We are excited to announce that the band directors of the DeSoto School District have invited us to host an instrument step-up night at DeSoto High School on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 at 6pm.
Most students start out playing on a student level instrument. For some students, these instruments are more than adequate to meet their needs for as long as they choose to play. For many other students, they will outgrow their student level instrument and need something more advanced. Most manufacturers offer what they call intermediate and professional level instruments. These instruments are often constructed of materials that are more conducive to providing the optimal tone and response for the player. The more advanced instruments generally have a higher level of precision involved with their construction and often feature components that are either handmade or crafted of materials best suited for obtaining an optimal sound.
The step-up display is a unique opportunity for the middle and high school students to play and compare a variety of intermediate and professional instruments. We will have a large assortment of instruments from many of the premier manufacturers available for your student to try. Our representatives will be on hand to answer any questions that you may have. Your band directors will also be available to offer their advice based on their knowledge of your students abilities. With the ability to try out the various instruments and having both the teachers and our staff on hand, it is an informative evening for both the students and their parents.
For those students who may not be ready to upgrade their instruments, we will also have a variety of woodwind and brass mouthpieces available. An upgraded mouthpiece and/or ligature can greatly improve the tone and response of their student instrument.
We are an authorized dealer for most of the major name brand musical instrument companies and offer competitive low prices on all of our step-up instruments. The following list is a sampling of the brands that we carry in the intermediate and professional range of instruments: Armstrong, Azumi, B&S, Bach, Blessing, Buffet, Cannonball, Conn, Fox-Renard, Gemeinhardt, Getzen, Holton, King, Jupiter, Pearl, Schrieber, Selmer, Sonare, and Yamaha. All of the instruments will carry with them the manufacturers warranty and we stand behind them as well by offering a year’s worth of free service on all normal wear and tear for all new instrument purchases.
We hope you take some time to stop by and take advantage of this opportunity.
The Nottelmann Music Co. staff
The Booster meeting that was originally scheduled for March 21st will be moved to March 24th and will be held in the Junior High Band Room. The meeting will start at 5pm and conclude before trivia begins.
Up for discussion will be the upcoming Home Show Concessions stand, Spring Concerts, and the Band Banquet. We will also have representatives for our mattress sale here for a parent meeting to get that in motion.
We look forward to seeing you!
Congratulations to the following students on the acceptance into the DHS Dragon Pride Marching Band. Marching Band info packets will go out to students in April.
Dear 6th Grade Parents:
Hello, my name is Darrell Boyer and I am the Director of Bands in the De Soto School District. As spring arrives, it is time to recruit students for next years beginning band classes. Over the years, students in the De Soto Band have earned a reputation for excellence in performance. It is our desire to give every child in the De Soto School District the opportunity to join the band program and help us continue this Tradition of Excellence.
The De Soto Junior High Band Program is a celebrated program that currently offers instrumental music instruction to over 140 students! The members of our band come from all backgrounds and have varied interests. Within the band program at De Soto, 60% of our students play a sport and 75% of the band are a member of another activity or club in addition to being a part of the band. Involvement in band is not only fun, but studies have shown that it improves academic performance, organization skills, and higher-order thinking skills.
During my visit today at your child’s school, your child was tested on each of the primary instruments to see which instrument they would have the most success on. This gives us, and your student, an idea of where their strengths may be in band. In order to achieve proper instrumentation we start students on the four primary instruments (Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone/Baritone). As students progress through the program, students are then able to branch out and learn new instruments. We hope to grant a student’s first choice; however that is next to impossible in every case. Instrument choices will be granted based on academic achievement and teacher recommendation. Students that already have an instrument should inform the band staff and we will make every effort to place the student in that band class.
Within the next couple of weeks our junior high counselor, Mrs. Turner, will begin enrolling students for junior high classes next year. Each student should write in “1” next to 7th Grade Band. Later this spring the band staff send out instrument suggestions to all families interested in joining band. This will allow the band staff to make any changes to the instrumentation and make sure students are placed in the correct class. After the student has signed up for band, Mrs. Turner will schedule them in a beginning band class for 7th grade.
