Winter Concerts - Help Needed!

posted Oct 14, 2015, 1:43 PM by Phil Barnes   [ updated Dec 1, 2017, 6:06 AM by Nicole Sherlock ]

Please use the Sign-Up Genius link below to volunteer to help with the Winter Concerts!

Thursday, December 7th Sign-Up

Thursday, December 14th Sign-Up

Help decorate for the concerts!

Thursday, December 7th (Band and Orchestra) 7pm RHS Auditorium
Thursday, December 14th (Chorus and Jazz Ensemble) 7pm RHS Auditorium

Video Links for Jazz Reflection

posted Apr 29, 2015, 2:09 PM by Phil Barnes

Big Noise from Winnetka: 


Song For My Father:

Embraceable You:

Lester Leaps In:


Updates & Announcements 9/22/14

posted Sep 22, 2014, 12:42 PM by Phil Barnes

Good afternoon!

Welcome to the first edition of my updates and announcements for the 2014-2015 school year! My hope is to send an update email once per week through the school year. For the first part of the year this email will have two parts: General announcements for everyone and announcements specific to Marching Band.

General Announcements:

- I am still missing online information forms, instrument contracts and uniform contracts from a number of students. Please try to get those in this week!

- Next scale quiz is Friday 10/3. Band students are responsible for Concert Bb & F. String students are responsible for D & G Major.

- Equipment Check is this Wednesday, 9/24. Students are expected to have all equipment appropriate for their instrument as listed on Page 10 of the Instrumental Music Handbook. You can view the handbook here (and I have hard copies in my classroom).

- Tonight’s restaurant night at Panera has been postponed. A new date will be announced soon.

- Students who are interested in retaking their playing test must let me know by the end of the month, and students who want to retake their scale quiz from Friday must let me know before the next scale quiz (on 10/3).

- Letters were distributed for our Spring Trip to Nashville last week (an electronic copy is here). The deadline to submit a deposit for the trip is Friday 10/3.

- Our Innisbrook fundraiser is underway! Orders and money are due Friday 10/3.

Marching Band Announcements:

- Schedule for the next week:
o Tuesday 9/23: Full rehearsal 5:30-8pm (review all music and drill for Homecoming….learn new stand tunes)
o NO SECTIONALS OR REHEARSAL Wednesday 9/24 or Thursday 9/25
o Friday 9/26: Pep Rally (report to my room 8th period….wear polo shirts), Percussion Sectional 2:30-3:30pm, Homecoming game (4:00 rehearsal)
o Monday 9/29: Video review at lunch

- Don’t forget your money for your Homecoming and competition meals tomorrow!

- As was mentioned at Thursday’s rehearsal we have been invited to perform at the MCPS State of the Schools event on 11/11. Please keep that date open and plan to have rehearsal on Thursday 11/6.

- I am looking for some volunteers who would like to be a part of the UMD Pregame show at the MD/Ohio State game on Saturday 10/4. I will be asking for a final volunteer count at tomorrow’s rehearsal. Please let me know if you’re interested or want more details.

- FYI: Holly Shropshire is taking the Snack Bar volunteer names from the Marching Band signup genius and adding them to the Booster Club's signup genius so that the Boosters know who is coming to help in the snack bar. If you do happen to sign up and then have to back out please let her know!

- PS: We still need lots of help for this week’s game! Please visit to sign up.

Chorus T-Shirts

posted Sep 19, 2014, 5:23 AM by Phil Barnes

Dear Parents,

The year has really gotten off to an excellent start. Vocally, the students are chiming into their instrument, the voice, with a lot of care and precision.

The chorus is doing a fund raiser to acquire t-shirts. We are asking each family to donate $16.50 towards the cost of the t-shirts. This will give the chorus another outfit to wear as a chorus. We will wear the t-shirts with blue jeans or kakis. Checks should be made out to Rockville High School. All monies were due by September 15, 2014, so please get them in as soon as possible.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at (301)517-5590.

Ronald D. Johnson,
Director of Vocal and Choral Activities
Rockville High School

Jazz Ensemble Videos

posted May 2, 2014, 4:53 AM by RHS Music Department   [ updated May 2, 2014, 4:54 AM ]

Jazz Ensemble members: Here are the videos you need to complete the homework assignment over the weekend:

My Funny Valentine:

Beauty & the Beast:

Granada Smoothie:

Band Festival Moved to Wednesday

posted Mar 17, 2014, 12:34 PM by Phil Barnes

MCPS has moved our band festival to Wednesday, 3/19.

Sit-in members of Symphonic Band: Please plan to attend rehearsal during second period on Tuesday, 3/18.

Everyone in Symphonic Band: We will follow the same schedule and procedures on Wednesday that were originally in place for tomorrow.

Mr. Barnes

Symphonic Orchestra Links

posted Mar 10, 2014, 11:33 AM by Phil Barnes   [ updated Mar 10, 2014, 11:35 AM ]

Pit Orchestra Links

posted Feb 6, 2014, 11:20 AM by Phil Barnes

Navy Band Concert Cancelled

posted Oct 14, 2013, 9:22 AM by Phil Barnes

This Wednesday’s U.S. Navy Band concert at Rockville High School has been cancelled due to the government shutdown. 

We will be working with the band to reschedule the concert in Spring 2014, and will announce a date as soon as we have one.

We apologize for any inconvenience!

United States Navy Band to Perform at Rockville High School

posted Oct 8, 2013, 7:07 AM by Phil Barnes

The United States Navy Band will present a free concert here at RHS on Wednesday, October 16th at 7:00pm! The United States Navy Band is the premier wind ensemble of the U.S. Navy and has been performing public concerts and participating in high-profile events for over 85 years. Recognized as one of the finest wind ensembles in the world, the Concert Band is in constant demand by the nation's foremost musical education organizations. We hosted them in 2012, and many of you who attended that concert have been asking when they would be back. It is my goal to fill the Auditorium for the concert! (With that in mind I am looking for a couple of parents who can help me publicize this concert to the local community. Please let me know if you can help!)

Check out for more information on the Navy Band, and feel free to distribute the attached flyer!

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