Mustang Memo

Summer Edition

Updated 7/29/2020

As we approach the start of the school year, we will continue to update this Summer Mustang Memo with the latest information regarding summer band activities and the start of the school year. Please check out the entire memo for all of the latest details. A brief summary of updates can be found below:

July 29th Updates

  • Jumpstart Camp moves online on August 4th and 5th
  • Rockwall ISD postpones start of school to August 26th

July 3rd Updates

  • Rockwall ISD posts webpage with the latest planning for the start of 2020-2021
  • Mustang Music Mondays have been canceled for July
  • Ben Sumrak named new Rockwall ISD Director of Fine Arts; new RHHS director to be announced soon
  • Private lessons will remain online for through July

Original Announcements

  • Summer practice packets are available for download
  • There are dozens of wonderful summer band camps that are now virtual

Please bookmark this link ( and check back regularly for the most current information!

Digital Jumpstart Camp

Due to COVID-19, we are moving Jumpstart camp online!

Cain Band Jumpstart camp will be Tuesday and Wednesday, August 4th and 5th using the Zoom platform.

To help maximize our online time together, Jumpstart camp will only be open to Symphonic and Honors Band students, including percussionists.

Symphonic Band students will meet from 1:00 - 2:30 PM both days.

Honors Band students will meet from 3:00 - 4:30 PM both days.

Jumpstart camp will focus on tone, technique, and preparation for the start of the school year. We also have some fun activities planned as well!

Here is all of the latest information at a glance:

  • Who: Symphonic and Honors Band students only
  • When: August 4th and 5th; 1:00 - 2:30 PM for Symphonic Band, 3:00 - 4:30 PM for Honors Band
  • Where: Online via the Zoom platform
  • Cost: Free!
  • Registration: Click here
  • Registration Deadline: August 2nd, 2020
  • Music Packets: Click Here

Rockwall ISD Postpones Start of School to August 26th

At a special board meeting this past Monday, July 27th, the school board votes to postpone the start of in-person and online learning to Wednesday, August 26th. This decision allows teachers and staff extra time to prepare for the start of school.

Rockwall ISD Planning for 2020-2021

Rockwall ISD has created a webpage with the latest updates and information regarding the start of the school year:

We strongly encourage all parents to check this page often as we approach the first day of school. As the state and district make decisions, this page will be updated first.

Mustang Music Mondays - CANCELLED

Due to the ongoing spike in COVID-19 cases and the current construction at Cain Middle School (replacing A/C,) we are canceling all July Mustang Music Monday rehearsals.

We appreciate your flexibility and understanding. If you have any questions, please contact your child's band director.

Ben Sumrak Named Director of Fine Arts

Congratulations to our Rockwall-Heath High School head director, Mr. Benajmin Sumrak, for being named our new Director of Fine Arts for Rockwall ISD! Mr. Sumrak replaced Mr. Chris Kosterman who retired at the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

The hiring of a new Mighty Hawk head band director is nearly complete! We will share more information about them soon.

Summer Lessons - Online

If your student is taking lessons or would like to start taking private lessons, they can do so over the summer! Our entire private lesson staff is available over the summer for weekly online lessons.

We strongly encourage all band students and especially those students in Honors and Symphonic bands to take private lessons over the summer. With the online learning in March, April, and May, your child is behind in their band education! Taking private lessons, even digitally, can help close the gap before the first day of school.

If you are interested in having your student take lessons over the summer, contact their teacher directly to set up a summer schedule. If you need contact information, you can visit our website at

Summer Practice Packets

To help with summer practicing, we have created a summer music packet for all band students. This packet includes our band warm-ups, technique sheets, scales, and pep music for the Fall semester.

Summer music packets are free to download by clicking the button below. Make sure you download and print the correct instrument!

If you are unable to print a packet and need one mailed to you, please email Mr. Ousey directly at

Click here to download and print summer music packets!

Make sure to download and print the correct instrument!

Summer Camps

Even with COVID-19, many regular summer camps have now gone digital! This is a great opportunity to take part in a summer band camp without having to leave the comfort of your own home!

These multi-day events offer opportunities to work with renowned faculty and staff in world-class venues and facilities. Additionally, your student will get the opportunity to meet and play with students from around the state who share the passion of music-making. Not to mention, summer music camps are a lot of fun!

Most camps have some level of financial commitment depending on the time frame and other factors. Below are several camps around our area that you may want to research. Many have great websites that give you all of the information you would need.

On a personal note, Mr. Ousey participated in summer music camps all through middle school and high school, and continues to teach and several around the country. These are a wonderful way to have fun in the summer and learn more about the instrument and the process of music-making!

Dates: July 6-10

Location: Online!

Price: 150 (reduced rate!!)


Application Deadline: 6/26/2020

Who: All oboe and bassoon players

Dates: Multiple Options!

Location: Online!

Price: $200 (reduced rate!!)


Application Deadline: Multiple deadlines depending on what dates you select

Who: Any brass student

Dates: June 24-26

Location: Online!

Price: $3125 (reduced rate!)


Application Deadline: 6/20/2020

Who: Any clarinet or bass clarinet student

Dates: June 15-18

Location: Online!

Price: $175 (reduced rate!)


Application Deadline: 6/8/2020

Who: Any flute student

Dates: Multiple Options!

Location: Online!

Price: $275 and extra private lessons are $35/half hour or $60/hour for any students interested in one-on-one sessions


Application Deadline: As soon as you can register!

Who: Any French Horn student

Dates: July 13-17

Location: Online!

Price: FREE!


Application Deadline: As soon as possible - make sure to send an email, NOT complete the online form

Does your Personal Instrument need repair?

If your instrument is in need of a repair, Brook Mays is now open for curbside service and can take care of your repair and supply needs!

Please contact Brook Mays directly for more information at: (972) 233-9633

Their address: 5756 Lyndon B Johnson Fwy, Dallas, TX 75240

Contact the Mustang Band

If you have questions, please feel free to contact us! We will make every effort to return your call or email within 24 hours.