Hello Irish Guard Family:
I hope all of you are enjoying or enjoyed your THREE-DAY WEEKEND. This “director’s notes” is written on Sunday, February 14, 2016, at 7:05am…
LYNBROOK WINTERGUARD COMPETITION
Woke-up early to check scores and…very pleased to see an eleven-point increase since the last performance (January 30th). If you are interested in seeing the scores, please visit www.theccgc.org Also, very happy to see the costumes arrived just in time for the show. Look forward to continued growth in the program. The next show is at February 27th at Granite Bay HS. I do plan to attend that show. Thank you all for your work!
FINAL UPDATE OF AMADOR VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ FESTIVAL
Just a reminder that both the jazz band and student-led jazz combo received straight ones. The “unanimous superior” was the second “unanimous superior” earned by both ensembles! A first for the jazz band program! SO HAPPY FOR THE STUDENTS. The final update? JAZZ BAND EARNED FIRST PLACE IN THEIR DIVISION and SECOND PLACE OVERALL FOR THE FESTIVAL: 276-Foothill; 275-Dublin
There are added events for jazz band: MARCH 2ND “Eighth Grade Night.” And May 26th – Tri-Valley Award Night for Athletics sponsored in part by TV30.
FEBRUARY 16, 2016 IRELAND MEETINGS (there is a rehearsal that night)
BOTH MEETINGS ARE IN THE LIBRARY. 7pm – Chaperones; 7:30pm – All the adults who are going on the trip. Beginning February 19, 2016 the band AND COLOR GUARD MEMBERS will have LUNCH-TIME REHEARSAL!! We have February 19 / 26; March 4.
On February 13, the color guard captain and another member going on the trip were given the music to use for the St. Patrick’s Day parade. They are encouraged to use part of their winterguard show for the choreography. Be nice to see the students develop their own routine.
FEBRUARY 20TH NCPA PERCUSSION COMPETITION hosted by DUBLIN HIGH SCHOOL
We really need to see some folks sign-up for this event. The money goes to the ENTIRE MUSIC PROGRAM! Just because it says “percussion” does not mean the money earned goes just to “percussion.” For us to see the music program grow in quantity & quality it does take $$$. We are looking at a very tight budget to end 2015-16 and start 2016-17. EVERY PENNY IS GOING TO HELP! Please visit www.dhsirishugard.org and sign-up. Students can sign-up too and get community service hours: WIN – WIN!!
February 24 – DISTRICT String & Jazz Night
7:00pm-7:45pm will be the orchestra performance in the theater. There will be close to 130 4th/5th graders; 55-Fallon students; 18-Wells/DHS students. Gonna be crowded = YAAAAY!! Fifteen-minute intermission and change of audience. Then 8pm-9pm Jazz Bands will perform. LOOKING FORWARD TO A FANTASTIC EVENING
February 25 – District BAND Night
So, there is a lot going on for the DUSD MAINTENANCE department that day. I have volunteered to use my truck and pull the band trailer to collect stands / instruments for that evening’s concert. I have had three parents volunteer to help me (SUPER J ). We could use more. I will start at 8:45am that day (Feb. 25) and should be done by 2pm-ish… Please let me know if you are able to help keep the 35-year tradition alive and well. THANK YOU!! firstname.lastname@example.org
MARCHING BAND / PE
The plan is for this to begin for the 2016-17 school year. I did have a parent or two inform me that there is no MARCHING BAND / PE listed on the “Course Selection” sheet; news to me. The administration has been informed of this oversight. Please know that we are planning to move forward with MARCHING BAND / PE. Thank you for the support and for letting me know.
WOW!! What a terrific performance at the Campana Jazz Festival hosted by Amador Valley High School. I could not be more happy for the jazz band and the student-lead jazz combo. Thank you to the students for all the work they have given thus far. Their hard work and dedication to a new level of excellence is seen in these results.
NCPA at DHS
Please visit www.dhsirishguard.org and sign-up / volunteer for the February 20, 2016 NCPA percussion competition hosted by us. As of the February 8, 2016, there were as many as 55 available opportunities to show your support for the DHS MUSIC DEPARTMENT. There are jobs for adults and students. Students can earn community service hours for this.
As of today (Tuesday, February 9th), for our annual district BAND concert (February 25th), we need help moving chairs / music stands / percussion instruments from the elementary / middle schools to DHS. I have a truck that is able to pull the trailer. There are many events happening that day and the district needs our help in moving equipment. Let's find solutions for problems. Looks like I will take the day-off as well to help move equipment. If you are interested in helping me / us, contact me at email@example.com and I will start organizing the group. Timeline - 8am-12pm (I hope) FEBRUARY 25TH. We want it to be done by 2pm. Thank you. AGAIN, PLEASE CONTACT me AT firstname.lastname@example.org and I will keep folks up to date for what is happening.
AGAIN, ONE MORE TIME...CONGRATULATIONS TO THE JAZZ BAND AND JAZZ COMBO. For the first time EVER, the Dublin High School Jazz Band and Jazz Combo received Unanimous SUPERIORS at the Folsom Jazz Festival AND the Campana Jazz Festival (AVHS). Could NOT be more happy for the students. What an amazing ensemble.
Paul D. Everts
Dublin High School Instrumental Music Director