• Central High School Bobcat Bands

    Plan for Success


    Central High School Performing Arts

    Director of Bands: Kevin Weingartner


    (602) 764-7546


    PUHSD Core Values:

    Be Compassionate, Collaborative, Committed, Courageous, Creative, Conscious


    Classes Covered by Plan for Success:

    Beginning Band 1: 5431000-F1222

    Intermediate Band 1: 5435000-F1222

    Advanced Concert/Marching Band 1H: 5439600-F1220

    Symphonic Band 1H: 0560070-F1221


    No. of Credits:  ½ per semester

    Grade Levels: 9-12


    Course Description/Prerequisites:

    Band courses are for students with or without experience playing an instrument. Beginning courses are for students with 0-1 year of experience on an instrument, while Intermediate, Advanced, and Symphonic are for students with 1+ year of experience on their instrument. Additionally, Marching Band is open to students of all experience levels. These courses address music standards at multiple levels. Extra time is required for rehearsals and performances throughout the school year, including both marching and concert seasons.  Enrollment in the class obligates students to participate in all scheduled band activities. 


    Grading Policy:

                  Grades can be viewed at https://studentvue.phoenixunion.org/. In addition, progress reports are also sent out twice a quarter. If there are any questions for specific grade progress, please contact the band office.

    Grades will be earned based on the following criteria:

    • Assigned class and home projects (10% of overall grade)
    • Class preparation, participation, and contribution to the learning environment (30% of overall grade)
    • Playing and written proficiency exams (20% of overall grade)
    • Performance/Concert assessments (40% of overall grade)


    Grading Scale:

    A = 90 - 100%      B = 80 - 89%        C = 70 - 79%        D = 60 - 69%        F = 59% and below


    Attendance to Class and Performance Events:

     “Absent” is defined as nonattendance in an assigned class or activity for more than one-half of the period. (PUHSD Governing Board Policy J-1561 JHR)


    “Tardy” is defined as not being in the assigned class or activity when the tardy bell has finished ringing. (PUHSD Governing Board Policy J-1561 JHR)


    It is important to recognize the direct relationship that exists between attendance and academic achievement. Attendance is ultimately the responsibility of the student and his/her parent(s) or guardian(s). Excessive absences will result in contact from a school official in order to review the attendance policy and potential denial of credit. Furthermore, if a student demonstrates a pattern of unexcused absences or “inconsistent” absences, he/she may lose the privilege of performance for an upcoming event, as deemed appropriate by the music faculty.


    IMPORTANT… PLEASE NOTE… Attendance is required to all performances. Appeals for unique and rare circumstances need to be submitted in writing to the music faculty at least TWO WEEKS prior to the date of the performance in order to be considered as an excused absence. Emergency absences must be discussed with the music faculty within one day of a missed performance. A student must have verifiable evidence to support his/her emergency situation or an excused absence may not be granted.


    Make Up Policy:

    Students that miss a class (excused) are responsible for practicing the material covered on the previous day. Please check with the director on what was covered. Make-up time can be scheduled, with notice, with the director for a time period either after school, or during Advisory period. Time that is not made up may impact a student’s grade. For an unexcused absence, students are still required to make up the work, but no points will be awarded. Unexcused absences are not acceptable.


    Extra-curricular activities are an important part of a student’s education, and every effort will be made to allow students to participate in extra-curricular activities and athletics simultaneously with band. Absences from after-school rehearsals will be permitted occasionally. Permission to miss rehearsal for another activity should be taken as a privilege, not a right. Band is a curricular class and will take precedent in situations involving out of school or non-curricular activities. Absences from rehearsals will not only affect the academic progress of the student, it may also result in removal from the class.




    Due to the performance nature of band, strong communication from the director to the students and parents/guardians is a must, as fine details go into every band activity. The director will use two primary methods of communication outside of class: email and the phone app, Remind. All students and parents/guardians are STRONGLY encouraged to share a valid email address with the director that they check on a regular basis. This contact information will be collected via Google Forms from students in the first couple of weeks of class. Additionally, students are encouraged to sign up for Remind using the code(s) provided in class. This will be used to share brief ONE-WAY reminders to students. Students/parents will not be able to respond via Remind. Questions/concerns from students/parents/guardians to the director should be addressed via email only (weingartner@phoenixunion.org).


    Chair Placement

                  Chair placement is made at the discretion of the director for music and educational reasons and not necessarily organized in a ranked, top-to-bottom, order. Grades assigned to students will be based on their own effort and progress as they compare with their own musical potential and aptitude.



    Extra Help/Tutoring

                  Students can receive extra help in the following ways:

    • Families are encouraged to seek specialized support by asking for a reference about private lesson instructors.
    • Request one-on-one time from the director.
    • Request one-on-one time from a student leader.
    • Have your agenda signed and travel during advisory.


    How to Practice

    • Practice regularly with a metronome
    • Practice slowly and with patience
    • Practice over the entire range of your instrument using scales, interval studies, and chromatic exercises in ALL KEYS!
    • Budget your practice time and practice regularly
    • Record your practice sessions occasionally. This will help you notice your progress as well as allow you to be objective about the things that still need improvement.
    • Go online and listen to professionals for musical qualities such as style, interpretation, characteristic tone, and the like. You can also go online to find great literature and study material.



