Reeths-Puffer Middle School Symphonic Band
Richard Erne, Director
The RPMS bands have a long tradition of excellence receiving high ratings annually at the MSBOA State Festival since the early 1970's. Former directors include: John Berry, Don Fretty, Douglas Voller, Tom Adams, Sue Veenstra and Louise Rosswaag who taught at RPMS for 28 years. Many of the 7th and 8th grade students study privately. For the past four decades, Reeths-Puffer has typically sent over ninety events to solo & ensemble festival each fall - most of which are solos. Events must make a two month commitment to free weekly lessons with the director after school. The RPMS bands perform at Veteran's Day ceremonies, three annual concerts, District and State Festivals, school assemblies, and travel for educational outreach experiences. We just returned from Washington DC and will be traveling to Walt Disney World in Orlando 2015. RPMS students participate in the District 7 Honors Band and many audition for All-State Band every year: we have had as many as six accepted at All-State and two receiving 1st chair placements.
Instrumental Music Department
The Reeths-Puffer Instrumental Music Department is comprised of three band directors as well as over 500 band students in the entire band program. Beginning band starts in fifth grade with three directors teaching like instrument classes. Sixth grade band continues with the same schedule. 7th & 8th grade band offers two ability grouped ensembles. These two bands, Concert and Symphonic meet daily. The high school has three ability grouped concert bands as well as the Marching Band, Fall Concert Band and Jazz Band; all are curricular. From the eighth grade on up, all of these bands annually attend the MSBOA District and State Festivals. The Rocket Marching Band has been competing since 1991 and usually places in the top three winning the State Championship on many occasions. Every other year the Band attends the Bands of America National Championships in Indianapolis.