Band Update – March 24, 2020

Good afternoon,

The Directors would like to wish you and your family safety and good health in these strange times.  We understand that there’s a lot of anxiousness and uncertainty; just know that things will get better and eventually return to normal. For our students, we encourage you to look at this through the lens that you’re experiencing something unique and different. Instead of looking at opportunities lost (performances, class meetings, etc.), look at what you’re gaining; time with family, opportunities to read and learn what you want, and discovering what your parents already know… there’s nothing good on daytime tv.

If you want to pick up your instrument, the Directors’ will provide curbside drop-off beneath the gym overhang, on Thurs. March 26. Complete this form to select your pick-up time and give the directors info to find your instrument in the locker room.

As far as the Universal spring trip refund, the tour company is working as quick as possible and we should have some info very soon. The tour company is having to work from home and greatly appreciates your patience and understanding.

For students desiring a leadership position next year, application and training links have been tweeted from @RiverdaleBand and we hope to have them on the website soon. Those online application materials are due by April 3rd. Leadership Application Link –

For students wanting to sight-read music to pass the time, here’s a link to some public domain band music (lots of marches here…sorry horns!).

Last but not least, we have no idea how any of this affects spring concerts/banquet/band activities at this time. We’ll deal with these challenges as we get closer – and know that we will find a way to celebrate our students and their successes, in some shape, form, or fashion.

Again, be safe, keep social distancing, wash your hands, and take care of each other.

Musically yours,

Mr. Aymett & Mr. Crossley

Mid-State and All-State Band Results 2017

We are blown away by the awesome Mid-State Band audition results! Eleven Riverdale HS Band students earned a spot in the honor band clinic and SIX of those earned All-State status – the most Riverdale All-State Band representatives since 1987!

Making Mid-State are;

Matthew Johnson, clarinet

Skyler Cannon, clarinet

Emma Newberry, bass clarinet

Will Lantz, Eb clarinet

Cameron Wilson, trumpet

Hannah Swedberg, tuba

Maddy Bridges, clarinet

Emma Blackburn, Eb clarinet alternate.

Bella Hii, Trumpet

Daniel Norton, F-Horn

Josef Viramontes, Alto Sax


All-State Band members are;

Cameron Wilson, trumpet

Matthew Johnson, clarinet

Skyler Cannon, clarinet,

Hannah Swedberg, tuba

Emma Newberry, bass clarinet

Josef Viramontes, alto sax

Percussion Training/Auditions for 2017-18

Attention ALL percussionists! There are four training sessions and one formal audition for the 2017-18 RHS Percussion section.  The training sessions a long with the formal audition are required of all current Riverdale students as well as incoming freshman percussionists.

For questions, contact Director of Percussion, Mr. Tim Hale –

Training Sessions:

April 25 &  27, 5PM-7PM

May 5 & 11, 5PM-7PM

Formal Audition:

May 12, 5Pm-7Pm

Riverdale Band Calendar

Calling all 8th graders!!

Our annual 8th grade Night will be on Friday September 16, 2016 at the Riverdale vs. Coffee County Homecoming game!  Dinner will provided by our awesome Riverdale Band Boosters, so please RSVP at the link below!  We love meeting future Warriors and you will have a fantastic time GUARANTEED!

2016 8th Grade Night Registration

Fall 2016 Rehearsal Schedule

Be sure to checks the CHARMS calendar and sync your mobile devices to keep up-to-date with any calendar changes. Dues to RCS half day schedule on Thurs. Sept. 15, we will rehearse 6-8:30 pm instead of our regular Thurs. afternoon time.

Mon.   Aug. 1-Sept 19        3:00-5:00 pm (winds only)

Tues. Aug. 2-Sept. 27       6:00-8:30 pm

Tues. Oct. 11- Oct.18       3:30-6:30 pm

Thurs. Aug. 4-Oct. 27       3:30-6:30 pm

Mon.   Aug. 8-Oct. 24        3:30-5:30 pm (Guard sectionals)

Tues.  Aug. 9-Oct. 25        3:00-4:30 pm (Perc. Battery sectionals)

Tues.  Aug. 9-Oct. 25        3:00-4:30 pm (Front Ensemble sectionals)

There are no marching activities on Wednesday afternoons in the fall. Please schedule all doctor appointments, dental visits, and other needs on this day whenever possible.

Percussion Ensembles Perform at 2015 Percussion Fest

Blackman Middle School will be hosting the 2015 Percussion Fest which will include student ensemble performances, guest clinicians, and music vendors.  Our percussion instructor, Tim Hale, will also be presenting a clinic.  Percussion Ensemble I & II are scheduled to perform at 9Am this Saturday as well as attend the clinic.  The clinic is 9AM-4:30PM, Saturday March 14.  Registration is $5 – Door prizes will be given out at the end of the clinic!  Here is a link to the schedule for students participating in the clinic.


Mr. Tim Hale ~ Percussion Instructor

Symphonic Band Reference Recordings for CPA

While you’re taking a break from snow ball fights and building snowmen, check out these recordings of our Concert Assessment music! Some horn-on-face time (HOFT)  this weekend will be crucial to our success next week!

Antecedium by Ed Huckeby

Big Four March by Karl King/arr. J Swearingen

Wind Ensemble Reference Recordings for CPA

While you’re taking a break from snow ball fights and building snowmen, check out these recordings of our Concert Assessment music! Some horn-on-face time (HOFT)  this weekend will be crucial to our success next week!

Prelude, Siciliano, and Rondo by Sir Malcolm Arnold/arr. J. Paytner

Bullets and Bayonets by J.P. Sousa

11th/12th Grade Mid-State Results are in!

MTSBOA Mid-State auditions were held at Antioch High School this past weekend.  Students from area mid-state schools competed with an individual audition consisting of a prepared piece, scales, and sight-reading.  The following students will be representing Riverdale at the annual Mid-State Band Clinic held at MTSU in January.  Congrats to these students on a successful audition!

Gold Band

Nayana W. (Bb Clarinet – 18th Chair)

John T. (Bass Clarinet – 5th Chair)

Silver Band

Aleena H. (Bb Clarinet – 7th Chair)


John A. (Tenor Saxophone)

Megan S. (Trumpet)

Graham K. (Percussion)

Haley L. (French Horn)

Mid-State Audition Information

The following link contains detailed  information for Mid-State Auditions that are  just around the corner!  The 11-12 Grade Auditions are this weekend at Antioch High School, and 9-10 Grade Auditions are the weekend of December 13th at McGavok High School.  A hand-out will also be given out in class.

Mid-State Audition Information