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riverdale warrior band

Riverdale Warrior Band

So you might be interested in Band…

opportunities class
Concert Band

Symphonic Band

Wind Ensemble

Percussion Ensembles


Early Morning Jazz

Private Lessons

A Columbia University study revealed that students in the arts are found to be more cooperative with teachers and peers, more self-confident and better able to express their ideas. These benefits exist across socioeconomic levels.

The Arts Education Partnership, 1999

Opportunities - Class
opportunities beyond class
Opportunities Beyond Class
  • Travel
    • Away Games
    • Contests
    • Honor Bands
    • Travel
      • Canada, St. Louis, Bahamas, Chicago, New York, Florida
  • Leadership
    • Officers / Section Leaders
  • Work in a group/team environment
  • 130+ peers and friends on first day of school
additional music opportunities
Additional Music Opportunities…
  • Private Lessons available, both DURING and AFTER school
  • Mid-State Honor Bands, Orchestra, & Jazz Bands
  • Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts
  • Rutherford County Honor Bands
  • Honor Bands and Clinics
  • Concert Performance Assessment at MTSU
  • Solo & Ensemble
path to college scholarships
Student actively involved in band & private lessons will not only see the benefits in their class and band participation, but will find additional opportunities for financial aid in college – most will receive scholarship offers REGARDLESS OF MAJOR!

… music participants received more academic honors and awards than non-music students… percentage of music participants receiving As, As/Bs, and Bs was higher than the percentage of non-participants receiving those grades.

Source: National Educational Longitudinal Study of 1988 First Follow-Up (1990), U.S. Department of Education.

lesson staff
Emily Bowland


Dr. Anne Thurmond


Mike George

Trumpet, Brass

Tim Hale


Brandon Jones

Euphonium, low brass,

Brass Choir

Wilson Sharpe

Bassoon, Saxophone, Woodwinds

Melissa Gensler


Anna Laura Williams

Flute and woodwinds

Scott Kinney – Band Camp


Ken Ozimek – Local Instructor


Lesson Staff
academic credits
Academic Credits
  • Band participation is a FINE ARTS CREDIT (graduation requirement)
  • Marching Band participation receives a .5 PE/Wellness Credit (1.5 total required)
graduation requirements and band
Graduation Requirements and Band
  • Students determine “focused electives”
    • Plan for band for all four years
  • “High school music students have been shown to hold higher grade point averages (GPA) than non-musicians in the same school.”

National Educational Longitudinal Study of 1988

“High school music students score higher on SATs in both verbal and math than their peers. In 2001, SAT takers with coursework/experience in music performance scored 57 points higher on the verbal portion of the test and 41 points higher on the math portion than students with no coursework/experience in the arts.”Source: Profile of SAT and Achievement Test Takers, The College Board, compiled by Music Educators National Conference, 2001

grad requirements and band continued
Students will be required to earn 22 credits, including;

English – 4 credits

Math – 4 credits

Algebra I, II, Geometry, plus 1 higher level math

Science – 3 credits

Social Studies – 3.5 credits (.5 Personal Finance)

Foreign Lang. – 2 credits (same language)

Fine Arts – 1 credit (i.e., Band)

Health/PE/Wellness – 1.5 credits (.5 successful Pass/Fail completion of marching Band)

Focused Electives (at least 3 in Focused Area of concentration)

Grad. Requirements and Band continued…
and more graduation info
…and more Graduation Info….
  • Students may graduate “with distinction” if they maintain a “B” average, and:
    • Make & perform with the TN All-State Band / Orchestra / Jazz Band, OR make & attend the TN Governor’s School for the Arts
    • (remember the .5 credit for PE from Marching Band)
    • To be eligible for Mid-State / All-State / Governor School Band & Orchestra, students must be in “good standing” with their school music programs; the ONLY way to be in “good standing” is to be enrolled for the entire year!

