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There’s a Reason They are the Band of Pride

(l-r)
Justin Shears
Easton Ford
Jordan Toomey
Amber Sparks
Sarah McDonald

The 2012 Daviess County High School Band of Pride’s marching season came to a close at the Bands of America Grand Nationals on November 9th. The band ended an outstanding season by putting on a great show at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Looking back on the season, the hard-working members of the band have a lot for which they can be proud! Congratruations from WBKR and WOMI!

Lookee here:

- Earning a Grand Championship and a Reserve Grand Championship

-Two distinguished performance ratings during the regular season

- A top-four spot at state semifinals and a state-level distinguished rating.

- KMEA State Marching Band Championships, the band placed 10th in class AAAAA and received a state-level distinguished rating.

- They topped off their season with an outstanding performance at BOA Grand Nationals on November 9th.

All told, band members devoted 335 hours in organized band rehearsal to the preparation of this year’s production. Outside of rehearsing, countless additional hours were spent at competitions, at football games, and in small group sectionals. In every way, they have lived up to the name “Band of Pride!”

Many believe that the marching band season constitutes the bulk of the Daviess County High School band program’s effort during a school year and that, once over, the band can relax and “take
it easy” for the rest of the school year. Nothing could be further from the truth!

We spoke with DuWayne Dale, Director of Bands, who told us:

In early September, before the season had really begun, band members began attending weekly after school sectionals in preparation for All-District auditions. On November 3rd, band members auditioned for spots in the All-District band. Once results came in, 41 members of the DCHS Band had been selected for the All-District Band – that’s 30% of the total number chosen from all 13 high schools in the district! Seventeen band members also advanced to the second round of All-State auditions to be held in December.

All-District is just one example of what lies in store for the band this year. Between today and the time summer arrives, the band will have performed or participated in two concerts here at DCHS, three concert festival performances, All-District, All-State, approximately 15 basketball games, three college/ university honor band clinics, the spring musical, several jazz band performances, two solo and ensemble festivals, and a performance at graduation. Rest assured, the members of the Band of Pride won’t be idle!

Visit DCHSArts to see some of the great things going on in Music, Dance, Drama, and Visual Arts at Daviess County High School and learn about programs and course offerings.

Here are some upcoming band events, that make me tired just writing about them!:

Saturday t – All-State Jazz Band Auditions

Saturday – Jazz Band Performance at Holiday Stroll

December 7th – Pep Bands perform at Boys/Girls Apollo, Double-Header: MS Band Night

December 8th – All-State Band Round 2 Auditions

December 13th – Christmas Concert with DCHS Choir, Orchestra, and Drama

December 13th and14th – Christmas Concert Tour

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