    Equipment and Maintenance

                  All band members are expected to have a pencil at all rehearsals. In addition, certain types of instruments require special accessories.



    • (Flutes only) cleaning tuning rod in the case and a handkerchief/small cloth to swab out the flute and wipe off keys.
    • The correct swab for your instrument. This is required for school owned instruments.
    • A minimum of three playable reeds on hand at all times. Vandoren brand strongly recommended.
    • An appropriate reed holder that prevents warping; refer to director’s recommendations.
    • A good mouthpiece. (See list)
    • A good quality neck strap for saxophones; also available for clarinet.



    • A bottle of good quality valve oil or a container of good quality trombone slide cream.
    • A container of tuning slide lubricant; Vaseline is not acceptable.
    • A flexible cleaning swab for your instrument.
    • A good quality mouthpiece in good condition and void of dents. (See List)
    • A water sprayer for slide trombones.
    • A bottle of rotary valve oil for horns.



    • A stick bag.
    • Concert sticks. (Vic Firth SD1)
    • Marching sticks. (Vic Firth Colin McNutt)
    • Marimba mallets. (Vic Firth M182)


    Recommended Mouthpieces

                  Clarinets:                                          Vandoren 13 Series Profile 88 M30

                  Alto/Bass Clarinets:                          Charles Bay or Vandoren B44

                  Alto/Tenor Saxophone:                     Selmer C* S 80

                  Baritone Saxophone:                        Yamaha 5C

    Trumpets:                                         Bach 3C

                  Horns:                                               Giardinelli C8

                  Trombones:                                      Bach 6-1/2 AL

    Euphonium:                                      Bach 6-1/2 AL or Bach 52GS (for players with more lip surface)

                  Tuba:                                                Schilke 67 or Helleberg




                  Band lockers are for storing instruments and music accessories. The use of band lockers in the performing arts facility is a privilege, not a right. They should not be used to store food, books, or personal belongings. Also, the hanging of posters/pictures or stickers in or on the lockers is strictly prohibited.

                  Each student may have a locker for their instrument(s) and is encouraged to keep the locker secure at all times. The school assumes NO responsibility or liability for anything kept in the lockers.

                  Students may lose the privilege of locker use because of inappropriate usage. In addition, students should avoid congregating in the locker room area; please use a more visible space for social gatherings.


    Behavior Expectations

                  The primary responsibility in band is to learn about music. Any behavior that distracts from or interferes with the learning process is unacceptable. As such, corrective measures will be taken to achieve appropriate behavior. Corrective measures will first take the form of a conference between the student and the director. If unacceptable behavior persists, the director will pursue further means of action and notify the student’s parents. In addition to the expectations outlined in the band handbook, all Central High School Handbook rules and PUHSD guidelines apply.



    The following are Rehearsal Expectations

    • Be early to rehearsals. To be early is to be on time; to be on time is to be late. Late is unacceptable.
    • Be prepared with all equipment: instrument, music, pencil, and all accessories needed for the day.
    • Be respectful and helpful to each other.
    • Engage in a focused and positive attitude during rehearsals.

    Behavior in the Performing Arts Building

                  The following are general expectations regarding conduct in the performing arts building:

    • Refrain from having food, drinks, and gum in the band room, locker room, and other general rehearsal areas.
    • Be respectful of all school and personal property.
    • Always use appropriate language.
    • Students are only permitted to play on their personal or school issued instruments.
    • Appropriate behavior; avoid running and other types of horseplay.

    Behavior at Concerts

                  The following are general expectations regarding conduct during concerts:

    • Students are required to attend the entire concert.
    • Students are instructed to observe all portions of the concert. When they are not featured on stage, they are seated in a reserved section in the auditorium house.
    • Students will be well mannered, silent during performances, refrain from using cell phones, and will follow appropriate concert etiquette.
    • Students will be in complete and proper uniform attire before the concert begins and will not add to or take away from the uniform at any time before, during, or after the concert until they leave the campus.
    • Students will keep concert attire, including shoes, clean and presentable. Uniforms, including shirts, will be cleaned and pressed and shoes will be polished.
    • Students will demonstrate class and professionalism while hosting performance events.
    • In certain instances, students may be asked to take instruments into a holding area near the auditorium. For safety and security, students may not have access to the band room untill after the concert has ended.



    Behavior at Games

                  The following are general expectations regarding conduct during football games:

    • A performance time consists of the period of time in which a student is in uniform. Students are expected to conduct themselves appropriately, given the circumstances of the performance event. In the bleacher area, students are encouraged to be enthusiastic during the game and maintain good sportsmanship without losing sight of their musical/performance responsibilities.
    • Each member has a reserved section in the stands and is expected to stay in their area.
    • The band plays only the selected music as specified by the director.
    • Play and perform what is written.
    • Students are required to bring their flip folders with them to all football games, regardless of whether or not the music is memorized.
    • Food, gum, and soft drinks are not to be consumed at games or when in uniform unless given permission from the director.
    • Winds and percussion remain in the stands during the game.
    • Refrain from playing your instruments until asked.


