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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announcing 2019-20 MUSIC AWARDS!

Music Families, 

The Walter E. Stebbins High School Music Department would still like to award our students for all of their work during the 2019-2020 school year.  Music students truly had an outstanding year even with its unusual ending.  We would like to invite all 2019-2020 music students to the music award ceremony listed below.   

2019-2020 Walter E. Stebbins Music Awards 

Monday, August 10, 2020 

Stebbins High School Auditorium 

6:00 PM Choir  

7:00 PM Orchestra 

8:00 PM Band 

Important Information 

-All music students should attend! 

-Last year's senior class should join us!  We would like as many members of the class of 2020 to attend as possible! 

-Due to social distancing guidelines, this event is for students only. 

-All music students in attendance will be recognized!   

-All music students in attendance will receive their awards from last year. 

-Please arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before the start time of your ceremony. 

-Each program will have a short 30 to 45 minute ceremony. 

-Students should leave immediately following their ceremony. 

-All students and staff in attendance must wear a mask. 

We really would like as many students as possible to attend their group's short award ceremony.  The 2019-2020 school year was actually one of our best years in recent memory as a high school music department and the students deserve to be recognized.   

We hope that all music students will join us on August 10th! 


Mr. Carpenter, Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Hall, and Mr. Lindon

dEPARTMENT updates

Notes from Mr. Carpenter :

8/4/2020 Music Awards Scheduled- August 10!   

Please see the large announcement above with all information!


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.


High School Music Awards!  

 We are looking to have our award ceremony on August 10.   

Please see announcement at the top of the page!




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