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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 209-642-2651 (cell phone – will screen phone calls)
Paul D. Everts
Dublin High School Instrumental Music Director