The Band & Orchestra Booster club (BOB) supports the school’s music program through service, advocacy and financial support.
2016-17 BOB Membership Form
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Overall, the Band and Orchestra Boosters have encouraged the growth of the Music program with ensemble groups such as Percussion, Jazz Group, Pep Band, and String Quartets. The marching band returned in 2011 to support the football program.
Many student musicians have studied and refined their skills through Riverwood music programs. Student musicians have proudly represented the school in numerous competitions, camps and honor bands including the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. In fact, Riverwood maintains a strong reputation around the Atlanta music community as a destination for talented student musicians to grow and develop their musical passion in a supportive and nurturing environment.
The goal of the Riverwood Band and Orchestra Boosters is to nurture the continued development of music by providing whatever support is necessary. BOB welcomes anyone who feels strongly that music is a vital component of secondary education to join us. Your support, in any form, is welcome: service, advocacy and/or financial.
Please join the Band and Orchestra Boosters and attend a concert or two this year. Our students are really amazing!
Andrea Galiano, BOB President
Sandy Springs Society Awards $6,000 Grant to Band and Orchestra Boosters
The Sandy Springs Society generously funded a grant request to benefit the Band and Orchestra Boosters (BOB). The grant, announced the summer of 2016, provides specialized music instruction for band and orchestra students, as well as the purchase of a wireless microphone system. The grant will provide much needed support to the growing music program at RICS.
BOB supports over 250 Orchestra and Band students through service, advocacy, and financial aid. BOB provides funding for scholarships, competitions, transportation, banquets, awards, Senior Recognition, and feeding hungry musicians.
Directors Carlos Rodriguez (Band) and Jovan DeShong (Orchestra) are leading a music program which is growing by leaps and bounds. With an enrollment of over 200 students in the band and 60 in the orchestra, this is an exciting year to be a Raider musician. As recently as three years ago, fewer than 100 students participated in band and orchestra classes. In addition to the doubling of scheduled band and orchestra classes offered, the marching band has experienced spectacular growth. This year’s marching band numbers more than 50 musicians, up from six a few short years ago.
The band has seven sections: flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, low brass, and percussion. The orchestra has four sections: violin, viola, cello, and bass. As the band and orchestra program continues to grow, it is challenging to deliver the much-needed individualized attention to each instrument section. The Sandy Springs Society’s grant will enable specialized instruction to all students as many are not able to afford private instruction. Mr. Rodriguez and Ms. DeShong source instructions from high school music educators, college professors, and members of symphony orchestras.
In addition to daily participation during the school day, extracurricular groups include the Jazz Band & Combo, the Raider Marching Band, a Percussion Ensemble, and a Quartet. These groups perform during the year at school concerts and community events. The wireless microphone will help raise the professionalism of each musical production and will add to the audience’s musical enjoyment of the performances.
Deb Olson, BOB Parent Volunteer and Sandy Springs resident, worked with Mr. Rodriguez and Ms. DeShong to submit the grant to Sandy Springs Society. “Our directors collaborate and partner with other directors opening access to a lot of talent. Our directors just need the opportunity to bring them to Riverwood.”