Welcome! The Mad River Local Schools Music Department has a strong history of being the heart of both the community and the school district.  At Mad River, music is valued as core subject for the soul and is considered an important part of educating the whole student.  Our four elementary schools are unified in their development of a strong musical foundation and provide grade level music performances throughout the school year.  Our four elementary choirs are highly successful and perform for both the school and throughout the community.  At our two middle school buildings, orchestra, choir, and band programs are seen as important academic subjects and provide great performance opportunities for all students.  The Walter E. Stebbins High School Music Department is home to award winning choir, band, and orchestra programs who have earned Superior Ratings at the District, State, and National levels.  Music at Stebbins includes a wide variety of ensembles and classes including courses in theater, jazz, and rock.  After school activities include award winning fall and winter guard programs, outstanding musical theater productions, and the Stebbins Pep Band.  The Mad River Local Schools Music Department would like to thank the Stebbins Music Boosters, the Mad River Local Schools staff and administration and the entire Riverside Community for all of their support.     


dEPARTMENT updates


Notes from Mr. Carpenter : 


Families and students , be sure to register and sign up for our end of year fundraiser. Simple and easy!!


- Group ID: JX8N4  

-Your friends and relatives can order online to support your fundraiser!  

-You must set up your name for online ordering to receive credit for your sales.  

1 Go to the online sales website at "".  

2 Click the "Register Here" option.  

3 Fill out the required information.  

4. Your Group ID: JX8N4 4 Click "Submit Registration".  

5. Be sure to share by clicking on the social media Share Buttons!  

• Customers visit "" and "SHOP NOW."  

• They log in with your Group ID "JX8N4" and click "Shop!"  

• Have them choose your registered name as the seller to support.  

• Customers will have items shipped directly to their home as soon as the order is processed.  

• Payment is accepted via credit card or PayPal.  

• Online orders are automatically added to your sales when order forms are processed.




Dear Band Families, 

We are going to Disney!!

I am proud to announce the planning of a trip to Orlando, Florida and Walt Disney World for the 2021-2022 school year!!!  We are currently planning a trip for all Stebbins choir, orchestra, band, and color guard members for next year.  THIS IS A ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY!  We will be holding an informational meeting at 8:00 PM on April 8th via zoom for anyone interested in going on the trip.  The meeting link will be sent out soon.  This trip is going to be amazing!  -MR. C.  



                                                        MARCHING BAND INFORMATIONAL MEETING!!!  



  Welcome to the Stebbins High School   

“Pride of the Tribe”   

Marching Band   

                                                                              2021 MARCHING BAND INFORMATION  


Check out our website at   


Follow us on Instagram at stebbinsmusicensembles     





2021 is going to be a MASSIVE year!  

-Bands of America Grand National Championship in Lucas Oil Stadium   

 -Ohio State University Buckey Invitational   

 -Bands of America Obetz Regional In Columbus!  

 -OMEA State Marching Band Finals   

  -Amazing OMEA local events!   



-All musicians must be signed up for a music class.  

-Guard members do not have to be signed up for a music class.  


-IMPORTANT: You must do marching band in order to participate in high school band.  Exception: Fall athletes can do marching band or just take band as a class.  


-Musicians should sign up for Marching Band/Concert Band or Honors Symphonic Band when it is time to schedule for Stebbins classes.    


-Honors Symphonic Band is mostly juniors or seniors and is an auditioned group.  Students who are currently in Honors Symphonic Band do not have to re-audition.  Audition material will be sent out in the next week for anyone who would like to audition.  


Covid-19 Policies  

We are proud to run the safest rehearsals in the Dayton Area.  We will follow strict Covid-19 guidelines for all rehearsals.  A student’s safety is our number one priority. 


Practice Schedule   


Monday, May 17th 6pm-8:30pm FIRST PRACTICE!!! FULL BAND!!!   

Beginning July 8th – September 2th   

EVERY Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 6pm-9pm   



July 26th through July 30th All Day   

Typically 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM 


Drumline Auditions:  

May 4, May 6, May 11 Drum Line Clinics  

May 13 Drumline Auditions  

Clinics and auditions are in person in the HS band room from 6 to 8:00 PM  


Front Ensemble: Parts will be assigned by the director.  You may request parts via email.  


Special June Drumline and Guard Sectionals  

June 8, June 10, June 15, June 17, June 22, June 24 6 to 8:30 PM at Stebbins 




We will follow the following once school starts in September!    

