First off, rehearsals begin on Wednesday. This includes a 7 AM rehearsal with the Honors Wind Ensemble.
The Tiger Marching Band's drumline and colorguard have been invited to perform at the RCMS (middle school) pep assembly on Thurday, Janaury 12th at 2:15 PM. More information on this coming soon!
With a new quarter comes a new handbook with performance times. Students and parents need check the schedule at the back of the handbook and return the handbook agreement form. That will be passed-out on the first day of class.
Next, the Orange & Black Basketball Bands will be run a little differently this semester. First, no longer is the Honors Wind Ensemble the Black Basketball Band, and the Symphonic Band will be the Orange Basketball Band. Instead, I will assign members to the bands based on instrumentation. That means that the Orange and the Black Basketball Bands will each have members from the Honors Wind Ensemble and the Symphonic Band. I will have your assignments on the first day of class.
As was the case last semester, if you have a conflict with a game, it is your responsibility to switch games with a person that plays a like instrument in the other basketball band. I would advise looking ahead for potential conflicts, so that there isn't a last minute emergency.
As for the performance dates for the Honors Wind Ensemble, the Symphonic Band, and the Jazz Ensemble, those dates will be included in the RCHS Bands Handbook that will be distributed on the first day of school. I will also update the website as soon as possible.
The ILC Pep Band Conference is set for Saturday, January 21st. The host director has requested names of RCHS students that are participating. We are allotted 16 names; however, there is a possibility of getting a few more slots. Those that are interested may message me on Remind101. Those enrolled in the Honors Wind Ensemble for this quarter get first dibs. Any remaining spots go to those enrolled in the Symphonic Band. I need names within the next couple of days. I will forward more details (times, location, etc.) as I get them from the host director.
I have tweeked the dates and times for upcoming basketball performances. Please refer to the calendar section of this website for dates. The itinerary is as follows:
7:00 PM.................................Call-time in the rehearsal hall
7:10 PM.................................Setup in the gymnasium
7:45 PM.................................Game begins (estimated)
8:30 - 9:30 PM.......................Estimated time for the game to end
The band will stay for the entire game (including the 3rd quarter); however, the students will be allowed to visit the auditorium during the halftime break.
I shall be conducting the OCC Community Band starting on January 10th. For those that noticed, there is a game that same evening, which means that the 10th is a quick "get to know the director and review the syllabus". Rehearsals fall on Tuesdays from 6:00-7:30 PM, except for days that a RCHS basketball game conflicts with an OCC rehearsal. If you are interested, come visit us on the OCC campus on Tuesday, January 10th at 6 PM!
Enjoy the remainder of your winter break. I will see you all soon! - Mr. Jones