Riverview Alumni Band will return this year

Even with all the uncertainty in the world today, one of the most exciting new traditions within the city is returning. 

The Riverview Alumni Band will be returning this summer for its second season. 

Last year, the band was founded by alumni from the school district who participated in band while at RCHS. Practices were held twice a week through the summer, and a concert was performed in August consisting of music from a variety of television, movies, and other media platforms. 

This year the band will be returning to perform music tackling loss and reflection, due to the tragedy of Covid-19. Of course, there will also be more upbeat selections from film as well as highlights of “Pirate Pride.” It should be a great concert all around, and a nice distraction from the uncertainty of the world around us.

 The band is under the direction of Alex Pickell, a senior studying music education at Wayne State University. He is also an alumnus from Riverview’s class of 2017. 

The assistant director is Elena Maria Farmer, a sophomore studying music education at Central Michigan University. She graduated from Riverview in 2019. 

Last year, members of the band were alumni dating back to 2012, while members of the organization dated as far back as 1984’s graduating class. One of the most exciting things about the band is that they have a variety of college students and members of the workforce who share a love for creating music.

 Rehearsals will begin June 1 (subject to change) with rehearsals every Monday and Thursday night from 7-9 p.m. in the High School band room. 

The concert will be held in the High School Auditorium on Thursday, August 13 at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free for all to attend with donations encouraged. 

All donations are used to benefit the school district’s music department. The donations from last year have been used to pay for a commission dedicated to the city and school district.

More information on that will be announced soon

 For those interested in joining, or have any questions, please visit the Facebook group at RCHS Band Alumni or reach out to the director at alex.pickell@wayne.edu. 

New members are greatly encouraged so the band can grow to become as great as it can be!

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