Hello Irish Guard Family:
When there is so much positive happening (ROSES AMONGST THE THORNS), hard to put into a brief email!!
FOOTHILL BAND REVIEW
Memories and Music! That is what we are attempting to create for our students!! Sure. Life is full of bad memories and bad music. But, attitude is what makes things good or bad. There was much good on Saturday. Even before I share just a few of the results, there was much to celebrate.
1. How about all the parents who volunteered to drive students to and from the event?! Filled out paperwork. Made up sign-up sheets. Took amazing organizational skills to SAFELY transport over 120 students.
2. How about feeding over 140 people? LEAD BY TWO FRESHMEN PARENTS - I WILL ADD!
3. How about the WELL OVER 30-40 parents we are seeing every week STEP-UP to move equipment and build equipment?! How inspiring it is to see "today's" parents making time for their children AND OTHER FOLKS' CHILDREN.
4. How about the talented instructional staff we are seeing evolve much to the thanks of Mr. Van Loben Sels? An instructional staff that I am building trust with that I can leave a rehearsal and attend two former band students' wedding? By the way, you can only imagine what it is like to see two former students marry one another while sitting next to Mr. Bertelson! You can only imagine that once in a lifetime moment. I cannot thank the instructors and the parents for stepping-up (a lot of "stepping-up" -- must be marching season (wink). Lots of tears for me at that wedding!
5.. And the final how abouts: Twenty Six Bands at the competition: FOURTH PLACE OUT OF TWENTY-SIX - MUSIC SCORE!! SIXTH PLACE OUT OF TWENTY SIX - GENERAL EFFECT SCORE!! TWELFTH OUT OF TWENTY SIX - VISUAL EFFECT!! THIRTEENTH OUT OF TWENTY-SIX - COLOR GUARD SCORE!! TENTH OUT OF TWENTY-SIX - PERCUSSION!! So, Overall - OUT OF TWENTY SIX HIGH SCHOOLS, DUBLIN HIGH SCHOOL CAME IN EIGHTH WITH A SCORE OF 90.420!! But, probably what the students will remember the most: OUT OF TWENTY-SIX HIGH SCHOOLS, OUR BRASS SECTION CAME IN SECOND PLACE--ONE POINT BEHIND FIRST PLACE. Great job everyone!!
I cannot emphasize enough: THE FEELING PRIOR TO HEARING THE OUTSTANDING RESULTS WAS OVER THE TOP POSITIVE! We need to continue to find some sort of balance between how we feel about a performance versus what the judges say about our performance. Sure. It feels great to see/hear these scores, but PRIOR TO KNOWING THE JUDGES' OPINIONS it felt great to hear the students be so happy with how they did compared to the night before at the football game, or even a week later following their first performance of the year.
Following a great day, there can be a let down. LET'S NOT LET THAT HAPPEN. There are still students playing wrong notes. There are still students going to wrong spots; picking-up wrong equipment; etc. We now leave NCBA and return to WBA! It will be interesting to see how the WBA judges' comments will reflect TWO WEEKS OF WORK! We have a ways to go on our journey. "Yesterday ended last night." So, cherish this "victory" and then move forward. SUCH A GREAT DAY!!
TUESDAY NIGHT SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
Thanks to Mrs. Everts checking the school board meeting agenda on a regular basis, we have learned that there will be discussion (NOT ACTION -- discussion) in regards to MARCHING BAND / PE! I am hearing all sorts of "stuff" from parents about how this is all going to work. Please...we haven't even received the go-ahead that this is going to happen. Gosh, I didn't even know there was going to be discussion about this issue. Before we all come to conclusions on how "Mr. Everts is going to make this work," please, go to the meeting Tuesday night. Please have your child go to the meeting Tuesday night. Bring their homework. If for any reason, learn how this all works. IT IS THEIR EDUCATION. I would love to see them more involved in the "goings-on" with their education.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT FINAL DUBLIN HIGH SCHOOL BAND REVIEW MEETING 6:30pm
FRIDAY NIGHT SENIOR NIGHT AT THE FOOTBALL GAME
We would love to see all twenty-two STUDENTS have their CLOSE FAMILY MEMBERS (father/mother/siblings) ESCORT THEM DURING THE HALF-TIME CEREMONY. I realize there are grandparents / aunts / uncles / Godparents / special friends! Be considerate. With twenty-two band/color guard students IN ADDITION TO CHEERLEADERS BEING INTRODUCED in fifteen minutes ..... we need IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBERS. As always, I do look forward to seeing all the parents and even after four years, meeting parents that night. "What time should we be there, Mr. Everts?" Please go to the game. It is a fun activity. The game is scheduled to start at 7pm.
