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About River Valley Sound

River Valley Sound (RVS) is sponsored by the 728 Cadets and features talented students from District 728 schools, including Elk River, Rogers, and Zimmerman. Student musicians are provided further opportunities for music and performance experience and growth in the winter months.

RVS combines traditional wind ensemble instrumentation, marching, dance, and visual performers to create an indoor ensemble for students grades 7–12. A wind ensemble can include flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto tenor and bari sax, trumpet, mellophone, trombone, baritone, tuba, and percussion. Students should have one year of playing experience.

Read how our 2017 seniors have enjoyed their experience in the Cadets organization: http://728cadets.org/2017/03/fond-memories-from-our-2017-seniors/

 

Head Director: Keith Saxtonrvs-director-keith-saxton-2016
Keith Saxton has been a part of the 728 Cadets organization since the 2014 Spectacular marching season, as well as River Valley Sound indoor winter hornline since their inaugural season in 2014. Saxton teaches music at Rogers Middle School, where he directs the 7th and 8th grade concert bands, and the jazz band.  He has also held teaching positions at Henry Ford Community College (Dearborn, MI), Mount Pleasant High School (Mount Pleasant, MI) and Sacred Heart Academy (Mount Pleasant, MI). Saxton was a freelance musician, running a successful entertainment business with a yearly calendar of more than 200 performances for nearly 20 years. His work included three national tours, and annual performances with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for their New Year’s Eve Gala. Saxton can be heard on multiple professional jazz recording projects, four of which made national charts. Saxton is a graduate of Central Michigan University.

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For more information:  728cadetsmarchingband@gmail.com