Joining Band at Rucker Stewart!

Your Musical Adventure Awaits

What's this all about?

Rising 6th grade students now have the opportunity to join the band program at Rucker Stewart Middle School! Being a member of the awesome middle school band program leads to membership in the award winning Gallatin High School Band and to a lifetime of making music and leadership success! Read on to find out more...

***Make sure to read all the way to the bottom to find out how to register!

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Tell Me More About Band

Answers to frequently asked questions:

  • Band is all about making great music with friends!
  • No experience is required to join and is open to all 6th grade students
  • Band class meets everyday AND you still get the option to experience the other related arts classes including PE, Art, Computers, and General Music. That means you get the best of both worlds!
  • Band instrument rental is easy and affordable. In addition, we have scholarship instruments available! We never turn away students due to financial restraints. All are welcome!
  • Band students can participate in sports, school clubs, STEM, Art Club, Academic Club and many other programs. Since band is a scheduled academic class during the day, a majority of our band members are involved in multiple activities!
  • Other than a dedication to practice at home, there are only two after school performances during the 6th grade year
  • Since band is a sequential learning course, you'll need to join in 6th grade in order to be a member. You can't wait until 7th or 8th grade to join as you will have missed out on all of the great foundational learning the first year.

Your Teacher

Alex Bansemer, Director of Bands

Mr. Bansemer is the director of the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade bands at Rucker Stewart Middle School. He also directs the 7th and 8th grade Jazz Band.

About RSMS Band

Band is one of our fine arts electives offered here at RSMS. It is a year-long commitment, and the best way for a student to truly excel is to continue with band throughout middle school. Participation in band here is also excellent preparation for students who want to participate in the fantastic band program at Gallatin High School.


Here are the instruments you will get the opportunity to try. In the first few weeks of school every student will have the opportunity to try every instrument. Then YOU get to decide which instrument you would like to play!

Being in middle school band leads to greater things!

One thing leads to another

By joining band in middle school you will acquire the tools and experience necessary to join the Gallatin High School Pride of the Green Wave Band
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Pride of the Green Wave Marching Band

The Pride of the Green Wave Marching Band participates in many activities throughout the fall semester. These activities include: football games, parades, and marching band competitions. The goal of this ensemble is to provide an educational experience for the student while creating an entertaining experience for the audience.

Wind Ensemble

The Gallatin High School Symphonic Band performs several concerts throughout the school year. Three annual performances are given at the Christmas Concert, Concert Performance Assessment, and the Spring Concert. The goal of the Symphonic Band is to develop each student's musicianship through music literature and specialized instrumental technique.

Jazz Band

The Gallatin High School Jazz Ensemble performs at each concert with the Symphonic Band, as well as, for community events, and the MTSBOA Solo & Ensemble. These musicians are a select group of students that meet after school, performing a variety of styles such as swing, latin, funk, and rock.

Small Instrumental Ensembles

Students within the Gallatin High School Band Program also have the opportunity to participate in small ensembles. These ensembles perform at various community events, and the MTSBOA Solo & Ensemble.

David Earl, Director of Bands

David Earl was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. He attended McGavock High School and holds a Bachelor of M usic degree from Middle Tennessee State University. He is in his twenty-sixth year of teaching, and has spent the last sixteen at GHS. He has also taught at Mt. Pleasant High School, Joelton Middle School, Wade Elementary School, Northside Elementary School, and DeKalb County High School. Mr. Earl has served as a staff member with Overton High School, Father Ryan High School, Columbia High School, and Riverdale High School.
Mr. Earl currently performs with the dance band "Radio Daze" and works as a studio musician in Nashville.
Mr. Earl mar ried his high school sweetheart, Christy Jack son, and has three wonderful boys - Jonathan, Christopher, and Benjamin.

Shawn Mitterholzer, Assistant Director

Shawn Mitterholzer is a graduate from Trevecca Nazarene University, where in 1998 he received his B.S. degree in Liberal Arts, Music Performance. He later returned to Trevecca to complete the requirements to receive his Tennessee Teacher's License.
Mr. Mitterholzer is currently on his 17th year in music education. From 2002-2013 he was the Band Director, and Choral Director for Macon County High School. In the fall of 2013 Mr. Mitterholzer became the Assistant Director with the Pride of the Green Wave.
Shawn Mitterholzer is an active saxophonist with Nashville's Radiodaze Big Band, and has performed with several other local bands in the Nashville area. He resides in Lebanon, TN. with his wife, daughter and son.


Signing up is simple. Click on the button bellow that says Register Here! and fill out the form. We look forward to seeing you in the Fall!