• School Band Concerts:

    All band students will have the opportunity to perform music they have practiced in class at a winter and spring concert. Part of being a member of the band is performing concerts for the school and the community. We are excited to bring you these concerts. We hope you will be able to attend and we encourage you to invite friends and family. The band students have worked very hard preparing for these concerts and would be honored to have a large audience to perform for.  All band students are expected to participate in these concerts and it is naturally part of the grading process. Information about these concerts will go home in the fall and winter.

  • Music Performance Adjudication (MPA):

    The 7th and 8th grade band students participate in the North Carolina Band Masters Association Music Performance Adjudication. This state adjudication allows our band to perform three pieces of music and one sight read piece of music for three judges. The judges will provide feedback that will encourage students’ musical growth and the band will receive a rating of Superior, Excellent, Average, Fair, or Poor. This performance is often compared to the EOG. This is our “super bowl” of concerts. All band students in 7th and 8th grade band are expected to participate in this concert as well as the pre-mpa concert. These two concerts are naturally part of the grading process. More information about MPA will be sent home in the Winter.

  • All County Honor Band Clinic:

    All County Honor Band is a tremendous opportunity for your band student to perform with some of the best students in Cabarrus County. Students who audition and are placed into the All-District Honor Band will automatically qualify for the All County Honor band. Students who did not make the All-District Honor Band can be nominated by their director and could selected to participate. More information will be sent home in the winter.

  • All District  Honor Band Clinic:

    All District Honor Band is a tremendous opportunity for your band student to perform with other students from the South-Central District of the North Carolina Band Masters Association. Students who audition and are placed into the All-District Honor Band will spend the weekend with some of the best musicians in the state. During the clinic students will work with a guest conductor and perform a concert for hundreds of people on Saturday afternoon. This is a huge honor that students should document on scholarship applications and resumes. Students who place in the top of their sections will also have the opportunity to audition for placement into the All-State Honors Band later in the year. More information about this event will be sent home in the fall. 

  • All State Honor Band Clinic:

    All State Honor Band is a tremendous opportunity for your band student to perform with some of the best musicians from across the state of North Carolina. Students who are placed in the top of their sections at the All-District Honor Band will have the opportunity to audition for the All State Band. During the state clinic students will work with a guest conductor and perform a concert for hundreds of people on Sunday afternoon. Every other year the clinic is hosted by the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and the University of North Carolina Greensboro. This is a huge honor that students should document on scholarship applications and resumes. More information about this event will be sent home in the Winter for students who qualify.

  • Solo and Ensemble:

    Solo and Ensemble Festival is a fun opportunity band students can participate in to show off their hard work and musical skills as individuals or in small groups. Every year hundreds of students from the South-Central District of the North Carolina Band Masters Association participate in this event by performing a piece of music they choose. Students play their piece for the judge and are provided feedback that will encourage students’ musical growth. Students will receive a rating of Superior, Excellent, Average, Fair, or Poor. Students who receive a superior rating will earn a Solo and Ensemble medal. More information about this event will be sent home in the spring.

  • Sound of the Ridge (Pep Band)

    A few years ago, we started a Pep Band for the first time at Hickory Ridge Middle School to perform at home basketball games. It was a HUGE success for the students, athletics, school and band program. Dr. Snyder, our principal at the time, said she couldn’t imagine HiRMS without a Pep Band every again. The Pep Band is called “The Sound of the Ridge”. It consists of the most talented and dedicated students in the band. All 7th and 8th grade band members are welcomed, however, students that sign up should have a 70% or above in band. This is a great opportunity for students to play popular music and to support our school by playing at basketball games, pep rallies and other school activities. Sign up information will go home in the fall.

  • Carowinds:

    Carowinds is an optional merit trip for band students in 6th-8th grade to reward students for their hard work throughout the year. This trip is part of the music in the parks program Carowinds offers each year. Below are the qualifications to attend this trip. More information will be sent home in the spring.

    • Students must participate in both the Winter and Spring Concerts.
    • 7th and 8th grade students must participate in the MPA performance.
    • Students must show outstanding behavior throughout the year.

    Any student that receives a behavior referral from one of the band directors or has an unexcused absence from a concert will not qualify for this merit trip.