Rehearsal and Concert Guidelines



Rehearsals

Please attend as many rehearsals as possible. Attendence 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 greatershoreconcertband@yahoo.com.

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. In order to begin as a unit, 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 is able to 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.

Concerts

Please attend every concert. We understand that personal and professional commitments sometimes interfere. If you are unable to attend the concert, please let Jim Bast know as soon as possible. With sufficient warning, we are able to adjust for our performances, either through the reassignment of parts, if necessary, or hiring a replacement musician for critical instruments. In the event of a last minute conflict, which prevents you from attending a concert, let us know as soon as possible. Call the Band Executive Secretary AND send e-mail to the bandís e-mail address, at greatershoreconcertband@yahoo.com.

Please check your email a few hours before the concert, if possible, and read it. Occasionally last minute instructions may be sent via email. Please take a few moments to read them.

Please be at the concert 30 minutes before the performance begins. Our concerts start on time. You can set your watch by it. We do not wait for a late performer. Give yourself sufficient time for travel, especially if it is a new venue for you. You will also need time to warm up and tune. Percussionists should be to the venue at least 45 minutes prior to the concert for equipment set up.

Please bring a music stand. None of our venues have music stands, except for Carnegie Hall.

Please remain out of the performance area until the set up crew and percussionists have completed setting up the stage.

Please bring your music folder. Even if you share a folder with someone, have your own folder there. If your partner becomes sick at the last moment and canít make the concert, you will have music.

Please do not bring non essentials onto the performance stage. Many of our performances spaces are a tight fit for the band. Please do not bring non essentials, such as horn stands, music cases, large purses, etc. onto the stage.

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 lure. You can check it after the concert. Emergency responders please use your best judgment.

Do not take your music folder home after the last concert you attend of a season. The librarians need to break down all of our folders after a concert season, file the old music and stock them with new music for our next concert season. If you take a folder home after your final concert, it interupts the librarians' filing process.

If you forget and take your folder after your final concert, it is your responsibilty to return it to a band librarian as soon as possible. Do not give it to someone else to deliver it. It is your responsibility.

Wear or bring your concert dress. Bow ties are provided by the Band.

Please give the conductor your undivided attention during our performances. Make sure you can see the conductor.

Please refrain from talking during the introduction of our pieces, even if it is the third time you have heard it.

Please be respectful when a free will offering is collected and blessed with a prayer.

No horseplay while on stage.

Turn you cell phone off, or leave it with your case or in the car.

We always finish our concerts with The Stars and Stripes Forever march, and we often go straight from final number into the march. Have the music for Stars and Stripes on your music stand directly behind the final number and ready to go for a fast transition into our encore.

Too much to remember? Remember these...

Use common sense.

Be prepared.

Be respectful.

Enjoy our performances.

Have fun.



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