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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.
††††††††† 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.
††††††††† The Christmas Parade is Sunday December 8.† This is a Symphonic band event. Here are the details.† The band needs to arrive at school at 12:45 ready to go.† Uniform is the same as for the concert.† It should not be cold, but if you need to layer up, do so.† No jackets can be worn.† Nothing else should be visible except black. Santa elf hats allowed, red or purple only.
††††††††† We will bus back to school immediately after we finish our part. We will not wait for the parade to end.† If you want to pick up your child from the parade you need to meet us at the bus parking zone behind NAPA auto parts on Burnside.† I must see you in person to release your child.† NO ONE will be released to walk and find their parents at the parade.
††††††††† Plan to pick up your child approximately 3:30 back at school.† This is not guaranteed, as I never know how long the parade will actually take.† Students can bring their phones with them.
IMPORTANT:† I need a few parent volunteers to help walk the route with the band.† If you are interested and available respond by email.
††††††††† District Honor Band Auditions are December 14th at East Ascension High School.† All Symphonic Band members are required to tryout.† Click here for your audition time. You should plan to arrive 45 minutes before your assigned time to warm up and registrer. Dress for auditions is nice casual. The judge will see you, so not too sloppy.†† After you audition you are free to leave. Check this website and www.districtiv.org for results.
††††††††† 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.††
††††††††† Why Learn Music?† Interested in some good reasons why we do what we do?† Click here.