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Weekly Newsletter - November 27th, 2022


I hope everyone has had a restful, relaxing Thanksgiving holiday. Time to get back to it!


Poinsettias Pickup

Thanks to all who supported the band program by purchasing poinsettias. We have the poinsettias at the school. Pick-up will be tomorrow after school in room M4 (just down the hall from the band room...) - till about 3:15. Please do your best to pick them up at this time, or arrange for your student to pick them up, as we want to get them into your hands as soon as possible. Otherwise, distribution will take place during our upcoming concerts on 12/6 and 12/8.

Note: Due to a mixup with our poinsettia provider, we will not have any surplus plants to sell at the concerts as we have in years past.


Luminarias

As Mr. Dubbs notes below, the luminaria build will take place on December 10th. More details to come - but students, please plan on helping if you can - many hands make this very light work. Pickup for luminarias will be scheduled for late morning/early afternoon (depending on how long the build takes). We'll let you know better as we get closer.


Go Eagles!

JD

And now a word from Mr. Dubbs...


Parents and Students,


I hope everyone had a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends! Many thanks to everyone for supporting the band with our poinsettia and luminaria fundraisers. Thank you as well to our booster board members working behind the scenes to ensure the success of these fundraisers.


We WILL be having zero hour for wind ensemble and symphonic band every day this week. We have very few rehearsals leading up to our concert on December 6!


Later this week, we will be announcing the basketball games that the band will perform at in the spring semester. We will play for a couple of boys and girls games this year. More details to come.


Looking ahead...

December 4 - SCREAMIN' EAGLES STUDENTS - You should have set up a time and location for your section picture that will go in the honor jazz program. Our group picture will take place at 4:00pm (not 5:00pm) at the dam on Juan Tabo, between Montgomery and Spain. We will wear our new jazz outfits for these pictures. More details will be discussed in class this week.


December 6 - Winter Band Concert at 6:30pm in the PAC. This concert will feature our Color Guard, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble. Report time for bands will be 6:00pm and color guard will be 5:30pm. All band students must wear the concert uniform that was issued to them a couple of weeks ago. Don't forget your LONG BLACK DRESS SOCKS! If you wish to wear holiday hats (Santa hats, elf ears, etc) or decorate your instrument, you are free to do so.


December 8 - Winter Jazz Band Concert at 6:30pm in the PAC. All jazz band students will get their new shirt and tie this week. The costs for the shirt and tie will be added to the Charms account for each student. In addition to the shirt and tie, each students must wear black dress pants (not the concert uniform pants and NO JEANS), long black dress socks, and black dress shoes (marching shoes are fine you wish). No heels for girls and shoes must be closed toe shoes.


December 10 - We will need help on this morning building the luminarias we sold. Students will earn lettering points for helping us out. Details will be out soon about our start time. This usually goes pretty fast and does not take a lot of time.


Later that afternoon is a playing opportunity for our tuba and low brass players. Any of those students who are interested in playing for the annual TUBA CHRISTMAS in Old Town, should speak to Mr. Snowden and get details.


*ALL-STATE STUDENTS* Make sure you pick up your music THIS WEEK at Musicality if you have not done so yet. JAZZ ALL-STATE students will receive a letter this week about the trip to Portales. Please let me know if you have any questions about these events.


Finally, one last announcement for SCREAMIN' EAGLES students. We discussed this at the beginning of the year and it will be added to our band calendar this week. We will have a rehearsal on January 2 from 12pm to 2pm in the band room for the honor jazz concert. In addition, there will be pre-honor concert performance on January 3 at 6:30pm. (Location TBA). Our performance of course is January 4, 4:45pm, at Popejoy Hall!


Students, make sure you finish this semester strong! Parents and families, thank you for your continued support!


WE ARE ELDORADO!


Mr. Dubbs

Weekly Newsletter - November 19th, 2022


Congratulations to all of the students selected for All-State. We're all very proud of all their hard work.

I hope everyone has a restful Thanksgiving break!


Go Eagles!

JD

And now a word from Mr. Dubbs...


Band Families!


There are no classes this week due to parent/teacher conferences and the Thanksgiving holiday. If families feel the need to have a conference regarding their progress in band right now, they may email me at dubbs@aps.edu to schedule a time.


Students that were selected for concert and/or jazz all-state ensembles may pick up their music now at Musicality. This store is located at 6201 Pan American, West Freeway NE Suite C. Their number is 505-889-2735. The cost for each group a student was selected for varies. Students should go purchase their folders asap so they can begin working on the music.


As a reminder, all students selected for concert and/or jazz all-state, must be eligible per NMAA guidelines (at least a 2.0 GPA and no F's). Concert all-state will take place January 4-7 on the campus of the University of New Mexico. Jazz all-state will take place January 27-29 at Eastern New Mexico University. Detailed itineraries for these events will be out soon.


We have 9 students (Sydney Snowden, Waverly Bourgeois, Ryan Dencklau, Luke Muller, Avery Manginell, Andrew Hubbard, Alex Mamaluy, Andres Medina, and Aidan Villa) participating in the District 7 honor band this weekend. They have done a great job representing our school and will be giving a concert tomorrow at Del Norte High School, beginning with the middle school honor band at 3:00pm. The middle school and high school honor bands will be performing so the seating will mostly be limited to family members. For those who would like to watch the high school performance at 3:45pm, it will be streamed here at 3:45pm...


https://youtu.be/O_viMvbqGS4


A HUGE thank you to Mrs. Kathleen Tighe-Smith and the crew of parents who helped with concert uniform fitting this past week. We truly appreciate your time and effort in making sure that all of our students have uniforms for concert season.


Thank you to those who have been working behind the scenes with our luminaria and poinsettia fundraisers! We will have information out soon about our luminaria building gathering.


Have a great week and a very Happy Thanksgiving!


WE ARE ELDORADO!


