Our Mission

 

The purpose of the RMHS Band Parent's Organization is to provide financial and physical support as well as foster an improved educational environment to the instrumental music program involving RMHS students that participate in Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Jazz Combo, Color Guard and any other group directly tied to the music department at the high school.

 

Band Camp 2014

In preparation for the 2014-2015 Fall Season, all marching band members participate in Band Camp during the week of August 11, 2014.

Sessions run 8-12, lunch break, 5-9. Your student must be there at least 15 minutes before the time listed, but should be there earlier to help bring equipment down to the field. Stretch block starts at 7:45 and students have to be on the field ready to go at this time.

Unless it is raining, students will be outside for almost all of both the morning and evening sessions. Please be sure you have water, a hat (and sunglasses if wanted), sunscreen, bug spray, music, sneakers, and your instrument. Even if you "don't burn" bring and apply sunscreen because you will burn and will be miserable for the remainder of the week. During water breaks it is nice to be able to eat something small to give you a little more energy. Also eat a good breakfast. Even if you don't normally eat breakfast you are going to want to or at least bring snacks that you can eat during rehearsal. Get a good night's sleep because band camp is demanding and you will need it. It is preferable to wear light colored clothing as this will not absorb as much sun as dark colored clothing. The turf is generally 5-10 degrees warmer than the outside air so again water is essential. We will have jugs of water to refill water bottles during rehearsal but you need to at least have your own water bottle (students were all given one in their band camp bags that they received last Wednesday).Even though you might not need your bug spray for the day, you will definitely need it for the evening rehearsals. Also during the evening it gets cooler so it is recommended that you bring a sweatshirt just in case.

On Monday, students will be given forms for a pizza party on Wednesday. These forms will be due on Tuesday, August 12th along with $5. Also during the week students will be receiving forms for the annual Band Camp Cookout. More information on that will be given during the week.

BPO Meeting Information

Parents of Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Jazz Combo, and Color Guard attend. In an effort to distribute meeting notes in a timely manner and save printing costs, the BPO Secretary is making draft meeting minutes available electronically via the RMHS-BPO site.

Meeting minutes and agendas can be found at:

http://www.rmhs-bpo.org/MeetingInformation/

NEXT BPO Parent Meeting will be: Tuesday, August 12 at 7:00 in the RMHS Band Room. This will be our first BPO meeting of the season.

Please join us in our first BPO meeting of the year, next Tuesday the 12th at 7pm. We will discuss all things Marching Band and Competition related! The meeting will last about 90 minutes and then we encourage you to stay and watch the last half hour of band practice. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!

2014-2015 Fall Season

The fall season NESBA schedule of events is available on the NESBA site:

http://www.nesba.org/events.php

RMHS Award-Winning Finals Performances

RMHS Winter Guard Won NESBA Finals

Our RMHS Winter Guard won GOLD in the New England Scholastic Band Association (NESBA) New England Winter Guard Championships. Reading competed in the Guard Local Scholastic A class at the NESBA Finals in Salem on March 29, 2014 and placed 1st! Congratulations to all our winter guard members and coaches Samantha Strong, Alyx Strong, Molly O'Donnell, Ben Owens, and John Duffy on a tremendously successful season!

RMHS Jazz Ensemble Won GOLD in Finals

Our RMHS Jazz Ensemble receives GOLD medal in the Massachusetts Association for Jazz Education (MAJE) State Jazz Ensemble Finals. Reading Jazz Ensemble competed in the MAJE State Jazz Ensemble Finals in Framingham on March 29, 2014 and placed 1st! Congratulations to our Jazz Ensemble and Mr. Bunten on a wonderfully successful season!

RMHS Winter Percussion Placed 3rd in Finals

Our RMHS Winter Percussion medaled in the New England Scholastic Band Association (NESBA) New England Winter Percussion Championships Reading Winter Percussion competed in the Percussion Scholastic Concert A class in North Andover on March 30, 2014 and placed 3rd! Congratulations to our Winter Percussion and Mr. Will Bounas on a wonderfully successful season!

Online Calendar

If you use Google, Apple, or any other system that understands "iCal" you can add our calendar into yours. The important link (or URL) is this:

http://www.rmhs-bpo.org/calendar/publish.php/__public__.ics

For example, in Google, in the "Other calendars" box, click on "Add", and then "Add by URL" and cut/paste the above URL.