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October 26, 2016
by docandry

Christmas Concert Date Has Been Changed!

Dear Band Parents, Alumni, and Friends,

Due to a scheduling conflict, our annual Christmas Band Concert, which was previously scheduled for Sunday, December 11, has been moved to Monday, December 5, at 6:30. Please make a note in your calendars about this change! It will be our best ever!



October 13, 2016
by docandry

One More Thing

Dear Band Parents, Friends, and Alumni,

If you’re coming to Dutchtown Saturday, please know that it is perfectly alright to applaud during our performance!!  In, fact, it is encouraged! Most parents don’t know when to applaud though. Here are the spots:

In the first movement, after the initial drum opening section and after the big “hit.” After all drum section solos, after each moment, after a soloist performance, and then at the climax toward the end.

We are prepared and should do well.

For Sunday, we are playing at Grandparents’ Day at school. Dress for this is their school dress uniform. Students in the Jazz Band should arrive at 1 PM to set up. Those at Confirmation meetings should get there when you can. The rest of the band should arrive at 2 PM. In addition to the jazz music, we will play the National Anthem and our Show Music with the full Marching Band. The ceremony should be over by 3:30 or so and we should be able to get all our gear back to the band room for 4.

Thanks for all your support!


October 9, 2016
by docandry

Congratulations and More!

Dear Band Parents, Friends, Alumni, and Students,

First, I can’t tell you just how proud I am of my students who earned spots in this year’s All-State Ensembles! To earn a spot in All-State, students have to go through a rigorous audition process. Congratulations to Sarah Banker, who came out first flute and will be playing principal flute in the All-State Orchestra, Dane Harter, who earned first bass in the All-State Jazz Ensemble, and Nathan Zeringue, who earned a spot as the second trombone in the All-State Jazz Ensemble. They will be performing at the LMEA state conference during the Thanksgiving break.

Now, for the more. Here is this Saturday’s itinerary:

  • We will meet at the band room for 11 AM, where you will be fed. Bring $3 for pizza.
  • Busses will leave for Dutchtown High School at 11:30.
  • We warmup at 12:40.
  • Performance time is 1:20.
  • The awards ceremony begins at 5:20. We should be finished and boarding busses for our return trip to school somewhere around 6 PM.

I hope to see many parents, friends, and alumni at this marching festival. Please cheer loudly!!


September 25, 2016
by docandry
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Congratulations to Sarah Banker for earning the top spot in the District IV All-State auditions this past Saturday! Sarah now qualifies for the final round of auditions on October 8, at Prineville High School. We are very proud of Sarah and wish her the very best at the next set of auditions.


April 21, 2016
by docandry

Spring Concert Invitation

Dear Band Parents, Alumni, Friends, and Students,

I wanted to extend an invitation to you to attend our Warrior Spring Concert, Tuesday, April 26, at 6:30 in the gym. This year’s group is the best I’ve ever taught as was exhibited by the record awards and accolades they earned this past year. You will hear from the Percussion Ensemble, the Jazz Ensemble, and our Symphonic Band. For an added treat, we would like to invite all Warrior Band Alumni who still play their instruments to join us for our grand finale (Amazing Grace). You Jazz Ensemble Alumni should bring your instruments as well and we may have you sit in for an encore jam session!  Again, you don’t want to miss this exciting evening of great music!


April 7, 2016
by docandry

2une In

Hey Gang,

I just received word that the “Cool Schools” segment on Channel 2 will be aired next Tuesday morning, April 12 between 6 and 6:30 AM. It will re air at noon and will be on their web site later that day. For those of you who didn’t know this, WBRZ was on campus Tuesday to tape footage for their “Cool Schools” segment that airs on 2une In. They interviewed a couple of students about our recent Disney trip and collected video and photos that we provided of students having a great time and performing in Orlando last week. So, set your DVR’s if you know how to do that, because I certainly don’t :)


April 5, 2016
by docandry

Moonlight and Jazz

Our annual Moonlight and Jazz Event this Sunday, April 10, at White Oak Plantation.

The weather will be PERFECT! (with the grace of God)  Here’s the listing of student and parent responsibilities and our timeline:

In order to make this event the best ever, I need everyone to pitch in and help! Remember that proceeds from this event help pay for YOUR band trip, keeping costs down to a minimum.

First, I need volunteers, usually strong dads, who can gather Saturday afternoon at 2:30 to help assemble the scaffolding stage. The stage has to be assembled at White Oak by 4 PM. I suggest you bring work gloves to prevent splinters when handling the plywood and metal pieces. We will need a couple of cordless drills to drill the boards into the scaffold.

Sunday, students and a parent from my 4th hour class are to meet me at school for 2:30 to load the trailer with items that need to be delivered to White Oak. These will include a very large carpet roll, filled ice chests, keyboard, amps, music stands, music, and more.

  • Rhythm section players need to meet us at White Oak for 3 PM to begin setting up your equipment and working with the sound guy to get things ready for our sound check.
  • The rest of the performers meet at White Oak at 3:45 for our 4 O clock sound check.
  • We will feed students performing in the concert at 4:30 (ish), depending on how long it takes to do the sound check. The meal will be a jambalaya dinner. Hostesses should get there by 4:30 to eat.
  • Members of my 6th hour percussion class with a parent need to report to White Oak for 7:15 who will assist all performers and anyone else who can help to dismantle the stage and load the trailer for the return trip to school. Again, please bring a pair of work gloves if you have them to prevent splinters. You will also be bringing parts to the scaffold to the trailer, so the gloves will come in handy there too.

We are expecting 250 guests! Thanks to everyone who made this possible! Many of you have worked tirelessly to make this year’s Moonlight and Jazz the best ever! I can’t wait!

The other dates you need to be aware of are:

Wednesday, April 20 at 6:30 PM in the St. Michael cafeteria we will have our band awards convocation/dinner. This year’s convocation will be for all band students, parents, and friends. Parents need to RSVP how many will be in attendance by Monday, April 18 so we can have enough food. We will be able to provide a free meal for students and their parent(s)/guardian only, however, I will have to ask for a $10 donation for any other family or friends who plan on eating at this event. We will serve pasta, salad, and a drink from Portabellos for this meal. Students must wear their school dress uniform for this event. There is no charge for this event.

Tuesday, April 26 at 6:30 PM in the school gymnasium, we will have our annual Spring Band concert. This concert is free and open to the public. Please join us for this wonderful evening of music as your children share their God-given gift of music with our school community.

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