Congrats to our Winter Guard and Indoor Percussion groups for their WGI performances!

The DSMA would like to congratulate all of our students for their excellent performances at WGI World Championships in Dayton, OH!

Our Winter Guard competed from April 3-6, 2019 in the Scholastic Open Class, finishing in 12th place with a score of 86.600! Our guard also received the coveted Fan Favorite Award for their captivating performance!

Our Indoor Percussion group competed from April 11-13, 2019 in the Scholastic World Class, finishing in 4th place with a score of 94.888, just barely missing out on medalling! Their show also won Fan Favorite as well.

Congratulations to all of you for your hard work and dedication all season long. We also would like to thank the staff members who worked with the students all season long, as well as the parent volunteers who chaperoned, built and moved props, and selflessly gave up their time to help our kids!

 

Night of Percussion & NESBA Finals April 5 & 6

Night of Percussion

The annual Night of Percussion is quickly approaching! This night showcases the talent of Dartmouth students in various percussion programs throughout our schools, and ends with a performance of the Indoor Percussion show “All In”. Proceeds from this event benefit the music programs in the Dartmouth Public Schools

Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students and seniors. You can RSVP on our Facebook page by clicking here!

NESBA Indoor Percussion & Winds Finals

This year’s NESBA Indoor Percussion & Winds Finals will once again be held at Dartmouth High School!

Come see over 30 units from throughout New England perform some of the best indoor percussion & winds shows in the country. Tickets are just $15. You can find more info on our Facebook event page by clicking here.

For a full schedule and list of performing groups, please visit http://nesba.org/events/04062019/2019-New-England-Percussion-and-Winds-Championships/#

Indoor Percussion Itinerary – Week of March 18, 2019 (Triton & Shepard Hill NESBA shows)

The indoor percussion itinerary for the week of March 18 can be found at this link. We recommend printing it out for easy reference! Our Google calendar (which can also be found in the BAND app) has been updated as well.

All costumes that went home with the students after the NJ trip should be washed and returned during rehearsal this week. Any questions about costume washing and care should be directed to Greg Jones (gregjones@dsmahome.org) or Sue Benoit (suebenoit@dsmahome.org).

Indoor Percussion Itinerary – Salem NH NESBA Show

This week’s itinerary, which includes the Pops Concert and the Salem, NH NESBA show, can be downloaded from this link.

Please note than an On/Off Floor Rehearsal has been added for Sunday, March 10. This is to prepare for the WGI Power Regional next weekend. ALL PARENTS who will be helping at the NJ Power Regional should be at practice, as the NJ show has a different on/off procedure than the other WGI shows we normally attend. 

Color guard, percussion perform at high school home show

This article originally appeared in the February 23, 2020 edition of Dartmouth Week. To read the original article and view photos from the event, please click here.

Flags were flying and drumbeats echoed through Dartmouth High School on Saturday as groups from all over New England came to participate in the annual New England Scholastic Band Association show.

39 color guard and indoor percussion teams — from independent groups to schools from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New Hampshire — took part in the seven-hour show on February 22.

It was the first NESBA show before the finals on April 4.

The event is hosted by the Dartmouth School Music Association.

“We’re the support group for all of the schools, all of the music groups,” said DSMA president Russ Benoit.

“Dartmouth is known for how great its music department is,” he noted. “And some of the staff come from world-class drum groups and other music groups.”

The groups perform to popular music — anything from Britney Spears to the Police — as well as original compositions.

“Some groups will use music that their own instructors wrote, so you get a combination,” Benoit said. “Every now and again you’ll hear a snippet of something you recognize. It’s a lot of fun.”

The event serves to raise funds for DSMA and the Dartmouth music program. 

“We need to raise about $100,000 a year between all of the groups,” said Benoit. 

The funds are used for everything from maintaining the trucks used to send kids and equipment to competitions, to props and flags, music rights, and staff stipends for those coming from outside the school system.

Supporters from all over the region trickled in and out between each performance throughout the day, filling the gym stands and cheering as each team came out to perform for the judges.

Jennifer Connolly of Dartmouth came to watch her twin daughters in the junior varsity color guard. “I’m very excited,” she said. “I’m so happy for them. They’re all nervous…but they know to just have fun. That’s what it’s about.”