Mr. Dubbs

Weekly Newsletter - November 12th, 2022


Luminaria/Poinsettia Sale

We are in the middle of our Annual Luminaria and Poinsettia sale. Details can be found on the Poinsettias/Luminarias fundraising page. There is also a flyer you can download and give to family/friends to let them know about the sale. The sale ends at midnight on 11/19! So get out there and buy your luminarias and poinsettias for the upcoming holiday season. Here is a direct link to the band store: https://eldoradoband.revtrak.net/fundraising/#/list


Concert Uniforms

Concert uniform distribution will be this week at 2:30 PM each day. This distribution does require a few parent volunteers to help it go smoothly - if you can dedicate some time, please consider volunteering: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D48ADAA2DA1FB6-concert1

The distribution schedule will be as follows:

Monday - Seniors

Tuesday - Juniors

Wednesday - Sophomores

Thursday - Freshmen

Also, we are still missing some Marching Uniform bibs. If you still have your marching bibs, please return those to Mr. Dubbs ASAP.


Have a great week!

Go Eagles!

JD

And now a word from Mr. Dubbs...


Band Families!


I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend. We have a full week ahead of us. Please note the important announcement above about uniform distribution this week. In addition to that, Mrs. Smith will be here on Monday at zero hour to fit the JAZZ BAND STUDENTS for their new shirts we will be ordering.


*There WILL be zero hour Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band every day this week. Class starts at 6:28am. Students are expected to have their instrument, music, Foundations for Superior Performance book, and a pencil every day.


*Student conferences next week. If any family feels the need to discuss their child’s progress in band/school, I will be hosting online or phone conferences on November 21 and 22 from 7:30am to 2:25pm. Please send an email to dubbs@aps.edu.


*Extra credit/lettering point opportunity: Wednesday evening, the UNM Wind Symphony (top band at UNM) will be giving a concert at Popejoy Hall at 7:30pm. If anyone would like free tickets, please let me know.


I hope everyone has a great week!


WE ARE ELDORADO!


Mr. Dubbs

Weekly Newsletter - November 5th, 2022


Parent Booster Meeting

There will be no parent booster meeting this coming Tuesday. Remember to always check the calendar for the latest meeting schedule.


Luminaria/Poinsettia Sale

Our Annual Luminaria and Poinsettia sale has begun! Details can be found on the Poinsettias/Luminarias fundraising page. There is also a flyer you can download and give to family/friends to let them know about the sale.


Concert Uniforms

Concert uniform distribution will be the week of November 14th. The distribution schedule will be as follows:

Monday - Seniors

Tuesday - Juniors

Wednesday - Sophomores

Thursday - Freshmen

Also, we are still missing some Marching Uniform bibs. If you still have your marching bibs, please return those to Mr. Dubbs ASAP.


Have a great week!

Go Eagles!

JD

And now a word from Mr. Dubbs...


Band Families!


We will be completing our zero hour auditions on Monday morning. Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band chair auditions will be posted by the end of the day on Monday and the first rehearsal will begin on Wednesday. Please be reminded that all woodwind, brass, and percussion students this semester will receive a grade for this audition. We will have very few auditions to prepare for our winter concert on December 6.


Our color guard is preparing for their performance at the December 6 concert as well. Thank you very much to May and Autumn for their continued work with our color guard students.


Ryan and Lucy (percussion instructors) met with those percussion students last week that are interested in being a part of our winter percussion ensemble. All percussion students interested in this group must be enrolled in either the wind ensemble, symphonic or concert bands. More details about rehearsal times for this group will be out soon.


Here is our schedule for the week:

Monday - ZERO HOUR - PERCUSSION AUDITIONS and REMAINING WIND AUDITIONS.


Tuesday - NO SCHOOL


Wednesday - First zero hour rehearsal for wind ensemble and symphonic band.


Thursday - Zero hour for wind ensemble and symphonic band.


Friday - NO SCHOOL (Veteran's Day)


Thank you to all of our veterans for your service and everything you have done and continue to do for our country and community. You are truly appreciated.


Looking ahead:

District Honor Band - November 18-20. Students that are in this ensemble should have all details about this weekend and will receive music this week.


Thank you all for your continued support! Have a great week!


WE ARE ELDORADO!


Mr. Dubbs

Weekly Newsletter - October 30th, 2022


It was great seeing everyone this afternoon celebrating all the hard work these students have put in this year. I'm sad to see it end, but I'm excited for what comes next! I can't thank everyone enough for all their help and support this season.


Uniforms

If you were not able to make it this afternoon, or did not turn in your uniform after the award ceremony, please do so ASAP. Also, concert uniform distribution will be happening soon, so stay tuned for those details.


Yearbooks

Pictures of our students can be sent anytime to our yearbook coordinator, Beth Whiston, at yearbooks@eldorado.band. Send in those candid shots, performance shots, anything that will be memorable from this year.


Student Accounts

Please make sure you stay current on your student accounts. Statements should have gone out this evening.


Have a great week!

Go Eagles!

JD

And now a word from Mr. Dubbs...


Band Families!


Thank you all for your support at our marching awards ceremony today. It was great seeing everyone and celebrating our terrific marching season! Thank you to the parents who helped organize all of the treats for the students today. They were terrific!


This Week:


Auditions for Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band!

Our zero hour auditions for wind ensemble and symphonic band begin on October 31. The schedule is as follows. (All auditions occur during zero hour and everyone will earn a grade for their audition). Arrive early so we can get you signed in and put in order for your audition.

Oct. 31 - Saxophones

Nov. 1 - Clarinets/bass clarinets

Nov. 2 - Trumpets

Nov. 3 - Trombones/Euphoniums

Nov. 4 - Tubas, horns, flutes

Nov. 7 - Percussion

Nov. 8 NO SCHOOL (Election Day)

Nov. 9 Day 1 of Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band Rehearsals

Nov. 11 NO SCHOOL (Veteran's Day)


General Announcements:


Students auditioning for all-state...

Please make sure you are ready for your audition this week at the time you signed up. Let me know if you have any questions.


Color Guard practice...

Color Guard practice will resume TOMORROW, Monday, October 31, during zero hour in the auxiliary gym. This will take place each day. In addition, the color guard will practice from 3pm to 5pm on TUESDAY AFTERNOONS in M4.

