Marching Band

Course Details

Course Number
MUSC 2041, 4041
Section Number
MUSC 2041, 4041
Fall 2014
Fain Instrumental Music Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 4:00 - 5:50 PM


Dr. Matthew David Luttrell (view Profile)

Course Objectives



The Mustang Marching Band is open to all students of Midwestern State University. Repertoire includes a specified collection of thematic works design for maximum visual and aural audience appeal, as well as including the majority of fundamental music basics necessary to supplement a music education curriculum.



(1)    Dot Book with all personal coordinates labeled, including all drill pages as well.

(2)    All music needed for the semester. This will constitute between all charts as well as all warm up materials

(3)    Instrument, in excellent working condition and continuously cleaned. (Rentals provided for certain instruments)

**All materials may be found on the marching band Facebook site. 

Grading Standards



50% Attendance/Participation/Materials presented                 

50% Knowledge and Memorization of music and drill                                               

Attendance/Active Discussion/Participation (50%)

Students are expected to attend the class sessions and performance. 

NOTE: An unexcused performance constitutes a failing grade in the class.

Attendance Policy:  2 unexcused absences will result in the maximum grade of a B, 3 unexcused-maximum grade of C, 4 unexcused-maximum grade of D. Any more unexcused absences result in a failing grade.

Excused absences are defined as illness (with a physician’s note), family emergency (with a release from the Dean of Students), or a University related event or activity (with prior approval).


NOTE: Attendance to rehearsal without materials, etc. constitutes absence.


Music and Drill Memorization (50%)

Each member is issued his/her own drill and music. Care should be taken to keep both in good condition. Lost music is subject to fines up to the total replacement cost of the set, or may be obtained by the student via the website. Black marching shoes are required of all members (except guard). Any deviation of the uniform code is not accepted. Hair color should conform to uniform standards and be worn into the hat. Jewelry is not acceptable for performance attire.

Final Exam

12/10/2014 2:00 PM

Submission Format Policy

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

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Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

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Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

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