taking care of biz


“I’m starting with the Man in the Mirror, I’m asking him to change his ways, and no message could have been any clearer, if you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself, an then make a change!” – Michael Jackson

…all of varsity band


summer: drumline camp – days that work for us, flag practices captains – create an expectations list for summer and the fall, majorette practices – create an expectations list for summer and the fall, band camp last week before school starts and saturdays.  captain practices/uniform preparation, and team bonding.

september – beginning of school paperwork (online), football games, drumline everyday 7 am,  sectionals for band members once a month with mr. flygt, saturday practices – to be discussed, 

october – homecoming football games, halloween parade downtown and roscoe village parade

november – basketball games, day of music in school

december – winter concert no marching in (with flags and majorettes), flags and majorettes have separate performances, basketball games, holiday assembly?  samba rehearsals?

january – tuesday samba rehearsals in auditorium begin until may, after school gahu practice, b-ball games

february – heads up on the musical, b-ball games, TASTE performance Gahu – ALL INVOLVED, 

march – heads up on international days, begin nani repertoire

april – practice everything ever, continue keeping all parties involved everyday

may – west-african and samba showcase, continue keeping all parties involved everyday

june – spring concert with marching in, 606 parade, jorge in town for samba blast off, end of the year stuff


getting organized: tune list (find an updated repertoire list), flip book (put your name on it and get a lyre, I also suggest you have a binder with the music in it – 2 copies overall), rehearsal recordings (are in the google drive under “reference recordings”), uniform (you must keep this straight and organized, shoes, gloves, pants/jacket on the hanger), pep band t-shirt,  keeping locker organized.  new members have the most work to catch up on that first year – focus on the 2 homecoming selections because they must be memorized.  you must have your music at all times.  music must be stored in a secure place and not hidden in a secret spot.

section leaders: I am a firm believer in having a community of support but ultimately we do need to have a section leader and assistant.  the section leader must ensure everyone in the section is on the same page in regards to music, expectations, attendance, and overall environment.  at the end of any event when a uniform is used the section leader’s responsibility is to make sure all uniforms are neatly organized. unorganized pants and jackets will earn a grade of “O.”  the section leader is in charge of leading bonding activities and putting their best effort in communication with all members.  we are here to help each other.   to take attendance mr. flygt will ask section leaders who is here/not here.

band assistant duties: you have to be at everything.  class is not a study-hall.  you are going to work with mr. flygt.  daily attendance and grades will be announced by mr. flygt and assistant will record them immediately.  band assistant will work with section leaders with respect to uniform organization.  will document attendance at all events.

missing activities: how do we want to deal with this?  alternative assignments? really?  if you miss band camp you will compete at solo contest in march, and pick up the appropriate amount of community service hours.

community service: you will work for the band in an appropriate way: sweeping practice rooms, organizing uniforms, mopping floors, filing music, fixing things, or doing some appropriate light labor.  will sign a waiver saying this is not bullying or child labor.

game day schedule for football – before and after: students are welcome to hang out in the band room whenever they want before a game.  depending on the spirit of mr. flygt or not we have a drumline practice.  at 5:30 pm sharp you must be in uniform and in the band room.  we will lead a new warm-up with specific recited responses.  by  6 – 6:15 pm we are heading outside to the parking lot.  you are expected to stay the entire game.  if you need to leave early you must complete an “early release form” to be completed by your parents due the wednesday before.  we will come up with a firm weather policy.

daily/weekly/monthly expectations: all varsity band students are to be in school and on time on a regular basis.  you are to stand and hold still during the national anthem and your are to have your ID on at all times (unless it gets in the way of the activity you are participating in).

b-ball games: the most games we will do in a single week is 2 and we will vote on them if they are back-to-back.  we will never do 3 games in a week ever again.  you must wear your pep band t-shirt and be on time.  must be in the gym 30 minute before the game starts.  we are going to add a bunch of stuff this year.  stay tuned!

cheers: we will do cheers, they are awesome.  doing things together is awesome.

samba: we are going to play samba to build our collective community, to promote culture from brazil, to have a great time, and to create a large ensemble for a few different performing opportunities.  you must stand the entire time: i don’t care.  no cell phones, no homework doing.  studying traditional music gives us perspective and depth of all music.  these are the roots.

gahu: the collective narrative on music education has been everything but music from other cultures.  we will be performing gahu because it is completely amazing and is the root of a lot of things.

band board positions:  president, vice-president, historian, and the elder board: compromised of drum majors, section leaders and flag/majorette captains.  what does the band board do: we would meet once a month to discuss current state of things.  it would be before school at 7:30 am.  we would plan fun activities, make sure information is relayed appropriately, and continue to ensure a consistent state of happiness.  we will ask makyra how she is feeling.

fundraising: at this point we will continue our discussion.  SNAP was the easiest platform on us and you.  the biggest thing is some people literally did nothing.  what do you think?

drum major expectations and selection process: at least 2 years in Varsity Band, either 1 junior and 1 senior or 2 seniors, must attend all football and basketball games (only able to miss 1 of each), willing to relay information from mr. flygt to the rest of the band, will lead warm-ups at the start of class.  final decisions will be run by the drum majors.  we may have 2 seniors and a junior in training.



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A Music Educator with a strong love for percussion. At Lane Tech we work on building confidence and proficiency in music. You can reach me at aflygt@cps.edu. Be sure to follow us on twitter!!! @LaneTechHSMusic







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