 -Mondays or Tuesdays 6:00-8:30 PM (Depends on Stadium availability!)  

-Thursdays 6:00pm-8:30pm   

We will be practicing in the stadium two evenings a week. A full calendar will be sent out in August with all after school practices.   

Dayton Dragons!   


As the Pride of Stebbins High School, working the concessions at the Dayton Dragons games has allowed us to take a step up in performance.  Students, family members and friends that are over the age of 16 can participate (after attending the brief orientation) in working the concession stands.  By working just three games, you will reduce your band fee by $100. $25.00 for all any additional games after 3 will go to your music account. Training dates and more information coming soon!  


Marching Band Fees   


For years, Stebbins High School has maintained some of the lowest-cost marching band fees in the Dayton area.  We our lowering our fees for the 2021 season.  Fees are $400.00.   We are notifying you of these fees earlier in the year with hope that it will make it easier for you to meet your financial obligations for marching band participation.  Keep in mind that these fees are still some of the lowest in the Dayton area; at least $500.00 lower than most programs.  IF YOU WORK THREE DAYTON DRAGON GAMES YOU WILL RECIEVE $100.00 OFF YOUR FEE.  FAMLIES RECIEVE $25.00 FOR EVERY ADDITONAL GAME THAT YOU WORK.  IF YOU DO NEED TO PURCHASE SHOES, TAKE AN ADDTIONAL $40.00 OFF  

Total Fee: $400.00  

Work 3 Dayton Dragons Games:  ONLY $300.00  

Use shoes from last year: ONLY $260.00 (lowest Stebbins fee in over 10 years)  


Marching band fees MUST be paid to remain a participating member of the marching band.  Parents and will be asked to complete a commitment form.  This form is “Promissory Installment Note” agreeing to the payment of all required fees in order for a student to participate.  As in years past, if there are issues the Music Boosters will consider those on a case-by-case basis.  Please contact Anita Morgan (Booster Treasurer)  to discuss alternative payment options if necessary.  She can be reached at We are willing to work with anyone who is willing to work with us.  The key is communication!  Talk to us so that we can try to make arrangements if needed.   


Again, if you have questions, concerns, or need to discuss payment, do not hesitate to contact us.   


“What does your $400 cover?”   

1. Shoes, Socks, and Gloves.  (If you are using last year’s you may reduce $40.00)   
2. Brass and Woodwind music for Marching Band show   
3. Percussion music for Marching Band show   
4. Marching drill for Marching Band show   
5. Copyright fees for selected music   
6. Percussion Equipment   
7. Brass and Woodwind equipment   
8. Props   
9. Flags   
10. Guest conductors and clinicians   
11.  2 meals a day at Band Camp   
12. Band Camp activities   
13. Contest fees   
14. Memory cards for contest judges comments   
15. $25 uniform maintenance fee   
16. Show Shirt (t-shirt) for each member   
17. Food for students at various times during the season   
18. Additional guard staff for the season   
19. Additional percussion staff for the season   
20.And much, much more!!   


 Payment schedule for the season is as follows:

1st Installment date of $100 is due May 1, 2021

2nd Installment date of $100 is due June 1, 2021

3rd Installment date of $100 is due July 1, 2021

4th Installment date of $100 is due by July 26, 2021

** All payments must include  Student Name, Parent/Guardian Name and Contact Information

Payments can be sent to :

Anita Morgan

2637 Westfield Ave

Dayton Ohio, 45420


Specific Spring/Summer Dates:  

