Who We Are
Cadet Band: This is our beginner band where we learn the basics of instrument control, care, and musicianship. We play fun songs, while starting out music-reading skills. We read out of a book, Essential Elements Book 1 quite frequently, but also play other songs. Depending on how fast a student grows in ability and experience, he/she may advance to Concert Band in between trimesters. Or, as long as the cadet band member's progress stays on track, he/she will advance to Concert Band after one year of Cadet Band:
Concert Band: This is our intermediate band that reads out of the Essential Elements Book. Cadet band members will advance to this band as long as their progress stays on track. We place students where they best fit. The fit applies to abilities to read and play music on their instruments, and how well he/she can follow directions. Concert Band students can advance to Symphonic band depending on need and his/her music-reading/playing abilities.
Symphonic Band: This is our advanced band. This band plays rarely out of the book, and mostly real music pieces, some fun, some serious, and always challenging. Students from this band are pushed and sometimes get to go places to perform.
Jazz Band: One of the most inspiring groups, the RMS Jazz Band is made up of music students with at least one year of experience who volunteer to come to be a part of the group. We meet at 7:45am Monday through Thursday (Fridays off! :) and learn more music concepts than other groups. Mr. Germer is not paid to teach it, and the students don't earn a grade for it-- we just come cuz we have a passion for good music.
Our Band Director
Mr. Nick Germer is from Salt Lake City, Utah and raised by music-teacher-parents. Though they never forced music instruction on their 6 kids, they always provided music-teaching opportunities and two of the six have made music their profession (his sister plays viola professionally).
Nick took every music course available in his high school, Highland High School. He went on to study one year at University of Utah, being part of the U of U Philharmonia, the U of U Marching Band, and their Wind Ensemble.
After serving a church mission in Brazil, he transferred to Weber State University, where he performed in the Jazz Band, Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, and principle trumpet in the orchestra. In 2007, he earned his Bachelor of Music Education from Weber State.
In 2008, he took his first teaching job at Grace High School, where he taught choir and band 6 - 12 for three years. He and his wife were offered a special English/Music-Teaching positions in Taiwan and after heavy thought, they decided to move to Taiwan for several years.
Taiwan was like a different planet. And although the experiences were priceless, they felt that they could do better back in the states. So Nick took a job, music k-12, in Dubois, Idaho.
Dubois was nice, becuase they could live in Rigby, close to family, while teaching 4 days/week. But Nick always had his sights on a music teaching position in Rigby.
Then, in the Spring of 2014, it happened. Mrs. Azevedo decided to move on, and Nick caught wind of the position opening up. Long story, short: Nick took the job at RMS.
After teaching at RMS for three years, Nick loves his position more and more, and will always be proud to be a Rigby Trojan.
In the Spring of 2016, Nick was honored to achieve a Masters of Music Education from Idaho State University.
Krystal and Nick met each other in the Weber State Orchestra (she's an excellent string player) in 2006. They have been married since that year and have three wonderful daughters.