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Band

 

Ransom Middle School Band includes students in grades 6th-8th. The Ransom Band program has between 250-275 students.

Students start in the Beginning Band. After the first year of band, students are assigned to Advanced, Concert or Symphonic Band. Ransom also has a Jazz Band.

In the Ransom Band, we strive each day to give students the foundations needed to be a successful musician. 85%-90% of the band students continue playing in the high school band. Many students even continue their music education in college by either marching in the band or even majoring in music.

The Symphonic, Concert & Jazz Bands earn consistent superior ratings at District Music Performance Assessment (MPA).  Ransom is consistently represented at the Florida All State Band and All-County Band. Students also participate in the Solo and Ensemble MPA each February.

The Ransom Band has competed in festivals in Atlanta, Tampa, Panama City and Orlando.

In 2008, the Symphonic Band earned the highest marks at Festival Disney earning the “Gold Mickey” for Best in Class in the festival. Most recently, the Concert, Symphonic and Jazz bands performed a 30 minute concert in Walt Disney World as a part of the Disney Performing Arts program. The bands also took part in a Disney “You’re Instrumental” Workshop with a professional Disney musician recording a movie soundtrack.

Join the band to “plug into” a positive, fun and encouraging middle school experience.


How to the join the Ransom MS Band?

Every spring semester, the band will visit the local elementary schools and perform for the students. Following the week of school visits, 5th graders are invited to the Ransom Band room to “try on” the different instruments. Professionals will help the 5th graders select the instrument that is right for the student. After students have selected an instrument, students will be registered for the Ransom Band. Parents will need to obtain an instrument through a local music store.  
 
The Ransom Middle School Band offers four levels of bands:  Beginning Band, Advanced, Concert Band, and Symphonic Band.                                      

These bands meet daily during the school day.
It is the goal of Mrs. Walker and Mr. Rigdon to provide each students the fundamentals needed to be successful in band. It is our privilege to teach the band students every day.
 
Beginning Band


Beginning Band is divided into three classes: Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion. There is no musical experience necessary to join the Beginning Band.  Students will work through the first year method book. At the end of the first year, students will be placed in the appropriate level band class. The Beginning Band presents two concerts each year. (December and May)
Woodwinds: Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone
Brass: Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba
Percussion: Snare Drum and Bells

Advanced Band

Advanced Band includes students with 1-2 years of playing experience. Students in this band are still in the developing stages of tone quality and rhythm reading skills. This is a performance class (2 concerts). Students will continue to develop their tone, rhythm & note reading skills in this class.

Concert Band

Concert Band includes students with 1-2 years of playing experience. Students in this band are still in the developing stages of tone quality & rhythm/note reading skills. This is a performance class (concerts, spring trip and District MPA). While not the top performing ensemble, this class will place demands on the student in the areas of commitment, attitude, behavior and performance.

Symphonic Band

Symphonic Band includes students with 1-2 years of playing experience. Students in this band exhibit outstanding tone quality, advanced rhythm/note reading skills & an excellent attitude. This is a performance class (concerts, spring trip and District MPA). This is the top performing ensemble, the class will place demands on the student in the areas of commitment, attitude, behavior and performance.

Jazz Band

Our Jazz Band is a group of dedicated & motivated 7th and 8th grade students. Members are selected from the Symphonic Band. The band performs throughout the community. The Jazz Band has also been selected to perform in Walt Disney World in 2004, 2008, and                 2015-2018. Jazz Band is a class during the school day.

Other Information

Student Owned Instruments:
Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, or Percussion

Students who wish to play these instruments need to contact the local music store for information on instrument rental/purchase programs.

School Owned Instruments:
French Horn, Baritone, Tuba
Students who wish to play these instruments contribute a yearly usage fee to the band to use the instrument. The rental covers a yearly cleaning of the instrument.

Ransom Band Schedule (1st rotation)
1st Jazz Band
2nd Advanced Band
3rd Concert Band
4th Research
5th Symphonic Band
6th Beginning Woodwinds
7th Beginning Brass
8th Beginning Percussion

 

 

 

 


 

RMS Band at Disney World
RMS Band at Disney World
Contact Janie Walker  Janie Walker Band Director
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Contact Lee Rigdon  Lee Rigdon Assistant Band Director

Please click on the link shown below to go the RMS Band Website:
 

http://www.ransomtigerband.com/