TWIB Notes – Week of 9/18/17

Here are the TWIB Notes for this week…

The RBMB will have rehearsals on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 3:00-5:15 PM.

CBPA (Courtland Band Parents Association) will meet on Tuesday, September 19th, at 7:30 PM in the Band Room. Executive Board will meet at 6:30, prior to the general meeting.

The RBMB will participate in the Emerald Invitational Marching Band Clinic at Riverbend High School on Saturday, September 23, 2017. Call Time for ALL RBMB Members will be 10:00 AM. Our performance time is 1:25 PM. A detailed itinerary will be emailed out to all RBMB Members and Parents on Wednesday. Please come out and support the RBMB!!

Chair Placement Auditions for The Concert Band and Wind Ensemble will be held next Monday and Wednesday (during our scheduled class time). The format of the auditions will follow that of the VBODA District Band Auditions. Students will be required to perform selected major scales and/or rudiments, the chromatic scale, a prepared piece (distributed in class), and level appropriate sight reading. The specific requirements have been covered in class. If you have any questions about the requirements for these auditions, please email Mr. Leonard.

All Band Students are encouraged to use the time during Cougar AM to come to the Band Room and PRACTICE. I am more than willing to work with individuals or groups who want extra help. Section Leaders should consider using this time to meet with their sections to work on problem spots in the music (Marching Band, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, etc.).



TWIB Notes – Week of 9/11/17

Good Evening! Here are this week’s TWIB Notes…

  • Thanks to all the RBMB members and parents for all their work in making Saturday’s Tag Day event a huge success!
  • RBMB Members, please remember to turn in your March-a-Thon money as soon as possible.
  • Students in all Band Classes will be getting their rules quiz back on Monday and Tuesday. They will be bringing the quizzes home to explain our Class Rules and Consequences to the parents. Quizzes are to be signed and returned to Mr. Leonard.
  • Forms and Fees for all Band Classes are due no later than Thursday, 9/14.
  • Please, remember to purchase the appropriate method books for your class and bring them with you as soon as possible.
  • RBMB will practice on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00-5:15. THERE IS NO REHEARSAL ON FRIDAY THIS WEEK.

Have a great week! 

With Pride,
Mr. Leonard

Announcement/Update – Friday, 9/1/17

Here is an update for tonight’s home football game against Liberty HS.

As of right now, the game is still on. We will follow the schedule for rehearsal/game day as normal. Students are to report to the Band Room for Rehearsal at 3:00 (ready by 2:55). We will rehearse until 5:00. Dinner (Meal Deal from Salsarita’s) will be at 5:00 in the Commons. We will warm-up at 6:00 and prepare to head into the Stadium at approximately 6:20. Game Time is 7:00. We are still planning to perform the show at halftime as scheduled. Students will be dismissed from the Band Room following the game (after all equipment has been put away).


If there are any changes to the schedule, I will notify everyone as soon as possible.

Thanks for all you do in support of the RBMB! I hope to see all of you tonight at the game!!


TWIB Notes – Week of August 28, 2017

Here are the Band Notes and Events for the week of August 28, 2017

RBMB Band Camp: Monday – Thursday from 3:00-8:00 PM (Special Schedule for Wednesday -see below)

CBPA Chaperone Training: Tuesday at 7:00 PM in the Band Room.  This meeting is for parents who were unable to attend the first training session.

Wednesday – The RBMB will perform prior to the Freshman Orientation.  Students will be dismissed at 6:00 PM after we perform.

Varsity Football Game: Friday, 9/1.  Students will report for rehearsal at 3:00 PM.  A detailed itinerary will be provided later in the week.

All Students are reminded to make sure that their instrument is ready and in good playing condition for the first week of school.  Practice a little each day.  Chair placement auditions will take place in the first couple weeks of the year.  Be prepared!

Have a great week!!  See you all soon!

With Pride!

TWIB Notes – Week of August 7, 2017

On Tuesday, August 8th, we will have our final RBMB Rehearsal prior to Band Camp from 6:30-9:00 PM. We will continue to work on the Opener and begin working on the 2nd Movement of the show.

Also on Tuesday, we will hold a training session for parents interested in chaperoning band events throughout the year. We will begin at 7:00 PM in the Auditorium. If you are not able to make it on the 8th, we will hold a second training session on August 29th at 7:00 PM.

On Friday, August 11th, the RBMB Student Leadership will have a Work Day from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. This is a required meeting for all members of our Student Leadership Team.

RBMB Uniform Fittings will also take place on Friday, the 11th from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Fitting Times are as follows:

Percussion: 9:00 – 11:00 AM
Woodwinds: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Brass: 2:00 – 4:00 PM

The Drum Corps International World Championship Semi-Finals will be broadcast live on Pay-Per-View on Friday, August 11th. All Courtland Band Students, families, and alumni are invited to attend the broadcast beginning at 5:00 PM. We will be watching in the Auditorium. Bring your own snacks and drinks and enjoy the best drum corps in the world. To learn more about Drum Corps International, visit

Band Camp begins on Monday, August 14th at 8:00 AM. Band Camp is required for all members of the RBMB (Winds, Percussion, and Guard). A separate email will be sent out to all members of the Royal Brigade Marching Band with more detailed information about Band Camp.

