Degrees and Certifications:
ASU- Instrumental Music Education K-12
Hello! My name is Crystal Webb. This will be my ninth year at River Bend Middle School. I also help out with the marching band at Bunker Hill. I love teaching beginning band and really enjoy getting to know all my students. I am looking forward to a great school year!
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If you are an upcoming 7th grader, please know that you won't need your instrument on the first day of school. We'll use the first week of school to learn the basics of music, and then we'll start on instruments. See below for more information! Please note- you did NOT have to come to early band sign up night to be in band or be present when I spoke to the elementary schools. That was just to help you decide what instrument you liked. If you want to be in band, all you need to do is a)sign up for band on your registration form or b)send a parent note to the school within the first week of school saying you are requesting a schedule change to band. I want any and all interested band students to be in band!
If you are an upcoming 8th grader, please go ahead and make sure you have the Blue Tradition of Excellence Book, a Flip Folder and Lyre (available at Music and Arts in Hickory-just tell them what you play) and your instrument in working condition. Reed players- be sure that you have a whole box (10) of size 3 reeds. We'll start school learning lots of new music! See below for more information.
Here is some detailed information for the upcoming school year.
Rising 7th graders: Welcome to Middle School! I'm glad you'll be in band and can't wait to get started. I hope you got the letter sent home in your elementary school report card. If not, drop by RBMS and we have extra letters in the front office. Remember that you will need to get your own instrument over the summer and the instrument you signed up to play at early band registration night will be the instrument you will play in the band. All clarinet and saxophone players will need one box of size 2 reeds to start the school year. All brass players (trumpet, trombone, baritone, and tuba) will need at least a bottle of valve oil and a tube of slide grease. All 7th graders will need to purchase their own copy of Tradition of Excellence Book 1 for the instrument they will play.You can find this book online or at Music and Arts (shares a parking lot in Hickory with PetSmart and is beside Home Depot). Percussion will need to purchase a stick bag, including yarn, plastic, rubber, and drum sticks (available as a set at Music and Arts). You will not need your instrument at school until Sept. 3rd. If you are unsure of what instrument you want to play, but signed up for band please wait and we'll find an instrument you can be successful on during the first week of school. I'm excited to meet you!
All 7th graders will give a required concert in December on Tuesday, December 10 at 6:00 pm at P.E. Monroe Auditorium on Lenoir-Rhyne’s campus and on Tuesday May 12th 2020 at 6:00 pm.
Rising 8th graders:Please remember that you will be playing the same instrument as last year and we will start the school year by reviewing, and then start in Tradition of Excellence Book 2 (make sure you get your own copy this summer if you haven't already) and learning Pep Tunes, All County Scales, and Solos.
We will have a busy fall playing at the following events:
8th grade Required Performances: Fall, 2019
Friday, September 27: Bunker Hill Football Game. Band will play with BHHS Band and watch the Marching Band. **Estimated Time** 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Wear your band t-shirt!
Tuesday, October 8: TBD: But will be OPTIONAL: Claremont Parade and Pep Rally at Claremont Park for BHHS Homecoming
Wednesday, October 2: River Bend Football Game (band will play in the stands. Estimated Time 3:05-5:45 pm). The game will start at 4:15 pm. Students will stay after school, get in free, and parents will need to pick up students at BHHS football stadium at approximately 5:45. Parents are welcome to attend the game- it’s $4.00 to get in. Students, wear your band t-shirt!
Monday, October 28: Optional but highly encouraged- All County Band Auditions at Newton-Conover Middle School (Estimated Time: 3:00 pm-6:00 pm). Parents pick up students at NCMS.
Friday/Saturday November 15th and 16th: All County Band Clinic at NCMS. Only for students selected for All County Band.
For both 7th and 8th grade band students: Tuesday, December 10th: Winter Band Concert at 6:00 pm at P.E. Monroe Auditorium on Lenoir-Rhyne’s campus. The Spring Band Concert is Tuesday, May 12th, same time and place.
Thursday, December 5th: Jazz Band Concert at RBMS Cafeteria at 7:00 pm. Required of 8th grade Jazz Band students, but everyone is invited to attend. Spring Jazz Concert is Monday, May 4th, same time and place.
Concert 2019 Information:
Here is the link for the full band handbook Full Band Handbook 2019 - 2020
Please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns! firstname.lastname@example.org