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