Supporting Music in Our Schools
The De Soto Band Program would like to thank all of our students, parents, administrators, board members and community members for their support of the program. The support we receive from our district patrons is invaluable and greatly appreciated.
Some facts and figures about the De Soto Band Program.
There are approximately 250 students enrolled in band at De Soto.
Out of all of these students:
62% are involved in school athletics (football, basketball, volleyball)
75% are involved in another activity (choir, academic team, drama)
Music students consistently outperform non music in EVERY index of scholastic performance. Music students have better reading and math scores, higher rates of attendance, higher rates of college attendance, and lower rates of drop out when compared to non music students.
For this upcoming school year 70% of the 6th grade class have registered to be members of the band program. At Vineland Elementary 92% of the 6th graders have registered to take music.
At a time where school districts are facing budget shortfalls and ever increasing expenditures it is important to remember the value and impact that music has on our students. Band is more than just music instruction, it is life instruction. Students are able to find a place where they can belong, learn valuable skills, and have fun with music.
We are very proud of our students and hope that you take some time to come watch them in action.
District Solo and Ensemble @ Jefferson College
Breaking up is Hard to Do Musical @ DJHS
Mineral Area Jazz Festival @ MAC
Jefferson County HS Honor Band @ Herculaneum HS
Jefferson County Pre-Contest Concert @ Herculaneum HS