Weekly News - October 13, 2019


We've got a lot going on this week, and a lot of important information in this newsletter. Please Read!!

First up, a friendly reminder that monthly billing for your student is due on the 15th. We have several big expenses coming up in the next couple weeks and we appreciate everyone staying on top of it!

Next, it's time to clean uniforms again. Receipts must be turned in by this Friday, the 18th by texting a copy to 505-234-6299 or email and don't forget to put your student's name on the receipt.

Pageant of Bands is a couple weeks away but it's time to Volunteer!! POB is run by the booster community, and Eldorado is a key leader in putting this event on. Please Sign Up Here for a short 3 hour slot to help make this event a success!

The ZIA Marching Festival is this Saturday. So is a playoff game for our New Mexico United Soccer Team at 7:30pm. Expect parking to be an issue with two big events going on. UNM is charging for parking this year as well so bring cash. ZIA event tickets can be purchased at the gate.

And now a word from Mr. Dubbs...

Parents and Students,

Good job to our students for their performance at Friday’s football game. Thank you as well to our marching staff and parent volunteers for their assistance at this event.

We appreciate those who were able to join us at our concert last Wednesday. We enjoyed sharing the music with you. The students did a great job.

This is a big week for the band! The Zia Marching Fiesta (state competition) takes place Saturday! Our students have put many hours into this show and we continue to push to improve this last two weeks of our marching season.

Here is what we have for the week:

Monday- sectionals from 2:35pm to 3:15pm for woodwinds and brass

(Pit students arrive earlier for zero hour to unload the truck.)

Tuesday-marching practice from 3:00pm to 5:00pm

US Army Field Band will perform a free concert at V. Sue Cleveland HS at 7pm.

Tickets are available here:

Wednesday-percussion practice from 5pm to 7pm

Color guard practice from 5:45pm to 7pm

Friday-Football game at Wilson Stadium

IMPORTANT- We will be meeting at EHS at 4:45pm to take a picture of the band in full uniform in front of the library. (This picture will replace the pictures that we usually take at Zia and Pageant of Bands.) When you arrive to school, make sure you get your uniform shirt on ASAP and head out to the courtyard. Thank you in advance to Mr. Allen for doing this and giving our families the chance to purchase this photo.

Inspection will take place after the picture.

We will depart for Wilson at 5:45pm.

WE WILL BE LEAVING AFTER OUR HALFTIME PERFORMANCE. Please plan on an earlier pick up time from EHS that evening. Watch for the text that will go out. Get rest! Saturday is a long day.

Saturday- ZIA!!! Please see the full itinerary on the website here.

Please make sure you are present and on time every day!

Best of luck to all of our students!!!!

Mr. Dubbs

Welcome Back...

Here's the Recap:

  • Charms Billing Due Tuesday.
  • Uniform Cleaning Receipts Due Friday.
  • Football Game Friday Night - Report at 4:45 for Band Picture!
  • ZIA Saturday!
  • POB two weeks out, Volunteers Needed!

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JP Bowdoin


Weekly News - October 6, 2019

Welcome to BANDTOBER!!

And what a great start to the busiest month of the year at the Valencia Classic yesterday! Our Eagles gave the crowd an Amazing Show and I hope you were able to make the long trek to Los Lunas to watch. If you did not, HERE is a link to the show.

HUGE thanks to our Chaperones, Pit Crew and Food Crew! It is truly no small feat to move over 2200 lbs of props for our show, move and feed our massive band of 166 and all on a down to the minute schedule. THANK YOU ALL who work so hard behind the scenes!!

Two quick announcements:

  • Pageant of Bands preorders are now available in the Charms Store. Buy your pins, patches, and tickets for POB Now. Deadline for orders is Saturday the 12th. Orders will be distributed at Band Practice on the 15th and 22nd. **Due to timing at the event we will not be taking a picture at POB. A group picture will be taken at a later date.
  • Guard Parents - Save the Date: Winter Guard planning meeting for members and parents on Wednesday, Oct 30, 6:30 pm. Any students interested in joining Winter Guard for the spring semester and their parents are also invited!

And now a word from Mr. Dubbs...

Parents and Students,

Congratulations to our marching band for their performance at the Valencia Invitational on Saturday! They did an outstanding job and we are very proud of this first big performance. They received a rating of Superior in visual performance, music performance, overall effect, and color guard. They also received a rating of Excellent for percussion. Way to go students! We are excited to see you continue this great work as we get closer to Zia and Pageant of Bands.

Everyone in the group is important! Please continue to work on your marching, music, and overall performance. In addition, maintain a positive attitude, help each other out, stay healthy, and have good attendance.

A big thank you to our staff for the work they are doing with the students on a daily basis. These individuals are not only a great resource to our program and students but great people as well!

Many thanks again to all of our parent volunteers for your assistance on Saturday. We could not do this without you! Your help with chaperoning, prop duty, feeding students, uniforms, cheering us on, etc. is very much appreciated.

This week:


Monday - Woodwind and Brass Sectionals after school: 2:35pm to 3:15pm.

(ALL STUDENTS will also be meeting in the PAC for zero hour this day)

Tuesday - Marching practice from 3:00pm to 5:30pm. Dress appropriately for the weather. ALL STUDENTS must wear athletic shoes for any marching rehearsal or you will not participate that day.


Color guard will still practice from 5:45pm to 7:00pm.



Report time is 6:00pm. All students will need to be seated in the PAC by 6:15pm. Jazz Band 3 will be set up on stage and performing first.

Concert Band - Wear your white pep band shirt(tucked in), jeans (no holes), and tennis shoes for this concert. All jazz students will wear their jazz attire for the entire evening.






(Students will be assigned equipment to put away.)

*students not in these ensembles can earn lettering points for attending this performance. They must see Mr Dubbs after the performance, write a one-paragraph review of the concert, attach it to a program, and submit it by Monday.

Friday - FOOTBALL GAME AT WILSON STADIUM vs. LA CUEVA! This is a big game!

(WE WILL BE MEETING AT THE SOUTH BUS PARKING LOT AT WILSON STADIUM AT 6:00pm) Students must be on time so everyone enters the stadium at the same time. Students who drive should not park in that lot. Use the home side parking lot as you did for the stadium rehearsal we had. All students must:


*HAVE THEIR FLIP FOLDERS WITH THEM - We will check for this as part of the grade for this performance.




Looking ahead:

Please note the times for Zia on October 19. This itinerary is posted on the band website. (Zia is a ALL DAY EVENT!!!!) Pageant of Bands will be posted early this week.

Please be reminded:

All pre-arranged absences must be submitted and excused at least two weeks prior to a performance. At that time, the absence will be considered excused or not excused.

Let’s have a great week! Thank you for your support of the EHS Band!

Mr. Dubbs

Welcome Back...

Here's the Recap:

  • Friday Football Game - We will meet at the stadium. Parents, please help us with pick up On Time. Pick up of students is on the South Side of the stadium when we text.
  • POB Preorders - Order by This Saturday the 12th for pins, patches and tickets.
  • Fall Concert - Wednesday 6:30pm in the PAC

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JP Bowdoin


Weekly News - September 29, 2019

Happy Sunday Band!

Big Week Ahead! - Our First competition is this Saturday - the Valencia Classic Marching Invitational! Note we will be feeding the kids at dinner, but not lunch.

Spring Trip Last Chance - We are extending the deadline to This Friday. Please consider paying your deposit for this amazing 2020 Spring Trip we have planned for our students.

The Holiday Luminaria Fundraiser is coming and we need many hands to help fold Luminaria bags! Reach out to Amy Allen for bags, or find us folding at the Games and competitions. This is another of our BIG fundraisers and many hands make light work!

And now a word from Mr. Dubbs...

Band Families,

We are very proud of the improvement our students are making on the marching show. They are getting better every week and we appreciate their hard work and effort in making this the best show it can possibly be. Keep it up students!

