Riddle Bands

Karalyn Soffer, Band Director

Riddle School District

Mrs. Soffer has been the band director at Riddle School District for the past 7 years. During that time, her students have participated in the OSAA State Band Championships, OSAA State Solo Contest, OMEA All-State Middle and High School Bands, Solo/Ensemble Festivals, and Honor Bands. Mrs. Soffer is currently the OMEA Small Schools Chair for the state of Oregon, and OMEA District 10 President. As a saxophonist, she has performed throughout the United States, Scotland, and Croatia. Mrs. Soffer has a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and a Master of Music in Saxophone Performance.

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Junior high band celebrates the holidays.

Upcoming Band Activities

Jr. High Band OMEA Virtual Festival

April 20 & April 27

8:20 to 9:10 a.m.

RHS Gym

High School Band OMEA Virtual Festival

April 22 & April 29

1:30 to 2:15 p.m.

RHS Gym

Sixth-Grade Band Outdoor Concert

June 9

1 to 1:30 p.m.

RES, Outdoors

RIDDLE BANDS: In-Person

BAND CLASSES: SPRING 2021

All band classes meet during the school day by grade during the scheduled period or time slot.

Riddle High School Concert Band

The Riddle High School Concert Band is made up of students in grades 9-12 who have completed the previous year in band or passed an audition with the band director. This is the top ensemble of the Riddle School District. This group represents the Riddle School District the most by traveling and performing for contests and trips. The High School Band is for students who continue to gain a high level of ability on their instrument, have dedicated themselves to making the ensemble the best that it can be, and want opportunities outside of school to perform. The ensemble rehearses in the high school band room as part of an academic class every school day.

Riddle Junior High Band

The Riddle Junior High Band is made up of students in grades 7-8 who have completed their previous year in band or passed an audition with the band director.

This group is for students who are continuing to advance their musical abilities and want more opportunities outside of school to perform.

The Junior High Band occasionally travels and performs in various settings throughout the school year.

The ensemble rehearses in the high school band room as part of an academic class every school day.

Riddle 6th Grade Band

The Riddle 6th Grade Band is made up of students in the 6th-grade class who have completed their 5th grade year in band or passed an audition with the band director.

This group performs two school concerts a year but has also played for other events in the past, such as 6th-Grade Promotion and other special assemblies.

The ensemble rehearses in the elementary band room every school day except for Wednesdays.

Riddle 5th Grade Band

At the beginning of 5th grade, students have the option of joining the Beginning Band. Any interested, dedicated student can join regardless of previous band or music experience.

The first year of band is a crucial time in the student’s band career as it is where the foundation and basic skills are learned. Regular practice, attendance, and parental support are essential during this year.

This group learns how to read and play music along with developing skills on their chosen instruments.

RIDDLE BANDS: Distant Learners

Distance Learners for High School Band and Junior High Band will be using SmartMusic.

See the Band Teams page in Microsoft 365 for the class code and instructions to sign up.

Distance Learners for 6th Grade Band will join the class virtually through Google Classroom:

Mondays and Thursdays 1:00 to 1:40 PM, Wednesdays 12:15 to 12:50 PM.

Distance Learners should contact Mrs. Soffer for individual lesson times to work on the music or if there are any questions!