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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.
††††††††† If you attended 5th grade at either Dutchtown or Spanish Lake Primary and are interested in band for next fall, the information is here and the form to turn in is here. It is not too late to join, but you will need to fill out the form, scan and email to me at Richard.email@example.com. or bring the completed form to Dutchtown Middle School and have someone put it in my box.
††††††††† There will be a Parent meeting on Monday, August 4, at 6:30 PM in the DMS bandroom.† All parents and students that will be in 6th grade band should attend.† We will cover getting a band instrument, what to expect from band for next year, what instrument your child will play, and many other important things.
††††††††† Have Great Summer. See you in August.
††††††††† We offer a private lesson program at Dutchtown High over the summer.† The information is in this form.† Just send your information to Sheily.Bell@apsb.org and Ms. Bell will contact you via email.
††††††††† We want you to continue playing your instrument over the summer.† If you are using any school owned instruments, such as Tubas, Horns Etc. these need to be returned to the band room Monday night after the concert for inventory.† I will check them back out to you on Wednesday of next week if you want the instrument over the summer.† Personal instrument that are rented from the music store should be purchased if you have not already done so.† Please do not return the instrument if you are continuing in band in the fall.† These instruments should go home with you after the concert. You will not need instruments at school after the concert next week.
††††††††† Congratulations to our Symphonic Band Members:† The band performed at LMEA State Large Ensemble Music Performance Assessment and was awarded a Sweepstakes Trophy for making a superior rating in both concert performance and sightreading. We had a lot of parents make the trip, but if you could not attend, go to the Sounds page and listen.
††††††††† Click here to see your ratings for Solo and Ensemble Festival.† A I is a superior and is the highest score.† The scale is from one to four with one being the highest.† A superior rating earns you a medal, which will be given out at the spring concert.
††††††††† NEW.† 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.
††††††††† Symphonic Band After school rehearsals begin on January 24.† Rehearsals will go till 4 PM and will be each Friday till the end of Festival season.† These are a grade.† If you need to miss, reasonable excuses will be accepted if given in advance and you do not abuse the priviledge.
††††††††† 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.†
††††††††† Christmas Concert The Christmas Concert was a rousing success. If you missed it a recording is posted on the Listen to the Dutchtown Band page.
††††††††† 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.
††††††††† Practice charts are due on Mondays for all band members. This is part of the band grade.† If you have lost your practice chart, you may go to the Band Forms page and print as many as you like.† This page also has many other useful forms that you may need for band.
††††††††† 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.