There is no homework in band...

Sitting in the rehearsals of the NC All State Honor Band, I am reminded why I became a music educator and the great lengths students go to become fantastic young musicians.  We get caught up in the hustle of everyday classes and rehearsals, all the goings-on of school and work, and all of the other distractions that happen throughout a given week that we forget the infinite rewards of why we take part in performing music.  

We are, however, continuously reminded of the hard work and dedication that performing at a high level entails.  On a daily basis, student musicians are asked to be prepared for that day's rehearsals.  When a student arrives to rehearsal without being as prepared as a student could be, then the day's plans are often shot.  In the rehearsal space, it is to be that, rehearsal.  It is not space for practicing.  Practicing comes outside the class time.  Practicing is the homework of band.

Most people have a feeling that, "There is no homework assigned in band."  How incorrect could one statement be.  We do not have worksheets.  We do not have text books.  We do, however, have homework.  It is the student's responsibility to work every day, outside of the class time, to better his or her instrument performance.  Whether you are working on class music, or other materials.  Practicing is homework.  And as in other courses, when you do not complete homework, you have trouble participating in class discussions and work to the best of your ability.  

You may not be assigned specific homework each night, but when you do not complete that practice time, rehearsals can not happen effectively.  And so, tonight, as I listen to the rehearsal of the All State Honor Band, I encourage you to do ALL of your homework this weekend.  When you complete your band homework, you will be surprised what can be accomplished when we all complete that homework.  Music will be made.  Have a great weekend.


Week of April 28

Goings On this week for McMichael Band...

  • Monday - Colorguard meeting - 3:30 to 5:00
  • Monday - Drum Line - 3:30 to 5:00
  • Monday - Trumpet Sectional - pm
  • Tuesday - Saxophone Sectional - am
  • Tuesday - Percussion Sectional - pm
  • Tuesday - Clarinet Sectional - pm
  • Tuesday - Jazz Band - 3:15 - CANCELLED
  • Wednesday - NCBA Solo and Ensemble Festival - Wheatmore HS - Itinerary
  • Wednesday - Hadrian's Wall Test Due
  • Thursday - Drum Major Meeting 3:15 - 3:45
  • Friday - NCBA All State Honor Band - UNC Chapel Hill - More Info
  • Friday - G Major Playing Test Due



Happening this week for McMichael Band

Our new website is up, but still under construction.  Please feel free to send feed back to Mr. Quarles via his email,

This weekend, a pep band will be performing at the 5th Annual Rockingham County Go Far 5k.  We are to meet at Reidsville High School at 7:30am and we should be done by 10:00.  Come out and have a great time.

We also sent out a flyer for our band banquet on Wednesday.  If you did not receive one of those, you can find that here . Please return that filled out with how many will be attending the banquet, and if you wish to prepay for the meal, you may do so.  Return that to the band room as soon as possible.  

Make sure your student is filling out his/her practice records, and have a great weekend.