First Monday rehearsal and Mr. C’s ice bucket challenge

RHS Music Weekly Update 8/25

The start of the school year is finally here! We hope you’re all just as excited as we are to get this edition of the Ramona High School music program going.

Students went home today with a “Syllabus Contract.” Make sure you read through this with your child, and get the form back to Mr. Christy by Friday.

Included in this email:

  • Email Newsletter
  • Director’s Address
  • Weekly practice schedule
  • Tournament schedule
  • Fundraising

An updated calendar will be available at the beginning of the week. This calendar will be updated frequently with all the information you’ll need regarding the instrumental music schedule.

Email Newsletter

Congratulations! You are receiving the first Royal Alliance Instrumental Music newsletter for the 2014/2015 school year! These weekly updates will reach your inbox every Monday evening. They will contain all the important, juicy stuff you need to know for the upcoming week. If you need to edit your email address for any reason, contact Mr. Christy ASAP.

Director’s Address

Congratulations on finishing two weeks of band camp, Royal Alliance! Band camp was a resounding success. For those of you unable to enjoy the concluding preview concert, you’ll be pleased to know that the marching band is well on their way to beginning an exciting marching season. The students are able to march and play the entire first movement, in addition to substantial quality work they have put into the parade march. I am excited to be involved with such an incredibly hard working group of students. That being said, there is still plenty of work to do!

It is with great excitement that I announce that despite our numbers, we will be competing up a class this year in the 2A division. This is a testament to my belief that the students will rise far above the challenge.

Keep up the hard work, Royal Alliance!

Weekly Practice Schedule

The Royal Alliance will maintain the same weekly rehearsal schedule as the past few years:

  • Monday nights 6pm-9pm
  • Wednesday afternoons 2:30pm-5pm

These weekly rehearsals will start on Monday, August 25th.

Tournament Schedule

Make note of a few tournament changes this season. Shifts were made to allow for the parade band to compete more.

  • October 25th Mt. Carmel Field Tournament and Band Review
  • November 1st Mira Mesa Field Tournament and Band Review
  • November 8th (AM) Otay Band Review
  • November 8th (PM) Chula Vista Field Tournament
  • November 15th Ramona Southwest Regional Field Tournament
  • November 22nd SCSBOA Championships


Students were sent home with a flyer regarding a pizza fundraiser. Check the booklet for many tasty options!

As always, remember to submit your SCRIP orders before 11:59PM on Monday night!

Drumline #1 2014 Del Norte

Yogurt Barn Monday

It’s going to be another nice warm day, perfect for a visit to the Yogurt Barn.  Attached is the flyer for your printing pleasure.  They give 25% of your total back to the band.  See you there!

Here is a link to the flyer.

Thank you for your support,

AME board

Monday 08/18/2014

Due to an  RUSD teacher scheduling conflict, there will be no rehearsal tomorrow on Monday, August 18.  Wednesday, August 20th rehearsal from 8 – 11 am will remain.  So, enjoy your Monday off.  We’ll see you on Wednesday at 8:00 am sharp.

Preview Concert 2014

Preview Concert

You are cordially invited to attend the “Preview Concert” at the PAC at OPMS on Friday night at 6:00 (students are dismissed from rehearsal at 3:00 pm and report for concert warm-up at 5:30 pm).

Our students have worked so hard this summer and are looking forward to the annual end of band camp “Overnighter” scheduled to take place after the preview concert on Friday evening.

HOWEVER, are still in need of chaperones for the evening.  Please let us know if you can help out. You can contact Mary Hopperton or sign up on Volunteer Spot at

Thank you,
Tracey Stephens
Alliance for Music Education, President

This week…

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to chaperone band camp activities so far and have come to help with fittings. Many hands make for easy work.

We only have one more activity that needs chaperones – the “overnighter.” The Hopperton’s have generously offered the use of their house again, but cannot be expected to stay up all night to chaperone students by themselves. Please log on to Volunteer Spot or call Mary if you can help out with these shifts. If we don’t have coverage, we’ll have to cancel this fun and much anticipated event for the students.

If you need to contact Mary directly please call or email. 619 203 1202.

We’re using VolunteerSpot (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activity.

Please sign up for August Volunteer requests – here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

  1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot:
  2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
  3. Sign up! Choose your spots – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Thanks in advance for your continued support as we head into the 2014-2015 Band and Guard journey.

Thank you,