The Rockwood Middle school hosts a thriving middle school band
program, that serves roughly sixty to eighty studnets per year.
Many of our students go on to earn high honors at local band
clinics in the area, often being ranked in the top ensembles. As a
student progresses through band, he or she may also opt to become
part of the high school band in the eighth grade. The Rockwood High
School band is one of the strongest and largest bands in Tennessee
for schools of its size (Tennessee Division 1A). The high school
band has earned many honors throughout its tenure which include
many top ten finishes in the state of Tennessee, culminating in a
state championship in 2011 through USSBA. The Rockwood High School
band has also earned honors in the concert arena as well. Many of
our students have gone on to become professional musicians,
composers, educators, doctors, lawyers, engineers, and productive
members of society.
A Note From Mr. Metcalfe:
The study of music could be one of the most valuable steps in
your child's education.
Why should your child join the band?
many ways in which to grow:
*Musical knowledge is a form of math that can help train your
thinking and improve other studies.
*The experience of competition will help prepare a child for
making his or her way in a dog-eat-dog world.
*The ability to create music fosters personal satisfaction and
self-esteem, building confidence and poise.
*Music provides each and every child the opportunity to fully
*There is not a bench in the band room. Everybody plays!
*Band serves as an anti-delinquency measure, as practicing will
fill up a child's free time.
*Music helps a child overcome shyness and develop a well-rounded
*Band students learn cooperation skills and develop friendships
that will last a lifetime.
*Having a child that can play a music instrument is something
that parents can brag about.
*Band contributes to family cohesion: it is an activity where
children and parents work together.
Some parents doubt that their child is talented enough to study
music. In fact, it is my experience that any child willing to put
in a reasonable amount of effort and regular practice cans succeed.
Neither talent nor interest is essential now for achievement later.
Another concern that some parents have is that they may not be able
to afford an instrument for their child. The band program owns
several instruments that students may be able to use at no cost
other than maintenance. Supplies are limited and the instruments
may not be the prettiest, but they work! Although band is not a required
course, it is a subject in which your child will receive a
grade. All students are required to stay in band
for a school year unless an emergency arises (due to scheduling
If you have any questions concerning band, please feel free to
contact Mr. Metcalfe. While he does serve Rockwood Middle
School, his classroom is at the high school. You may contact
the high school at 865-354-0882 or you may email Mr. Matcalfe