The Rocky Bayou Christian School Fine Arts Department provides 5th -12th grade students the opportunity to develop and express their God-given gifts and talents through instrumental music. We believe that students should enhance their individual potential to understand music as an art form, promote the use of music as a form of self-expression, value music as an aesthetic experience, and use music as an inspiring form of worship.
Symphonic Band is comprised mainly of 9-12th graders, and is open to auditions. The Symphonic band members participate in marching band, Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA) Solo & Ensemble and Concert Assessments, Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (FACCS) Fine Arts Competition, school concerts, drama department musical productions, and many community events each year. Students learn and perform high quality, varied styles of music in concert settings. The Symphonic Band is a four-time 1st place winner in the state at FACCS, and has earned 2nd place twice. They have consistently received Superior and Excellent ratings at FBA Concert Music Performance Assessment each year. The RBCS Symphonic Band has traveled to Orlando to participate in Disney Magic Music Days, and performed with the Drama Department’s performance for the spring musical. The Symphonic Band performs in many community events each year, such as National Day of Prayer and Pastor Appreciation Day. They have been involved in welcoming home World War II Veterans at Northwest Florida’s sponsored Honor Flight.
Open to all 6th-8th graders, the RBCS Concert Band is a group of talented young musicians who wish to continue their instrumental music education. They participate in Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA) Concert Music Performance Assessment and Solo & Ensemble, school concerts, and Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools Junior Fine Arts Competition each year. After two years in a band program, students have the option of marching with our Marching Knights.
Open to all 8th-12th grade students, RBCS Marching Knights is comprised of all members of the Symphonic Band, and select members of the Concert Band. The Knights perform on the field and in the stands at football games, community events and parades. The Knights have traveled to many competitions and won many awards, including a 1st place award winning performance at the Cotton Bowl.
The RBCS Jazz Band is open to auditions for anyone in 8th grade or above. The Jazz band performs advanced music of various styles throughout the year in many school and community events. They perform in the Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA) Jazz Music Performance Assessment, and local events such as Orange Fest, Saturday in the Park, and Rocky’s Fall Festival each year.
Beginning band is a class offered to 5th and 6th graders who wish to learn a wind or percussion instrument. A students’ first introduction to instrumental arts is vital for learning proper technique, quality sound production, and performance etiquette, and music enjoyment. Please contact the Band Director, Tom Culver, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Praise Band is open to all Academy students by audition only. They serve as worship leaders during weekly chapel at the school and also provide music for local civic occasions. The group is set up as a contemporary worship ensemble.
At Rocky Bayou Christian School, we strive to develop 5-12th grade students’ God-given talents through vocal music. Our Choral Department guides students in their pursuit of musical excellence, developing their gifts to glorify Him. Students also learn wonderful Christian life skills, such as discipline, camaraderie, and teamwork with their fellow choir members. The department also works to give students as many performance opportunities as possible to maximize their experience.
Open to all 5th & 6th graders, the RBCS Beginning Choir performs two formal concerts a year. The Beginning Choir also compete at the Jr. FACCS Fine Arts Competition in the spring and entertains at many local on campus functions. In addition to performance opportunities students also learn fundamental musicianship skills throughout the course.
The Junior Knights choir is open to all 7th- 8th grade students. They perform in two formal concerts a year. The Junior Knights Choir also competes at the Jr. FACCS Fine Arts Competition and have performed at National Day of Prayer and Christmas as the Airport.
Comprised of 9th-12th grade Academy students, the RBCS Concert Choir is for vocalists who desire to improve themselves as singers and musicians. The group covers numerous styles of literature, sight singing and basic theory knowledge. The Concert Choir performs in three formal concerts a year and competes at the Sr. FACCS Fine Arts Competition in the spring. This group has also performed at Disney’s Candlelight Processional, the Big Barber Shop Concert, National Day of Prayer, and RBCS Grandparents Day.
This elite, audition only group of eight voices is open to 10-12th grade students. The Chamber Singers perform in three formal concerts a year and compete at the Sr. FACCS Fine Arts Competition in the spring. This group has also performed at Disney’s Candlelight Processional, the Big Barber Shop Concert, National Day of Prayer, and RBCS Grandparents Day.
RBCS is committed to assisting our students in identifying and developing all of their God-given talents. Our Visual Arts department can help mold young artist’s talents and give all students an opportunity to develop a deep appreciation for both traditional and contemporary art.
Our Visual Arts department offers the following classes:
2-D Art: drawing, painting, cartooning, collage and linoleum printing
3-D Art: Styrofoam sculptures, paper mache, clay and ceramics
Clayworks: regular and polymer clay design
AP Art: college-preparatory 2-D design and drawing
5th Grade Art: experimentation with different techniques and forms
Special Services Art: experimentation with different techniques and forms
The RBCS Theatre Department provides students the opportunity to immerse themselves in their creative avenue of choice. Whether it is on stage in a leading role, backstage, lighting, or set building, the RBCS Theatre Department strives to develop the God-given theatrical talents of all of our students. Students will learn discipline, dedication and teamwork through their efforts and will form strong friendships and bonds with their fellow cast mates. The RBCS Theatre Department also assists students in finding internships and community performance opportunities to broaden their experience and strengthen their gifts.
Each school year, two major productions are performed at the Municipal Auditorium in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. The fall production is a play and has historically included performances such as Secret Garden, Play on, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Good Doctor, A Dickens’ Christmas Carol: A Traveling Travesty in Two Tumultuous Acts, and The Diary of Anne Frank. The spring production is a musical and has historically included performances of My Fair Lady, Annie Get Your Gun, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Pirates of Penzance, Cinderella, and Bye Bye Birdie among others.
In addition to the main stage productions students have the option of enrolling in the Drama course. Designed to be a one year course, students are taught fundamental theater techniques, vocabulary and history. The course allow less experienced students to get their feet wet through class room exercises, scenes, and even one act plays!