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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.
†††††††† Symphonic band We have our first football game on Thursday so I thought I would outline what will happen.
†††††††† Students should wear purple band shirt and school uniform to the game.† Make sure you have your Lyre and Flip folder that is the correct thing for your instrument.†† Flute needs Flutist Friend, Horn, Oboe Baritone, Tuba and percussion just need the Flip folder.
†††††††† Students should go home and arrive back at the bandroom for 4:30 PM. Games start at 5:00 and the band will be dismissed at 6:45 PM.† Please pick up students from the bandroom.† Traffic will be much better on that side anyway.
†††††††† Students should bring instruments in cases to the field.† In case of bad weather, check email and the band website.† We donít perform in the rain but donít assume a performance is cancelled without hearing it from me.
†††††††† If you donít have a way to get back to school at 4:30 you may stay after school, but I much prefer the students go home and come back at 4:30.† If you are staying, you must stay in the band room the whole time till the game begins.
†††††††† 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.†††††††
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