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​Band Placement Auditions for the 2018-19 School Year

Current 9th-11th grade band students auditioned in class in March. See the "Band Classes" section below for audition requirements.  Current 8th grade students at Ridgeview auditioned in April. All other prospective band students should contact Band Director Carlos Rodriguez (rodriguezc@fultonschools.org) to set up an audition. 

Students may choose between several band options​

          Mastery Band
          Advanced Band
          Intermediate Band
          Percussion Ensemble​

          The Raider Marching Band
          Jazz Band & Combo

Director of Bands:   Carlos R. Rodriguez  (RodriguezC@fultonschools.org)

Raider ​Band News

Winterguard Wins First Place at National Championships

The Raider Winterguard, formed just over a year ago, wrapped up their 2018 season by attending the Southern Association for Performance Arts (SAPA) Championships in Chattanooga on Saturday, April 7. The 2018 season began in January and the Raiders participated in five shows in the metro area, garnering medals and accolades as they progressed to the National Championships. Their award-winning show featured “Seize the Day” from the Broadway show “Newsies.” Congratulations to the Raiders for scoring the highest of any group in their classification (Scholastic Regional A) in addition to winning the gold medal for their division. View the 19-member Winterguard's winning performance, directed by Marshelley McGhee and instructor Daniel Chung (link)​ Auditions for the Marching Band's Color Guard will be in early May. Look for more information soon.​

Two Musicians Selected for Two All-State Bands:  All-State Jazz Ensemble and All-State Band

Congratulations to seniors Robert Breeser (trumpet, pictured on the left) and Arthur Miltner (trombone, pictured on the right) for making both the 2017-18 All-State Jazz Ensemble and the 2017-18 All-State Band. 

The Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) All-State Jazz Ensemble was January 25-27, 2018 at the Classic Center in Athens. The GMEA All-State Band was March 1-3, 2018, also at the Classic Center in Athens.


Winterguard Wins 1st Place at Villa Rica
Congratulations to the Raider Winterguard for their First Place finish at the 2018 Villa Rica competition. Held Saturday, February 24, 2018, the "Newsies" won the Novice class division by five points. In an exciting trend, the Raiders scored 15 points higher than their previous performance. 

Next on the schedule is the Flowery Branch Invitational. The Newsies perform at 12 noon on Saturday, March 17. 

Winterguard Opens Season at Etowah With 2nd Place Trophy

Congratulations to the Raider Winterguard for opening the 2017-18 season with a Second Place Trophy. The team, formed in February 2017, participated in its first competition of the year at Etowah High School on Saturday, January 20, 2018. Under the direction of community coach Marshelley McGhee, the Raiders were one of 11 units in the Novice class (for introductory and beginning levels). This year's team, which practices twice a week, has 19 young men and women. They plan to take their show, featuring music from the Broadway show "Newsies," to six competitions this spring. ​

2017-18 Winterguard Announced
Following four days of workshops and auditions, judges named the 2017-18 Winterguard members. Congratulations to the following students:
​​​Isaiah Ortiz, Rifle Captain​
Julia Jones, Flag Captain
Shira Alperin, Co-Captain
Flag Line:
Aisha Abundez
Jada Bates
Michelle Brannon
Sasha Cottrell
Mahri Fair
Julia Jones
Carmen Hernandez
Kevin Hernandez
Kevin Muniz
Niejah Reels
Rifle Line:
Shira Alperin
Shelby Arrigo
Summer Coleman
Jesus Flores
Mia Hill
Julie Mittelstedt
Ella Morgen
Isaiah Ortiz
Sophia Vandat
Lise Xu

Fulton County Honor Band News

Congratulations to Haley Gruensfelder (Clarinet), Skyler Gupta (Percussion), Jonathan Radney (Trombone), Drew Kaplan (Trombone), and Aiden Jones (Percussion) for being chosen to play in the 2017 Fulton County Honor Band. The students (pictured with Raider Band Director Carlos Rodriguez)​ joined musicians from across the county for the two-day event at Centennial High School. Under the leadership of guest conductor Dr. Robert M. Carnochan of the University of Miami Frost School of Music, the students attended workshops and rehearsals to prepare for the joint concert Tuesday evening, November 14. 

Raider Marching Band, Percussion, & Color Guard Win Awards

Congratulations to the Marching Band for their award-winning performances at the 13th Annual White Columns Invitational competition. Held on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Milton High School, the Raider Marching Band won First Place in their classification. The Band and Percussion earned "Excellent" ratings, while the Color Guard and Drum Majors earned "Superior" ratings. Best in Class awards in Class A went to the Raiders for Color Guard, Percussion, Visual Performance, Musical Performance, and Overall General Effect.


Band Classes

Mastery Band
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 Etude (see link below), 12 major scales, Sight Reading, and Enrollment in Mastery Band Class​

Mastery Band Audition Etude Link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/tqt7i95r3qekjyc/AAAHfA1KBsHyP17p3rucIz_xa?dl=0

Advanced Band
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 8 Major Scales and Sight Reading, Enrollment in Advanced Band Class

Intermediate Band

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: 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: Teacher Recommendation, Audition 8 Blues Scales and Improv, Enrollment in Advanced Jazz Lab Class​

Co-curricular Bands​

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

Jazz Combo
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.

Percussion Ensemble
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 (Group Performance)
Grade: 12 only
Prerequisite: 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 (Solo Performance)
Grade: 11-12
Prerequisite: 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 only)
Prerequisite: Instructor Recommendation

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 the following:

  • Intention – what was the intention behind the piece?

  • ​Process – what steps did the student take to achieve the final version of the piece?

    • How were the musical elements developed?

    • What musical successes and difficulties were encounter​ed?

    • What equipment was used (if any)? (In the case of music technology compositions students must refer to the name and source of all sampled and/or imported material.)

  • Outcome – what did the student learn musically during the creating of the piece?​


2018 Marching Band Camp Dates
location TBD

July 18-20, 2018, 9am-5pm
Leadership, Colorguard, & Percussion

July 23-27, 2018, 8am-8pm
Full Band Camp (Instrumentalists, Colorg​uard, & Percussion)

Online Marching Band Registration for students who missed the May 2018 sign-ups:   (link)

​​Band & Colorguard Social Media

​Riverwood HS Band



Links & Documents
Support the Band by joining the Band and Orchestra Boosters (BOB)
Band and ​Orchestra Boosters (BOB) page ​
​BOB Membership Forms
Band & Orchestra, English
​Band & Orchestra, Spanish

​Make Donations​ to BOB using PayPal


​Concert Attire Online Order Form

     ​online sign up link
​​Charms Online for Band and Orchestra Parents
​​Colorguard ​& Winterguard Page
​Marching Band Home Football Game Food Order Form​
Order & pre-pay the day before each home game. Food delivered to stadium bleachers following halftime show.
Menu and ​Order Form
​​Marching Band Physical Forms
PrivIT Online Participation Forms
PrivIT Registratio​n Instructions
BOB Expense Reimbursement Online Form
          online form ​link


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