From Brownsville, Texas, the Raider Band represents the standard of excellence for band that is historic along the Rio Grande River Valley. A consistent recipient of Sweepstakes Awards in both Marching and Concert Band is familiar with success, most recently achieving a State Championship with their indoor drumline ensemble. The Raider Band is proud to be a member of the Brownsville Independent School District which has been host to six Texas Honor Bands, perennial State Marching Band contenders, and consistently contributes students to the Texas All State Bands and Orchestras.
THE SIMON RIVERA RAIDER BAND
About Our Ensembles
The most visible facet of the Raider Band, the Marching Band performs in the fall at both football games and competitive contests. This ensemble involves ALL members of the Rivera Raider Band in order to create the exciting music both on the marching field and in the stands. All students are welcome to join the Marching Band, but should consult a director first regarding instrument check out and the necessary physical forms.
The Wind Ensemble represents the Varsity UIL ensemble for the Rivera Raider band. This band consists most of Juniors and Seniors and competes at the highest level of Texas 6A concert bands. This group performs exclusively during the Spring Semester and requires members to play challenging levels of repertoire. Entrance into this ensemble is by audition only and limited spots are available depending on directors request.
The Symphonic Band represents Rivera Early College High School at the 6A UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest at the Non-Varsity level group. This ensemble plays challenging music that will be accessible to most high school students. Participation in this ensemble will require both after school rehearsals as well as consistent individual practice in order to maintain ones position in the ensemble. Participation in this group is by audition only, with instrumentation depending on director request.
The Concert Band serves as a stepping stone for students who are continuing to develop their instrumental skills, with the goal of giving students the necessary skills to become part of the Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Band. This ensemble will play music that is challenging but accessible to all students who have participated in band. This ensemble requires no audition and is open to any individual who plays a concert instrument. This ensemble meets during the Spring and requires both after school rehearsal obligations as well as consistent individual practice. Membership may be terminated at director discretion dependent on attendance and attitude.
A small chamber ensemble, the Jazz band consists of students from all parts of the Rivera Raider Band. Thought ability levels may very, the ensemble competes at a Varsity level and plays music that will be challenging and accessible to most students. The group performs annually at several festivals and requires additional rehearsal during both Fall and Spring semesters for participation. These rehearsals are separate from those for the Concert ensembles and Marching Band. This group is an auditioned ensemble with the expectation that members participate in the Jazz All-Region tryouts.
The Rivera Indoor Percussion Ensemble meets during the Spring semester at Rivera High School. This ensemble is a competitive group that performs a minimum of 3 performances in addition to the mandatory concert band responsibilities. This group is an auditioned ensemble, though is not required for participation in other Rivera Band ensembles. Any band student may be eligible for participation, regardless of primary instrument.