Friday, July 14, 2017

Last Minute Details About Band Camp

Band Camp starts Monday!  We still have 8 volunteer spots OPEN and ONE donation item needed.  Don’t delay, Please Volunteer – We can’t do this without you!

Volunteers – Dress appropriately, it’s going to be hot! Meet at your volunteer location and Thank you!

Here’s a few important Reminders:

Drop-off and pick-up your student(s) on Robin Street (off Commerce Drive).  Students should cross Commerce Drive at the “cross walk” and head to the PAC each morning. Volunteers will be there to guide students.

Camp participants - start drinking water this weekend AND spend some time outside.

Don’t Forget:

·         SUNSCREEN (Bring plenty and plan to use it!)
·         Hat covering the top of your head
·         Sunglasses
·         Pencil, paper, and a 1-inch binder with page protectors
·         Khaki shorts, white shirt, and predominately white tennis shoes for the Preview Show
·         Bug spray *optional

*Students should be wearing tennis shoes/sneakers to practice.  Flip-flops, open-toed shoes, boat shoes, or any other shoes that doesn’t support the arch of your foot are not acceptable.
*Students must maintain the school’s dress code and follow all school rules while participating in any aspect of the band program.

We also want to have FUN:  Be creative, dress for theme days:

Wednesday, July 19th – Superhero day  
 Thursday, July 20th – Blast from the past day
 Friday, July 21st – Tacky Day
Monday, July 24th – Salad Dressing Day
 Tuesday, July 25th – Twin Day
Wednesday, July 26th  – Section Hype Day
Thursday, July 27th   - Twilight Zone Day
Friday, July 28th   – Blue and Gold (school spirit) Day

Friday, July 7, 2017

Sign Up for Band Camp Volunteer Opportunities Now !!!

Band Camp starts a week from Monday.  Secure your favorite volunteer opportunity now by visiting our page.  You can also click on the "Volunteer" tab of the band's website -  In addition to helping the band, volunteering is a great way to meet other band families.  And if you haven't registered your child for band camp yet, you can also do that on the website or visit our online registration here.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Register for Band Camp Online

Please gather your insurance card, physician information and contact information for two non-household emergency contacts before starting form.  The form can be accessed here and the Marching Band Packet can be viewed and downloaded here. Contact Laura Thorsrud, Membership Coordinator with any questions about registration at  You can access our PayPal account from the left side of our website.  

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Commitment Forms Available Here

Did your student loose their commitment form?  Click here to access a new one.

Maker's Faire Volunteering and Pre-Concert Spirit Night at Grindhouse

Volunteers are need to help sell concessions at the Makers Space Grand Opening in Decatur this Saturday.  We will be selling snacks and drinks from 12 - 6 but shifts are short(only three hours each.)  We need at least two adults and six students to fill the slots.  If you are unable to volunteer but love to bake, please send individually packaged baked goods to be sold for $1 a piece.  Drop off will be in the Band Room on Friday.  Click here to access the sign-up page.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Call for Volunteers - Key Positions Needed

The DHS Band Parent Association relies solely on parent volunteers to do the work that ensures that all of our children have a positive band experience.  Currently, we have a small group of 10-15 parents that routinely do much of the work for over 100 marching and concert band students.  For the continuity of our program moving forward, we need more parents to step up and help.

Here’s a list of only some of the jobs performed by this committed group for our program to be successful:

  • Attend all home football games, working in the concession stand. This includes sales, food prep and cleanup after the game.
  • Order food and supplies each week for the concession stand based on sales and attendance from last year and previous games sales
  • Pick up and deliver food and supplies from vendors the week of the game
  • Arrive the afternoon of each home game to prepare food for sale
  • Inventory after each game
  • Negotiate discounts and donations with local businesses for food and supplies for concession stand

Communications Committee: PR, Volunteer Sign-up, and Website/Eblast)

