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Marching Mustangs Sandwich Competition Schedule

Here’s the schedule for the Sandwich marching-band competition. Please use the Sign-Up button on the Volunteer Page to sign up to help the students with uniforms, loading and unloading the truck, and other tasks.

Sunday, October 20
Sandwich High School
515 E. Lions Road
Sandwich, IL 60548

You can download the detailed schedule and see a map below.

 Marching Mustangs Sandwich Schedule

Before the day of the competition, make sure you have everything prepared: black socks, gloves, marching shoes, theme T-shirt, uniform pants correctly hemmed.

11:30 AM Doors to band room open
11:45 AM Practice begins ON TIME in theme T-shirts, black socks, and marching shoes
1:30 PM Practice ends.
1:35 PM Finish loading buses & truck—make sure you have ALL uniform parts, instrument, equipment, etc.
1:50 PM Leave for Sandwich High School
3:20 PM Arrive at Sandwich High School
3:30 PM Unload buses and truck and change into uniform
4:00 PM Warm up
4:40 PM Leave for performance field
5:00 PM Perform our show “Picture This”
5:15 PM Return to buses and truck to put away equipment and change out of uniform.
5:30 PM Return to stadium to watch Kaneland, Grayslake North, and Sandwich
6:00 PM Drum majors assemble (in full uniform) for awards ceremony
6:15 PM Awards Ceremony (drum majors only in front—everyone else on the field)
6:30 PM Load buses and truck
6:45 PM Leave for RMHS
8:15 PM Arrive back at RMHS and put away all equipment and uniforms. (You don’t have to unload the truck since we will be leaving first thing Monday morning for our grade school tour!)


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St. Rita Recap

cup_goldCongratulations to the Marching Mustangs on their 2nd place finish in class AA, only .35 out of first. They also received the Best Winds caption award for class AA which was the second highest score in all of the classes! They also came in second in Drums, Color Guard, and Drum Major caption awards. Great job!

The final competition for the Mustangs will be at Sandwich in two weeks, October 20. We will need volunteers for both this and the grade school tour the following day. Please consider giving of your time to the band by scrolling down to the bottom of the Volunteer Page and signing up to help.

October Booster Meeting

auction_hammer_gavelPlease join us tomorrow, October 1, for the monthly RMHS Music Boosters meeting. We meet near the back of the cafeteria in the Faculty Lounge at 7pm.

A few of the things we will cover this month are the last two marching competitions of the season, Junior High School band night and the Fall Music Concert. By joining us tomorrow you will hear first hand details about many of the other things going on with the music department this month.

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.

The RMHS Music Boosters is a great way to become involved with your child’s music experience throughout High School while helping support the music program overall.

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

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Marching Mustangs St. Rita Schedule

Here’s the schedule for the St. Rita marching competition. The band will need help with moving equipment both at RMHS and at St. Rita, video recording the performance, and other things, so please use the button on the Volunteer page to sign up for whatever tasks you can help with. People will be on-hand to show us what needs to be done, so even if you haven’t volunteered before, come on down and do whatever you can.

Sunday, October 6
St. Rita of Cascia High School
7740 South Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60620

You can download the detailed schedule and see a map below.

 Marching Mustangs St. Rita Schedule

10:45 AM Doors to band room open
11:00 AM Practice begins ON TIME in theme T-shirts, black socks, and marching shoes
12:15 PM Practice ends -Eat a light snack/lunch that you brought with or use vending machines—clean up after yourselves!
12:45 PM Finish loading buses & truck—make sure you have ALL uniform parts, instrument, equipment, etc.
1:00 PM Leave for St. Rita HS
2:15 PM Arrive at competition
2:40 PM Change into uniform and unload buses and truck
2:50 PM Go to warmup area
3:00 PM Warm up
3:30 PM Leave for performance field
3:45 PM Perform our show “Picture This”
4:00 PM Load buses and change out of uniform
4:15 PM Go into stadium to either eat or back to stands to watch other marching bands perform. (By writing up three bands’ performances, you can earn a concert credit.)
6:45 PM Awards ceremony (drum majors only)
7:00 PM Load buses
7:10 PM Leave for RMHS
8:25 PM Arrive back at RMHS and put away all equipment and uniforms

