The marching band is an extra-ciricular ensemble in which students decide to participate. The group has a long standing history of excellence and has performed in local competitions within the state, as well as in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and taveled to Bands of America is St. Louis and in Indianapolis.

2023 Schedule of Marching Competitions and Performances

Please note that all marching competitions and football games have admission fees. For more information about each competition, including the schedule, directions, parking, admission prices, and concessions, please visit each respective website and/or Facebook page.


Roosevelt High School Marching Band Clinic

Saturday, August 19th, 2023

For a full schedule, please direct to this page.

Home Football Game

Friday, September 1st, 2023 @ 4:00 pm

Howard Wood Field, Sioux Falls, SD

President's Bowl Football Game

Saturday, September 9th, 2023 @ 6:00 pm

Howard Wood Field, Sioux Falls, SD

Students will be performing ONLY in the stands. We are the away team.

Home Football Game

Friday, September 15th, 2023 @ 8:00 pm

Howard Wood Field, Sioux Falls, SD

Pursuit of Excellence Competition in Marshall, Minnesota

Saturday, September 23, 2023

For more information, please visit this website.

Roosevelt High School Homecoming Game Halftime Show

Friday, September 29th 2023 @ 5:00 pm

Howard Wood Field, Sioux Falls, SD 

Tri-State Festival in Luverne, MN & Big Sioux Review in Brandon, SD

Saturday, September 30th, 2023

Luverne High School, Luverne, MN

Brandon Valley High School, Brandon, SD

For more information, please visit the Tri-State website & Big Sioux website.

Festival of Bands in Sioux Falls, SD (Host)

Saturday, October 7th, 2023     

Howard Wood Field, Sioux Falls, SD

The band will perform as an exhibition band in both parade and field competition. 

The Pride of the Dutchmen Field Competition in Orange City, Iowa

Saturday, October 14th, 2023 

For more information, please visit their website.         

Quad State Festival in Vermillion, SD

Saturday, October 21st, 2023 

For more information, please visit their website.

New to the marching band? 

Need a refresher on what we do? 

Check out this Parent Survival Guide to marching

New Parents Band Survival Guidebook 2022-23

Student Participation Fees

The Band/Guard Participation Fee for the 2023-24 school year is $400.


A deposit for the year can be made in the form of $50 (cash or check). Or you may purchase your shoes and gloves (which will cost an additional $50). Deposits will be due June 9th.


Please make checks payable to the RHS Band and mail them to:

RHS Band

Roosevelt High School

6600 W 41st Street

Sioux Falls, SD 57106


OR 


you can pay using the PayPal form below. 

We have added a 3% processing fee to cover the PayPal charges.

Uniforms, Under Attire & Shoes

Band Members are required to wear a special shirt (show shirt) and pair of atheletic shorts beneath their marching band uniforms AND to own marching shoes. Guard members are also required to own the same shirt and shorts. Guard will be asked to purchase jackets for uniformity on days it is too cold to perform in full uniform. We place a new order (in bulk) in late summer to prepare for the marching season. These shirts are provided with the initial band fee for the season.


Similary, those needing new marching band shoes and gloves will need to fill out this form and return it to the directors during the first week of camp to ensure the order is made.


Other section jackets/hoodies/shirts are not required by the directors and are up to the students/parents discretion. 

Maintaining Your Health for Marching Band

Tips for prevention of common injuries and issues

Marching band is a great musical, social, and athletic activity. While our physical demands are not at the level of some drum corps, there are risks involved. The following suggestions will help you stay healthy and uninjured from band camp through the end of the season. This article addresses heat and sun protection, repetitive-use injuries, and nutrition.

Heat and Sun Protection

During band camp and football games, you will be out in the sun for several hours at a time. Hydration and sun protection are VERY important during these times.

Sun protection


Hydration tips

Nutrition

Marching band is a physical activity, and there are some long days during band camp and on game days. Eating well is just as important as all of the above considerations, and that starts with a good breakfast. While you may not be running a marathon, you should still eat like an athlete! Keep the following in mind when you make your breakfast plans. If you're eating in your room, keep some of the good items on hand and avoid the bad ones. If you're eating at a restaurant, make choices based on the following recommendations: 

GOOD options for breakfast: 

Carbohydrates: Oatmeal, waffles, pancakes, bagels, low-sugar cereal, whole grain bread, fruits

Protein: Eggs, peanut butter, yogurt, cottage cheese, milk, lean meat (such as Canadian bacon or turkey bacon)

BAD options for breakfast:


Carbohydrates: Pop Tarts, doughnuts, sugary cereal, candy bars

Protein: Fast food breakfast sandwiches, high fat meat (such as real bacon or sausage), gravy

DO NOT SKIP BREAKFAST! Without breakfast, your blood glucose levels will drop, causing fatigue, lack of focus, and a general "blah" feeling. Combined with the increased activity level and time in the sun, this can even lead to fainting or worse problems. Have some protein bars and fruit on hand as a backup in case you miss breakfast for some reason. These same tips can go throughout the day. Avoid high-fat and high-sugar items, and make sure you get a good mix of carbohydrates and protein. Don't avoid fat altogether, though, as your body does use it for fuel.

Beverages:

Water is the best thing to drink at every meal. Avoid caffeine, energy drinks and soft drinks, especially during band camp and on game days. Sports drinks contain artificial colors and sweeteners. Use these in moderation if you sweat a lot (it will replace some salts). Juices (free of artificial sweeteners) and skim milk are other options as well, but water is really the best option for every meal (and in between...).


Repetitive-use Injuries

Occasionally, students suffer from tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, or other repetitive-use injuries. We try to stress an ergonomic approach to everything we do, so if something is painful or uncomfortable, let us know. You might be doing something incorrectly. Listen to your body. Pain is its way of communicating to you that something is wrong.

Woodwind players: make sure you aren't craning your wrists in an unnatural way. Adjust things to keep your forearms and hands in line. We'd rather your instrument be a little out of alignment with others but your body stay healthy than the other way around.

Flute and piccolo players: keeping your instrument parallel to the ground will also keep your wrists in line. When you start to droop, your wrists start to bend and your body has to do odd things to support the instrument. It adds up over time.

Clarinet players: neckstraps are encouraged! They take the bulk of the weight off of your thumbs and allow more freedom of movement.

Saxophone players: Bari players should use the provided harness straps to bear the brunt of the weight. Tenor players may consider using these as well. Pay attention to your instrument position to ensure your wrists can stay in line. Adjust your neckstrap so it's at the proper length to support the weight of the instrument while in playing position.

Everyone: stretch your hands, fingers, wrists, forearms, and shoulders before every rehearsal and performance. Use ibuprofen, ice, and rest to combat inflammation.


This information was provided by the University of New Hampshire Bands webpage.

This year, the RHS marching band show theme is Encounters. Parents and students can listen on the shared drive now!