The color guard will be performing at the Winter Band Concert.


Winter Drumline...

Details will be out soon regarding our winter drumline/percussion practices. Stay tuned.


Poinsettias/Luminarias...

We will have information out soon regarding poinsettia sales and luminaria assembly/sales. Please put the word out now to friends, families, and businesses that we will be having this great fundraiser soon.


Jazz Festival...

The annual Albuquerque/UNM Jazz Festival we host will take place on February 16-18. We will be looking for sponsors very soon for this terrific event. If you know of any business that may be interested, please let me know (dubbs@aps.edu).


I hope everyone has a great week!


WE ARE ELDORADO!


Mr. Dubbs

Weekly Newsletter - October 23rd, 2022


Congratulations to our amazing marching band. They did so well yesterday and we are all very proud of all the hard work they put into this season - and yesterday it culminated in a great performance.

I also want to send out a special thanks to ALL the family that volunteered at POB - event volunteers, chaperones, pit crew, everyone. We had a large number of volunteers to provided, and you all stepped up and helped make this years event successful.

I just have a few things to cover this week... But make sure you read through all of Mr. Dubbs' section.


Yearbooks

I have a quick message from Mrs. Whiston, our yearbook coordinator this year:

Hey band family!

Hard to believe that marching season is over. What a great ride!

It is time to start designing the pages for the band yearbook. Please share your favorite pictures.

Ideas include: Band Camp & Parent Performance, Football Games, Marching Competitions, Color Guard, Booster/Pit Crew & Volunteers, March-A-Thon, Car Wash, Random Fun During Marching Season.

Email pictures to yearbooks@eldorado.band

(*make note that 'yearbooks' is plural*)

Much appreciated!

Beth Whiston


Student Accounts

Please make sure you stay current on your student accounts. Statements should have gone out this evening.


Have a great week, and again, congratulations to the students on a great performance yesterday.

Go Eagles!

JD

And now a word from Mr. Dubbs...


Band Families!


Congratulations to our marching band for their great performance at the Pageant of Bands. After reviewing the recap of the competition, we came in both 4th place in our class and in the entire competition. Also, we were the highest placing band in Albuquerque! We are very proud of all the students!


Thank you to all of the parent volunteers who helped out the band on Saturday and to those who volunteered to work at the Pageant of Bands. We appreciate all of your help and everything you have done for our group this season.


Thank you as well for coming to support the Concert Band and Jazz Bands at our fall concert this past Wednesday.


Please be reminded that we will have our marching band awards ceremony this Sunday, October 30, at 12:00pm in the main gym. See more details below.


*There are no more sectionals on Mondays and no more Tuesday practices.


*STUDENTS AUDITIONING FOR CONCERT AND/OR JAZZ ALL-STATE MUST HAVE YOUR COMMITMENT SHEET SIGNED BY YOU AND A PARENT AND RETURNED BY THIS EVENING!!!!! If you need one, you can find it here:

https://www.nmmea.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Commitment-Form-Code-of-Conduct-2022-23.pdf

After you sign it, please send a picture of it to dubbs@aps.edu.


ALSO, please don't forget when you signed up for your audition time and make sure you have read all of the instructions that were posted and are ready at your assigned time.


This week...

Monday - No zero hour (open at 6:45am for anyone who wishes to practice for zero hour auditions)


Tuesday - Zero hour at 6:45am for all students!!! Post marching season assessment assignment and details for the rest of the semester.


Wednesday - No zero hour (open at 6:45am for anyone that wishes to practice for zero hour auditions)

NO PERCUSSION PRACTICE or COLOR GUARD


Thursday - No zero hour (STUDENTS IN DISTRICT HONOR BAND WILL RECORD THEIR CHAIR AUDITION MUSIC DURING ZERO HOUR. BE READY TO PLAY BY 6:30am)

FOOTBALL GAME AT WILSON STADIUM. THIS IS OUR HALLOWEEN GAME. All students/sections should have decided on their costume theme. If anyone needs assistance with this, please reach out to us or the section leader and let us know. This game is a lot of FUN! Although we are not rehearsing this week, we will still be marching our show for halftime (Yes, in costume).


Friday - No zero hour


Sunday - Marching Awards Ceremony at 12:00pm in the gym.

11:15am - pit students will arrive to set up equipment in the gym.

11:30am - all other students arrive

All students should be in marching pants, show t-shirt, long black dress socks, and marching shoes. Color guard should be in full uniform. We will set up in the main gym and begin our performance for the parents at 12:00pm. After we are done (around 12:30pm), pit will bring equipment back to the band room and all woodwind, brass, and percussion students will need to turn in their bib pants. Anyone that wishes to play dodgeball in the auxiliary gym, should bring regular tennis shoes to do this. The marching shoes will mark up the floor.


Our zero hour auditions for wind ensemble and symphonic band begin on October 31. The schedule is as follows. (All auditions occur during zero hour and everyone will earn a grade for their audition).

Oct. 31 - Saxophones

Nov. 1 - Clarinets/bass clarinets

Nov. 2 - Trumpets

Nov. 3 - Trombones/Euphoniums

Nov. 4 - Tubas, horns, flutes

Nov. 7 - Percussion

Nov. 8 NO SCHOOL (Election Day)

Nov. 9 Day 1 of Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band Rehearsals

Nov. 11 NO SCHOOL (Veteran's Day)


We are very fortunate at Eldorado to have three levels of concert band. This allows all students to be in a level of class or classes that best suits their individual needs. We are the only school in town that are fortunate enough to have this great set up with three concert bands.


To provide clarification for Freshman families:


1st period Concert Band is equivalent to "C-Team"

0hr Symphonic Band is equivalent to "JV"

0hr Wind Ensemble is equivalent to "Varsity"


We usually do have some 1st period Concert Band students who have auditions that earn them a spot in one of the 0hr concert band groups. (Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Band)

For those students who qualify for one of the 0hr groups, they will continue to play in 1st period Concert Band for the rest of the school year. However, earning a spot in a zero hour band this year will automatically "test them out" of needing to participate in 1st period concert band next school year.


