2014-15 Band Program Requirements Changes
In response to concerns raised by a group of parents in fall 2013, the TC Williams administration, in December 2013, approved and forwarded to the central office and school board the following changes in band requirements. Please note that the “honors” designation, and accompanying GPA boost, for Wind Ensemble marchers is subject to School Board approval, as indicated below.
Update 1: Amend Program of Studies Concert Band Description to read: grades 9-12.
Concert Band (intermediate band) has no marching band requirement for participation. This change allows all interested wind and percussion students to participate in the band program regardless of marching band interest or extracurricular activities. Students may participate in all VBODA sponsored events including All-District, All-State, and Senior Regional Orchestra Auditions, and Solo & Ensemble.
Note: This change–allowing students to participate in concert band, although they place in a higher band based on audition, and not participate in marching band–took effect for the 2014-15 school year.
Update 2: Wind Ensemble (advanced band) students who participate in Marching Band will be enrolled in Wind Ensemble “honors”, earning 4.5 credits for an “A”.
Students will be credited for the extra time and effort required of marching band such as weekend events, parades, football games, etc. The “honors” designation will increase interest and participation in the marching band because high-achieving students will not be penalized for taking a 4.0 credit class.
- Symphonic Band (advanced band, 9-12) and Wind Ensemble (advanced band 9-12) will continue to have the marching band requirement.
- Students participating in a fall VHSL sport at TC Williams High School will continue to be exempt from the marching band requirement.
Note: This change (honors credit for Wind Ensemble students enrolled in marching band) is still pending School Board approval, as announced at the Band Boosters meeting on November 12, 2014.