“Middle school and high school students who participated in instrumental music performances scored significantly higher than their non-band peers in standardized tests.”

    • University of Sarasota Study, Jeffrey Lynn Kluball; East Texas State University Study, Daryl Erick Trent
competition vs non competition involvement
Competition vs Non-Competition Involvement
  • Students who are unable (due to sport / school activity) to commit to the competitive marching band may select the Non-Competition Option
  • Non-Comp Students participate in;
    • all home games
    • Rehearsals for Homecoming, parades, and concerts
    • Non-competition students do not participate in away games and band competitions
  • These students will be expected to;
    • Participate in all scheduled activities other than contests and away games.
    • Take lessons / submit a practice log
    • Audition for Mid-State / Rutherford County Honor Band
  • Fall
    • Football Games, 3-4 Contests, Concert, Parade, Mid-State Auditions
  • Spring
    • Basketball Pep Band, 2 Concerts, Concert Performance Assessment at MTSU, Solo & Ensemble, Jazz Fest
what can i expect at band camp
Expect to learn something completely new and different!

Expect to make many, many friends!

Expect band members excited to see YOU!

Expect willing & patient instruction

Expect that’s it okay to be wrong

Expect encouragement!

Expect a nice tan

Expect success

Expect FUN?

Yes, F-U-N!!!

What Can I Expect at Band Camp?
band camp continued
Eat Healthy

Water breaks


Snack breaks


Water breaks


Snack breaks


Water breaks

Understand that learning the show is a slooooow process… (even for older members)

The Show won’t be completed until October

Band Camp continued…
band camp overview
Band Camp Overview
  • New Member Camp
    • Meets prior to regular camp, just new students (competition & non-comp), with band leadership team.
    • July 23 & 24. 8:30 am – noon.
  • Guard and Percussion Camp Days
    • Week of July 23
  • Band Camp
    • Students benefit from professional staff members.
    • July 25-27 & 30-Aug. 3.
    • Professional and experienced staff
the most important things to bring to band
The Most Important Things to Bring to Band
  • … a good attitude and a willingness to learn
  • accept that mistakes will happen and you’ll learn from them
  • accept that fellow students and your directors are here to help you
  • a strong desire to leave as a better musician and individual
schedule fall
Schedule - Fall
  • Contest Dates (3-4) tentative
    • Sept. 15, 22
    • Oct. 13, 20, 27
  • Marching Rehearsals
    • Monday and Friday afternoon
    • Tuesday and Thursday evening
schedule spring
Schedule - Spring
  • Basketball Pep Band Performances
  • 3-4 after-school rehearsals prior to Concert Festival
  • Pre-Festival Concert in mid-February
  • Concert Performance Assessment in early March
  • Spring Concert mid-late April
  • Band Awards Banquet early May
and now all those parental items
And now all those Parental Items
  • Booster Meetings
  • Opportunities for Involvement
  • The Handbook lists several professional and step-up instruments for those looking to make an investment in their student’s musical future.
financial info
All Dues and Fundraising go towards:

Operational expenses

Band Transportation

Music purchases

Contest / concert festival fees

Instruction by additional staff

Uniform Maintenance

Financial Info
look ma no hands
Moms and Dads are still the best audience and form of encouragement for young musicians

Booster activities provide an excellent opportunity to watch and interact with your child in a positive manner

Boosters meet monthly - There are several opportunities for involvement, depending on your individual schedule and comfort level….You might even have more fun than your child…

“Look Ma, no hands…”
the lines of communication
The Lines of Communication
  • Mike Aymett & Ron Meers - Band Office 896-0110
    • aymettm@rcschools.net
    • meersr@rcschools.net
    • www.riverdaleband.com
      • Calendars and Schedules
      • Booster contacts
      • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
    • Announcements
      • Newsletters
      • Auto-dialer
    • Handbook and Forms
    • Follow us on Twitter


News, announcements, & schedule adjustments