Spring Band Trip

We are extremely excited to announce that the band booster’s spring trip to Universal Orlando has been approved! We’ll travel over spring break, Sat. March 26th through Wed. Mar. 30thand perform one day at the park. Currently, we have about 50 seats available on the charter bus: Once that fills up, we’ll have a stand-by list. All payments go through Performing Arts Consultants (PAC). The link for the travel schedule and to make a $50 nonrefundable deposit to reserve your seat is listed below (and also at RiverdaleBand.com). Click on date tabs to view a detailed itinerary. To participate in the spring trip, it’s important that students be caught up on their individual band dues and have no discipline issues at Riverdale. We’ll have a trip meeting in late Feb./early March to discuss trip specifics. We’re excited and look forward to sharing this experience with you!

Spring Trip Website

WeTravel link – Riverdale Band:


Band Forms & Registration Materials 2021-2022

Online Student Information Page (replaces paper copy in Form Packet)

How to submit a payment? Mail, Online, and Drop-off options available

  • Due Date: 5/21 – $150 – Installment #1
  • Due Date: 6/16 – $150 – Installment #2
  • Due Date: 7/14 – $150 – Installment #3
  • Due Date: 8/11 – $150 – Installment #4
  1. Mail payments to

Riverdale HS Band Boosters

P.O. Box 2337

Murfreesboro, TN 37133-2337

  • Credit Card Payments


  • Students can drop payments in Booster Payment Box in Band Director’s office. Please place all payments in an envelope and clearly indicate Student Name and Purpose of Payment.
  • Payments will be accepted at Uniform Fittings and at any Band Booster Meeting.

Leadership Interviews will be conducted on Tues. April 20th, 2:10-4:30 pm.

Interviews will take place in the band office (socially distanced, of course). If you need to interview over zoom, we can accommodate, with advance notice.

Sign up for an interview slot using this link – https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4AABAF2CA6F9C16-interview

Be sure and put your name in the comment section of the sign-up.

Interviews will be approximately 5 minutes apiece, so we may run 5-10 minutes ahead or behind. Plan a 30 minute window to interview (arriving 15 minutes early and staying an additional 15 minutes, just-in-case). You’ll be asked 2-6 questions. Look over the following list of questions to get an idea of what might be asked (Field Commander candidates will be interviewed during your May 3rd audition – look over the FC list of questions).

Spring & Summer Activities Update

Good afternoon,

It’s been awhile since we touched base on band activities, but thankfully, things are looking up for a more normal band experience in 2021-2022. There’s a lot an info to share so hang on!


With 2020-2021 drawing to a close, it’s time to welcome a new booster board and volunteers to help ensure our students have a successful band experience. Whatever you’re able to offer, there’s an opportunity for every level of availability. If you are willing to serve on the board or volunteer in any capacity, please let Mark Seely, our ’20-’21 booster president know – RiverdaleBandPresident@gmail.com.  Your involvement means these students will have a great opportunity!


Principal Blair and the Riverdale HS administration has been very supportive of our students and ensuring that they get a performance opportunity – we’re excited that our students will have a spring concert! To make this happen, we will have to follow the same guidelines as TSSAA basketball. Audience members;

  1. must have a ticket (more on that in a moment),
  2. will undergo a temperature check when entering the gym hallway,
  3. will need to wear a mask.
  4. will sit in socially distanced family groups.

 We’ve split the concert into two evenings;

  • the Wind Ensemble (4th period with select percussion) and Jazz Band will perform on Tues. April 27, at 6:30 pm in the gym,
  • Symphonic Band and Percussion Ensembles (1st, 2nd, 6th, & 7th periods) will perform on Tues. May 4th, at 6:30 pm in the gym.

Due to limited band room space, students will arrive in staggered intervals;

  • 5:00 pm Floor crew,
  • 5:15 pm Woodwinds,
  • 5:30 pm Percussion,
  • 5:45 pm Brass,

Now, about tickets… each student may request up to 4 tickets for their concert performance date. Here’s the link to request tickets (link closes this Friday, April 16);

Student concert attire is “dressy,” meaning no jeans, shorts, t-shirts… think along the lines of what Grandma called “Sunday Best.”


