Community celebrates longtime music director with retirement parade

This article appeared in the Dartmouth Week on June 20th by Christopher Shea. To view the original article, please click here.

More than 100 cars — many decorated with streamers and signs — streamed through the Dartmouth High School parking lot on Saturday afternoon to celebrate the retirement of longtime Director of Music Bill Kingsland.

Kingsland has led the Dartmouth High School marching band to excellence for over a decade, helping them win multiple national championships, including the fourth consecutive win last year.

“He brought Dartmouth into the national spotlight, this is the least we can do for him,” Dartmouth School Music Association president Russ Benoit said. “Our kids are as successful as they are because of him.”

The rolling parade included past students and their families and co-workers, unbeknown to Kingsland, who said he was very surprised by the event put together by members of the community.

“I had no idea all these cars would come out just for me,” he said. “This was really great!”

According to Benoit, this parade was inspired by the senior graduation parade, as he and other DSMA members liked how people were able to celebrate in a socially distanced way. But online the graduation parade, this would happen around a more central location.

Originally, Kingsland was to be honored at the Spring Pops Concert, but that event was cancelled due to coronavirus concerns.

“As with everything else, it went the way of the dodo bird,” School Committee Member John Nunes said. “But I think this was a great way to send him out.”

As for how they got the outgoing music director to the school on a Saturday, Benoit said Kingsland’s son was responsible for that. 

He said that Kingsland was brought under the pretense that he would be helping his son look at a car, something. Instead, he was treated to, which he, only to see dozens of cars descend upon the school, something Benoit is glad people were able to keep secret.

“It’s a good thing BK’s not on Facebook,” Benoit joked.

As cars went by, many would briefly stop to quickly chat with Kingsland, while some others would play some music from their inst, with one group playing “Billboard March,” a song the group said was Kingsland’s favorite.

“Glad to see you’ve kept up with your practicing,” he joked to the car. 

As for his retirement, Kingsland said he plans to take the summer off, but added that he will continue to keep music in his life. 

Along with a potential job at the Symphony Music Shop on State Road, he said he will continue teaching part-time at UMass Dartmouth, where he has been part of the school’s music department since 1986. 

Kingsland will be replaced by former brass specialist for the district Ian Flint.

“As bad as things are, the schools will be in a good place to start the year this fall,” he said. “He’s a really nice guy.”

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!

Our Yard Sale is quickly approaching!

Our Yard Sale is quickly approaching! As part of all the wonderful items and crafts for sale from our participants, the DSMA will also be selling a variety of costumes and props formerly used in our shows, many of which are still brand new. If you know of a local theater group, drama club, or dance studio that might be interested, please let them know!

We’ll be taking over the parking lot at Dartmouth Middle School on Saturday, August 19 from 8AM-2PM to help raise money for the DSMA. Spread the word to help support our students. 

We will have over 15 families there selling their items as well as a box truck filled with donated items the DSMA will be selling!

We will be grilling burgers & hotdogs, chips & drinks for anyone to purchase.

The students/ parents will also have a bake sale table, so come by and get a sweet treat!

We’d like to extend a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has signed up for the yard sale, and also to everyone who has donated items for the DSMA to sell in order to help raise funds for our kids! There is still time to register for your own space for just $25 – contact Tim Enos to reserve it today.

Thank you in in advance for your continued support!

Reminder – DSMA Elections June 13, 2017

Just a reminder to all DSMA members that the elections for the 2017-2018 officers will be held at the annual member’s meeting on June 13, 2017.

The meeting will be held at Dartmouth High School at 7pm. For more information, you can follow our Facebook page.

All DSMA members should have now received the final election ballot via email. If you have not received this information, or if you have any questions, please contact Tim Enos at timenos@dsmahome.org.