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Info for the SCIBA Jazz Festival is located on the jazz page!

Congratulations to the RSCG on finishing in 2nd place in Class 1 Color Guard at the ISDTA championships which were held in Des Moines on Friday, December 5.  Roland-Story tied for the fourth highest overall point total of any color guard squad regardless of class.  The guard gave another magical performance in Des Moines! The color guard performed to the music selection "Standing The Storm" by William Joseph.  The color guard has now finished in the top 5 of their class for the last fourteen years in a row!

All of the band students did an amazing job performing in the last home football game.  We had very little time on the football field due to the conditions of the field.  The students performed music from Billy Joel.  The selections included the following:  "We Didn't Start The Fire/Piano Man", "My Life/Only The Good Die Young", and "Just The Way You Are".

Thanks to the band students on their preparation for the Dike-New Hartford football game.  Unfortunately we did not march because of the rain.

Congratulations to R-S Norse Marching Band on their first place finish for the eleventh consecutive year at the Carroll Band Days Parade in Class 2A.  The band received 111 points out of a total of 120 points.  The color guard also repeated as the top color guard overall for the ninth straight year.  The students did a great job on improving their score from the previous week.

The Norse Marching Band students did a great job at the Oktemberfest Parade held in Marshalltown.  The band finished in 1st place in Class 2A and had the highest overall score at the competition.  I'm very proud how all of the new students did in their first competition. 

Thanks to all the band students on an amazing school year! 

Another great weekend for the Roland-Story band!  The Marching Band performed in front of thousands at the Pella Tulip Time parade on Friday and the Concert Band earned a division 1 rating at the IHSMA Large Group festival which was held at Newton High School on Saturday.  Roland-Story was one of only two Class 2A school at the Newton site to receive division 1 ratings from all three judges.  The band performed the following two selections:  "Havendance" and "The Star Of Dreams".

Congrats to everyone on their performance at the Spring Concert.  The concert band performed the following selections:  "The Star Of Dreams", "Selections From Wicked", "Havendance", and "King Cotton March".  Thanks to the students that performed their contest selections.  The jazz band performed selections from their performance at IJC from April. 

The Iowa Jazz Championships turned out to be a very exciting day for the R-S Jazz Band because of their amazing performance at 8:00 on Tuesday, April 4.  The students had the 2nd highest finish in school history.  Roland-Story finished in 5th place and had outstanding performance awards on an alto saxophone solo and a trumpet solo. The band did a super job on all parts of the ballot sheet which includes:  ensemble, rhythm section, style, solos, and programming.

Thanks to everyone that helped to make the solo/ensemble festival a great day!  Roland-Story High School hosted the IHSMA solo/ensemble festival for the fourth time since 2010 on Saturday, April 1.  R-S students gave many outstanding performances during the festival.  Roland-Story had the following results:  28 division I ratings, 11 division II ratings, 1 division III rating, and no division IV or V ratings.  Roland-Story also had two perfect ballots.  The past ten years Roland-Story has achieved the following ratings:  168 division I ratings, 56 division II ratings, 1 division III rating and no division IV or V ratings.  Schools participating in the festival included the following:  Madrid, Ogden, Roland-Story, South Hamilton, South Hardin, West Marshall, Woodward Academy, and Woodward-Granger.  

The R-S jazz band competed in the Coe Jazz Summit in Cedar Rapids.  A total of more than ninety bands competed in the festival over three days.  The band continued their successful season by averaging over ninety points for the third straight festival.  Roland-Story finished in 2nd place in Class 2A and our piano/bass player received a honorable mention musician award.

The jazz band had another terrific performance this past weekend at the Tallcorn Jazz Festival.  R-S finished in 1st place in Class 2A.  This was the fifth time that Roland-Story has finished in first place.  The other years of finishing in first were:  2008, 2009, 2012, and 2015.  All of the band in Class 2A and 3A compete in the same center.  Roland-Story had the highest overall total for both classes.  Tallcorn outstanding solo awards went to our also sax and bass musicians.

8th grade band students thanks for attending the preview at the high school.  Please know that you can do band and sports as they do not conflict at the high school.  We have had many star athletes in band.  Band students are currently participating in every sport offered at the high school and have for as long as I know.  Being in band will help you academically.  The concert band had the 7th highest GPA in all of Iowa and the jazz band had the #1 GPA of any music group in Iowa according to the Iowa High School Music Association this past school year.  The R-S Color Guard has received the Distinguished Academic Award of a GPA of (3.5 - 4.0) from ISDTA since 2003.  Please email me or call me with any questions about band.  Remember we are R-S band and Let's Have Fun!

