Good evening De Soto Band Family,
I am writing to keep you informed about the many changes occurring during this time. Yesterday, was incredibly difficult for many of us due to all of the uncertainty. What is certain, is that we are an incredibly resilient group and will continue to work together to improve as an organization.
Please check Google Classroom for updates and access to the Band Google Drive folders. Students will have access to music to help prepare them for All State Bands next year. I will also be posting how to videos and review material for you all to continue learning music theory skills. Whether we are able to complete this school year or not, I hope that you will be able to find some time to continue to improve as a musician. Students wishing to take part in Marching Band and DHS Jazz Ensemble should submit their recordings by March 23rd, if possible. It is incredibly important that you continue to play your instrument. We do not know how long this Covid closure may last. I will be adding opportunities to Google Classroom for you to continue to make music with me. Please take advantage during this time off to enjoy some music making with your friends.
The following events have been cancelled and will not be rescheduled for this year.
Fountain City Jazz Fest (Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Lab, Tri-M)
Combined Band Concert with Farmington HS (Symphonic Band)
De Soto MS Band FestivalDHS Night of the Arts (1 and 2 Rating Events from District)
State Large Ensemble Assessment (Symphonic Band)
Missouri Music Symposium (Concert Band)
North County Jazz Festival (Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab)
DHS Spring Jazz Showcase (Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab)
DHS Spring Band Concert (DHS Symphonic Band and Concert Band)
It is with tremendous remorse that these decisions have been made, but we must continue to do what we can to limit exposure and community transmission. If you had pre purchased tickets for the Fountain City Jazz Fest, those have been refunded through Ludus, and you should see that money back into your bank accounts in the next 7-10 business days.
Memphis 2020 (2021)
The Spring Band trip for this year has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for April 2021. For our seniors and chaperones that will no longer be taking this trip, we will be processing refunds for your trip payments. If your child is not currently a senior, and will no longer be attending the Memphis trip, please let me know. For students that are interested in attending the trip, we will be allowing for additional participants once school resumes.
Wipe Out Fundraiser
At this time, due to the panic purchases that are happening all over the country, we have not been able to secure our fundraising materials. Those will be ordered and delivered after the Covid 19 pandemic subsides. We apologize for this inconvenience, and thank you for your understanding, but we are at the mercy of the masses.
Jefferson County HS Honor Band-
We had several students represent us in the Jefferson County HS Honor Band. Thank you to these students for representing DHS and our community well during their one day marathon rehearsal and performance!
Mrs. Boyer and I have begun to put together the 2020 Band DVD. Those of you interested in submitting may do so on the Google Classroom assignment that will be created.
Letters of Recommendation
Seniors- I will be emailing all Letters of Recommendation out tomorrow. If you were in need of one of these letters, you should have it by the end of the day (3/19/20).
Students interested in selecting the Fall Marching Show may do so this year. More information will be posted on Google Classroom this week.
If you have any questions, feel free to send me an email. Together we will get through this.
Darrell Boyer, Ed. S.
Director of Bands
De Soto High School
De Soto #73 District Leadership Committee Member
MSTA HS Building Representative
East Central District #7 Webmaster
We hope that you will take time to celebrate the arts with us in the month of March. The De Soto Bands and the Fine Arts Department are working on numerous artistic events that are open to the community. From the beginnning of the month to the end, there are a plethora of events that will be taking place on or near campus. From the Spring Musical to multiple music festivals and performances, there is certain to be a performance for everyone to enjoy. Please read on for a highlight of some of our upcoming events. For a complete listing of all March into the Arts events that are occurring, click here.
Jefferson County HS Honor Band- March 14th, 2020
Seven students were named to the Jefferson County HS Honor Band. These students represented DHS in Herculaneum on March 14th, 2020 when they met for an all day rehearsal and an evening performance. We are incredibly proud of these students for their accomplishments and their representation of DHS!
Jon Gowan- Bari Sax
Victoria Avis- Trumpet
Lacy Mueller- Horn in F
Logan White- Trombone
Eric Dimercurio- Trombone
Kylie Mitchell- Euphonium
Caleb Avila- String Bass
Fountain City Jazz Fest- March 20-21st, 2020
The De Soto Bands in association with Tri-M Chapter #8124 invite you to the 3rd Annual Fountain City Jazz Fest with headliner Funky Butt Brass Band! Throughout the day on Friday and Saturday area jazz bands will perform on stage. They will receive one on one clinics with some of the finest jazz musicians and educators. During lunch two clinics will be provided for students and directors, in order to assist them in growing the jazz skill set and program.
Come see the DHS Jazz Ensemble and Funky Butt Brass Band at our concert finale March 21st, 2020 at 7pm. Ticket prices for this concert will be $7 for adults and $5 for students. An exciting night of jazz and funk is sure to ensue, with some killer solos and licks. You won’t wanna miss this amazing concert!
De Soto/Farmington Combined Band Concert- March 26th, 2020
In partnership with the HWY 67 Band Consortium, the DHS and Farmington HS Symphonic Bands will be presenting a combined concert on March 26th in the DHS Auditorium. The concert will begin at 6pm, and is free and open to the public.
This concert provides our students the opportunity to work with another clinician, share their progress with the community, and meet other area band students that are also preparing for state music assessment and the Missouri Music Symposium.
The DHS Fine Arts Department invites you to come see all of the arts in one night! The DHS Fine Arts Night brings together Art, Band, Choir, and Drama students performing for the community in order to showcase the amazing talent in our schools. The students in our district have grown immensely throughout the year by creating, improvising, and challenging themselves in all area of the arts. This night is a collection of all of their hard work.
There will be live music provided by band and choir members, performances by members of the Drama classes, and live art demos in the lobby of the auditorium. Come see the incredible achievements of the DHS Fine Arts students!
De Soto HS Fine Arts Night- March 27th, 2020
De Soto MS Band Festival- March 28th, 2020
On March 28th, the DHS Tri-M Chapter #8124 will host the De Soto MS Band Festival. This event brings music students from across the region to perform for expert clinicians and receive feedback.