Marching Band is an extracurricular activity
Students must be enrolled in a Concert Band class to march (with the exception of color guard)
Marching Band takes place outside of school hours - there is no Marching Band Class
With Director permission, 8th Graders may be eligible to participate with our high school marching band
Students who are interested in dance can participate in our Color Guard
There are several extracurricular music opportunities in High School such as Jazz Band, Pep Band, Pit Orchestra, Winter Percussion and Winter Guard
The marching band season is about five months
The students have 4 practices in June the week before the parade then come back the end of July for Band Camp
Band Camp is where the students start learning the show, make friends and get connected
When school starts we typically practice 3 days a week after school for 2-3 hours plus the students attend football games and contests
The season ends in early November
There is a cost to participate in marching band
Being extracurricular, most of our costs are not covered by the school system
We set our fees each season as low as they can be in order to cover the cost of our meals, transportation and staff
There are several ways to cover these costs. Many parents have spent NO out of pocket money by leveraging these opportunities.
More information on fees can be found here.
This year the first week of summer band in June will be called Parade Camp and marchers can participate in this without committing to be in Marching band for the rest of the season.
Parade Camp will be June 19-23 and will include marching, music, RCG Movie Night, Tickets to attend the Drum Corps show at Lucas with the band, the family picnic at Summit state park.
Students participating in Parade Camp will march in the Fishers Freedom Festival Parade
On Thursday, June 26, students will have the option of registering to be in RCG for the rest of the season.
How will your child benefit from RCG?
RCG is a community
With nearly 3000 students in the high school it can be very hard for a child to find their place or not to get lost in the crowd. The band is a community of 150 students within our school that spend time outside of school building relationships that will often last the rest of their lives. When a 9th grade marching band member walks into the high school on the first day of school they have freshman, sophomore, junior and senior friends everywhere they look.
RCG is a place for everyone
Marching band is like very few other activities because we accept everyone. We don’t audition and cut people – we just create more positions. In fact, we are the biggest activity at the high school with about 5% of the school population. The most quiet, disconnected students typically blossom in our environment. Band is one of the only places that you will see the child with asperger’s syndrome, the overweight child and the track star all on the same line working together and no one seems to notice that they are any different.
RCG is about family
“How was your day”? “Fine”. “What did you do today”? “Nothing”. Is this conversation familiar? As our children get into high school they have their own world and their own friends and we are not a part of it so they begin to drift away. If you go behind the scenes at an RCG practice or contest you will see dozens of parents helping our kids with uniforms, food, first aid, equipment and so on. In sports the parents are in the stands but in marching band there are opportunities for parents to get involved with their students. Many of our parents will tell you that when they walk down the hall their child’s friends say hi and know them by name.
RCG teaches students how to achieve
Parents today struggle to find a way to get their children off the couch, off the video games, away from the TV, etc. The key is to get kids “on to” something rather than trying to get them off of something. Most children have never had the experience of working hard at something for weeks or months and seeing what they can achieve when they apply themselves. It doesn’t matter whether a person spends hundreds of hours perfecting a gymnastics routine, learning to swing a golf club or perfecting a music performance – the process is the same. Our members learn how to grow themselves which is a skill that will help them the rest of their lives.
RCG grows leaders
We are a place where upper classmen are able to take a leadership role. Students are organized into sections with section captains that are responsible for their sections. We work with our upperclassmen on how to lead and as members get older we help them to step into those leadership roles.
RCG is about teamwork
Marching Band contests are scored as a team so we are only as good as our weakest member. Because of this, our members work to help each other become better. Our students have an attitude of building each other up rather than competing with each other. It is common for section leaders and older students to meet with new members one on one or in groups to help them with parts.