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!

Congrats to DSMA board member Tim Enos!

Congratulations to DSMA board member and long-time volunteer Tim Enos for being named one of 10 Wendy’s Community Ambassadors nationwide! Tim is currently the Ways and Means Chair for the DSMA, and also has been running concessions and props for the past few years. Wendy’s recognized Tim with a presentation at a national meeting earlier this week, and will be donating $2,500 to the DSMA in his name. THANK YOU Tim for all of your hard work, and dedication to our kids and our music programs. The award was well deserved!

Parent’s Night Out fundraiser – December 15, 2017

Our popular Parents Night Out has returned for another year!

Take advantage of a night of babysitting to do some holiday shopping, go out for dinner or a movie, or just get a few hours of peace and quiet!

Children will enjoy games, crafts, pizza dinner and drinks, and a fun, family-friendly movie while being supervised by adults and student volunteers.

Costs are $15/one child, $30/two children, or $45/three or more children from the same family.

Babysitting fees must be pre-paid no later than one week prior to the event. Reservations can be made by contacting Lisa Perry or Greg Jones.

You can also find the Facebook Event here

Help needed – final 3 Gillette shifts

Our final 3 Gillette shifts for the season are approaching, and we are in need of volunteers for the following shifts:

Sunday 10/22 Patriots 8:30 pm game……NEED 8
Sunday 12/24 Patriots 1pm game….NEED 8
Sunday 12/31 Patriots 1pm game….NEED 5

Please remember that Junior and Senior families must work at least 1 Gillette shift/event per season to be eligible for significant senior DSMA scholarships. Gillette is our largest fundraiser, bringing in over $30,000 each year to our music program.

To sign up for a shift, please click this link to fill out our online form, or email Chris Vieira directly at chrisvieira@dsmahome.org.

Our 2017 Marching Band Home Show is less than a week away!

We’re eagerly looking forward to our annual marching band home show on Saturday, September 30!

This year’s show will feature 13 bands from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New Jersey. Tickets are just $10 for adults, and $5 for students/seniors. The show begins at 6PM, and here is the full line up from the US Bands website:

06:00 PM NATIONAL ANTHEM
06:10 PM Group I Open : Joseph Case High School (Swansea, MA)
06:25 PM Group I Open : Bishop Feehan High School (Attleboro, MA)
06:40 PM Group I A : Somerset Berkley Regional High School (Somerset, MA)
06:55 PM Group II A : Oliver Ames High School (North Easton, MA)
07:10 PM Group III A : New Bedford High School (New Bedford, MA)
07:25 PM Group IV A : Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School (South Yarmouth, MA)
07:40 PM INTERMISSION
08:10 PM Group II Open : Cranston High School East (Cranston, RI)
08:25 PM Group IV Open : Norwich Free Academy (Norwich, CT)
08:40 PM Group IV Open : King Philip Regional High School (Wrentham, MA)
08:55 PM Group IV Open : Immaculata High School (Somerville, NJ)
09:10 PM Group IV Open : Blackstone-Millville High School (Blackstone, MA)
09:25 PM Group V Open : Dartmouth High School (Dartmouth, MA)
09:40 PM AWARDS

We can’t wait to see you there to help support all of our students! Our concession stands will be open, and we’ll also have a bake sale along with some other treats and vendors to help raise funds for the DSMA.