Please attend as many rehearsals as possible. Attendance will be much more important this season as we prepare for Carnegie Hall. We often tweak pieces during rehearsal. We have to repeat the process again for people who missed those rehearsals. We realize that personal and professional commitments sometimes interfere. Just let us know when you canít make a rehearsal. Call the Band Executive Secretary and/or send e-mail to the bandís e-mail address, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please come to rehearsal on time. We are a prompt organization. We always start rehearsal by 7 PM sharp, if not a few minutes before. Try to be at the rehearsal location and ready to play at 7. If you're early, you're on time. If you're on time, you're late. The reward for promptness is that we almost never run late. We are often done with rehearsal a few minutes early. Come 10-15 minutes early and help set up too.
Please bring your music stand. Do not depend upon using the music stands at the rehearsal location.
Please make sure your music folder is at rehearsal, even if you are not. We strive for every member of the band to have his or her own music folder. Music can be added to or removed from the folder at any rehearsal. By making sure your folder is present, you help ensure that your folder is consistent with the pieces we are rehearsing and performing.
Please give the conductor your undivided attention. Our rehearsal time is most effective when everyone listens to and can hear the conductor. Keep chatter to a minimum.
Please refrain from accessing your cell phone. Cell phones are distracting to everyone around you. Leave it in your instrument case if it's too much of a temptation. You can check it during the break or after rehearsal. Emergency responders please feel free to access your mobile device in the hallway when needed.
Please give the speaker your undivided attention during announcements. Every rehearsal has at least one set of announcements, usually before our break. Itís important for all band members to know what is going on. Keep chatter to a minimum. Put the cell phone away, including text messaging. You can catch up during the upcoming break.
Help to clean up when weíre done. We need to break down our equipment after each rehearsal. It goes fastest if we all help.
Register your e-mail address with the band. All band communication is performed through the internet. We post information on our website. We send out announcements via e-mail and our Yahoo! Group. If you are not connected, you will not know what is going on. This especially important during winter with respect to our Hazardous Weather policy.