The DMS bands have upcoming tests next Tuesday. The 6th grade will be testing 3.9 in their Measures for Success, 7th will perform Lonesome Dove, and 8th will perform He's a pirate. Students can upload tests in their google classroom(codes on the home page) or perform for us in class Tuesday. The DCHS band completed a test just before the break and will receive that back asap. Please help encourage students to practice so they can do their best.
Reeds? What even are Reeds?
Let's talk reeds! Reed players need a minimum of 3 reeds. Like any wood like material, reeds wear down from their constant exposure to moisture and the drying out. However, by rotating reeds every day, it helps the reeds last longer. You never want to perform a concert on a new reed because it has not been 'broken' in by being used. New, dry reeds will cause squeaking until they can go through the process of curing(wet to dry). Reeds come in different sizes. The smaller the size, the thinner the reed. Younger students tend to do best on lower numbers because they are developing the muscles needed to perform. We do not recommend using anything smaller in size than a 2.5. As players continue to play, they tend to need to move up in size to balance with their muscle development. You move up in 1/2 steps and we are happy to let them try new sizes as we have them. If they change sizes, but still have a lot of the previous size, we typically can work out a reed swap so you are not out extra money when they need to change. If you have any questions about the best way to order new reeds or the brands to order, please let us know.
Students are encouraged to listen to the uploaded practice recordings located under their school, then grade.
Stay tuned for next week when we talk valve oil, slide grease, and cork grease!
The trash bag sale is in full swing. Students are encouraged to sell 10 cases( or donation equivalent) in order to go to the Party on March 1st. The party is at DCHS from 3:30-7pm. More details to come.