Details about winter guard and indoor percussion ensemble will be out soon.


I hope everyone has a great week!


WE ARE ELDORADO!


Mr. Dubbs

Weekly Newsletter - October 16th, 2022


First of all, I'm going to second all of the thanks and congratulations that Mr. Dubbs provides below. The kids did great yesterday, and we're all very proud of them.


POB Volunteer Opportunities

For POB, we are required to provide volunteers during the event. The number of volunteers that we are required to have is based on the size of our band. We are one of the largest bands so that means that we need a large number of volunteers. We need 40 volunteers! Thanks to the 32 that have already signed up! We just need 8 more to fulfill our quota - so please consider taking a slot if you are able.

If we do not get enough volunteers we will not receive our share of the proceeds. Did you know that POB is a fundraiser for our band? Good news, you do not need the unsupervised background check clearance to volunteer at POB. All you will do is sign up and show up and the organizers will direct you to where you need to go. Our shift begins at 10am and goes until 1:30pm. We do not perform until 4:45pm so there is plenty of time for you to watch our awesome band! It is a fun and easy way to volunteer! Your volunteering helps raise funds for our band! Signup here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d48adaa2da1fb6-pobvolunteers1

Separate from POB volunteering, we will need some chaperones to be with the kids for their part of the day. Because we go last, there will be time to take a volunteer slot, and still be able to chaperone in the later afternoon, if that is something you'd like to do. As always, chaperones need to have their unsupervised background checks. Please signup here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d48adaa2da1fb6-pobchaperones1


Uniforms

Please make sure your student's uniforms are hung up and ready for our Pageant of Bands performance on Saturday. We just got them all cleaned, so lets keep them nice and ready for another performance this weekend.


Middle School Tour

The students will be performing for our feeder schools this Thursday. This is a fun day for both our band and the students at Eisenhower, Hoover, and Jackson. It's all about drumming up support and interest in our program with these MS students, so just a quick note to make sure we all put forth our best. Also, we will be serving the students lunch during this tour. Mr. Dubbs has more details below...


Have a great week, and again, congratulations to the students on a very fine performance yesterday.

Go Eagles!

JD

And now a word from Mr. Dubbs...


Band Families!


Congratulations to our students on a fine performance at the Zia Fiesta yesterday. Although our group was not selected for finals, we are proud of how they performed and the improvement they made last week. We have one more week and we know the students have another great performance in them for the Pageant of Bands next weekend.


Many thanks to all of our parent volunteers for your help yesterday. We truly appreciate all those who helped with water, food, props, chaperoning, uniforms, and cheering for the students. Thank you as well to our terrific staff members for all they continue to do for our students. Special thanks to Mr. Sanks and Mr. Owen for driving the equipment truck to and from UNM.


The Pageant of Bands competition is next Saturday. The itinerary is here:

https://www.eldorado.band/studentsparents/pageant-of-bands


We have a couple other events this week. Please note the schedule:

MONDAY: No zero hour

After school: Sectional for trombones/baritones with Mr. Sanks


TUESDAY: Zero hour rehearsal

Last Tuesday practice from 3pm to 5pm. THANK YOU to Mrs. Whiston for providing water and popsicles every Tuesday for our band! (Thank you as well to Mrs. Travers for providing nice Halloween/Competition goodie bags for the students last week! Those were terrific!)


WEDNESDAY: Zero hour rehearsal

Percussion practice from 4pm to 5pm. NOTE THE CHANGE OF TIME DUE TO OUR CONCERT. Color Guard practice from 5pm to 6:30pm.


FALL BAND CONCERT AT 6:30pm. This will feature our Concert Band, Jazz Bands 1, 2, and 3. All students are required to stay for the duration of the concert. All students will need to assist with putting equipment away when the concert is over. We are excited to share selections we have prepared for this event! THE CONCERT ATTIRE for this particular concert (for all groups) will be the band t-shirt, jeans with no holes, and tennis shoes.


THURSDAY: Zero hour rehearsal

Middle School Marching Band Tour. Students who were eligible based on the first 6 week grading period will be traveling on buses to the middle schools and performing the marching show and a couple of pep tunes. Some students who are not in good standing in their classes will be staying at EHS that day. We will inform those students by Wednesday at the latest. We will leave at 9:15am and will return by 2pm.


Our schedule is:

Hoover Middle School - 10:15am

Jackson Middle School - 11:30am

Eisenhower Middle School - 12:45pm

Students are to wear their band t-shirt, jeans with no holes, and tennis shoes. We have parents that will be feeding the kids pizza after we finish our last performance at Eisenhower.


FRIDAY: Zero hour rehearsal


SATURDAY: Pageant of Bands


As a reminder, all students are to be respectful to other students, band members, parents, and staff. Negative comments and toxic behavior will not be tolerated in our program or at Eldorado. Keep this in mind as we travel to our middle school feeders, to Pageant of Bands, and at all events this year and in the future.


Audition for zero hour bands. The linked document below will be posted tomorrow and music will be available in the band room. All woodwind, brass, and percussion students will perform this audition for a grade, including Concert Band students.

Link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/10jpmvQWqtF5PCIzp_F4VrL7OH8kTEJm-/view?usp=sharing


Thank you all for your continued support!


WE ARE ELDORADO!


Mr. Dubbs

Weekly Newsletter - October 8th, 2022


We are coming up on the pinnacle of our marching season. I know the students are working very hard. I encourage them to push through these next few weeks - and I know they will do us all proud the next couple weekends.


Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Zia is coming - October 15th - and we REALLY need chaperones. If you can volunteer for this event (and have an unsupervised clearance), signup here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d48adaa2da1fb6-ziamarching

For POB, we are required to provide volunteers during the event. The number of volunteers that we are required to have is based on the size of our band. We are one of the largest bands so that means that we need a large number of volunteers. We need 40 volunteers!