The jazz band had a very exciting day at the SEP JazzFest held in Altoona.  R-S finished in first place and tied for the highest score from any judge out of over thirty bands at the contest.  Roland-Story was awarded the top saxophone, trombone, and rhythm section.  Outstanding performance awards went to the following instruments:  alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, flugelhorn, trumpet (2), trombone, piano, bass (2), drum set (2), and timbales.

Concert band students gave a magnificent performance during the February concert.  Thanks to all the students for coming in for extra lessons to pass their music for the concert.  The students performed the following four selections:  "Galop", " Earthdance", "Mt. Everest", and "Bandology".  The jazz band performed:  "Hipper By The Dozen", "Chronometry", "Dream Of The Return", and "Festival.

Congratulations to the jazz band on a fabulous performance and receiving a division 1 rating at the Iowa High School Music Association Jazz Festival held at Marshalltown.  The jazz band received a division 1 rating for the sixteenth straight year.  R-S also competed at the Triton Jazz Festival in Fort Dodge for the first time in January.  The band finished in 3rd place out of nine bands and had three outstanding solo awards.  The solo awards were presented to our piano player and both bass players.

The jazz band has qualified for the Iowa Jazz Championships for the fifteenth consecutive year. The R-S Jazz Band finished in second place at the SCIBA Jazz Festival which was held at Winterset on  Saturday, December 10th. This year the Iowa Jazz Championships will take place in Ames at ISU on Tuesday, April 8.  Please come to Ames in April to hear a great sounding jazz band!  Roland-Story received five outstanding solo awards on the following instruments:  alto sax, trumpet (2), trombone, and piano.

Five outstanding selections were performed by the concert band at the Winter Concert.  The students performed the following music selections:  "Sleigh Ride", "Christmas Favorites", "A Festive Christmas", "The Holly And The Ivy", and "A Fresh Aire Christmas".


Both the R-S Concert Band and Jazz Band received the Distinguished Academic Achievement Award from the Iowa High School Music Association for the 2015-2016 school year.  Concert Band had the seventh highest GPA in Iowa for concert bands. The Jazz
Band had the highest overall GPA of any concert band, marching band, bass clef chorus, jazz choir, mixed chorus, show choir, treble clef chorus, orchestra, and string orchestra in Iowa from the fall bulletin of the Iowa High School Music Association

Everyone did a super job in both the Memorial Day parade and the Scandinavian Days parade.

Amazing!  The Roland-Story Jazz Band achieved the highest GPA of all music groups in 2014 according to the 2014 fall bulletin from the Iowa High School Music Association.

2016-2017 RESULTS
IHSMA Large Group Festival - Division 1 rating
Iowa Jazz Championships - 5th place
IHSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival - 28 division I ratings, 11 division 2 ratings, and 1 division 3 rating.
Coe Jazz Summit - 2nd place
Tallcorn Jazz Festival - 1st place
Southeast Polk JazzFest - 1st place
IHSMA Jazz Festival - Division 1 rating
Triton Jazz Festival - 3rd place
SCIBA Jazz Festival - 2nd place
ISDTA Color Guard Contest - 3rd place in Class I and 9th place overall
Carroll Band Days Parade - 1st place and 1st overall
Carroll Band Days Parade - outstanding color guard
Marshalltown Oktemberfest Parade - 1st place

2015-2016 RESULTS
IHSMA Large Group Festival - Division 1 rating
IHSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival - 29 division I ratings and 8 division 2 ratings
Iowa Jazz Championships - 7th place
Hoover JazzFest - 2nd place
Tallcorn Jazz Festival - 3rd place
IHSMA Jazz Festival - Division 1 rating
Southeast Polk JazzFest - 1st place
Simpson Jazz Festival - 2nd place
SCIBA Jazz Festival - 2nd place
ISDTA Color Guard Contest - 2nd place in Class 1 and 4th place overall
Carroll Band Days Parade - 1st place and 1st overall
Carroll Band Days Parade - outstanding color guard
Carroll Band Days Parade - outstanding baton twirler
Marshalltown Oktemberfest Parade - 1st place