TWIB Notes – July 24, 2017

Here are the notes for this week…

Summer Rehearsals for the RBMB continue this Tuesday, 7/25/17, from 6:30-9:00 PM. We will meet in the Band Room and move into Sectional Rehearsals after announcements.

RBMB Members – keep your eyes open for a very important email regarding our upcoming Band Camp. This email will include important information abour rehearsal times and materials that you will need for camp. This email will be sent our later this week.

Volunteers are still needed for the Knights of Pythias Bingo each week. Please sign up in CHARMS if you are able to help out. The Knights of Pythias donate $500 a month to the Courtland Band Program for helping with their Bingo events on Sunday afternoons and Monday evenings. You can also earn points to help pay for Band Fees (Marching Band, Winter Activities, Class Fees, Trips, etc.). This is not limited to RBMB Members and their families. Any member of the CHS Band Program and/or their parents can sign up to work. These donations helped us purchase the new uniforms for the Marching Band. Our next goal is to get new “uniforms” for our Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, and Wind Ensemble.

On Tuesday, August 8th at 7:00 PM, we will hold a meeting and training session for all parents who are interested in serving as chaperones during the 2017-18 school year. We need chaperones for events throughout the school year (Marching Band, Winter Activities, District Assessment, Spring Trip, etc.). We have updated our chaperone procedures and policies for the upcoming year. If you plan on chaperoning, or think you might like to chaperone, you must go through the training in order to be eligible to chaperone. If you are interested, but can’t make it to the meeting on the 8th, please let Mr. Leonard know.

Have a great week!!

TWIB Notes – July 17, 2017

Just a reminder…everyone should be practicing over the summer.  Keep working on scales, rudiments, technical exercises…even do some sight reading!!
RBMB members should have received an email with our 2017 Warm-up attached.  Please make sure you print your parts and start working on the exercises.  Also, you should be working on your show music.


RBMB Rehearsal on Tuesday Night from 6:30 -9:00 PM.

Reminder…we need volunteers to help with the Knights of Pythias Bingo on Sunday afternoons and Monday evenings.  Students earn 5 points (parents do too) each time they work.  Sign up in CHARMS if you can help.

T.W.I.B. Notes – July 10, 2017

A quick reminder to everyone to make sure you are practicing over the summer. Play a little bit several times a week…just to stay in good playing shape. Work on exercises to develop better tone quality, to build chops, increase range and endurance. Work on scales and/or rudiments. Do some sight reading. Just play…find something fun…and play!!

On Tuesday, July 11th, there will be rehearsal for the RBMB Percussion and Color Guard. Rehearsal will be held from 6:30-9:00 PM.

RBMB Hornline (Woodwinds and Brass) – Be on the lookout later this week for the warm-up materials for this year. I will be sending them out by email.

Lastly, RBMB – I strongly encourage you to start working in some physical exercise to your daily routine…stretching, core strength exercises, cardio, etc. This will help you prepare for Band Camp in August.

Have a great week!!

With Pride!!

T.W.I.B. Notes – June 25, 2017

Just a couple of things going on this week… 

We will have our first summer rehearsal on Tuesday, the 27th, from 6:30-9:00 PM. 

If you need to complete paperwork, please do so and get it turned in on Tuesday. 

Students are reminded to dress appropriately for rehearsal on Tuesday. Students should wear proper footwear for marching (No sandals or Flip Flops). Students should also bring water. We will discuss some other materials that you will need for participation in Marching Band. 

T.W.I.B. Notes – Week of 6/12/17

Events for the week of June 11th, 2017

EXAM WEEK!! Students will be taking the second half of their Final Exam this week during their assigned exam block. Unless the students get approval from the Administration, they must take the exam during the scheduled time. We finished all but a few of the scale tests last week. The remaining portion of the test consists of the prepared etudes that were assigned to the students.

Students are reminded to take all personal belongings, including instruments, from the Band Room and Instrument Storage Rooms once they are finished with their exams. We will be doing a major clean-out and inventory of school-owned equipment. If you are in Marching Band, you still need to take things home at the end of the school year.

ALL Students should practice over the summer. Stay in shape. Keep working on scales, rudiments (percussion) and technique. Play a little bit every day to develop and maintain tone quality and endurance. Remember, we will be doing chair placement auditions in Concert Band and Wind Ensemble during the first couple weeks of school. The auditions will consist of scales, a short prepared piece, and sight reading.

If you have not turned in your paperwork/forms/deposits for the 2017-18 Royal Brigade Marching Band, please do so ASAP. I talked with our Drill Writer over the weekend and we have a couple more days before he needs our final numbers. So, it is not too late to get signed up. Turn your forms/deposits into the safe(Blue Box) in the Band Office. Our first rehearsal is on Tuesday, June 27th from 6:30-9:00 PM. Check the CHARMS Calendar for the complete Summer Rehearsal and Band Camp Schedule.