Marching Tigers, in order to put the finishing touches on our 2020 field show, we will be adding a practice to the schedule. The additional practice will be Saturday, October 10th from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the RCHS softball field. Remember that Saturday practices are mandatory and part of your grade. Please make adjustments in your personal schedule to accommodate this extra rehearsal.
Here is the overview of where we are:
1. A single video audition YouTube link will be supplied by the nominating director into the Nomination Platform.
2. It will be the responsibility of the director to make sure that video audition contains all the audition components.
3. The video can be EITHER a one-take audition recording, where the student just starts the video and plays the entire audition straight through, OR a composite video where they have sliced together different component videos. The committee feels strongly that each component of the video (scales, triads, etudes, songs, excerpts, etc.) be unedited and language will be added to the instructions to make sure that is understood.
4. Instructional videos will be shared or created to assist students and directors who do not know how to splice difference videos together into one audition video.
5. Sample audition videos will be made to give those with questions a model for how it should look.
6. The committee feels strongly that we NOT specify technologies that must be used in this process. For example, we will not be telling participants what software they need to use to create these videos.
7. Sight-Reading will be eliminated for the 2020 Fall Festival Auditions.
8. Chorus Auditions will ONLY include the two state pieces this year.
9. Percussion auditions will be limited to the snare and mallet components. Those components can be recorded with what equipment the student has available - for example, snare drum practice pad and bell kit.
This will help you get started. Please let me know if you have any questions. This is a perfect opportunity for your students to audition if they never have before. Very little pressure and they get to record it as many times as they want!
I am trying hard to get all the students Chromebooks assigned at each spot.
Some of the students that are in Band/Off-campus/Tutoring, etc DO HAVE chromebooks assigned to them. Please tell these students that they should find their computer under their 1ST BLOCK TEACHER'S NAME. At most locations they are listed BAND/FLAG/OFF-CAMPUS. If they do not have a computer then we will get them assigned one.
There will be kids that switch location that do NOT have one assigned to them. I do not have time to go thru all their schedules.
All Chromebooks will be located in the Fellowship Hall at Immanuel. Anyone coming in 2nd block or late must report to the PIT (in Cherry) so all OFF-CAMPUS kids will need to come there to grab their books.
Students entering Old Elm (off Elm Street) will have computers in the Foyer in Old Elm.
Students entering Old Elm (from New Elm) will have computers in the Main Lobby of New Elm.
Students entering Cherry will have computers in the Pit.
Please let me know if you have questions.
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Band and color guard students:
Marching Band will meet on the practice field at RCHS this quarter. Covid/temperature checks will be taken at the entrance by the softball field on North Jefferson Street. Please use the health link on the Skyward app before coming to school each day. If you are coming by bus, you will be dropped off at Immanuel United Methodist Church. From the church, walk east two blocks on East Scott Street and then south on Jefferson Street to the softball entrance. If you are coming to school by car, you may be dropped off at the softball field entrance. If you are able to drive yourself, you may park close to the high school, but away from the construction zones. Remember, you are not allowed to carpool!! At the end of class, Mrs. Deimel will walk students back to the Immanuel United Methodist Church for 2nd block class or to catch the shuttle to Cherry/Elm Street Christian Church.
In case of rain, Mrs. Deimel will send out a Remind 101 message cancelling class by 6:30 a.m. If you ride a bus or are dropped off at school, you will remain at Immanuel United Methodist Church for the first block.
No instruments or equipment are needed the first week of this quarter. We will be focusing on marching fundamentals.
We are days away from the start of the fall semester at RCHS! As you are all aware, there are changes due to the pandemic and construction of the high school. The biggest change is to our rehearsal schedule and our performance schedule. For the performance schedule, please visit https://www.rchsbands.net/2020-2021-calendar.html.
The Marching Tigers have done a great job following the procedures set during camp by the COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Plan for the Marching Tigers. It is now just part of our daily routine. We will continue to follow the Risk Mitigation Plan once the school year starts.We have also purchased bell covers for brass, lip plate covers for flutes, and masks.
Our schedule for the year has been substantially paired back. The band has been broken down into two groups (1A & 1B). Each group will meet on the practice field (either Mondays and Wednesdays, or Tuesdays and Thursdays). The days a group doesn't report to the practice field will be designated remote learning days. The focus on remote learning days are music, cadences, guard work, and visuals. For example, 1A meets on the field on Monday and Wednesday from 8:10-9:18am. 1A's remote days are Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Neither 1A or 1B will meet during early bird this season.