2014-2015 RESULTS
IHSMA Large Group Festival - Division 2 rating
IHSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival - 19 division 1 ratings and 5 division 2 ratings
Iowa Jazz Championships - participant
Hoover JazzFest - 3rd place
Tallcorn Jazz Festival - 1st place
Southeast Polk JazzFest - 1st place
Simpson Jazz Festival - 1st place
IHSMA Jazz Festival - Division 1 rating
SCIBA Jazz Festival - 1st place
ISDTA Color Guard Contest - 1st place Class 1 and 1st place overall
Carroll Band Days Parade - 1st place and 1st overall
Carroll Band Days Parade - outstanding color guard
Carroll Band Days Parade - outstanding baton twirler
Marshalltown Oktemberfest Parade - 1st place

2013-2014 RESULTS
IHSMA Large Group Festival - Division 2 rating
Iowa Jazz Championships - participant
IHSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival - 12 division 1 ratings and 9 division 2 ratings
Tallcorn Jazz Festival - 2nd place
Southeast Polk JazzFest - 1st place
IHSMA Jazz Festival - Division 1 rating
Simpson Jazz Festival - 2nd place
SCIBA Jazz Festival - 1st place
ISDTA Color Guard Contest - 1st place Class 1 and 1st place overall
Carroll Band Days Parade - 1st place and 1st overall
Carroll Band Days Parade - outstanding color guard
Carroll Band Days Parade - outstanding baton twirler
Marshalltown Oktemberfest Parade - 2nd place

2012-2013 RESULTS
IHSMA Large Group Festival - Division 1 rating
Tulip Time Parade - canceled because of snow
Iowa Jazz Championships - participant
IHSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival - 11 division 1 ratings and 6 division 2 ratings
Hoover JazzFest - 1st place
Tallcorn Jazz Festival - 5th place
Simpson Jazz Festival - 1st place
IHSMA Jazz Festival - Division 1 rating
SCIBA Jazz Festival - 1st place
ISDTA Color Guard Contest - 3rd place Class 1 and 8th place overall
Carroll Band Days Parade - 1st place and 1st overall
Carroll Band Days Parade - outstanding color guard
Carroll Band Days Parade - drum major perfect score
Marshalltown Oktemberfest Parade - 1st place

2011-2012 RESULTS
IHSMA Large Group Festival - Division 1 rating
Tulip Time Parade - 1st overall
Iowa Jazz Championships - 7th place
IHSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival - 19 division 1 ratings and 1 division 2 rating
Hoover JazzFest - 1st place
Jim Coffin Jazz Festival - 1st place
Tallcorn Jazz Festival - 1st place
IHSMA Jazz Festival - Division 1 rating
Simpson Jazz Festival - 1st place
SCIBA Jazz Festival - 1st place
ISDTA Color Guard Contest - 4th place Class 1 and 6th place overall
Carroll Band Days Parade - 1st place and 1st overall
Carroll Band Days Parade - outstanding color guard
Marshalltown Oktemberfest Parade - 1st place

2010-2011 RESULTS
IHSMA Large Group Festival - Division 1 rating
Tulip TIme Parade - 1st overall
Iowa Jazz Championships - 6th place
IHSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival - 14 division 1 ratings and 2 division 2 ratings
Hoover JazzFest - 1st place
Jim Coffin Jazz Festival - 1st place
Tallcorn Jazz Festival - 2nd place
IHSMA Jazz Festival - Division 1 rating
Simpson Jazz Festival - 1st place
SCIBA Jazz Festival - 1st place
ISDTA Color Guard Contest - 2nd place Class 1
Carroll Band Days Parade - 1st place and 1st overall
Carroll Band Days Parade - outstanding color guard
Marshalltown Oktemberfest Parade - 1st place

2009-2010 RESULTS
IHSMA Large Group Festival - Division 1 rating
Tulip Time Parade - 1st overall
Iowa Jazz Championship - 6th place
IHSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival - 11 division 1 ratings and 8 division 2 ratings
Hoover JazzFest - 3rd place
Jim Coffin Jazz Festival - 1st place
Tallcorn Jazz Festival - 3rd place
Simpson Jazz Festival - 1st place
IHSMA Jazz Festival - Division 1 rating
SCIBA Jazz Festival - 1st place
ISDTA Color Guard Contest - 2nd place
Carroll Band Days Parade - 1st place and 1st overall
Carroll Band Days Parade - outstanding color guard
Carroll Band Days Parade - outstanding drum major
Marshalltown Oktemberfest Parade - 1st place