October 31st - DUBLIN HIGH SCHOOL BAND REVIEW
We need the students to be at the high school by 11am for a 11am-1pm rehearsal. We would like the students to stay on campus to be available to help set-up and/or do THEIR HOMEWORK. The band room will be a QUIET STUDY HALL. I do understand there is some "stress" about the homework getting done this coming weekend. Therefore, all I can do that day (as well as encourage the students to efficiently use their time at home and GAEL PERIOD) is offer a QUIET STUDY HALL for your child. I do hope you will encourage your child to go into the band room where I and/or Mrs. Everts will be monitoring that room. And then at 4pmish...we start to get ready for the competition. More details will be on the website.
November 1st - PLEASANTON VETERAN'S DAY PARADE
When a veteran comes into the band room and says, "Mr. Everts. Foothill is in Anaheim that weekend and Amador Valley cannot be there. Will you please be the band in the parade?" I understand the following concern: "But, Mr. Everts we have a football game on Friday. We host a band review Saturday and now you want to add a parade?!" I have heard the angst. Every decision a leader makes causes angst (or even, "Good job Mr. Everts. We need to support our veterans". Yet, I also realize how much those veterans have given-up so we can have a football game, enjoy a band review and enjoy PUBLIC EDUCATION. So, we need to be at Dublin High School at 11:15am November 1st and get dressed in uniform and shuttle the students over to the Start of the 1pm Parade. More information to follow.
Thank you very much for all you do to support your and other folks' children. Let's continue to do all we can to use the 101% Principle: AGREE ON ONE THING (help our students) AND GIVE IT 100%!
Hello Irish Guard Family:
Wow! What a wonderful evening. Let me first acknowledge: there MAY have been a "hiccup" or two; a toe stepped on; and even a nose bent out of shape. I get that. HOWEVER, as with life, we choose to look at life through our experiences. So, here is how I will choose to see Saturday:
1. There were probably AT LEAST THREE times as many parents helping as we have had in the past!! Since my first year (2008-09), because it was my first year, I have NEVER seen so many new faces. WAY TO GO. Continue to take these opportunities of being together as opportunities to grow a "community." There are some real needs for our DISTRICT'S music program and those "needs" need a community!! We are building a community - which can be difficult and a joy.
2. Two freshmen parents taking the lead to feed over 140 people!! That is amazing! AND THE AMOUNT OF FOOD LEFT OVER?! Way to go all who helped with feeding your children!
3. A field show that had more "props" than the previous five shows combined!! We need to remember: THIS IS OUR SIXTH YEAR COMPETING IN FIELD SHOWS, while many other bands/guards have many more years of experience. Great job to all the parents who busted "tail" to get that plane built and the sky made. Also, a HUGE thanks to the parents who moved all that equipment.
4. Solid first performance. I received many compliments from other bands' directors - which always feels great! The audience reaction? SUPER! Our parents are realizing how to "play-the-game." The game? CHEER DURING YOUR CHILD'S PERFORMANCE. Get that audience to share your love for your children!!
5. Finally: In TWENTY-SEVEN YEARS OF TEACHING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, I do not remember a time when so many of the students came up to me following the performance to say, "Thank you, Mr. Everts." And the "thank yous" weren't just for receiving the wristbands to get back into the stadium to watch the shows (WHICH THEY NEED TO DO TO BE INSPIRED / LEARN / AND SUPPORT THE OTHER SCHOOLS). No. These "thank yous" were: Thanks for giving us a chance to do this, Mr. Everts. Thanks for your hard work, Mr. Everts. Thanks for being patient with us, Mr. Everts (I know!! That "thank you" nearly knocked me off my feet ...) Very sweet. VERY SPECIAL to receive "thank you" from students while they are currently my students, oppose to, fifteen years later, "Ya know, Mr. Everts? Thank you. I finally understand what you were saying, Mr. Everts." I DO ENJOY THOSE "thank yous." This is a unique group of students this year. I love'em.
