the band and auxiliary director.

Band’s Motto:
“We strive for only excellence”
“We take full pride in our culture”
“Success is a MUST/failures are choices”
“Excuses are only tools”
“Knowledge is Power”
“Perfection in Musicianship”
“Precision in Marching”
“Dedication to Service”