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:


Concessions:
  • 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
Website/Calendar/Eblasts
  • Maintain and update our Google Blogger website
  • Work with Mr. Tuan to keep the Google website calendar updated
  • Send Constant Contact eblasts


Uniforms
  • 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


Fundraising
  • 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 (miguel.alandete@wellsfargo.com)  or Diane Capriola (dmcapriola@gmail.com)  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 http://www.decaturband.org/ 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 DHSBandFund@gmail.com.

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:

Friday, February 24, 2017

LGPE - Large Group Performance Evaluation Details


Friday, March 10th is LGPE at Southwest DeKalb High School. One chaperone spot still available for Wind Ensemble. Sign up via our band SignUp Spot webpage using the links below.

Symphonic band bus leaves at 12:30 and students will perform at 3:45, returning to DHS around 5:30. Symphonic students will miss periods 5-7 of the school day. Teachers have been notified, but students should email teachers to remind them and follow up for missed work. Students need to bring food/snack and/or money for food.

Wind Ensemble meets at 5:30 p.m. with buses departing DHS at 6, performs at 8:15, and will return to DHS around 10 p.m. Students need to eat dinner before they leave, and/or bring a snack.

Parents are welcome at LGPE. If your student rides home from LGPE with you, you must notify a chaperone so they can remove your child's name from the bus list.

You can use the links below:

Our band page volunteer section:

or directly to the SignUp.com website

Monday, February 13, 2017

Monday, January 30, 2017

Update for the Week of January 30, 2017


If your student is participating in District Honor Band this week, we need chaperones. Please visit our VolunteerSpot link at 
http://signup.com/go/D2Q2Tt to sign up for a spot.  Details are included with the sign-up.  Please email Mr. Truan directly if you have specific questions - rtruan@csdecatur.net.

There will be a Disney Trip meeting for students and parents this Thursday, February 2nd at 7 PM in the new band room.

Marching rehearsals for the Disney trip will take place next week, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday February 7th, 8th, and 9th from 4 - 6 PM at Winnona Park Elementary School. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Itinerary for Disney Trip



Decatur High School
Performance Tour of Orlando
Including Participation in Disney Performing Arts OnStage
February 16 – 19, 2017

Working Itinerary
(January 4, 2017)

Thursday, February 16, 2017


5:30 am                        Depart Decatur High School early this morning to begin your journey to Orlando. (Approximate drive time is 7 ½ hours without stops, 495 miles.)

Lunch                          Make a stop for lunch en-route.  Meal stipend included ($10.00 value)
                                   
Approx.
2:00 pm                        Welcome to Orlando!  Upon arrival, meet your Gateway Tour Manager.
Gateway Tip:  Download Disney’s “My Disney Experience” app to navigate the parks, schedule FastPass options for the rides, view wait times for attractions, and more!

Disney Parks               Movie magic comes to life at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, awash in the glitz and glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Age.  Step into the action with attractions based on blockbuster movies and top TV shows, and delight in exciting entertainment that puts you center stage.  With the vibrancy of a bustling movie set, this park features 8 sections: Hollywood Boulevard, Echo Lake, Sunset Boulevard, Streets of America, Commissary Lane, Pixar Place, Mickey Avenue and Animation Courtyard areas.

Park Hours (subject to change):  9:00 am – 8:00 pm

Dinner                         Disney Youth Dining card is provided for dinner ($10.00 value).

8:15 pm                        Board coaches and depart for hotel.

Hotel                           Your Gateway Tour Manager will assist with hotel check-in. 

 

                                       Radisson Resort Orlando – Celebration

                                       2900 Parkway Blvd

                                       Kissimmee, FL 34747

                                       Phone: 407-396-7000

                                       Website: www.radissonorlandoresort.com




Friday, February 17, 2017

7:00 am                        Enjoy the breakfast buffet provided at the hotel.  It will include sausage, waffles, French toast or pancakes, cereal, bacon or sausage, fresh fruit, coffee and juice.

8:00 am                                    Load instruments on coaches

8:15 am                         Depart for Epcot® Park

10:30 am                   Your group will march at Disney’s Epcot® Park in the Future World March including a five minute stand still performance by the Epcot Fountain.

Disney Parks               Discover exciting attractions, enchanting international pavilions and award-winning fireworks. Celebrating the human spirit, Epcot® has 2 distinct realms: Future World, which features technological innovations, and World Showcase, which shares with guests the culture and cuisine of 11 countries: Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, the United States, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom and Canada.

Park Hours (subject to change):  9:00 am – 9:00 pm

Lunch                          Disney Youth Dining card is provided for lunch ($10.00 value).

Dinner                         Disney Youth Dining card is provided for dinner ($10.00 value).

8:45 pm                        Meet outside “Le Cellier Steakhouse” in Canada.

9:00 pm                        IllumiNations fireworks show (12 minutes in length)
                                    Time of fireworks show is subject to change

9:30 pm                        Board your coaches for your hotel.




Saturday, February 18, 2017

7:30 am                        Enjoy the breakfast buffet provided at the hotel.  It will include sausage, waffles, French toast or pancakes, cereal, bacon or sausage, fresh fruit, coffee and juice.

8:30 am                        Board coaches for Disney’s Magic Kingdom® Park.

Disney Parks               Fairytale dreams come true for children of all ages at Disney’s Magic Kingdom® Park. Delight in classic attractions, enchanting fireworks, musical parades and beloved Disney Characters across 6 whimsical lands. See fantasy become a reality as you explore Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland and Main Street, U.S.A areas. Zoom through space, become a swashbuckling pirate and watch fireworks light up the sky over Cinderella Castle.

                                    Park Hours (subject to change):  9:00 am – 9:00 pm

Lunch                          Disney Youth Dining card is provided for lunch ($10.00 value).

Dinner                         Disney Youth Dining card is provided for dinner ($10.00 value).

 

8:30 pm                        Meet outside “Casey’s Corner” on Main Street.

9:00 pm                        Wishes nighttime spectacular fireworks show (12 minutes in length)
                                    Time of fireworks show is subject to change

9:30 pm                        Board coaches for your hotel.


Sunday, February 19, 2017


7:00 am                        Enjoy the breakfast buffet provided at the hotel.  It will include sausage, waffles, French toast or pancakes, cereal, bacon or sausage, fresh fruit, coffee and juice.

Check Out                   Check out of your hotel this morning.  Your Gateway Tour Manager will assist with the check out logistics. 

8:00 am                        Load luggage

8:30 am                        Depart for Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Park

Disney Parks               Encounter exotic animals and exciting adventures at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Park, the largest animal theme park in the world. Home to more than 1,700 animals across 250 species, the park reflects Walt Disney’s dedication to conservation and is committed to animal care, education and research. Explore 7 enthralling lands: Oasis, Discovery Island, Camp Minnie-Mickey, Africa, Rafiki's Planet Watch, Asia and DinoLand, U.S.A. areas.

Park Hours (subject to change):  9:00 am – 7:00 pm

Lunch                          Disney Youth Dining card is provided for lunch ($10.00 value).

2:00 pm                        Board coaches and travel back to Georgia.

Dinner                         Meal stipend included ($10.00 value) for a meal stop en-route.

10:30 pm                       Arrive Decatur High School this evening.