Thank you again to our parent volunteers for your assistance at the football game Friday and for the many tasks you are doing each week to help our program. Your time and effort is truly appreciated by our staff and students!

Please be reminded:

- Dress appropriately for the weather. The mornings are getting colder and we need to have productive rehearsals each day without letting the weather affect what we are doing.

- Everyone makes a contribution. Students, please continue working on parts of the music and marching components of the show that you need to work on. Make improvements every day and do your best to help each other in and out of class. Also, make sure you are taking care of business in your other classes as well. If anyone needs assistance in their classes, let me know and I can direct them to the proper resources.

- Parents, continue to stay on top of Charms payments. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding. We still have many financial commitments for the marching season and for the rest of the year.

- We should get updates this week on eligibility. Students and parents will be notified individually if there are issues with eligibility.

- Wind Ensemble/Symphonic Band/All State audition recordings, for woodwind and brass instruments, are available here. Please take advantage of this great resource to get a grasp on how the music sounds.

Click HERE for the full list of recording videos.

Percussion will have some clinics in the near future on their music.

This week: (Please note days for woodwind and brass playoffs at lunch. These playoffs will be by memory and include movement 2 and 3 of our show.)

Monday: Sectionals for woodwind and brass students - 2:35pm to 3:15pm


Tuesday: Marching practice from 3:00pm to 5:30pm


Wednesday: Percussion practice from 5pm to 7pm. Please be at the field by 4:45pm to set up for rehearsal.

Color guard practice from 5:45pm to 7pm






Saturday: Valencia Marching Invitational. (first competition/ festival) Please see the itinerary.


Looking ahead:

OCTOBER 9: Fall Jazz Band and Concert Band Concert!!!! 6:30pm in the PAC.

We have been working on music for this concert since the beginning of the year and look forward to sharing it with you. Jazz band students will have their jazz band shirt and tie by this concert. (This will be charged to your child's Charms account.) Those that are in the Concert Band will wear their white pep shirt, jeans, and tennis shoes for this concert. Jazz students that are in the Concert Band will wear their jazz uniform for the evening. (A more formal uniform will be issued to these students after marching season is over.)

OCTOBER 19 is ZIA!!!!!!! This is an ALL DAY event! See the itinerary here.

OCTOBER 26 is Pageant of Bands! The itinerary for this will be posted soon.

DECEMBER 2: Fundraiser Concert featuring Screamin' Eagles Jazz Band, the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra and special guest soloist, Wayne Bergeron on trumpet!!! Mr. Bergeron is one of the best jazz and studio trumpet players in the world. You can see a list of his credits here:

If you know of a business who would like to be a sponsor for this event, please let me know asap. Our students and community will be blown away by Mr. Bergeron's playing!

Best of luck to our students as they enter the final month of marching season!

Mr. Dubbs

Welcome Back...

Here's the Recap:

  • No Football Game this week!
  • Valencia Marching Invitational This Saturday - See the schedule for details
    • Feed your students well and get them to bed early Friday night!
  • Spring Trip deposit deadline extended to This Friday!

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JP Bowdoin


Weekly News - September 22, 2019

Happy Sunday Band!

Another successful fundraiser for our band!! Many thanks to our board members Joanna Eckstein and Jenny Newman for spearheading the effort. Thanks as well to Jennifer Lange for the new signs and her huge help with the Car Wash! With the help of ALL of our parent volunteers and our Band who shared their musical and car washing talents, we raised $1800 for our Band!!! WELL DONE EVERYONE!

On To Business...

This week on Wednesday and Thursday Scarpas is hosting restaurant nights. No flyer necessary, just mention EHS band. This applies to take out orders as well. Support the band by having dinner! Share with friends and family!

The Holiday Luminaria Fundraiser is coming and we need many hands to help fold Luminaria bags! Reach out to Amy Allen for bags, or find us folding at the Games and competitions. This is another of our BIG fundraisers and many hands make light work!

Uniform Receipts Are Due This Week! And PLEASE, as you turn in your receipt, make sure your Student's Name is on the receipt!

SPRING TRIP DEPOSITS ARE DUE!! Families, Please get those deposits in! Swing by the Spring Trip Preview page for a sneak peek! Your students does not want to miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to play on the deck of the USS Midway!

And now a word from Mr. Dubbs...

Band Families,

Happy Sunday! Congratulations to our students for their first performance of the entire marching show! It is a great start and we are excited about adding more to it before competition season begins.

Many thanks to our pit crew and parent volunteers for their assistance at the football game on Friday! Your efforts are very much appreciated. Also, thanks to all of the volunteers for your time at our car wash yesterday. I'm glad the weather held out for us and that we were able to run the event. It was very successful!

PLEASE make sure you stay on top of your payments to the boosters. Whether you are attending the spring trip or not (we hope most will go), it is imperative that we keep the payments coming in. Again, if you need to make arrangements with our treasurer for alternate payment dates, please contact Mr. Griswold at Thank you.

Make sure your child is dressing appropriately for the weather. Some of the mornings are getting chilly and we need to make sure students are prepared for productive rehearsals. This goes for afternoon rehearsals as well.

Eligibility Check - The activities office will be checking eligibility at the end of the this coming week. Any upperclassmen (10-12 grade) who are still in academic jeopardy from last spring or summer and did not fix these issues during this first six week grading period, may be ineligible for our upcoming competitions and for events the rest of the semester. I will be speaking to students on an individual basis later this week. This rule does not apply for Freshmen FOR THE FIRST SEMESTER ONLY. Semester grades (in December) for freshmen and all students will affect spring activities.

Tuesday, September 24, is the last day to sign up for a concert all state audition. At that point, all of those names will be submitted to the state and will be registered. Students are expected to follow through with this commitment. Auditions are November 7, 8 and audition times will be posted in a few weeks. Students must be eligible to audition for all state.

Clean your instrument! WOODWIND and BRASS is time to clean your horn if you have not done so recently. I will be checking with section leaders to make sure this is done. In addition, make sure all reed players have good reeds and brass has all accessories for their instruments too. Flutes, clarinets, and saxophones MUST swab your instruments EVERY DAY!!!!

This week:

Monday - ALL STUDENTS WILL MEET IN THE PAC FOR ZERO HOUR. We will watch the marching show this past Friday, discuss what will be added this week and possibly work on visuals. Sectionals for woodwind and brass players from 2:35pm to 3:15pm.

Tuesday - Marching practice from 3pm to 5:30pm. Dress appropriately for the weather and be sure to bring a water bottle.

Wednesday - Percussion practice from 5pm to 7pm at the marching field.

Colorguard practice in M4 from 5:45pm to 7pm.

Friday - Football game at Milne Stadium. We will load instruments at the same time that we did this week. Inspection is at 5:15pm outside the activities office. We are departing at 5:30pm and will be playing pregame at 6:45pm.

Thanks very much for your continued support and have a great week!

Mr. Dubbs

Welcome Back...

Here's the Recap:

  • Football Game again at Milne Stadium this week. Report time is early 5:15 PM. Students will be riding the bus. Pregame Show at 6:45 PM.
  • Uniform Cleaning - receipts due by Wednesday!
  • Charms Bills are Due - Spring Trip Deposits are Due as well, Don't Miss Out!

Questions, Concerns? Send Us An Email

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JP Bowdoin


Weekly News - September 15, 2019

Happy Sunday Band!

First, a huge THANK YOU to all our Parent Volunteers! This weekend was one of the busiest yet and a great success because of the help of parents like Briana Wiseman, Martha Moser, Anna Martinez, ALL of the Pit Crew, and our Football Chaperones! Well Done ALL!

Now, onto another busy week ahead. A few important notes before passing you to Mr. Dubbs.

It's Time to Clean Band Uniforms!

