IMPORTANT: Nationals Championship Jacket Recall – PLEASE READ!

To our DHS marching band and color guard families:

There have been a few issues with peeling on the Charles River (nylon) jackets, black and green, from the latest 2018 Nationals order. 

Due to this, the company is willing to replace the jackets with a similar jacket (due to the previously ordered jacket being discontinued) that were ordered in the 2018 National Order.  ONLY the 2018 Nationals Order!! 

THIS WILL BE THE ONE AND ONLY OPPORTUNITY TO GET A REPLACEMENT! 

No future issues will be taken care of after this replacement order.  If you were one of the band or colorguard members who ordered a Charles River nylon jacket, either black or green, please have your son or daughter bring it to the music office to leave it with Mrs. Banville by Friday, May 24, 2019.  This date is hopefully in order to get the replacement jackets by the end of the school year. 

Please email Andrea Moniz at andrealee101599@gmail.com and let her know that you have dropped off a jacket or if you have any questions.

This is a sample representative image of the Charles River nylon jacket

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DSMA Meeting – May 14

The next meeting of the DSMA will be on Tuesday, May 14 at 7pm in the chorus room. This meeting will recap the two indoor trips in April, and discuss the upcoming Spring concerts. 

The primary topic will be the elections next month for DSMA executive board positions, as well as members who wish to sign up to be committee heads. We have many parents who are “graduating” as their children are seniors this year, so many positions will be open for nominations or signups. 

If you are interested in a board position or being a committee chair, we strongly recommend you come to the meeting to speak with the current board about the open positions. Interested members may turn in their nomination forms to Dove Furtado, our Nominations chair, during the meeting. 

All nomination forms for executive board or committee chair positions must be turned in by May 16, 2019 for your name to be placed on the ballot. 

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!

2019 Pops Concert Ad Book – now open!

Ads are now available for our 2019 Pops Concert Ad Book!

25% of all ads sold go to student assessments, so this is a great way to help reduce the cost of Dayton trips for our indoor groups, or you may defer the assessment towards next year’s marching band trip. Students must sell ads in 3 of their 4 years in high school to qualify for DSMA scholarships, so if your student has not sold one yet this year, you still have the opportunity!

Please click this link to download the Ad Book order form, which contains all of the information needed to purchase ads and turn in the paperwork & funds. Any questions can be sent to Becky Amaral beckyamaral@dsmahome.org. 

2019 Corporate Sponsorships Are Now Available!

2019 sponsorships for our marching band and indoor groups is now open for enrollment!

In 2018, tens of thousands of people throughout New England and the east coast all the way to Dayton, OH saw the logos of our corporate sponsors on our trucks as they traveled to competitions. All three of our show shirts also featured logos from our sponsors, and those shirts have proudly been worn all over the world (yes, the world!).

An organization the size of ours relies heavily on fundraising and the support of our community, and our sponsorship program helps us proudly display the logos of businesses who value the role music education and performance plays in our public schools.

Also, families who sign up corporate sponsors will receive a 25% assessment per sponsorship that they sign up! WOW! 

For more information about making a tax-deductible donation, please visit our Sponsorship page right now. Sponsorship is only open for enrollment until January 31, 2019!!

2018 US Bands National Champs logo clothing order form now available!

Logo clothing with our 2018 US Bands National Champion logo is now available for order!

To download the form, please click this link.

All order forms and money must be returned to the DSMA box in the music office by Wednesday, December 19. Any questions can be directed to Andrea Moniz by emailing andrealee101599@gmail.com

Images of many of the logo clothing options can be viewed in this photo gallery.

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