Concert Band

The RHMS Concert Band is a group made up of 7th and 8th grade students who have successfully completed at least one year of Beginning Band and have committed themselves to developing their talents even further. This ensemble will present three concerts and travel to Santa Clara with the Advanced Band 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.  Unfortunately, this was the only way to communicate to all the bands - please read.

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.

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, 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]
Updated Mon, Apr 24th
It is time for another meeting.  It is the second to the last one.  This time of year is when we have more final key events coming up and next year planning so it would be great to see more of you there!
I have attached the following:
  1. Agenda for the meeting
  2. 2017 School Year Committee - noting open positions - PLEASE LOOK and confirm if you role.
  3. Prior meeting minutes for the last two meetings
Updated Mon, Apr 10th

Wednesday, April 12th, 7:00 - 8:30 PM in the RHMS Gym!

Notes for parents:

-Please consider signing up to help with the Bake Sale

-Please plan to stay for the entire concert

-Please sit with your children and help them to be on their best behavior

Notes for students:

-Beginning Band should arrive at 6:30 PM and report to the band room

-Advanced/Intermediate Band should arrive by 7:00 PM (keep instruments in band room) in order to watch the other bands

-Please wear black shoes, black socks, black slacks, and your band shirt (tucked in)

-Please sit with your parents and try to be on your best behavior

Updated Mon, Apr 10th

Please sign up for RHMS BAND - Spring Concert! 

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps: 
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on SignUp.com 
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy! 

Updated Mon, Mar 27th

Music Booster meeting tonight, 3/27, in the cafeteria at 6:30 PM.  See attached agenda.  I hope to see you there!