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DSMA Parents Helping Make Masks For Community Healthcare Providers

With the cancellation of the remaining indoor percussion and guard seasons due to COVID-19, our parents suddenly found themselves with a large amount of free time on their hands (likewise with our students!).

During this down time, one of our former DSMA board members and “sewing circle” parents Greg Jones decided he wanted to help our community by sewing some masks to help healthcare professionals who worried about running out of critical supplies.

Greg reached out to other parents who would have been working on costumes and they quickly began working together to make masks. All of their effort was recently recognized by the Dartmouth Week newspaper, and the article can be read at this link.

THANK YOU to Greg, Lisa Perry, and all of our parents for stepping up to help out!!

DSMA updates and info on affected concerts, events, trips etc.

This season has been an unprecedented one for the DSMA and all of the students in the programs we support. Our kids are the first and foremost thing on all of our minds right now, given recent cancellations and postponements due to COVID-19, along with the uncertainty about the remainder of the school year. Our thoughts are also with our families, many of whom may be faced with uncertainty with work and the health of their loved ones. We’ve come to know so many of you over the years, and we hope that we are all able to pull through this safely.

Given the cancellation of the DSMA meeting this month, and not knowing when we’ll be able to reschedule it, we wanted to send everyone an update on what we know has taken place so far with the music groups in the schools.

Here are the concerts and events that we know right now have been canceled:
The WGI season (no trips to Dayton, OH)
The NESBA indoor season (no NESBA Finals at Dartmouth High School on April 4)
The Band and Orchestra Play-In
Junior Districts

Here’s what we know is (or expect to be) postponed:
The Annual Pops Concert at Dartmouth High School that was set for March 12
The Night of Percussion that was set for April 3
Feature Night on April 8 is expected to be postponed
The Earth Day Parade on April 22 may be postponed

Here is what is still tentatively scheduled:
The middle school trip to Six Flags in May
The Spring concerts at all of our schools

All of our events are at the discretion of the Dartmouth School Department, and we will be following their guidance on rescheduling (or canceling) events with the music department once school resumes. We are also currently working on the plan to refund families who are affected by trip cancellations. Right now we’re in contact with all of the hotels, bus companies, airlines, etc to get our deposits and pre-payments returned. We hope to have information for everyone within the next few weeks, and we thank you for your patience.

This school year started out with many changes due to EEE concerns, and now we’re unfortunately seeing cancellations and postponements due to COVID-19. We are truly hopeful that the ongoing school suspension, and the social distancing it provides, keeps our kids, our extended staff and our families safe.

Having football games and our fall marching band competition start times rescheduled due to EEE resulted in smaller crowds, and subsequently much lower concessions sales (and gate sales at the home show) than most years. Additionally, the cancellations and postponements right now due to the coronavirus, unfortunately, will have a large impact on the DSMA as a whole. This also extends to our fundraiser at Gillette Stadium; our first shift was tentatively scheduled for April 18 and that has been impacted as well with MLS pushing out the start of their season and the statewide ban on public gatherings. 

Going forward, once school is back in session and life has returned to a relatively normal our plan is to come up with some additional ways we can make sure our students and our programs are taken care of for next year. This may include additional fundraisers or special performances, if possible. One thing is for sure – we need to make sure that BK gets the recognition he deserves before he retires for everything he’s done for our students over his long and storied career here in Dartmouth!

As a registered non-profit organization, our bylaws require us to send out nomination papers in April for DSMA executive board and committee positions for the following year. Understandably, there may be far more important issues and concerns still at hand next month. Once we get closer to that timeframe, we will reevaluate our calendar and make an appropriate decision that is best for everyone. Likewise with the scholarship applications for our qualifying seniors – our scholarship committee is already reviewing how they can ensure our kids are taken care of, no matter what. Once school resumes, we’ll be able to take a better look along with the music staff at what needs to be done to make up for lost concerts & events, and hopefully, many of the tentative events will still be able to go on or be rescheduled.

Our students are amazing. There’s no other way to put it. They practice at home, show up to long rehearsals at school, juggle music classes with all of their other studies, many of them take lessons with outside instructors or take part in other performance groups… they never cease to impress our teachers, staff, parents, and volunteers with how hard they work. As parent volunteers, it’s always a joy to watch our kids start the year and grow as performers and as people throughout the season. While this year may not be ending in the way many of them desired, we truly hope that in the not-so-distant future, many of our students look back on this year fondly and remember the fun they had, the friendships they made, and the adventures they shared.

If you have questions, concerns, or ideas – we want to hear from you. Please feel free to contact any of us and we would love to speak with you about the ways that we can continue to support the music and performing arts programs here in Dartmouth during this unprecedented time. And most importantly – be well, and stay safe.

Gratefully,

The Dartmouth School Music Association Executive Board

UPDATES ON CANCELLATIONS/POSTPONEMENTS DUE TO COVID-19 (March 13, 2020)

We have been receiving a lot of questions about upcoming events, concerts, competitions, etc. that involve the music programs so we wanted to post an update here for everyone. The following is what we know about how things stand for our various school music groups:

-The WGI season has been cancelled, so our varsity colorguard and our indoor percussion group will not be travelling to Dayton, OH.
-The NESBA season has been cancelled, so both of our color guards as well as our indoor percussion group will not be competing for the remainder of this year. This means we will also not be hosting NESBA Finals at Dartmouth High School in April, as we normally do.
-The Annual Pops Concert at Dartmouth High School, featuring our choruses, orchestra, jazz band and concert band, has been postponed indefinitely. As of right now, there is no revised date scheduled.
-The Band and Orchestra Play-In has been cancelled.
-Junior Districts has been cancelled.
-Our annual Night of Percussion is tentatively scheduled for it’s original date of April 3, however that may change based on conditions leading up to the event.
-Feature Night on April 8 is tentatively scheduled to go on as planned (subject to change).
-The Earth Day Parade on April 22 is tentatively scheduled to go on as planned (subject to change).
-The middle school trip to Six Flags is currently still planned to go on, as it is scheduled for late May. Should things change between now and then, we will be sure to update everyone.
-The Spring concerts at all of our schools are still planned to go on as planned, but are subject to change should conditions dictate.

