The Stinger

January 9, 2020


1/9 Meeting for Rising 9th Grade Band Students Auditorium 7:30 PM

1/9 Rehearsal IDL Band Room 6:00 PM-9:00 PM

1/10 Rehearsal Winter Guard Band Room 4:00 PM-8:00 PM

1/10 Rehearsal IDL Band Room 4:00 PM-7:00 PM

1/13 Rehearsal Winter Guard Band Room 3:45 PM-6:00 PM

1/13 Rehearsal IDL Band Room 4:00 PM-6:30 PM

1/14 Rehearsal for Sectionals (Symphonic Band) Band Room 4:00 PM-5:30 PM

1/14 Executive Board Meeting Media Center 7:00 PM

1/15 DEADLINE: Balance Due for Winter Guard / Deposit Box by 3:30 PM

1/15 Rehearsal Jazz Band Band Room 5:00 PM-8:00 PM

1/15 Rehearsal Winter Guard Band Room 5:00 PM-8:00 PM

1/15 DEADLINE: 2nd Payment for Spring Trip / Deposit Box by 3:30 PM

1/16-19 UGA JanFest Select Students @ Athens, GA

1/16 Rehearsal IDL Band Room 6:00 PM-9:00 PM

1/16 Rehearsal for Sectionals (Woodwinds) Band Room 4:00 PM-5:30 PM

1/17 Rehearsal Winter Guard Band Room 4:00 PM-8:00 PM

1/17 Rehearsal IDL Band Room 4:00 PM-7:00 PM

1/18 Competition: Winter Guard @ Mill Creek HS

1/18 Final Camp IDL Band Room 10:00 AM-8:00 PM

1/20 Final Camp IDL Band Room 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

Happy New Year!

Let’s Go Make Some Music.


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"JanFest” (pioneering band invitational established in 1950) is a four-day event for high school band musicians. Students are nominated for participation by their director early in the academic year after receiving the JanFest announcement. UGA Bands staff selects students to participate based on the order of the director’s submission, the instrumentation need of the festival bands, and the reported musical achievements of each student. Typical festival attendance is approximately 1,000 students from 130 schools. Directors and other adult chaperones accompany students to Athens for the event.

Congratulations to the following students who were selected to attend this special event!

1. Kate Gonda

2. Steven Gould

3. Justin Kamina

4. Augustus McPherson

5. Will Nicholson


Congratulations to Will Nicolson, Justin Kamina and Will Foster! These three talented musicians made District Honors Band AND have made it to the second round of auditions for All State! We are so proud of you.


The Southern Association for Performance Arts, or SAPA, is an organization based in the metro Atlanta area that sponsors competitive and educational events for Winter Guard (indoor Color Guard) units from Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee. Our Winter Guard has been hard at work getting ready for their first competition! Come support your classmates at SAPA’s first event scheduled for January 18th at Mill Creek High School. Click on the link below for the full schedule and map to the school.


The Second Spring Trip Payment #1 is due by January 15 ($200). Please write a check and leave it in the RHS Band deposit box in the front office; OR click here to use PayPal on our website. There are no fees with using PayPal. Note: PushPay is not a payment option for the trip. Note: January 15this the last day to cancel if you want a full refund.


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Please join us in welcoming our 2020 Executive Board:

Co-President: Michael Dal Cerro *

Co-President: Gregory Freeman

Co-Vice President: Craig Baughn*

Co-Vice President: Chris Lewis

VP, Support Services: Jane Sowden

VP, Ways & Means: Vacant

Treasurer: Aimee Christian*

Communication Director: Cathy Kramer

Secretary: Christina Knutson*

*Continuing in current roles; second term

We do have a vacancy for VP, Ways & Means. This officer is responsible to strategize and implement programs to raise financial capital. If you are interested, contact

Our first Executive Board Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the Media Center. All members are welcome to attend! Get the latest on what is going on! All agendas and minutes can be located at:


Our private screening to watch Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was a tremendous success. We raised $692 for the RHS Natalie Henderson Color Guard Scholarship Fund. Thank you all for being there! The kids really enjoyed it.


The Schnitzels, led by Captain Augustus McPherson won the Student Team Contest. This team needs to SAVE THE DATE! On Friday, February 7th@ 6:00 p.m. we will be hosting a party for the winning team at Main Event.

Here is a recap of the team:

Aughtry, Trey

Beadles, Charles

Black, Sydney

Canty, Olivia

Cronin, Stella

Daniel, Adrian

Daniell, Davis

Datt, Eric

Foster, William

Hanson, Jack

Haugh, Grady

Hawkins, Connor

Hendrickson, Natalie

Hopkins, Jayden

Jones, Brianna

Lewis, Cameron

Mathis, Elijah

Mwangi-Wachira, Bernard (BJ)

Neumann, Eric

Pascual, Alex

Perez, Kimberly

Rogers, Jack

Rydell, Ethan

Seabough, Andrew

Smith, Jackson

Smith, Owen

Smyth, Robyn

Suarez, Pedro

Taylor, Leah

Vargas, Jennifer

Vrolijk, Robert

Woodson, Trevor


M.A.R.C.H. stands for “Musicians Acting with Responsibility, Compassion, and Hard work.” For a quick overview, check out this video from our inaugural launch back in 2018:

We have plans to launch this month! Stay tuned for further details. And we are in need of FIVE volunteers to serve on our MARCH fundraiser committee.

This is one of our most meaningful band fundraisers, and you can help make it a treasured experience for our students in 2020. Students request pledges, then spend an entire day working in our Roswell community. The students commit to an 8-hour day of service day on Saturday, March 7, 2020. It’s hard work, but they have a great time!

We need help securing work sites, seeking donations for student incentives and organizing students for each site. We will meet a few times, but most of the work will be done on your own time via email. It’s a great opportunity to get involved with the band and meet some great people! Contact Gretchen Shirley ( or Anne Marie Canty ( if you are interested in learning more.


We are looking for parents to join our committee to start planning the 2019/2020 band banquet held in May. The first meeting will be in February. If interested, please email Christina