Hello Irish Guard Family:
Hope all is going great for you. 2016 has had a great start for the Dublin High School Music Department!
JAZZ BAND – Folsom Jazz Festival, January 23, 2016
For the first time in over ten years (if not longer), our jazz band received straight ones at a jazz festival. Not only did the jazz band receive straight ones, but the STUDENT-DIRECTED jazz combo received straight ones, as well. Both groups did fantastic jobs. Now, onto February 6th Amador Valley HS Jazz Festival: jazz band at 8:50am and jazz combo at 10:20am. We would like to see the high school jazz band/combo members stay and support Wells Middle School Jazz Band / Combo. There are also WONDERFUL clinics for the students. Students can improve by attending clinics.
MARCHING BAND / COLOR GUARD PE – APPROVED ON JANUARY, 26, 2016
First, I want to thank all of the folks who supported this goal! Since 2008-09 school year, many of us wanted to see the return of this “course.” Thanks to the final push over the goal line by many folks, there will be MARCHING BAND /COLOR GUARD PE course offered at Dublin High School. “How is this going to work, Mr. Everts?” Well, now that it has been approved by the school board, the nitty-gritty will happen. I do want to thank everyone for NO EMAILS asking, “How is it going to work?” Understanding that first the course needs to be approved and then we can work to successfully implement is appreciated. The importance of this course being approved cannot be overemphasized. With the growth of academies, a dynamic choral program, the introduction of orchestra, we need to find a niche for the band program to continue to be one of the parts of the elective program at Dublin High School.
For the 2015-16 school years, there were 36-out-of-112 eighth graders who signed-up for the high school band. When I asked one of the juniors last week, “Hey, is ____ your sister?”
“She is doing band, right?”
“Uh, no. She is a really good violin player and wants to be in the high school orchestra.”
We see the growth of the music program and we want the band to also share in that growth. Many of us believe that having MARCHING BAND / COLOR GUARD PE will help us see the band grow. Thank you again for all who made this happen!
Great first rehearsal!! Rehearsals are on Tuesday nights 7pm-9pm. COLOR GUARD/MARCHING BAND REHEARSAL WILL BE ON FRIDAYS DURING LUNCH (to work around winterguard schedule). First lunch time rehearsal will be FRIDAY AT LUNCH FEBRUARY 19TH, followed by February 26th and March 4th DURING LUNCH…. 12:10PM… Meeting for chaperons February 16th at 7pm; Meeting FOR ALL THE PARENTS OF STUDENTS GOING TO IRELAND 7:30pm. BOTH FEBRUARY 16TH MEETINGS IN LIBRARY!
WINTER GUARD / PERCUSSION
January 30, 2016 was the first competition for both groups: guard at JAMES LOGAN HS and percussion at MOUNTAIN HOUSE HS. Both groups had solid first performances. I am happy to see how many band students are participating in both extra-curricular groups. Out of 125 band members, there are over forty band members in both groups (combined). For information regarding these groups, please first contact the directors (Mr. Gomez, Guard & Mr. Van Loben Sels, Percussion). I am next in line. Keep-up the great work! Also, thank you parents / volunteers who are supporting both groups.
NCPA PERCUSSION COMPETITION AT DUBLIN HIGH SCHOOL – FEBRUARY 20, 2016
We need parent volunteers BAND STUDENTS and friends for this competition. We have as many as twenty-seven percussion groups planning to attend this event. THIS IS A TEAM EFFORT meaning…WE NEED ALL THE BAND / GUARD STUDENTS’ AND THEIR FAMILIES’ SUPPORT! Please sign-up to help with this important fundraiser. SAVE THE DATE: FEBRUARY 20, 2016 http://www.dhsirishguard.org/invitational.html
On January 19, 2016 the boosters officers / instructors had a mid-year budget meeting. With the growth of winterguard / winterpercussion groups (winterpercussion growth in the sense that this is now an extra-curricular group; not part of the school day) and the trip to Ireland, we needed to look at how we are doing financially. We are doing well. However, not great. We will be able to pay our bills this year. Following the trip to Ireland, we need to see the APRIL 16, 2016 SECOND ANNUAL “HOEDOWN” fundraiser BE AS STRONG, IF NOT STRONGER, THAN LAST YEAR. We are also looking at a “crowd-source” fundraiser. We want to begin the 2016-17 financially ‘sound.’
