Mrs. Robin Long retires as the Olney Music Boosters President
Mrs. Robin Long is retiring as the Olney Music Boosters President after many year's of service to St. Joe, RCMS, & RCHS Music Programs
RCHS BANDS STUDENTS HELP WITH 2018 RCES FAMILY FUN NIGHT
Thanks to those that generously donated their time to help with the Richland County Elementary School's 2018 Family Fun Night last Friday, April 20th. They worked hard and made the night for many young children!
From left to right, those students were Natalie Doan, Kendra Jellison, Katie Hostetter, Taylor Klingler, & Brittany Black.
RCHS Bands, all tickets, sold or unsold, along with the money need to be turned in by end of day Friday, April 27th. Please also make a note that you need to make sure that your name is written on every SOLD ticket stub. You will also need to write your name, phone number, tickets sold, and money amount on the outside of their ticket envelope to turn in. Thanks!
As you all know, the due date for the RCHS Music Department 2019 Disney World Trip was last Friday, April the 13th. A deposit of $100 per person is required to reserve a spot on the trip.
I have posted the reservations list to Disney World & Cocoa Beach on the RCHS Bands Website under https://www.richlandcountyhsbands.org/2019-disney-world-trip-reservations-list.html. You may access the page by clicking on the “2019 Disney World Trip Reservations List” tab on the left to confirm that your reservation has been made.
The RCHS Music Department must make the first payment to the travel company this Friday, April 20th. We would love to have more students and family members join us on our trip! If you are interested, a payment must be made no later than this Friday. Past this point and we cannot guarantee a spot on the trip.
As I have already mentioned, family members are welcome to join us on the trip. The prices listed below include motor coach transportation, hotel lodging, eight meals, beach pass, & three day park passes (see the slide presentation under “2019 Disney World Trip Reservations List” for more details). Of course, the price for the student includes a performance on the Disney World park. Prices for family members are as follows:
Should you have any questions, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, message me on Remind101, or call me at 393-2191 ext. 3137.
2018 RCHS Graduation Ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, May 20th from 3-5 pm in the auditorium. The call-time for graduation is 2 pm in the rehearsal hall. The attire for the venue is concert black-and-whites (dresses and tuxedos). All students, except for seniors, are expected to attend.
The RCMS Jazz Band, the RCHS Jazz Lab Band, and the RCHS Jazz Combo performs on Saturday, May 5th at 5 PM. Call-time for RCHS students is 3:30 PM at the RCHS rehearsal hall. RCMS students will meet at Ophelia's Cup at 4:30 PM. Dress clothes (no tuxes). The performance will start at 5 PM at Ophelia's Cup, and will last approximately an hour.
Enjoy good food, dinner, and music. Come support your students, and Richland County jazz!
The RCHS Bands are featured in the upcoming 2018 Sliva Concert in the Slivia Auditorium on Sunday, April 29th. The concerts feature the Symphonic Band, and the Honors Wind Ensemble. The call-time for students is 2 PM. The concert begins at 3 PM.
Concert attire is one of the following:
The concert is free to the public. We hope to see you all there!
Good afternoon, RCHS Bands.
The Symphonic Band, the Honors Wind Ensemble, & the Color Guard are all performing at the Olney & Noble Memorial Day Ceremonies on Monday, May 28th, 2018. The combined band will support the Olney ceremony, while a bugler will support the Noble ceremony.
Here are the details regarding the Olney Memorial Day Ceremony:
The VFW is hosting the Memorial Day Ceremony at Haven Hill Cemetery (just north of the City Park). Drum majors Ethan Steber & Natalie Doan are directing. We meet in the RCHS rehearsal hall before traveling to the cemetery.
The uniform is department shirts & shorts, with tennis shoes (no sandals or boots!). Students will also need flip folders, lyres, and instruments.
The times are as follows:
Corner Stone Church at the Cemetery in East Noble
9:00 AM: Call-time for Ryan Smith (bugler) & saxophone quintet at RCHS
9:05 AM: Bugler & saxophone quintet leaves for Noble Cemetery
9:30 AM: Bugler & saxophone quintet
10:00 AM: Noble Ceremony (bugler & saxophone quintet only)
VFW (parade) & the Olney Cemetery (ceremony). In the event of rain, the ceremony shall be held in the VFW hall.
9:30 AM: Call-time at RCHS (all but bugler & saxophone quintet)
10:15 AM: Load bus and depart for Olney VFW followed by Haven Hill Cemetery
10:30 AM: Parade line-up at the Olney VFW
10:45 AM: Parade step-off (parade begins)
11:00 AM: Olney Memorial Day ceremony at Haven Hill Cemetery.
I anticipate the ceremony won't last longer than an hour and a half, which will put the band back at the school around 12-12:30 PM.
The band is performing the following songs:
Hosts of Freedom
Star Spangled Banner
Please bring water with you to this event. I encourage students to bring a water cooler.