  • A couple of good options for cleaning: Whiting Cleaners ($5.50) and American Pride Cleaners ($4.00)
  • Receipts must be turned in by the 28th by texting a copy to 505-234-6299 or email
  • Please have the bibs cleaned between the 20th and the 28th. If you cleaned yours prior to the 20th, that's OK, submit your receipt.
  • A $25 fine will be added to your student's account if your receipt isn't turned in.

And now a word from Mr. Dubbs...

Band Families,

Wow! Last week was BUSY! Thanks to many individuals for making the week so successful.

Thank you to David and Nan Griswold, as well as Jeremy Dencklau for their help with the leadership clinic on Wednesday. It was a terrific workshop for local students and others from around the state.

A huge thank you to our parent volunteers for their assistance at the after school rehearsal and the football game Friday! That rehearsal made the student a lot more comfortable with marching in that stadium. The meal and drinks provided were very much appreciated.

It was also great seeing so many middle school students in the stands with our students. There was a total of 260 students in the band that night! Our program has a bright future and we thank our middle school feeder programs and our administration for their support in this fun event.

Our Saturday rehearsal was fantastic! The students worked extremely hard after having a long day Friday and learned a lot of new material for our show. Our guest clinician, Scott Montoya, added new visuals that will really make a difference in the final production. A big thanks as well to the parents who helped with the props for the rehearsal! Wow! They are awesome and we can’t wait for audiences to see them. Our pit crew is amazing!

Congratulations to EHS band student, Elijah Ruiz, for being named Homecoming King on Friday! We are very proud of all you do for Eldorado and for our band, Elijah!

This week:

Monday - Woodwind and Brass sectionals from 2:35 pm to 3:20 pm.

Tuesday - Marching practice from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm. Please make sure you dress appropriate for the weather and don’t forget water, sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses.

Wednesday - Percussion practice from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Please arrive early to set up the equipment on time at the field.

Color guard practice from 5:45 pm to 7:00 pm.

Friday - Football game at Milne Stadium.

5:15 pm - Inspection outside the activities office (EARLIER THAN USUAL)

5:30 pm - depart for Milne Stadium

5:50 pm - arrive, unload, and prepare for pregame performance.

6:45 pm - perform! We will perform to the Visitor / NE Side of the stadium.

9:30 pm - approximate departure time from Milne


Saturday - Car Wash at Firestone Tires on Montgomery and Eubank from 9am to 1pm.


9:00 - 11:00 am - Pep Band “A” Students will play pep tunes/wash cars.

11:00 am - 1:00 pm - Pep Band “B” students will play pep tunes/ wash cars.

Please wear your gray Suspensions shirt, shorts, and tennis shoes. (Make sure students eat before they arrive for their shift, bring their instrument/case, flip folders.) This has traditionally been a great fundraiser for our band.

PLEASE share this with your family and friends. Donations are suggested for the car wash. Parents should drop students off about 5 to 10 minutes before each shift begins.

Thank you for your support!


If any woodwind or brass student would like to redo their playoff for the opener or fight song, they may do so this week. Those grades will be entered in the computer this week. Playoffs for movement 2 and 3 will begin next week.

Students, please keep pushing to do your best in all classes. The end of the 6 weeks is around the corner.

Have a great week!

Mr. Dubbs

Welcome Back...

The band is always in need of financial support. Here's a few easy ways everyone can help.

  • If you shop on Amazon, did you know you can go to Smile.Amazon.Com and designate Eldorado Band Booster Club as your charity! Every little bit helps and Amazon donates a small percentage of each sale to us.
  • If your employer is involved with the United Way Workplace Campaign, you can designate a portion of those funds to the Band!
  • And if you haven't stopped by the Spirit Wear Table, come see all the great new items Emily Walker has for everyone! It's getting cold soon and Fleeces are In!

Every little bit helps, share these ideas with family and friends!

Here's the Recap:

  • Car Wash Saturday - All Students are participating and Parents can help by sharing with friends and family to come get their cars washed at the Montgomery Firestone!
  • Football Game at Milne Stadium this week. Report time is early 5:15 PM. We will be riding the bus.
  • Uniform Cleaning - receipts due between Sept 20th - 28th.
  • Charms Bills are Due - Spring Trip Deposits are Due as well, Don't Miss Out!

Questions, Concerns? Send Us An Email

Like Us on Facebook!


JP Bowdoin


Eldorado Band Boosters


Weekly News - September 8, 2019

Hello Band Family!

So First up, congrats to the few of you that noticed my error last week! I mistakenly said we're at Milne this week. We are at WILSON and it's Homecoming Weekend. Sorry for the error; we'll pretend I was just testing you!

A quick note on Friday night's game for parents picking up. Please enter Wilson through the Lomas entrance and make your way around to the South end of the field. We will release students to you there and we'll be directing traffic as we'll have our 8th Graders with us as well. Lot's of cars, be patient and we'll get everyone out quickly!

Next, let's talk about SPRING TRIP! It's time to Pay your Spring Trip Deposit of $100 and lock in your spot for this awesome trip to San Diego in April 2020! We need those deposits in with your monthly band payment. You won't want to miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to perform on the USS Midway!

Stick around and I'll see you down at the bottom for more...

And now a word from Mr. Dubbs...

Band Families,

We have a busy week ahead of us! Please note all of the following important announcements.


Woodwind and brass sectionals from 2:35pm to 3:20pm. We will be working on Movement 3 and El Cumbanchero.


Marching practice from 3:00pm to 5:30pm. Please dress appropriately and don't forget your water bottle, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, and tennis shoes.

PIT will load the truck the last part of this rehearsal for practice Wednesday morning.


PIT will be at the field with us for zero hour. Please arrive by 6:10am to set up in time for rehearsal.

Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser leadership workshop in the Eldorado PAC from 4pm to 7pm. All drum majors and section leaders (including percussion section leaders and guard captains) are required to attend. Other students may attend at the cost of $30. Please see me if you are interested. ALL STUDENTS SHOULD HAVE A SHEET OF PAPER AND A WRITING UTENSIL. THIS IS A WONDERFUL CLINIC FOR STUDENTS! (Thank you in advance to Mr. Griswold and our parent volunteers for their help that day with registration.)

Percussion practice (at the field) from 5pm to 7pm. PIT...please make sure you are at the field by 4:45pm to unload. (PIT will be loading the truck on Wednesday morning.)


Have El Cumbanchero at the field for zero hour. We will be performing this with La Cuadrilla.

MANDATORY practice at Wilson Stadium from 3pm to 5pm. This is our ONLY stadium practice of the season! The Homecoming football game will follow! STUDENTS WILL NEED A RIDE HOME FROM THE GAME WHEN IT IS OVER.

*Students will need rides to Wilson Stadium immediately after school. THEY WILL NEED TO HAVE THEIR UNIFORM PANTS, LONG BLACK SOCKS, AND MARCHING SHOES WITH THEM. Students who do not drive may put their uniform bag in the stadium while we rehearse. We will have water available halfway through the rehearsal. ALL STUDENTS SHOULD ENTER WILSON STADIUM THROUGH THE SOUTH GATE OF THE STADIUM FOR THIS REHEARSAL.

*When the rehearsal is over, boosters will be providing a dinner in the south parking lot of Wilson Stadium for all marching band students before the football game. (THANK YOU PARENTS!!!) Please let us know asap if your child has any dietary restrictions. Students will then get changed for the game. There are restrooms in the stadium for those students who need them. Section leaders will be sharing important information for how students with longer hair will be styling their hair for our performances.

*Not only is this our Homecoming football game, BUT THIS IS ALSO THE GAME WHEN OUR 8th GRADE STUDENTS JOIN US! They will walk in with the band and sit in the stands with our students. ALL STUDENTS SHOULD BE REMINDED TO act appropriate at all times, make our guests feel welcome, use appropriate language, have a great performance, and have fun! These students are the future of our band!


