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Music Boosters Meeting Tomorrow

Please join us tomorrow, November 5th, for the monthly RMHS Music Boosters meeting. We meet near the back of the cafeteria in the Faculty Lounge at 7pm.

By joining us tomorrow you will hear firsthand details about many of the things going on with the music department this month. It is also a great way to become involved with your child’s music experience throughout High School while helping support the music program.

At booster meetings we work closely with the directors in helping to plan and support such things as band competitions, all music department concerts, trips, camps and Jazz In the Meadows. Throughout the year there are many opportunities to help out a little or help out a lot. We need the assistance of all parents to make this happen.

If you have any questions about boosters please send an email to or reach out to Mr. Buti or Mr. Carroll for additional information.

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Need Help Baking Cookies at the Craft Fair

We need some volunteers to help bake cookies at this year’s Craft Fair in the RMHS gym on Saturday, November 9. People can help during any of the four shifts between 8 AM and 4 PM. Please go to the Volunteer page and click on the sign-up button near the bottom of the page. Thank you so much. If you have any questions, please leave a comment on this post.

Band-O-Rama CDs

If you haven’t done so yet, there’s still time to order your Band-O-Rama Concert CDs. For only $15, the concert CDs are a great keepsake for students and parents alike to remember the musical moments made by the award-winning Marching Mustangs. Orders will be taken through the end of this week, November 1. Download and complete the form below and return it with your payment to Mr. Buti. Note: make checks payable to: RMHS Music Department not rmhs music boosters.

file_extension_pdfBand-O-Rama CD Order Form

Manna Gift Card Fundraiser

Manna is a fundraiser that provides gift cards and certificates from local and national retailers. They are the same gift cards available in stores. National retailers include Wal-Mart, Jewel, Dominick’s, JCPenney, Kohl’s, Best Buy, Shell, Speedway, Starbucks, Home Depot, and Subway all participate in the program, along with hundreds of others.

Put your everyday shopping dollars to work. Earn money for the student’s account without spending anything additional. Purchase gift cards from stores that participate in The Manna Group program. Grocery, gasoline, clothing, entertainment, and household goods can be purchased. Manna gift cards make great gifts for the holiday season (and for those who have winter birthdays, or anniversaries, or house-warming parties, or …). Every purchase earns a percentage of the purchase price for your student account. (The order form can change slightly from month to month, especially the percentages that are awarded. The students receive the percentages that are in effect when the order is placed.)

Please download and fill out the order form below, include a payment (checks made out to RMHS Music Boosters), and return to Mr. Buti or Mr. Carroll by the deadline.

You can pick up your gift card orders in the Commons when you pick up your cheesecake orders.

Orders Due Pick Up
Friday, Nov. 8 Monday, Nov. 18 (6:30-8 PM)
Friday, Dec. 6 Monday, Dec. 16 (6:30-8 PM)

If you have any questions or cannot make the pick-up, please call, text or e-mail
Monika Hemm at 847-253-7609 or

Manna gift card letter

 Manna gift card order form

Need Help For This Busy Week!

cup_goldThank you to all who, on Sunday, helped the Class AA Champion Marching Mustangs at the Sandwich Marching Band Competition. Thank you also to those that helped with today’s tour of the area grade schools. It takes a team of dedicated hard-working people to put on a successful performance. You are a huge part of the RMHS music program’s success.


This will continue to be a very busy week and the boosters are reaching out to you for help. This Wednesday, October 23, is the Band-O-Rama Concert and there is a need for volunteers to take tickets, take CD orders, and to work at the cheesecake sample table.

Friday, October 25, will be the final regular-season home football game and we will need volunteers to bake and sell cookies. The same night will also need greeters and servers for the Junior High Band night.

Lastly, Sunday, October 27, is the Fall Concert featuring the Jazz Bands, Orchestras, and Choirs. Volunteers are needed to sell tickets and work the concession stand.

In one short week with two concerts, a football game, competition, and tour every RMHS musical group will have publicly performed. In addition to attending these events, please consider volunteering your time to support these wonderful Mustang Musicians. As always, you can see a list of events that need volunteers on the Volunteer Page.

Junior High Band Night

Once a year, music students from the local junior-high schools come to RMHS to learn more about the RMHS music program at Junior High Band Night. This year, it’s on Friday, October 25. The students have dinner and then play the pre-football-game show with the Marching Mustangs. This is a great opportunity to encourage students to continue with music in high school. We need some volunteers to help greet them, to serve dinner, and to clean up afterwards. Please go to the bottom of the Volunteer page and sign up to help.

Volunteers will meet at the orchestra-room door off the main hallway. We’ll welcome the students to RMHS—this may be their first time at the school, and they may have some questions about the music program. Be sure to let them know all the great things going on. We’ll also enjoy delicious pizza with the students and socializing with other music parents.

All Marching Mustangs need to be at the East Practice Field with their instruments and music by 4:10 p.m. Feel free to come earlier to help with registration. You will be fed a pizza dinner. Athletes are asked to get here as soon as their practices are over (hopefully no later than 5:00 please). Please understand that this event is a big recruitment tool for our program. Your cooperation and example will help in the continued growth of the program! Thank you.

4:00 Students bring instrument, music and flip-folder/stand to the Orchestra Room Please register for the event at the table next to the entrance. Please do not play instruments in the Orchestra Room!!!!!!!
4:20 Welcome and introduction from Mr. Buti.
4:25 Break into Sectionals with high school students to work on music to “Everybody Talks” and “RMHS Fight Song.” Also teach commands (band ten-hut, band horns up, off and down).
4:40 Come together as a group and review commands.
4:55 Set the block formation for pregame.
5:00 Play through music together.
5:20 Run throughs of combined numbers with on and off the field moves.
5:30 MM does a run through of PICTURE THIS
5:45 MM students put instruments in band room and go eat PIZZA in Commons Area.
5:45 Junior High students run through performance with Mr. Buti, but without high school students
5:50 Junior High students put instruments away in Orchestra Room.
6:00 Junior High students go eat PIZZA in Commons Area.
6:10 MM change into uniforms and sections warm-up/tune in Band room
6:35 MM moves out back door to prepare for the ‘March to the Stadium’
6:40 MM and Junior Highs block-up and move to stadium to troop the stands.
6:45 Marching Mustang and Junior High Mass Band Combined Pre-game Show Performance
7:00 Kick-off!
7:15 Junior High students returns to the Orchestra Room immediately after the performance. Junior High Students are to be picked up at this time. All are welcome to stay for the remainder of the game, but I request that instruments are put in their parent’s car for security reasons. I invite all junior high students to stay through the halftime show so that they can get an idea of what Marching Band game days are like as well as see and hear a great halftime show!!!