Advanced Band

The Advanced Band is the top performing ensemble at RHMS, and it is comprised of students who have earned a spot in the group by audition. Throughout the year this group will present four concerts, perform at the CMEA Music Festival, and travel to Santa Clara to participate in the Great America Music Festival!

Classroom News and Information

Updated Mon, May 22nd

Mr. Rawlinson is sick today, so we are moving the meeting since it is the last one for the year to next Tuesday (5/30) at 6:30 pm in the Cafeteria.

Sorry for the last minute notice.  We found out he was sick yesterday.

Updated Sat, May 20th

Hello Band Community,

It is the last booster meeting.  We will be discussing the final needs for our Notes & Floats and voting for next year's board.  We are still looking or members for next year:

  • Secretary: Attend ~8 meetings about once a month and taking minutes. Contact: Judi Thayne (judithayne [at]
  • Concert Programs: creating, producing and handing out programs for the fall, winter and spring band concerts.  Contact - Theresa DeSoto (theresadesoto [at]
  • Bake sale co-chair: Organize the bake sale for 4 annual concerts. Contact -Dawn Byron (dawn.byron [at]
  • Possibly President: Overall leader for boosters & run ~8 meetings about once a month. Contact  - Kawai Billawala (oktanm [at]

We would love to have you at the meeting.  Hope to you there!  Thank you for a great year.

PLEASE DO NOT FORGET TO SHOW YOUR APPRECIATION for you know who.  Details in prior email.  You can also contact me (oktanm [at] or Steve Waste (wastrel [at] for any questions.

Kawai Billawala

MB President 

Updated Wed, May 17th

This is a note from your Music Booster President.  

I cannot believe the year is almost over.  It is crazy how fast it goes each year.  It is a tradition for us to present our end of the year gift to Mr. R at the Notes and Floats, which is on June 7.  

If you would like to contribute, please put this gift in a sealed envelope with "Steven Waste" written on the outside.  You can deposit this in the music booster box in the classroom or our safe in the school office with Sue Odom.  Cash is preferred over check as we have a parent volunteer (Steven Waste) who is overseeing this and will getting this cashier check from these funds.  If you write a check, please make it payable to Steven Waste.

Please provide your gift by Friday 6/2.  This will give Steve time to go to the bank to deposit all checks and get the cashier's check.

Unfortunately, this was the only way to communicate to all the bands.  If you have questions, please do not hesitate to email me at oktanm [at] or Steve at wastrel [at]   

Thank you so much!

Kawai Billawala



Updated Tue, May 9th

It's on!  We will be sorting and filing sheet music in the band room after school tomorrow!  We would love to have a few helpers, and your efforts will pay off in community service hours!

Updated Wed, May 3rd

I need to notify any who are interested in helping out with the music library project of a slight change in plans.  The first work session will now be after school on Wednesday, May 10th.  Due to unforseen circumstances, the session today had to be cancelled.

Updated Mon, May 1st

We are looking for a few student volunteers to help get the sheet music library back in shape before the summer vacation.  This project may take a few after-school work sessions before it is completed.  Volunteers will sort the unfiled music, check each folder for completeness, and file it away in the library.  The time you spend helping with this project will definitely count toward community service requirements.  

The first work session will be Wednesday, 5/3, in the band room after school.  Please let Mr. R know if you'd like to help out!

Updated Mon, May 1st

It's time to return your band shoes!  Please place them in the shoe bag, make sure your name is on the bag, and take them to the back corner of N2 (near the uniform room) as soon as you can!


Updated Tue, Apr 25th

After a brief hiatus, the RHMS Jazz Band is ready to begin rehearsing again!  This time around, however, we're going to try having our practices after school on Fridays from 3:00 - 4:00 PM.  If your child is part of the Jazz Band this year, please plan for them to attend our rehearsals every Friday, starting this week (4/28).  Thanks!

Updated Mon, Apr 24th
Music Booster Committee is looking for volunteers the following positions for next year:
Attending approximately 8 meetings, which happen about once a month and taking minutes of the meeting. These are typed up and approved at the next meeting.  For more information, please contact Judi Thayne (judithayne [at]
Concert Program:
Responsible for creating, producing and handing out programs for the fall, winter and spring band concerts. Involves requesting student names/instruments and music selections for each participating band from the band director in advance of each concert; formatting, printing/copying and folding the programs, and handing out (and/or recruiting volunteers to hand out) the programs at each concert. Requires some experience with Microsoft Word. For more information, please contact Theresa DeSoto (theresadesoto [at]
Bake Sale Chair & Co-Chair:
This dynamic duo handles the biggest source of fundraising for our group.  They organize the bake sale for 4 annual concerts (Fall, Winter, Spring and Notes & Floats).  For more information, please contact Dawn Byron (dawn.byron [at]
President: Possibly Open
Ensures the music boosters are meeting the needs of the band class and Mr. Rawlingson.  This includes organizing/ running approximately 8 meetings, which happen about once a month, ensuring the committee positions are filled, assisting committee members as needed, and being the point person for any band parent questions.  For more information, please contact Kawai Billawala (oktanm [at]

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