Mandatory practice with our special marching clinician, Mr. Montoya, from 8am to 1pm. We will be learning a lot of new information for the show and it is important that we have a focused rehearsal. He is a terrific clinician and a great resource for our program. Please make sure students:

-have a good breakfast that morning (students will be given popsicles, cookies, and water halfway through the rehearsal)

-wear sunscreen and the appropriate attire for the morning rehearsal

-bring a large water bottle, a hat, and sunglasses.


*Please stay on top of your CHARMS billing statements. We still have costs to cover for the program and we appreciate your help in paying the statements in a timely manner. Please communicate with Mr. Griswold if you need to make special arrangements.

*Wear tennis shoes to marching rehearsal every day!

*Have music and coordinate sheets for rehearsal every day!

*Woodwind and brass instruments must clean their instruments! Flutes, clarinets, and saxophonists should be swabbing out their instruments every day.


The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix

A performance on the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier in San Diego

The San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Symphony performing the music of Harry Potter while the movie is playing!

The beach!!!

*Best of luck to all of our student athletes in their upcoming games and meets!

*Finally, good luck to our Homecoming Court members, Autumn Marie and Elijah Ruiz! We are rooting for you this week!

Have a great week!

Mr. Dubbs

Welcome Back...

There's a lot going on this week...

Here's the Recap:

  • Mandatory Afternoon Practice at Wilson on Friday - 3-5 PM
  • Student pick up will be AT WILSON after the game! (I'll text you when its time)
  • Mandatory Practice Saturday 8am-1pm
  • September 11th - Leadership Event with Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser
  • Charms Bills are Due - Spring Trip Deposits are Due as well!

Questions, Concerns? Send Us An Email.

Like Us on Facebook!


JP Bowdoin


Eldorado Band Boosters


Weekly News - September 1, 2019

Happy Labor Day Weekend Band,

And just like that it's September! We got to see a peek into the next portion of the show yesterday at the game. It's great to see the progress and our students are amazing to watch! Thanks to all the families that came out to support our kids in the Saturday heat! Our next game will be on the 13th at Milne Stadium.

A couple important notes up top here before handing over to Mr. Dubbs.

First, the 2019 School Mill Levy & Bond Election is coming on November 5th. Voters will be asked to continue the APS Capital Mill Levy. This is a very big deal for us and our students as the money from the Mill Levy is used to support the very music programs our kids are involved in. Please take a moment to read about the Mill Levy and please share the documents in English and Spanish with as many friends and family as you can!

Second, an opportunity for students to fund raise for their individual student account. Pastry Sales are open through September 19, 2019. Since this sale is an individual sale, the more you can sell, the more it will benefit your individual student. Delivery of items will be October 22, 2019 after marching practice.

Stick around and I'll see you down at the bottom for more...

And now a word from Mr. Dubbs...

Parents and Students,

I hope everyone enjoyed their Labor Day Weekend! Thank you to all of the parent volunteers for their assistance at the football game on Saturday. Our students did a good job performing what we know of our show to this point, especially on a very warm day. We will be adding more this coming week.

I know our team and school appreciate our support at this game as well. We had an assembly this past Friday and I received many compliments from staff, coaches, admin about the great energy our band brings to the school. The assembly was a lot of fun!

Please be reminded of the following:

*Students from all sections should now be coming in at lunch for their playoff exam on the fight song and the opener. If students had to take tests at lunch this past week or did not get to take their test because we ran out of time, they must get that done this week. Sections that have not been tested may come in any day this week. Please do not wait until Friday. Friday will be the last day to get these done or redo them if students would like to do that. We will move on to 2nd and 3rd movement next week. Make sure those are ready to go!

*All absences must be excused at least two weeks ahead of time prior to a rehearsal or performance. Students' grades may be lowered if these are not excused.

*EVERYONE plays an important role in this group! Your attendance, attitude, and academics affect the entire ensemble. Please make sure you are doing your part to contribute to the success of our band!

This week:

Tuesday - Afternoon practice from 3 pm to 5:30 pm. PIT students will be inside working on movement 3 of the show. All other students must remember their water bottles, sunglasses, tennis shoes, hats, and clothes appropriate for a warm outdoor rehearsal.

Wednesday - Percussion practice from 5 pm to 7 pm. Pit will be indoors. Battery may or may not go outside. Be prepared just in case.

Colorguard practice from 5:30 pm to 7 pm in M4.


Drum majors and section leaders will be participating in a terrific leadership workshop in the Eldorado PAC on Wednesday, Sept. 11 from 4pm to 7pm. Students from around the state will be joining us as well. This will be led by Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, an amazing music educator, VP for the CONN/SELMER Instrument Company, and co-author for the Essential Elements Band Method. He is really a wonderful speaker for students and adults.

Students who are NOT drum majors or section leaders are welcome to attend the clinic. The cost for these students is $30 each. If anyone else is interested in attending the clinic, please let me know.

ATHLETES.....Make sure you look at your calendars ahead of time and communicate all potential conflicts with me immediately. I appreciate those who are already doing this. We seem to be working out all issues. Understand that we will need all student athletes on Oct. 5, Oct. 19, and Oct. 26 for our competitions! I am hearing that we may perform late afternoon at the Valencia Classic in Los Lunas on October 5. Zia is the 19th and we perform EARLY that day (11am). We will plan on marching finals that evening as well. We will also be performing late afternoon on October 26 at the Pageant of Bands. More details will be out about these events when I have them. Again, these are required events.

I hope everyone enjoys the day off tomorrow. We will see you Tuesday morning!

Mr. Dubbs

Welcome Back...

Another nudge on how important it is that our students get picked up On Time after events. If you are Not receiving the texts from us on pick up times, you Must go into Charms and update your cell phone numbers. And if there are other family members that will be picking your student up, please add them in so they receive the notices as well. Your child will appreciate being picked up on time as will our parent volunteers! If you need help updating charms, send us an email.

Here's the Recap:

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Enjoy the rest of your long weekend!

JP Bowdoin


Eldorado Band Boosters


Weekly News - August 25, 2019

Happy Sunday Band,

This last week was an Amazing kick off to our Marching Season. Our Band put on two Great shows for us at Wilson on Thursday and wowed the neighborhoods yesterday during the MarchaThon. If you didn't get to see them play, come join us next Saturday at Wilson for our next game.

I have to toss in my own heartfelt THANK YOU to All of our Parent Volunteers that have made this week and especially Yesterday a HUGE success. Many thanks to the Greenwoods for their many years of leadership running the Flea Market; it's a big event that wouldn't be possible without them. And Thanks to everyone who spent their Saturday helping with the Flea Market and MarchaThon!

Stick around and I'll see you down at the bottom for more...

And now a word from Mr. Dubbs...

Band Families,

Thank you all very much for your support through a very busy week! I appreciate everyone's efforts at the football game on Thursday evening. Our kids and staff love having such a supportive audience! In particular, thanks to our chaperones, pit crew, uniform volunteers, spirit sales, pictures and video, equipment movers, and snack/drink providers! We can't do all of this without everyone’s help!

Thank you for responding to the text and picking up your children from the school in a timely manner. Our chaperones volunteer a lot of time and they appreciate being able to get their own kids home after games and events. We will continue to send out texts when we are heading back from events. Here are a few other reminders:


*Please do not park in the circle drive area when picking up your child so the buses can drop the students off right at the curb.

*Make sure students have food before we leave for an event and drink plenty of water the days prior to band events.


*Act appropriate on the bus and while at events. We did have some students not acting appropriate, in particular on our return trip back to school. This is not acceptable and we have spoken with these students.

*Make sure you REMEMBER LONG BLACK SOCKS, have your flip folders labeled with your name, have all supplies for your instrument, continue to working on your personal performance, and help each other (in and out of the classroom.) Our band is a family and we need to help everyone!

*Follow all instructions given by directors and chaperones.

The staff will continue to work with the students on learning the next part of our show and continue to add to what we have. There is A LOT more that will be added to this show and we can't wait to show everyone what is around the corner.

