It is my hope that all of my students will develop a life long appreciation and love for music of all types, through their band experience at Simpson Middle School.
    Playing and written tests count for 50% of the quarter grade.

    Participation counts for 25% of the quarter grade. 

    Practice slips count for 25% of the quarter grade.

    Sixth grade band students need to turn in a practice slip at each class.  The grading policy for the practice slips is as follows:

                60 min =  100  A+

                45 min =    89  B+

                30 min =    79  C+

                15 min =    69  D+

    Late practice slips are accepted for half credit.  Make-up slips are accepted for half credit.  If the slip is more than one class late, it will be counted as half credit (ex. 60 min becomes 30 min).  The students are given two “free passes” per quarter.  They may use these for any two slips they wish.  If the free passes are not used, the lowest one or two practice grades will be dropped.  Free passes do not accumulate, or roll over to the next quarter, throughout the year.

    If a student is ill, injured, traveling, or just cannot practice due to some other extenuating circumstance, the parent needs to write the reason on the practice slip, sign it, and the practice will be excused.
    Sixth grade students are assigned specific pages in their book(s), each class, to practice and should always practice the assignment before playing any unrelated material.
    Sixth grade students are required to attend four after school rehearsals and two evening concerts.  Check the Concert Dress Code page for what each grade is supposed to wear to their concerts.
    Winter Band Rehearsals/Performances:  
          "BLUE BAND":  JANUARY 16 & 23     3:45-4:45     CONCERT:  JANUARY 25 6:30 P.M.
          "GOLD BAND":  JANUARY 17 & 24      3:45-4:45     CONCERT:  JANUARY 25 8:00 P.M.
    Spring Band Rehearsals/Performances:  
          "BLUE BAND":  MAY 31 & JUNE 5     3:45-4:45     CONCERT:  JUNE 7   8:00 P.M.
          "GOLD BAND":  JUNE 4 & JUNE 6     3:45-4:45     CONCERT:  JUNE 7   6:30 P.M.
    Students may be picked up immediately after the rehearsal, or ride the activity bus to their neighborhood.
    Students must meet in the cafeteria 30 minutes before each concert, for warm-up and tuning.
    Students will be assigned to "BLUE" and "GOLD" bands the month preceding each concert.
    1st Quarter: Fundamentals of playing:  music reading, proper breathing, proper posture and hand position, playing the first section of the method book.
    2nd Quarter:  Continuation of fundamentals, Winter concert music, and concert selections in the method book.
    3rd Quarter:  Continuation of fundamentals, culmination of book one of the method book series, 5 major scales, chromatic scale, preparation for the Spring concert.
    4th Quarter:  Continuation of fundamentals, scales, and final preparation for the concert.

    Check the Concert Dress Code for what you are supposed to wear to concerts.


    Click here to email me mary.paquette@lcps.org, or by phone, at school, at 571-252-2840. 
    The best times to reach me are:  A days 2:15-3:40 ; and B days 9:30-10:10 or 10:30-12:00. 
Last Modified on August 29, 2017