Leadership

Everyone in the Weaver Middle School band has the right and responsibility to learn and demonstrate leadership skills that can be used in all parts of their lives. Some will have the opportunity to serve in a more public way by being a section leader or officer. However, having a title does not make someone a leader.

Leadership is displayed when someone chooses to…
do what needs to be done,
when it needs to be done,
without complaint or resentment,
even if… especially if… no one else is watching.

 

Section Leaders

At Weaver Middle School, each section is placed in an order based on a playing and written evaluation. The student who earns the top seat within their instrument grouping will serve as a section leader until the next evaluation. While this leadership position is gained through an academic process, section leaders have responsibilities beyond their personal achievement. All section leaders are expected to be positive representatives of their band at all times.* They also:

  • Promote a strong work ethic.
  • Take risks, giving their section permission to risk as well (See Class Expectations #10).
  • Be available to assist others with concepts or skills that may be confusing or challenging.
  • On a daily basis, check that each section member has all needed materials, including instrument (with reeds, mouthpiece, etc.), binder w/music, method book, pencil, ear buds, and iPad. They will then enter this information into the book.
  • Make sure everyone in their section has their name tag out each day.
  • Hand out music to each member of their section.
  • Keep a copy of each piece for any absent student in their binder until that student returns to school.
  • At the start of every day make sure every student is free from gum and has put their phone away.

 

Officers

Each band will elect representatives to assist their ensemble in various ways throughout the year. The officers will include: President, Vice President, Librarians, and a Manager. Each office has designated tasks for the student to complete. All officers are expected to be positive representatives of their band at all times.*  As their band’s public ambassador, officers will serve as announcers for the band concerts. They may also be called upon to assist with other events for the band throughout the school year, such as fitting nights for beginning band students.

Officers are chosen through election by their peers. During this process, it is essential that character drives the voting. While middle school students could easily confuse popularity and ability, Mrs. Davoll believes they are capable of identifying good role models. She trusts them to be thoughtful in their voting and select officers who will serve their ensemble with integrity.

If you are interested in servicing as an officer for your band, please read through the job descriptions provided and then complete the Band Officer Application.

All Officers

  • Write and memorize introductions to the pieces performed by their band at the concerts. They must be able to present themselves in a mature manner while speaking loudly, slowly, and clearly into a microphone while hundreds of people watch.
  • Greet any visitor to the band classroom. Each officer will welcome the visitor, introduce themselves, and make sure the guest has a seat.
  • Write “Thank You” notes for various occasions.
  • Assist the Hilliard Band Staff at a fitting night for the upcoming 6th grade students who are interested in playing a band instrument.
  •  Along with section leaders, record Two Minute Theory grades on a weekly basis.
  • Assist with racking stands, if appropriate.
  • Help with various other activities throughout the academic year.

President

  • Must be an 8th grade student
  • Along with the Vice-President, alphabetize any paper assignments that are turned in, place them in the appropriate envelope, and put them on Mrs. Davoll’s desk.
  • If needed, the President will speak alone at concerts. (Normally, officers are paired up for speeches.)
  • Along with the Vice-President you will assist the Librarians with music when needed.
  • Assist Mrs. Davoll with any needs that she might have.
  • Before the end of the grading period, you check off the rhythm writing so the students may receive a grade.

Vice President

  • Must be a 7th grade student.
  • Along with the President, alphabetize any paper assignments that are turned in, place them in the appropriate envelope, and put them on Mrs. Davoll’s desk.
  • Assist Mrs. Davoll with any needs that she might have.
  • Along with the President you will assist the Librarians with music when needed.
  • At the beginning of class remind students about ACE (Acknowledge, Celebrate, Emulate) awards and announce recipients.
  • Before the end of the grading period, you check off the rhythm writing so the students may receive a grade.

Librarians

  • Take the extra music home to organize in score order.
  • Handle all music requests from other students.
  • File music following a concert.
  • One librarian will have to know Bass Clef, and one needs to know Treble Clef.
  • The librarians will also communicate with the percussion section leader about music.
  • If someone needs new music use Genius Scan to share that picture with them. They must have a picture of whatever that student may need. If they have too little room for the pictures, the need to tell Mrs. Davoll (Students are responsible to print out the new music that was shared with them)

Manager

  • Assist with locker issues and check that lockers are locked completely at the end of the day.
  • Take attendance daily.
  • Show daily video announcements.
  • Receives Rhythm Writing before grading period ends. (Once received, gives it to the President and Vice President)

 

OFFICER APPLICATION
If you are interested in serving as an officer for your band, complete this application by WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29.

*PLEASE NOTE: Any student who chooses to make impulsive or deliberate choices that give a negative impression will be removed from their leadership position.