Rock Ridge High School Bands and Guard
You can find all the information regarding our marching band under the links section of the pages.
Rock Ridge High Marching Band
Pride and System equals success
Please use the following link to sign up for the 2019 Marching Band
All Members of the marching band earn a .5 GPA bump (Honors credit) for their regular band class. This means you will be graded on a 4.5 scale. This is a very big boost for college applications and is deserved because band members are the best, brightest and hardworking students in any HS and College admissions offices know this.
Colleges give credit to students who are active participants in rigorous activities in a school community. This is it!
Note: Marching band students consistently have a .4 higher GPA than non-band students, Band students consistently score higher on the SAT and ACT. You can do the academy of science, Monroe, AP courses and any club or activity at RRHS and be successful while doing band. Do not let the time scare you, it IS worth it.
Memorizing music- Do not stress this, we will teach you how and we take our time. This comes easy when you are taught how.
Marching and Playing- Again, this is something that is learned, do not stress this as our awesome staff will teach you everything you need to know, take our time and make sure you are comfortable, safe and confident. No one knows how to do this naturally, it takes some one to teach you!
Practice Schedule: Tentative FULL schedule can be found at the bottom of this page. The schedule is VERY manageable and encourages success in all classes and band.
Once school begins we generally practice 2-3 times per week for 2-4 weeks in September and 1-3 times per week in October. The competitions season starts middle September and concludes the last weekend of October. The season is fast, fun and worth it.
Yes we have camp. It last 7 days total. Yes it does take some time in August but it is fun and rewarding. This allows us to learn a great deal of things prior to the start of school. We have pushed the start dates back to accommodate travel and give a larger window in the summer, so it is imperative you attend camp if you want to participate. We are doing everything in our power to be good stewards and efficient with everyones time.
Camp start dates are as follows: (You need to be here for this)
Percussion and Color Guard Saturday, August 3rd
8am-10pm (Lock in party at end of the night to kick off the season!)
ALL BAND MEMBERS Start August 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 12th, 13th and 14th.
7 days of camp!
Camp times are as follow each day:
9am-Noon (Fundamentals and Marching)
1pm-4pm (Indoor sectionals and music rehearsals. This is where we have clinicians and memorize the music, no one wants to be outside during this time!)
5pm-8:30pm (FULL ENSEMBLE ON THE TURF, this is where the magic happens!)
8:30pm pack up and dismiss
Here is our August Schedule (Note: this is way less intensive than playing a HS Sport)
We are fortunate enough to travel and perform in some of the best HS and College stadiums possible. We travel and take care of the students on performance days. We cater and feed the students 1-2 meals per competition day and this is included in your band dues.
We travel to 5-6 Competitions per season. Some are local, some are national.
Competition dates for 2019 are as follows:
September 21st 2019 Colgan HS, Woodbridge, VA.
September 28th Rock Ridge Band Day Ashburn, VA.
October 5th 2019 Bands of America Mid-Atlantic Regional, University of Maryland
October 12th 2019 VMBC Harrisonburg, VA
October 19th VBODA State Assessment, Rock Ridge HS Ashburn, VA
October 26th Bands of America Regional Lynchburg, VA
The Fee is $480 (non-refundable) for the 2019 season and this is a great value for what the students receive.
-Travel costs to competitions
-All home football games and meal
-1 meal per competition
-Dry fit T-shirt (band custom)
-Incidental items (tuners, reeds, etc as needed)
-Custom designing music, drill and program
-Travel to college stadiums and outstanding HS venues
Fee can be paid online or by sending a check into the band room Payable to Rock Ridge HS- Attn Band Fee
Online Fee Portal;
Full Band Schedule (tentative and will be final Aug 1st 2019)