March 2017 Director’s Newsletter
March is always a busy time of year for students. They are faced with extended homework assignments and a full agenda of school activities. Parental support and encouragement are crucial at this time of the year.
When the students become overloaded to the point of experiencing stress and pressure, they feel the need to lighten their load. Unfortunately, students, parents and counselors often misinterpret the study of music as an “educational extra” and in an attempt to alleviate the student’s time dilemma, set music aside. It is at best, a short-term solution.
It is important to maintain music studies for two reasons: 1) the personal skills required to handle the challenges of life are actively practiced in music, and 2) the interdisciplinary skills learned in music are identical to those required for success in life. These skills include working in teams, communication, self-esteem, creative thinking, imagination and invention.
Therefore, the solution to the problem is – MORE MUSIC!
Former Chairman and CEO of Apple Computer Inc., John Sculley, commented, “as a chief executive of a technology company that thrives on creativity, I want to work with people whose imaginations have been unleashed and who tackle problems as challenges rather than seeing them as obstacles. An education enriched by the creative arts should be considered essential for everyone.”
Every parent wants his / her child to enjoy a life filled with happiness and prosperity. For all these reasons and more, we want to make certain your child is well prepared for the opportunities of tomorrow. We strongly encourage the continuation of your child’s music studies. Should the notion of “quitting music” arise in a conversation, contact us immediately. You can count on our support in explaining the unique advantages of having a lifelong relationship with music.
Your support is a cornerstone in the foundation of our music program at Dublin High School. Thank you!
March (Winterpercussion DUE TO ATHLETICS SCHEDULE rehearsals on Thursdays has changed to 6:30pm-9:30pm… the students will be in the parking lot at 9:30pm; sorry for the change, but the gyms are needed by athletics and this is the “best” schedule; winterguard please check with Mr. Ward regarding your schedule)
6 Monday 7:30pm BOOSTERS MEETING; PIT ORCHESTRA REHEARSAL 7PM-9PM
11 Saturday HOSTING NCPA SHOW… the proceeds from this FUNDRAISER goes to ENTIRE music program! Please! We need help … we have over FORTY SLOTS unfilled. Including all the instrumental / choral / guard students, there are over 200 students in the music program. We need to be a great host for the 20 schools that are attending!! Thank you for your help!! www.dhsirishguard.org
13 Monday CHORAL SPRING CONCERT – 7pm
15 Wednesday MARCHING / CONCERT BAND REARSAL 6pm-9pm… Jazz Band is needed from 6pm-7pm for marching band portion of rehearsal!
18 Saturday ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE we need to be at the start of the parade by 9:30am. I will have the band room opened at 8:15am for students to get their uniforms on and get to parade
20 Monday INSTRUMENTAL SPRING CONCERT – students in room at 6:30pm; Concert starts at 7pm
21 Tuesday Pit Orchestra Rehearsal 7pm-9pm
22 Wednesday District Concert for ORCHESTRA / JAZZ BAND / DHS CHOIR 7pm at Wells Middle School
24 Friday Benicia Winter Percussion – YES! IT IS ON A FRIDAY NIGHT. Parents – please know we will be leaving by 2:30pm; so I know many of you work – sorry to ask for you to adjust your schedule to drive students to and from competition.
25 Saturday Foothill Winter Percussion / Guard competition. It is the ONLY NCBA competition where both the guard and percussion will be attending. Wanted to have one “local” show on the same day. Schedule TBA.
27 Monday Pit Orchestra Rehearsal 7pm-9pm
28 Tuesday BINGO 7PM
31 Friday Winterpercussion rehearsal 6pm-9pm
Paul D. Everts
Dublin High School Instrumental Music Director