Understandably, there is a drop in the number of donations this 2015-16 school year. We are doing all we can not to touch the “reserves.” Yet, we need to pay the bills. Please do attend the monthly boosters’ meetings and get the information first hand. Bottom line: we are doing well and we need to continue to improve our finances – every group should be so fortunate to say, “we are doing well and we need to improve.” Next boosters meeting is February 8 at 7:30pm in band room.
Yes, with the start of school being moved to August 15th that has impacted our BAND CAMP. I have asked for our BAND CAMP to be August 1-5, 2016, 8am-4pm. We are waiting for a response. When we know for sure the dates of band camp, we will let ya know. I do know there are many of you with vacation plans and such, so I / WE will (as all of us will) need to be patient with this change. To make up for “lost” time, we are looking at adding Friday nights (POSSIBLY August 19th; August 26th; and September 16th) - depends on football schedule. The UNDERSTANDABLE ABSENCES for this Summer needs to be made up somehow and Friday nights may be one way. And here is the information for next year’s field show… HEROES AND VILLAINS http://www.projectrisemusic.com/index.php/marching-band/60 I gave the band SIX SHOWS to choose from and the majority selected HEROES AND VILLAINS. Going to be fantastic.
As always, any questions / comments / concerns and yes, compliments, please contact me email@example.com or 209-642-2651 (cell phone – will screen phone calls)
Hello Irish Guard Family:
Well, I think January 7th is probably the last day for the “Happy New Year” to be used? So, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
WINTERGUARD / PERCUSSION
Thank you to all the students who have chosen to be a part of these two extra-curricular activities. We have close to sixty DHS students participating!! FANTASTIC. Those two ensembles need to have parent support. There are no busses for these two groups. We need parent drivers which means -- PAPERWORK. Please do offer to help with transportation and please do your best to make “donations” to help these two ensembles have a season. On January 29th, you have the opportunity to see these two wonderful groups at the annual FAMILY NIGHT hosted at Fallon. More information to follow…
Amazing AMAAAAZING job by Mrs. Everts & Mrs. Lampi! These two ladies have given AN INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF WORK towards the trip (interesting factoid – neither lady has a child going on the trip). Thank you ladies!! So, to prepare for the ONCE IN A LIFETIME trip we need to rehearse. We have done our best to plan these rehearsals with the WINTERGUARD/PERCUSSION rehearsal schedule (a “good” challenge, btw) in mind. Beginning TUESDAY NIGHT January 26th 7pm-9pm and Fridays at lunch. This gives us six Tuesday nights (maybe five due to BINGO) and Fridays to prepare for this ONCE IN A LIFETIME TRIP. The last several Fridays DURING LUNCH of February and beginning in March will be MARCHING BAND / COLOR GUARD REHEARSAL. There are several color guard members attending the trip and we want the color guard to be prepared, as well as the band, for the St. Patrick’s Day parade in BRAY, IRELAND!!
For the first time in six years we are going to the Folsom High School Jazz Festival. You can get more information for the festival at www.folsommusic.org. We are looking at an early departure. We perform in the 8am hour. We need to be there at 7:30am. Folsom is North-East of Sacramento. GREAT JAZZ FESTIVAL!! The jazz band and STUDENT LED jazz combo are performing. Please visit www.folsommusic.org website. Due to finals being that week, we are going to have a special two-hour rehearsal (includes a lunch) on FRIDAY, JANUARY 22ND… the students will need to bring six dollars on Friday January 22nd to help pay for the lunch. The Folsom Jazz Festival is January 23, 2016. Followed by the February 6, 2016 Amador Valley High School Jazz Festival.
Boosters meeting 7:30pm January 11th; Bingo January 12 doors open at 6:30pm;close at 7pm. February 20th is going to be the DUBLIN NCPA PERCUSSION COMPETITION. We need all the parents and students to save that day for volunteering-spirit!
As always, questions / comments / concerns / compliments, firstname.lastname@example.org or for EMERGENCIES (will screen calls) 209-642-2651. THANK YOU! I do love communication.
Paul D. Everts
Dublin High School Instrumental Music Director