Band Policy

Bluefield Band Policy: updated Sept.2018

Please read the following carefully. Fill out the agreement form and return by Sept.21, 2018.


Bluefield Concert Band:  This is an extra curricular band.  It will be our festival and touring band.  Students in this group will be permitted to travel with the group.  It will be made up of students from Grades 10, 11, and 12. No audition is necessary.

Bluefield Jazz Band:  This is an extra curricular band. Students must be a member of the Bluefield Concert Band to participate in this band.  This band will perform at concerts, festivals and on tour.

Bluefield Show Band: Students must be a member of the Bluefield Concert Band to participate in this band.  This band will perform at concerts, festivals and on tour. This band is made up of rhythm section, trumpet, trombone, saxophones and vocalists. Students will be auditioned for this group.

Students must be registered for Music 421, 521 or 621 to participate in the extra curricular bands.  Only extra curricular bands will participate in music festivals and trips. All bands, including class ensembles, will participate in the school concerts.  I strongly encourage all music students to be a part of the extra curricular bands. There are many musical and personal benefits.

Rehearsal Schedule Band Rehearsals

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
7:45 set up and individual warm ups

7:50-8:50  full band rehearsal

Bluefield Concert Band Bluefield Concert Band Show Band
Sectionals and rehearsals

12:00 – 12:30

sectionals:  sectionals:
3:40-5:00 PM Jazz Band


Sectional rehearsals

Band students are expected to attend  sectional practices that are arranged by the section leader.  These sectionals are lead by section leaders. I will be selecting section leaders within the first month of school.  Section leaders are chosen based on their musical skill, leadership ability, and dependability. If you are interested in this position, please see Mrs. Blanchard to put your name forward.

Band Student Leadership Positions

We will have leadership positions to help with the many tasks within the band program.  Please sign up on the excel sheet Leadership Positions!!

Music Librarians:  one or two students for each ensemble.  This person must love being organized! They typically have a neat and tidy work space.  They understand the sequential nature of things. This job requires a little bit of time throughout the year but mainly after band members pass in their music.  This person would sort music, photocopy extra music, and get parts for players.

Gear jockeys:  This group of students would set up and tear down for our concerts with the help of the other band members.   They would also play an essential role on our band trips. These people don’t mind doing physical work. They have good spatial management skills.  They can also work as a team. They would also set up for the early morning rehearsals. This will be a group of 6-8 students. They will select a leader for the group to oversee all concert set up and tear down with the help of the music classes.

Section leaders:  There will be one student from each section chosen as a section leader.  This person is an excellent musician, has very good leadership skills, is confident, reliable, and well organized.  The leader must be able to attend all sectional practices. The leader must inform Mrs. Blanchard of students who are missing sectional practices.  The leader works to keep the section accountable for learning their music.

Communications: This person(s) will advertise our concerts throughout the school, in the community, and through social media.

Rehearsal Attendance

Attendance and punctuality are vital to the success of the band program.  Students are expected to attend all practices and to be on time! If a student is absent or late for 2 rehearsals for any reason, unexcused or excused, Mrs. Blanchard will contact home.  If necessary, the student may be asked to not perform in the upcoming concert.  This will be determined on an individual basis. If possible, please arrange appointments so you can avoid band rehearsals.  I expect students to be in their seats and warming up by 7:50 am.

Band Uniform

Band uniforms are an important part of being a musician.  We must dress appropriately for the concert experiences. Students are expected to wear the band sweater, white shirt with a collar, black dress pants, black shoes, and black socks.  Please arrange to have these items ready by the end of September.  Students are not permitted to wear athletic clothing which includes yoga pants, sneakers, and sports socks.  Sandals are not permitted as well.

New band sweaters will be $40.00.  I will be ordering them very soon.

Accessories Fee

The fee is $20 which includes all reeds, oils, cleaning cloths, rods, folders, local bussing, clinics, and black tie (as needed).

