I. Philosophy The Racer Band exists for its members. Visual music performance acts as a creative, physical, and social outlet for all involved. The Racer Band exists so that each member has the opportunity to stretch his or her abilities and to flourish in the university environment.
Goals Respect. Improve practice etiquette and travel etiquette. Both on the field and in ensemble music. - Be respectful of all members of the band - Be on time and ready to start practice
Attitude. Have a positive attitude toward Racer band and upholding our public image. - Remember you are a direct representation of Racer Band and Murray State - Be happy you are at Racer Band practice. - Act responsible on and off the field.
Connect. Improve the bonding and connections within Racer Band. - Meet new members in every section not just your own - Participate in all camp activities
Energy. Keep up the positive energy. Know when to have fun, and when to be serious. - Have fun but don’t go crazy Rock. Playing with the best possible sound and musicianship. - Warm up before practices and rehearsals. Long tones. - Listen to the band sound and everyone around you when playing and tuning - Play to the best of your ability.
The ideal Racer Band member should be: Punctual Attentive Willing to help Prepared Respectful Flexible Optimistic!
Being part of the Racer Band is choice you are making. You control your experience. Choose to make it an amazing experience.
RB Member Goals • MEET as many RB members as possible and make each of them feel part of the group • IMPROVE on your performance each practice (listen and watch videos!) • BeHUMBLE enough to admit when you’re wrong • PITCH IN if you see others that need help • Always ASK for help if you need it • Be OPTIMISTIC even if things aren’t going your way • Be APPROACHABLE for anyone that needs your help • RESPECT each member and all your precious, expensive equipment! • ENJOY and CHERISH the Racer Band experience. Enjoy your last few years of this amazing, exciting experience
************************************************************************************************** RB Organizational Goals Take responsibilityand OWN part of the experience – if you see help is needed, step up! Have a great attitude to make Racer Band the best experience possible for all members, on every level! Encourage cross-sectional cooperation so every member feels like the strongest link. Promote efficiency by building personal time management skills. More effective communication so problems are quickly & professionally identified and resolved Be a catalyst for fun and excitement during football game
II.Purpose The purpose of the Racer Band is to provide an educational organization that supports our athletic programs and provides a positive experience for the members. The Racer Band’s goals also include representing Murray State University in a positive manner to the surrounding community, the state, and the country.
III.General Guidelines •Always be early •NO TALKING or HACKING during rehearsals & games •Actively participate in football games •Always report problems that arise – we cannot fix them otherwise
V. Grading Policy Members are graded on attendance, attitude, participation, and willingness to work. Remember that RACER BAND is a CLASS TOO!
VI. Attendance Policy Attendance Policy
See this page listed below for instructions on how any absences can be consider excused with no grade penalty. ***To fill out absent request form go to http://www.racerband.com/Absences.html and read the instructions to fill out the appropriate documentation*** More complete details of absence procedures and additional policies are listed there.
REHEARSALS You are required to set-up your instrument and be in your section arc 5 minutes prior to the first downbeat of rehearsal. During these 5 minutes, section leaders will take attendance, if you are still not present after the 5 minutes, you will be considered TARDY.
Example: 6:10 – Have Instrument in hand, in sections while Section Leaders take attendance 6:15 – Rehearsal Starts (First Downbeat) 6:16 – If not present, you are considered tardy.
If you are late, you have 10 minutes to arrive to rehearsal. Missing more than 10 minutes of rehearsal is considered an Extreme Tardy.
If Late check in with A Drum Major
GradePenalties for Tardies and Absences: 0 Points for an excused absence or tardy Unexcused Tardy (less than 10 minutes): 2.5-point deduction per tardy from grade (1st Tardy is Free) Unexcused Tardy (more than 10 minutes late): 4-point deduction per tardy from grade 10 Points for unexcused absence (denied request) 11 Points for unexcused absence (no paper work submitted)
Tardy Tardies can’t really exist for performances. Pre-game schedules vary in times, but if you are not ready to march onto the field with us at the given time, you are not performing. This will result in an automatic unexcused absence (see below).
Unexcused Absence All Performance Absences must be submitted prior to August 6th. Perfect attendance is expected from all members of the Racer Band. By showing up at camp, you are saying, “I’m in 100%! No problems with the performance schedule.” The official schedule is posted on racerband.com. You must be pro-active and double-check your schedule. If you find about performance conflict after the August 6th request deadline, it may be considered, but we post the schedule in the spring and keep it updated as quickly possible, so members can plan their schedules effectively. Missing a performance is huge, Racer Band is an organization in which everyone starts, and there is no one to fill the void if you were to be absent for a performance.