The full marching band will meet on three Saturdays, which are listed below. Two of those Saturdays we will have a visit from university directors. The third Saturday we record ourselves and we will send the recording to the Cavaliers for feedback from world renowned drum and bugle corps instructors. Please take a moment to review your schedule below:
GROUP 1A (Color Guard, Brass, Baritone Saxophones, & Drumline):
GROUP 1B (Woodwinds, & Front Ensemble):
Unfortunately, Mr. Jones is unable to join us the first few weeks of the term. He is recovering from thyroid cancer and he requires physical therapy. He hopes to join you sometime late September. In the interim, the band is in good hands with Mrs. Deimel, Mr. Vaal, & Mr. Tucker. Mr. Brickner may also be able to stop by from time-to-time.
I know there is a lot to digest here! Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions. Just remember that this is just one season, and there is still a lot to be had!
RCHS Marching Tigers friends, families, and students,
As many of you know, two big developments were unveiled yesterday, July 29th. The first was from Governor Pritzker pertaining to high school athletics in 2020-2021. The other was from the Richland County School District pertaining to the fall term, and potentially longer.
The state of Illinois has grouped high school athletics into three categories: 1) high risk of transmission, 2) medium risk of transmission, & 3) low risk of transmission. Low risk sports (such as cross country, and golf) may continue their season unaltered. Sports deemed high risk of transmission (such as wrestling and football) have been postponed until the spring - likely hoping a vaccine is available at that time. The RCHS Marching Tigers is a class, which means that we are not able to move marching band to another term. That being said, the Symphonic Band and Honors Wind Ensemble may play in the stands during football games. We just won't be able to march a field show in the spring.
We knew this was a possibility, which is why we were planning on incorporating a Halloween Fright Night/Trunk-or-Treat performance, sessions with college marching band directors on the RCHS campus, and parades into our season. I should mention that there is always a possibility that parades may be cancelled for the season. We still believe there were plenty of musical opportunities available to students while maintaining the safest environment possible in a school setting. For that matter, a lighter performance schedule means that we can do more "out-of-the-box" activities that I believe the students will enjoy, and that will keep them musically engaged in a safe environment.
In addition to Governor Pritzker's announcement, the Richland County School District also put out a notice. For the month of September, the high school will meet two days "on campus" with the remainder of the week designated as remote learning. I say "on campus" because classes will take place in churches and other venues until construction of the high school is complete. The marching band will meet in the stadium. This is still very doable! The show has already been written with less sets/pictures, but we will likely only work two movements of the field show this season. A rough-draft schedule of the first term may be found at the bottom of this post. Please keep in mind that the schedule may change.
To top this off, I was informed a few days ago that I have papillary thyroid cancer. I am scheduled for surgery next week. The good news is that thyroid cancer is slow growing and very treatable; however, I will need at least two to three weeks to recover from the surgery.
Taking into account all of these factors, the staff and I have decided to finish the week of camp and end camp after August 1st. That means that we will not meet during the portion of the camp that runs Monday, August 3rd to Friday, August 7th. We are also cancelling all summer practices. Practice won't resume until the first day of school on campus.
It is a bit of a bummer! None of us are happy that there are no competitions or halftime shows at games this year. With all that we have planned, I still believe the students will have a great time this term. They just don't have to work as hard for their P.E. credit this term! We will reuse the show next year, with modifications. Students who solos have solos or duets this year will keep them for the 2021 season.
Winds & percussion, you still need your summer uniform (department shirt, shorts, and Drillmasters or CrossOvers). Guard members need jazz pants, dance shoes, and guard gloves. New members may find the clothing order form at https://forms.gle/ENfQxo7e74rBAgCJ7. The due date is Friday. You may also find the show attire under the order form.