    Behavior While Traveling

    Proper behavior is simply a matter of adhering to the School and District Codes of Conduct. Failure to behave in the proper manner is possible grounds for sending a student home at their own expense. The following are overall expectations of conduct:

    • Be responsible for yourself and for everyone else around you.
    • Always know what the expectations are.
    • Treat all chaperones and adults with the utmost respect. Every request made by a chaperone should be adhered to in a timely and courteous manner.
    • Always travel in groups of two or more if for some reason you need to depart with the group for anything.
    • All students are expected to ride district transportation to and from events. Any exceptions need to be cleared in writing PRIOR to the event and will only be permitted for rare situations deemed necessary.


    Behavior on Buses/Motor Coaches

    As a courtesy to others, it is important for all members to agree to the following:

    • Be respectful of others and use quiet voices while traveling.
    • Treat your drivers with respect. Simple words such as “please” and “thank you” are appreciated.
    • Remain seated while the bus is in motion.
    • For safety and attendance purposes, stay on the same bus while traveling.
    • Food and drink will only be allowed on the buses at the discretion of the bus drivers.
    • Keep a clean environment and pick up after yourself. Make sure that all drinks are confined or have a lid.
    • Behave with the highest level of character and integrity.


    Behavior at Restaurants or Fast Food Stops

    • Always be considerate of employees and other cash-paying patrons and use quiet voices during conversation.
    • Playing with your food or with utensils/condiments is inappropriate. Enjoy yourself, but be on your best behavior.
    • Behave with the highest level of character and integrity.


    Guidelines for formal Pep Band Uniform

    • Each student is responsible for obtaining black shorts or pants (please refrain from wearing shorts or pants with holes in them)
    • The red member shirt is to be worn tucked in (cropped t-shirts are unacceptable)
    • A belt is suggested to make the look cleaner.
    • Comfortable shoes are expected to be worn. (Running shoes are best) No long socks. No socks with crazy colors or designs on them.
    • Long hair should be worn up in a ponytail. Long bangs should be pinned back away from the face.
    • No hats, sunglasses, or any other accessories should be worn, unless approved by the director.
    • One’s hair color must not detract from the classy look of the WHOLE group. Please adhere to natural colors only.
    • Running while in uniform is unacceptable.


    Guidelines for formal Marching Band Uniform

    • Each student in Marching Band will be issued a marching band uniform that consists of bibs (pants), jacket, gauntlets, cape, shako (hat), gloves, and marching shoes. Students will be fitted for these uniforms and shown how to properly care for them in class.
    • Long hair should be worn up in a ponytail. Long bangs should be pinned back away from the face.
    • No hats, sunglasses, or any other accessories should be worn, unless approved by the director.
    • One’s hair color must not detract from the classy look of the WHOLE group. Please adhere to natural colors only.
    • Running while in uniform is unacceptable.


    Guidelines for Concert Attire (All Black)

    • Men and women can wear pants. Must have a belt.
    • Black shirts should be long sleeve dress shirts.
    • Close toed dress shoes for all members.
    • For women who choose to wear a dress/skirt, it should hang comfortably below the knees to avoid awkward situations in a performance hall.
    • If unsure, ask the director for more guidelines or approval before a concert/performance.
    • All performing members are expected to have natural looking hair color.
    • Costume jewelry is acceptable when used tastefully. The director has the discretion to ask a student to remove a piece of jewelry if they feel that it distracts from the overall professional look of the group. Colorful and bulky jewelry is discouraged.
    • Performance attire will be checked before performing. Members may have performance privileges revoked for a specific performance if the uniform does not live up to the Central Band standards.
    • The uniform should never be worn in partial fashion.
    • Ball caps or hats of any kind are not allowed.
    • Sunglasses are only allowed when traveling outside.
    • Running while in concert uniform is unacceptable.


    Course Fees:

    All students enrolled in a band class are required to pay a course fee of $10 per class per semester. This fee helps cover the costs of classroom and performance-related expenses. This fee is to be paid to the Bookstore, with the receipt delivered to the director as proof of payment. Failure to pay this fee may result in the loss of classroom privileges, as well as the privilege to participate in campus activities.

    Uniform Fee:

    ***Marching Band Members only***

    A cleaning fee of $30 will be required by each member per year, payable to the Bookstore. This fee covers cleaning at the beginning and end of the marching season, as well as any additional cleanings that may be required throughout the year to ensure good hygiene and well-being for our marching members.


    District information:


    Discipline Policy:

    This class follows the PUHSD discipline procedures outlined in relevant Governing Board & Student Handbook documentation.

    Title I Program

    Academic tutoring and test preparation is available to all students. Additional support for passing classes and graduating on time is the intent of these services. Support through Title I funding is available in the areas of: math, reading and English. If interested, please contact the Principal, Ms. Leticia Avalos or Assistant Principal for Instruction, Jacob Lambert for additional information at 602-764-7500.

    Classes Covered by Band Plan for Success

    • Marching/Pep Band
    • Symphonic Band
    • Beginning/Intermediate Band