Flea Market / March - A - Thon:

Many thanks to our parent volunteers who assisted with flea market and march-a-thon, booster board members for coordinating the special event at Il Viccino, setting up our escort with Albuquerque Police Department, and setting up all volunteer positions. Thank you as well to all who donated items for the sale!

A very special thanks to our flea market chair persons, Andy and Cheri Greenwood! This was their last flea market, after having been in charge of it for 7 years now!!!!!! We appreciate you so much and thank you for leading this event for so many years.

Our students did an awesome job! This is one of my favorite events of the year and watching them play for the community is a real treat.

Finally, a big thanks to the Eldorado community for cheering us on and for their donations! Il Viccino was also very gracious in donating part of their proceeds to our band yesterday.

This week:

(There are required, memorized tests for woodwind and brass members of the marching band during lunch in my office this week. Students may come in by themselves or up to three people at a time to test on the opening production of the marching show and the fight song. The test should only take five minutes or so and they can eat before or after their test.)

Monday- Sectionals for woodwinds and brass from 2:35pm to 3:15pm in the music building.

Tuesday - Marching band rehearsal from 3pm to 5:30pm. Pit will be outside. Everyone MUST remember to dress appropriate for the weather, wear sunscreen, BRING PLENTY OF WATER, wear a hat and sunglasses. We have a lot of work to do on movement 2 of our show!

Wednesday - Percussion practice from 5pm to 7pm. Colorguard practice from 5:30pm to 7pm.

OPEN HOUSE AT EHS FOR ALL FAMILIES. 6pm meeting in gym. 6:30pm to 8:10pm (visit classes)

Saturday - Football game at Wilson, 1pm. Report to EHS in uniform (same as this last game) outside the activities office by 11:45am ready to go.

Thank you again for all of your support! Students, STAY ON TOP OF YOUR GRADES and have a great week!

Mr. Dubbs

Welcome Back...

And we're off to another busy week of Band and School...

I want to reiterate a couple of items for games. Our timing is pretty accurate when we text. When we text a time to arrive to pick up your student, you should be at school at that time. Please do not be late. Our Chaperones will NOT leave a student sitting in the dark alone, and we need you On Time to come get them. The Chaperones Thank You!

And, another nudge on the circle drive. Find a parking spot, let those buses have that space when picking up students.

Here's the Recap:

  • Open House - Wednesday - 6PM - Parents, this is for YOU; your chance to meet your student's teachers.
  • Saturday - Game at Wilson - 11:45 Report Time for all Students
  • Circle Drive - Again, PLEASE don't park there after games. The buses need that space.
  • Pick up your Students On Time
  • Monthly Charms Payments - August is a busy and pricey month. The Band thanks you for your payment!

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JP Bowdoin


Eldorado Band Boosters


Weekly News - August 18, 2019

Happy Sunday Band,

It's GAME TIME! We Kick Off Marching Season This Thursday! Big week ahead, and a lot of information below.

I'll start this week with a few very important items I need your help with.

First up, Billing! Our first billing date was a few days ago, and we need Everyone to do their part to make your monthly payment. The band needs those funds to move buses, feed our students, pay for props and uniforms.... you know, those little things. PLEASE hop into Charms Today and make that monthly payment on your account. If you have questions on your billing, please reach out to us.

Next Up, Forms! Here's the thing. We MUST have your students forms (Behavior Contract, Permission Slip, Medical Release) before they can participate! That means on Thursday if we don't have those documents signed by YOU, the Parent/Guardian, the student won't be hopping on the bus for our first game. We'll be sending a separate email following this newsletter if we do not have your students paperwork as a reminder. You can find the forms HERE.

Last for the top half of the newsletter, Flea Market is This Saturday! And we still have a few volunteers slots needed. We're looking Great and we appreciate very much all of you coming to help out! We need a few more Tarps, Tents and Canopies if you have them to use this weekend. If you're willing to help or have equipment we can borrow, Sign Up Here.

See you down below for a recap!

And now a word from Mr. Dubbs...

Band Families,

Week one went very well in the EHS Band! I hope students have adjusted to their schedules and are set for the year. We spent time reviewing the opening production of our show during the first week. We plan on learning new drill this week as well as preparing for our first football game.

This week:

Monday- 2:35-3:20pm Woodwind and brass sectionals after school. Review pep tunes for Thursday’s game and the March-A-Thon.

Tuesday- 3:00-5:30pm Marching rehearsal after school.

IMPORTANT - Make sure everyone has a water bottle, tennis shoes, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and clothing appropriate for a warm outdoor rehearsal. Drink plenty of water on Monday to prepare for this rehearsal. WE WILL BE LEARNING NEW DRILL.

*Pit will load the truck at the end of this rehearsal. The truck will go the field on Wednesday morning and pit students will rehearse with the rest of the band.

Wednesday- Pit should be at the field by 6:10am to unload the truck.

Drumline and Pit practice from 5pm to 7pm ON THE FIELD. Be set up and ready to start practice by 5pm.


Load the truck at lunch with all large instruments.

FIRST FOOTBALL GAME!!! 7:00pm at Wilson Stadium!!!

At this point, we plan on marching pregame AND halftime for this game, as West Mesa will not have a band there that night. It will give our students two opportunities to perform what we have of our show so far!


*Female students (with the exception of the color guard) should not wear excessive make up and NO NAIL POLISH.

*All jewelry must be off while in uniform. (earrings, necklaces, etc.)


5:15pm - Report in black uniform pants, gray show shirt, long black dress socks, and black marching shoes. Students will pick up their uniform shirt and put that on before inspection. (COLOR GUARD will have instructions soon about what they will wear for this game.)

5:35pm - Report outside the activities office. All woodwind, brass, and battery need their flip folders (music for new pep tunes for battery.). Students' grades will be docked if they are missing their flip folder or are tardy to inspection.

5:45pm - Load buses

6:00pm - Arrive at Wilson.

Pit and truck crew will unload instruments. Woodwinds and brass will get instruments out of cases, set cases in sections by the truck, and set up concert arcs. Battery and guard will warm up once instruments are unloaded.

6:45pm - Pregame performance

After our halftime performance, we will go out to the parking lot for drinks, provided by the boosters. All students must stay together unless instructed otherwise.


*All students will travel TO and FROM the game on the bus. (Students coming from other events, school sports games, etc, must have permission from Mr. Dubbs in advance.)

*Students are to sit in their sections and not move around.

*The band section is for band students only. Family members and friends may not sit with the band. Students are to only sit in the band section.

*Students may not go to the snack bar or have food delivered to them by family members during the game. EAT BEFORE THE GAME.

*If a student needs to use the restroom, they must check with a chaperone first and may go with 1 other person.

*Not complying with director, staff, or chaperone instructions will result in the parent being called to pick up their child from the game. A conference will follow at school the next school day.

*A text will be sent out to families approximately 15 to 20 minutes before we return to school. In addition, students should reach out to their parents when we leave the stadium.



Saturday - March-A-Thon!!!!!

Please drop off old items you would like to donate for the flea market in the north parking lot at 7am.

*Students report at 8:15am in the band room in your white pep shirt (tucked in), shorts, and tennis shoes. Don't forget sunscreen. Students may wear baseball hats (worn with the bill in the front) and sunglasses if they like.

The students will be done in the morning around 11:30am.

Thank you in advance for your support and assistance with donations for the flea market and to our volunteers working that day.

Finally, please continue to make payments to your CHARMS accounts and turn in the $60 class fee made to Eldorado High School (if you have not do so yet.) We need to make sure we cover all of our expenses for the program.

Have a great second week!!!!

Mr. Dubbs

Almost there...

Welcome Back,

This week is going to be a blast and I look forward to seeing all of you at Thursday night's Marching Show!

Here's the Recap:

  • Your Student's Forms MUST be turned in by Wednesday or they can't participate.
  • Thursday - First Game - Students Report at school 5:15 PM
  • Flea Market Saturday - Bring your items to Sell and come and Volunteer too!
  • March A Thon Saturday - Students Report at school 8:15 AM (Parent Volunteers - we'll see you then too!)
  • Monthly Charms Payments - Please make your payment if you haven't already. THANK YOU!!

