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Julie Gallion - Band Booster President

Lisa Hawkins - Band Booster Vice President

Kim Gayton- Band Booster Secretary

Tiffany Saddler - Band Booster Treasurer


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Monday, May 16th - 1:18pm

Graduation (Tomorrow)

A bus is being provided to get underclass (grades 9-11) Band and Choir members to the Civic Center for Graduation.   The bus will leave RHS at 11:00am.   We should arrive to the Civic Center at 11:30am. 

Band members must already be dressed in their "Concert Black" when boarding the bus at 11:00.  

The Bus Will Not Bring Us Back to RHS After Graduation!!  Everyone needs to make their own arrangements to get home after the service.  I would expect us to be finished at or around 3:45pm. 

Friday, April 8th - 10:29am

This Just In…
Breaking News

I’ve just received the message that the events that were scheduled for tomorrow morning (the Parade in Cedar Grove) have been cancelled due to the expected weather. 

Sleep In Tomorrow!!

Wednesday, April 6th - 8:52am

The "Possible Parade" Listed on the Calendar for Saturday, April 9th is ON!

We will be participating in a parade celebrating "Opening Day" for little league baseball in Cedar Grove on Saturday, April 9th.  Here are the details: 

  • Take your uniform home after school on Friday.
  • Meet (in full uniform) in the football field parking lot behind Cedar Grove Community School at 9am. 
  • The parade begins at 10am
  • Parade route begins at the school and ends at the baseball field. 
  • We will play the National Anthem for the opening game at approximately 10:50. 
  • We should be completely finished by 11am.


Tuesday, March 29th - 2:48pm

“Open Rehearsal” with East Bank Middle School Band

Tuesday, April 5th
RHS Auditorium

Your Riverside Band will have an “Open Rehearsal” with the students of the East Bank Middle School Band on Tuesday, April 5th from 4-5pm in the Riverside Auditorium.  

Although the “Open Rehearsal” is not intended to be a concert, and is not a typical performance, parents and families are welcome to stay in the auditorium and observe the process/progress. 

At the “Open Rehearsal” we will mix the East Bank and Riverside Bands so that every middle school student will be sitting next to a high school player.   With the Riverside band members reading along, we will rehearse East Bank’s two Ratings pieces.   During the last 10 minutes of the rehearsal, the Riverside Band will play through their two Ratings pieces with the middle school players observing.

The “Open Rehearsal” ends at 5:00, but the Riverside Band will stay on the stage and continue rehearsal until 6:00 (as per our usual schedule).

All Riverside Band members MUST be present for the "Open Rehearsal."  Students are not excused from this event to attend practice/meetings for other activities - Please inform your coaches accordingly. 


Tuesday, March 29th - 2:08pm


Band Ratings
Friday, April 8th 
Capital High School

On Friday, April 8th: 
All Band members will report to the band room immediately following their lunch period. 
We will load the trailer, get organized, and be ready to leave RHS at 12:45pm.
We will arrive at Capital High School around 1:15 to unload the trailer and move our equipment into the building.
At approximately 1:40-1:50 we’ll be able to move to the warm-up room (Capital’s Band Room), and from there we go to the stage for our Ratings Performance at 2:20pm. 
We will gather our equipment, load the trailer, and depart Capital High School as quickly as possible after we perform and shouldn’t have any problem getting back to Riverside by 3:45 so that everyone can catch their bus home. 

For the performance, All Band Members MUST wear Concert Black!

What Is Ratings?

All school bands are required to attend a WVSSAC sanctioned 
“Regional Band Ratings Festival” each year.  Ratings, as we call it, was cancelled for the past two years due to Covid-19, but they will be held this year!

The Region 4 Festival (our region) is held at Capital High School and includes all of the school bands in Kanawha County over two days.  Nine of the 12 middle school bands will play on (East Bank plays at 10:40am).  The remaining 3 middle schools will play on Friday morning (Dupont plays at 10:15am), followed by the 8 high school bands (we play at 2:20pm). 

The Auditorium at Capital will be open for spectators to watch the performances.  Please do not enter or exit while a band is performing!