If we do not get enough volunteers we will not receive our share of the proceeds. Did you know that POB is a fundraiser for our band? Good news, you do not need the unsupervised background check clearance to volunteer at POB. All you will do is sign up and show up and the organizers will direct you to where you need to go. Our shift begins at 10am and goes until 1:30pm. We do not perform until 4:45pm so there is plenty of time for you to watch our awesome band! It is a fun and easy way to volunteer! Your volunteering helps raise funds for our band! Signup here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d48adaa2da1fb6-pobvolunteers1


Uniform Cleaning

Please have your student's uniforms cleaned ASAP. Uniforms need to be dry cleaned, and proof sent to our uniform chairs by Oct 12.

To show proof of cleaning, write the student's first and last name on the dry cleaning receipt, and either email it to uniforms@eldorado.band, or text a picture to (505) 710-8073. Failure to do so by Oct 12 will result in a $25 cleaning fine charged to the student's account.

A couple of dry cleaner suggestions are American Pride Cleaners, Suzie N Cleaners, Whiting Cleaners, or The Cleanery.

For more information/questions on uniforms, see the Uniforms section of the Band Handbook: https://www.eldorado.band/studentsparents/band-handbook/uniforms, or email our uniform chairs at uniforms@eldorado.band.


Have a great week!

Go Eagles!

JD

And now a word from Mr. Dubbs...


Band Families!


I hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable fall break. The next two weeks are very busy. Every minute in rehearsals is crucial in making sure we are as successful as we can be at our last two competitions.


Please note our schedule for this week:


Tuesday:

Regular zero hour schedule


Marching Band Rehearsal from 3pm to 5pm - All students must be there unless they are participating in a game for a school sport. If athletes have a practice, please talk with coaches and let them know you will be in rehearsal.


Wednesday:

We WILL be having zero hour. Although this is a testing day for sophomores, everyone is required to be at rehearsal this day.

- Percussion sectional: 4pm to 5:30pm

- Color Guard sectional: 5pm to 6:30pm


Thursday:

Regular zero hour rehearsal


Friday:

Regular zero hour rehearsal (DRESS REHEARSAL FOR ZIA!!!)


Saturday:

ZIA! Here is the itinerary:

https://www.eldorado.band/studentsparents/zia


Looking ahead:

The marching band will be doing a tour of the middle schools on Thursday, October 20. We will be leaving around 9:15am, going to Hoover, Eisenhower, and Jackson, and will be back before the end of the school day. Our boosters will also provide lunch for the students. Students must be academically eligible from the last 6 week grading period to attend this tour.


Pageant of Bands is on October 22. Here is the itinerary:

https://www.eldorado.band/studentsparents/pageant-of-bands


Keep working hard everyone! Let's have a great week!


WE ARE ELDORADO!


Mr. Dubbs

Weekly Newsletter - October 2nd, 2022


POB Pre-Orders

The 42nd annual New Mexico Pageant of Bands marching competition will take place on Saturday, October 22nd. Save some money and pre-order your tickets, patches and pins on the band store.

Tickets: $8 ($10 at gate).

Patches & Pins: $5 each (students like to collect and sew these on letterman jackets).

Don't forget, if you made a Golden Booster donation you will be receiving 2 FREE Pageant tickets. Volunteers day of competition will also need to buy a ticket if you choose to watch the band.

ALL POB ticket, patches and pin orders will be distributed to students at the Tuesday, October 11th marching practice.

Deadline to order will be October 5th.

Please reach out with any questions!


Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Zia is coming - October 15th - and we need chaperones. If you can volunteer for this event (and have an unsupervised clearance), signup here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d48adaa2da1fb6-ziamarching

For POB, we are required to provide volunteers during the event. The number of volunteers that we are required to have is based on the size of our band. We are one of the largest bands so that means that we need a large number of volunteers. We need 40 volunteers!

If we do not get enough volunteers we will not receive our share of the proceeds. Did you know that POB is a fundraiser for our band? Good news, you do not need the unsupervised background check clearance to volunteer at POB. All you will do is sign up and show up and the organizers will direct you to where you need to go. Our shift begins at 10am and goes until 1:30pm. We do not perform until 4:45pm so there is plenty of time for you to watch our awesome band! It is a fun and easy way to volunteer! Your volunteering helps raise funds for our band! Signup here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d48adaa2da1fb6-pobvolunteers1


Have a great week!

Go Eagles!

JD

And now a word from Mr. Dubbs...


Band Families!


We hope our middle school students enjoyed the time with the band on Friday evening and we appreciate the encouragement and support our students gave them! Thank you very much to our parent volunteers for donating your time to assist us with props, chaperoning, spirit wear sales, water and snacks, uniforms, etc. We appreciate all you do!


Please note the other very important email that was sent out Friday regarding our schedule as we get closer to the Zia State Competition. Regarding that schedule, WE WILL still have rehearsal on Wednesday, October 12 during zero hour. Although the sophomores are the only ones at school that day due to the PSAT test, we MUST have rehearsal since we are losing five days of rehearsals over fall break.


Woodwind and Brass Students: There is now an assignment in the Google Classroom to perform your 4th movement music by memory. This is due by this Wednesday, October 5 at 5:00pm. All students MUST be performing their music at the highest level right now to ensure successful performances at Zia and Pageant of Bands.


Regarding Pageant of Bands, an email will go out tomorrow which will have the itinerary for that event.


This week:

Monday - zero hour rehearsal - IF YOU HAVE AN INSTRUMENT OR EQUIPMENT ON THE TRUCK, PLEASE ARRIVE TO THE FIELD EARLIER TO ENSURE THAT IT IS OFF THE TRUCK AND YOU ARE READY TO START REHEARSAL ON TIME. Sectionals after school for woodwind and brass players. ALL STUDENTS MUST BE AT SECTIONALS UNLESS YOU HAVE CLEARED AN ABSENCE WITH ME.


Tuesday - zero hour rehearsal - Full marching band rehearsal from 3pm to 5pm.


