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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.

Congratulations to our back to back to back National Champion marching band!!!

This weekend the Dartmouth High School Marching Band & Colorguard won their THIRD US Bands Division V Championship in a row with a score of 98.075! 

Our kids truly represented Dartmouth with pride this weekend. Their performance was outstanding, and drew praise from many other schools (both students and instructors alike). On Sunday the kids all got a chance to have fun and relax at the Palisades Center in New York, where they navigated a 4 story ropes course, helped each other solve escape rooms, ice skated, shopped, and may have even caught a quick cat nap on one of many massage chairs in the mall. 

The DSMA would like to extend our thanks and gratitude to all of the parents, family members, and supporters who have helped to lend a hand this season. It was YOUR hard work that helped our students take the field every week safely, knowing that all they needed to do was to go out on the field and have fun. 

Congrats again to our hard working students on their well-earned championship!

Itinerary for MetLife, mattress sale & raffle calendar info, parent meeting, and more!

This week’s itinerary was sent out to band & guard families via email today, and can also be found at this link. Please be sure to download it, print it, and post it in a prominent place!

MetLife parent meeting

We’ll be having a parent meeting to go over the MetLife itinerary and details on Tuesday, November 6 at 8:30pm. All parents should plan to be there to speak with your child’s assigned chaperone and exchange contact details. We’ll also have information on activities the following day. 

Mattress fundraiser

Our mattress fundraiser is back for another year! A fundraising representative will be at our parent meeting on 11/06 to discuss the fundraiser in detail, and the DSMA will receive $10 for every family that signs in when they arrive at the meeting! With 115 kids in the band/guard, that should be some easy funds to raise. A referral flyer for the mattress sale can be found on our Fundraising page.

Chance calendar fundraiser

This month our students can sell chance calendars for $10, which will draw winners throughout the month of December. For more information, and to download calendars to sell, please visit our Fundraising page.

Itinerary for 10/31 – 11/3 – football, Danbury show, & NESBA Finals

An updated itinerary for the remainder of the week went out today to all of our marching band & guard families, and can also be downloaded by clicking here. Here’s a quick rundown!

Football – the game originally scheduled for Friday has been moved to Thursday night at 7pm due to weather concerns. If you are available to volunteer in our concession stand, please email davemeatty@dsmahome.org!

Competitions – on Saturday our band & guard will be performing at US Bands regional championships in Danbury CT, and on Sunday we’ll be in Lawrence for NESBA finals. Performance times are listed on the itinerary, and tickets for Danbury are still available for $15 from the DSMA. Tickets will be available at the Thursday football game as well as during dropoff on Saturday morning. Due to some weather-related rescheduling, we had some chaperones who aren’t able to help on Sunday so if you have a CORI on file and you would like to help chaperone NESBA Finals, please email russbenoit@dsmahome.org.

MetLife meeting – the plan is to have a parent meeting on Tuesday November 6, time TBD to go over US Bands Nationals at MetLife. We’ll also have a representative on-hand to go over the upcoming mattress fundraiser and the company will donate $10 for every family that attends the meeting! 

Finally, we wanted to extend our thanks to all of the parents who traveled with the band to New Britain on Tuesday, or met us in the lot there to help out with the props and pit. Due to the mid-week show, an extremely rare occurrence, we did not have a number of staff and parents available to build our trees and help move our pit equipment. Our kids, our staff, and the DSMA board greatly appreciate you taking the time to help make sure our kids had a successful show!

Tuesday 10/30 update – middle school uniforms, instruments, and more

Here are a few more updates with info on the timeline tomorrow for the special event taping, and the rescheduled New Britain competition.

-After rehearsal this afternoon, the truck will be loaded with the pit instruments, and instrument cases. Students will take their instrument directly on the bus tomorrow to the event taping. High school students will help bring the instruments used by middle schoolers, so they don’t have to worry about bringing them on the bus to school tomorrow morning without a case.

-High schoolers should have their uniform bag with BOTH uniforms at the high school for the end of rehearsal today. Middle schoolers should bring their uniform bags to school with them tomorrow (Tuesday). They will change into their GREEN football uniform at DMS, and the buses will pick up all middle schoolers after leaving the high school, on the way to the special event taping.

-The DSMA still has tickets for sale for tomorrow night’s US Bands competition in CT. If you are planning on heading to the show, PLEASE purchase your tickets in advance from the DSMA for $15/each. Sue Benoit will be at rehearsal today from 4:40-5pm with tickets. 

UPDATED ITINERARY – NE States show rescheduled to 10/30

All families should have received an UPDATED itinerary via email tonight… yes it’s an update to the updated itinerary that went out earlier today. 

You can find the update to the update by clicking this link!

Our band & guard kids will be rehearsing at the stadium from 12-2:30 on Tuesday, with the special event taking place from 9:30-11. Middle school kids will be included in the special event – BK and Mr Sousa are still working out the logistics for that due to last-minute schedule change with the special event in the morning. The band will depart for CT at 3:15 from the stadium and are still due to return around midnight. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to email russbenoit@dsmahome.org!

Itinerary for Week of October 22 – US Bands NE States show (New Britain)

This week’s itinerary has been emailed out to families, and can be downloaded by clicking this link. This Saturday will be our first of two shows in Connecticut as the season ramps up to Nationals at MetLife Stadium! Our online Google calendar has been updated to reflect the rehearsal, performance, and return times as well.

The DSMA has tickets on sale for both shows for $15 each. US Bands requires us to sell 90 tickets for the New Britain show, so buy your tickets from us and save $5 on each ticket! You can pay in person, or you can easily pay online by clicking this link.

Don’t forget about our wreaths and poinsettia fundraiser! This is always one of our most popular fundraisers, and is a hit at the holidays. 

Wreath and Poinsettia Fundraiser Has Begun!

Our annual Wreath and Poinsettia fundraiser has begun! Orders need to be placed by 11/5, and delivery will occur between 11/27 – 12/4. Families can click this link to download the order form!

Items include:

6″ Red Poinsettia $12.00

12″ Balsam Wreath with Bow $18.00

14″ Kissing Ball $27.00

Decorated Winter Basket $16.00

Please contact Tim Enos with any question timenos@dsmahome.org or 508-965-6147.