Each band that performs will be rated (graded) by a panel of 3 judges.  Each judge will evaluate each of our two pieces in the areas of: Tone, Intonation, Ensemble Effect, Interpretation, and Technique.  All scores will be averaged together to arrive at our overall rating. 

The possibilities are:
Rating I (A) This division represents the finest conceivable performance for the event and the class of participants being judged: worthy of the distinction of being recognized as among the very best. 
Rating II (B) This rating reflects an unusual performance in many respects but not one worthy of the highest rating due to minor defects. However, it is a performance of distinctive quality. 
Rating III (C) This rating is awarded for a good performance, but one that is not outstanding. The performance shows accomplishment, and marked promise, but is lacking in one or more essential qualities. 
Rating IV (D) This rating describes a performance that shows some obvious weaknesses. These may reflect handicaps in the way of instrumentation or lack of rehearsal time.
Rating V (F) This rating indicates a performance which reveals much room for improvement. The director should check his methods, instrumentation, etc., with those of more mature organizations.


Friday, January 14th - 2:10pm

There will be a meeting of the Band Boosters on Monday, January 24th beginning at 6:00pm in the Band Room.  

Everyone is welcome to attend!



Wednesday, November 10 - 10:55am

The Charleston Veterans' Day Parade is starting at 11:00am instead of 10 this year.


This means that all of our times for tomorrow need to be adjusted by 1 hour:

  • Report Time is now 9:00am
  • Bus leaves at 9:30am
  • Parade Starts at 11:00am
  • We should be back no later that 1:00pm (I hope a little earlier)

I'm sorry for the confusion.


Monday, November 8th - 11:31am

Details for Charleston Veterans' Day Parade

Thursday, November 11th. 

We load the trailer at the end of class on Wednesday, November 10th. 

Meet in the RHS Band room at 8:00am on Thursday, Nov. 11th to get dressed. (I am only allowing 30 minutes to get dressed - please be punctual)

The bus leaves at 9:00am

Bus and equipment trailer will park in the parking lot along Kanawha Blvd. at the South Side Bridge. 

Parade Begins at 10:00am. - The route is: Kanawha Blvd. to Captiol Street, Capital Street to Quarrier Street, Quarrier Street to Goshorn Street, Goshorn Street to the Blvd.

After we finish the parade, we will continue on the Blvd. back to our bus/trailer.  Parents should meet us at our bus/trailer if you will not be riding the bus back with us. 

I expect our bus to be back to RHS by noon. 

Monday, October 11 - 10:02pm

There will be a meeting of the Band Boosters at 6:00pm tomorrow (Tuesday, October 12th).  Officers will be elected at this meeting.  All band parents are encouraged to attend. 

Thursday, September 9

There will be a meeting of the Band Boosters on Monday, September 13th beginning at 5:30pm.  Due to construction in the band room, the meeting will be held in the auditorium.

Please plan to attend if possible!


Samantha Smallman, RHS Band Booster President

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posted 11:55am - 8/12/21

Although we REALLY NEED IT, there will not be Band Rehearsal today (Thursday, August 12) due to the closure of RHS.

Without being in school, many students do not have a way here at that time of day.  What we need to be doing requires near 100% attendance to be successful.




Our first public performance will be during half time of the  RHS vs. Woodrow Wilson game (at Woodrow) on Friday, August 27. 

That's 17 days from now!

- that's 13 School days from now!

- that's 5 After School rehearsals from now!

It is critically important that everyone be at rehearsal, practice their music at home, and WATCH THE FIELD COMMANDER!

Our next after school rehearsal is on Thursday, August 12!




posted: Tuesday, August 3 - 9:04pm

The Rehearsal scheduled for Thursday, August 5th is Cancelled due to RHS "Back to School Night" (5:00-5:30) and expected low attendance.  Sorry for the inconvenience, see you all on Monday (First after School Rehearsal is Tuesday, August 10th 8th period-6:00pm)



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We're Gettin' the Band Back Together!!

Please Check the Band Camp 2021 page for the information you need.  Band Camp start on Monday, July 19th. 


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