To prepare for the new school year, the students must be fitted for uniforms and tuxes or dresses. Since there are over 140 members of the marching band and orchestra, we need some parent volunteers to help out during band camp (Monday, August 3 through Thursday, August 6) and orchestra camp (Monday, August 10 through Wednesday, August 12).
Tasks include helping students try on uniforms and dress clothes to ensure they’re not too tight and they’re the correct length. With so many students, we need a few volunteers every day for each type of fitting. We could also really use your help if you can do minor sewing, such as hemming and sewing snaps back onto uniforms and maybe some tacking. (You can even take the work home, if you prefer.)
Please go to the Volunteer page, scroll down to Band Uniform Fittings and/or Orchestra Uniform Fittings and click the VolunteerSpot link or click one of these links: Band Fittings or Orchestra Fittings. This will take you to a list of tasks. Please sign up for as many days as you can. The listed times are when fittings will be done, but you can come and help whenever it’s convenient for you within those hours.
Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator if you have any questions.
Join the RMHS Music Boosters for a fun evening of Bunco on Tuesday, August 4, 6-9 p.m. in the RMHS Cafeteria. There will be food, fun, and prizes! Meet new people and get reacquainted with friends. Marching Band parents can then pick up their student from practice after the games. Even if you’ve never played, we’ll show you how. It’s easy! Please RSVP by Aug. 3 to Tracy McMahon (firstname.lastname@example.org) or (847) 727-5542.
Some reminders for the students from Mr. Buti about the upcoming July 4th Parades in Arlington Heights & Rolling Meadows:
- Make sure to have your purple polo shirt, black dress pants (a polyester or rayon blend), a solid black belt, high black socks, and the black marching shoes.
- Shirts will be tucked in. Make sure that your pants are not too long and dragging on the ground. Even though this is a casual uniform, we still want to look professional and sharp!
- Do not wear jewelry, including earrings, or watches.
- Eat a light breakfast and drink plenty of water. Try to avoid caffeine, because it can dehydrate you. (Volunteers will provide doughnuts in the morning, and there will be volunteers walking with you to give you water.)
- Make sure to have your instrument or flag equipment.
- Make sure that your part is memorized for Salute to America! (Percussion also need to memorize the cadences.)
- Especially if you burn easily, wear plenty of sweat-proof sunscreen. (You might want to reapply between parades.)
||Doors to band room open.
||Enjoy doughnuts and juice.
||Marching run-throughs in the parking lot.
||Load buses (we will be taking 2 large buses).
||Leave for AH parade.
||Line up for parade (by St. Peters Church), finish warming up and tuning.
||Parade starts at corner of Dunton and Oakton and goes south to Miner, left on Miner to Hickory at Recreation Park.
||Load buses and return to RMHS.
||Unload buses, get water, go to bathroom, cool off, etc.
||Line up in RMHS parking lot for RM parade.
||Parade starts: goes left out of the lot and up Central to Owl; north on Owl to Kirchoff Road; Kirchoff Road east to the old Dominick’s parking lot
||Parade performance ends, load buses and return to RMHS.
||Put equipment away properly.
We still need parents (or siblings) to help with picking up food-water-ice supplies, serving the early morning snack, passing out water to band members on the parade route. Please go to the Volunteer page to signup via the Music Boosters website or signup via Volunteer Spot.
The communities are very appreciative and excited about our participation in these parades. Not only do we represent the band program but RMHS and the cities our students come from. In addition, we are compensated by the organizations that host the parades. This money helps with the bus expenses. Also, these parades are a great way to get all of the new students involved in a performance.
Finally, the parades are a great way to kick off the 4th of July weekend! Thank you for your preparation, cooperation, and participation!
Mr. Buti, Director
If you have any questions or suggestions, please leave a comment on this post.
This is a map of the Arlington Heights and Rolling Meadows parade routes:
There’s no better way to celebrate the summer than to have a parade—except maybe TWO parades! The Arlington Heights parade is followed almost immediately by the Rolling Meadows parade, and the RMHS Marching Mustangs perform in both of them on Saturday, July 4th. This is the first time some of the students have performed in public, so come out and give them your support! Details about the parades were sent home with your student and will be posted here soon.
Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help. Your efforts are appreciated by everyone: students, parents, and staff. If you want to double-check your responsibilities or sign up for one of the remaining positions, visit the Volunteer page and click the sign-up button for the parades or click this link: July 4th Volunteers. Since it will probably be hot, the students could really use many people to walk the parade routes and give them water.
We are in need of three people to assist uniform coordinators Meg Sioui and Amy Carroll inventory all of the RMHS Music Uniforms on Thursday, June 18 from 9 a.m. to noon. It’s a pretty big undertaking and many hands make light work. If you’re available, please consider signing up on the Volunteer Page or click this link:
Sorry for the late notice but the end of the school also means the end of the regularly scheduled RMHS Music Booster meetings. We are looking to schedule an unofficial RMHS booster meeting sometime a little later in June to wrap up a few items and talk about the summer activities.
Thank you for your support this past year. With every ones help we logged well over 5000 volunteer hours in support of our students success not only in music but on their path to future success.
On behalf of the RMHS Music Booster officers, Thank You!
RMHS Music Booster President
Our very popular Yankee Candle fundraiser has returned – online! Here is another chance to help a student earn money for his/her music account, and for next year’s trip to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall! The online sale is open until July 17th. New Mustang Musicians are encouraged to participate. See the flyer below for more details. Contact Monika Hemm if you have any questions. Her contact info is on the flyer.