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.

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department updates

Notes from Mr. Carpenter  


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 

Drum Line, Color Guard, and Mallet June Rehearsals 

Attention all drum line, color guard and mallet players.  We are rehearsing on Tuesday and Thursday nights in June starting on June 9th from 6 to 8:30 PM.  We will be following strict COVID-19 guidelines that are listed below.  If you are a performer on drum line (including cymbals), guard, or you are playing marimba, xylophone, bells, or vibes please join us for these June rehearsals.  Read the guidelines below before attending.  We hope to see you June 9th! 

 July 9th FULL BAND! 

Our first full band rehearsal is July 9th from 6 to 9:00 PM.  We have been really planning a huge season and look forward to making music again!  We look forward to a safe, healthy, and big season for 2020!

Leadership Team Zoom Meeting This Thursday! 

All marching band student leadership should attend this Thursday’s zoom meeting at 1:00 PM.  Please contact Mr. Lindon if you do not have the login information. 

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.


2020 Show!!! Our show this year is a giant viking show called Valkyrie!  We cannot wait to get started!

First Rehearsal! July 9th 6 to 9:00 PM ALL MEMBERS NEEDED

Payments! Payments are due before band camp which is the last week of July.  Payments can be sent to our music booster treasurer: Anita Morgan.  Her address and contact information is below. We are extremely flexible with payment schedules and can extend the deadline for families if needed.  Marching band and guard is $460.00 with $40.00 additional needed if students need shoes.  We  released a suggested payment plan in January but families can still make up their own payment plan if needed. 

Contact Anita Morgan at stebbinsmusicboosters@yahoo.com if you have questions 

Make payments to: Stebbins Music Boosters and send them to: 

Anita Morgan 

2637 Westfield Ave 

Dayton, OH 45420


Color Guard News! The color guard will be holding some virtual rehearsals in June.   Please make sure you contact Mrs. Rivetti at Terri.rivetti@madriverschools.org if you are not receiving guard information.


Band Activities During Our Time Away From School!  

All band students are highly encouraged to participate in our weekly band activities during this time of at home learning!  Please contact Mr. Carpenter at kenny.carpenter@madriverschools.org if you are not receiving updates or band emails!  

High School Music Awards!  

The high school music awards have been postponed. We are looking to have our award ceremony in August.  Look for a date soon!  

 Marching Band 2020!     

We are busy preparing for an incredible marching band season in 2020.  The new date for the first full band practice in July 9th from 6 to 9:00 PM!  



 Notes from Mrs. Hall 


Orchestra News! 

More news to follow..


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