"It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end." Ernest Hemingway.
THANK YOU TO THE CLASS OF 2016! What a terrific four years you have had in the marching band and color guard! Many of you have been in music since FOURTH GRADE and now comes your senior year. I would love you to continue to make music / be in color guard at the college level - no doubt. But, this for some is the end of marching band and color guard. So many achievements during the four years. We are not done yet Class of 2016! I would like to remind you to BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND. Come June 2016 - how do you want us to remember you? FINISH STRONG.
THANK YOU TO ALL THE STUDENTS. We continue to ask more from you because we want more FOR YOU!! Many of you are helping move this program forward. Again, being a DUBLIN HIGH SCHOOL BAND & COLOR GUARD MEMBER is a challenge (for many reasons :) AND LIFE IS FULL OF CHALLENGES. I am very confident that those students who CHOOSE to stay in the program all four years ... will be ready to have a good life as adults. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU STUDENTS!!
THANK YOU TO MS. CROCKER & MS. LARSEN! Two freshmen parents (ONE BAND & ONE COLOR GUARD) member! You did a fantastic job feeding over 120 people (a small school) FIVE TIMES! We are blessed to have your spirit and work ethic.
THANK YOU TO MS. BRASSEA and those who helped Ms. Brassea! Being the uniform mom can be a THANKLESS job. It can be frustrating to see how the students handle their uniforms, but in the end, there is Ms. Brassea making sure that every uniform is cared for. Just so you know... each uniform is over $450! Ms. Brassea AND COMPANY have an incredibly important job. We need those uniforms to last AT LEAST TEN YEARS! Great job.
THANK YOU TO MS. LUTZ! Your leadership as the boosters president is SHINING through! There needs to be someone at the top that is able to lead and you are doing the job.
THANK YOU TO INSTRUCTIONAL STAFF - SPECIFICALLY MR. VAN LOBEN SELS. We are blessed to have Mr. Van Loben Sels and all his contacts. He is helping build an amazing group of folks to work with your sons and daughters. The program took huge steps this year and he is one of THE reasons for those step. I am very impressed with these people. I hope to CONTINUE to see the staff grow in quantity and quality. Special thanks to DHS CLASS OF 2012 ALUMS - RYLE WONG & JON HUR. They both have been with me since their Freshman year (2008-09). So, if y'all want to know how to get along with Mr. Everts? Those two have been able to be with me for EIGHT YEARS!! Thanks Mr. Wong & Mr. Hur!!
THANK YOU TO ALL THE PARENT VOLUNTEERS and ALL VOLUNTEERS! Talk about the largest growth!! One of the positives of doing field shows is the amount of parents / volunteers needed to make the field show happen. We must have had anywhere from 30-40 parents ACTIVELY INVOLVED in this year's production. Never had props before and that was very important to the students this year. Marching band and color guard are two of the few groups where parents are actually a part of the SCORE!! There are no parents playing a game!! But, in marching band and color guard?? YOU ARE IN THE "GAME!" I hope to CONTINUE to see this group grow in quantity and quality.
Most of the above are "professional-thank-yous..." A "personal-thank-you"... as with all families... we lose important people in our lives. As I have announced to the classes and shared with many parents (in preparation and understanding my possible absences to help the family), the Everts family is on that path to losing an important family member to Cancer. There is a sad irony that we sponsor a benefit concert for ALS & CANCER. I cannot and will not be able to give enough THANKS to those folks who are rallying around me during this "life-moment." Those who have had close family members deal with Cancer, God bless you. At the start of this "journey," I better understand your "journey." So, thank you...
FINAL THANK YOU TO Mrs. Everts & Katy! We know what it is like to be the spouse and daughter of a high profile position on a high school campus! People can offer their empathy (and in several cases "sympathy") which we need and appreciate, but only the three of us know and have felt the thorns amongst those roses. You both remind me there are ROSES AMONGST THE THORNS. Thank you very much for your non-conditional love & support. You are very special
Well, that's it...onto the next chapters: WINTER GUARD; WINTER PERCUSSION; FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE -- A CONCERT OR TWO; FOLSOM / AVHS JAZZ FESTIVALS and IRELAND!! What a program all of us continue to help build so others will enjoy.
Band/Guard photos are next Wednesday... students are to be in uniform / ready to go at 7pm... should not be that long. However, IT CAN BE LONG BECAUSE, THANKFULLY, THERE ARE MANY STUDENTS WHO WANT PICTURES!!
Hello Irish Guard Family:
THERE IS ONE COMPETITION LEFT. Please go to www.dhsirishguard.org and get information regarding the November 14, 2015 competition at James Logan High School. Next to state championships (which we are NOT attending), this is the largest WBA competition. Going to be exciting. (November 18 @ 7pm is BAND/GUARD PHOTO IN THEATER!)