I reduced the class fee from $200 to $165 since the Marching Tigers did not spend preseason at Eastern Illinois University this year. Mrs. Deimel, Mr. Vaal, & Mr. Tucker will be with us the entire season. After August 1st, Mr. Brickner may join us on a rehearsal from time-to-time. Mrs. Allen, Mrs. Astriuski, Mr. Combs, & Mr. Downes will not be joining us this season, except for possibly an occasional master class on campus. Because they are not on staff this season, I plan on returning $42 of each student's band class fee. Please be patient with me! The $42 refund will sit in your son's/daughter's band student account for future use. That being said, if you prefer a check, please let me know. It may take a few weeks to cut checks, but I am happy to do so. Please contact me through Remind101 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have just started the 2020 season and the members of the Marching Tigers have done a great job following the procedures set by the COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Plan for the Marching Tigers. It is now just part of our daily routine. We will continue to follow the Risk Mitigation Plan once the school year starts.
GROUP 1A (Color Guard, Brass, Drumline):
GROUP 1B (Woodwinds, & Front Ensemble):
I know there is a lot to digest here! Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions. Just remember that this is just one season, and there is still a lot to be had!
Christopher N. Jones
Director of Bands & Music Teacher
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Hello, everyone! I put most details out yesterday, but I want to clarify a few details. I also want to make sure that those that are not able to attend camp also have access to this information.
1. Saturday rehearsals on August 15th, 22nd, and 29th have been cancelled. All other Saturday rehearsals, including the rehearsal this Saturday (August 1st) will continue as planned.
2. Freshman and first-year-marchers, please bring your instrument, binder, flip folder, and tuner to morning rehearsals. Our rehearsal in the mornings are as follows:
9:00-10:30......................Marching 101(five minute water break every 20 min.)
10:45-11:30....................Rehearse music & Inside the Circle with section leader
3. Bring your own water and wear sun screen to each rehearsal.
4. Check-In with Mrs. Deimel by the parking lot before reporting to your assigned spot. Wear a mask at all times until a staff member (not student-leadership) tells you to remove the masks. You may take your instrument out of the case, but no playing until instructed to do so.
5. Should you need reeds, music, or other items from Mr. Jones, the time to do that is either between 11:30-12:29, or after rehearsal.
6. For those that have not done so, please turn in your handbook agreement form, equipment contract, and your class fee ASAP.
Hello, RCHS Marching Tigers friends, family, & students! This is just a reminder that the first day of camp starts tomorrow, Monday, July 27th at the middle school.
Students, you need to maintain 6' distance from others. Also, interactions between students should be limited to those within your respective groups (1. Woodwinds, 2. Brass with Bari Saxophones, 3. Drumline & Color Guard, & 4. Front Ensemble). Group sizes range from 6-21 members.
Students, please ensure that you are wearing athletic wear (t-shirt, shorts, socks, and tennis shoes), a face mask. Winds, you will take off the masks when once you are set on the field and are playing. Bring the following additional items to camp:
I would also ask that you review CutTime to make sure that every field has been filled out. Alumni from St. Joe, you may not know your student I.D. We can get that at a later date. Among the most important details to include are your personal email address, home address, phone numbers, personal health information (at the bottom of the screen), and your Insurance card.
Finally, student-leaders, I will see you at 8am Monday, and 8:30am Tuesday through Friday at the middle school the week of July 27th. We will be at the high school August 1st, and 3rd-7th.
1st year marchers will report to the middle school with student-leaders at 9am. Those student-leaders that do not have a 1st year marcher, members of the front ensemble, and veteran marching band members do not need to stick around for the 9-11:30am session. I will, however, need to see all student-leaders at 8am Monday.
Those not In attendance Friday, July 24th, please report to the middle school at 12pm. This gives us time to sign-out equipment (instruments and other supplies).
All members of the 2020 Marching Tigers will report to the middle school at the times listed below.
Please make sure to eat a healthy breakfast and lunch. Drink lots of water. No caffeinated beverages during camp, please! Everyone needs to have plenty of fluids and topped-off energy for camp.
Don't forget! Your section leaders have done this before! They are a great source for information. You may also contact me directly. Please let me know should you have any questions by messaging me on Remind101 or emailing me at email@example.com.
It is important that everyone signs up for Remind101. It is a texting service that allows me to communicate with everyone instantaneously and at no cost. Register by texting to the phone number 81010 the following registration codes:
MARCHING BAND STUDENTS (no parents, please) = @hee97a
RCHS STUDENTS (no parents, please) = @rchsx
COLOR GUARD STUDENTS (no parents, please) = @32fkk23
RCHS PARENTS/GUARDIANS (no students, please) = @rchsz
All details pertaining to the 2020 marching band season may be found at https://www.rchsbands.net/2020-season-information.htmlwww.rchsbands.net/2020-season-information.html.
