Summer Newsletter

We hope that this letter finds you enjoying your summer vacation.  Although school has only been out a few days, it is time to start planning for the new school year.  This past year’s band was extremely successful.  Work has already begun on making the 2019-2020 edition of the Ambassadors in Blue even better.  Many of you are practicing, attending summer camps, holding sectionals, and doing a variety of other things to prepare for this coming year.  I know that we all need a break, but a little practice every day (even 10 minutes) will help make things much easier in the fall and will ensure our success throughout the year.

The following pages contain important items for the coming year.  Please read all of this very carefully and share the information with your parents.  Pay particular attention to the tentative calendar and clear those dates.  If you or your parents have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at the phone number or e-mail address listed below.  Again, I hope that you are having a wonderful vacation. We look forward to seeing you in August! 

BAND CAMP

Band camp is mandatory for all members of the “Ambassadors In Blue” and will run for a brief 4 days.  Students must bring their own lunch, and Dinner will be provided. 

July 16 – 8:00am to 8:00pm

July 17 – 8:00am to 8:00pm

July 18 – 8:00am to 8:00pm

July 19 – 8:00am to 8:00pm

A rough schedule for each day will be as follows:

8:00am-8:30am           Full band meeting
8:30am-11:00am         Marching Practice (Basics and Drill)
11:00am-12:00pm       Lunch (Bring your own)
12:00pm-2:00pm         Sectionals
2:00pm-2:30pm           Break
2:30pm-4:00pm           Full Band Rehearsal
4:00pm-5:00pm           Dinner
5:00pm-6:00pm           Activity
6:00pm-8:00pm           Marching Rehearsal (Music and Drill)

 

 

BAND FEES

             The band fee this year will be $120.  This fee will cover your shirts, all entry and participation fees, and other miscellaneous costs. Percussionist will pay an additional $60.00 User fee.  The rental fee on school instruments is $50.00.  ***FUNDRAISING PROFITS MAY BE APPLIED TOWARDS BAND FEES, (profit does not transfer from year to year)***.  All band fees are due November 1st.

BAND App

While we used Remind last year, we will be switching to the BAND App for communicating with students about important information. Download the BAND App and join the DHS Band group to stay informed. The DHS Band group on the BAND App is controlled by the band directors and will only be used when necessary to get pertinent information out to students.

DeRIDDER MARCHING FESTIVAL

Saturday, October 19th 2019

Last year’s festival was a tremendous success.  This year’s festival promises to be bigger and better than any festival to date. DO NOT plan anything on this date.  We are going to need every band student and their parents to have another successful festival.  Have your parents get your picture ready now to put an ad for you in the festival program.


FOOTBALL SCHEDULE 2019

This schedule is tentative and subject to change as invitations arrive.

DATE             OPPONENT                                      LOCATION

9-6                  South Beauregard                               Away

9-13                Washington Marion                           Home 

9-20                Jennings                                              Away

9-27                Green Oaks (Homecoming)         Home

10-3                Iowa (Thursday)                  Home 

10-1                Bolton              Away 

10-18              Leesville              Home

10-25              Peabody Away 

10-19              DeRidder Marching Festival              Home

10-31              Tioga         (Senior Night)               Home 

11-7                Cecilia                   Away 

                      

October 5th  Pickering Marching Festival Away

October 19th DeRidder Marching Festival Home

October 26th  McNeese Marching Festival Away

November 2nd  Sulphur Marching Festival  Away

 

 

MARCHING UNIFORM

We will be ordering shoes during camp.  Shoes will be $30.00.  Everyone will need regulation shoes.  (old marchers should have last year’s shoes)  We will also be wearing plain black crew socks. J

FALL REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

FULL BAND

Monday & Wednesday 7:45 (Regular first hour band)

Tuesday and Thursday– 7:00 a.m. – 8:44 a.m. (Regular first hour band)

Friday – Outside (Football Field) – 7:45 a.m. -- (One run-through)

ADDITIONAL SECTIONALS

Drumline – Weekly rehearsal every Tuesday 3:30 pm-5:30 pm

Guard – Weekly rehearsal every Tuesday    3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

DISTRICT/ALL STATE AUDITIONS

First round All State auditions will be held on Saturday, September 28th at Barbe High School in Lake Charles.  You were given the music before school let out.  This audition is the first step towards several honors – 2nd Round, All-State, College Scholarships, etc. 

Entry is covered by your band fee.  Everyone is encouraged to participate.  Additionally, audition results will factor into band placement in the spring. It is never too early to begin practicing.

FUNDRAISER

You will have one opportunity to raise funds toward band fees this year.  Our fundraiser will be the Dragon Card.  (Dragon Cards sign-ups will begin during band camp).