Welcome to the Roosevelt Rough Rider Band!
The Roosevelt Band Program - The music program at Roosevelt High School is one of the most diverse and challenging in Washington State. Our ensembles consistently demonstrate musical excellence and enthusiasm. The program is designed to meet the musical and social needs of many different levels of student musicians. There is a very special sense of “family” in Roosevelt Music.
Most incoming freshman are enrolled in Concert Band which meets daily throughout the year. Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble also meet daily, and offer more advanced-level ensemble work with an emphasis on demanding band literature in a variety of styles. All three groups perform at concerts and festivals at school, and at outside venues. Students in any one of these groups are encouraged to be part of the Marching Band.
The Roosevelt Rough Rider Marching Band - The spirit of Roosevelt High School is the Rough Rider Marching Band. “Music, Marching and Madness!” is our motto. Marching Band is open to all Band musicians, regardless of grade level. This is a great way to get involved and get to know other musicians of all grade levels at Roosevelt. Attendance at PARADE and GAME events counts as COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS, so step up, join our ranks and become part of the world-class music community at Roosevelt High School!
The Rough Rider Marching Band performs field shows for selected football games, and supports the team by playing in the stands at Memorial Stadium. School buses transport students and their instruments to and from the games. Students meet at school 1 1⁄2 hours prior to game time for uniform distribution.
We practice music and teach students how to march at our annual fall overnight band camp, which takes place the first weekend after school starts, and during our twice a week practices in the fall and spring. Fall practice starts in September and ends in October, once the last home football game is over. Spring practice starts in May and ends mid-June. Dates and times of practices are determined at the beginning of the year. Regular attendance at marching practice is necessary to produce a quality show on the field. Students with scheduling conflicts need to talk to Mr. Brown in advance.
The RHS RiderBand Email List – Most Band communication is done via email and through our website. Please subscribe to our mailing list through our website, www.riderband.org. Student Drum Majors and Section Leaders may also communicate with fellow musicians through social media, the white board in the band room, and word of mouth.
Uniform Fittings - All students enrolled in Band must have a marching band uniform fitted in the fall. Even those who are not participating in the football field shows may play with the Band in the stands. Uniforms are required for parades as well. Veterans, we need to verify that your uniform, shoes, and shako inclusive, still fit. The RHS Marching Band Uniform Form is on the website under the "Members" and "Forms" tab. Uniform fittings will take place on Wednesday, 9/6 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m and again after school on Thursday, 9/7.
Event Schedule – A full schedule will be available on the website as dates are confirmed.
Fall Family Potluck Picnic - August 31st, Ravenna Park
The first booster event is the annual Fall Family Potluck Picnic on Thursday, August, 31st from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Ravenna Park. This is a great opportunity to meet Mr. Brown and fellow musicians and their families. The Boosters will provide hamburgers, buns, condiments, plates, forks and napkins. We're asking you to bring something to share with 8+ people.
If your last name starts with A-I please bring a side dish, salad or chips.
If your last name starts with J-R please bring drinks in individual servings as cups will not be provided.
If your last name starts with S-Z please bring a dessert to share.
Fall Band Camp - September 8th –10th, Eatonville, WA
The Band is returning to beautiful Pack Forest Convention Center, leaving by school bus, from RHS at 6:00 p.m. on Friday Sept. 8th and returning Sunday Sept. 10th around noon. This two- day camp, under the leadership of Scott Brown, includes music rehearsals, marching practice and a chance to meet new and returning band members. Transportation, lodging, and meals are included in the fee. Please fill out the forms and permission slip, which are available in the "Members Tab" under "Forms." Financial aid is available upon request. (Check the website for aid requests). Forms can be mailed to our P.O. Box today. Parent chaperones are needed to meet Seattle Public School guidelines. Ask us about required forms for parent chaperones. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Other Roosevelt Marching/Concert Bands Highlights:
• Half-time field show performances at home football games; performances at school and pep
assemblies; Pep Band performances at home varsity basketball games and tournaments • Seattle’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade
• Quarterly concerts at Roosevelt: Pumpkin Seed, Hollyberry, April Foolz, End Of Year
• Central Washington University Concert Band Festival; Univ. of Washington Wind Ensemble Festival
• Portland Rose Festival Parade, Portland, Oregon
• Hyak International Parade in New Westminster, B.C., Canada and Spring Band Camp at Camp Casey on Whidbey Island
• Roosevelt Neighborhood Parade and barbecue with performance at Bartell Drugs in Roosevelt Square
The Roosevelt Band Boosters - The Roosevelt Band Boosters is a non-profit organization that provides financial and organizational assistance to the Roosevelt Band programs. Once your student joins the Band, you become a member of the Band Boosters. Our goal is for every student to have the opportunity to fully participate in our program, regardless of financial need.
There are many opportunities to volunteer, both large and small. Board meetings are held monthly, and general meetings are held quarterly at Roosevelt. All Band Boosters, friends, and family are encouraged to attend football and basketball games, and concerts. Our musicians appreciate a large and supportive audience, and attending these events is a way to have fun and meet other parents. We are looking for a Treasurer-elect for the 2017-2018 school year.
Fundraising - Our biggest fundraiser is the cleanup of the Montlake parking lot and surrounding areas after home University of Washington football games. We earn $1,200.00 per game when we have 20 volunteers helping at 7:30 in the morning for about two hours. Students earn service hours and we work together to the benefit of our great community.
Please contact us with any questions, comments, concerns, and most of all, to lend a hand! Email email@example.com or contact a Board Member directly by going to the "Contact Us" tab on the website.