Marching Pioneers Member Handbook

UW-Platteville Marching Pioneers


Regular rehearsals and performances are all required. Any exceptions must be cleared with the directors. Members should be on time for all band functions.


Students will be permitted to have two absences during the semester. If possible, please let the drum majors and staff know if you are going to be absent. These are to be used at your own discretion for illness, appointments, studying for exams, field trips, etc. Any student who is absent more than 2 times will be dismissed from the organization. Regularly scheduled class conflicts (labs, etc.) will not be counted. Extenuating circumstances will be considered by the directors.

Missing performances are not excused absences!


1. You are responsible for having the required music at all rehearsals and performances. Keep it in your folders.
2. Two tardies will be counted as one absence.  Class conflicts will not count towards tardies.
3. You are responsible for any damage or loss of school uniforms, music, instruments, or color guard equipment. Be very careful with all equipment when at the practice field, stadium or on road trips.
4. Never assume a rehearsal or performance is cancelled because of inclement weather.
5. Any University regulations or laws not otherwise contained above shall be enforced.
6. You are fully responsible for all information contained in this handbook.
7. Always inform a drum major or section leader if you are going to be late for absent.


1. Section shirts or game shirts will be worn directly under your uniform, unless changed due to weather conditions.
2.  Uniform jackets will be folded properly whenever taken off and will not touch the ground.
3. While in uniform, either wear a full uniform or half uniform. Full uniform includes your bibs, socks, shoes, and your jacket fully zipped. Half uniform includes your shoes, socks, bibs on completely, and jacket folded. It is not acceptable to wear half uniform with your bibs unzipped, or one/both shoulder straps off or twisted. This applies to anytime you are in uniform.
4. No makeup below the jaw line while in uniform.
5. Sit with your assigned section in the stands during games.
6. No one is to leave your seats during the game with the exception of restroom purposes or unless the director gives you permission. Please let the staff know if you must leave. Everybody cheer together at games.
7. Alcohol consumption during or prior to rehearsals or performances is prohibited.
8. No smoking in uniform.
9. Students are not excused from football games until after the band is dismissed. Any exceptions must be cleared with the director.


1. Uniforms will be dry cleaned at the end of the season. Your $60.00 fee includes this cleaning. Please do your best to keep them as clean as possible during the year.
2. Any unusual wear or tear in the uniform will be repaired at the expense of the person to whom that uniform is assigned.
3. Brass and percussion members must provide long black socks and solid black shoes for performances.
4. Color guard members must provide black shoes and black tights (will be ordered at camp.)
5. Brass and percussion members must provide their own lyres and flip folders.
6. Uniforms must be turned in at the end of marching season. Failure to do so will result in fines and possible holding of grades.
7. University-owned instruments and equipment are issued through the music office. Cost of unusual wear or damage to school-owned instruments or equipment is the responsibility of the student. Marching instruments and equipment should be checked in at the end of marching season.

Note: There is a local music shop that is able to assist members who need missing equipment


All verbal commands should be given in a strict and consistent tempo. The purpose is to get everyone's attention, warn them of the command to follow, and to establish the tempo.




"Band - Ten - Hut" (crunch from percussion on count one; band says "rock")

Horns Up

"Band - Horns - Up" (band says "hup")

Dress Center

"Dress - Center - Dress"

Horns Down

"Band - Horns - Down", "Band - Ready - Front"

Parade Rest

"Band - Parade - Rest"

Mark Time

"Mark Time Mark"


"Ready - Halt"


The heels are together, toes at a 45 degree angle, instrument held with both hands in front of the body, parallel to and 12 away from the body. The elbows should be at a 90 degree angle (in most cases). The height of your instrument will be set according to your height; however, most people can use the check point of the mouthpiece being in line with your eyes. Baritones should hold horns on the right side of the body with the hands in playing position. Sousaphones should keep the right hand on the valves and the left hand on the tubing on the left side of the horn; saxes should keep their arm parallel to the ground. Your eyes should be forward, head slightly up, with no moving or talking. The shoulders should be back and the knees slightly flexed.

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