Welcome to the
Riverwatch Band Program
CONGRATULATIONS to the 64 RMS Band students who earned a position in the 2021 District IX Honor Bands, as well as the 9 alternates! This is, for the 11th year in a row, the highest number from a single school in the district. You can see the full band rosters here:
February 27 - All-State 2nd Round Auditions (pending conditions - update coming soon)
March 4-6 - District Honor Band (pending conditions)
March 12 - 6th Grade FlexTime Concert (during school - live stream)
March 18-24 - 7th & 8th Grade Performance Evaluations (live or pre-recorded pending conditions)
April 15-17 - All-State Band Event
May 1 - Solo & Ensemble (@ RMS, tentative pending conditions)
May 6 - 6th Grade Concert - 6:00 pm in RMS Gym (pending conditions)
May 13 - 7th & 8th Grade Concert - 7th Grade at 6:00 - 8th Grade at 7:00 in RMS Gym (pending conditions)
NOTE: concerts are subject to change if Covid-19 conditions do not improve or worsen by the end of the semester. We will communicate any updates as far in advance as possible.
RMS Band Schedule, Spring 2021 Q3 & Q4
- “A Days” - students will have 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th period.
- “B Days” - students will have 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 8th period.
- Days will alternate to ensure equal number of days per schedule (see A/B calendar)
STUDENTS MUST HAVE THEIR MATERIALS ON THE DAYS THEY HAVE BAND CLASS. Forgetting their materials for one day will result in missing 33.3-50% of band instruction for the week.
“Hybrid” students - those attending only band class - must be dropped off and picked up in a timely manner every day that they have band. Please stay tuned for the exact procedure!
Please visit the following links for more information:
Thank you for your patience and support as we plan for a year like no other. Our goal is to provide a safe environment in which students can continue to learn and grow musically. We are fortunate to have such a wonderful community which supports performing arts. Thank you for all you do to support our band students!
About the Riverwatch Band Program ...
The Riverwatch Middle School Band Program serves nearly 700 students in grades 6-8. Each year, all students perform in several concerts at Riverwatch. Seventh and eighth grade students participate in GMEA Large Group Performance Evaluations. Riverwatch students consistently participate in the GMEA All-State Band and District IX Honor Band.
In 2020, Riverwatch had a school record of 34 total students make the GMEA All-State Band. In the same year, 86 students made the District IX Honor Band - a school and district record.
The Riverwatch Symphonic Band has presented invited performances at the following conventions:
2019 Reinhardt University Middle School Honor Band Clinic
2017 The Midwest Clinic: An International Band & Orchestra Conference
2017 Music for All Southeastern Concert Band Festival
2016 National Band Association/College Band Directors National Assoc. Southern Division
2015 University of Georgia Middle School Festival
2014 University of Alabama Honor Band
2014 Music for All National Concert Band Festival
2013 Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference
2012 Southeastern United States Band Clinic at Troy University
2012 National Band Association/College Band Directors National Assoc. Southern Division
2010 University of Georgia Middle School Festival.
The Riverwatch Band Program is a 2017 recipient of the John Philip Sousa Foundation's Sudler Cup and 2016 recipient of the National Blue Ribbon Program of Excellence award, presented by the National Band Association. The Riverwatch Symphonic Band was named a 2015 Commended Winner in the National Wind Band Honors, and has previously been a four-time state level winner (2011-2014). The Riverwatch Symphonic Band has appeared on "Strike Up the Band" on National Public Radio, WABE 90.1.
The Riverwatch Middle School Band Program is a three-time recipient of the Exemplary Performance Award from the Georgia Music Educators Association. The Exemplary Performance Award is the most prestigious award available to middle school bands in Georgia and recognizes middle school bands that achieve outstanding results in all areas of performance, including Large Group Performance Evaluation, Solo and Ensemble, All-State Band, and District Honor Band. The award is presented to the most outstanding bands in Georgia whose students excel in all aspects of band performance, both individually and as part of a group.
In active encouragement of new music composed for middle school band, the Riverwatch Band Program is consortium member for a new work by composer James M. David. Previously, the Riverwatch Band Program commissioned composer Richard A. Crosby to write a Grade II piece for world premiere at the University of Georgia Middle School Festival. This commission is titled Tribute and is available from Northeastern Music. The Riverwatch Band Program was also a member of a nationwide consortium that commissioned composer Donald Grantham to write a work for middle school band. This commission is titled Baron Piquant on Pointe and was performed at the 2012 Southern Division NBA/CBDNA convention by the Riverwatch Symphonic Band.
About The Directors . . .
Hunter McGee is the Director of Bands at Riverwatch Middle School. He also worked extensively with the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony, serving as the Percussion Coordinator since 2013. McGee has performed with AYWS (and worked on performance tours) in Walt Disney Concert Hall (LA), Carnegie Hall (NYC), Severance Hall (Cleveland), the New World Center (Miami), and the Music Center at Strathmore. Additionally, McGee serves as Director of Music at Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church.
Mr. McGee graduated summa cum laude from the University of Georgia, where he was a percussion student of Timothy K. Adams and Kimberly Toscano Adams. While completing his Bachelors of Music Education, he performed with the UGA Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, and Percussion Ensemble, including a performance at the GMEA In-State Conference and recording sessions with the Hogdson Wind Ensemble. Prior to his appointment at Riverwatch, Mr. McGee served as Director of Bands at Dacula Middle School. He also served as Director of Percussion at Lakeside High School (Atlanta) from 2014-2017. McGee arranges and composes music for various organizations in the Metro-Atlanta area. Professional affiliations include NAfME, GMEA, NBA, and PAGE.
Katie Larkin is originally from Marietta, Georgia where she attended middle school and high school. After graduating from Walton High School, she went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in Instrumental Music Education from The Florida State University. While at Florida State, she held leadership positions and was an active member in her collegiate chapter of the National Association for Music Education, Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity, and the Florida State University Marching Chiefs. While in college, she also spent multiple summers marching with Atlanta CV Drum and Bugle Corps and teaching band camps in both Georgia and Florida. She completed her student teaching internship in Orlando, Florida at Hunter’s Creek Middle School and began her teaching career as the Band Director at Largo Middle School in Largo, Florida. She is excited to return to Georgia to join the outstanding community of staff and students at Riverwatch Middle School.