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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. Click here for information about trying out for District Honor Band.† This is required for all Symphonic Band members.
†††††††† Symphonic Update. There are some things happening this week, so I thought I would send out a reminder.
†††††††† First there is a Football game this week on Thursday and another game next Tuesday.† The Tuesday game is the make up for the rainout.† If you need to be excused for either of these performances, please request via email.† Students need to go home and come back for 4:30.
The actual game starts at 5:00 PM and the band will be dismissed at 6:45.† Band members must wear the Purple Band shirt tucked in to the regular school uniform bottom.† All other school dress code applies
†††††††† There is a pep rally at school on Thursday.† Students donít have band that day but will need to remember to bring instruments. They should also wear their purple band shirt to school that day, as we will wear this for the pep rally.†
†††††††† Our first Full band after school rehearsal will be Friday till 3:30.† This is required for all band members including football players.† They donít practice on Friday so this should not conflict with anything.† We will rehearse after school most Fridayís so check the calendar.
†††††††† 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.
†††††††† Our Annual Cookie Dough Fundraiser will start on Wednesday, September 17.† We will take orders for two weeks.† Product delivery should be early November.† This is our only fundraiser for the year and it is important for our continued success.† More details coming soon.
†††††††† 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.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.