In Sarasota, Florida, Riverview High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school with a student population of over 2,500 students. The Riverview High School Kiltie Band program consists of 200 ladies and gentlemen from the student population; it is comprised of Symphonic Winds, Wind Ensemble, Varsity Band, Bagpipes, Color Guard, and Highland Dance. Anyone, regardless of experience, can join the band program at Riverview. Some of the band classes require an audition and some are open to all students. All interested students are asked to meet with one of the directors for more information and requirements. All students enrolled in a band class are required to participate in marching band during football season for the home Varsity football games.
The Riverview High School Kiltie Band Boosters are comprised of band parents and supporters who assist with any projects and lend financial assistance to the band for co-curricular and extracurricular needs. The Boosters also work to promote social and recreational gatherings for members, their families, and friends for the cementing of good fellowship and a social cooperative spirit.
The Kilties are active community performers and consistently earns "Superior" ratings at Music Performance Assessment. Most notably, since 1958, the RHS Kiltie Band has earned consecutive Superior ratings in the Florida Bandmasters Association District Marching MPA.
To see the schedule for the Kiltie Band, click here.
To see the Sarasota County school schedule for 2017-2018, click here.
To see the Sarasota County school schedule for 2018-2019, click here.
2018 Kiltie Camps
Summer Band Camp for New Kilties and Kiltie Officers:
Band camp is a fun time to meet other new band members along with the section officers. Uniforms are not distributed until August at the beginning of the season. There are a few recommendations that may make camp more enjoyable. We suggest you bring:
- Water or sport drinks
- A hat
- Sunscreen and bug spray
Members of the Booster Club will be at the school during the morning drop-off to answer any questions you may have. Please stop by and say hello! Summer Band Camp for all new Kilties and Kiltie Officers will be conducted from 8:00 AM - noon on the following days:
Week One: Wednesday thru Friday, May 30 - June 1, 2018
The Kiltie Store will be open on June 1 from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM inside the school (cash & checks only)
Week Two: Monday thru Thursday, June 4 - 7, 2018
The Kiltie Store will be open on June 4 from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM inside the school (cash & checks only)
On Friday, June 1 from 6:00 until 8:00 PM, there is an informal "meet and mingle" at PDQ on Tamiami Trail. We welcome all Kiltie families to attend this gathering to get acquainted with the other band families and give you an opportunity to ask questions.
Kiltie Band Camp for All Kilties:
August starts the new season and the band will begin rehearsals for another incredible year. The weather is still hot, so make sure you follow the suggestions above. Band Camp for all Kilties will be conducted from 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM on the following days:
Monday thru Friday, July 30 - August 2, 2018
Our first marching rehearsal will be held on Thursday, August 9, 2018 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. Immediately after this practice, there is an ice cream social for all Kilties and their families starting at 8:00 PM.
For more detailed information, please see the RHS Kiltie Booster flyer.
Would you appreciate help getting your Kiltie to and from practices and performances? Would you be willing to help transport someone else's Kiltie? It takes a lot of rehearsals to achieve excellence, and it can be nice to connect with other families who live near you.
The Kiltie Booster Club is offering to map Kiltie families and share contact information. You can then coordinate for weekly rides to rehearsals or just keep the info as a backup in case you could use occasional transportation help.
Only the people who participate will have access to the map. We’ll send it out in an email, then we'll leave it to you to get in touch with other carpoolers and make plans to coordinate transportation.
*To opt in to participating, click here.
Questions? Email Joy Mayer, parent of clarinet player, Patrick.
Kilties Marched in McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade
The RHS Kiltie Band went to Chicago to march in the McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade on Thursday, November 23, 2017. The nation’s top marching bands, exciting performance units and giant helium balloons made their way down State Street to the excitement of hundreds of thousands of on-street spectators and millions at home. A clip of their Kiltie's marching is displayed.
YourObserver.com recognized the trip for the high school students.
Channel 7 SunCoast News on ABC featured the band.
59th Consecutive Superior Rating at MPA
Mr. Dubbert and his Music Department Team ensured that one important tradition at RHS continued: Riverview High School Kiltie Band obtaining a Superior rating for their Marching Performance Assessment (MPA). On November 4, 2017, the Kiltie Marching Band did just that. A Superior rating for our band in all aspects of their performance by the Florida Bandmasters Association District 11 MPA to attain their 59th consecutive "Superior" overall rating:
- (Judge #1) Music: Superior
- (Judge #2) Music: Superior
- (Judge #3) Marching/Maneuvering: Superior
- (Judge #4) General Effect: Superior
- (Judge #5) Auxiliary: Superior
- (Judge #6) Percussion: Superior
A video of their outstanding performance is posted below. Congratulations to the "Best Band in the Land": The Riverview High School Kiltie Band!!!
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