2020-2021 Band Kick-off

Welcome to #Riverdale49, we’re looking forward to finally seeing the band and meeting our new students! There’s a lot of info to cover so keep this post handy for future reference. Let’s get started!

FOR OUR NEW MEMBERS

First of all, welcome! You’re beginning a journey at an excellent school with a great tradition of excellence. On the first day of band, you’ll automatically have 150 friends, with upperclassmen willing to share their experience and help you become a successful Riverdale Warrior.

Band at Riverdale is a co-curricular activity. This means we have a class and after-school requirement (rehearsals, concerts, performances) so we do our best to provide an updated schedule, well-in advance. If you have a school-based or medical conflict, let us know as soon as possible (like, at least 2-3 weeks in advance). The sooner we know, the better we can work with you.

Band is comprised of two main components; concert + marching = band. There are exceptions to the marching component: participating in a fall TSSAA sport such as varsity football, cross-country or cheerleading, or a documented medical condition from your doctor. Again, communicating with us in advance is the best way to help us help you. Sometimes you might have an event like a grandparent’s 100th birthday or a parent returning from deployment – we can work with you if we know in advance. TheRiverdaleBand@gmail.com is the best way to contact both Mr. Aymett and Mr. Crossley.

FOR NEW & RETURNING MEMBERS

There are important forms that every student needs to complete by the start of band camp. They are available at www.RiverdaleBand.com/band-member-registration 

Band camp will be slightly different this year. We’re doing our best to keep our students and staff both safe and healthy, following county, school, and CDC guidelines. We’ll have more camp details posted at www.RiverdaleBand.com as we get closer to camp. All camp activities are at Riverdale. For now, here’s the camp schedule;

July 20-24      8am-5pm,       Colorguard camp with Ms. Jones

July 20-24      9am-5pm       Percussion camp with Mr. Hale

July 21 & 23   6pm-8:30pm  All woodwind and brass players

July 27-30      8am-5pm    All band members (brass, guard, percussion, woodwind)

July 31            8am-noon   All band members (brass, guard, percussion, woodwind)

FALL REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

After-school rehearsals are Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, typically 3:30-6pm.

If the heat index is too high, August rehearsals could be 6pm-8:30pm – we’ll have more info available by band camp.

FALL PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Aug.-Oct.         Friday night Riverdale football games (more info later)

Aug. or Sept.   Sat. Marchathon fundraiser (more info later)

Sept. 26          Competition at Siegel HS

Oct. 17            Host our competition

Dec. TBA         Murfreesboro Christmas Parade

BOOSTERS

Every parent/guardian is automatically a member of the Band Boosters.  You have heard the phrase: “it takes a village.” This is more than true when we talk about what exactly our Booster program does (It is more like “what don’t we do?”). 

More information will be shared in the upcoming weeks about what you can expect as a band parent, how things work, and all the things that you “didn’t know you didn’t know”.  To summarize:  The Boosters support our students, directors, and the band program in any way they possibly can, and a huge part of that comes from raising the funds necessary to achieve the success this program strives for.

BAND REGISTRATION and REQUIRED FORMS

In order for the band directors and boosters to prepare for band camp and upcoming football season, we need for everyone to register.  Please go to 

www.riverdaleband.com/band-member-registration and complete the annual registration. Upon completion, you will receive an email with the annual required forms that will need to be completed and turned in at Uniform Fitting.

UNIFORM FITTING

We are in the process of planning Uniform Fitting. There will be some changes this year due to COVID-19 guidelines. We will be announcing the dates and plans within the next few weeks.

FINANCIAL INFO

Band dues. The first of four $150 installments are due on June 10th.  Payments can be made at http://www.riverdaleband.com/payments/  Some examples of what these funds will go towards:  Feeding the students for every home football game, repairing equipment, repairing uniforms, buying equipment and uniforms, paying for top quality music and instructors.  We realize that because of the current circumstances created by COVID-19, not everyone may be able to pay their dues on time. Please contact the Riverdale Band Boosters at riverdalebandboosters@gmail.com  to make alternate payment arrangements. 

COMMUNICATION TOOLS

Email the directors at TheRiverdaleBand@gmail.com

See the calendar and updated info at www.RiverdaleBand.com

Announcements are also posted through Twitter @RiverdaleBand and 

for students in the REMIND app. 

Text @689feg to 81010 to join the Riverdale2020-2021 REMIND group.

We will also use an organizational app, Cut Time, to share schedules, assignments, and contact band students and families. We’ll have more details on this later.

SHOW

We’ve put together an exciting show, “Friday Night Lights,” that honors Riverdale’s history of tradition and entertainment. Here’s a sneak peek –https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRbw9z7r7lg&feature=youtu.be

Again, to our new members, welcome and we look forward to meeting you! And to our returning members, know that we’ve missed you and are excited to get the band back together! See you in July!

Musically yours,

Mr. Aymett & Mr. Crossley