I know that this falls on Memorial Day weekend, falls during the summer, and many families will be out of town. That being said, we need as many RCHS Bands members to this performance as possible. All total, the combined Honors Wind Ensemble & Symphonic Band is around 50 students during the 4th term. We want to support the cities of Olney & Noble (and our veterans) that support us. Students, please make every effort to be at this event. It means a lot to this community.
Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions, comments, or concerns.
The jazz faculty from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville presented a jazz clinic to RCMS & RCHS student-musicians on Tuesday, April 3rd in the Richland County High School rehearsal hall. Participating students were treated to a brief performance by the jazz combo before learning first-hand how improvisation is similar to the spoken language.
On Friday, April 6th Dr. Danelle Larson, Associate Professor of Music Education and Director of the Music Education Division at Eastern Illinois University guest conducted the Honors Wind Ensemble & Symphonic Band in rehearsal as we prepare for the upcoming IHSA Organizational Contest.
Our thanks goes out to all eight visiting professors!
The RCHS Choir, Symphonic Band, & Honors Wind Ensemble are performing at the 2018 IHSA Organizational Contest on Saturday, April 14th. Performance attire is concert black-and-white (tuxes or dresses) that were issued out to the students at the beginning of the term. Parents may sign out their sons & daughters following the last RCHS performance that morning in the assigned homeroom.
Food and drinks are available in the cafeteria. Students may purchase food and drinks after performances.
The schedule for the day is as follows:
IHSA Organizational Contest Saturday, April 14th
5:30 AM.....................Call-time for those changing into concert attire at RCHS
5:35-5:50 AM............Change into black-and-white concert attire
5:50 AM.....................Call-time for those that report in concert attire
6:00-7:10 AM............Travel to Salem HS and settle into assigned homeroom
7:30-7:55 AM............Honors Wind Ensemble warm-up
8:00-8:25 AM..............Honors Wind Ensemble performance
9:00-9:15 AM............Choir warm-up
9:20-9:45 AM..............Choir performance
10:30-10:55 AM........Symphonic Band warm-up
11:00-11:25 AM.........Symphonic Band performance
12:00-1:30 PM..........Pack bus, travel to RCHS, unpack, & dismiss! (est. time)
CONTEST ADDRESS: Salem High School is located at 1200 N. Broadway St. in Salem, IL
ADDITIONAL NOTES: Those participating in SAT are except for this performance. No makeup assignment is required since the date was changed following the beginning of the term.
Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions at email@example.com, or 393-2101 ext. 3137.
[ UPDATED APRIL 9, 2018 - REMOVED SOCCER SCHEDULE ]
Parent Q&A Session regarding the 2018 marching season, Six Flags performance, & the 2019 Disney Trip
A Parent Q&A meeting for RCHS Bands parents has been schedule for 6:30 PM on Tuesday, April 3rd in the RCHS Band Room. Mr. Jones will discuss the following topics:
Please pass the word. We hope to see you there!
The 2019 RCHS Bands & Choir Quadannual Disney World Trip falls the Spring of 2019. The date of the trip runs from May 30th to June 4th. Included in the trip is a performance down Disney's Main Street for the band and a performance in one of the parks for the choir. I have included the itinerary for this trip at the bottom of this post. You may ask for a copy of the itinerary by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The cost per student runs $952.03. Parents or guardians may elect to pay outright, or make quarterly payments. The quarterly payments schedule is as follows:
The students may use the funds in their student accounts to cover the cost of the trip.
The RCHS Music Department will frequently hold fundraisers to help offset the cost for parents & guardians. We are, in fact, hosting a fundraiser at this very moment. Eighth grade students from St. Joe, RCMS, as well as RCHS bands & choir students are selling candy bars for $1. For every candy bar they sell, 50 cents goes into their student accounts. Each box earns the students $32 towards their student accounts.
Should you have any questions, please feel free to direct them to Mr. Jones at (618) 838-2191 ext 3137, or by email at email@example.com.
It is with excitement that the RCHS Honors Wind Ensemble is participating in Band Day at Six Flags, Missouri on Saturday, April 28th, 2018.
Shey, Caleb, & Delaney join the ranks of 2017 ILMEA All-State participants Victoria Kittle (violin, All-State Orchestra) and Ethan Steber (clarinet, All-State Band) as students that represented Richland County High School at the state level.
Concert attire is one of the following:
- black dress shoes (male & female)
- black concert dress (school owned)
- alternate attire for females: black dress slacks, black dress blouse and black shoes (black jeans do not count, sorry)
The concert is free to the public. We hope to see you all there!
5:30 PM.............Meet at RCHS in holiday festive wear (no uniforms) & load
6:00 PM.............Walk from the school to parade line-up
6:10 PM.............Set in parade block at parade location
6:30 PM.............Parade step-off
7:00 PM.............Estimated meet-up with buses near Eagleson's Car Dealership
7:15-7:30 PM....Estimated return to RCHS
I recommend that all students layer up underneath to stay warm. Wear holiday related items, or at the very least wear lots of green and red!
The author of these posts is Christopher Jones, Director of Bands at Richland County High School.