For families affected by cancellations involving trips, we will have info on refunds/credits within the next few weeks, as we are working with all of the vendors, hotels, travel companies, airlines, etc. to recover deposits and funds that were pre-paid to arrange travel or lodging.

Next week’s scheduled DSMA meeting may need to be postponed due the suspension of all after-school activities.

Throughout all of this, our kids have been AMAZING. They are disappointed and upset, and rightfully so. We are doing everything we can to support them and recognize all of the hard work they’ve put into practice, rehearsals, balancing music with schoolwork… we are very lucky to have such wonderful students to support, and a caring music staff that is dedicated to their students.

We will provide more info and updates to families as it comes in. THANK YOU to everyone who has supported us, and our students, during this unprecedented time.

Second Nationals Logo Clothing Order

Thank you to everyone who turned in their logo clothing orders -and so quickly!  All of the orders received by the deadline were placed the Saturday before Thanksgiving based on parent requests to have their logo clothing gear for the Holidays. Orders already placed will be available in time for the Holidays!

BUT…not to worry if you did not make the first deadline!  There will be a second Nationals Logo Clothing order so that you can show your spirit for our National Champions!

Please click this link to download and print the order form.

There is NEW gear with NEW styles and New items!  

Please make checks payable to:  DSMA.

All orders are due to the DSMA box in the music office or to Andrea Moniz at the DHS Holiday Concert by Thursday, December 19, 2019. 

If you have any questions please email Andrea Moniz andrealee101599@gmail.com

Marching Band Itinerary Week of 9/9/19 (Randolph show)

This week’s marching band itinerary has been sent home with students and also emailed out to families. You can also find a copy of the itinerary by clicking this link.

Reminder!! This week’s football game is now 4pm. High school students will shuttle to DMS to change and warm up before pre-game. Students will eat in shifts during the game, so please make sure they have money (all students eat at half price). NO ketchup, mustard, BBQ sauce etc will be allowed while in uniform!

 

2019 Fall Logo Clothing & Show Shirt Order Forms

The order forms for our 2019 Fall Logo Clothing as well as the 2019 Fall Show Shirt are now online!

These forms were also emailed out to families this week. Please be sure to read each of them carefully for ordering instructions as well as the due date. Since all orders must be placed with the manufacturer at the same time, no late orders can be accepted. Thank you for your understanding!

All forms may be turned in at the annual End of Bandcamp Cookout on Thursday, August 22. Contact information for the parents who are in charge of the orders are on the forms, should you have any questions.

2019 Fall Show Shirt Order Form

2019 Marching Band Logo Clothing Order Form

2019 Color Guard Logo Clothing Order Form

These are also linked under the Parent Information page of this website, which can be found under the About section.

Here are some logo clothing examples!

Announcing the DSMA Board & Committees for 2019/2020

Congratulations and WELCOME to the Dartmouth School Music Association Executive Board and Committee Chairs for the 2019/2020 school year!

President – Russ Benoit
Vice President – Jen Heys
Treasurer – Yvette Nunes
Recording Secretary – Lissa Horan
Corresponding Secretary – Sue Benoit
Ways and Means – Ann Lamere
Nominating – Laura Edgcomb
Past President – Lisa Perry
Past Treasurer – Karen McArthur

DSMA Standing Committee Chairs 2018-2019

Uniforms (Band) – Sue Benoit
Logo/Clothing – Andrea Moniz
Membership & Mailing – Sue Benoit
Decorating                        
Concession – Ken Richard and Dave Meatty 
Publicity  
Properties  
Scholarship – Sue Benoit
Gillette Stadium – Tracy Napert
Website / Sign / Facebook – Jen Heys and Russ Benoit

Contact information for all of our board members and committee chairs can be found on our Contact page.

We do have a few open committee chairs, as noted above. If you are a DSMA member and interested in helping out this year by filling one of the open committee chair seats, please contact Russ Benoit for more information.

DSMA Membership for 2019/2020 is now open!

Membership for the DSMA for the 2019/2020 season is now open!

DSMA memberships are just $15 for the entire family, and all membership proceeds benefit music in the Dartmouth Public Schools. Joining the DSMA gives you voting rights at our Annual Meeting, and also gives you the ability to run for elected positions and to sign up for Committee Chairs.

Anyone and everyone over the age of 18 can become a member of the DSMA! You do not have to have a student in the program to join. We have members who are alumni of our music programs, families whose students graduated years ago, and people who simply enjoy supporting our musical groups.

To become a member, please click here to download the membership application. You may send it to the address listed on the form along with your payment, or you can bring it to the DSMA box in the Dartmouth High School Music Department office if you have a student in one of our programs. Members can also pay for their membership online, however we do need the completed form returned to us to finalize your membership.

Applications are due by October 31, 2019. Questions about membership can be directed to Sue Benoit suebenoit@dsmahome.org

Thank you for your support of our students and music programs!