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4TH OF JULY PARADES – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED (PART 2)

drumOur second post of the July 4th trilogy, The Band Strikes Back, features a second call for volunteers. Thank you to all who have graciously donated your time and effort on one of the band’s busiest days of the year, but we still need some help. We are in need of some people to purchase water, help with setup, and to water-walk in either/both parade routes with the band. Though it is a busy day, we have a great time and hope that you will consider supporting the students by being a part of it. As always, you can volunteer by clicking the SIGN UP link on the Volunteers page or going directly to the Volunteerspot.com link: July 4th Volunteers.

4TH OF JULY PARADES – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

balloonThere’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 Friday, 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 or click this link: July 4th Volunteers. Since it will probably be hot, the students could really use many people to walk the parade routes and give them water.

MEMORIAL DAY PARADE SCHEDULE

Marching Mustangs Memorial Day Schedule
Saturday, May 24
Rolling Meadows Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony

8:45 a.m.    Doors to school and band room open
9:00 a.m.    Warmup and run through of parade music/marching
10:00 a.m.    Change into uniforms**
10:25 a.m.    Load busses
10:30 a.m.    Leave for parade site
10:35 a.m.    Arrive at parade site to lineup
11:00 a.m.    Parade starts at Fire Station (Salute to America and cadence)
11:25 a.m.    Parade Ends at the Carillon Pavilion
11:30 a.m.    Ceremony (National Anthem and Taps)
12:00 p.m.    Load busses and go back to school
12:10 p.m.    Return to RMHS and unload busses and put equipment/uniforms away

** For the parade, plan on having available your full marching band uniform and our alternative uniform.  The alternative uniform would be the purple polo shirt, BLACK dress pants (NO CARGOS), black belt, black marching shoes and black socks.  A decision will be made by Friday as to what we are wearing.  This decision will be based upon the weather.  Even though we will work on it in class/practices, please work on memorizing your music or routines to SALUTE TO AMERICA and the CADENCES. This music/routine will be used for the 4th of July and in the fall as well. 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR A BUSY MONTH OF MAY

supportIt’s hard to believe that the school year is almost over. While the school year is winding down, the RMHS Bands & Orchestras are getting busy with performances, events, and preparations for next year; and they need your help! Please considering volunteering your time at the upcoming events listed on the Volunteer Page. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the Sign Up button for the event in which you want to help. If you have any questions, email Laura Pike at volunteers@rmhsmusicboosters.com. Thanks for your help!

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.

PLEASE NOTE:

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:

 

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.