It is with excitement that the RCHS Honors Wind Ensemble is participating in Band Day at Six Flags, Missouri on Saturday, April 28th, 2018.
There are two main objectives to the trip:
1) Students perform in one of the park’s performance venues. This affords the students the opportunity to perform for an audience outside of the Richland County area and to receive feedback from many of the nation’s most notable music educators/conductors.
2) A reward for a year’s hard work. Members of the Honors Wind Ensemble worked hard throughout the school year meeting for rehearsals at 7 am each day, performing at basketball games, assemblies, evening concerts, and marching in parades. This is above and beyond what other classes require from their students. This is the reward for their hard work. It is also important that the students feel that they are part of the community that is the band. This trip is one way that the students may interact with each other in a fun, safe environment.
The cost to attend is $49 per students (which includes the adjudication from nationally renowned educators) and a day at the park. Students may elect to use money from their student band activity account (money they have fundraised) to cover the cost. The deadline for payments is Friday, March 16th.
Parents that wish to attend may do so for $34 per ticket. The deadline to reserve a ticket through the school is Friday, March 16th with payment.
Should you wish, non-performers may purchase tickets at the ticket booth on the day of the performance. The park is closed to the public for the day; however, simply let the employees of the ticket booth know that you are associated with Richland County High School and you will be allowed admittance. Credit/debit cards may or may not be accepted at the ticket booth, so bring cash!
To cut down on transportation cost, we are not taking a school bus (we would have to pay mileage and driver pay for a bus). Instead, we have reserved two school vans and the activity bus. Unfortunately, that means seating is limited that we may not be able to transport family members.
The day's itinerary is as follows:
5:00 AM - Meet in the RCHS Rehearsal Hall
5:10 AM - Depart for Six Flags 4900 Six Flags Rd. Eureka, MO
8:30 AM - Estimated arrival at Six Flags St. Louis
9:30 AM - Warm-up (location TBD)
10:00 AM - Perform at the Palace Theater
10:30 AM - Load equipment & enjoy the park!
6:00 PM - Depart for Olney, IL (stopping for dinner)
10:00 PM - Estimated return time to RCHS
Concert attire for the day includes department Shirts, any school appropriate shorts or pants, and tennis shoes. The weather in April can be unpredictable, so bring a sweatshirt or jacket.
Students will also need money for meals and spending money.
Please contact Mr. Jones at (618) 393-2191 ext. 3137 should you have any questions.
Martin C. Reynolds Dr. Martin C. Reynolds is Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau. In this capacity, he directs the Wind Symphony, Concert Band, Marching Band and teaches in the music education curriculum.
John Shows Professor Emeritus of Music from Evangel University, MO after 41 years as Band Director, Trumpet and Horn teacher, supervisor of music education students, and 25 years as Department Chairman.
Larry Bennett After a distinguished 31 year career as a band director in the public schools of Missouri, Mr. Bennett retired in 2001. Since retiring,he has held interim band directing positions at the University of Missouri in Columbia and at Central Methodist University in Fayette. Bennett presently teaches music courses and the low brass studio at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri.
[ UPDATED 4/4/2018 ]