5/4 Drumline Clinic 6 to 8:00 PM  

5/6 Drumline Clinic 6 to 8:00 PM  

5/11 Drumline Clinic 6 to 8:00 PM  

5/13 Drumline Audition 6 to 8:00 PM 


6/8  Drumline and Color Guard Sectional 6 to 8:30 PM  

6/10 Drumline and Color Guard Sectional 6 to 8:30 PM  

6/15 Drumline and Color Guard Sectional 6 to 8:30 PM  

6/17 Drumline and Color Guard Sectional 6 to 8:30 PM  

6/22 Drumline and Color Guard Sectional 6 to 8:30 PM  

6/24 Drumline and Color Guard Sectional 6 to 8:30 PM  

7/8 6:00 to 9:00 PM  Full band and guard 6 to 9:00 PM  

7/12 6:00 to 9:00 PM Full band and guard   

7/13 6:00 to 9:00 PM Full band and guard   

7/15 6:00 to 9:00 PM Full band and guard   

7/19 6:00 to 9:00 PM Full band and guard  

7/20 6:00 to 9:00 PM Full band and guard  

7/22 1:00 to 9:00 PM Mini-Camp  

7/26-7/30  9:00 AM to 10:00 PM Band Camp  

8/2 6:00 to 9:00 PM Full band and guard  

8/3 6:00 to 9:00 PM Full band and guard   

8/5 6:00 to 9:00 PM Full band and guard   

8/9 6:00 to 9:00 PM Full band and guard   

8/10 6:00 to 9:00 PM Full band and guard   

8/12 6:00 to 9:00 PM  Full band and guard   

8/16 6:00 to 9:00 PM Full band and guard   

8/17 6:00 to 9:00 PM Full band and guard   

8/19 6:00 to 9:00 PM Full band and guard   

8/23 6:00 to 9:00 PM Full band and guard   

8/24 6:00 to 9:00 PM Full band and guard   

8/26 6:00 to 9:00 PM Full band and guard   

8/30 6:00 to 9:00 PM Full band and guard   

8/31 6:00 to 9:00 PM Full band and guard   

9/2 6:00 to 9:00 PM Full band and guard   


Please go to and fill out our commitment form or see BELOW!  Everyone who commits by May 17 will receive their an ax or sword for the show!



Join us on March 9 at 7pm  for our 2021 informational meeting and show reveal .  All students and parents should plan to attend . If you know of someone who is interested in participating and would like to learn more regarding Marching Band and Color Guard, please share the meeting information so they can attend. 

Student Commitment Form  New!!  All students should have their 2021 form filled out prior to first practice in May.    

Our calendar is updated currently from May through September 2.   PLEASE check daily for changes and additions as our season rolls out.   

Thank you! 



Any student interested in Marching Band and Colorguard should plan on attending our 21" Live Show Reveal on March 9 at 7:00pm by Zoom.  All information will be shared live that evening!  Plan on some exciting news coming your way!!  Please share to those you know wanting to participate next season, help us spread the word. See you then! 



Just a reminder that ALL band members, guard and staff must fill out the COVID-19 form 1 hour prior to each rehearsal, event etc.  We have sent the link out and posted on the website in a couple areas.  Here is another link you can follow to the form quickly. There is also a page for parents and students with quick reference to links and calendar.  



COVID-19 Online Monitoring Form 

Please make sure you are going online 1 hour prior to EACH practice and fill out your form!  All member of band, guard and staff should be following this rule.  Thank you. 



We have a very LARGE update on Covid-19 procedures. Please visit our Parent and Student Page for ALL updates as of 7/2/2020. This is just a page for quick info. 


6/22/2020  If you need a medical form, please download here at your convenience. 

/files/1059347/2020 MEDICAL FORM 



Specific COVID-19 Guidelines for June Rehearsals for Drum Line, Color, Guard, and Mallets:   

We will follow the same guidelines outlined for Stebbins athletics.  

Arrival: Students must report to the small parking lot in front of the high school music wing no earlier than 10 minutes before the start of the rehearsal.  

Departure: Students must leave immediately following their session.  

Social Distancing: All social distancing guidelines will be followed and the No Touch Rule will be enforced at all times.  

Prior to Arrival: All students, instructors, and essential personnel will be required to perform a self-temperature check and assessment.  Students and instructors with a fever of 100 degrees or higher or are not feeling well are not permitted at the session.  

Student Groups: All students will be in groups of 9 with 1 instructor.  Students will stay in this small group in a separate location with the same instructor for the entire session.  

Masks: Instructors will wear masks and students will wear masks.  

Forms: All students and instructors are to fill out a COVID-19 monitoring form prior to each season. These forms will be available at our check in outside the music wing when you arrive. Please bring your own pen.  All students must have an updated emergency medical form on file with the music program.  Copies will be available to fill out these forms when students arrive if a new form is needed.  Again, please bring your own pen.  

Water Bottle: Students should bring their own water bottle with their name on it.  Drinking fountains at Stebbins are not to be used.   

Restrooms: Restrooms are available at Stebbins  

Equipment: No equipment will be shared at any time.  All students will be provided their own instrument, stands, flags, mallets, sticks, and music.  

As always, let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  


Mr. C.




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