April 20 from 9am-12pm - First rehearsal
(Parents are encouraged to attend the annual membership meeting at the same location from 9am-10pm)

May on Thursday from 3:15-4:15pm - music sectionals in the band room


Color Guard Tuesdays over the summer 10am-1pm

June 24 new members sectional/section leader meeting 

June 25-27 from 9am-4pm - first camp at RV

July 10-11 - Marching Health clinic for section leaders

July - Sectionals put on by section leaders

July 29-Aug 2 from 9am-4pm - second camp at RV

Aug 6 from 4-6:30pm - sectionals

Aug 10 from 9-12:30pm - rehearsal

Aug 13 from 4-6:30pm - rehearsal

See the RV Music Google Calendar for fall dates before they're posted here in August.

Marching Band Fees

$100: District Marching Band fee paid to RVHS through Jeffco Student Fee Payment

$250: YMCA Band Camp fee paid to RVHS through Jeffco Student Fee Payment

$400: RV Music Boosters fee paid to RVMB through Charms

$40: Marching Band Shoes if needed paid to RVMB through Charms

Marching Band fees paid to RVMB cover band staff (other than Ms. Watts), meals/snacks, transportation, trailer maintenance and repairs, uniforms, props, flags and other color guard equipment, music arrangement for the show, drill for the show, instrument repairs, entry fees, awards, and scholarships. 

To pay your RVMB fees, visit Charms, or for detailed instructions visit the RVMB Charms page. RVMB offers many opportunities to fundraise to cover the fee. Visit the RVMB Fundraising page for more information. If you would like to pay by check, please mail a check made payable to Ralston Valley Music Boosters to P.O. Box 740058, Arvada, CO 80006. Thank you for supporting the Marching Band program at RVHS! 

All About Rehearsals

We rehearse Monday/Wednesday/Friday during class, and Tuesday/Thursdays from 4:00pm-6:30pm. There are a few Saturday rehearsals that are 9am-4pm with an hour lunch break. Please see the full calendar for those dates.

All About Football Games

The Marching Band plays at Home Football games, which take place at the NAAC – North Area Athletic Complex (way west on 64th – nearly to Hwy 93).  The band plays pep band music in the stands during the 1st, 2nd and 4th quarters, they perform the National Anthem before the game, and do their halftime show.  The band does ride the bus TO and FROM the football game, so please arrange your transportation for them to/from Ralston Valley.  Also, the band boosters do NOT provide a meal on football game days, so please have your kiddo make arrangements to eat before/after, bring a snack, and/or money for the concession stand during 3rd quarter when they have a break.  We do typically need some volunteers for football games – a couple of trailer drivers and some pit/props and uniform help.  There is an entrance fee for parents/siblings and other spectators for the games (set by Jeffco Athletics).

All About the Harvest Festival Parade

The RV Marching Band participates in the Arvada Harvest Festival Parade every year.  The band will meet at school, ride busses TO and FROM the parade staging area, and we encourage parents and families to come cheer on the Band along the parade route.  All members of the Band do participate in the parade, including the Pit and Color Guard.  We typically need a handful of volunteers for Trailers, Uniforms and Water.

All About Competitions

The Marching Band will perform in numerous competitions throughout the Fall, and all are mandatory.  They take up a good chunk of the day or afternoon/evening.  Check the website and emails frequently for details, schedules, maps, volunteer needs, and more!  Detailed schedules for competition days often do not come out until the week of, so please be prepared to be flexible on these days.

Transportation is provided TO and FROM the competitions, so please arrange your transportation for your kiddos to/from RV.  Drop off and pick up times depend on the time of the event and can be unpredictable.  Competitions may be a one-and-done format, or a prelims/finals format.  There is typically an admission fee for spectators, and sometimes there is one fee for prelims and another fee for finals (or a discounted rate for both).  We can never make guarantees about whether our band will make finals or not, so the choice is yours.  Some competitions will have concessions available.  In the past, some competitions have accepted cash only, some credit cards only, and some either.  We will communicate as much information as we have available for each competition as it approaches.

When the Band has a long event and/or it goes over one or more mealtimes, the Boosters will provide a meal (some days more than one!).  The Boosters typically provide the main course and ask parents to donate the fruits/veggies and extras.  These details will also be communicated as each event approaches.

We do need a lot of volunteers to help make our Marching Band successful.  For each competition we typically need 2-3 Trailer Drivers, 2-3 Uniform Helpers, 5-10 Hospitality Helpers, and up to 25 people for the Pit/Props Crew.  Some of this help is before/after the events, some during, some on the field, and some behind the scenes.  Be watching for the specifics for each event.  We use Signup Genius to make sure these events run smoothly and we have all our “jobs” covered.

Please know that on competition days, some things can change last-minute, and usually in that case, Ms. Watts will ask the kids to send parents a text message with the updates.

All About Band Camp

Every fall, shortly after school starts, the Marching Band participates in a “retreat” – Band Camp at YMCA in the mountains.  The students do miss classes for this; Ms. Watts excuses them. In typical years Band Camp is a Thursday – Saturday [**Please note for 2024, Band Camp is a Wednesday-Friday, Sept 18-20.*]  The students will bring all their luggage to the band room before school on the day of departure, then will load up the trailers/busses after school, depart for the mountains, and work hard on putting the finishing touches on their Show. They will also have plenty of fun and band bonding!  There is a $250 student fee for band camp, and it is paid through Jeffco, like school fees, since it is a district-sponsored trip. We typically need 2-3 volunteers for this event (Trailer Drivers and Chaperones), and these individuals are invited to stay at the YMCA during Band Camp with their room & board covered. There is typically plenty of free time for the volunteers for working remotely or enjoying the Colorado outdoors!