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!
This article originally appeared in the November 11, 2019 edition of the Standard Times. To read the original article, please click here.
It was a perfect night.
The Dartmouth High School Marching Band won its fourth consecutive national championships in the U.S. Band Association’s Open Group V competition Saturday night at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
They tied for the highest score ever recorded by any band in the circuit with a score of 98.575, set in 2008.
And they did it at their band director, Bill Kingsland’s, final show as he is retiring in June.
Russ Benoit, president of Dartmouth School Music Association, the band’s support group, was at the championships and said there were some anxious moments until the final scores were read. They knew Dartmouth did well. They didn’t know how well.
Southington, Ct., High School came in second with a score of 95.375; followed by Passaic, N.J., High School, 95.175; and Trumbull, Ct., High School, 95.150, according to the Youth Education in the Arts website.
“When they announced the second place winners, we knew the kids had won,” Benoit said. “When they said, 98 (DHS’s final score of 98.575), we were completely blown away with how high the score was.”
Benoit’s son Jacob, an eighth grader, is in band’s drum line. His daughter was in the band and is now going to college.
“It’s such an honor to see it. We know how hard they work,” he said. “It was such a wonderful evening.”
Dartmouth parents poured out of the stands and hugged and celebrated with their children, he said. Later, they carried the huge trophy to bus.
“It was truly an amazing sight,” he said.
The fact that it was Kingsland’s last show was on on everyone’s mind, Benoit said. “They wanted to win it for ‘BK.’ (Kingsland’s nickname). They wanted to do it for him,” Benoit said.
“They wanted to show him how much love and respect they have for him by putting on the best show possible.”
The name of this year’s show was “The Witching Hour,” he said.
The band and color guard enjoyed some rest and relaxation Sunday and received a hero’s welcome with an escort by the police and fire departments with sirens blaring from Interstate 195 where they met the buses to Dartmouth High School.
On Monday, they marched in New Bedford’s Veterans Day Parade.
“That will be the last one for me,” Kingsland said of the U.S. Bands competition when he spoke with a reporter outside New Bedford’s main library following Monday’s parade. “It was good, really good. Good for the kids, good for the town.”
The band had to fight through the cold Saturday night on the field of MetLife Stadium and remain focused on their music and routines, he said. He offered special thanks to Tom Aungst, Mike Rayner, Tyler Kingsland, his son, and Addison Kaeterle, for their help this year.
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!
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.
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
Concession – Ken Richard and Dave Meatty
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.
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 email@example.com.
Thank you for your support of our students and music programs!
Please keep in mind that all seniors need to return their clean uniform on Tuesday, May 28 prior to 10:00 a.m. to the music office. Seniors who do not return their uniform will not be able to receive their cap and gown until their uniform is returned, per school policy.
Any questions or issues can directed to Cathy Banville in the music office.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.