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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.
††††††††† ATTN Symphonic Band Members:† We are going to have the Pre Festival Concert next week on Thursday night, March 6 at Dutchtown High.† Here are the details.† We will play at about 7:10 PM on a program that includes the DTHS band.† I need the band members to meet at the DTHS band room at 6:30 to warmup.† Uniform for this concert will be Black Concert Formal as we have worn at the Christmas Concert. After we perform we will all stay to hear that DTHS Symphonic Winds (top band) perform their three festival selections. Our bandroom will be open earlier so that large instrument people can get their instruments.
††††††††† I am aware that this concert was rescheduled, so anyone that submits a reasonable excuse in advance will be excused from this concert.† Please let me know ASAP if you canít make this event.
††††††††† 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.
††††††††† If you are in band this year, please return a new data form.† These are on the band of the band Handbook that is issued for each class. Most important is that I have a readable email address for the parent of each student.†† 6th grade students also need to pay the band fee of 20.00 that covers the cost of the book and band shirt.† 7th and 8th grade members do not have a band fee at this time. You may use the online payment system to pay this fee and all band fees with a credit card from home.
††††††††† You should have gotten a band handbook or Syllabus in each band class by now.† If you did not get one, click below to print one out at home.† The band data form that I need from each student is included.
††††††††† 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.email@example.com 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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