The De Soto Bands will be running a donation drive today in order to help raise funds for a new equipment trailer, additional equipment, and experiences for our students.
Due to the generous donations in the past we have been able to provide our students with opportunities to work with guest artists, clinicians, and composers such as Grammy artist, Steve Wiest. Our students have also been a part of commissions and World Premieres of pieces.
Our students now have access to several software programs, such as Soundtrap, Sight Reading Factory, and our new purchase of UDb App for drill. This provides our students with unique opportunities to compose and improve their skills, leading to events such as the Fountain City Composition Contest.
We greatly appreciate the support of our local community! If you are interested in donating to the De Soto Bands you may do so HERE!
Register to volunteer with the De Soto Dragon Pride Marching Band below!
4th of July Camp
June 27th- July 1st
No Contact Week (Dead Week)
Band Parent Meeting - July 28th at 6pm
This meeting will cover all information for the fall season including CHARMS, volunteer registration, all district auditions, and competitions.
We will be utilizing Charms Office more for the band program than the previous few years. This program will handle all of our contact, messaging, email, finances, inventory and much more. To learn more about how to login and utilize Charms follow the Charms tab above. School code is desoto
Fall Band Camp
August 1-5 and August 8-11
NEW THIS YEAR!!!
MSHSAA now requires ALL students participating in Marching Band to have a physical completed before they may participate in the fall. Physicals must be turned into the AD office by August 9th. (Students will be able to participate in our summer camps, but MUST have a physical on file to perform in Marching Band)
THE PHYSICAL MUST BE COMPLETED ON THE DOCUMENT PROVIDED BELOW!!!
De Soto High School is partnering with Hillsboro Sports Medicine to have a sports physicals clinic at DHS on June 16th from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM. The cost of the physical will be $30.00. If you are interested in signing up, please click on the link below to sign up.
Midwest Pediatrics in Potosi is having a FREE sports physicals clinic on Saturday, June 18th. More information below.
The roster is currently being built as Mr. Boyer and Mr. Howard grade each PLA. Check back for updates. #GoBand
Are you an alumni of the De Soto Bands?
Did you play in one of the Jazz Bands?
Are you free and interested in playing in the Alumni Big Band?
Come join some former classmates and play in the DHS Alumni Big Band at the 2022 Jazz Showcase Friday, April 29th, 2022 at 6:30pm.
The 4th Annual Fountain City Jazz Fest will be held on campus this year on March 19th, 2022.
Since 2018, the Fountain City Jazz Fest has provided Jazz programs with the opportunity to perform and receive feedback from our panel of incredible clinicians. This festival is open to all ability levels and age groups! The format for the Fountain City Jazz Fest is a performance/clinic setup that provides comments and clinics that will help both directors and students achieve growth.
All performances take place on stage in the De Soto HS Theater. All participating bands will receive feedback from our panel of clinicians, a recording of their ensemble, and a one on one clinic with one of our clinicians.
In addition to the performances from bands throughout the day, come check out additional masterclasses provided by our clinicians and guest artist.
There is still space available at the De Soto MS Band Festival. Bring your ensembles, large and small and come learn with us!
A MESSAGE OF THANKS 2021
Dear parents, students, and community members:
Last year provided a lot of challenges, but I think it also afforded all of us an opportunity to recalibrate and refocus on the priorities in each of our lives. The Thanksgiving season serves as a strong reminder that we have much to be thankful for in our lives and in the De Soto Bands. As our program continues to develop and additional opportunities are provided to our students, we thank those that make it possible!
Our Board of Education
A sincere thanks are extended to our De Soto Board of Education. The support provided to the De Soto Band program has allowed the continued development of our programs for our membership. Our open dialogues focus on the role of music as part of a complete curriculum offering and the value of music education in our school and community. As we continue to develop the instrumental music program at De Soto, I am thankful to our Board of Education members for their continued dialogue and support of the De Soto Bands.
Community support of the arts remains strong!
From a community vantage point, we must be thankful for local leaders who are solid supporters of music in our schools; they realize music education offers heightened performance in all aspects of life and they are outspoken advocates of music education. Evidenced by the many local businesses that donate to fund scholarships, equipment, and music purchases and the passage of the previous bond issue to build a wonderful performing arts center.
