WELCOME to the DeSana Middle School Band! We are looking for you to be a part of our award-winning band.
We are finishing our 5th year, and our band has accomplished some pretty amazing things in spite of the many challenges that we have faced this year. For FOUR Straight Years we have earned STRAIGHT SUPERIOR RATINGS at the GMEA Large Group Performance Evaluation. Our students continue to participate in the District Honor Band as well as attending solo and ensemble festival. Last year, 46 of our band students performed solos at the solo festival and 44 EARNED the top rating of SUPERIOR! On May 1st of this year we had 41 students attend Solo and Ensemble Festival (20 beginners) and 40 of those students earned the top rating of SUPERIOR!!!! This is a huge accomplishment and a true sign that we are a terrific group of young musicians.
By now, usually I would have already been to your schools to speak with you about band. This year has to be a bit different. So, you will be receiving information electonically as well as through mail. I am hoping that we will have a great turnout for our 6th grade band for the 2021-2022 school year-and the only way we can do that is through YOU!
We would like you to be a part of this as well. Please go to the link (https://www.forsyth.k12.ga.us/Page/50805) and click to sign up for band. You need not have ANY experience. I will teach you how to play, count and read music. As a beginner, you will have 3-5 concerts that you will perform in and from the start to the end of the year, you will be amazed at what you can learn!
A brief history of our program. Our first year as a school we had 86 beginners, in year 2 we had 104. Year 3 brought us 115 beginning students and year 4 we had 135 AMAZING 6th grade band students in our program. This year I am looking forward to beating that record with at least 150 in our 6th grade beginning band. In 2019, my advanced Symphonic Band traveled to Orlando to the MUSIC USA FESTIVAL at Universal Studios. We had an amazing performance and when all was said and done, we ended up winning the title MOST OUTSTANDING MIDDLE SCHOOL. BUT that was not all. We also took home the top honor of HIGHEST SCORE of the FESTIVAL beating 2 high school bands. WE WERE GRAND CHAMPIONS!!! While in the DeSana band you will have the opportunity to travel as well.
When school starts we will begin the process of choosing instruments. You will be allowed to try as many as you like until we find the one that suits you and you are comfortable with. I am always excited to begin this process because each of you will have a different interest-but you will be successful on your chosen musical instrument.
When you receive my email, please email me back stating your name and that you want to be a part of the amazing band program at DeSana. Also sign up on the link provided as well. That will assure that you will be signed up for band. I look forward to hearing from you all!
Have a great summer and refresh yourself before you return to our Marvelous school-DeSana!
Click the link below then scroll down to the infomation about how band helps make you an even more incredible person!!!! Then continue to the videos on all the different instruments that are available. Happy searching!