Welcome, Mr. Scott Whitman

Dear RB Band Members and Parents:

I am very pleased with the selection of Mr. Scott Whitman as the new RB60 Band Director.  Please join me in welcoming him to RB!

Steve Hayes

Hello! My name is Scott Whitman and I will be Roanoke-Benson’s new band director starting this fall.

I graduated last May from Illinois State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. I did my student teaching at Northpoint Elementary School in Normal with K-5 General Music classes as well as at Metamora Township High School with their high school band classes. My primary instrument is the french horn which I played in university concert ensembles, but I also played trumpet with the ISU Jazz Band and mellophone with the ISU Big Red Marching Machine and the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps out of Toledo, OH.


I got married last August to my wife Myranda who is a nurse in downtown Bloomington. I worked this past school year in Washington, IL covering a year-long maternity leave at Central Intermediate School. While there I did 4th grade general music classes, jazz band, and 5th-8th grade band. I am excited to work with all the District 60 students that I have heard so many things about!


Please feel free to contact me with any questions/concerns or just to touch base and say hello!

Mr. Scott Whitman

8th Grade Promotion

Members of the 6th & 7th grade RBJH Band will perform at the 8th grade promotion on Thursday, May 28, 2015.  The promotion ceremony begins at 7:00 PM.  Band students will need to arrive at 6:30 PM.  The ceremony will last approximately 40 minutes.  Students should wear nice dress clothes.

End of the Year RBHS Band Performances

The RBHS Marching and Concert Bands are not done yet!  Here is the information for their remaining two performances:

Saturday, May 23, 2015

  • Roanoke Festival Parade
  • Parade Starts at 12:00 PM
  • Band members report to RBHS Band Room at 11:30 AM
  • Wear an RB t-shirt

Sunday, May 24, 2015

  • RBHS Graduation
  • Pre-ceremonial music (with seniors) begins at 2:50 PM
  • Graduation ceremony starts at 3:00 PM
  • Wear dress-up clothes


Change in Starting Time for Spring Band Concert

Dear Band Parents and Students:

Due to a conflict with a junior high school track meet, the RB60 administration has changed the starting time of the spring band concert from 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM.

Students should arrive at the high school between 7:00 – 7:10 PM.

Please feel free to call or email me if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Steve Hayes
Band Director
Roanoke-Benson School District 60

2015 Spring Band Concert

The 2015 Spring Band Concert will be at 7:00 PM on Thursday, May 7 in the RBHS gymnasium.  All RB60 band students (grades 5-12) will participate in the concert.  Band students should arrive at the high school by 6:40 PM.  Junior high and high school band members will meet in the high school band room; 5th and 6th-grade band students will meet in the hallway outside the high school band room.  (Signs will be posted for the 5th and 6th graders.) Students should wear nice dress clothes.

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RBHS & RBJH Christmas Concerts

The RBHS Christmas Concert is at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 in the RBHS gymnasium.  The concert will feature the RBHS Band, Chorus, and Madrigal Singers.

The RBJHS Christmas Concert is at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 11, 2014 in the RBJHS gymnasium.  The concert will feature the band and chorus members in grades 5 through 8.

Concert attire for both concerts is nice “dress up” clothes.

R-B Music Boosters Fundraiser

Music Booster 2014-15 Fundraiser

It‘s fundraiser time for the Roanoke Benson Music Boosters. This year we’re raising
money for the Madrigal, timpani for the band and new attire for the chorus. You can
mark on your order sheet where you prefer your funds to go.
We’re mixing things up this year; new fundraiser, new dates & new incentives.
New fundraiser:

This year we’re selling delicious Butter Braid pastries, cookie dough and pizzas.
New Dates:

o Wednesday, November 19th – fundraiser starts
o Wednesday, December 3rd – turn in order forms
o Wednesday, December 10th – pick up orders in the High School Commons Room
between 3:00 & 4:30.
o Wednesday, December 17th – all money due.

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New Incentives:

o Sell 20 or more items
o Play laser tag in a black light lit custom arena followed by pizza lunch & bowling
o Top laser “tagger” at each party will win an iTunes gift card
o JH laser tag party – Saturday January 31st
o HS laser tag party – Saturday February 21st
o Bus will leave the HS parking lot at 9:00 am sharp, returning between 2:30-3:00.
o Note: wear dark clothing for the laser tag else you will glow in the black light

Special Family Pack – If a family has multiple students in 5-12th grade music, together they may sell 30 items or more and will be eligible for the laser tag party! Please note on the order sheet listing who the siblings are so I don’t miss someone.

Over the years, some families have chosen to donate cash in place of participating in the sales process. This is welcomed by the Music Boosters. If the donation is $125 or more, your children will be eligible for the parties. Please send the check by Dec 3rd and list all eligible students.

Thank you for supporting the Roanoke-Benson Music Department!!
Kathy Anderson, Music Booster President – rbmusicboosters@gmail.com
Shannon Unzicker – Treasurer; Suzy Thompson – Volunteer Coordinator
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