August updates – Madeira Parade, car wash, and band camp!

Madeira Parade

Our marching band and color guard will be performing in the Madeira Parade on Sunday, August 5. Students will report to Dartmouth High School at 12 noon, and will be bussed to the beginning of the parade route. Step off is at 2pm, and students will return to the high school by bus once they are done marching. 

All students have been provided with their summer uniform (white band t-shirt and green shorts) for the parade. If your child did not receive their summer uniform during mini band camp, please contact Lisa Perry as soon as possible.

Car Wash

We will be holding a car wash at Town Hall on August 19 from 9am-1pm. Tickets are $5, and we are asking all families to sell 5 tickets. Ticket money is due by August 13, the first day of band camp. Students will have the opportunity to sign up for a shift to help wash cars, and we encourage everyone to tell family and friends about our first fundraiser! We will be posting a Facebook event for the car wash, so be sure to look out for that to help share it. If you have any questions about the car wash fundraiser, or need more tickets to sell, please contact Tim Enos.

Band Camp

Full camp for all marching band and color guard members begins on August 13, and will run Monday – Thursday for 2 weeks. Camp begins at 2pm and ends at 9pm, with a one hour dinner break that will usually run from 5pm-6pm. Percussion students (drumline and front ensemble) have a 12pm report time during camp. All band camp dates and times can be found on our online calendar, as well as within the BAND app. Students are encouraged to bring a large water jug/thermos that they can drink from throughout the day to stay hydrated. 

All returning students will be re-fit for their uniforms the first week of band camp, and once that is complete all new students will be fit for their uniforms. Returning students should bring in their full uniforms (jacket, white pants, green pants, gauntlets, and shako) on the following days:

Monday, August 13 – seniors
Tuesday, August 14 – seniors, juniors
Wednesday, August 15 – juniors, sophomores
Thursday, August 16 – sophomores, freshmen

Band camp will conclude on Thursday August 23 with the annual family BBQ at the high school, which will begin at 6:30pm. Please be sure not to arrive before 6:30, as DSMA staff and volunteers need to clean up from feeding the kids first! Families will have the opportunity to sign up for volunteer shifts and chaperone opportunities during the competition season as well as Gillette shifts during the BBQ. If you would like to volunteer to help serve the students and families at the end of camp BBQ, please contact Lisa Perry or Russ Benoit.

2018/2019 Fundraising information & expanded online payments

Fundraising

Our fundraising plans for 2018/2019 have been sent home and are also posted online here on the DSMA website. Marching band & color guard families can click here to download a copy of it as well. We’ll be putting the dates for all upcoming fundraisers, such as car washes and our Chipotle night out, on our Google calendar shortly.

Many of our fundraisers offer assessment opportunities for our students in both marching band as well as our indoor programs. If students earn more for their assessment than is required for their trips or payments, they can opt to roll their excess assessment to next year to help fund the following year’s trip.

Online payments

We’ve expanded our online payment options for families who want to easily pay for trips, uniforms, and more. Families can now create an account so they can track their online payments throughout the year. Our finance committee has put together a quick information sheet on how to submit payments online, or the other ways families can pay with cash or checks throughout the year which can be found by clicking here

 

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!