Due to the short length of each session, rehearsal attendance is critical. Musicians committing to play a session and its concert(s) must not miss more than one of the rehearsals, and must attend the rehearsal immediately prior to the concert. Extenuating circumstances may be discussed individually with the Director. If you are unable to play a session, please let the Director know so that a substitute can be found.

Concert Dress

Standard concert dress is a long-sleeve, solid-color dress shirt or blouse; black dress pants; black socks; and black shoes. For outdoor concerts the shirt or blouse may be short-sleeve or long-sleeve depending on the weather conditions. Some concerts may have alternate dress requirements.


In addition to your instrument and pencil, some concerts or rehearsals will require musicians to bring their own music stands. Some repertoire will require brass players to have various types of mutes and percussionists to have various types of sticks, mallets, and small accessory instruments.


Musicians will be issued a folder of music for each session. The music and folder are property of the SMAA and must be returned after the concert. Anyone who loses or damages any music will be assessed full replacement value. Please only use pencil when marking on the music.

Part Assignments

The Director reserves the right to determine part assignments and seating within a section and to assign solos when necessary. The Director may change part assignments for each concert based upon the requirements of the music, applicable musical interpretation issues, and other criteria. The Director may delegate this responsibility to section principals designated by the Director. Players who have a concern about part assignment or seating may discuss their concern with the Director.


We ask that musicians make an annual tax-deductible contribution to the Snowbelt Musical Arts Association to help support SMAA in covering the band’s expenses. These include rehearsal and concert space rentals, insurance, sheet music, instruments and equipment, marketing and publicity, and a stipend for the Director.