DMS Bands Weekly News

October 13, 2019



Don't forget the NEW start time and dismissal time at DMS! This does NOT change morning band room times or after school practice times.

Schedule: Week 2 - E D C B A

Tuesday: Guard/Percussion Basics - 3:30-5:30

Thursday: Guard/Percussion Basics - 3:30-5:30

Thursday: Booster Meeting - DMS Band Room

We hope you had a relaxing Fall Break and are refreshed and ready to get back to the grind!

Check out info below about VOLUNTEERING for the Halloween Dance and our Cobwebs and Cocoa event!!!!!!!! Also - spring trip registration is out!! Yay!!!!

Announcements for All

  • Don't forget the time change! Drop-off time and morning band room times will remain the same. School will start at 8:15 and dismiss at 3:20.
  • Sheet orders have been placed. We will host "Round 2" of sheet sales around November.
  • HALLOWEEN DANCE is in two weeks! 10/24/19 (Get your costumes ready!)
  • Buy dance tickets in the cafeteria during lunch the week of the dance, or in the front office. Presale tickets are $7.
  • COBWEBS & COCOA is on 10/29! Come see our CONCERT BAND perform in the Cafeteria after a quick PTA meeting!!! It's a win-win. Tons of fun.
  • Uniform time is COMING!! Students will need to get uniforms for our performances. Con/Sym have specific outlined uniforms, order forms go out soon. Cadet students need to acquire black and white uniform parts on their own. Check out our "digital used uniform sale" here: Link also included below.


Reminder: concert and symphonic band students are the only ones eligible for this trip.

Visit this newsletter for info - and fill out the google form to hold your spot!


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Upcoming Events:

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Needs: We need people to find the sign up genius in the "fundraising" section below and sign up to help us with donations, volunteering, etc! LOTS of man-power needed at this event, so please consider helping! Here's the dance's S.U.G link again:
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Needs: We need people to donate cocoa, snacks, paper products, etc for our Cobwebs and Cocoa event. Please consider helping out!
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Needs: If you'd like to be a chaperone and can get that Friday 12/13 off work, please consider helping us out and riding the bus down to Tuscaloosa with us! We need some fun-loving and hard working chaperones to help us out.
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Needs: We will need someone to head up our SILENT AUCTION, so if you have any items to donate, keep them and we will send out "the call" soon!

Looking for used uniform pieces? Check here:

DIGITAL SALE - Used Uniforms, Instruments for Sale, Etc

Used Uniform pieces, Instruments for sale, etc. If you have anything to add, please email us at with pictures and descriptions!

Cadet/Beginner Band

All beginner band students should have a BLACK BINDER for class. They can bring in $1 and get one from us if they need to.

As we embark on the second nine weeks, please remember that we are all getting used to band being part of our schedule and our routine! We understand that it's a new skill to develop and sometimes hard to fit into a daily or weekly schedule. Continue to build a practice routine with your student.

Practice routine suggestions:

  • A room with no distractions/people
  • Around 20-30 minutes at a time, then break -- try for at least 3 days a week!
  • Use band book to play from, not just familiar tunes
  • Have students perform for parents and family members
  • Do some of the writing examples throughout and rhythm lines from the back of the book
  • Use a metronome! Free apps are great.
  • Use a TUNER! Our favorite is "Tonal Energy" - but there are some free ones, too.

Concert/Symphonic Bands

Concert Band's first concert: Cobwebs and Cocoa is 10/29! FREE admission, snacks and cocoa, and it starts with a short PTA meeting so you can keep up to date. BE THERE!

Sign up genius for the dance!!!!!

Uniform order forms coming soon. Check out our used uniform newsletter above and see if you can find something. Email us when you've purchased the item so we can take it down!

For those looking into honor bands, we will work harder to get this information included in this newsletter! If you're keeping up with honor bands and application deadlines, please email us at if you have any dates coming up that we need to include. For those looking at UAB middle school honor band, please note that if your student is in DMS Symphonic Band he/she cannot attend UAB HB -- its the same weekend as our UA honor band commitments.



Please fill out the google form below if you are interested in volunteering this year.

Thank you to those who are considering volunteering to help our band program!! We depend on our amazing parent volunteers - and we have fun, too!


Halloween DANCE is coming up!

Hosted by DMS Bands in conjunction with our amazing DMS PTA! PLEASE help us out - this is such a FUN event. After one night we have provided a REALLY fun event for our students and made some good money for some very deserving programs!


10/24/19 in DMS Gym


Tickets $7 presale or $10 at the door

+ Concessions and Haunted Hallway



Volunteers to DONATE concessions! Sign up genius is BELOW.

Volunteers to SCARE children in haunted hallway! Woo!

Volunteers to monitor and chaperone the dance

Do we have any friends in CONSTRUCTION reading this??? Looking for some of this tarp stuff for the HAUNTED HALLWAY for the dance!! Its going to be a blast! ----

Band Room Supply Wish List


We like bribing your children (in the best way)!

-regular computer paper!

-colored computer paper!

-film for Instax instant polaroid camera

-Paper Towels

-Command Hooks


-All chaperones must pass the Secure Volunteer background screen and have a Secure Volunteer ID card.

Please email your receipt for our records! We need to send your name for approval as soon as you apply.

Thank you for your time and dedication!!

Be sure to tune in to our Facebook Group "DMS Bands" for a weekly Spotlight on one of our amazing band classes! We know you will be just as impressed with these awesome students as we are!


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Thank you to our amazing DMS band parents!