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!

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.