Instrument usage

Students are given an ELSB owned instrument to use throughout the year.  It is important that students maintain the instrument so that it remains in excellent working condition.  Proper handling and regular cleaning/oiling is essential. The student is responsible for all costs associated with damage to the instrument due to negligence and accidents.  For example, if the slides on a brass instrument are stuck by the end of the year, then the student will pay for the cost to repair the instrument because they have been negligent in the care and maintenance of the instrument.  Likewise, if the corks are not regularly greased on a clarinet, the cork will become dry and crack. In this case, the student will be charged for the repair costs. Another example is that if a student leaves their instrument on the floor and someone steps on it, the owner will pay for the cost of repairing the instrument.  So, please keep up with regular maintenance on the instruments and be careful when handling the instrument.

Also, all players have top of the line mouthpieces.  If a mouthpiece is broken, the student will be expected to pay the full cost to replace the mouthpiece.  

Woodwind Mouthpieces:

Clarinet VanDoren B45:  $100.00    Alto Saxophone Selmer C*: $175.00

Tenor Saxophone Selmer C*: $195.00             Baritone Saxophone Selmer C*: $215.00

Bass Clarinet Vandoren B45: $175.00

Brass Mouthpieces:   Trumpet: $75.00     French Horn: $65.00

Trombone/Euphonium: $83.00                        Tuba: $105.00

Furthermore, students are not permitted to lend their school issued instrument to anyone.  If a student forgets their instrument for class or rehearsal, they are not permitted to use someone else’s instrument from the shelf.  Please let Mrs. Blanchard know if you have forgotten your instrument.



As much notice as possible will be given for concerts and festivals.  I expect students to arrange work schedules, home work assignments etc. so that they can participate in the concerts.  Please inform Mrs. Blanchard as soon as you can if the concert is in conflict with another activity. We will try to work out a solution.  If an emergency arises on the day of the concert, please contact Mrs. Blanchard by phone 675-7480 or by email . I also expect all students to remain at the concert for the duration of the concert.  

A tentative schedule is as follows:  (Concert times are 7 pm unless otherwise noted)

Bluefield Family of Schools Concert:  

Remembrance Day Assembly: Tuesday, Nov.6, 10:30 am

Christmas Craft Fair and Farm Market:  Friday, Nov. 2 – Saturday, Nov.3

Christmas Concert:  Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018

PEI Band Days: to be determined

Spring Concert: Thursday, May 9, 2019

Band Trip: Third week in May, 2019

Graduation Exercises:  TBA 2019

Band Trip

I believe that off island trips are valuable musical, cultural, and social experiences for the students at Bluefield.  Students gain performance experience in different settings, develop their leadership skills, and form lifetime memories.  It is important to have full participation or close to full participation when going on these trips as they are performance based trips!  Students performing with the Bluefield Concert Band are expected to make every effort to participate in the band trips. We prepare long hours as an ensemble and we count on the contributions of each person’s sound to the overall sound of the band. Students performing with the Bluefield Concert Band are expected to make every effort to participate in the band trips.   


I realize that some families would like to fund raise to help defray the cost of the trips.  We have a successful Christmas Craft Fair and Farm Market on November 2 & 3 that will help with the cost of the trips.  We will also have a gift card raffle. The Craft Fair Committee needs volunteers to fill the role of Vendors, Volunteers, and Treasurer.   The first meeting of the Craft Fair and Farm Market committee will be Thursday, Sept.22, 2017 at 6:00 PM in the Bluefield staff room.

Parent Volunteers

On occasion I do require some parent volunteers for the concerts or the Arts Coffee House.  If you are interested please check the space in the Policy Agreement Form.


If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at 675-7480 ext.226.

Thank you for your support,


Christine Blanchard

Fees: Please, make cheques payable to Bluefield High School.  Fees are due Friday, Sept. 21, 2018

Accessories Fee : $20.00  

New Band Sweater:  $40.00

Canoe Cove Retreat: $25.00