Penalty: Unexcused absence from a performance: Failure of the Class.
Approval of all excused absences is at the discretion of Mr. Fannin Students will be notified via email if an absence has been approved/denied
Unacceptable Excuses •I had to study for a test •My [fraternity, sorority, RCC, intramural badminton team] called a [meeting, practice, kegger] •I overslept •I had to work •I was hungry and went to eat dinner •My dog ate my drill charts Remember that we are all students FIRST, but must still plan for Racer Band – it is also a CLASS.
VII. Memorization Policy -Music is to be memorized when we begin setting drill. -While learning drill, however, focus first on visual then on the musical aspect of the show. -Don’t stress! Grades will only be affected if it appears that no effort is being made to memorize.
VIII. Dining Services -All meals during band camp are served in Winslow Dining Hall. -We share Winslow with many other programs and therefore it is important to follow the meal schedule closely. -All meals are free of charge to members during camp (until meal plans begin). -PLEASE utilize this service – eating is vital and after all, it’s FREE FOOD! -You must have a card to eat! -You may not share your meal card! -You must return your card after camp! -Lost/Replacement Cards are $5
IX. Drill & Marching Drill Coordinates -All members will receive a copy of marching coordinates. -It is the responsibility of each member to keep track of his or her own coordinates and have them at EVERY rehearsal. -We recommend a pencil pouch that fits in a 3-ring binder to keep track of coordinates.
Drill Flags -We don’t use any flags, chips, etc. -We learn drill extremely fast. All members are responsible for keeping up with drill learned. -When learning drill, focus first on visuals, then on musicality. -We provide videos on Dropbox to help understand form – take advantage
X. Instrumentation -Members are asked to play the instrument with which they have the most experience. -Some section changes may be made on an as-needed basis. -Your entire instrument must be in working order. -Every instrument must be cleaned and shined. -Always carry extra reeds, oil, etc. -If you check-out our MSU Equipment, you are responsible for any damage or loss
XI. General Rules to Live By -If you see something that needs to be done, do it. -If you need help, ask for it – we can’t fix a problem unless we know it exists. -Public Intoxication of any kind, when with the group, will result in an immediate unexcused absence and removal from the class -Remember peoples’ names. -If you have to ask for permission, the answer is probably NO. -Restrooms at Games - one per section at a time; ask Section Leader -Sitting in stands at games — sit in your sections (guests must be approved) -You are not excused until the end of games. Don’t ask to leave early. -Never assume rehearsal is cancelled because of bad weather
Be ready for rehearsals and performances -Be mentally & physically ready -Eat, sleep, drink water, and be smart -All student leaders are to be treated with respect -Equipment Loading is the responsibility of all members -Cleaning the uniform room is the responsibility of all members -No shoes or other articles in your uniform bag! -Racer Band is supposed to be fun – keep it that wa
XII. Replacement Fees $5 - Lost Meal Card $3 - Gloves $12 – New Shirt $35+ - New Shoes $10 - Lost Music Folder $$$$ - damaged/lost uniforms and equipment
XIV. Trip Policy Students must travel to and from events with the band on the bus Exceptions are rare and require a legal contract (waiver).
Breaking any local, state, or federal law can result in removal from the class (regardless of grade implications).
No consumption or transportation of alcohol on the bus. This will result in removal from the class (regardless of grade implications).
Public Intoxication of any kind, when with the group, will result in removal from the class (regardless of grade implications)
Non-Discrimination Policy Statement Murray State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability or veteran status in employment, student admissions, financial aid, student employment and placement or the provision of services and provides, upon request, reasonable accommodation including auxiliary aids and services necessary to afford individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in all programs and activities.
The Fannin Clause Mr. Fannin has the power to change any rule, policy, drill move, rehearsal time, menu, or anything else if need be.
Racer Band Contract
I,______________________________________________, do hereby declare that I have read the Racer Band handbook and agree to be a member in the Racer Band. I understand that by signing this contract, I agree to participate fully in all rehearsals, performances, and football games. I also understand that by agreeing to membership in the Racer Band, I am expected to uphold the integrity of Murray State University and to represent the university community in a positive manner. I also agree to all policies in this handbook version, and the revised on August 10, 2016. I have read this handbook on racerband.com.