The Marching Band at ETHS is both an academic class (meeting within the school day) and an extra-curricular activity and is therefore considered to be "co-curricular" by ETHS. For academic reasons, an anticipated missed performance or rehearsal must be approved in advance in non-emergency situations. Absences and Tardies can have an impact on your grade and your Honors Credit eligibility.
In addition to the academic reasons for reporting absences in a timely manner, the ETHS Marching Band is a highly athletic and cognitive activity requiring endurance, stamina, and many repetitions to assure consistent reliability and accuracy in performances. Absences and Tardies diminish the time spent learning and practicing with the group and will result in a lower quality result at a personal and group level. In addition to the physical and mental demands of Marching Band, this activity/course has elements of theatre, dance, and music - all of which are highly synchronized and interdependent. Reporting absences in advance allows the group some time to prepare for your absence and setup those around you on the field for success.
Whenever possible, and with advanced notice, our instructional staff can coordinate absences with ETHS coaches and club sponsors using an agreed upon set of "Guidelines For Student Conflicts Between ETHS Activities." If your student is involved in another ETHS activity, please consult our Marching Band Calendar, located at www.ethsbands.com
, as well as the activity calendar and alert us of any potential conflicts at the start of the season so that we may coordinate these absence conflicts amicably and well in advance of any challenges they may pose to your fellow band-mates, team-mates, and activity peers.
Thank you for your time and consideration. Let's make it a great season!
-The ETHS Band Staff