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.     


Visit our page PRESENTING VALKYRIE to see drafts of our viking ship...YES, a viking ship over 30 FT!  Artwork and drafts of backdrops, front panels and Colorguard uniforms!  You will not be disappointed! You will see why we are so excited to get started with the show.

We also have a first glimpse of what the show will look like from the stands!!! This is the first part of Part 1. There is a backdrop missing but the backdrop in the back field is the Viking Ship!!  

Please enjoy this first look at our show, VALKYRIE!!! 


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We are kicking off our Yard Sign Fundraiser today 9/16!  Be sure to get your favorite student or group proudly displayed in your yard, gardens, windows or anywhere you want.  Surprise your family , friends and neighbors with a sign they can display!  

Sale ends 9/25, order yours today!!  

Thank you for supporting our music department!

 Order through our online form below.  Money due at pick up!

Order here through this link




dEPARTMENT updates

Notes from Mr. Carpenter :



Hello Everyone! 

I sincerely hope that everyone had the best summer possible!  To celebrate the start of the school year, the Walter E. Stebbins High School Marching Band is doing another Live Stream Performance this Thursday night!  We will go live at the link below at 8:00 PM this Thursday, August 27th.  Please click the link below to check out the 2020 Stebbins Marching Band! 

The students will be in full uniform and perform a variety of music.  They have been working extremely hard and would love to have you check out the performance!  Please "join" us Thursday night at 8:00 PM at the link below!

Here is the link for a new stream created for the 27th! 





Virtual Band and Orchestra meeting for Spinning Hills Students!  

There will be a virtual band and orchestra meeting for all new Spinning Hills band and orchestra students On Monday, August 31st at 7:00 p.m.  During the meeting, information about plans for the upcoming school year will be discussed by our director Mrs. Rivetti, and Kincaids Music will present an opportunity to learn about renting or purchasing an instrument.  Band and orchestra class will still be offered to those students choosing the hybrid option for this semester. 

Please register for the webinar even if you can't make it so we have a record of your student and know of their interest in the band or orchestra program. 

The meeting will last approximately 30 minutes. 

 When: Aug 31, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)  
Topic: Spinning Hills Beginning Band and Orchestra Meeting 

Register in advance for this webinar: 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.



Calendar updates:  Please note our calendar will be down for maintenance. Here is updated information that will be added to the calendar, please adjust accordingly:

Calendar Updates: 

September Practice Schedule 

For the remainder of August and the first week of September, we will be going Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 6 to 9:00 PM.  When school nights, we will go two nights a week from 6 to 8:30 PM as listed below. 

 September Practice Schedule 

Tuesday, September 1st 6 to 9:00 PM 

Thursday, September 3rd 6 to 9:00 PM 

Monday, September 7th Labor Day No Rehearsal 

Thursday, September 10th 6 to 8:30 PM 

Saturday, September 12th 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM 

Tuesday, September 15th 6 to 8:30 PM 

Thursday, September 17th 6 to 8:30 PM 

Monday, September 21st 6 to 8:30 PM 

Thursday, September 24th 6 to 8:30 PM 

Monday, September 28th 6 to 8:30 PM   


October Practice Schedule 

Thursday, October 1st 6 to 8:30 PM 

Tuesday, October 6th  6 to 8:30 PM 

Tuesday, October 13th  6 to 8:30 PM 

Thursday, October 15th 6 to 8:30 PM 

Tuesday, October 20th  6 to 8:30 PM 

Thursday, October 22nd 6 to 8:30 PM


2020 Walter E. Stebbins High School Marching Band Performance Schedule  

Thursday, August 27th   

Live Stream Event II  8:00 PM -Link will be sent out soon! 


Friday, September 4th   

Home Piqua Football Game 7:00 PM  


Friday, September 11th   

Home Troy Football Game   


Saturday, September 12th   

All Day Mandatory Rehearsal 9:00 to 3:00 PM  


Saturday, September 19th   

Tipp City Invitational TBA  


Friday, September 25th   

West Carrolton Home Football Game 7:00 PM  


Saturday, October 3rd   

Stebbins High School Adjudicated Event 7:00 PM  


Thursday, October 8th  

Fairborn Home Soccer Game 7:15 PM  

Saturday, October 10th   

Stebbins High School Adjudicated Event 7:00 PM  


Monday, October 12th  

Greenville Home Soccer Game 7:15 PM  

Saturday, October 17th   

Piqua Invitational TBA  


Saturday, October 24th   

Final Performance at Stebbins High School 7:00 PM  

Marching Band End of Season Award Ceremony To Be Announced!  


We have permission from the administration to travel twice this season within the MVL.  We plan on going to the Tipp City and Piqua Invitational listed above.  We are going to give three “Stebbins Adjudicated Events” on three selected Saturdays.  We hope to bring in our own judges and have the opportunity to have spectators come to see the group as well.  




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. 


  7/15/2020 Changes to Calendar! A Must See!

Please visit the calendar for the Walter E. Stebbins High School Marching Band performance schedule.  As you know in these challenging times, events may change.  Please note that we will not be attending any away games this season.  All contests will take place on the weekends or after school hours.  We will most likely simply go to the contest, perform, and return home immediately after our performance.  Most performances are within one hour.  We will be releasing spectator information and policies as we get closer to each event.    

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.

2020 Show Shirts, Order Today!

Now is the time for family, friends and fans to order their 2020 Valkyrie Show Shirts. Order now, pay later.  Visit our Merch page for ordering. This is the ONLY opportunity and place to order, we are going paperless! Please read ALL information carefully.


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

/files/1059347/2020 MEDICAL FORM


Hello Band Families, 

I sincerely hope that everyone is doing well.  Please check out the very important high school marching band announcements below!  

Lowered Band Fees for 2020!!! 

We are lowing our band fees for the 2020 season!  Band fees for this season will be reduced by $100.00.  Band fees are now a total of $400.00 for 2020.  If your student is a returning member and will be keeping their shoes from last season, band fees are $360.00.  All fees are due by the start of band camp on July 27th.  All checks can be made out to Stebbins Music Boosters.  

Please contact Anita at stebbinsmusicboosters@yahoo.com if you have questions about fees.  Checks can be mailed to: Anita Morgan 2637 Westfield Ave Dayton, OH 45420 

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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