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Dr. Long is a musician, music educator, and arts advocate. As a free lance musician, he has performed and toured throughout the southeast playing music from the commercial, jazz, and funk traditions. In addition to performance, he has taught privately in several cities of Middle Tennessee including Clarksville, Nashville, and Murfreesboro. He has held a position as a band director for Memphis City Schools, Dickson County Schools, and a private instructor and musical consultant for several secondary programs in Tennessee. A native of Clarksville, Dr. Long received his B.S. in Music Education from APSU. He continued his education and received a M.A. in Jazz Studies from MTSU where he studied with world-class jazz artist, Don Aliquo. Dr. Long completed his education at Carson-Newman University where he received an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. He is a member of NAfME, Professional Educators of Tennessee, MTSBOA, the TN Bandmasters Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
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  • Each student should have all of their required materials to participate in class.
    • Required Materials: See Handbook
  • Band class is considered a rehearsal (Mastering practiced materials as a group). Practice (working on assigned materials outside of the band room) is considered homework.
  • Students should be seated and ready to play 3 minutes after class begins.
  • Daily participation is mandatory
  • Respect toward the director, your fellow students, band equipment, and hall is required. Talking during class is prohibited unless permitted by the instructor.  Keep your hands to yourself and do not leave your seat.  You should strive to have everything you need BEFORE class starts.  Use the restroom before class begins.
  • All classroom owned textbooks should remain in the classroom after each period. Please return them to the appropriate place.
  • The consumption of food, snacks, and sugary beverages are prohibited in the band hall. Water is allowed in a clear container.
    • Band Lockers: Students should only use their assigned locker. They are responsible for keeping personal items stored in their lockers secure (bring a lock).  Do not store items that aren’t used for band rehearsal (i.e. books from other courses, materials for other courses).  Do not share lockers. Bring instruments to your locker between 7:00 and 7:20 AM.  Instruments can be taken out of the lockers (to be taken home) after 6th

This is your organization, your facility, and your time. Strive to respect and utilize them appropriately!!!

Concert Etiquette and Expectations:

Proper behavior on stage before, during, and after a concert is expected.  The following rules are expected from beginning band all the way up to professional ensembles:

  1. Cellphones and other electronic devices are not allowed on the stage
  2. Students should not talk while on stage.
  3. Students must participate during the entire concert to receive concert credit (70% of your grade).