The Handbook

RCHS Band Handbook (updated on 7/15/2016)
RCHS Band Handbook (PDF version)
Director Contact Info

Anthony Marvelli
Director of Bands
River City High School
(916) 375-7800 ext. 2210

Welcome to the River City High School Band Program. We have multiple opportunities for students to experience a well rounded music education. Our performing wind bands consist of Wind Ensemble, RC Big Band, RC Basketball Band, Symphonic Band, and The River City Regiment (Marching Band). In this handbook you will find information, expectations and policies of the program.
Participation Policy

Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble and Jazz Improvisation and Styles are performance-based courses that require a student’s attendance and participation outside of regular school hours (including weekends). Performance dates and times are sometimes scheduled by outside organizations, and we have to be able to accommodate their needs.Unlike an athletic team sport, where only a select number of people play at any given time with the rest sitting on the bench, being part of a musical ensemble is unique because all the musicians perform at the same time all the time. No musician “sits on the bench.” Your attendance and participation is crucial to the success of all students in the ensemble every time, so you must attend all rehearsals and performances. We need you!

Marching Camp

Camp is required for all marching students. This camp will include instruction in marching fundamentals and other basics skill necessary to the class. Each year the music boosters pay for the field show drill to be written by a professional. If you are not at camp I cannot have the drill writer include a spot for you on the field. You will automatically become an alternate. Alternates will only participate in the field show if a spot opens up. Field shows make up a small portion of the class. You are not required to attend events which only have a field show presentation, but you will have to complete an alternative assignment for the purpose of earning the points towards your final grade. You can also attend the trip and help with the set up/tear down to receive full credit.


Performances are a required part of the course. You will be given a performance schedule well in advance. Please make note of this and bring any conflict to the director’s attention ASAP. In the event of a missed performance, the director, on an individual basis, will determine if the missed performance will be excused. Notification of a conflict must be brought to the director’s attention at least one week prior to the event. If a missed performance is due to an emergency, a note from a parent explaining the reason is due the next day. Any performance that is not excused by the director will result in no participation credit.

Alternate Assignments

Students with an approved absence (by the director) will be able to do an alternate assignment for equivalent credit. Makeup concerts do not exist in the real world or my class.


Rehearsals are essential to musical success! It is expected that you will make all scheduled rehearsals. Excessive attendance problems may result in removal from performances. If you miss any rehearsal for any reason (including present but not participating) you have four options to earn the points:

  • Schedule a 15 minute lesson with the director on your band parts
  • Record a 15 minute practice session at home and submit an audio recording of it to the director
  • Watch a YouTube tutorial on your instrument and write one paragraph describing what you learned
  • Watch three YouTube videos of professionals on your instrument and write one paragraph describing what you learned
Dress for Performances

Marching Band: Your uniform (issued by the program) must be worn in the manner which you are trained by staff. This includes hair, makeup and jewelry. You are required to wear a tee-shirt (with sleeves) and gym shorts under the uniform. It is advised to have some long johns (thermals) on hand in case of cold weather. Students will need to purchase marching shoes and gloves. You can do this through the book keeper or the River City Web Store. Eating and drinking in the uniform is strictly prohibited. This includes candy and gum. You may have water which will be provided by the band boosters when necessary.Symphonic Band/Wind Ensemble/RC Big Band: Formal concerts require black and white attire. Men: black shoes, slacks and socks and white collar button long sleeve shirt women: either the same as men or black dress and black dress shoes. For more casual concerts the band shirt, Jeans and tennis shoes will be used. The dress code for concerts will be strictly enforced!


To be successful at anything in life, you need to apply yourself. To be a successful musician, you need to practice. It is up to you to do your homework (practice) for rehearsals. You should practice for rehearsals, tests, challenges and performances. Check with your directors for time available to help. The more you practice, the better we all sound! In addition to practicing you will have a check-off sheet. You must get each exercise checked off by the instructor outside of rehearsal and performance time.

  • Have your instrument and music every day, including REEDS or VALVE/SLIDE OIL
  • Keep your instrument in good working order
  • Try to improve every day
  • Have respect for each other
  • Follow school and class rules
  • Help set up and tear down on gigs
  • A no. 2 pencil at all rehearsals
Discipline and Behavior Policy

The instructor will follow the school’s Discipline Matrix. Because the musicians are constantly on display, each member must always be aware of the importance of good behavior. We are not just playing a gig; we are putting on a show. When we perform, you must remember that you are not individuals. We represent the instructors, the ensemble, the school, and the community whenever we perform or appear in public. Any misconduct casts a direct negative reflection on everyone mentioned above and will undo all the hard work of the music program. School rules will be strictly enforced with class detention and/or referrals. Chronic or severe poor behavior will result in removal from the ensemble.


  • You are ready to rehearse when the conductor is in front of the ensemble
  • You may not touch any percussion equipment without permission
  • Use self-control as to not disrupt the flow or focus of the rehearsal
  • Stop playing when you are cut off
  • Maintain good behavior during performances (especially on music trips)
  • No running or rough housing in the room
  • No food or drinks in the band room (unless approved by the instructor)

Your grade is made up of the following:

  • Performances (100 points each)
  • Rehearsals (5 points each)
  • Performances Standards check-off Sheet (100 points). This sheet will be given to you at the beginning of each semester. It has various musical skills which you must demonstrate proficiency. You may perform these for the instructor outside of class time. It is your responsibility to keep the sheet and make sure that it is turned in by the end of the semester.
Local Music Stores

  • Kline Music 2200 Sutterville Road, Sacramento, CA 95822 (916)456-8242
  • Tim’s Music 2812 Marconi Ave, Sacramento, CA 95821 (916)925-9160
  • Skip’s Music 2740 Auburn Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95821 (916)484-7575
  • Watermelon Music 207 E Street, Davis, CA 95616 (530)758-4010

I am looking forward to a great year. I will do my best to improve on a daily basis and I expect the same attitude from you. Music is a journey. Please try to develop a love of the trip and not the final destination. That is for the audience to enjoy. I consider each performer a fellow musician. It is an absolute honor for me to work with each of you. Let’s make some great music this year!Additional Policies:

  • This document may be altered by the band director at any time in any way to meet the ongoing needs of our continuously changing program.
  • The band director has total discretion when it comes to performances. This includes, but is not limited to, the personnel, music selection, or event.
  • We are asking that the parents of each musician donate $100 and volunteer 10 hours of work to the program or $200. This will help us with our annual expenses and provide a rich educational experience for the students. The River City Regiment is committed to working with parents to provide as much as we can for the budget that we have.





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