Wednesday - zero hour rehearsal - Bass Drum sectional from 3pm to 4pm- Full Percussion section from 4pm to 5:30pm

Color Guard practice from 5pm to 6:30pm


I hope everyone has a relaxing and safe fall break!


WE ARE ELDORADO!


Mr. Dubbs

Weekly Newsletter - September 25th, 2022


Pageant of Bands (POB)

We are still in need of one more parent volunteer to help out our new POB representative, Jayla Richter. Each school typically has 2 representatives (more are welcome) that are responsible for a specific area of the competition. This year EHS is responsible for helping out the professional photographer.

Responsibilities of POB Reps

  • Attend monthly meetings at 7PM Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Church. No meetings during Dec., Jan., June, July. The months of Aug., Sept., Oct., do have multiple meetings.

  • Understand EHS responsibilities (photography).

  • POB ticket pre-sales on band store, bundling tickets and distributing to students at marching practice.

  • Bundling and distributing POB patches & pins pre-sales.

  • Organizing EHS POB volunteers for day of competition (Sign Up Genius).

Please reach out if interested in filling this important role.


POB Pre-Orders

The 42nd annual New Mexico Pageant of Bands marching competition will take place on Saturday, October 22nd. Save some money and pre-order your tickets, patches and pins on the band store.

Tickets: $8 ($10 at gate).

Patches & Pins: $5 each (students like to collect and sew these on letterman jackets).

Don't forget, if you made a Golden Booster donation you will be receiving 2 FREE Pageant tickets. Volunteers day of competition will also need to buy a ticket if you choose to watch the band.

ALL POB ticket, patches and pin orders will be distributed to students at the Tuesday, October 11th marching practice.

Deadline to order will be October 5th.

Please reach out with any questions!


Pit Crew

We can still use a few more people to help us get props/pit equipment on and off the field before performances. We have a great core group of people - but we have a lot of equipment to move, and could use some additional help to make the transitions go quickly and smoothly. If this is something you think you might be interested it, please let me know and I'll get you connected with our crew chief.


Student Accounts

Please make sure your student account(s) are current through September. To check your statement, you can login to Charms. Let us know if you have any questions on your account.


Have a great week!

Go Eagles!

JD

And now a word from Mr. Dubbs...


Band Families!


Thank you to our parent volunteers for your assistance at the game Friday night. Under some interesting weather and not much warm-up time, our marching band was able to perform the first three movements of our show. We will be completing the final movement this week.


Our 8th grade night is this Friday. We are the visiting team vs La Cueva at Wilson Stadium. Students will report to EHS by 5:30pm. We will put on uniform shirts and depart for Wilson Stadium by 5:45pm. We will perform pregame to the visiting side (east side).


It is very important that our students are welcoming to our 8th grade visitors. They are the future of our program and we want them to have a great time!


Students and families must be reminded that the band must be ready to play at all times and that cell phones should not be out at games. If there is an emergency or a student needs to contact a parent, they may come to a director or parent chaperone to ask to use their phone. Phones will be collected if they are out at a game and returned when the game is done. Thank you for your cooperation with this rule.


This week:

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


Tuesday-Marching Band practice from 3pm to 5pm.


Wednesday-Percussion practice from 4pm to 5:30pm.

Color Guard practice from 5pm to 6:30pm.


Friday- Football Game!!!! 8th grade night! Go Eagles!


Looking ahead….

Marching Practices on October 11, 18- We need everyone at these practices unless you are an athlete and have a game. Due to fall break and the upcoming PSAT test on October 12, we have limited rehearsals until the Zia State Marching Competition on October 15 and Pageant of Bands on October 22.


Itineraries for both competitions will be out this week.


Students should continue to practice music, study the videos of the marching drill on the band website, do well in classes, and help each other out.


Have a great week!


WE ARE ELDORADO!


Mr. Dubbs

Weekly Newsletter - September 18th, 2022


Congrats to our students on a great weekend! They performed great, and we had a lot of fun. I hope everyone is getting some good rest tonight, ready to start again this week. A HUGE thank you to all the parents that helped out from chaperoning, to pit crew, to food/fun/water - you were all instrumental in make the weekend a success.


Grassburger Restaurant Night

We have a restaurant night fundraiser this Tuesday at Grassburger. It runs all day, so get some lunch or dinner - it all counts. See the Restaurant Nights page for all the details.


Uniform Repair Clinic

This week we will be having a uniform repair clinic. If your student needs a repair to their uniform bibs due to hem issues, separating back seams, or even a growth spurt since sizing in July, Kathleen Tighe-Smith, Uniform Chair, will be available in the Band Room immediately after school Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons this week to make repairs. Have your student bring their bibs by after school. There will be a rack available in the band room to drop the bibs on and pick up the next day. If there is a hem adjustment, please have them be prepared to try the bibs on at that time to get an accurate repair. If it’s a simple seam repair or something similar, please mark the area with a safety pin and your student can just drop it off. if anyone has questions or needs to make alternate arrangements, please contact Kathleen at uniforms@eldorado.band or 505-710-8073.


Pageant of Bands (POB)

Thank you to Jayla Richter for shadowing our current POB reps and taking over next year. We still need one more parent volunteer to help Jayla out. Each school typically has 2 representatives (more are welcome) that are responsible for a specific area of the competition. This year EHS is responsible for helping out the professional photographer.

Responsibilities of POB Reps

  • Attend monthly meetings at 7PM Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Church. No meetings during Dec., Jan., June, July. The months of Aug., Sept., Oct., do have multiple meetings.

  • Understand EHS responsibilities (photography).

  • POB ticket pre-sales on band store, bundling tickets and distributing to students at marching practice.

  • Bundling and distributing POB patches & pins pre-sales.

  • Organizing EHS POB volunteers for day of competition (Sign Up Genius).

Please reach out if interested in filling this important role.

Pre-Orders: The 42nd annual New Mexico Pageant of Bands marching competition will take place on Saturday, October 22nd. Save some money and pre-order your tickets, patches and pins on the band store.

Tickets: $8 ($10 at gate).

Patches & Pins: $5 each (students like to collect and sew these on letterman jackets).