BIG THANK YOU TO THE PARENTS WHO ARE WORKING THE FORTY-NINERS FOOTBALL GAME TODAY (October 18th). Most of those volunteers were probably putting in a full day at the band review. AMAZING DEDICATION AND SHOW OF LOVE!! Thank you!!
So, where to next? October 24: FOOTHILL!! There will be more details about that day. For now: 12pm at the school; 4:15pmISH dinner; start the 5:00pm shuttle to Foothill; 6:45pm is their competition time. FOOTHILL SHOW STARTS AT 2PM so it will be a ZOO of parking. You will need to make sure your child has a ride to and from Foothill. WE NEED YOUR HELP! Thanks.
We do PLAN to perform entire field show at the end of the game on Friday night (October 23). Performance during half-time would take the entire half-time and I want to be considerate to the cheerleaders. October 30th is Senior Night - there are 22 seniors (WHICH IS AMAZING - FOUR YEARS OF DEDICATION FOR THE BAND/GUARD!!!!). Please make sure you are there for that special evening.
One final HUGE thank you to all of us for giving our children MEMORIES! I envy all of you for this time in your life. Yes! There are very stressful moments during the "teen-years." But, my gosh, moments like Saturdaynight?? How special for your children / my students. This is only the beginning.
SPEAKING OF MEMORIES: HOPE TO SEE ALL OF YOU AT THE 7PM CONCERT MONDAY NIGHT,OCTOBER 19TH featuring our super string orchestra and jazz band. For the students, I would love to see more than 47 people in the audience!!
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
At 6:00 pm students are to be in band room with a Dublin High School Shirt on. We will be moving to Sports Complex. All those in skits or wanting to watch rally, we will be done by 6:30 pm. Mr. Everts will be leaving at 6:45 pm.
Friday, October 9, 2015
HOMECOMING GAME (first home football game since September 11), Immediately following the seventh period, all students need to be at the band room to get into uniform. The only time we have to "rehearse" the parade is prior to the parade. Since the students are coming from award-winning PARADE MIDDLE SCHOOL bands and can do a field show, they can march in a block. Parade is scheduled to start at 3:45pm. We do need parents help prior... guess-timation: 1:45 pm.
That evening would be grade to have parents there to help assist the IRISH GUARD. Irish Guard (INCLUDING COLOR GUARD) are needed for half-time presentation of HOMECOMING COURT. When there are parents in the stands (WHICH IS A GROWING NUMBER) we definitely need parents on both sides of band, but really needed on band's RIGHT shoulder. Thank you for the help.
Saturday, October 10, 2015
8am-4pm Rehearsal is CRITICAL. I understand that every reason given to me for an absence is very important for that person who is absent. I understand. We had 15 students absent on Saturday, October 3 and fifteen students absent the prior Saturday. As a band AND color guard, we rehearse twice a week. This is the final 8am-4pm rehearsal prior to the start of the season. On October 17, 2015 we will meet at 12pm and go from there. WE NEED GREAT ATTENDANCE THIS COMING SATURDAY.
Monday, October 12, 2015
BOOSTERS MEETING AT 7:30 pm.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
SPECIAL OLYMPICS FOR ELEMENTARY
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
SPECIAL OLYMPICS FOR SECONDARY
Both of these are a morning activity. Yes, I understand the importance of attending classes. I also understand how special the SPECIAL OLYMPICS is!! We do a great job leading athletes around the track and then stay and play in the stands for them. IT IS A GREAT EVENT.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
JAZZ BAND PERFORMS AT ROTARY CLUB. We are going to need help with rides that day. We need Parent Drivers at 11am and we should be done by 12:30pm.
