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Orchestra Camp Info – Update

-crop-44-33-36px-'f'-as-in-'violin'-5865By now, all orchestra students should have received the summer mailing for the orchestra camp which is scheduled for Monday, August 12-15 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. In the event that you did not receive the mailing, it included the following documents: Summer Orchestra LetterHealth History & Travel Consent Forms, and Orchestra Fees Form. Please make sure to return these documents along with your fee payments at the first day of camp. Also, if you have not already done so, please take a moment to fill out the Spring Trip interest form online here: Trip Interest Form. This is very important to our planning of our 2014 Spring Trip to Orlando, FL!

UPDATE: If you haven’t done so already, please also update your directory information by clicking here: Music Boosters Directory Online Form or by filling out and returning this form: Music Boosters Directory Form

Volunteers Needed for Fittings

To prepare for the new school year, the students must be fitted for uniforms and tuxes or dresses. Since there are at least 100 members of the marching band and orchestra, we need some parent volunteers to help out during  band camp (Monday, August 5 through Wednesday, August 7).

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 the Uniform Fittings activity and click “Sign up” or click this link: Uniform 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.

Summer Information Packets

eventsAttention all students and parents of the Marching Mustangs…… summer information packets have been mailed home.  You can preview or double check the information at any of the following links to PDF versions of the documents:

13-14 August Camp Letter (August 5-9, 13-14, 15)
16th Annual MM Family Picnic Invite (for August 9th at 5:30 p.m.)
13-14 DCI Quarterfinals in Theaters (August 8th at night in various local theaters)
13-14 Music Booster Parent Involvement
13-14 Parent Dessert Night Invitation (August 6th from 8:00-9:00 p.m.)

Marching Band Camp Info: Volunteers & Picnic

Marching band camp is at the beginning of August (August 5 – 9, August 13 – 14), and the students need some volunteers to help serve dinner after they’ve been practicing all day. On Friday, August 9, there’s a picnic for the families of ALL MUSIC STUDENTS—not just the marching band, so pass the word! After the picnic, stay to watch the first public performance of this year’s marching competition piece.

We’re using not only to track volunteers, but also to get an idea of how many people will attend the picnic. Whether you want to volunteer or just socialize, please visit the Volunteer page, scroll down to the Summer Band Camp entry and click the sign-up button or click this link: Volunteers & Picnic.

After you enter your e-mail address (so VolunteerSpot knows where to send confirmations and reminders), you can sign up to help serve pizza, subs, or grill. If you’ll attend the picnic, please also sign up for one of the “Bring” spots (based on the first letter of your last name). Use the “+” and “-” buttons to specify how many people will be in your party (excluding your music student).

Music Booster Directory Form

cards_bind_addressAll Band, Orchestra, and Color Guard families are listed in our Music Booster Directory which is published yearly. In order to streamline the process, we have created a form that can be accessed and submitted online. This is the most efficient and accurate way of having your information published in the directory. Your family has/will also receive a paper version that you could fill out and return, but we encourage you to use the electronic version which can be found here: RMHS Music Boosters Directory Form. Please note that your submission is for the directory ONLY. If you wish to subscribe to website updates (and we encourage you to do so), you’ll need to submit your email in the left sidebar under “Updates.”

4th of July Parades – 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 (NOTE: When prompted, do NOT try the New Look for VolunteerSpot. Select Go Standard).

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. (You can log in using your Facebook or Twitter credentials.)

This is a map of the Arlington Heights and Rolling Meadows parade routes:


RMHS Music Department Spring Break Trip to Orlando, FL – Info Now Available!!!

emotion_coolFollow this link, Spring Break Trip 2014, to a pdf of the proposed itinerary and payment schedule for the RMHS Band, Choir, Color Guard, and Orchestra trip to Orlando, Florida March 23-29!! There will be numerous fundraising opportunities (such as the Garage Sale, Butterbraid, Manna Gift Cards, Cheesecake, Yankee Candle, etc.) for students to raise funds in their student account to offset the cost of the trip.

As we are still in the planning stages, we need EVERY student to follow this link, Trip Interest Form, to register a “yes” or “no” for the trip. You may participate in more than one ensemble (Band, Choir, Color Guard, and/or Orchestra). Parents only need to register if they would like to be a chaperone. This is not a commitment yet, but will help us in the planning of buses, rooms, chaperones, and ensembles.

Thanks for your consideration.