Don't forget, if you made a Golden Booster donation you will be receiving 2 FREE Pageant tickets. Volunteers day of competition will also need to buy a ticket if you choose to watch the band.

ALL POB ticket, patches and pin orders will be distributed to students at the Tuesday, October 11th marching practice.

Deadline to order will be October 5th.

Please reach out with any questions!


Spring Trip

Our spring trip commitment period is done. We have a good number of students committed, and I'm getting excited for this trip - its going to be a great time. Now that we have numbers, be on the lookout for details. Also, anyone who has committed should see the monthly payments in their Charms account, so please be sure to stay on top of those.


Pit Crew

We can still use a few more people to help us get props/pit equipment on and off the field before performances. We have a great core group of people - but we have a lot of equipment to move, and could use some additional help to make the transitions go quickly and smoothly. If this is something you think you might be interested it, please let me know and I'll get you connected with our crew chief.


Have a great week!

Go Eagles!

JD

And now a word from Mr. Dubbs...


Band Families!


Congratulations to our marching band for two terrific performances at the Bands of America regional yesterday in Las Cruces. Out of twenty bands that performed in preliminary competition, our band was one of twelve bands to be selected to perform in finals competition. Eldorado ended up in 11th place.


We are extremely proud of the improvement the students continue to make with each performance and the tremendous sportsmanship they displayed towards the other bands who performed yesterday. We have explained that this performance was the beginning of their competition season and that we must keep pushing with every rehearsal to make improvements to this show as we get closer to Zia and the Pageant of the Bands next month.


A vast majority of the students had great behavior and were fantastic ambassadors of our band, school, and city. We did have some isolated issues that we hope to not have to deal with again. Thank you for encouraging your child to represent themselves in a positive fashion that your family would be proud of!


We are so proud of our students and what we continue to accomplish with far fewer hours of rehearsal time as compared to other groups. As you know, we get about 40 minutes per day of practice on the marching field during zero hour. To our knowledge, every other school that qualified for finals (and most if not all of the other groups too) rehearses MORE THAN DOUBLE that time on a daily basis. Over the course of the marching season (about nine weeks) that equates to approximatly 30 MORE HOURS of rehearsal time for those other groups.


Our sincere thanks goes out to our parent chaperones, volunteers, and marching staff for helping keep our students safe, fed, and hydrated. This was a new competition for EVERYONE, including me and Mr. Snowden. While we hit some bumps in the road, we learned a lot and look forward to doing a trip like this again in the future.


Thank you to Jeremy Dencklau and the rest of our booster board for everything that they did over the weekend to make things go as smoothly as possible.


Parent chaperones: Beth Whiston, Susan Sikorsky, Chris McGlumphy, Anne Claspell, Rebecca Gilson, Robby Claspell, and Farley Gutierrez.


Pit Crew/Props: Clint Hobart, Frank Whiston, Jayla Richter, Amanda Humphrey, Layla and Gil Trujillo, Lora Baca, Patty Adams, Tyler and Jason Humphrey, Neil Smith, and Gary Shaw.


Food and Fun Committee: Eileen Lewis, Mica Travers, Monica Manginell, Derick Lewis, Ann and Larry Brotman, David and Crystal, and Cecily Peterson.


Uniforms: Kathleen Tighe-Smith and Neil Smith. (Especially for all of the behind the scenes work getting everything ready to go with our uniform shirts!)


Marching Staff: John Sanks and Jason Owen (truck drivers too), May Souriyanyong, Ryan Merrill, and Lucy Wang.


Thank you to anyone else who was there assisting and/or supporting us.


A special thank you to Mr. Snowden for helping with MANY aspects of the day, including running sound for the show and helping me with lots of logistical aspects throughout the day.


THIS WEEK:

Monday - NO ZERO HOUR and NO SECTIONALS AFTER SCHOOL!!!

Tuesday - ZERO HOUR INSIDE FOR ALL STUDENTS - We will be reviewing judge comments, evaluating the performance video from yesterday, and discussing the plan for the week.

Marching Band After School Practice - We will share the plan on Tuesday morning.

Wednesday - Zero Hour Outside for all students EXCEPT PIT. Pit will be inside.

Percussion and Color Guard practice after school. Percussion from 4pm to 5:30pm. PIT WILL LOAD THE TRUCK AT THE END OF SECTIONALS. Color Guard - 5pm to 6:30pm.

Thursday - Zero Hour outside for all students. The truck will be up at the field with pit equipment.

Friday - Zero Hour outside

Football Game at Community Stadium (DETAILS SENT OUT BY WEDNESDAY)


WE ARE ELDORADO!


Mr. Dubbs

Weekly Newsletter - September 10th, 2022


Fundraising

Our annual car wash fundraiser was today and went very well. The kids worked hard and we washed a ton of cars.

Also, tomorrow, is our Mattress sale in the Eldorado Cafeteria from 10AM - 4PM. This fundraiser works best by simply spreading the word - that's all we need you to do. Here's a Facebook event link to help get the word out: https://bit.ly/beds4eldorado22


Bands of America Trip

Busy week this week as our first competition of the year is next Saturday, Sept 17th. The itinerary and related information is on the website on the Las Cruces Trip page. Students and parents please take some time to look over how the day will flow, what you will need, and other rules/information regarding the trip. We still need a couple of dedicated, experienced chaperones for this trip! If you can help, signup link is here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d48adaa2da1fb6-bands


Spring Trip

This week is the deadline to signup for the spring trip - September 15.

I need those who have incomplete registrations (I sent you an email this week if this is you...) to finish those up.

Also - because of how expensive everything has become, our margins for being able to do this trip are pretty narrow - we need at least 15 more students to signup for this trip in order for it to be cost feasible!

If you want to signup, you will need to do the following for each student:

  1. Pay the non-refundable Spring Trip Commitment Fee in Charms - payment of this fee will add the rest of the payments to your student account

  2. Complete the commitment contract located here: https://forms.gle/3LrtaUVwCbjCsEox5

Please make sure you do both of these items to register your commitment for the Spring Trip. Within a few days after doing both items above, you should see the Spring Trip payments show up on your account after you have properly registered. If that does not happen, please let me know and I'll look into it.

