Marvin Ridge Middle School is a well rounded band program that serves nearly 250 students and their families in Waxhaw, North Carolina. The band program includes 6th grade, 7th grade, and 8th grade Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Pep Band, Percussion Ensemble, and Winter Guard.
lead – Kim O’Dell
(please contact with questions)
username: firstnamelastname (all one word, all lower case without spaces)
password: same as username
School ID: 2332
Student ID: 7-digit
red number located at the top left corner of the students order form
**All money for the fundraiser is due back by November 2nd.
Students need to collect money upfront from anyone they sell to - please make
sure the money matches the items listed on the order form**
came home today with a fundraising packet. With the middle school band only
doing 2 fundraisers for the school year we are asking for every child set a goal of selling 5 items.
If we sell an average of 5 items per student, we will
hit our goal!
the packet with your child. The easiest way to sell items is through the online
store. Most parents have received an email today as the students completed the
online registration process for our fundraiser. This will create the students
online store where they can simply send out a link and parents/family/friends
can order online and select the products that they would like to purchase. Please
follow the steps on the confirmation email to finalize the online store.
Once you have set-up your child’s online store, you can send
out the link to all family and friends around the Country. Anything that is
sold on your child’s online store will be credited to their sales.
Here for directions on setting up the online store
**Please make plans to have your child here before 5:45pm**
5:45 PM – Student “Call Time” (GYM)
7:00 PM – Parent Seating
7:15 PM – Concert
Students are encouraged to wear a costume as long as it follows
the guidelines below.
- No gory/graphic/bloody/weapon
- No costumes that interfere with playing an instrument (mask that
cover the mouth)
Any students wearing inappropriate outfits that violate school
guidelines will not be allowed to perform. All students participating in the
concert will be receiving extra credit towards the 2nd grading
This email is to all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade band students/parents. Please read carefully and be sure to mark down the
upcoming important dates to get the year started off.
**Most information will be updated throughout the year on
WEBSITE. We encourage you to check back regularly.**
instruments on the first day of school! Students will just need a notebook
w/paper and something to write with.
Tuesday, September 4th Band Info
Meetings (PARENTS ONLY!!!)
6th grade at 6:00 PM (MRMS PIT)
7th/8th grade at 7:00 PM (MRMS PIT)
8th grade parents will have short presentation on the Orlando trip immediately following the meeting. Parents can sign up to reserve a spot on a first come/first serve basis at the conclusion of the Orlando presentation. Space is limited**
October 30th Halloween Concert – 5:45 pm call time for participating students!
Please consider joining the Marvin Ridge Band Boosters
(MRBB) – this organization greatly helps and supports the band at both the
middle school and high school throughout the year! Without the support of this
program and parents from previous years we would not have the program we have
today. The MRBB Annual Dues are $50 per
family and the money can be donated at open house next week or sent in to
school during the first 1-2 weeks (Make Checks Payable to MRBB). To join please
fill out the Band
Booster Membership Form
Harris Teeter Vic
Please link your Harris Teeter Vic Card to the Marvin Ridge
Bands! Keep in mind you can link multiple organizations, and linking is an annual
processIT WILL NOT RENEW AUTOMATICALLY!!!
MRBB code is 6377 – You can do this at
the store with the cashier or online by following the link below!
Throughout the year we will be in need of parents willing to
volunteer to help the band organize events, fundraisers, trips, and to chaperone.
Please consider donating some of your time with 1 or more event during the
school year. More details will be provided for each item listed below as
details become available. Each event in itself is not overwhelming to
volunteer, but the same parents assisting for every event can be. Please help
us “spread the wealth” by having “all hands on deck”!
8th Grade Orlando Trip – Lead
Chaperone *March-April (periodic tasks
throughout school year)
We hope your summer is off to a great start! We are reaching
out to ask each band family to set aside some dates for the start of next
school year. Please refer to the calendar that has been posted on the band
website page for upcoming dates for next school year. Click HERE
to view the calendar.
-September 4th @ 6:00pm (MRMS PIT) – Information meeting for All Parents (NO Students)
oMany band program specific dates and topics will
be discussed – really important that a parent from each family make plans to attend!
In March of every year, band students across the state prepare and perform in the North Carolina Music Performance Assessment (MPA), which is much like a performance EOG for band. During the assessment process, bands perform three prepared pieces and play one piece they have never seen before in a process called sight-reading. Four judges, called adjudicators, evaluate the student musicians and the band director as they perform and sight read, then assign a score based on how accurately and musically the group performs. The scores are then compiled and each band is assigned an overall rating of Superior, Excellent, Good, Fair, or Poor. More importantly, the rating sheet from each adjudicator is filled with helpful comments and feedback that band directors use as a resources to guide students to greater musical achievement throughout the remainder of their school musical careers.
Bands in Union County are not required to attend MPA, but Marvin Ridge Middle School Band has participated successfully in the past. We have chosen to participate in MPA because we feel that it is important to hold ourselves to a high standard of performance. Attending MPA will allow us to acquire valuable feedback from music professionals regarding our musical growth. We believe that preparing for and performing at MPA motivates student musicians to reach new levels of technical mastery on their instrument and, more importantly, deepen their understanding of what it means to contribute to a musical ensemble.
What must I do to participate?
While this event is open to all 7th & 8th grade band members, we want to put our best foot forward in order to perform at a high level. Students are selected to participate based on their playing test scores, practice habits, their attitude and effort in class, the instrumentation needs of the band, and their motivation to contribute to the band. While there is no formal audition process, students must remain in good standing throughout the coming grading periods to be eligible for participation.
Dress: “Concert Black”
Girls: Conservative long black dress or black top and black dress pants. Black dress shoes.
Boys: Black long-sleeve shirt, black dress pants, black socks, black dress shoes.
Final MPA Schedules are not given to directors until late February. The final schedule for MRMS will be distributed at that time.
- Band students typically have one assignment per week through Canvas. *Assigned Monday and due by Friday*
- Please encourage your child to keep up with the one weekly assignment - late work is not accepted.
- Please encourage your child to practice 20 minutes nightly - students will have more success when a steady practice regimen is in place.
- Morning practice is available for extra credit (8:00 am - 8:30 am) each day. Students missing an assignment or two already are encouraged to attend morning practice regularly to receive extra credit.