DSMA 2018-2019 Board and Committee Chairs

Our board members and committee chairs for the coming year are:

  • President – Lisa Perry
  • Vice President – Russ Benoit
  • Treasurer – Karen McArthur
  • Recording Secretary – Sue Benoit
  • Corresponding Secretary – Greg Jones
  • Ways and Means – Tim Enos
  • Nominating – Dove Furtado
  • Uniforms – Dove Furtado & Sue Benoit
  • Logo/Clothing – Andrea Moniz
  • Concession – Dave Meatty & Tim Enos
  • Properties – Becky Amaral
  • Scholarship – Becky Amaral
  • Gillette – Tracy Napert
  • Webmaster – Dave Meatty & Russ Benoit

We are looking for parents, family members, and friends to help fill out a few committees, including Finance and Concession. If you are interested in helping the program this coming year, please let us know! You can find all of the board member and committee chair contact information over on our Contact Page. They will be happy to give you more information on the various ways you can volunteer to help our world class music organization!

CONSISTENT FAN FAVORITES: DARTMOUTH HIGH SCHOOL (article from WGI)

The WGI website just published a fantastic article about both of our indoor programs! The writer spoke with our staff members, including Tom Aungst and Addison Kaeterle, about our percussion and guard groups and their history of being voted “Fan Favorites” consistently at WGI Finals in Dayton, Ohio.

The article goes in-depth on some details about how the shows are designed and developed, and also has some great pictures of our kids.

Be sure to check it out!

Introducing the new DHS Marching Band & Colorguard BAND App!

Last season, a number of families asked the board if we could consider using the BAND app as a way to communicate updates & info. After researching the app and speaking with other marching bands who are using it, we have created our own DHS Marching Band & Color Guard BAND app for everyone to use!
 
The BAND app is private and secure – only people who have an invite can join. We will still use email & Facebook to help get messages out, however the BAND app will provide instant updates to our families directly to their phones. It also provides a single place to find calendars, itineraries, competition directions, fundraiser & volunteer updates, and more. The BAND app can be used on either your phone or a computer, based on your own preferences.
 
To see how our friends right down Rt 195 are successfully using the BAND app, take a quick look at this quick video about how the Somerset-Berkley Marching Band uses it.
 
 
All families of our 2018-2019 students should have received an email with instructions on how to install the DHS BAND App. If you have any questions about installing or using the BAND App, please contact russbenoit@dsmahome.org for assistance.

Parent meeting – Wednesday June 13, 2018

There will be a meeting for parents & guardians of students who will be participating in the DHS Marching Band this coming fall on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 5pm in the high school auditorium.

The meeting will be immediately following the rehearsal that afternoon. Important information and schedules will be shared, along with information about summer fundraising events to help support the program. 

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Important Information for the DMS Music Festival

The musical performance portion of the DMS Music Festival will run on Friday, June 1, RAIN OR SHINE. Performances will be held at the middle school and then we will proceed to Six Flags. If weather conditions do not allow us to go to the park, each student and chaperone will be issued a Six Flags ticket good for any day during the 2018 season. The music directors will make a decision based on the weather conditions that day. If it rains students will report back to class at 11:00 a.m. and they will take their regular buses home.

Chaperones & Parents/Guardians watching the performance ​– Please park your car along Hawthorn Street closest to Quinn School so there is room for the buses. There is absolutely no parking on middle school grounds. Please adhere to the performance schedule and arrive no more than 10 minutes prior to the performance.

The departure time for all groups going to Six Flags will be 11:00 a.m. sharp. ​ We will return at approximately 10:00 p.m.

Performance times in the auditorium:
Chorus 8:00 a.m.
Chamber Orchestra 9:00 a.m.
Orchestra 9:30 a.m.
Band 10:00 a.m.

Performance times in the band room:
Jazz Band 1 8:00 a.m.
Jazz Band 2 8:30 a.m.

If you have any questions please feel free to call the music office at 508-961-2750.

Sincerely,
William F. Kingsland
Director of Music / Dartmouth Public Schools

Memorial Day Parade Information

Due to the Padanaram Bridge still being closed, the Memorial Day Parade will once again step off from the St Mary’s Church parking lot in South Dartmouth.

Elementary and Middle School Band report time is 8:45AM

High School Band and Color Guard report time is 9AM

Click here for the elementary band parent letter.

Click here for the middle school band parent letter.

Please click this link for more information on the high school band uniform requirements, along with the parade route. 

Let’s hope for some sun this year!

Spring 2018 Concerts Calendar Online

Can you already believe it’s time for our school Spring concerts? That winter felt like it would never end!

We’ve posted a link to the Dartmouth Schools Music Calendar from our website here. The new school website maintains a calendar of all upcoming concerts, along with their time and location. Please visit it to see the times and places for your student’s concerts. We have also updated the front page of our website to show upcoming concerts as well.

Dartmouth Schools Music Calendar

Congrats to our indoor percussion group – WGI Silver Medalists!

Congratulations to our indoor percussion group for coming in second place at the prestigious WGI World Championships in the Scholastic World division!

Our kids were up against some amazingly talented schools from throughout the country, all of whom put on fantastic shows. Dartmouth was in third place after the preliminary round, before moving up to second place after semi finals. Their finals performance was one for the ages, and their silver medal AND Fan Favorite awards were well deserved. 

We would like to extend our thanks and gratitude to all of the staff members, volunteers, and parents who were tireless in making sure our students were well rested, well fed, well prepared, and well taken care of. 

This WGI World Championships was especially significant for Tom Aungst and Darcie Aungst, who got to see both of their sons medal with Dartmouth in Scholastic World, and also with RCC in Independent World.

After a few short months of rest, it will be time to get ready for marching band!

 

 

Congratulations to our indoor guards! Plus – April 2 percussion parent meeting postponed

Congratulations to both of our indoor color guards!

Our varsity squad are the 2018 NESBA Scholastic Open Champions, winning yesterday in Salem MA with a score of 95.4. Earlier in the day, our junior varsity squad won the Middle School division with a score of 94.04. What a fantastic job by both groups! Our varsity squad is now preparing for WGI World Championships later this month, which are held in Dayton OH.

In other news, tonight’s indoor percussion parent meeting with Mr. Aungst has been postponed. Once the meeting has been rescheduled, all families and performers will be notified by Dove Furtado.