In the event of heavy rain or thunderstorms this week, I will send out a Remind101 message, and an email notification when a rehearsal is cancelled. You will receive a message no later than 8am for morning rehearsals, and 11:20am for afternoon rehearsals. Unless you get a notice through one of those two means, assume that the rehearsal is not cancelled.
I will see you all tomorrow!
RCHS Marching Tigers students, parents, & guardians,
The beginning of the 2020 marching band season is only a few days away! If you haven’t already, please make sure to review detail pertaining to the 2020 season by visiting https://www.rchsbands.net/2020-season-information.html. There is a wealth of information on the website, including the COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Plan for the Marching Tigers.
Students, our first meeting is this Friday, July 24th at the Richland County Middle School. We will meet along the sidewalk that runs behind the RCHS band room. Please do not walk through the building. Instead, from the parking lot, walk around the middle school to the back of the building. Meeting outside allows for maximum air dispersion, and social distancing between staff and students. That being said, students will still need a face mask.
I don’t expect students to be on campus longer than an hour. Parents & guardians, you may join us, but you are not required to do so. Leadership, you will report with your sections.
STUDENT ASSIGNMENT PRIOR TO FRIDAY, JULY 24:
Brass & woodwind players, please email me, or message me on Remind, should you need a school instrument this season. Your instrument will be disinfected and ready for pick-up on Friday. If you would like to use the same instrument that you used during the 2019 season, message me the case number as well. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
BAND LOGISTICS DAY ON 7/24:
The purpose of meeting with students this Friday, July 24th is so that we may get the beginning-of-the-year logistics out of the way before our first rehearsal on Monday, July 27th. The Marching Tigers have been divided into groups (woodwinds, brass, drumline & color guard, and the front ensemble), and even further into “pods”. There are nine or less students in every pod. I shall meet with each pod at designated times this Friday. Please let me know if you are unable to join us during your designated time. You will be reschedule for a later time. You may find your pod, as well as your scheduled time, by visiting the link that I shared in the first paragraph of this letter.
During the course of each pod’s meeting on Friday, July 24th, students will…
I look forward to seeing you all! As always, please feel free to contact me should you have any questions. - Mr. Jones
Good evening, RCHS Marching Tigers friends, family, and students. My name is Christopher Jones, director of bands at Richland County High School. This message is an update regarding the COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Plan for the RCHS Marching Tigers, information on how to order band attire, and details pertaining to your first meeting on Friday, July 24th. This message, as well as anything related to RCHS Bands may be found online at rchsbands.net under the 2020 Marching Tigers Season Information tab.
First, just a reminder that the class fee is due Friday, July 17th. The clothing fee deadline has been postponed until July 24th. The online Marching Tigers Attire order form may be found online at rchsbands.net.
As you are all aware, the COVID-19 pandemic still looms large over schools. To best ensure the safety of our students and staff, I created the COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Plan for the Marching Tigers that complies with the standards set by the Illinois School Board of Education, the National Federation of State High School Associations, the Illinois High School Association, the Illinois Public Health Department, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Plan for the Marching Tigers is a 12-page document that may be found at https://www.rchsbands.net/covid-19-risk-mitigation-plan.html.
When factoring in that the marching band will only rehearse outside, has built in social distancing into the drill, has segmented the band into four groups that maintain 30’ spacing from each other, and a multitude of other risk mitigation procedures, it is very likely that students participating in the RCHS Marching Tigers actually have a lower risk of contracting COVID-19 than nearly any other class offered at RCHS. When you have a moment, we encourage that you to review the COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Plan at https://www.rchsbands.net/covid-19-risk-mitigation-plan.html.
Students, our first meeting is scheduled for Friday, July 24th between 9 am and 1 pm. We will meet in groups of nine students or less between 9am and 1pm. You will find your report time at https://www.rchsbands.net/2020-season-information.html. Please wear a mask to the meeting. You will also need a copy of your insurance card, and your cell phone.
VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS: Please contact me should your son or daughter have issues that may compromise his or her health. There is flexibility on when and how a student may participate in the marching band.
Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions. I may be reached at email@example.com, or at (618) 393-2191 ext. 3137. At this time, email is the best way to contact me.
Thank you for your time.
The author of these posts is Christopher Jones, Director of Bands at Richland County High School.
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