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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.
†††††††† Just a reminder that our Band Concert is coming up on Tuesday, December 2nd at 6:30 PM at the DMS Gym.† Here are the details.
†††††††† All students should plan to arrive at 6:00 PM for warmup.† The event will end approximately 7:30 PM.† Students must stay for the whole event.† IMPORTANT:† We donít have enough music stands so everyone should bring a portable music stand to the concert.† These are available at any music store and every band member should own one and use it for home practice anyway.
†††††††† 6th grade band will wear school uniform with the purple DMS band shirt tucked in.† Symphonic Band members will wear the long sleeve black Symphonic Shirt with all black pants, socks and shoes as is notated in the handbook.† If you do not have this shirt yet, they are 15.00.† They will go out in class this week.
Members of the concert band classes may play at this concert if they wish.† They should wear either uniform and must let me know in advance if they intend to perform.
†††††††† Other notes:† Cookie Dough money should be collected and turned in before Thanksgiving holidays.† Please make this happen asap if you have not done so already.
†††††††† Symphonic Band: please make sure you have paid for Honor Band Tryout Fee and paid for your band shirt if you have not yet.† I will post a list in the band room of who has paid.
†††††††† Click here your tryout times for Honor Band tryouts.† This event is Saturday, December 13th and takes place at East Ascension High.† Students need to be at EA about 45 minutes before their time to warm up and find where they go.† Registration will be in the front office at EA. Once they audition they are done.
†††††††† Be aware that the Christmas Parade is the next day, so that weekend is pretty full of band stuff.† Detail on the parade coming soon.
†††††††† If you are in 7th grade, you can start ordering your Symphonic Band black shirt.† If you are in 8th and need a new one you can order as well.† I need your shirt size and can do this via email.† Shirts are $15.00 and you can pay on OSP system.† It is named Band Shirt Symphonic.
†††††††† Remember that for December events, you will need black pants, shoes and socks with the Symphonic Band shirt.
.††††††† 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.