July 4th Parade Details

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 shirtblack 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.)
8:15 AM Doors to band room open.
8:20 AM Enjoy doughnuts and juice.
8:35 AM Warm-ups begin.
8:45 AM Marching run-throughs in the parking lot.
9:00 AM Load buses (we will be taking 2 large buses).
9:10 AM Leave for AH parade.
9:30 AM Line up for parade (by St. Peters Church), finish warming up and tuning.
10:00 AM Parade starts at corner of Dunton and Oakton and goes south to Miner, left on Miner to Hickory at Recreation Park.
10:35 AM Load buses and return to RMHS.
10:50 AM Unload buses, get water, go to bathroom, cool off, etc.
11:20 AM Line up in RMHS parking lot for RM parade.
11:30 AM 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
12:15 PM Parade performance ends, load buses and return to RMHS.
12:25 PM Put equipment away properly.


supportWe 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:



balloonThere’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.

No RMHS Music Booster Meeting Tonight

calendarSorry 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!

Mat Krawczyk
RMHS Music Booster President

Yankee Candle Online

Yankee CandleOur 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.

Volunteers Needed

supportPlease consider volunteering for one of the many upcoming events for the bands or orchestras. Please visit the Volunteer page, click the sign up link next to the event, and then stop by to help. There are many jobs needed from ticket sales at the concerts to helping with shirt and shoes fittings to supplying water & snacks for the Memorial Day Parade. For the students to have a positive and successful experience we need you!

Upcoming Band Events

The Rolling Meadows High School Music Department will present its Spring Band Concert on Wednesday, May 13th at 7:30 p.m. in the Theater. (Call time for performers is 6:30 p.m. wearing their concert tux or dress.)  The concert will feature performances by the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and combined Bands. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $3 for adults and $2 for students, senior citizens, and alumni.

Some of the selections to be performed are the following: Flourish for Winds, Yorkshire Ballad, Pilatus, Slava!, Shenandoah, First Suite in Eb, Echos, and Star Spangled Spectacular.  In addition, there will be senior recognition, a year in review slide show, as well as the presentation of numerous awards.

We hope to see you there to hear the amazing talents of these hard working musicians!

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On Tuesday, May 19th, the Rolling Meadows High School Music Department will present its Spring Jazz Concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Theater.  (Call time for performers is 6:30 p.m. wearing “Sunday Best.”)  The concert will feature performances by the Jazz Band II, Jazz Ensemble I and our special guest artist, professional tenor sax player, Mark Colby.  Tickets may be purchased at the door for $3 for adults and $2 for students, senior citizens, and alumni.

Some of the selections to be performed are the following: What is Trump, Angel Eyes, Hotter Sauce, Big Band Jive, Living in a Dream, Count Bubba, Foo Birds of a Feather, Night and Day, and Minuano.  Many of these pieces will have improvised solos.  This is always a great and fun end of the year concert.

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The Marching Mustangs will once again be performing in the city of Rolling Meadows Memorial “Day” parade and ceremony on SATURDAY, May 23rd.  Below is the itinerary:

9:15 a.m.            Doors to school and band room open
9:30 a.m.            Warmup and run through of parade music/marching
10:00 a.m.            Change into uniforms**
10:25 a.m.            Load busses
10:30 a.m.            Leave for parade site
10:35 a.m.            Arrive at parade site to lineup
11:00 a.m.            Parade starts at Fire Station (Salute to America and cadence)
11:25 a.m.            Parade Ends at the Carillon Pavilion
11:30 a.m.            Ceremony (National Anthem and Taps)
12:00 p.m.            Load busses and go back to school
12:10 p.m.            Return to RMHS and unload busses and put equipment/uniforms away

** For the parade, plan on having available your full marching band uniform and our alternative uniform. The alternative uniform would be the purple polo shirt, BLACK dress pants (NO CARGOS), black belt, black marching shoes and black socks. A decision will be made by Friday as to what we are wearing. This decision will be based upon the weather.

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