Mr. Keith Acuncius has been the Director of Bands at Rampart High School since June of 2014. Previously, Mr. Acuncius taught at Olathe Middle and High Schools in Olathe, Colorado. Under Mr. Acuncius’s direction the Rampart High School Marching band has continued a long tradition of excellence as finalists in the Colorado Bandmaster’s Association State Championships, and at the Bands of America Regional Championships in St. George, UT. The Rampart High School Advanced Jazz Band has also received superior ratings and was a featured performer at the “Dazzle” Jazz Club in the Denver Metro area; the Rampart High School Winter Guard was the Scholastic A Champion in 2015 and won their class at the Winter Guard International Regional in Denver.
In his time as Band Director at Olathe Middle and High Schools, Mr. Acuncius was responsible for the growth and development of a band program that more than doubled in size. He was awarded the Montrose County School District “Teacher of the Year” award in 2013.
Mr. Acuncius received his Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He earned his Masters of Music with an emphasis in Instrumental Conducting from Sam Houston State University in 2014.
Mr. Chris Holmes is a native of North Mississippi. He graduated from Mississippi State University in 1997 with a degree in Music Education. Upon graduation, Mr. Holmes took a job as a head middle school director and high school assistant director close to home. After two years, Mr. Holmes went back to get his Masters in Music Education from the University of North Texas. After graduation, Mr. Holmes began a 15 year career as a band director in various parts of Texas.
Serving in positions such as marching coordinator, head of both middle school and high school programs, Mr. Holmes has seen success at all levels with Area Finalist in marching band, ATSSB Outstanding 3A Concert Band, and hundreds of students placing in the ATSSB All State Concert Bands and UIL State Solo and Ensemble Competition.
He has had the privilege of studing Horn with Mr. Kent Payne (MSU) and Dr. Robert Schaumburg (UNT). He studied composition with Dr. Douglas McConnell (MSU) and conducting with Mr. Eugene Corporon (UNT). His performance group past includes the MSU Wind Ensemble, MSU Famous Maroon Marching Band, MSU Symphony Orchestra, Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, and various chamber groups.
In his personal life, Mr. Holmes has been married for over 20 years to his wife Michele. They have 2 children, 16 and 12, and love living in Colorado.
The Rampart Regiment is open to students who display a highly proficient standard of music and marching performance as accepted by the instructional staff. Practices begin at the beginning of the summer and last throughout the summer. Marching season continues throughout the first nine to ten weeks of the school year. Performances for the Marching Band include but are not limited to all home varsity football games, pep rallies, parades, and marching competitions throughout the season. Click here to learn more about the Rampart Regiment’s History and information on how to join or support our season.
The Rampart Wind Ensemble, Symphonic, and Concert Bands are the core of our instrumental music program. Each band rehearses year round and has their own schedule of performances and festivals. Student’s wishing to join the symphonic band and wind ensemble are required to audition and private lessons are highly recommended. Rehearsals are held during school with extra sectionals, rehearsals, and clinics being scheduled from time to time outside of the school day. Attendance at extra sectionals, rehearsals, and clinics is mandatory. Attendance for concerts and festivals are also mandatory.
The Rampart Jazz program consists of two big bands, as well as student combos. Both big bands (Jazz Ensemble 1 and Advanced Jazz Ensemble) are only open to students through audition. Student combos are made up and directed by students within the two bands, and rehearse outside of the school day. The Rampart Jazz program also performs at several festivals and concerts throughout the year and has been a featured performer at the “Dazzle” Jazz club in the Denver Metro Area.
Orchestra information coming soon.
The Staff of the Rampart High School Bands are one of the most important attributes to the students’ success. With such a large and wonderful group of students, it is impossible for the director to give each individual student attention. The Staff are very talented and have many professional musical experiences. It is our privilege to have them work with our band.
DIRECTOR OF BANDS
DIRECTOR OF BANDS
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF BANDS
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