Being a member of the Pioneer High School Bands is a special privilege. Finding success in any performing art requires hundreds of hours of diligent work, practice, repetition, failure, reevaluation, discussion with teachers and peers, rehearsal, and performance. It is important to demonstrate unswerving persistence toward musical excellence and dedication.
Most students have spent many years developing their musical talents prior to attending Pioneer High School and are aware of what is expected of them, but it doesn't hurt to have a reminder. Showing respect for people and property, kindness and cooperation, good and honest intentions, being punctual and prepared, showing a positive attitude, displaying integrity, intellectual curiosity, and trust are all important attributes expected of band students.
The following concepts form the basis for a code of values for the students in the Pioneer Bands:
Respect: Members are expected to demonstrate respect for faculty, parents, other students, guests, and especially themselves. All property falls under this expectation. Common courtesy and politeness, friendliness, support of peers and competitors, helpfulness, and positive behaviors indicate respect. Conflicts should be handled maturely. Profanity, obscenity, and disrespectful speech or actions are not tolerated.
Punctuality and Preparation: Students must be where they are supposed to be, when they are supposed to be there, with the right equipment, materials, and supplies, wearing the proper attire, and with resolved schedule conflicts. For rehearsals, it is highly recommended that students arrive at least 15 minutes prior to start time. For performances, students will be asked to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the program. Students will be told in advance of arrival and start times.
Personal Responsibility and Accountability: You have two responsibilities: to yourself and your own personal growth and to any group to which you belong. Within the Pioneer Band program, performances take precedence over all other activities, and rehearsals take precedence over most activities. When a conflict arises, you are accountable for resolving it appropriately through adequate communication with and agreement between all parties concerned in a timely manner.
Integrity: Integrity can be defined as being complete as a person or having great strength of character and trustworthiness. A person with integrity demonstrates honesty, loyalty and sincerity, showing consistency among principles, values, and behaviors.
Volunteerism and Work Ethic: It is important for you to seek out opportunities to help keep the day-to-day activities of the Pioneer Band program running smoothly. Ask, "What can I do to help?" often and cheerfully. Be quick to assist with library work, collating, stuffing envelopes, distributing information, organizing, setting up chairs and stands, tearing down performance sets, helping younger students through modeling and mentoring, ushering, moving and packing equipment, and running errands.