As mentioned before, an email is going to be sent out once a week so that we are all aware of upcoming events and announcements happening in our band program. This is a lengthy email, but please read the entire thing as there is a lot of important information about this week!
All bands will be rehearsing and will need MARCHING instruments during class this week.
DHS Band Handbook and Required Forms
All required forms including the Band Handbook can be found on our website under the Parents and Boosters tab. The link to our website is https://www.denisonbands.org/. We had an objective grade due this week on all band forms being completed. If your student is still missing forms, please get those turned in as soon as possible.
Objectives due to Schoology
The first playing objective of the six weeks is due to Schoology on Friday at 11:59 PM. All playing objectives must be submitted to Schoology for both in-person and virtual learners. Students should use an audible metronome and point the camera at themselves for full credit. If your student needs to use a school device to submit this assignment, they can do so any day before or after school.
Wednesday in Class
We will be going outside during class on Wednesday this week. Students should be dressed in tennis shoes and in clothes that they are able to go outside in.
Parent Talent Survey
We ask that all parents and guardians fill out our Parent Talent survey: https://forms.gle/ZGYaipLMUSLr6uEA8
All Region Sectionals
Students in Wind Ensemble are required to participate in weekly sectionals focusing on the All Region music, in preparation for auditions later in the semester. Other students are encouraged to attend these sectionals, although they are not required. Sectionals begin this week! The Band Hall will open at 6:45 am, and sectionals begin promptly at 7:15 am. Participation in these sectionals are minor grades for Wind Ensemble members, so be sure to arrive on time.
Monday: Percussion, Trumpet, and Euphonium
Tuesday: French Horn and Flute
Wednesday: Clarinet, Trombone, and Percussion (Oboe after school)
Thursday: Saxophone and Tuba (Bassoon after school)
In addition, ALL percussion students are required to attend the Percussion Studio Sectional on Tuesday morning. This will cover a variety of fundamentals outside of the All Region music.
Student Drop Off / Band Hall Hours
Unless your student is dropped off early for sectionals, we ask that you utilize the back Auditorium entrance. The exterior Band Hall doors will only be open to allow students in for sectionals, and then will lock for the remainder of the morning. This week, the Band Hall will open at 6:45 AM, and close after school at 7:00 PM daily. Students are allowed to stay in the Band Hall to practice, complete homework, study, or observe rehearsals. No food or drink are allowed in the Band Hall. We ask that if your student brings a water jug for rehearsal after school that they do NOT fill it with water and leave it in their locker (they tend to leak into the lockers below). There are places to fill up their water jug right outside of the Band Hall after school.
If your student is dropped off for first or second period band class only (virtual learners) they may come in through the Band Hall doors instead of the main entrance at the front of the school.
Required Marching Band Rehearsals
The marching rehearsal schedule is different this year, so that we can maintain social distancing. Rehearsals start promptly at 4:30 pm and end at 6:30 pm.
Monday - Brass and Percussion only
Tuesday - ALL students
Wednesday - Color Guard only
Thursday - Woodwinds and Color Guard only
No rehearsal this week on Friday!
Students will have access to the Theater Dressing Rooms after school to change. Please remind your students to bring both a change of clothes and a water jug. They can use the water fountains or sinks to fill their water jugs (we do NOT recommend ice in jugs; as room temperature water is actually better for preventing heat illness). Marching Band rehearsals are required and graded. Please refer to the Absence policy in the DHS Band Handbook.