Welcome to the Riverside Kingsmen! You are about to take a wonderful journey, one that will bring you closer to your children, as well as introduce you to some new best friends. This time will go by so quickly, you may not believe that now, but by the time graduation arrives, you will say, “where did the time go?”
This music program goes far beyond the classroom, the students practice year-round, not just a few months, but all year. During the summer months your child will practice five, and sometimes six days a week, 6 to 8 hours per day. The band members learn to play a musical instrument that actually sounds good to your ears. They’ll learn to march and play, and move around. All in all, you will be very impressed by your child and all of the other students. The color guard members will learn how to be graceful as they spin, twirl, and toss into the air their flags and rifles. Oh yes, it will amaze you!
You will have the opportunity to meet some really terrific people, who also happen to be parents, some new just like you, and others may have a year or two behind them already. And then there are a few who just decided to stay on and help long after their children graduated.
This is a wonderful program that keeps young people occupied in a positive way, off the streets, and out of trouble. The students learn music, dance and movement, but they learn so much more…dedication, responsibility, commitment, and perhaps the most important, they learn to believe in themselves.
The Band and Color Guard program works and it’s so good because it willingly involves the whole family. Don’t miss the opportunity to know your child, their friends, and the other parents.
While the students are here on campus practicing, they are looked after by Mr. Gray, the instructors, and the volunteer parents that come each day to help. During “Band Camp” and throughout the “Field Season”, parent involvement is very important. Help is needed to prepare and serve food to the students; help to build and refurbish props for the field shows. Help with fund raisers, donations, etc. Our students depend on us to give them this program, to support them all of the way, to be there! Yes, being there is very important to your child. No matter how much they say they understand or it’s not a big deal, let me tell you that it is important and it is a “big deal” to them, because it’s you they are performing for, it’s you they want to impress, it’s your approval.
Please take a moment to browse our "new members" section and to download the latest version of our calendar. Be sure to check the revision dates on the calendar frequently as changes are regularly made. Feel free to contact any members of the executive board with any questions you may have and most importantly... welcome to the Riverside Kingsmen family!!!