Thanks to the consistent support of our fundraising efforts, we have once again been able to provide all of the De Soto Bands with access to Soundtrap, a digital audio workstation. This month the DHS Jazz Bands began working in Soundtrap to create their tracks for the Holiday Album. Soundtrap provides us the opportunity to provide our students with instruction on a variety of topics from audio production and mastering to live looping and mastering. Community members, organizations, and businesses are sponsoring our efforts to provide incredible opportunities for our students! Thank you to ALL that provide services, aid, and financial support so that we can continue to provide for our program.
Music as a Core Subject
From a national perspective, we must be thankful that the arts are written into federal law as part of the CORE curriculum for every school in the Every Student Succeeds Act. Students have a right to a well-rounded education that includes MUSIC as a core class.
Our Business Sponsors
Many thanks to multiple businesses, community members, and donors that give their time, money, and services in support of the De Soto Bands. Thanks to our sponsors we are able to provide all of our band members with additional opportunities like Soundtrap, the Composition Contest, and the two music festivals that are hosted here at De Soto! These offerings enrich our music programs and allow us to provide experiences to
Our De Soto Band Parents and Families
Personally, I want to give a heartfelt THANK YOU, to all of the parents and families that have shown support this year! From band camp and Parent Preview to the Glow Show and beyond your keen interest, loyal support, and active participation are the essential elements of our successful past, our exciting present, and our promising future. Each year, dozens of parents reach out asking how they can best support our efforts with the De Soto Bands, and each year dozens of families provide much-needed support. From physical labor to working behind the scenes to help provide for a kid in need, our parents are consistently one of a kind!
Our De Soto Band Members
Collectively, we must extend thanks to the young men and women who spend countless hours in the learning, rehearsing, and performing of music. It is a privilege and an honor to work with the finest students here at De Soto. These music makers of today are preparing to be the leaders of tomorrow. The great thing about teaching band is that in any of my band classes, I have such an incredible mix of students from varied backgrounds and experiences. I have students that are top of their class sitting next to students that struggle in every class. Students from different backgrounds all come together for an hour to make music. We want students to continue to find their spot, take a seat, and enjoy music at De Soto. More importantly, we want our students who have benefited from our program to go out into the world with a music background. These students will be our greatest advocates as they enter their adult lives with an appreciation of the arts.
Yes, music does make a difference, and we are thankful for each and every student that has chosen to join their fellow musicians as part of our musical family. The disciplines learned in music classes reinforce a standard of excellence that is required for success in all of life. As we approach the halfway point of our academic year, I extend a sincere vote of thanks to everyone who has made it possible for our music program to thrive and prosper. Your investment of time, effort, and energy is the key to our success.
With most sincere gratitude,
Director of Bands
De Soto #73 Schools
With the conclusion of the Glow Show, another marching season comes to an end. That means 70% of our band just finished their first competitive season. After a year away from competition the Dragon Pride put on an incredible show for friends and family in Culwell Stadium last night. Pictures DO NOT do this experience justice. It was a great time bonding for our larger band family. Band members played football and catch while waiting for the sunset, family and community members sat and talked about the year. It gave me time to reflect on our season and our program overall.
Like all bands, our band has had our share of quarantines and COVID restrictions and challenges. With all the negative talk about the work that is being done in public schools, I have to say that I am consistently impressed and motivated by the work ethic and drive of the students I witness on a daily basis. They are focused and determined to grow and improve. As I have said in the past, nobody outside our program knows where we started or how far we have come outside of our program. Our focus is, and always will be on the growth and development of every musician.
Thanks to the following people for their tremendous support of the De Soto Bands over this season!
-Jennifer Kidwell and Connie Bryant for spending numerous nights volunteering in the concession stands!
-Joe Noskay who worked every home Varsity game on the grill making some delicious burgers and hotdogs. I'm looking forward to next year with the introduction of the Dragon Burger!
-A big shout out to First State Community Bank and the volunteers that worked the Senior Night Football game. FSCB is a tremendous supporter of our school and community and a proud supporter of the De Soto Bands.
-A big thank you to the Cook family for providing drinks for our band members and assisting the band at Park Hills with a side by side and trailer.
Band truly is an incredible experience. Our students come to us from all walks of life and take part in almost every other sport or activity at DHS. We have students involved in Football, Cross Country, Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Dance Team, Cheer, Softball, Choir, Art, Drama, Academic Team, Robotics, and FBLA. These students spend countless hours in service of our school and community splitting their time between the variety of activities that they are involved with. The band means something different to each of our members, but it is a family for everyone.
I’m proud of our band family and I am looking forward to sitting down and making music with you all!
De Soto Bands