TREMENDOUS! Loved how the season went. Senior night as touching as always for me! Class of 2016 has done an amazing job SO FAR (smile). Thank you to all the parents / volunteers who helped take care of the students at the games. We had many compliments about the organization. If there is a HOME play-off game, we do plan to play at that home play-off game. The first play-off game is November 13. The away play-off games are a possibility if we can get buses. Driving cars is not an option. Too many chances for folks to get into accidents. But, if we can get buses, I would love for the band to go to the play-offs. In the 2011 football season, FANTASTIC FUN GOING TO THOSE PLAY-OFF GAMES!!
DHS IRISH GUARD BAND COMPETITION
AMAZING! At the November 7 competition, I received compliments from fellow band directors and WBA judges! Such a great feeling to hear well EARNED compliments. Under the leadership of Mrs. Lutz, you all did a terrific job. Cannot thank you all enough for the work / hours put into hosting such a fantastic competition. We hope to be able to host our SIXTH annual next year. The date changes from year-to-year. Some time in March or April, we should know if we get to host a 2016 WBA competition.
VETERAN'S DAY PARADE
SPECIAL! Looking back on that weekend (a week later), I cannot believe how much we accomplished. WE LOVE THAT PARADE! Again, so many compliments for our organization. I do enjoy the "Pleasanton / Dublin - thing." To see the change in the communities is "entertaining." "That's Dublin High School's Band? Wow...they're good!" HUGE SMILE FROM THE DUBLIN HIGH SCHOOL BAND DIRECTOR. Again, thank you to all the parents / volunteers who made that such a great day. What is a parade without a band? QUIET (smile) There is something special about bands and parades. The DHS parents who were there noticed how much a band adds to a parade. A VERY SPECIAL DAY. We will definitely look at making that parade an annual event. There is much potential to see that event turn into something even more special with maybe a "get-together" between Dublin & Foothill bands at the end of the parade. Just a thought...
NOVEMBER 7, 2015 COMPETITION
EXCITING! "Firsts" continue to happen for us this year: FIRST time we have had a higher music score than AVHS; FIRST time our brass has placed at a competition; FIRST time we finished ahead of more than one high school in our division; FIRST time we have RECEIVED first place in any category at a WBA competition (FIRST PLACE PERCUSSION)! Congratulations to Mr. Van Loben Sels, his staff and the percussion section. They do put in tremendous amount of time in getting better!
You can see the scores at www.westernbands.org The one area we are seeing "low" scores: INDIVIDUAL MUSIC. There is a judge on the field with them and he/she can hear the students individual performance. This week, rest of the school year, and NEXT YEAR, we need to make it a band goal to see more practicing outside of the class period. As long as we are going to have GAEL PERIOD, we need to make use of that GAEL PERIOD. I would love to see the students practice their individual parts at least seventy-minutes a WEEK! During the class period, the students have anywhere form five-to-ten minutes of individual practice time. With one week left, we hope to see them make a final push to improve as individual musicians and bring their improvements to the band / guard.
WINTERGUARD / WINTERPERCUSSION
We would love to see students from the MUSIC DEPARTMENT participate in these two fun groups. Have your child talk to a color guard member or percussion member to find out the details.
NOVEMBER 9 - BAND BOOSTERS MEETING 7:30PM in Band Room
Continues to go smoothly. Just a couple of PASSPORTS need to be taken care. Please realize DEADLINES ARE DEADLINES AND THEY SERVE A PURPOSE. We have had generous donations, including from the SISTER CITIES ASSOCIATION & DPIE!!
Just a final thank you as we approach our final band review. Being in the Dublin High School Marching Band & Color Guard takes a level of commitment that many other Dublin High School groups do not expect. Can one imagine hearing a good performance at a "B" level? Eight out of ten notes correct? BY EACH MUSICIAN? Therefore, we listen to a 120 piece band making over 240 mistakes in a given performance? There are not too many groups on campus that "practice" (WE "REHEARSE") twice a week and then go compete. In fact, there are not too many DHS groups that the day of a "game" have a "practice." If the football team had our schedule (FOR EXAMPLE: offensive line practice on Monday; running backs on Tuesday; quarterbacks on Wednesday; wide receivers on Thursday; FRIDAY IS THE GAME - THE FIRST TIME THEY ALL PLAYED TOGETHER), I bet our football team would have interesting results. The only time all of us meet together is WEDNESDAY NIGHT / SATURDAY; that's it! And then we are asked to have exceptional performances? AMAZING WHAT OUR STUDENTS CAN ACCOMPLISH. Thank you to all who are choosing to make band/color guard important in their lives; giving it the time it needs to earn respect. We have had a very positive and successful marching season. END STRONG THIS WEEK.
Paul D. Everts
Dublin High School Instrumental Music Director