Raider Band Weekly Update Jan 21 - Jan 25

Raider Band Students and Parents,

Congratulations to our three band students who have auditioned to become members of the Texas All State Band! This accomplishment places them among the top one percent of all band students in the state of Texas! Our All State band members are Senior Rachael Bradfield on French Horn, Senior Stephanie Kim on Flute, and Sophomore Ralph Lewis on Percussion. Outstanding work!

Lots going on, and our first concert on Thursday February 7th is now less than three weeks away! Woohoo!

Band Booster Positions

As I mentioned in some of my emails last semester, we’re looking for new leadership with our band booster organization. The current president will be “graduating out” and the treasurer has met her two-year-maximum for that role per the bylaws. These two positions are required in order to have a booster organization. There are a few other positions that will be available as well. I’m excited to have new ideas and fresh eyes as we move in to the future together! Please be on the lookout for communication from the boosters regarding a nomination committee and other information about the process to become elected to the executive board. Thank you!


The goal of this fundraiser is NOT to have you, our band families, feel “obligated” to buy supplies for your landscaping (if you’re going to buy it anyway and would like to get it from us, then that’d be great!).

The goal of this fundraiser is to have the greater-CRHS-community make these purchases (if they’re gonna buy it anyway, why not from us, and we’ll deliver!). The main trick is getting the word out. Anything you can do would be greatly appreciated - social media HOA/neighborhood webpages, etc - please help spread the word!

TMC 2019

Believe it or not we’ve begun the process of planning our contest and opened registration last month. We already have ten bands registered! The bands coming so far are:

Louis D. Brandeis High School
Georgetown High School
John Paul Stevens High School
Dripping Springs HS
Jack C. Hays High School
James Bowie High School
Leander High School

Belton High School
Ronald Reagan High School
Vandegrift High School

San Fran Trip Reminders

January trip payment is due Sunday 1/20. Final payment is next month - please make sure your trip payment account is up to date! Make payments through the company webpage, Again, please remember, students must be academically eligible to go on the trip.

Tonight - Winter Olympics

6pm-10pm at CRHS. This student-led event is similar to Band Olympics but most events will be indoors or out in the courtyard. In addition to high school band students we’ve invited our 7th and 8th grade feeder band students to join us as well.

MLK Parade - Tomorrow 1:30pm Downtown Round Rock

Thank you to our drumline members for performing in the MLK parade tomorrow. The event is scheduled to start at 1:30pm. If you’d like to attend, please see attached map for the parade route!

Old Uniforms for Sale

Reminder that you may purchase the old uniform as memorabilia if you wish. Please reference the email I sent on Monday January 14th for more details.

Band Fee Payments

All outstanding band fees are two months past due and outstanding balances have been added to the “Obligation List” with the high school. Please let me know if you need help finding what you may owe. Band fee payments can be made online at or by check to “CRHS Band” and put in the safe next to my office.

Region Band Clinics and Concert - Friday January 25th & Saturday January 26th @ Weiss HS

Students who competed in the All-Region process and made the band will participate in rehearsals and concerts. Their schedule was included in the music folder they received from the clinic hosts. Please plan transportation and meals accordingly on your own.

Varsity Winterguard Contest - Saturday January 26th @ Westwood HS

Winterguard competes in their first contest! Their performance time is 3:22pm if you’d like to attend!

Next Week’s Rehearsals

I’m arranging these rehearsals by performance group in hopes that it’s easier to read.

Wind Ensemble

Wednesday 1/23 - Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax, Euphonium, Tuba 7:50-8:50am

Thursday 1/24 - Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Alto Sax 7:50-8:50am

Wind Symphony

Tuesday 1/22 - Flute/Oboe/Saxes @ 7:45am; Trombones @ 4:45pm

Wednesday 1/23 - Clarinets @ 7:45am

Thursday 1/24 - Trumpets/Horns @ 7:45am

Symphonic Band

Tuesday 1/22 - High Brass @ 4:45pm

Thursday 1/24 - Flute/Oboe/Saxes @ 4:45pm

Friday 1/15 - Low Brass @ 4:45pm

Other Ensembles

Flute Choir Wednesday after school

Trumpet Club Wednesday after school

Drum Club Tuesday after school

Full Orchestra - Thursday 4:30-6:00pm

Looking Ahead

January 25th/26th - Region Clinics and Concerts @ Weiss HS

January 26th - Varsity Winter Guard @ Westwood HS

February 2nd - Varsity Winter Guard in San Antonio

February 7th - Winter Concert @ Hartfield PAC (next to McNeil HS)

February 21st - Wind Ensemble Full Orchestra PreUIL Concert

February 23rd - Varsity Winter Guard @ Cedar Park HS

Have a great three-day weekend, everyone!

John PetersonDirector of BandsCedar Ridge High SchoolRound Rock ISD