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JP Bowdoin


Eldorado Band Boosters


Weekly News - August 11, 2019

Happy Sunday Band,

As we start school tomorrow, this, as usual is chock full of very important information from Mr. Dubbs and Me. Let's start with Mr. Dubbs, and I'll see you farther down the page.

And now a word from Mr. Dubbs...

Band Families,

Here we go! I am really looking forward to a terrific school year! I have a lot of information here so take note of everything that applies to your child.


YES, there is zero hour....and every day this week. Pit students will be in the band room (unloading the truck first) and all other students will be on the field.

There is an assembly on Monday. Although the band plays at most assemblies and has a certain spot to sit in the gym, we will NOT be performing at this one. More details will be available when students arrive Monday.

There will be NO WOODWIND and BRASS SECTIONALS AFTER SCHOOL THIS MONDAY. Those will start next week.


We WILL have marching band practice after school from 3:00 - 5:30 pm. Pit students will be inside for this rehearsal. Other students - bring a water bottle, tennis shoes, clothing appropriate for outdoor rehearsal (shorts to change in to if needed), hat, and sunscreen.

*Mr. Claspell will be handing out the new marching show t-shirt and marching shoes (for those who ordered them).

Booster parent meeting at 6:30 pm in the band room.


Drumline and Pit practice from 5 pm to 7 pm. Be ready to start at 5 pm. This will take place in the music building.

General Reminders:

*Get connected to the google calendar!!! Make sure you are getting all band email messages too.

*Band lockers: Students must have a combination lock for their instrument. They need to see Savannah (trombone player) to get a locker checked out. Instruments are not to be left out in the band room without being a locked in a locker.

*Flip folders- Make sure ALL music AND coordinate sheets are in your flip folder! You cannot participate if you do not have your coordinate sheet and music. Your flip folder MUST have a shoelace or string around it and your name on it somewhere.

*Coordinate sheets- DON'T FORGET, coordinate sheets are on the band website now ( If you misplace yours, you may print off one at home. You MUST have this every day to participate. These will be checked for a grade.

*Class fee- The band class fee ($60 - checks made to Eldorado High School) must be turned in to Mr. Dubbs this week. Please let me know if you have questions (

*Booster fees- If you are not receiving info through the band CHARMS account, please let our treasurer know immediately. Mr. Griswold's email is

*All forms on the band website must be turned in this week!

*All students will need the Foundations for Superior Performance book for their instrument. First period Concert band students will need this right away. Others can wait until mid October to get it. You may purchase this book at Baum’s Music.

*Students who are involved in sports need to remember to communicate our schedule with their coach and vice versa.

IMPORTANT...Students, remember to:

-Do well in school every day! Homework turned in, get help when needed, etc. Everyone in our program is important!

-Do not make poor choices that will affect you and our group!

-Stay organized and keep track of everything you need to do!

Best of luck to all of our students this year!

Mr. Dubbs

But Wait! There's More...

Welcome Back,

So, here's a fun fact about football games. We have football games on the Saturday during Labor Day Weekend, and the Friday during Fall Break. Plan those weekends around Band!

Next up, we sent out an email on the Flea Market coming up in just 2 weeks! We need Lots of Volunteers to Sign Up to help. Also, spread the word to family and neighbors, we'll need lots of donations to sell! We'll send more info again this week on the event.

Uniform Crew Assemble!! - Mr. Claspell needs 6 Volunteers this week to help distribute the Show Shirts to the students. If you have time, please Sign Up Here.

Here's the Recap:

  • Back To School - Zero Hour All Week
  • Mr. Claspell Needs HELP
  • Booster Meeting - Tuesday 6:30
  • Football Game During Labor Day Weekend
  • Flea Market is coming fast!

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Here's to a great year!

JP Bowdoin


Eldorado Band Boosters


Weekly News - August 4, 2019

Band Families!

Many Thanks to your hardworking Board and parent volunteers for making Band Camp a Success!! Well Done Everyone!

I have one minor event to share this week for you. Fathom Events is hosting "DCI - Big, Loud & Live" this Thursday at the Regal Winrock and Century Rio 24 Theaters. Here's a Trailer.

And now...

An Important Note From Mr. Dubbs:

Band Families,

Congratulations to our students for completing a very successful and productive marching band camp! We are very proud of the work our students accomplished so far and believe this will be a terrific marching season. They received a lot of information in a very short period of time. Again, band camp is the most intense part of the year and our students did an outstanding job. We appreciate our students' dedication and commitment to this program.

Thank you again to all of our parent volunteers for your assistance during camp and in the coming weeks and months. You are truly appreciated.

Looking Ahead:

Soar Day is Wednesday, Aug. 7. This is a chance for freshmen students to learn about the school, where all classes are, and what is expected at EHS. They will be given a tour by student senators and receive information from our administrative team.

The marching band, for the exception of the PIT section, will need to Report to the band room no later than 7:00 am on Wednesday morning. ALL STUDENTS MUST WEAR THEIR NEW WHITE PEP BAND SHIRT, SHORTS, AND TENNIS SHOES. STUDENTS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PERFORM IF THEY ARE NOT IN THIS ATTIRE.

We will be perform pep tunes in the gym while students are entering. At approximately, 7:40am, we will head back to the band room to put instruments away. Freshmen may then go back to the gym to continue the rest of Soar Day and sophomores, juniors, and seniors will be dismissed.

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL: We WILL have zero hour on the first day. Pit students will report in the band room and the rest of the group will meet on the field. Students must be ready to begin rehearsal at 6:28am. Make sure you leave ample time to get your instrument/equipment and get to the field on time so you are not tardy.

*There will be NO woodwind / brass sectionals after school on the first day of school! We will begin those on August 19.

Important Reminders:

Registration: ALL students must have zero hour (marching / wind) on their schedule. This is marching band.

FRESHMEN must also have 1st period Concert Band. This is required for freshmen.

JAZZ BAND STUDENTS....please make sure your schedules are accurate. Some of the titles of the classes may throw folks off a little. Jazz 1 is called Advanced Jazz Band and Jazz 2 and 3 are called Jazz Band.

Students that were placed in JAZZ 2, should be in second period.

Students that were placed in JAZZ 1, should be in third period.

Students that were placed in JAZZ 3, should be in fourth period.

If you have any questions, please let me know.


Please note on the Google Calendar that there 2 NEW CONCERT DATES POSTED. October 9 will be a Jazz Band / Concert Band concert at 6:30pm in the PAC. December 2 will be a special fundraiser concert featuring Screamin' Eagles (Jazz 1) and the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra at 6:30pm in the PAC. More details will be out soon about this AWESOME performance.

March-a-thon / Flea Market on August 24: Please save items you may have around the house that you would like to donate to our flea market on this day. This is BIG fundraiser for us!

Please let me know if you have questions about your schedule or need assistance with anything. It will be a great school year and I look forward to seeing everyone at Soar Day and on the first day of school.

Mr. Dubbs

Nothing left but a quick recap:

  • Soar Day! Report 7 am, NEW Pep Band Shirts - NOT the old one...
  • Did you miss the meeting on Saturday? We need your forms and activity fee for your student to participate. Reach out to us.
  • Update Charms if you haven’t already.

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Go Eagles!

JP Bowdoin


Eldorado Band Boosters


Weekly News - July 28, 2019

Hello Band Family!

Band Camp is in Full Swing and our Eagles are doing a GREAT JOB this year! If you've heard your student say "I'm sore" as you pour them into bed each night, That means the hard work is paying off!

Keep reading, and I'll see you farther down the page. First up...

An Important Read From Mr. Dubbs:

Parents and Students,

We had a great first week of band camp! Many thanks to the following...

