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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.
†††††††† Cookie Dough is coming!!!! Once a year we do a big fundraiser to maintain the operation of the DMS band.† As many of you know, it is our Annual Cookie Dough Sale.† This has been very successful over the years, and we need to have another good sale as this is how our band has so much good equipment.
†††††††† The sale flyers will go home with the students on Wednesday September 30.† Please help by taking a flyer to work, having kids call on close relatives and friends, or people you know in your neighborhood.† It is not necessary for kids to go door to door.† We will sell over two weekends so the order forms will be due on Wednesday, October 14.† This includes Fall break so kids have time to sell.†
†††††††† You do not have to collect money in advance but you may.† If you collect in advance, please turn in any money received with your order form.† Payment can be cash, check or paid via OPS system.† On OPS you use variable payment option and 2015-16 Band Fundraiser.
†††††††† If you take orders, you can collect money after delivery, but please make sure you only take orders from people you know are going to have the money when the product comes in.† You are responsible for paying for orders taken that are not paid.
†††††††† Honor Band Tryout information for Symphonic Band members. It is time to start thinking about honor band tryouts.† As you may know, trying out for honor band is a normative requirement for membership in our Symphonic Band.† This tryout will be held on Saturday, December 12th at a time that will be assigned individually to each student.† The tryouts are at East Ascension High School.† There is a fee of $10.00 per instrument for each student that tries out.† This fee covers the cost of running the honor band, such as paying clinicians, music and other costs. You can pay by check made out to DMS or via OSP system. If you pay online, send the information below via email.
†††††††† I need at this time for you to turn in your tryout fee.† Please fill out this form, with your name, what instrument(s) you are planning to tryout on, and if you need a specific audition time due to a conflict. †We also need you to sign a parental permission slip, click here for that form. We will try to honor all requests for times, but please only request a time if you have a real conflict that canít be resolved.† Audition times will be scheduled between 8:30 AM and 2:00 PM, so please donít request a time outside of that window.† For those that are trying out on two or more instruments, please remember the fee is $10.00 per instrument.† This does not include percussion, which are expected to play melodic, snare, and timpani.
†††††††† We will be working on the tryout music in class.† The band room is open after school most days if you need extra help with this music and there are recordings on the band website.
†††††††† 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.†††††††
†††††††† Why Learn Music?† Interested in some good reasons why we do what we do?† Click here.