Welcome to the


    Riverwatch Band Program


    Dean Patterson


    Hunter McGee
    Associate Director




    All-State Audition Materials 7th & 8th Grade


    Upcoming Dates


    (CANCELLED) Saturday, April 18th - District 9 Solo and Ensemble Festival @ Riverwatch MS (CANCELLED)

    May 8-9th - 7th and 8th Grade Carowinds Trip (Optional, Registration Closed)

    May 12th - 8th Grade Spring Concert @ 6:30pm (Riverwatch MS Gym)

    May 13th - 7th Grade Spring Concert @ 6:30pm (Riverwatch MS Gym)

    May 14th - 6th Grade Spring Concert @ 6:30pm (Riverwatch MS Gym) 

  • About the Riverwatch Band Program ...

    The Riverwatch Middle School Band Program serves 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.

    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 . . .


    Dean Patterson is the Director of Bands at Riverwatch Middle School. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia in Athens, GA, where he earned his Bachelor's degree in Music Education. Mr. Patterson currently serves the Ninth District of the Georgia Music Educators Association as co-host and organizer of the Instrumental Solo and Ensemble Festival. He also serves the District as Vice-Chair (2016-Present).


    For the past nine years, Mr. Patterson has been involved with Drum Corps International's two-time World Champions, Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. He served as the group's head conductor (2011-2013), tour manager (2014), and tour director(2015-2017). During his time with the corps, Mr. Patterson received DCI's Jim Jones Leadership Award & Scholarship (2013) and the Mark Glasscoe Memorial Member of the Year Award (2013). Professional affiliations include Georgia Music Educator's Association, National Association for Music Education, National Band Association, and Conductor's Guild. Mr. Patterson enjoys playing trumpet, running, golfing, and traveling. 


    Hunter McGee is the Associate Director of Bands at Riverwatch Middle School. He also serves as the Percussion Coordinator for the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony, Director of Music at Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church, and Co-Director of the Atlanta Trumpet Ensemble.


    Mr. McGee graduated 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. 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 for various organizations in the Metro-Atlanta area. Professional affiliations include NAfME, GMEA, NBA, and PAGE. 

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