-The STUDENTS! We learned a lot of material in a short period of time. Our new students did an outstanding job and we are very proud of you! Thank you to our upperclassmen and especially our leaders who are guiding these students and showing them what we do and how we do it.

Thank you as well for your COMMITMENT! Some students have left the program or recently moved, which has made it difficult to get all spots on the field covered. Your commitment and willingness to fill spots helps us greatly.

-Parent volunteers. We have had many parents assisting with uniforms, props, equipment repair, money/form collecting, chaperoning social events, etc. You are all amazing and we appreciate everything you have done so far!

-Staff. Our marching staff is terrific! We appreciate their continued help sharing their knowledge of marching and playing with our students. The staff agrees that this is going to be an amazing year!

This week...

We will continue to work on learning our drill for the marching show in the mornings and working on music in the afternoons. We know of a few students who are gone from rehearsals here and there for athletic events or appointments. I appreciate the continued communication when conflicts arise.

Please notice the change on the google calendar for Wednesday. STUDENTS WILL HAVE THE AFTERNOON OFF THAT DAY!!!


*Please get connected to the google calendar which is on the band website ( There may be slight changes that are made from time to time and being connected to that will ensure that everyone gets all the information they need.

*Flip folders and music- Woodwind and Brass students should have their flip folders with all music each day, labeled with their name, and have a string or shoelace attached so they can have easy access to that on the field. Drumline and pit need a notebook as well so they can access their music each day too. Color guard needs to have their coordinate books accessible as well. (They should know how to set this up from their captains.)

*Band lockers- Students must have a combination lock (key locks are not accepted) to get a band locker checked out to them. We have a student (Savannah Phelps) that is in charge of checking those out to everyone. No food or drink is to be left in lockers. More information about band lockers will be out next week.

*Please make sure you have all needed equipment for instruments (reeds, valve oil, slide grease, NAME TAG FOR INSTRUMENT CASE, and a PENCIL to mark music. Students must have these things every day. During camp, it may be a good idea to bring a towel, big enough for your instrument to lay on, while we are learning drill outside.

*COORDINATE SHEETS. Students have received coordinate sheets for their marching spot. They must have these every day. Section leaders will remind them of how to keep this in their flip folders/notebooks. You can find these on the Marching Season Docs page on the website. If a student misplaces theirs, they must print their coordinate sheet off at home. If they do not have that, they cannot participate.

*Finally, don't forget to bring your sunscreen, water bottle, hat, sunglasses, and wear athletic shoes each day!

Please make every effort to attend section parties tomorrow evening. They will be a lot of fun. Let's have a great second week of band camp! I look forward to seeing you Saturday morning at our parent meeting / performance!

Mr. Dubbs

Welcome Back! Here's what the week looks like:

Social Events for our Band this week:

  • Monday - Section Parties - For our new parents, these are hosted typically at one of the section leaders homes. Parents will be there chaperoning, and they won't be late, but it is a great chance for our sections to spend some much needed down time together.
  • Tuesday - Outdoor Movie Night - Claspell's House 7:00 PM - Bring something to sit on (blankets, camp chairs, etc.), snacks and come join your fellow band mates for a movie on the lawn. The Claspell's will be providing drinks.
  • Wednesday - Bring a Board Game - Eldorado Courtyard - 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Thursday - Games in the Park - Oso Grande Park- 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Friday - The Boosters are providing lunch for the Band

***Parents, We do need some Chaperone Help this week for these events. Come join us if you're able to help out: Outdoor Movie Night Games in the Park Game Night

Which takes us to...

  • SATURDAY - Parent Meeting and Marching Show Presentation 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 8:30 - 9:00 AM - Bring your forms and Pay your fees - PAC
    • 9:00 AM - Parent/Guardian Meeting will start - We need 100% Attendance at this meeting to kick off the year successfully.
    • 10:00 AM - We'll walk to the marching field to watch the Band Perform!

Don't forget to Subscribe to the Band Calendar.

So, to RECAP:

  • Did you catch all of Mr. Dubb's instruction above?
  • Water! Food! Sleep!
  • Boosters are buying lunch on Friday.
  • Saturday - Parent Meeting and Marching Show
  • Sign up to Volunteer for Band Camp
  • Update Charms if you haven’t already.

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Last Week of Band Camp Eagles, Finish Strong!

JP Bowdoin


Eldorado Band Boosters


Weekly News - July 21, 2019

Hello Band Family!

BAND CAMP IS HERE! That means this week's newsletter is EVEN LONGER! Seriously, these get shorter as we go along, but I do need your attention for the next few minutes as we have a ton of ground to cover as we start the week. Please Read This Entire Message!

In this newsletter, you’ll be hearing from Mr. Dubbs first, then Mrs. Allen your Board Secretary, then I’ll see you down at the bottom for some final details you’ll need to know this week.

First up, Mr. Dubbs…..

Band Families,

I hope everyone had a terrific summer! I would like to welcome our new members and families to the Eldorado Band Program! Welcome back to our returning members and their families too!

I am very excited about our band camp the next two weeks and our upcoming school year as well. This is going to be a terrific year. Our freshmen class is very large and I know our returning class is going to be great leaders for these students.

Mr. Snowden and I have spent many hours planning for this year. It is always a lot of fun and quite a challenge to prepare prepare a marching production, plan and program music for concerts, coordinate plans for festivals and other events, all while ensuring that students are succeeding at the highest level possible in and outside of band. We also have an excellent staff assembled to help teach our students. We look forward to having them work with our students.

I would like to thank our booster board for all of the work they have done so far to prepare for this year as well. In addition to the support of our terrific Eldorado administration, we could not do what we need to do without our booster board and all of the parent support we have. They have spent many hours of planning, preparing marching props, and taking care of other tasks behind the scenes. Please make sure you are connected with them via emails and texts.

Before we begin camp, students should keep in mind the following:

-Have a positive attitude! We will be learning a lot of new material and some of it will take some time. With a good attitude, we will have a great year!

-Get rest, eat a good breakfast each day, and DRINK PLENTY OF WATER! Don't forget to bring a large water bottle to camp each day.

-In addition to a water bottle, please remember the following:

a hat, sunscreen, clothing appropriate for outdoor activity (no jeans or pants),

TENNIS SHOES (Students will not be allowed to march in sandals, flip flops, shoes without laces or high top sneakers.)

-All students must have their instrument, accessories (valve oil, reeds, mouthpieces, swabs, etc.) every day!!!!! In addition, students need to have a PENCIL each day. We will be marking notes in our music and drill charts each day.

-Woodwind and brass students will be getting flip folders this week. All music given to them this week will need to be put in these. Section leaders will assist with this.

-If there are students that have an appointment or are missing any part of camp, they must notify me immediately of this. We will do our best to help students get caught up with material missed but don't want anyone to fall too far behind.


Throughout the year, we will be stressing the importance of individual accountability and responsibility. Everyone is important in our team. If one person is absent from an event, makes poor choices in or outside of school, or is not taking care of work in the classroom, it will affect everyone. When students in marching band or color guard are gone, pieces of our puzzle will be missing. Students gone from music rehearsal or concerts affect the overall sound of our group. Making good decisions throughout the year will help ensure our success.

Having said that, we are very happy that many students participate in multiple activities. If you are one of those students, please stay organized, communicate with all instructors/coaches involved, and put 100% effort in each activity.

Regarding band fees (both booster and class fees):

$60 class fee should be brought to me as soon as possible. Checks are made out to ELDORADO HIGH SCHOOL.

Booster fees may be made through your child's Charms account. Please communicate with our booster treasurer, David Griswold, if you need to make alternate arrangements for payments. In particular, if your child is going on the spring trip (San Diego!!), we MUST stay on top of those payments throughout the year, as we will be making arrangements with buses, hotels, etc. in the coming months. (Most students go on this trip and we would love to see a lot of participation again this year!)

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to send an email. It is going to be a great year and I look forward to seeing what this group can accomplish! See you all at the band picnic tomorrow evening.

