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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

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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.

4th of July Parades – Volunteers Needed

There’s no better way to break up the work-week 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 Thursday, 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 will be posted 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 (NOTE: When prompted, do NOT try the New Look for VolunteerSpot. Select Go Standard). Since it will probably be hot, the students could really use many people to walk the parade routes and give them water.

Uniform Fittings

Monday, May 20 and Thursday, May 23 from 6:00-7:15 p.m. will see the return of student uniform fittings. Please consider volunteering to help with the sizing of polo shirts and shoes for current and future Mustang Musicians. Click on the  Volunteer Page, scroll to the bottom, find the Uniform Fittings activity and and click “Sign up.” This is a very busy month for volunteering, so a BIG THANK YOU in advance for your continued support of RMHS Music!