High School Concert Band
When students enter the high school they participate in the High School Concert Band. 9th through 12th grade band students participate in the Concert Band. The Concert Band meets on a daily basis and is comprised of students that have successfully completed the middle school band program either here or at another School. The Concert Band performs at the high school holiday, winter, and spring concerts.
In addition to these performances the Concert Band gets the opportunity to perform at the MSBOA District VI Band and Orchestra festival in late February/early March where the band is critiqued on their performance and given a rating from 1 to 5, 1 being the highest.
Students also have the option of performing at the District VI MSBOA Solo and Ensemble Festival in early February. At this festival students are given the opportunity to perform up to three events, either a solo or an ensemble (two or more players.) Students will be critiqued by a judge and given a rating from 1-5, 1 being the highest rating. If a student receives a 1 rating at district festival they are invited to the MSBOA State Solo and Ensemble Festival in March. Students taking a solo to state festival are given proficiency tests consisting of scales and sight reading based on grade level.
The high school concert uniform consists of a black concert dress with black shoes for women. The men are required to wear a white dress shirt, black socks, and black shoes. Long black ties are to be purchased by the student.
Parents are encouraged to attend any or all of these events to support their children and the Dowagiac Bands.
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