This Week in DHS Band and Guard

Week of January 2, 2023

This Week's Schedule

Monday, January 2nd

  • JV Winter Guard 9-11:30 am
  • Varsity Winter Guard 12-4 pm

Tuesday, January 3rd

  • Varsity Winter Guard 9am-4pm (lunch 12:15-1)
  • JV Winter Guard 5-7:30pm

Friday, January 6th

  • Area students leave for hotel, 2:30 pm (see complete itinerary below)

Saturday, January 7th

  • Area Auditions, 10 am, Alice HS

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 are required to be academically eligible to attend the UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest. The 2nd 9 weeks grade will be used for eligibility.

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). The entry fee and piano accompanist fee are due this week.

Here is our current list of entries. Please check them again for accuracy.

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 ensembles will also be performing on February 1st to get some final feedback from a judge before going to UIL the following Saturday. 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.

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. Students will be provided $30 in per diem for the weekend. 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.


Friday, Jan 6th 2023

  • 2:30 pm - Depart Davenport High school for Holiday Inn Express, George West Tx, 200 Nueces St, 78022 - 3691-449-4333
  • 6:00 pm - Arrive at hotel, check in and go to dinner - WE WILL BE GOING TO the local “activity center/bowling alley.” If you want to bowl a few games OR you know you want to eat a lot, bring extra $$.
  • 10:00 pm - Arrive back at hotel (estimated)

Saturday, Jan 7th, 2023

  • 7:00 am Breakfast at hotel/check out
  • 8:00 am depart for Alice High School (stay all day)
  • 8:45 am Registration/Check In
  • 9:30 am Student Meeting in cafeteria
  • 10:00 am Auditions Starts
  • 3:30-4:15 Estimated ending time and leave contest site
  • 4:30-5:00 pm (estimated time) depart for Dinner stop (Chilis in Alice Tx - 1718 Matt Murphy Rd, Alice, TX 78332 and after dinner, depart for DAVENPORT HIGH SCHOOL 23255 FM3009, San Antonio, TX 78266
  • 10:00 pm Arrive at Davenport High School

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 company. Instead of passing on the addition charge of $400 per traveler, we have made the decision to drive to Florida. Updated pricing is below. Here is an updated itinerary. We are now leaving at 3 pm on March 11th and will be returning on Friday, March 17th.

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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

  • 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