Instrumental Music

RLMS Bands - A Tradition of Excellence

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Rice Lake Middle School is proud to provide a quality music education for our students.
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Music is an important part of a complete and well-rounded education in the Rice Lake Area School District. Our school music programs exist to provide meaningful experiences in music so that students may establish a solid and permanent relationship with music.
Quality musical experiences will enable every child to develop music literacy, promote aesthetic growth and self-worth, and establish a basis for an appreciation of music.
It is with these goals in mind that we truly value the challenge of working with each and every student involved in the band program.

MEET THE DIRECTORS:

Mrs. Graff

Mrs. Graff grew up in LaCrosse, Wisconsin and received her Bachelor's degree in secondary instrumental music education from UW-LaCrosse and began her teaching career in Amery, Wisconsin. After moving to Rice Lake in 1989, she received her Master's degree in Professional Development/Middle School education from UW-Eau Claire and began teaching in Rice Lake, where she lives with her husband, Dan. Mrs. Graff is the proud mother of two children - Lindsey and Ben.

Mrs. Graff is an active church musician & adjudicator with the Wisconsin School Music Assoication and enjoys teaching at RLMS very much, where her primary teaching responsibilties include 7th Grade Band & 8th Grade Band and oodles of Band lessons, grades 6-8. In her spare time Mrs. Graff enjoys playing in the Communiversity Band, watching and participating in musical theatre, watching movies and sports - especially the Rice Lake Warriors, Wisconsin Badgers, Milwaukee Brewers & Green Bay Packers, and taking walks with her golden retrievers, Lucy & Bailey. Mrs. Graff is also a hospice volunteer through Lakeview Medical Center, where she participates in the PAWS program.

Contact Mrs. Graff at 234-8156 ext. 5178

Mr. BeaverMr. Bever grew up in White Bear Lake, MN and received his bachelors degree in Music Education from UW-Eau Claire in 1997. He taught for 16 years at Unity High School in Balsam Lake, WI before coming to Rice Lake in the fall of 2013. Mr. Bever is currently the primary instructor for the sixth grade band, sixth grade general music and the middle school jazz ensemble. He has completed his master’s degree in teaching and learning through St. Mary’s University in Winona, MN. Mr. Bever has been playing trombone and educating people in music for over 18 years in some capacity. Mr. Bever has freelanced in the Twin Cities and Duluth area in all styles of music. Some groups he has played with are The Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Benny Goodman Orchestra, Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians, The Four Tops and The Temptations. He has also played with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and done commercial work in the Twin Cities market. He is the gold band director of the Northland Youth Music Program in Superior, Wisconsin, and also serves on the board of directors for that program. Adam is a sought after clinician in the Wisconsin and Minnesota. He is an active judge for the Wisconsin State Music Association and has served on several committees for that organization.

Mr. Bever is married to Julie Bever and has three children: Scott graduated from Unity High School in 2013, daughter Kiera attends Rice Lake High School High School & Laif is a student at Rice Lake Middle School. Mr. Bever's hobbies include fishing, technology, bicycling, and antique cars and tractors.

Contact Mr. Bever at 234-8156 ext. 5501