IHSA Organization Contest

February 13, 2009

We’ve got a big event coming up April 3rd and 4th.  Rockridge is hosting IHSA Organization Contest this year.  This is the event where area schools bring their bands, choirs, and orchestras to be critiqued by a panel of judges.  We will have a lot of people coming through the school for this event.  There will be a booster meeting the first Wednesday of March at 6:30 to discuss concessions and general management of the day.  This is an all hands on deck event!  All students are required to work a shift and we could use as much parent help as we can get.  You can email me, Mr. O, or simply attend the booster meeting to find out  how you can help.

Congrats to RHS All Staters!

February 13, 2009

The 2008-2009 school year has been a big on for the RHS Music Dept.  One of the many areas of note is our large number of students selected for All State this year.  In the band performance area; Dana Jones was selected to play in the All State Band on bassoon and Kyle Martin was selected to play guitar in the All State Jazz Band (the first in RHS history as far as we’re aware).  Rachael Kline wrote an essay for the Future Music Educators Semenar and was chosen to go to Peoria to get a crash course in what it’s like to be a music educator.  Another first for our department, Mike Sederquist composed a piece for concert band and submitted it to the All State Student Composition contest.  His piece placed 3rd in the large ensemble division.  Mike’s piece was also performed on our Winter Concert.  While this is a band site, I would certainly be remiss if I didn’t mention our choral All Staters.  Mason Elliott was chosen to sing in the All State Choir and Kelsey Swan was selected to sing in the All State Honors Choir. 

Solo and Ensemble

February 13, 2009

Solo and Ensemble contest is right around the corner!  Contest will be held at Rock Island High School on Saturday, March 7th.  Everyone in band is involved to some capacity.  Come see your students and peers perform in smaller settings than our usual full band performances.