Monday, October 19, 2015
JAZZ BAND AND ORCHESTRA CONCERT. Why wait until December when they are ready in October?! I am so excited about the POPS CONCERT!! This is in the theater and begins at 7pm.
Hello DHS Instrumental Music Department FAMILY:
I hope all is well.
On Monday, September 14th during the daily bulletin, Coach Wade made a special announcement to say, "thank you" to the student body and gave a special "thanks" to the band/color guard for their tremendous support. LOVED THE FOOTBALL GAME!! Thank you to the fifteen or so parents who were there to help move equipment on and off the field. Thank you to the parents who sat with the band and helped handout water to all the band members, INCLUDING THE FALLON & WELLS BAND MEMBERS!! The night could not have been more close to "perfect."
Our next game is HOMECOMING: OCTOBER 9TH. We will need help that afternoon for the parade as well that night.
WEDNESDAY / SATURDAY REHEARSALS
Our attendance has been pretty good. Until the band/guard meets on a daily basis during zero period (who knows when that will happen?), the Wednesday and Saturday rehearsasl are the only time all of us meet together. Yes, testing is very important (excused). Family days - incredibly special (excused). Forgetting there is a rehearsal or too much homework (especially now that there is GAEL PERIOD so our students can get some of their homework completed) can be "over-come." At the time of this writing, weather permitting, we have four SATURDAY REHEARSALS until the next competition, as well as, Wednesday night rehearsals. Please do all you can to make sure your student is there. Thank you!
We are going to end the September 26th rehearsal at 12 pm so that afternoon the students can go out to the community and solicit donations. All the students are assigned to a specific area of Dublin. You can find this information on the website (will be available by Monday September 21st in the In The News section). The requests will be for different amounts, but all the requests will lead to their businesses receiving advertisement in a variety of ways; from concert programs to our website. On September 26th, we will need parents' help in driving their children to the various areas. We are giving the students two full-weeks to complete this goal. Our competition is OCTOBER 31. We need to get the advertisements in the program and to the printer by October 14th.
SEPTEMBER 21st - BOOSTERS MEETING
7:30 pm in the Band Room. We would love to see many parents at this meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the needs of the music department and how the boosters can help with those needs. Thank you so much to all the parents who have volunteered or are volunteering at the LEVI'S STADIUM EVENTS!!! Also, there are many parents who are helping this weekend with the variety of fundraisers: SPLATTER / MEAT & SEAFOOD SALE. Really encouraged by the number of parents who are helping. CANNOT THANK YOU ENOUGH!!!
How can I (DUBLIN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT) get my instrument to take home to practice? Ms. Lopiano (Choir Director) is here during seventh period. After school, she has made herself available to open the door for students to get their instrument. May I also suggest that the students use their GAEL PERIOD once in a while to practice their instrument? For jazz band/band, there are weekly playing tests on WEDNESDAYS. Orchestra will begin the same weekly playing tests beginning in late October. We are doing all we can to give the students opportunity to IMPROVE.
As always: questions/comments/concerns and even a "congratulations" you can email me at email@example.com or for EMERGENCIES call 209-642-2651.
I hope this message finds you have OR HAD a great Labor Day weekend. For many of us, the Labor Day weekend saw an amazing PAGEANTRY of "Friday Nigh Football!" Now for twenty-seven years, I have done my very best to keep in mind that we are creating LIFE-LONG MEMORIES for my students / your children. Last night - Amazing. Coach Wade came into the band room to share some words of encouragement. Prior to the game, he brought the team over to the band where they all enjoyed a moment together. And then the two became one as WE "trooped" over to the stadium. People in the parking lot being heard saying, "Oh I gotta see this." and "I gotta get a picture of this." Then, the way the students performed at the game. Color Guard dancing. Band LOUD. Student section moving down to where the band has been sitting for the last eight years. And the team dominated. And then for the first time in EIGHT YEARS (including this year), we went on the track to have an "Alma Mater" moment followed by some wonderful words from our Principal. ELECTRIC. If you missed it, you missed a "memory-in-the-making."
All this supported by some amazing parents! Parents selling our "accoutrements." Parents dancing as the band is playing! Parents moving equipment. Parents did a GREAT job getting over 120 students fitted in their uniforms.