  • Post band events and pin important items to the top of the page
  • Promote and recognize our sponsors on social media
  • Scan City of Decatur posts and repost articles pertaining to the band or music education in Decatur
  • Post photos/videos of performances including marching band competitions and LGPE
  • Post sponsor-related info on the Decatur Business and neighborhood pages
VolunteerSpot Coordinator
  • Work with Event Chairs and Mr. Truan to create VolunteerSpots to organize volunteers
  • Monitor sign-ups to make sure families are signing up
  • Work with other members of Communications Committee to solicit volunteers, if needed
  • Maintain and update our Google Blogger website
  • Work with Mr. Tuan to keep the Google website calendar updated
  • Send Constant Contact eblasts

  • Fits students at beginning of each season, making any sewing alterations as needed
  • Orders new uniforms as needed
  • Coordinates end of season cleaning for all uniforms
  • Attends all games and competitions to assist with uniforms

  • Creates and coordinates list of prospect sponsors, recruits new sponsors
  • Manages relationships with current sponsors
  • Coordinates all band sponsorship programs including individual memberships
  • Our two person fundraising team raised 30k this year for the band program (both marching and concert combined)!!!

We need more band parents to help.  

Currently, we have the following positions open for the 2017-18 academic year:

  • Band Camp (2 chair people needed)
  • Pit Crew Coordinator
  • Fruit Sales Coordinator

Please consider volunteering to help our organization.  We need many people to help do this work to ensure a successful experience for all band students.

Please contact Miguel Alandete (  or Diane Capriola (  for further information about these positions. Or visit the "Band Parents Association" tab of this website.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Dates Announced - Please check the Band Calendar for more details

MFA Southeastern Regional Concert Festival is Thursday night at Georgia State.  Check this link for details.  We need chaperones for lunch and dinner - please check the VolunteerSpot if you are able to do this.  Says Mr. Truan, "This has the potential to be the best concert I have ever been a part of."
Parents should plan to arrive around 7:45 for the DHS performance at 8:15 at the Rialto Theater.
Additional details can be found on the calendar.

Auditions for the 2017-2018 DHS concert bands will be on Thursday, March 30th from 4 - 6 PM.

Marching Band Rookie Camp will be April 24th - 27th from 4 - 6 PM which includes Leadership Auditions.  It will take place in the Gym, Band and Wrestling Rooms.

Drum Major Auditions will be May 1, 2, 3 and 4th from 4 - 6 PM.

Spring Concert is May 11th at 7 PM which includes Senior Night.  There are tentative plans to have a Parent Social prior to the concert.

All band students except percussion ensemble are expected to attend graduation on May 25th.

Band Camp will be held July 17 - 21st from 9 AM - 9 PM at DHS(tentative location.) and July 24 - 28th from 2 PM - 9 PM at DHS.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

DHS Band Car Magnets now Available

Show your Support with the NEW DHS Band Car Magnet!
Want to let the world know that you love the DHS Band program?  Buy your magnet featuring the DHS Band logo Today! 
$10.00 per magnet,  all proceeds go to support the band.  Buy yours today go to “use paypal to make a payment or donation”, when ordering indicate in instructions “Band Magnet” and if your student is in the program their name.  Magnets will be delivered to students in school,  otherwise drop off arrangements will be made.

Announcing 2017/2018 Business Sponsorships!

The support of the business community is critical for the band to meet our fundraising needs of $70,000 per year. Do  you own, work, or know a business that would like to promote their offerings PLUS support our awesome band program?  Click here to see the Business Sponsorship options which includes a unique opportunity to sponsor the Bands beautiful traveling trailer.  Want to find out more or have a prospective Business Sponsor?  Contact Lynne Norton and Irene Sandler Co-Fundraising Chairs at

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Southeast Regional Band Festival - Wind Ensemble Only

Thursday, March 23
 is the SE Regional Band Festival for Wind Ensemble students
Parent chaperones are needed to ride the bus and escort Wind Ensemble students to the MFA Southeastern Regional Concert Band Festival on Thursday, 3/23/17 at Georgia State University. Times are TBD but buses will likely leave at 8:30 a.m. and return around 10 p.m. Students and parents will need to bring money for food. Students will attend all day workshops, and perform at 8:15 p.m. at the Rialto Theatre. All students and parents are welcome to attend the performance.  
Link to the parent sign ups: