Category Archives: Jazz in the Meadows

Cookie Sales at Basketball Games & Jazz in the Meadows Sign-Ups

Happy Sunday evening to all!

Thank you to all who have already signed up to help at at next month’s Jazz in the Meadows on February 25!  We still need more help there, so please consider where you might be able to volunteer that day and sign up at the button below.

In addition, we have two more Basketball Games – this Friday, Feb. 3 & Friday, Feb. 17 – where the RMHS Music Boosters will be baking and selling chocolate chip cookies as our ongoing fund-raiser.  Please consider signing up for a time slot during one of these last two nights of the 2016-17 Pep Band season!

Thank you for all you do to help promote our programs for the music students and have a great week!

Cookie Sales – Friday, February 3

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Cookie Sales – Friday, February 17

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Jazz in the Meadows – Saturday, February 25

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Jazz in the Meadows – 1 Month From Today – Volunteer NOW!!

Only 1 month from today on Saturday, Feb. 25, the RMHS Music Boosters will host our greatest fund-raiser of the year, the 32nd Annual Jazz in the Meadows, the largest high-school competitive jazz festival in the Midwest!

Time to Volunteer!

But we need your help!  A new SignUpGenius spot has been launched tonight that breaks down and describes all of the positions where we will need volunteer support from parents, friends and alumni of our outstanding music program at RMHS!  Here is the Jazz in the Meadows SignUpGenius link where you can sign up:

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New this year are Tabs at the top of the sign-up that divide the jobs by category, so please take the time to browse through each of the Tabs and enter your name everywhere that you are able to serve.  If you have any questions about a particular position, please contact Tom Toussaint at

We will be sending out frequent reminders from now until the 25th to help get these positions filled, update volunteers on any changes and with final instructions for our work that day.

Program Book Ads

In addition, the Jazz in the Meadows Program Book includes ads from local businesses and parents who want to support the Instrumental Music Program at RMHS.  You can learn more about doing this here:

2017 Jazz in the Meadows Program Book Info

If you are interested in placing an ad, contact Mr. Buti and send your payment and information to him.  Reaching as many as 4,000 attendees, this is a great way to reach this jazz-loving audience while supporting our music students.

We look forward to our best Jazz in the Meadows yet and for all the support – both in time and treasure – that we know you will share with our students!

– The RMHS Music Boosters




Jazz in the Meadows – Volunteer Planning Meeting

calendarCome join us Tuesday, November 29 at 7 pm in the South Cafeteria (back by faculty lounge) for a special Jazz in the Meadows meeting. February will be here before we know it, and we want to be prepared for a fantastic and profitable event. Everyone is welcome to join us for an intro meeting and to learn more about the event.

  • Not sure what Jazz in the Meadows is yet? We’ll give you brief facts on the largest RMHS Music Boosters fundraiser!
  • Wondering what people mean when they say JITM? We’ll help you understand what that means.
  • Your student isn’t in Jazz? Funds raised at the Jazz Festival support the Band, Orchestra, Color Guard, and Jazz Band!
  • Don’t have a lot of time to volunteer?  We have many opportunities before and during the event that only take a few hours at a time. Come learn about them at this meeting.

Please note that the RMHS Music Boosters will still meet December 6 for the regular monthly meeting.  Jazz in the Meadows logo design voting will happen at the December 6 meeting!

Please contact Christina Krawczyk with any questions regarding Jazz in the Meadows at

Thank you from the RMHS Music Boosters!

emotion_grinThank you to all the volunteers that came out to make the 31st year of Jazz in the Meadows a great success.  Whether you volunteered a few hours or helped out all day, it equaled a great experience for the more than 1000 young musicians who performed. It continues to show why we host one of the premiere jazz festivals in the Midwest.

This event could not take place without the help of the many volunteers who made a difference in a young performer’s life.  The Executive Committee and the Jazz in the Meadows Chairperson thank you.

The March RMHS Music Boosters Meeting will be POSTPONED until Tuesday March 8th.

If you have any questions about boosters please send an email to president@rmhsmusicboosters or reach out to Mr. Buti or Mr. Carroll for additional information. The RMHS Music Boosters work closely with the directors in helping to plan and support such things as band competitions, concerts, trips, camps and Jazz in the Meadows.

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.


supportWhile we have so many wonderful moms, dads, siblings, alums and friends who have already signed up to help make the 31st Annual Jazz in the Meadows Festival the best yet, we still have several more spots that we need to have filled.  Please take one more look at the VolunteerSpot ( and commit to whatever might work in your busy Saturday schedule.  Even two hours of time would be helpful.  If you’re not sure what our greatest need is or what would be best for you, contact us at and we will help you fit you into the perfect spot for you, no matter how much time you have to offer.

Please consider helping us make this day great and the RMHS Music Boosters’ greatest fundraiser of the year!

JITM – Appeal for Announcers


…a Critical Need for Announcers!!

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As the new Volunteer Coordinator, I want to begin by thanking the many, many parents and friends who have already stepped forward to help make Jazz in the Meadows both the largest jazz festival in the Midwest and one that is envied and imitated for the class and quality of the overall experience for the bands who participate.

Part of each band’s competitive performance is the overall experience in the classrooms and venues throughout the building and key to that experience is the role of the Announcer.  Each competition room has an Announcer who helps keep the bands performing in front of the judges on time and with the utmost class and professionalism.  Working closely with the room’s three judges, the Announcer meets briefly with each band director as they enter and set up the room, confirming their pre-set playlist has not changed.  The Announcer then welcomes the band and its audience to the room and announces the songs they will play.  As each band completes its performance, the Announcer collects the judges sheets and bundles them to be given to a student runner to take to the Scoring Office.  That’s it!

I have volunteered in this role for several years and have really enjoyed hearing the bands, working with the judges and really feeling like a small but vitally important part of the overall Jazz in the Meadows experience.  While the extroverts out there will love this position, introverts will find it easier than it might sound because everything that need to be done is written out including the announcement to be said before each band performs.  You will be surprised how much fun this position winds up being: I certainly was during the first year I did this – I had signed up for the just the morning and then decided to stay and continue announcing for the whole day!

In addition, we will host a training at 7:15 p.m., Friday, February 26 (the night before), for anybody who would like to go over the process, see the materials and get completely comfortable with the role.

Please consider volunteering as an Announcer for Jazz in the Meadows or any of the positions still available for this great event and amazing fund-raiser for the music programs at RMHS!  Sign up here

I look forward to seeing your name on Volunteer Spot in the next few days and to seeing YOU on the 27th at the 31st Jazz in the Meadows!

Tom Toussaint
Volunteer Coordinator

Jazz in the Meadows Volunteers Needed

Volunteer registration is now open for the 31st annual Jazz in the Meadows on Saturday, February 27, 2016. We need your help to make it a success! Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on VolunteerSpot

As you might imagine with such a large event, we need lots of volunteers.  Parents, grandparents, relatives, friends, alumni – everyone is welcome and encouraged to volunteer. (Note – music department students have their own volunteer signup with their directors).  No prior experience necessary, and there’s something for everyone.  It’s a few hours investment with a big payoff to support the music department.

Do you like the outdoors? Direct traffic.
Do you like food? Sell refreshments.
Do you like spreadsheets? Tally scores.
Do you like talking? Announce bands.
Do you like entertaining? Provide hospitality.
Do you like fashion? Sell T-shirts.
Do you like maps? Give directions.

If you have any questions, please email us at  For those of you who would like the opportunity to “take charge” of a part of the event, we are looking for Shadows for our Hospitality Chair and our Scoring Office Chair.  Email us and we’ll give you more information!