Attached to this letter is a form to fill out and return to your student’s music teacher (Mr. Starwalt or Mrs. Boyer) if your child plans to enroll in band. Included in the form is information that will help the band staff place your child in a like instrument class as a 7th grade student. Each class meets for 50 minutes per day. Periodically throughout the year, the classes will be put together to practice for concerts. As a beginning band student, your child will have no more than 3 required concerts per year.
Please fill out the enclosed form and return it to Mr. Starwalt or Mrs. Boyer by Wednesday, March 1, 2017.
If you have any questions there is a FAQ page on the band website (www.desotobands.org). You may also email me (email@example.com) or the Junior High Band Director, Mr. Howard (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thank you for your time and consideration in allowing your child the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and join a wonderful tradition!!
Director of Bands
De Soto School District
Band T-Shirts for the Spring semester are ready to pre-order! Shirts will be $10.00 a piece.
The shirts will be made of a 50/50 Cotton and Poly blend so they will be shrink resistant. The material will also be made with "DryBlend" technology so they will be lighter and provide moisture wicking during hot months.
This shirt will be part of the hot weather uniform for the DHS Marching Band and the DJHS Symphonic Band. Marching band students will be required to wear this shirt underneath their uniform. The 8th Grade Band will wear this shirt on their trip to Six Flags.
The best part about these shirts is that the printer has agreed to donate a portion of each of the shirts BACK TO THE BAND! That's right, a portion of the cost of each shirt will come directly back to the band program to help provide additional resources to the DHS and DJHS Bands!
The design for the tshirt is below. This is just a rough draft, the image will be cleaned up before printing.
Shirt sales are open to all members of the band, alumni, family, and community members.
Dear parents, students, and community members:
The Thanksgiving season serves as a strong reminder that we have much to be thankful for in our music program:
*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 Every Student Succeeds Act.
*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. This is evident in the passage of the bond issue to build the performing arts center at the high school campus.
*Sincere thanks are extended to our administrators. We continue to enjoy an ongoing open dialogue focusing on the role of music as part of a complete curriculum offering.
*From a personal standpoint, THANK YOU, PARENTS! Your keen interest, loyal support and active participation are the essential elements of our successful past, our exciting present, and our promising future.
*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.
Yes, music does make the 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.
Director of Bands
De Soto High School
Vice President of Junior High Jazz
East Central District #7
In speaking of his renowned Theory of Relativity, Albert Einstein said, "It occurred to me by intuition that music was the driving force behind that intuition and my discovery was the result of my musical perception."
Good morning parents and students! Below is the November Update for the band program.
This semester has flown by! Thank you to everyone that helped wrap up the marching season. We have begun our Symphonic Band preparation and the kids sound incredible. I'm very excited for the winter dessert auction.
Two quick notes:
Our 8th Grade Band has received their commissioned piece for the opening of the auditorium. The HS Band was able to read through that this week to check it out.
The November Booster meeting that was planned for November 15th will be an officers meeting for the approval of the Band Booster Bylaws. The meeting time will be 6PM.
Upcoming Events and Dates
November 11th-Veteran's Assembly (Jazz Band plays)
November 14th-18th- Color Guard Mini Camp
November 21- Chair auditions are due via Google Classroom. No excuses.
November 28th- Twin City Parade (Marching Band)
December 3rd- De Soto Christmas Parade (MB)
December 3rd- All State Auditions at Hickman HS (District Band members)
As always, if you have any questions please send them my way. I'm more than happy to clear up any confusion there may be.
