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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
The musical performance portion of the DMS Music Festival will run on Friday, June 1, RAIN OR SHINE. Performances will be held at the middle school and then we will proceed to Six Flags. If weather conditions do not allow us to go to the park, each student and chaperone will be issued a Six Flags ticket good for any day during the 2018 season. The music directors will make a decision based on the weather conditions that day. If it rains students will report back to class at 11:00 a.m. and they will take their regular buses home.
Chaperones & Parents/Guardians watching the performance – Please park your car along Hawthorn Street closest to Quinn School so there is room for the buses. There is absolutely no parking on middle school grounds. Please adhere to the performance schedule and arrive no more than 10 minutes prior to the performance.
The departure time for all groups going to Six Flags will be 11:00 a.m. sharp. We will return at approximately 10:00 p.m.
Performance times in the auditorium:
Chorus 8:00 a.m.
Chamber Orchestra 9:00 a.m.
Orchestra 9:30 a.m.
Band 10:00 a.m.
Performance times in the band room:
Jazz Band 1 8:00 a.m.
Jazz Band 2 8:30 a.m.
If you have any questions please feel free to call the music office at 508-961-2750.
William F. Kingsland
Director of Music / Dartmouth Public Schools
Due to the Padanaram Bridge still being closed, the Memorial Day Parade will once again step off from the St Mary’s Church parking lot in South Dartmouth.
Elementary and Middle School Band report time is 8:45AM
High School Band and Color Guard report time is 9AM
Please click this link for more information on the high school band uniform requirements, along with the parade route.
Let’s hope for some sun this year!