- 2013 Leadership Council Members
how fast you did a job-but they remember how well you did it. The
price of greatness is responsibility. We are continually faced by
great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.
Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph
your work with excellence.
Student leadership within the Conservatory is
a primary and vitally important element of the program. Students
are elected by their peers each year to the positions listed below.
Students are encouraged to try out for more than one position and
should read each position description carefully and see where they
feel they can best serve. Depending on needs and circumstances each
year, not all positions may be filled every year.
- Band President
The president's role as head of the band council is instrumental
in implementing band related functions such as Council Meetings,
delegating responsibilities, summer rehearsals, discipline and
maintaining excellence throughout the Conservatory. This student's
primary functions are: (1) Be a problem-solver; (2) Enforce the
Conservatory's standards and hold each member of the Leadership
Council to their individual responsibilities. (3) Serve as liaison
between students and directors.
- Grade Level Vice-Presidents
The vice presidents assist with the implementation of the
president's programs, including: (1) develop ways of building
teamwork and pride within the grade level; (2) liaison between
students in the grade level and the Band President; (3) communicating
standards and information to students in the grade level.
- Drum Major
The Drum Major(s) will be chosen by audition on material selected
by the Director. The number of Drum Majors will be decided by
the director at the time of the audition. Uniforms are also selected
by the director. The basic duties of the Drum Major(s) include:
(1)attend all band functions; (2) be responsible to the Director
for the conduct and actions of the band at all times, and for
the execution of all band duties assigned; (3) take charge of
the band in all types of situations. (4) assist the Director in
maintaining discipline and order; (5) assist the Director with
marching drills, inspection, planning, and special activities;
(6) promote band standards and pride; (7) attend all band council
meetings; (8) coordinate, monitor and supervise the section leaders;
(9) insure that all rehearsals begin on time; (10) isure that
at the end of an evening rehearsal the facility is locked up and
clean; (11) organize and maintain the music and drill staff books
and insure they are ready for every rehearsal.
- Tech Crew
The Tech Crew must know how to use and set up equipment. Responsibilities
include: (1) get all equipment on the field and setup before the
band arrives; (2) pack up equipment at the end of rehearsal; (3)
insure equipment is working properly before a trip; (4) coordinate
with the previous year tech crew to learn how to setup and use
- Section Leaders
The basic duties of Section Leaders include: (1) conduct memorization
and playing checks on music; (2) maintain discipline and pride
within the section; (3) call and conduct section rehearsals on
a regular basis; (4) play a Solo or Ensemble at S&E Contest
and organize solos and ensembles within the section; (5) assist
the Director with inspection and marching drills as needed; (6)
attend all meetings as required; (7) recruit new members for the
section. Section leaders are required to also take private music
The basic duties of the Secretary include: (1) handle all
band correspondence and clerical work; (2) perform office duties
and write the schedule on the white information board on a weekly
basis; (3) appoint assistants as necessary to help with certain
minor duties; (5) attend all meetings and take notes and take
attendance at all rehearsals; (6) assist the drum major with Staff
books and drill charts; (7) responsible for all drill in the Fall.
The Band may elect one or more quartermasters. The basic duties
of the quartermaster(s) include: (1) load all needed equipment
for performances; (2) keep inventory of all school-owned instruments;
(3) organize the loading and unloading of the busses and equipment
trucks on all trips and events.
The Guard Quartermasters are responsible for all inventory
relating to color guard and will insure that the guard box is
at all rehearsals and performances.
The Percussion Quartermaster is in charge of all percussion
inventories and maintain a record of all equipment and mallets.
The Percussion quartermaster must insure that the equipment is
moved to and from rehearsal efficiently and safely.
- Field Commander
The basic duties of the Field Commander include: (1) maintain
discipline on the filed during rehearsals; (2) ensure that rehearsals
start on time and everyone helps at the end of rehearsals; (3)
maintain order in the stands during football games; (4) serve
as back-up to the Drum Major and can conduct the entire show in
case of an injury or an illness to the Drum Major; (5) conduct
trash music in the stands at football games; (6) assist in making
sure that our instructional staff is thanked and appreciated.
The basic duties of the Historian include: (1) maintain an
up-to-date scrapbook of all band events, including pictures, and
other information; (2) advertise and promote band events, including
pictures and other information; (3) plan and assist with the video
yearbook for the annual banquet presentation.
- Website Manager
The basic duties of the Website Manager include: (1) works
with the webmaster on the maintenance of the web site; (2) consistently
updates information from week to week on the site; (3) collects
pictures from recent events and posts them on the site; (4) collects
articles and links that pertain to music education and leadership;
(5) post monthly announcements for our alumni.
- Publicity Manager
The basic duties of the Publicity Manager include: (1) write
articles and news releases for the band newsletter, the school
newsletter, and the local media; (2) writes up a morning announcement
after competitions and has them read on Tarpon Talks.
The basic duties of the Librarian include: (1) maintain the
music library; (2) maintain a system for collecting and distributing
all music; (3) maintain a computer database for all our music;
(4) track and maintain any music that is borrowed and keep a record
of who has that music; (5) collect all music at the end of the
year; (6) prepare parts for distribution and have the correct
number of copies.
- Brass/Woodwind Captain
The basic duties of the Brass/Woodwind Captain include: (1)
oversee their section leaders and monitor their respective progress;
(2) begins warm-up when the Directors are not available; (3) insures
that there sections leaders are holding sectionals through the
summer break and other holidays; (4) insures that every student
is participating in solo and ensemble and is receiving coaching
on their solo or ensemble; (5) insures that the sections locker
area is clean and organized.
- Student Conductor
The basic duties of the Student Conductor include: (1) conduct
the wind ensemble at The Florida Band Masters Association District
Concert Festival (and be rated on same); (2) seek training in
the development of his/her conducting skills; (3) serve as a a
positive role model within the group and maintain high standards
of etiquette and musicianship at all times;
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