I am grateful / thankful for all we accomplished Friday night. Now, onto the next game SEPTEMBER 11th. Wednesday night SEPTEMBER 9th at 8:15 pm, we need parents to attend rehearsal to learn how to move equipment on and off the field. We are performing PART ONE (of four) of our field show [at the game]. September 11th is also our annual MIDDLE SCHOOL NIGHT - a chance to make more memories and this time, with our two wonderful middle school music programs!
So, parents please make plans to be with us September 9 (Mrs. Everts' Birthday) 8:15 pm (rehearsal is 6pm-9pm) and continue to support your child's high school experience. Thank you.
AGAPE (referring to unconditional, self-sacrificing, giving love to all—both friend and enemy. http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org)
Paul D. Everts
Music Teacher, Dublin High School
Founder, BAND TOGETHER (Student Leadership Seminars)
Hello Irish Guard Families:
Need to wish ALL OF US a great first day of 2015-16 school year. So excited to see all of my students. Going to be a great year. This will be the SHORTEST MESSAGE OF THE SCHOOL YEAR.
1. No WEDNESDAY NIGHT Rehearsal First day of School and Thursday night. Reason: let's ease our way back to school. We will have Monday night rehearsal for GUARD 6pm-9pm; Wednesday night for all 6pm-9pm; Thursday night for percussion. Next Friday is a FOOTBALL GAME (yes, that is part of your grade). No Rehearsal Saturday September 4th (LABOR DAY WEEKEND - ENJOY FAMILY TIME).
2. There is rehearsal FOR ALL on August 29th, Saturday 8am-4pm. Band is a co-curricular class and therefore, any events such as rehearsals / performances outside the school day, are a part of the grade. Your participation is part of the grade. So, August 29th, Saturday 8am-4pm is REHEARSAL.
3. IRISH GUARD INVITATIONAL (marching band/color guard competition) PLANNING MEETING IS SEPTEMBER 2, 2015. Drop off your students at the 6:00pm rehearsal and stay for the 6:30pm meeting. On OCTOBER 31, 2015, we are expecting as many as seventeen high schools. Need to start planning now. If you are the parent who can handle seeing your son/daughter be directed at a practice/rehearsal, please stay for Wednesday night rehearsal. You can see how hard they work and the help we need to teach the stuHello dents.
4. Buy those "flip folders" and "lyres" before the first football game which is SEPTEMBER 4. JAMS MUSIC STORE should have them available. [For more information click here]
5. IRELAND TRIP is closed. For all those who have turned-in paperwork and/or money, you are good to go (keep those grades up and be nice to people). We will create a waiting list. So, those on the waiting list save your dollars, keep-up your grades, and be nice to people.
HAVE A GREAT 2015-16.
The students have been given the following information.
Class of 2016: Tuesday Night 7pm, June 2 at our house. We will be done by 8:30pm. WRITE DOWN ADDRESS AND WHAT YOU ARE BRINGING. ALSO, write yourself a note to bring a folding chair / paper / pencil!! If your name is missing, please let me know!!
For June 11, 2015 Graduation:
We are wearing concert attire. Following our performance, please do bring a jacket to put on over your concert attire. It gets cold. At 4:30pm we will meet in the band room. This will be the only time we have together to rehearse. Strongly suggest students bring food/drink for to eat prior to going to stadium - otherwise that is a long time without food. Students should be done by 8:00pm.
Thank you to Mrs. Brassea and all who helped her with the end of the school year party on May 29th!! I was so pleased with all the food / fun for the students to enjoy. Also, thank you to the students who provided music for the POWDER PUFF GAME that evening. Again, I was pleased to see how many students were involved in both activities. Neither event was mandatory and to see how many students chose to be at either or both events? FANTASTIC.
June 8th in the band room FINAL BOOSTERS MEETING -- 6:30pm OFFICERS; 7:30pm GENERAL BOOSTERS MEETING. Please do attend.
Agape / Happy! Happy! Happy!
Paul D. Everts
Instrumental Music Teacher, Dublin High School
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Paul D. Everts
Dublin High School Instrumental Music Director