Eligibility and Requirements
*** Please review the 2020 JOYFUL NOISE MARCHING SAINTS HANDBOOK for details. ***
Students ages 12-18 are eligible to participate in the Joyful Noise Marching Saints. You must be age 12 by the start of Fall classes. Please see the schedule page for that date.
We accept students from true rookie ( no playing experience) to very experienced players. We tailor the parts to your student's musical ability.
All Marching Saints members must enroll in a Joyful Noise class. If an instrument player, you must be enrolled in a class that will enhance your particular instrument knowledge, so you'll be in a band class at your level. Auxillary students may be in any music class of their choosing.
We can use brass or woodwind players, percussionists, string players, chorus members, and keyboard players. Most brass or woodwind players will play their instrument in the band section. We may use the other members' musical skills in the drum line, drum pit or color guard.
Students are expected to attend all rehearsals and all performances.
Each family will be required to submit a $200 Performance/Practice bond. The check WILL NOT be cashed until the end of the season, and it will only be cashed if your children have missed a performance or practice with an unexcused absence. If your child(ren) has attended all required events, you will get your check returned uncashed. If your child(ren) has missed due to unexcused absences, $25 per child per event will be deducted from your bond. The rest of the money will be returned to you if you have met all other financial obligations.
We understand that families have lives other than marching band. But... the marching band requires a TEAM effort! When someone is absent from a performance or practice, it affects the rest of the group. We are trying our very best to get schedules out as soon as possible so that you can get dates on your calendars.
An excused absence includes illness of the student or a death in the family.
An unexcused absence includes work, vacation, or another activity.
Any other absences will be identified as excused/unexcused on a case-by-case basis. If you are injured, we would still like for you to attend the performance and support the group if you are physically able.
Attendance at rehearsals and performances is part of the criteria used to determine awards at the end of the season. Excessive absences can mean the loss of a leadership position or dismissal from the marching band.