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Come Play this Saturday with the Polar Bear Club at the Santa Run

Oksana Lukaszewskyj, band director at South Middle School, asked that we post the following invitation:

Calling All Instrumental Musicians:
Young, Old, Pros & Music-Lovers!

The annual Arlington Heights Santa Run is this Saturday, December 2.
For the past several years, South Middle School band members, alums and friends form “The Polar Bear Club” for the day, playing Christmas carols in pep-band style to cheer on the “Santas” as they run past South.
Everyone is invited to be a member of the Polar Bear Club: Friends, family members and neighbors.  Even if you do not play an instrument, you can still come and jingle & jangle along with the band.  Sheet music will be provided.
Students who play for the Santa Run can also log community-service hours for groups like the National Honor Society and youth group programs.  Be sure to bring the necessary forms for signature.
The Polar Bear Club will perform outside (thus the name), so please dress appropriately. All performers are encouraged to wear Santa hats, elf ears, reindeer antlers or any other holiday-themed head gear.
If you plan to play:
  • Please bring your instrument to the South Middle School band room at 9 a.m., this Saturday, December 2, where there will be a brief rehearsal.
  • Enter through the front doors at 400 S. Highland Street – the band room is on the second floor.
  • Music will be distributed when you arrive at South. 
  • The Polar Bears will head outside and set up near the main entrance to South by 10 a.m., which is when the Santa Run begins. The first runners should begin passing SMS between 10:05 and 10:10 a.m.
  • The Polar Bear Club will continue to play outside until the end of the race.
  • When the last runners pass by, the group will return to the band room to put away the stands and equipment.
  • After a group picture, candy canes will be available for everyone!
The estimated completion time is 11:30 a.m. but it could be sooner.
And if you are running in the race, please give us a shout out as you pass by South!
For more information, contact Oksana Lukaszewskyj at

Band-O-Rama this Wednesday – Please Come and Help Out!

Band-O-Rama will be held at 7:30 p.m., this Wednesday, November 1, in the main gymnasium at RMHS.  This concert features all of the music and routines performed during the 2017 Marching Mustangs Season including this season’s award-winning show, Beyond the Forest’s Edge.  The concert will be recorded and commemorative CDs of the event can be ordered that night, too.

There are several opportunities to volunteer here, so please consider helping out where you can, especially if you do not have a student performing that night so that parents of student-performers can come and enjoy the concert.

You can volunteer here:
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Thank you for your ongoing support and for helping make 2017 such a great season for the Marching Mustangs!!

See you Wednesday!

— The RMHS Music Boosters

20 Volunteers Still Needed for Junior High Band Night Tomorrow

With more than 100 middle- and junior-high school students registered to practice with and then join the Marching Mustangs for the Pre-Game Show at the final football game of the season against Buffalo Grove tomorrow night, Oct. 20, we still need 20 positions filled to help make this night the great success and tons of fun it always is for all the students.

Please consider helping welcome our young guests when they begin arriving at 4:45 or serving them (and the Marching Mustangs) a Music Booster-sponsored pizza dinner at 6 p.m. if you can possibly be there.  For many of these students, this is their first exposure to the RMHS music program and we want to make a great impression in hopes that they will join our ranks when they get to high school.

You can sign up here:
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Thank you for a great 2017 marching season and all of the support you have provided at our many events along the way!  We look forward to seeing you tomorrow night.

−The RMHS Music Boosters

Pick-Up Time now 9 p.m. for Sandwich Competition, Marching not likely

Schedule Change & Weather Impacts Sandwich Competition

The Renegade Invitational Contest at Sandwich High School today has finalized its schedule, moving the Marching Mustangs’ performance time to 4:15 p.m.  (It originally was set for 5:15 p.m. on some earlier schedules.)  This means that pick-up time is now 9 p.m., back at RMHS, which is an hour earlier, too.

In addition, we have received word that the Sandwich football field is very wet and it is not likely that any of the bands will be marching today, and the competition will become a standing-only event.  The band typically stands on the track in concert formation for the show with the color guard forming a “shell” around the band and performing as much of its routine as possible while standing in place.

Good luck, Marching Mustangs, on your final competition of the 2017 season!

Volunteers Needed as Marching Season Culminates over next 10 days

Homecoming Game this Friday Night
& Final Competition this Sunday

As mid-October approaches, the 2017 Marching Mustang Season does not slow down but only gains momentum with the Homecoming Football Game this Friday night followed by the final marching competition this Sunday in Sandwich, Illinois.  Next Friday, October 20, is the last scheduled home Football Game as well as the Marching Mustangs’ Annual Junior High Band Night where extra help is needed as we host (and recruit!) future Marching Mustangs from the bands at our feeder schools.

The events are in date order below for your review.  Please volunteer wherever you are able to do so!

Homecoming Game
Friday, October 13

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Sandwich MusicFest Competition
Sunday, October 15

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Junior High Band Night/Football Game
Friday, October 20

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Many thanks,
—The RMHS Music Boosters


Volunteers Needed for Robert Morris Marching Invitational this Sunday, Oct. 8

Marching Mustangs need volunteer help for
Robert Morris Invitational competition this Sunday, Oct. 8

The Marching Mustangs’ next competition is the Robert Morris University Marching Band Invitational which is being held from 12:45 to 5 p.m., Sunday, October 8, at Forest View Education Center.  Our performance time is set for 3 p.m. on the football field.

Band members need to arrive at the RMHS Band Room by 11 a.m. that morning, and we need LOTS of help and support to make this entire day a great success from beginning to end.  From loading and unloading the larger instruments on the buses to chaperoning, filming the competitive performance, and providing water bottles for the band, there are all kinds of ways to help out, have a great time and get to know other Booster parents.  Many families often drive ahead to the school and cheer on the Marching Mustangs to victory, too!

Please check out the volunteer slots below and sign up for whatever you are available to do:

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Thank you so much for your ongoing support and all you do for the Marching Mustangs!

— The RMHS Music Boosters

Busy Weekend Ahead – Help needed for Football Game & Wheeling Competition

The Marching Mustangs have back–to-back events this coming weekend, Friday & Saturday, September 22 & 23.  Please volunteer to help in any way that you can.

Friday night the Mustangs take on the Wheeling Wildcats at home and will march their 2017 show, Beyond the Forest’s Edge, one last time before competing at the Chicagoland Marching Band Festival at Wheeling High School the next day.

Volunteer help is needed for both events.  If you have not volunteered yet this season, please consider doing so this weekend as there are so many things that need to be done to support our band students at these exciting events!

Friday, Sept. 22, Football Game:
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Saturday, Sept. 23, Competition at Wheeling:
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Thank you for your support of the Marching Mustangs!

— The RMHS Music Boosters