Each performance had its own theme. Dartmouth’s Junior Varsity Color Guard performed “Bewitched,” featuring witches swooping through a set of dark woods, while the Varsity Color Guard’s theme was “Jazz’D”, with bright colors and flashy abstract patterns.

This year’s theme for the Indoor Percussion is called “The Web,” and the performance featured dancing spiders and performers caught in a spider web as well as tablets, screens, and icons from famous social media outlets.

Although all three teams gave much-praised performances, Dartmouth’s Indoor Percussion was a knockout, receiving a standing ovation and earning the second-highest score of any percussion team that day. 

It came second only to Spirit Winter Percussion, an independent group that includes young adults as well as children.

“I like the energy that Dartmouth brings,” said resident Liza Sousa, who was looking forward to watching her 15-year-old daughter Mia Amaral play the rack in the performance.

“She likes the whole camaraderie, and how they always aim to be better, and the support they get from the teachers and instructors,” she added. “It’s so enriching to her in all areas.”

“So far so good,” said Dartmouth School Committee member John Nunes of the show. “Everybody seems to be enjoying themselves, which is what it’s all about.”

“I think our kids did very well,” noted Music Director Bill Kingsland. “A world class group and an 86 at their first show — that’s scoring pretty high right out of the blocks.”

Dartmouth High student Alexander Le played the snare drum during the show, which he said went “really great”. 

The senior said the group has been practicing about 20 hours per week since December to prepare.

“There were a lot of applauses that we weren’t expecting, and that’s usually what gives us energy throughout the whole show and pushes us to the finish,” he said with a smile.

Nancy Farias came to see her grandson Jake Meatty, who plays the drums. 

She was thrilled with the performances. “I just like to see the young people doing something with their lives,” she said.

“I saw quite a few of [the performances], and I thought Dartmouth was the best,” she added.

Indoor Percussion Itinerary – Week of Feb 16 (NESBA home show), March percussion calendar

The itinerary for indoor percussion rehearsals the week of February 16 is now online and can be downloaded/printed by clicking this link. This itinerary covers all rehearsals for the February vacation week. 

PLEASE NOTE – there are TWO rehearsals that end with on/off floor practice. Parents who will be at the indoor shows and are able to assist with helping move instruments and props on and off the floor are needed at the times noted on the itinerary.

The March rehearsal and show calendar has also been uploaded and can be downloaded/printed by clicking this link.

The Google calendar (which can be found in the calendar section at the top of this website as well as on the indoor percussion BAND App) has been updated accordingly. 

Indoor Percussion Show Shirt Order Form Now Online

Indoor percussion students, family members, and supporters can order the 2019 show shirt by downloading this form, filling it out, and returning it to the music office at Dartmouth High School. Students in the program will be given a hard copy of the form at rehearsal tonight (January 15). 

All order forms must be returned by Tuesday, January 22. Orders can be paid online here on our website, or via cash/check when returning the form. If you pay online, you still need to turn in the order form so we have your name and size for the order.

Any questions should be directed to Sue Benoit suebenoit@dsmahome.org.

2019 Indoor Percussion Logo Clothing order forms online

Order forms for 2019 Indoor Percussion logo clothing are now available!

Orders must be turned in by January 7, 2019 – NO EXCEPTIONS. You can pay for the orders online or by check when turning in the order form. If you pay online, you still need to turn in the order form for size and customization information. 

Any questions can be sent to suebenoit@dsmahome.org. 

2019 Indoor Pit Logo Clothing Order Form (click HERE to view sample clothing pictures)

2019 Indoor Dance Team Logo Clothing Order Form (click HERE to view sample clothing pictures)

2019 Indoor Percussion Logo Clothing Order Form (click HERE to view sample clothing pictures)

2019 Indoor Drumline Logo Clothing Order Form (click HERE to view sample clothing pictures)

Indoor logo clothing forms 2018

Students in the indoor programs were given forms to order logo clothing specific to their group or section. They have also been emailed out to families, and can be found using the links below. All order forms must be returned by February 10 to ensure your order is placed! If you have any questions, please contact Dove Furtado dovefurtado@dsmahome.org.

Indoor Dance Team logo clothing order form

Indoor Drumline logo clothing order form

Indoor Percussion logo clothing order form

Indoor Pit logo clothing order form