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Rock Springs Middle School Band

Welcome to the
 Rock Springs Middle School Band Webpage!!
We're glad you're here!!
(To view this page in another language, pull all the way down to the lower right and
use the Google Translate option.)

Entering Middle School is a very big step! You will have some choices to make regarding your classes – we hope you will consider being a part of the RSMS Band Program!



Meet the Directors:  



Caroline Hensley


Click here to view a message from Mrs. Hensley.




Emily Swafford


Click here to view a message from Mrs. Swafford.




7th and 8th Grade Concert Band

Click here to listen to our 2019 Winter Concert.


Santa's Workshop

Grand Finale! 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Band members play

Trouble at Santa's Workshop 

featuring our Percussion Ensemble!

Click here to listen to Santa's Workshop.



Important Band Information to Remember:


  •    Band meets as a CLASS.
  •    Only 2 after school rehearsals in 6th
  •    Band DOES NOT conflict with sports or clubs.
  •    NO musical experience necessary!
  •    NOW is the time to sign up- No Beginning Band in 7th
  •    We will help you choose your instrument-the one that’s best for your success!
  •    Many people rent their instruments. If that’s a concern, please contact us. Money shouldn’t prevent you from participating.



If you are interested in joining the Band,

please click


and complete the Google survey form.


We can’t wait to see you in the Bandroom at RSMS!!





RSMS Band - you're AWESOME!
NEW INFORMATION:       8th graders zoned for LHS


LHS Band is hosting a Parent Meeting on Monday, May 11th at 7pm on Zoom.


Zoom Meeting Information:

Topic: LaVergne Band Meeting

Time: Monday, May 11, 2020 06:30 PM Central Time (We will start at 7pm)

Join Zoom Meeting Link

Meeting ID: 555 372 9710

Password: lhsband20

If you have a SCHOOL OWNED INSTRUMENT, please follow the instructions below for information on the End-of-the-Year process:
 6th Grade 7th Grade Band:

In order to extend your school instrument contracts over the summer, click into Flipgrid – go to the Inventory Check Grid - and video yourself holding and playing your instrument. We need this for inventory verification. We will extend your school contract, and you will keep your instrument at home, and hopefully KEEP PLAYING!!  Please let us know if you have any questions.


6th Grade Band: Click here for the Flipgrid Inventory Check.

7th Grade Band: Click here for the Flipgrid Inventory Check.


8th Grade Band:

We would like you to be able to keep your instrument through the end of May – we want you to be able to play as long as possible.    For this reason, you do not have to return your instrument to the school on Wednesday, April 29.  We will set a return date in May, and you may return your instrument then.  In most cases, your high school will issue you an instrument at Band camp.  Please contact your high school director if you have any questions.  (If you are using a small school instrument – flute, clarinet, or oboe – be SURE to contact the HS director and find out what your options are.)

Resources and Lesson Plan: Week of May 11 - May 15
We are focusing on the Perform domain of the standards:
Foundation P2: Develop and refine artistic techniques and works (for presentation.)

Students and teachers will meet in Microsoft Teams 3 times per week (M-W-F) to play Warm-ups and continue playing lines which use the skills that had been taught prior to March 13. Check your Skyward email for times and log in information. Students are encouraged to continue playing after the session is complete, and to follow up with Flipgrid videos on Tuesday and Thursday.



Method Books: Sound Innovations Book 1 (6th gr) Scales, Sight Reading

                             Sound Innovations Book 2 (7th gr)  Warm-up, Sight Reading

                             Foundations for Superior Performance (7/8 th gr.) Warm-up 

                             Sight Reading Factory (8th gr.) 

                             Listening examples have been loaded to Teams for ALL classes.                                   Listen on own and discuss together.             

                             Concert Music

                             Sight Reading Factory online (Optional for other grades)

                             SmartMusic Online

                             FlipGrid Online

                             Microsoft Teams


Hello Rock Springs Band students!  While we are apart and cannot meet as we usually do, we hope everyone is comfortable, safe and healthy at home.  It is important to remember we are still a community, and we are stronger when we are working together toward a common goal. Please continue to play your instruments and practice your skills. We will be together again making music!! 
Please check your Skyward email, the Band web page, and our Band Twitter account @ROCKSPRINGS BAND for updates. We will continue to use resources we were using prior to school closing (Flipgrid, Sight Reading Factory, etc.) and access to these, and other resources can be found below. Please contact Mrs. Swafford ( or Mrs. Hensley ( if you have any questions or concerns.
All content posted here is OPTIONAL.  You are not required to participate, but we hope you will check it out and keep playing your instruments!!
****Teams online class information****
We have all at least attempted to meet online now. Its been great to hear your voices and connect a bit. Next week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings we will meet  to warm up and play together!  Please show up as close as possible to your grade’s time to keep things moving smoothly and streamlined. 
6th - 9:30 am
7th - 10:30 am 
8th - 10:00 am 
If you cannot make all three in a week, then come to the ones that you can! 
Students, you may have an email letting you know that you have been added to the RSM Band Teams page. That Team is where we meet. We also have the ability to post resources for you as well as organize ourselves better.
You can access the online meetings through the Teams app.  
Flipgrid - be sure to log on and check our the new Grids. When you log on, use the red login icon.
                Flipcode:  6thgradequarantine 
          7th Grade Quarantine Band
                Flipcode:  7thgradequarantine
           8th Grade Quarantine Band
                Flipcode:  8thgradequarantine
7th Grade Band - continue working on sight reading skills -
          Click here to go to Sight Reading Factory. You can use it for free! 
8th Grade Band: Visit SmartMusic to set up a FREE account.
                              Your class code is 7J7MP-4W7J6.
8th Grade Band - continue working on sight reading skills -
             Click here to go to Sight Reading Factory.  You can use it for free!
8th Graders zoned for LHS - check out the following 2 links
        LHS Band Website
8th Graders zoned for SCHS - check out the link below
        SCHS Band Website
        NEW INFO!!  Click here for the latest SCHS Band updates!
Rutherford County Schools Learning Plan -  back to the county-wide plan