Mr. Dubbs

Still There? Keep going with an important announcement from Mrs. Allen...

Good afternoon Band Family!

If you are like me, Band Camp has come up on us way too fast. In fact, our band picnic is tomorrow night! Attached is our signature page and forms packet. We need you to print it, fill it out and turn it in at the picnic. We will have tables set up in alphabet groups, so turn in will be quick as possible.

Here’s what is in the forms package:

  • Signature page – acknowledging reading the handbook (print or online) and understanding the expectations of the band program. BOTH student and parent must sign!
  • Golden Band Booster Membership Form
  • APS permission and medical forms. Must be filled out.
  • APS PE Waiver Form (Band Students can be waived out of the PE requirement with this form)

We will have copes at the picnic, in case you are unable to print them out.

See you tomorrow night!


Booster Secretary


You Made it! So, here’s a few more important notes to get the week started right.

Families, make sure your student is well fed, well rested and well hydrated over the next two weeks. Food, Water, Rest, and some love and encouragement sprinkled is the best way to support your band student. This next two weeks is very fun, and very demanding!

**A note for Freshmen and new Marchers - Bring Lunch Tomorrow Please

Please go to the website and review the Band Camp calendar so you’re aware of what’s happening and when.

Here’s the social event line up this week.

Band Family Potluck Picnic - TOMORROW, July 22nd - 6PM in the Eldorado Courtyard!

Freshmen bring a salad or side dish.

Sophomores and Juniors bring a main dish

Seniors bring individually packaged cold drinks

Everyone, please bring your own plates and utensils.

Bowling Night - Silva Lanes - Thursday, July 25th - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Students should bring $5 for bowling. We'll be finishing no later than 9pm so students can get some rest. Parents, please be on time to pick up your students!

Baseball Night at Isotopes Park - Friday, July 26th

Click Here to RSVP as we only have 39 tickets left!

More info on this event for those going later this week.

Don't forget to Subscribe to the Band Calendar.

So, to RECAP:

  • Water is your friend! Seriously, go drink some Now!
  • Freshmen, bring lunch tomorrow.
  • Parents, families, students, - Band Camp Picnic Tomorrow Night.
  • Sign up to Volunteer for Band Camp
  • Update Charms if you haven’t already.

Questions, Concerns? Send Us An Email.

Like Us on Facebook!

Have a GREAT Band Camp Eagles!

JP Bowdoin


Eldorado Band Boosters


Weekly News - July 14, 2019

Hello Band!

**This is a long one, with a lot of important info, so please read the entire newsletter! They get shorter after Band Camp, I promise!

We had a great turnout yesterday at our marching field clean up event! Good to see everyone, new families and returning. It was a great start to the season! Thanks to all who helped out!

First, let's talk about our Volunteer needs in the next few weeks. We have committees that need YOUR help during Band Camp.

  • Uniform Fitting is a biggie in the spotlight and needs the most help. With 180 students to fit for uniforms, we need 8 volunteers each day around the lunch hour. Click HERE to sign up!
  • Band Camp Social Events need chaperones for a variety of events. Go visit the Volunteers Page to sign up to help.

Next Up for our new families, you received an email from our Board Secretary with instructions on accessing Charms, our payment and communication portal. If you haven't gotten in yet, please do so today. Take a few minutes and update the really important fields: Student Email, and Cell Phone, Parent Email and Cell Phone, and if you want to add other adults that need to be kept in the loop, please do. Reach out if you need help.

With everyone now in Charms, a heads up that the first Band Statement will be going out later today in email. Refer to the FAQ page and the Student Account Policy page for details - All your questions are there.

Last topic this week on Band Camp. Our Section Leaders have training this coming Thursday and Friday. Then next week, we kick off Band Camp officially with our Freshmen on Monday July 22nd.

We also have our first family social event. Plan to join us for a short evening dinner to get to know our Band Community:

Band Family Potluck Picnic - Next Monday, July 22nd - 6PM in the Eldorado Courtyard!

Freshmen bring a salad or side dish.

Sophomores and Juniors bring a main dish

Seniors bring individually packaged cold drinks

Everyone, please bring your own plates and utensils.

Don't forget to check the Band Camp Schedule and Subscribe to the Band Calendar.

So, to RECAP:

Questions, Concerns? Send Us An Email.

Like Us on Facebook!

More To Come and GO EAGLES!


Weekly News - July 7th, 2019


July is here, which means BAND CAMP is right around the corner! As we look forward to the coming events in the next few weeks, I wanted to reach out and share some information with you all to get you prepared for an amazing year of Band with our Eagles!

First up, our new website. We are very excited about the redesign. You'll find that your Board are all big fans of getting to the point! So, to that point, everything you need, any questions you have, dates, forms, and the ever popular Handbook can all be found at www.Eldorado.Band . We will keep that site active throughout the year and I want to encourage all of you to take a look around.

Next, let's talk about Charms. Especially for our new families, is our home for our student and family contact information, communications with all of you and the best part, billing! (yeah, billing isn't that exciting but it helps keep your student in Band and your Board Treasurer Happy!) There are links into Charms Office from the website. For our Freshmen and Transfer families just joining us we will send out a separate email to you with instructions on accessing the Charms site. One last note on Charms, it is Open for payment today! We wanted to give everyone as much time as possible. Don't worry if now's not the time, we will discuss this at great length during Band Camp.

Which is a nice segway to my last point for now, BAND CAMP! Take a look at the Band Camp Schedule on the website. Print that out and throw it up on the fridge. We start next weekend on Saturday, July 13th at the Marching Field for our annual Marching Field Clean up. It's about 90 minutes of clean up to get the season started on a positive now. Come meet the other students and families!

This is a first email All. Don't worry, there's alot more to come. I'll be sending regular emails each Sunday afternoon to help keep us all focused on what's to come. For now, plan on being at the marching field this coming Saturday, July 13th at 7AM at the Eldorado Band Marching Field.

So, to RECAP:

  • Go visit the new website at
  • Go visit - **For our Freshmen Parents, Instructions Coming Soon.
  • Saturday, July 13th (NEXT WEEK) - Marching Field Clean Up and Meet the Band Family

More To Come and GO EAGLES!


Weekly News - May 19th, 2019

Band Families,

Your Booster Board met yesterday for our annual planning meeting and we've got a Great Year planned for all of you this coming Fall!

This will be our last weekly newsletter before summer break, but keep an eye out as I'll be sending you more important information in the next couple of weeks about the upcoming changes and summer events.

More to come soon,


Here's Mr. Dubbs,


Parents and Students,

Finals week! Here we go! Woodwind and brass students can pick up their marching band show music any day this week. If they misplace it before band camp, they will need to pay a dollar to replace it.


Zero hour final at 6:28am. Last one for the year!

School instrument turn in and check out (if needed). Must be cleaned and repaired (if needed).

Pep band music turn in. Students are responsible for making copies if needed if anything is missing.

School schedule for Monday is all classes in the morning and then first period final after lunch.


Final exams for periods 2, 4, and 6


Final exams for periods 3, 5, and 7


Make up finals

Please remember that eligibility this semester (end of this week) will impact the fall semester. Students may start the marching season as an alternate.

The new band website will be up and running soon. It will have the new calendar on it for next year. There is a hard copy that is posted outside the band room too.

We will send out emails as band camp approaches in July. Don’t forget:

June 10-13 is the color guard camp

July 13- Field clean up


July 18-19 - section leaders and drum majors

July 22-freshmen, section leaders, and drum majors

July 23-26 and July 29-Aug 3 (all members)

Here is the percussion schedule for the summer-

June 5 5-7(tentative time change)

June 12 5-7

June 19 5-7

June 26 5-7

July 3 5-7

July 10 5-7

July 17 no rehearsal

No Wednesday nights during band camp

August 7 5-7

Thank you for a great school year! Have a restful summer.....and keep practicing!!!

Mr. Dubbs