News and Updates
The Band Program and Kindergarten General Music classroom are all hoppin' at Dawson-Boyd! Check out our regularly updated blog to keep up with what is happening this school year.
I know that it has been awhile since the blog has seen any types of activity, but things have been very, very busy with Dawson-Boyd Bands!
Thursday, November 10th marked our first public performance of the year, as the junior high band, senior high jazz band, and senior high concert band performed in the Fall Band Concert. The groups performed very well and I am proud of how far each of the groups have come. If you missed the concert, or would like to listen again, the concert is archived on The Cube. Follow the link below to check it out:
On Friday, November 11th, the Senior High Band performed at the Veterans Day Program, along with the Senior High Choir. The performance was filled with patriotic tunes, which helped us to reflect on those who have served our country and those we have lost from doing so. If you would like to watch the program back, follow this link:
Now, in what seems like the blink of an eye, we have a winter wonderland outside! Can you believe how quickly the switch got turned from warm fall weather to blizzard conditions that resulted in our first snow day? What a beautiful sight, and a great way to ease the transition into working on the music for the Christmas Concert, which will be held on Monday, December 12th at 7:30 pm.
Before we know it, Christmas break will be here...enjoy your one day week of classes, students! Parents, hope to see you at conferences on Monday evening or Tuesday during the day! Monday and Tuesday from 3:30-7:30 pm will be held in the gym and 7:30 am - 3:30 pm on Tuesday will be held in regular classrooms.
Go grab a cup of hot cocoa, enjoy the snowy scenery, and take the time to have meaningful conversations and laughs with your families over the Thanksgiving holiday!
The past couple of weeks have been nothing short of busy for the Dawson-Boyd students and staff! Homecoming week was a blast, complete with dress up days, the coronation ceremony, and an alumni pep band at the football game! What a great way to come together and show school spirit. Here are some photos from the homecoming festivities:
We only have 16 rehearsals until our concert, and a little over two weeks until the end of Quarter 1! The year has been flying by, and we have been working incredibly hard on our music for the concert. Junior High Band, Senior High Band, and Jazz Band are all ready to go and we cannot wait to share our work with you. For those families/friends who will be out of the area on concert night, which is Thursday, November 10th at 7:30 p.m., there will be the opportunity to live stream the concert via The Cube! More information will come closer to the date of the concert.
Sixth Grade Band lessons are underway as well, and there have been many fun moments! The lightbulbs are going off, and students are quickly becoming more comfortable with making sounds on their instruments. It is an exciting time!
Have a great short week, Blackjacks!
Hello, Dawson-Boyd Band Families!
It's hard to believe that October is already here - it seems like the first day of school was just yesterday. The happenings of the Dawson-Boyd Band Program has been incredibly busy. Here are some of the things we have been up to:
SENIOR HIGH BAND
In senior high band, we have been working on repertoire for our fall concert on November 10th, 2016, our Veterans Day Program on November 11th, and will slowly but surely begin our repertoire for the Christmas Concert on December 12th. It has been very exciting to see the concert repertoire come together and the students have been working incredibly hard. I'm so proud of how far we've come so far this year. And not only that, but with homecoming week upon us, we have a lot to be proud of! Congratulations to the following band members who are 2016-17 class representatives and homecoming court members:
9th Grade: Josh Anyasike and Avery Bartunek
10th Grade: Olivia Stratmoen
11th Grade: Katherine Frank
Senior Boys: Mason Hutt, Jaramey Johnson, Levi Loose, and Cody McKesson
Senior Girls: Madeline Aafedt, Sydney Bartunek, and Alisa Fenske
Homecoming week is bound to be a blast, thanks to the leadership of those on our court and beyond! We will be playing at Coronation (with a select group of students), and hopefully at both of the volleyball games this week. Not only that, but Friday's football game will feature a Dawson-Boyd Student and Alumni Pep Band! Alumni and students will meet in the band room at 5:00 pm on Friday, October 7th, rehearse some of the pep band repertoire, and perform before the game and at halftime!
JUNIOR HIGH BAND
The junior high band has also been working hard on their concert repertoire. We have been reviewing many different musical terms, getting used to playing in cut time, and rehearsing new music. Lots of laughs have been had, as well as many meaningful musical moments. REMINDER: The October Practice Log has been posted on the Junior High Band page - be sure to keep track of your practice time and be honest, 7th and 8th graders!
SIXTH GRADE BAND
Sixth grade band lessons have begun! It has been wonderful to see the excitement in the eyes of the sixth graders as they have been starting their musical journey - and we have 23 students beginning instruments from flute to trumpet to percussion. How exciting! Just a reminder to sixth grade parents that students will need to purchase the 'Tradition of Excellence: Book 1' from Sarlette's or Music Street and be sure to pay the $25.00 instrument rental fee.
That's all for now - I am looking forward to Homecoming Week! Here are the spirit days:
Monday: Lake Day
Tuesday: Pajama Day
Wednesday: Color Day/Crazy Hair Day
Thursday: Dressy vs. Messy
Friday: Black and Gold Day
Well, the first week of school at Dawson-Boyd and Stevens Elementary is in the books! This past week was full of introductions, our first sounds as groups, and the first performance at the home football game against St. Mary's.
Music filled the band room in many different ways this week! In Junior High Band, we did some rhythm games, learned about what it means to be sight reading 'STARS', and played some new concert band music. In Senior High Band, we sight read concert band music, learned some new warm-ups, and worked on pep band music for Thursday's football game. The night proved to be a success, as we had a great turn out and received fabulous feedback from members of the community. This week was also busy with Kindergarten General Music, as Mrs. Mork and Mrs. Schlemmer's classes learned songs including "No More Pie" and "The Great Big Moose", and were introduced to percussion instruments including the cabasa and maraca. Pictured below are a few photos from Thursday night's football game:
For me personally, this week was challenging and rewarding. I am thankful beyond belief to be in such a supportive community with wonderful colleagues and students. Dawson-Boyd is such a special place, and I am blessed to be a part of it. One week down, many more to go!
Hope you have a safe and relaxing Labor Day weekend, Blackjacks!
Hello and welcome to the newly launched web page for the Dawson-Boyd Band Program and Kindergarten General Music classroom! Feel free to navigate the above tabs to explore the pages for each of the core and extracurricular instrumental ensembles, Kindergarteners, and my personal favorite, the Links and Resources tab. Each of the pages will be consistently updated throughout the year, but this blog will be the main source of news and updates for the happenings of our program. Here, we will celebrate successes inside and outside of the classroom and keep you updated on events surrounding all groups.
This is my first year of teaching (and my first time living in a small town), and I can already sense how wonderful and supportive of a community Dawson is. We have a great year ahead, filled with community building and quality music making - can you believe that the first day of school is in 25 days?! But really, who's counting?
Have a great rest of your summer and see you soon,