For our new and returning students, there will be a mandatory information meeting, Thurs. May 6th. Incoming 9th & 10th graders will meet 6:00-6:45 in the main cafeteria. Rising 11th & 12th graders will meet 7:00-7:45 in the main cafeteria. Students will need a parent in attendance. Summer/fall band schedules and financial information will be covered.

IMPORTANTAll members will need to complete the band registration link at https://forms.gle/57EQMqCDn4zHasDQ7, so we know who to expect in band and have a way of communicating prior to band camp. This link is also on www.RiverdaleBand.com.


We are also excited that we are able to plan a band camp this summer! To aid in your summer planning, camp is scheduled for the following dates and times;

  • July 19, (Monday), 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, all freshmen and sophomores,
  • July 20-22, (Tues.-Thurs), 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, all students,
  • July 26-29, (Mon.-Thurs), 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, all students.

Guard and Percussion will have additional times/info for these dates (will post as we get closer to summer).

As a helpful reference, this information is also available at www.RiverdaleBand.com. Thanks for your support of these students!

Musically yours,

Mr. Aymett & Mr. Crossley

MTSBOA Mid-State Band / Orchestra / Jazz Audition Registration

Deadline for all Forms and Fees – Fri. Oct. 23

You can audition on a maximum of 2 instruments and if you audition for jazz, you may audition on an additional 2 instruments. If you are auditioning for Orchestra, that comes from your Band audition. TMEA All – STATE Band, Orchestra, and Jazz Band will be comprised of the top chairs from East, Middle, and West TN. Riverdale has a long tradition of mid-state and All-State musicians, good luck!

For 2020-2021, auditions will be based on 1) Prepared Music, 2) 4 scales, 3) chromatic scale. There is no Sight-Reading requirement this year.

FILL OUT A SEPARATE FORM FOR EACH AUDITION. https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=j8uWO0wXZUuC61zDi54GbK__kbROGdBIqiSJ9m7WOUxUMDFWNUlERzZKMzk5WjNTUDZVMUFLSVNGRC4u

Cost is $10 per audition (cash or check, payable to “Riverdale Band Boosters”).
You will not be registered until you pay the audition fee (required by MTSBOA).

Questions? See Mr. Aymett or Mr. Crossley


Calendar Sync Instructions for Phone

iOS Devices (iPhone)

To Sync the Riverdale Band calendar to your iOS device, CLICK HERE for instructions. You will need to copy and paste the following URL for STEP 5 of the instructions:


Android Devices

How to Subscribe to a Calendar on Android

  1. Open your web browser.
  2. Copy and Paste this link: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=theriverdaleband%40gmail.com&ctz=America%2FChicago
  3. Click the + icon and select “Add Calendar” (bottom right)
  4. *It may prompt you to sign in to your account
  5. Click “Add Calendar

Percussion Class Materials List

Freshman Year

  • 1 pair-Concert Snare Sticks-IP-LD or IP-JC
  • 1 pair-Marimba Mallets- IP2003 or IP300
  • 1 pair-Xylophone/Bell mallets-IP904 or IP-902
  • 1 pair- Timpani Mallets- GT-3
  • Stick or Mallet bag
  • Evans 12” Realfeel 2-Sided Practice Pad

Sophomore Year

  • Freshman year materials
  • 1 pair-Marimba Mallets- IP2003 or IP300
  • 2 pair-Vibe Mallets- IP1006 or IP2007

Junior/Senior Year

  • Freshman year materials
  • Sophomore year materials
  • 2 pairs-Drum-Set Sticks-IP-5A or IP-2B
  • 1 pair-Bamboo Timpani Mallets-BT-4

Go to www.innovativepercussion.com to view all mallets and sticks.

July 30 Instrument Check out Sign-Up

Please fill out the form for school instrument check out: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=j8uWO0wXZUuC61zDi54GbPMyzbJ2f3pOrUvu-8-n4SZUOE42MFlRRlpZVUxBWURMT0tRSDBSQk5UNC4u.

We will only be checking out the following instruments: Tuba/Sousaphone, Marching Baritone, Mellophone, Tenor Sax