This Week in DHS Band and Guard

Week of December 5, 2022

This Week's Schedule

Monday, December 5th

  • Region Band Clinic, 8:30 am Check In
  • Region Band Concert, 7 pm (free)

Wednesday, December 7th

  • Last day to sell Butter Braids

Thursday, December 8th

  • Varsity Winter Guard Rehearsal, 5-7:30 pm
  • Jazz Band Performs at DHS Fine Arts Showcase ($10), 7 pm, 6:30 pm Call Time on Stage

Saturday, December 10th

  • Jazz Band Performs at Garden Ridge Market Days, 11 am - noon, 10:30 am Call Time at Northeast Bible Church

UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest

We are hosting the UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest on February 4th. Students that earn a 1st division rating on a solo or ensemble will earn a letter jacket if they have not already done so. Students that play a Class 1 solo (from memory) or and Class 1 ensemble and earn a 1st division rating will advance to the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest at the end of May in Austin, TX. These state qualifiers will earn an overnight trip, and their picture will be added to our wall of fame in the band hall.

All students who go to UIL will be responsible for the entry fee ($10). Students performing an accompanied solo will also be responsible for paying half the cost of the piano accompanist ($60).

Students who are interested in going to UIL Solo and Ensemble need to fill out this Google Form by Wednesday of this week so that we can begin assigning solos ad ensembles to students before the Winter Break.

All wind students (woodwinds and brass) not going to UIL Solo and Ensemble will perform a solo at the Winds Solo Recital on February 1st. All percussion students will perform on the Percussion Solo Recital on February 28th.

All ensembles will also be performing at the Casino Night on February 11th in the evening.

Region Band Concert and Clinic

The Region Band Clinic and Concert is Monday, December 5th at Davenport HS. Students will wear concert uniforms - tuxes/dresses. We want to send out a huge thank you to Emily Lachance and Katherine Solidum for their work in getting 38 students fitted in one week.

Schedule for the day

  • 8:30 am - Check in on stage or in band hall
  • 9:00 am - Rehearsal begins
  • Noon - Lunch break - bring food or eat in cafeteria
  • 1:30 pm - After noon rehearsal begins
  • 4:30 pm - Dinner break - bring food or have delivered
  • 6:30 pm - Check in for concert fully dressed in concert uniforms
  • 7:00 pm - Concert begins

Students will need to have a plan for lunch and dinner - either bring food or make arrangements to have food delivered. Eating lunch in the cafeteria for lunch is an option.

Fine Arts Showcase

Our Jazz Band is performing at the Fine Arts Showcase on Thursday, December 7th at 7 pm. Tickets can be purchased at the link below starting on Monday, December 5th.

Call time for the Jazz Band is 6:30 pm on stage. Students are encouraged to wear a tacky holiday sweater and a Santa hat but may also wear business casual attire. Our performance will be over at approximately 7:15 pm. We will be perfoming the same charts again at the Band Holiday Concert on Monday, December 12th.

Garden Ridge Market Days Jazz Band Performance

Our Jazz Band will be performing at the Garden Ridge Market Days on Saturday, December 10th from 11 am - noon. We will be performing outside. Students are encouraged to wear a tacky holiday sweater or Christmas clothes but may also wear jeans and their band polo. Students will be responsible for their own transportation to and from the event. We will meet at 10:30 am at Northeast Bible Church.

Area Auditions

Congratulations to the 21 students that have advanced to Area in ATSSB All-State Audition process! The final round of auditions to make the All-State band is Saturday, January 7th in Alice, TX. We will be leaving DHS at about 2:30 pm on January 6th to travel to Alice, TX. Please read the Area letter below with information on how to prepare for the next audition. Students will play all scales and all of each etude for the next audition.


Master Class sign-up

State T-Shirts

All of the missing shirts from our State Marching Band Contest t-shirts order are in. We will be handing them out to students this week.

Butter Braid Fundrasier

We are in the last few days of the Butter Braid Fundraiser. The fundrasier will end on December 7th at 11:59pm. Delivery will be December 14th. We are raising money for next years marching show :) Please help us make this fundraiser a success!

Here is the link to create an individual Butter Braid accounts.

Here is a video explaining the fundraiser.

Florida Trip Update

Travel companies are not able to book airfare until 3-4 months before trips. The cost of airfare for our trip to Florida came in over $400 above what was budgeted by the travel compny. Instead of passing on the addition charge of $400 per traveler, we have made the decision to drive to Florida. The price per traveler will be approximately $100 less than originally published this summer. We will get the exact cost out in next weekend's newsletter. Here is an updated itinerary. We are now leaving at 3 pm on March 11th and will be returning on Friday, March 17th.

Holiday Concert

Our Holiday Concert is December 12th at 7 pm in the DHS Auditorium. All Color Guard students are also performing at this concert. All band students will need to stay after school for rehearsal from 4:45-5:45 the day of the concert. Students may stay on campus between the rehearsal and the concert. We will be wearing dress pants and school appropriate tacky holiday sweaters. Students who do not wish to wear a tacky holiday sweater may wear business casual attire – dress pants and a collared shirt or a dress that covers the shoulders and goes past the knee when sitting down. No open toed shoes.

Fee Payments

Here are the links for making a credit card payment for your convenience if you are making monthly payments on your band or color guard fees. We are still accepting cash or check.

Fee payments (Use this link for everything except instrument usage fees.)

Instrument usage payments

Upcoming Events

  • December 12th, Band Holiday Concert and Winter Guard Parent Meeting, Davenport HS, 7 pm
  • December 13th, Concert Band auditions during class (chromatic scale and 1st phrase of fast region etude)
  • December 14th, Butter Braid Delivery, Davenport HS
  • December 29th, Area masterclass, Davenport HS
  • January 7th, Area Auditions, Alice, TX
  • February 1st, Wind Solo Recital, Davenport HS
  • February 4th, UIL Solo and Ensemble, Davenport HS
  • February 11th, Casino Night, evening off campus
  • February 21st, Mid-Winter UIL Preview Concert, Davenport HS, 7 pm
  • February 28th, Percussion Solo Recital, Davenport HS, evening

Band Staff

Jeffrey Keyes

Director of Bands

Davenport HS

Dean Ponseti

Associate Band Director

Davenport HS

Kim Booher

Color Guard Director

Davenport HS

Alexis Dillon

Color Guard Assistant Director

Davenport HS

Kelsey Lien

Director of Bands

Danville MS

Nichele Gonzales

Assistant Director of Bands

Danville MS