Raider Band News
2017 Large Group Performance Evaluation
Cambridge High School
Mastery Band, Wednesday, March 1, Superior
Raiders Play at Carnegie Hall, Spring 2017 (see video below)
The Raider Band received an invitation to play in the Spring 2017 National Band and Orchestra Festival at Carnegie Hall. Using a recording of the May 2016 spring school concert as an audition tape, the prestigious festival extended an invitation to perform in New York City's famed Carnegie Hall. “For a musician, performing on stage at Carnegie Hall represents arriving at place where few musicians can," said Band Director Carlos Rodriguez. “With the tremendous growth and success that our band program has had in just four years, I feel that this is a huge accomplishment for our program, school, and community.”
Raider Marching Band, Drumline, & Drum Majors Win Awards
Congratulations to the Marching Band for their award-winning performances at the 12th Annual White Columns Invitational competition. Held on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at Milton High School, the Raider Marching Band won 2nd place in their classification; the Drumline and Drum Majors won 1st place in their classification. The ratings, using the Olympic style judging format, were: Percussion, Color Guard, and Band - Excellent; Drum Major - Superior.
Fulton County Schools Features Raider Band in October 2016 Video Blog
The October 2016 "Fulton in Five" has a nice segment about the Carnegie Hall invitation at the 3:42 mark.
An ensemble of mastery musicians who have demonstrated the highest level of proficiency, this class deals with advanced technical and musical concepts. Participation in the GMEA District Band Festival, in addition to various performances, is required of all members.
Requirements for membership: Audition; Enrollment in Mastery Band Class
An ensemble of advanced musicians who have demonstrated a high level of proficiency, this class deals with technical and musical concepts. Participation in the GMEA District Band Festival, in addition to various performances, is required of all members.
Requirements for membership: Audition; Enrollment in Advanced Band Class
This class provides students an opportunity to further develop the fundamental techniques of performance and rehearsal in preparation for local and regional performances. Participation in the GMEA District Band Festival is an essential component of Concert Band membership.
Requirements for membership: Audition; Enrollment in Intermediate Band Class
Advanced Jazz Lab (Jazz Band)
This class provides students an opportunity to learn the fundamental techniques of jazz performance and
improvisation for local and regional performances.
Requirements for membership: Enrollment in Advanced Jazz Lab Class
The Raider Marching Band
A performing ensemble open to all wind and percussion instrumental students on campus regardless of prior marching experience or ability. It is an incredible experience and a great way to meet new people. Students interested in marching band must be enrolled in a band class. Rehearsals begin during the summer with additional rehearsals required throughout the fall. Performances include, but are not limited to, football games, competitions, and community events. Summer Marching Band Camp is a requirement for participation in the marching band and color guard. Students must attend every camp day to be eligible to march. For additional information, please contact the band director: RodriguezC@fultonschools.org
Requirements for membership: Enrollment in a Band Class and Summer Camp attendance
Dues: camp and uniform fees, approx. $300.00
The Jazz Ensembles are not a daily class, but meet regularly as an extra-curricular activity outside of school hours. Jazz Ensembles are for advanced performers who have an interest in jazz. Students must participate in a traditional music ensemble to be eligible for membership.
The Percussion Ensemble provides students an opportunity to learn the fundamental techniques of performance and rehearsal in preparation for local and regional performances.
Requirements for membership: Enrollment in Percussion Class
International Baccalaureate (IB) Options
IB Music SLG
Grade: 12 only
Enrollment in one of the school’s large ensembles and permission of
the instructor (by audition)
Students who choose
the Group Performing component are expected to be active,
participating members of a musical group that performs on a regular
basis in public. A group may be composed entirely or partially by
Diploma Program music students but is not limited to groups organized
or offered in a school environment. A group could be as small as two
people; however, the participating role of each performer must be of
equal musical importance. A soloist being accompanied by another
student does not constitute a group. Using the computer as a musical
instrument (as defined in the solo performing option) is not
permitted in the group performance option. Examples of musical
groups (any size or style) include (but are not limited to): choir,
orchestra, concert/wind band, rock/pop band and chamber group. For
assessment purposes, the recordings must be of the same group in two
or more public performances. The total performance time must be
between 20-30 minutes.
IB Music SLS
Instructor Recommendation (by audition)
The student is
required to submit a compact disc (CD) recording selected from pieces
presented during one or more public performance(s). The total
performance time is to be between 14 and 16 minutes in length. The
purpose of recording performances is to allow students subsequently
to select a number of contrasting pieces to represent their best work
for internal assessment. In performing their pieces students may
use: 1) any instrument and/or voice, or 2) the computer as a musical
instrument. Students my not present a combination of 1 and 2.
IB Music SLC
(Creating) and HL
Grade: 11-12 (HL 12
Students who chose
the Creating component are to submit a “Reflective Statement”
along with each presented piece. Each statement must be no more than
300 words. The statement must reflect the creative process over
time. Each reflection must include documentation by the student of
what was the intention behind the piece?
what steps did the student take to achieve the final version of the
How were the
musical elements developed?
successes and difficulties were encountered?
was used (if any)? (In the case of music technology compositions
students must refer to the name and source of all sampled and/or
what did the student learn musically during the creating of the