We have teamed up with Brick Pizzeria Napoletana for a delicious fundraiser! Stop by for dinner and $2.00 of every pizza purchased with be donated back to the DSMA. Please make sure to mention you are with the DSMA at checkout.
Dartmouth High School’s gym — home to sports victories and defeats, and even the last town-run Covid vaccine clinics — rang out on Sunday afternoon to rolling drums and crashing cymbals.
The winter indoor percussion season is in full swing, and Dartmouth’s world-class group has already made it to the semifinals to compete against six other schools in their division from across the US.
“These kids look like professionals,” noted percussion instructor and Assistant Band Director Tom Aungst. “They’re highly motivated — that’s the most impressive thing.”
Although the band normally travels to compete before massive audiences in stadiums all over the country, this year everything is a little bit different, with tournaments held virtually.
The percussion ensemble tapes their performances to send to competitions at the national and international level in three different circuits, including one based in the Netherlands.
So far they’ve made it to the semifinals of the Winter Guard International competition.
On March 7, the kids were taping a performance of “The Web,” a spider- and technology-filled show with sparkly costumes and glimmering lights, for a US Bands competition that sees more than 500 ensembles competing across 20 states.
Show Coordinator Darcie Aungst explained the theme as a double entendre.
“I just thought it would be cool, that play on the web — it’s the interweb, and also a spider’s web. You get kind of stuck to both,” she noted. “Like getting addicted to your phones…It’s very relevant now, I think.”
Aside from the empty stands, Tom said that not much else has changed.
“Basically, we’re doing exactly what we normally would do,” he said. “Except we’re not performing in person, and we’re not going anywhere. Everything is virtual.”
Students all wear masks and maintain social distancing during practices and performances, and they seem to have adapted well to safety precautions and other Covid-related issues.
“It’s going better than I thought it would,” said the percussion instructor. “We’ve had kids in and out because of Covid, but we just kept going. Kept focused.”
“We’re getting better each week,” he added. “It’s a good group. Really talented!”
Results from the semifinal rounds are expected by April 10, when the group will learn if it has moved on to the finals.
The DSMA Scholarship Golf Tournament benefits the scholarship fund for students in the music program. The event will be held in a scramble format, and we will also be offering a buffet dinner after the event for those that want to support our program but don’t golf! We will have raffle prizes, 50/50 and more, with all proceeds going to our Scholarship Fund.
Price: $110/person Dinner and Golf or $30/person Dinner only. Corporate hole sponsorships are also available for $100.
For more information or to sign up for a foursome (singles and smaller groups welcome as well!) or hole sponsorship, please view the flyer or contact: Sue Benoit. All signups and checks due by April 20th, 2021
Order online at panerabread.com and enter code PRFUND at checkout. You can also bring this flyer or show a digital version to the cashier when ordering at the cafe to ensure your organization gets a portion of the proceeds.
Where: 84 N Dartmouth Mall Drive, North Dartmouth, MA 02747
Lawrence Family Greenhouses is once again helping out our music students with a Black Friday Weekend Christmas Tree sale! Head on over to the Lawrence Family Greenhouses 679 Hathaway Rd. New Bedford and let them know you’re there to help support the DSMA, and a portion of your sale will be donated to help our program.
The scholarship committee would like to celebrate the 2020 virtual fall competition season with a commemorative ad book. The book features each fall competing group and includes the ads previously purchased.
The books are $5.00 each. All proceeds go into the scholarship fund that directly supports eligible seniors continuing their education beyond high school. We are asking you to preorder your ad book. All orders are due by Friday 11/20. The books will be ready the week after Thanksgiving.
Be on the lookout for our silly socks! This fundraiser will run from Monday, November 30 through Monday, December 14, and is the perfect way to find gifts for that “hard to shop for” person on your list. We’ll share a link to the online store where you can view and buy all the available socks, which will be shipped to your home.
In the absence of holiday concerts when we usually have our Lottery Tree fundraiser, we will be holding an online raffle where you could win hundreds of dollars in gift cards to give your holiday shopping a huge boost! Last year’s fundraiser earned almost $2000 for our students, and we’re hoping to double that this year. Details to come!