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This site contains information about the Dutchtown Middle School Band Program located in Geismar, Louisiana.† This website will be useful for current members of the band, as well as prospective members, and members of the community that are interested in what is happening with the Dutchtown Middle School Band.
Have a Great Summer.
†††††††† Attention new 6th graders.† If you are signed up for band this fall for the first time there will be a meeting for Students and Parents on Tuesday, August 2nd at 6:30 PM in the DMS Band Room.† This will be to finalize what instrument you will play and give some much needed information.
†††††††† If you are not signed up for band and want to be in the band in 6th grade, please fill out the attached form and return to me at DMS before the opening of school.† Spanish Lake students, click here.† DPS students click here.† You may scan and email the form to me, or bring it to DMS any time during business hours.
†††††††† NEW.† Ratings from Solo and Ensemble Festival are posted.† Click here to see them
†††††††† Our Symphonic Band †performed at State Festival and made superior from all judges on our stage performance and an excellent rating in sightreading.† If you missed it, our performance is up on the sounds page.
†††††††† Solo and Ensemble Festival will be April 30 at DMS.† The schedule of times can be viewed by clicking here.
†††††††† Our Annual Spring Concert and Awards Program will be held on Thursday, May 19th at 6:30 PM in the DMS Gym.† Please plan to attend.† All bands will perform.
†††††††† Our Christmas Concert was a success as usual,† If you missed it or want to listen again, the reocordings are up on the Listen to the Dutchtown Band page.
†††††††† After school rehearsals.† The band room is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week for free practice time or extra help.† Symphonic Band will have rehearsal on most Fridays.† Band room is closed on Mondays and other days as announced.† If you are staying for extra practice time, please have a ride by 3:45 at the latest.
†††††††† Beginners:† I have found a nice site with videos explaining how to assemble and care for your instrument.† Go to www.beginningbandbootcamp.com† and watch the video related to your instrument.
†††††††† Symphonic Band:† I have found a new way for you to record assignments and email to me.† First, you go to www.vocaroo.com† and follow these instructions.
How to Record using Vocaroo
∑ Click on the "Click to record" button.
∑ Wait for button to blink and then say your name and what test it is
∑ Play your test.
∑ When done click the "Click to Stop" button.
∑ Click "Listen" button.
∑ If satisfied then click the "Click here to save" link.
∑ Select "email" button and follow prompts.
∑ You must include your name in the email to gain credit.
∑ You may also download as a mp3 or wav file for your records.
†††††††† Information regarding Snow, Hurricane or other missed days and their effect on A or B Days.† Our schedule of A and B days is set at the beginning of the year and will not usually be adjusted due to missed days.† I will adjust the band calendar if changes are ever made.† If not, you can assume the band calendar is correct.†
†††††††† Symphonic Uniform Requirements.†† Starting in December, Symphonic Band will need the following for band uniform:† Black Shoes, Black Socks, Black Long Sleeve Band Shirt and Black Pants.† I will be selling the shirts for 15.00.† You can send shirt money or pay online using OPS.† Specify Band Shirt Symphonic and make sure it is 15.00.†† The 10.00 Band shirt online is the old purple one.† Pants should be khaki type such as uniform pants.† Shoes must be all black with no logo.† The best thing to get are Dinkles brand marching shoes, which are also used by Dutchtown High.† Allisonís or Zeager Music has them in stock.† Students must wear full length black socks, with the exception of girls who are wearing dress black flats.
†††††††† Email list:† Please complete and turn in the back page of the band handbook.† I need your email to compile an email list.† I will email important band notifications to those that are on the list.† You may email me at Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the list.
†††††††† I have done up a little tutorial on how to get and use Audacity for recording tests on your computer. I hope you find it useful.† Click here to read.† You can use this program to record sound and save as .mp3 files to send via email.† Recorded tests may also be recorded on IPhone and emailed to me.† Please change the file name to something with the students name in it.†††††††
†††††††† Why Learn Music?† Interested in some good reasons why we do what we do?† Click here.