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!

 

Percussion schedule – May/June 2019

Our percussion sections are already starting their preparations for marching band!

These rehearsals allow many of our new marching band percussion students to learn about the different sections and instruments, and helps prepare them for summer practices (both group and individual home practice). Drumline auditions are also held during this time.

For a complete list of rehearsal dates and times, please click this link to download and print the schedule. These dates are also on our online calendar, which you may sync your phone to as well.

The schedule concludes in June with the full parent meeting with the music staff. We look forward to seeing you then!

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. 

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. 

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!

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. 

Itinerary for week of Oct 15 – US Bands Somerset, CT show tickets, and more!

Itinerary

This week’s itinerary was emailed out to all band and guard families, and can also be found by clicking this link. We have a football game on Friday, and a US Bands competition in Somerset on Saturday.

CT Regional tickets for sale

The DSMA has tickets for both upcoming Connecticut US Bands regional events- 10/27 in New Britain, and 11/03 in Danbury. Tickets are $15 each, and you will save $5 by purchasing them through the DSMA. We ask that if you plan on going, that you buy the tickets in advance as we are required to sell 90 tickets for the New Britain show. Tickets will be available during pickup at the end of every Tuesday and Thursday rehearsal, please see Russ Benoit to purchase them, or pick them up if you purchase them online.

Uniform care

Our marching band members are wearing white uniforms and white shoes, and they can become dirty quickly. It is extremely important that the uniform pants be cleaned and ironed before every competition! As the season starts to reach it’s most important shows, every little thing counts. Please have your student remove their uniform from the bag after every competition to wash it, and also clean their white shoes. 

THANK YOU Parents!

The DSMA would like to thank all of the parents who have stepped up to volunteer at our football games, chaperone competitions, and help with props and pit equipment. It’s on us as parents to ensure everything is taken care of behind the scenes, so our students can confidently take the field and put on the best show they’re capable of. If you would like to volunteer to help with equipment or chaperone any of the remaining competitions, please email Russ Benoit

Itinerary for Week of October 8 – Cranston (US Bands) and New Bedford (NESBA) Competitions

This week’s itinerary can be viewed & downloaded by clicking this link. It has also been emailed out to all marching band and color guard families. Our students will have a busy weekend, with a football game on Friday night, a competition on Saturday night in Cranston, and an afternoon competition on Sunday in New Bedford. Please have students bring their football uniform (green pants and jacket) to rehearsal on Thursday night. 

REMINDER – The Cranston show takes place at Stebbins Stadium, not Cranston East High School. The address on the itinerary and our online calendar will bring you to Stebbins Stadium. 

NE States tickets will be available for purchase shortly! We’ll send out an announcement with more information shortly. Tickets are $15 and we are required to sell 90 tickets. If you purchase your tickets from the DSMA, you will save $5 per ticket (they are $20 at the gate). 

Finally, THANK YOU to everyone who attended our Chipotle fundraiser on Tuesday night! It was a huge success for us last year, and we’re hoping it’s just as successful this year as well.