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Decatur Band Families,
I truly appreciate everyone working hard to make Thursday's performance possible. If you rearranged your schedule to be available, know I am extremely grateful for that, and it shows how well our band demonstrates a "we/us" mindset during this busy Fall.
After talking with the staff and Athletic Director, I've decided that we will not attend the game on Thursday.
It is my responsibility to provide our students with opportunities to perform at their very best. For reasons outside of everyone's control, I do not believe Thursday will reach this standard.
I hope that everyone enjoys their time off, both Thursday and Friday evenings. Note that next week is another bye week, with no football game. I do plan on doing another "full run" of the show for parents and families next Wednesday evening, our last run before our first competition. I will put details in next week's newsletter.
Three rehearsals remain before our first competition on October 9, and we need everyone present at these rehearsals.
Draft Competition Schedule – Saturday, October 9 at Kennesaw Mountain High School
2022 Band Camp
Picture Day will now be held on November 12 (moved from November 19.) This will be a chance for us to create a Decatur Band composite (what hangs in my office.) The last one created is from the 2009 school year, and I think it's a great way to memorialize everyone's participation in our band program.
Marching Band students will wear their uniforms. Students not in marching band will wear their black concert attire.
I will work with the Guard Directors to figure out appropriate attire for our color guard students.
District Honor Band/All-State Registration is now closed.
ACTION REQUIRED – Please review the list of students registered for auditions and check (1) your name (2) your grade and (3) your instrument. If there is an error, please email me before the end of the day on Tuesday. If it's correct, no action is required.
Curricular Classes (Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and Percussion Class)
Need-Based Private Lesson Scholarships
Summative #1 Completed
2022 Orlando Trip
Our Orlando Trip has over 100 participants registered, which means we have reached our goal!
Holiday Wrapping Paper & Gifts Fundraiser!
Our Holiday Fundraiser is underway and will run through Friday, Oct. 8. We're partnering with Charleston Wrap to offer high-quality wrapping paper, gourmet foods, personalized items, and more. We appreciate your support and encourage you to spread the word to your friends and family, near and far! Everything will be done online, and orders will be shipped directly to buyers, so it'll be super easy. The more people who shop, the more money we can raise for our kids! To peruse the catalog, visit https://registercw.com/
Big thanks to Jenny Mullen and Rachel Pilvinsky who are organizing our Spirit Wear this year.
Many offerings, including car magnets, "I"m with the band" parent shirts, water bottles, and vintage t-shirts are available for purchase. These items are in stock and can be delivered shortly.
We will also begin pre-ordering other select items in the coming weeks; stay tuned.
To purchase an item from our Sprit Store, click on "My Account" on the top right of the Band Website. See the below screenshot.
Decatur High School Jazz Band and Combo
Jazz Band will be held on Wednesdays this year beginning November 10. The band will consist of a big band (open to all students, no experience required) and an auditioned combo.
4:45 Jazz Band Rehearsal Begins
6:00 Combo Rehearsal
6:45 Combo Rehearsal Ends
We will have $150 dues to run our jazz band. This will fund instruction and sheet music purchases. If you need financial assistance to participate in jazz band, please contact Ms. Lofstrand at <email@example.com.>
Students will never be turned away from a musical opportunity due to finances.
Mr. Sam Davis, our local jazz pedagogue and former student teacher, will run the jazz band. If you are interested in jazz band, please complete this form.
Decatur Band Joins Kroger Community Rewards
The DHS Band is now part of the Kroger Community Rewards Program!
If you don't have a Kroger account, you can create one with some basic information and a valid email address.
Thanks to Jen Cooper for configuring this!
21-22 Private Lesson Teacher List
Now is the time of the year that many students start (or restart) private lessons on their instrument. Lessons are not solely remediation or tutoring; they are the fastest way for students to grow on their instrument, and to supplement what we are learning in band classes.
Here is my list of private teachers in the area for this school year. This is not exhaustive, but it can serve as a starting place to find a great teacher.
I am always happy to connect with parents and students to find a teacher that can best support each individual. Please contact me with any questions or if I can help. Thank you!
Become a Patron of the Band
The generous support of our business sponsors helps with the critical financial support needed for the band program. Click here to check out all of our fantastic business sponsors. Please be sure to thank and patronize these great organizations in our community!
Please follow this link to access our Passive Fundraisers through Amazon Smile and Publix Partners. Thank you for supporting the band!
Show your support of the DHS Band Program with items from our Spirit Store!
Car magnets, water bottles, T-shirts!
You can even get your hands on a vintage Show Shirt, while supplies last!
"Porch-drop" delivery available in City of Decatur.
Click here to see items & order.
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