 


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Wheeling Results, Marching Illini, & St. Rita Volunteers

On Saturday, September 21, the Marching Mustangs competed in the prestigious Chicagoland Marching Band Festival at Wheeling High School.  In the highly competitive field, RMHS came in 4th place in class AA.  In addition to all the high school marching bands, the University of Illinois Marching Illini put on an exhibition performance.  “It was a thrill for the high school students to see and hear a Big Ten college marching band in action,” said MM director, Christopher Buti.  This year Marching Illini has three former RMHS band students:  Scott Johnston on snare, Jamie Brunskill on trumpet, and Christina Crusius on clarinet. Thank you to all who were in attendance and congratulations to the Marching Mustangs! See pictures of the students in action: Daily Herald Pictures

Next up for the MM will be the St. Rita Marching Band Competition on Sunday, October 6. Volunteers are needed! Please visit the Volunteer Page and scroll down to the bottom of the page to sign up.

Busy Week for the Marching Mustangs! Home Football Game & Wheeling Competition

There’s not much time to rest for the Marching Mustangs. Fresh off of their class AA first-place finish and best drum major awards at the Grayslake marching competition, the students are busily preparing for TWO performances this week.

sport_footballFirst, there is a home football game is this Friday, September 20. We are still in need of people to help sell delicious Otis Spunkmeyer Cookies. Please use the SIGN UP button at the bottom of the Volunteer Page to help. We could really use your help and see some new faces!

BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE…..

hornHere is the schedule for the Chicagoland Marching Band Festival at Wheeling High School this Saturday. The band will need help with water, loading and unloading the truck both at RMHS and at Wheeling HS, and other things, so please use the sign-up button at the bottom of the Volunteer Page to sign up for whatever tasks you can help with. People will be on-hand to show us what needs to be done, so even if you haven’t volunteered before, come on down and do whatever you can.

Saturday, September 20
Wheeling High School
900 South Elmhurst Road
Wheeling, IL 60090

Download the detailed schedule (including spectator cost and performance schedule) and see a map below.

 Marching Mustangs Wheeling Schedule

2:00 PM Doors to band room open
2:15 PM Practice begins ON TIME in theme T-shirts, black socks, and marching shoes
3:45 PM Practice ends
3:50 PM Eat a light snack/lunch that you brought with or use vending machines—clean up after yourselves!
4:10 PM Change into uniform (bring uniform bags, hats in hat boxes, instruments in cases)
4:15 PM Finish loading buses & truck—make sure you have ALL uniform parts, instrument, equipment, etc.
4:30 PM Leave for Wheeling HS
5:00 PM Arrive at Wheeling HS
5:15 PM Unload buses and truck
5:35 PM Go to warmup area
5:45 PM Warm up
6:00 PM Leave for performance field
6:30 PM Perform our show PICTURE THIS!
6:45 PM Return to buses and truck to put away equipment. We will change out of uniform at this time—you still need to wear your theme T-shirt.
7:00 PM Eat something from the concession stands or that you brought. Go to the stands to watch other bands perform. Many of these bands are some of the top in the state/country. Try to sit as a group. Inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated. You may not leave the Wheeling HS campus at anytime. Write up three bands’ performances and earn a concert credit.
9:45 PM WATCH THE MARCHING ILLINI PERFORM!
10:00 PM Awards (drum majors only)
10:20 PM Load buses
10:30 PM Leave for RMHS
10:50 PM Arrive back at RMHS and put away all equipment and uniforms


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Grayslake Results & Upcoming Performances

Congratulations to the Marching Mustangs on their FIRST-PLACE AA performance at today’s Grayslake Marching Band Competition! Performing inside due to the weather did not dampen the spirit of the students who gave a fantastic performance of their show, Picture This!, which ultimately led them to an overall second-place finish. Junior Rachel Hemm and Senior Jacob Pike were awarded Best Drum Majors for Class AA as well! Video of the performance can be found on the RMHS Music Boosters Facebook page. Their next performance will take will take place at this Friday’s football game followed by a performance this Saturday (9/21) at the Wheeling Marching Band Contest. Be sure to come out and show your support. Way to go Mustangs!