Beyond the Barlines


Advocacy Articles and Videos

WHY YOUR TEEN SHOULD JOIN THE MARCHING BAND
Article by Mir Kamin

MUSICIANS ARE PROBABLY SMARTER THAN THE REST OF US
Article by Brenda Hanna-Pladdy and Alicia McKay - University of Kansas Medical Center

THE BENEFITS OF MUSIC
Video by our friend, Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser


PARENT RESOURCE CENTER

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+ ADVISORY PERIOD

Advisory Period is every day from 12:05-12:35 PM. Students are only allowed in the band hall during advisory for active practicing (in a practice room); scheduled sectionals, rehearsals, or meetings; and private lessons (when applicable).

+ ALL-REGION BAND AND ORCHESTRA

+ All-REGION JAZZ BAND

+ ALL-STATE BAND (TMEA)

+ ATTENDANCE

+ BAND BLITZ (FUNDRAISER)

+ BANQUET

At the end of the school year, the band holds its annual awards banquet for all members and their families. Information for the banquet can be found on the banquet portion of the website.

+ BLT (BAND LEADERSHIP TEAM)

+ BRACES (ORTHODONTIA)

For teenagers, the idea of getting braces is a realistic possibility. The timing of when to get braces for a musician is a critical consideration. Before scheduling any orthodontia, please contact a director to discuss the "best time for dental work" that won't interfere with your child's ability to participate.

+ CALENDAR

The only OFFICIAL band calendar is the one found on the band website. Events are usually added one-year in advance. Please always consult the calendar before scheduling appointment, vacations, or making other plans.
CLICK HERE FOR THE OFFICIAL BAND CALENDAR

+ CHAPERONING

+ CHARMS

+ COLOR GUARD

The Liberty Color Guard is the most visual element of the marching band program using flags, rifles, sabres, and dance to bring the marching band show to life like a Broadway musical. More information can be found on the Color Guard area of the website.

+ COLOR GUARD REFERRAL REBATE

For every new guard member (non-band student) that someone refers to color guard, the referring student can receive a $50 rebate on band or guard fees (up to $250). To register correctly, the new student should fill out the audition information form on the color guard website and enter the referring stduent's name in the final field ("How did you hear about Guard?").

+ COMMUNICATIONS

+ CONCERTS

+ CONFLICT FORM

Any time a student is absent from an activity (other than normal class), they should first come talk to Mr. Weaver and then submit the official conflict form. Click here - CONFLICT FORM

+ CORE VALUES

Accountability, Attitude, Character, Dedication, Integrity, and Professionalism

+ DOUBLE-BLOCKING

+ DOUBLE REEDS IN MARCHING BAND

If Oboe and Bassoon players choose NOT to do Color Guard, they will be assigned to Tenor Sax for marching band (instrument provided by school). Students may also elect Alto Saxophone, but would need to provide their own instrument.

+ FITNESSGRAM

Because marching band recieves P.E. credit, members of the marching band must participate in the FitnessGram at the end of the season. The FitnessGram is administered during class and contains a series of simple movement activites such as push-ups, curl-ups, trunk lifts, and a 1-mile run.

+ FLIGHT SCHOOL

Flight School is a freshman and new student orientation that happens in August before school starts. An official schedule of events will be provided from the counselors during the summer. The band typically plays a pseudo pep rally as part of the festivities.

+ FOOTBALL GAMES

HOW TO FOOTBALL GAME

+ FULL ORCHESTRA

See Symphony Orchestra below.

+ GOOGLE CLASSROOM

+ GRADES

+ INSTRUMENT RECOMMENDATIONS

INSTRUMENT RECOMMENDATION CHART

+ ISM

Students participating in the Independent Study and Mentorship (ISM) Program at Liberty High School should avoid scheduling mentor visits during any band class period. Students should work with their mentor and their ISM teacher for guidance in navigating the creation of an acceptable schedule.

+ JAZZ BAND

+ LETTER JACKETS

LETTER JACKET FORM
LETTER JACKET FORM - COLOR GUARD
Students interested in earning their letter jacket will need to accumulate points in accordance with the letter jacket form. Forms must be filled out and returned to the Director of Bands in the first of April. Letter jacket packets will be distributed to only those students who have their forms verified and ordering will take place in the cafeteria on the last Thursday of April each year.

+ LOCKERS

Instrument lockers and a combination lock will be issued to each student for the duration of their four years in band. Students should keep their lockers neat and clean, free of non-band related materials, and locked at all times to avoid theft. Broken or missing locks will incur a $20 charge at the end of the school year.

+ MARCHING CONTESTS

+ MASTER CLASSES

Each week during the fall (12 weeks beginning after Labor Day), students will have an in-class sectional with a professional on their instrument. The focus will be on the fundamentals of successful playing as well as detailed coaching on All-Region audition materials.

+ MEDICAL RELEASE FORMS

+ MUSICAL

Each year, the Liberty Fine Arts department combines to present a fall musical. Typically, the fall musical happens during the first weekend in December and band students are able to audition for positions in the "pit orchestra" (details are usually distributed in October).

+ NEWSLETTERS

+ PEP RALLIES

+ PRE-UIL

+ PRIVATE LESSONS

+ RECORDING

+ REGISTRATION DAY

+ REMIND TEXT ALERTS

Text the following codes to 81010 to be added to the text alert system:
Marching Band - @libertybnd
Wind Ensemble - @libhswe
Symphonic Winds -
Symphonic Band -
Concert Band -
Percussion -
Color Guard -

+ REPAIRS

If an instrument needs repaired, students should first have a band director or private lesson teacher inspect the instrument. Sometimes minor repairs can be made free of charge. In the event the repair is too complex for a director or lesson teacher, the instrument must be delivered to the repair shop (Williamson-Music 1st or Music and Arts) as soon as possible. All repair costs for school-owned instruments wil be charged to the student unless the damage is caused by normal wear-and-tear.

+ SECTIONALS

+ SENIOR NIGHT (FALL)

At the last home football game of the season, we use halftime to recognize and celebrate our graduating class of seniors and their families with one more "walk across the field."

Each graduating senior (escorted by their familiy) will be announced and walk down the 50-yard line. Details for Senior Night will be available HERE beginning in October.

+ SINGLE BLOCKING

+ SMART MUSIC

SMART MUSIC WEBSITE
Marching Band - TC7RU-YCCUU
Wind Ensemble -
Symphonic Winds -
Symphonic Band -
Concert Band -

+ SOLO & ENSEMBLE

+ SPRING SWING

+ SPRING TRIP

+ SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

+ TMEA

Texas Music Educators' Association is the professional association that oversees the All-Region/Area/State process for students. If selected to the TMEA All-State Band, students will spend a week in February in San Antonio rehearsing and perfoming in an All-State concert at the end of the week.

+ TRANSPORTATION

+ TRUNK R TREAT

TRUNK R TREAT SITE

+ UIL

+ UNIFORMS

+ VOLUNTEERING

The Liberty HS Band program needs a LOT of volunteers to run efficiently and successfully. If you are a parent, you should go ahead and fill out your criminal background information so it has already been done before your volunteer opportunity.