Director of Bands
De Soto High School
Parents, Students, Supporters,
What an incredible few weeks it has been. We are now through Homecoming week and on to the second half of our marching band season! Students are doing a wonderful job working to improve themselves and the show. A number of students have been checking the Google Classroom and watching videos of their performances to see what they can do to improve their performance. This is great, and will pay off in the long run. As always, I am extremely grateful for the parents that have donated their time to come in and support the bands over the last few weeks.
Senior Night is this Friday, September 30th. If you have a senior in the band it has been a tradition that the seniors family creates a memory board to be hung on the fence in front of the band. Most seniors/families will get a poster board and post pictures of their senior throughout the years. (Seniors, please have your info sheets to me tomorrow at the beginning of 5th Hour.)
At the game Friday night we will need help placing our backdrops and carrying pit equipment. If you are available, please consider lending a hand to help the marching band.
The marching band has two marching band festivals remaining. Our next one is in Sikeston. Our performance time is set for 4pm. Two weeks later we will be at Ste. Genevieve for their marching festival. This will be our season closer. We will also be the very last band to perform (9pm) before awards.
The HS Band is working on our second fundraising effort of the year. In order for this fundraiser to be successful, we will need the help a local farmer. If anyone is related to a farmer, or personally own cattle, please respond to this email. My goal as director is to keep student fees as low as possible, while at the same time allowing students exciting experiences within music. I also personally do not want our students selling items from fundraising catalogs and will do what I can to keep that from happening. I appreciate anyone whom can help with this endeavor.
All district auditions are November 1st. The East Central All-District Band is made up of the best musicians in our area. To become a member of this group, and then be eligible to audition for All-State Band, students must audition at Festus HS. Any student interested in auditioning for the all-district band needs to speak with Mr. Boyer about setting up a time for an after school lesson.
Stay up to date with what is going on with the band program by following us on social media or Remind. You can follow the band on both Facebook and Twitter by searching DeSoto Bands. If you have taken pictures of the bands or band students over the course of the season, please send them, tweet them, or share them with us. Mrs. Boyer will be creating DVDs of the year and these pictures can be included. For those of you not on social media, I have attached three pictures of our senior banners, a new tradition, and one of the band before the homecoming parade.
If you would like to get updates sent to your phone via text message you may sign up for our Remind text service. Text @dhs5 to the number 81010.
For anyone wanting to share a message with the band, or wish them well, you may follow the link below. Messages posted on this board can be seen by the public and our band students.
September 30th- Senior Night Football Game
October 8th- Band Competition in Sikeston, MO (MB Plays @4PM)
October 18th- Band Booster Meeting @5pm
October 21st- Football Playoffs (If we host at De Soto, the band will play)
October 22nd- Ste. Genevieve Marching Festival (MB Plays @9PM)
October 25th- HS Jazz and 8th Grade Band Halloween Concert
November 1st- All-District Band Auditions @Festus HS @3PM
I hope that you all enjoy your week and I look forward to seeing you all soon!
Director of Bands
De Soto High School
Vice President of Junior High Jazz
East Central District #7
Remind (Text) @dhs5 to 81010
Friday Night Football Game
September 16th, 2016
5 pm Call time, get in uniform, check helmets, rehearse
6:30 pm Troop to field
7 pm Kickoff
After the game all students need to hang their uniforms properly. Percussionists need to help load the trailer for Farmington before leaving. This should not take nearly as long this year as we are using less equipment than years past.
Farmington Marching Invitational
September 17th, 2016
All students should come to the band room dressed in band shorts, shirts, and shoes. We will have limited time to get ready and will need to pack the trailer.
11:45am Full band report to Band Room, put on uniforms
12:45pm Load busses and leave for Farmington
1:45pm Arrive in Farmington and unload
2pm Warm Up
6:15pm Awards (Drum majors need to be present)
6:45pm Load busses and leave for De Soto
8pm Arrive home, put away equipment, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Students should bring money for concessions ($10-15). Parents wishing to sign their student out after the performance may do so with Mr. Howard or Mrs. Solomon. All students are responsible for putting their equipment away.
De Soto Bands