To stay on top of all the latest Spring Trip details, the Spring Trip page will always have the latest information.


Parent Meeting

A reminder we have our monthly booster parent meeting this Tuesday from 6:30 - 7:30 PM in the band room. If needed, it will also be on Google Meet - see the calendar for the Google Meet link. Come hear some more details on the Bands of America trip and ask the boosters and directors any questions you may have.


Grassburger Restaurant Night

We have our next restaurant night coming on Sept 20 at Grassburger. Its all day, so grab a good burger and help the band raise some money. See the Restaurant Nights page for all the details.


Pit Crew

Our show has some great props and visuals this year, but it takes people to put them out on the field. We are still looking to have some additional pit crew members to help us with this at games and competitions. Please let me know if this is something you can help us with, and I'll put you in contact with our pit crew chief Clint.


Have a great week!

Go Eagles!

JD

And now a word from Mr. Dubbs...


Band Families!


Thank you all for your support and help today with our annual car wash! It was great to see so many family members and friends come by to support this event. Kudos to our students for pulling double duty with playing pep tunes and washing cars. We really appreciate everyone's help!


Don't forget, please spread the word about our mattress sale tomorrow. It is from 10:00am to 4:00pm in the cafeteria. If any student would like to earn some lettering points, they may help by holding signs out on the sidewalk of Juan Tabo and/or Montgomery to advertise for this that day. (Even helping for an hour or so is great). This will be our last big fundraiser for a while. We appreciate everyone's support! If a student wishes to hold a sign for a while and promote the event, please check in with Cliff in the cafeteria.


This is a busy week! WE HAVE OUR FIRST COMPETITION! The itinerary for Saturday's trip to Las Cruces is here: https://www.eldorado.band/studentsparents/las-cruces-trip


MONDAY: Woodwind and Brass sectionals after school: 2:35pm to 3:20pm

TUESDAY: Marching Practice: 3:00pm to 5:00pm. BRING WATER, HATS, SUNGLASSES, SUNSCREEN, TENNIS SHOES.

WEDNESDAY: Percussion Sectional - 4:00pm to 5:30pm, Color Guard practice - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

THURSDAY: WILSON STADIUM PRACTICE (REQUIRED FOR EVERYONE). The only exception is students who have games that day.

Please make arrangements now to get to and from that rehearsal. Make sure you have a water bottle, hat, sunscreen, etc.

SATURDAY: Bands Of America regional!!!!! GO ELDORADO! Itinerary linked above.


SPRING TRIP SIGN-UP DEADLINE APPROACHING:

We still have a handful of spots available for students wishing to sign up and attend the spring trip to Phoenix and California in April. Please consider joining us for this great opportunity! The deadline to sign up is September 15.


ONE SLIGHT CHANGE TO THE CALENDAR:

Due to a change in availability of our venue, our end of year band banquet will now take place on Saturday, April 29, 12:00pm, at the APS Berna Facio Building on Louisiana and Comanche.

Thank you all for your continued support!


WE ARE ELDORADO!


Mr. Dubbs

Weekly Newsletter - September 4th, 2022


As usual, there's a ton to cover - bear with me...

Fundraising

Our annual car wash fundraiser is this coming Saturday - from 10AM - 2PM. We are still in need of some volunteers for this event, so if you can spare a couple hours on Saturday to help us out, please consider taking a slot. Here is the signup link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d48adaa2da1fb6-carwash1

Also, the next day, September 11, is our Mattress sale in the Eldorado Cafeteria from 10AM - 4PM. This fundraiser works best by simply spreading the word - that's all we need you to do. Here's a Facebook event link to help get the word out: https://bit.ly/beds4eldorado22

More details on the car wash and mattress sale are below from Mr. Dubbs.


Bands of America Trip

The itinerary for the BoA trip on September 17th is up on the website - Las Cruces Trip. Students and parents please take some time to look over how the day will flow, what you will need, and other rules/information regarding the trip. It's going to be a long day - and that means we'll need some very dedicated chaperones for this. Be on the lookout this week for chaperone details and signup.


Spring Trip

We're coming up on the deadline to signup for the spring trip - September 15. If you still plan on your student to go on the Spring Trip, you will need to do the following for each:

  1. Pay the non-refundable Spring Trip Commitment Fee in Charms - payment of this fee will add the rest of the payments to your student account

  2. Complete the commitment contract located here: https://forms.gle/3LrtaUVwCbjCsEox5

Please make sure you do both of these items to register your commitment for the Spring Trip. There have been a few people that have only done one, and I want to make sure you get registered. Also, within a few days after doing both items above, you should see the Spring Trip payments show up on your account after you have properly registered. If that does not happen, please let me know and I'll look into it.

To stay on top of all the latest Spring Trip details, the Spring Trip page will always have the latest information.


Have a great week!

Go Eagles!

JD

And now a word from Mr. Dubbs...


Band Families!


Congratulations to the marching band for their performances at today's football game. We are proud of their efforts and look forward to adding to our show. Many thanks to all of the chaperones and parent volunteers for assisting at the game as well. Congratulations as well to our band member, MayLi Bachand, for being selected to this year's homecoming court!


MARCHING BAND ASSIGNMENT #2 -

Woodwind/Brass students need to upload a recording performing MOVEMENT 2 and 3 by memory to the Google Classroom by Sunday, September 11 at 5:00pm. (See Mr. Dubbs if you have questions). Percussion and Color Guard will be assessed by their instructors this week.


*Please note announcements for this week and especially details for next week below as well.


This week...

Monday, September 5 - NO SCHOOL!!!


Tuesday, September 6 - Marching Band Rehearsal from 3:00pm to 5:00pm

*Section leaders and officers will meet briefly right after school. We will be putting drill and music on the field for movement 3.


Wednesday, September 7 - Percussion practice - 4:00pm to 5:30pm (MAKE SURE YOU ARRIVE EARLY TO SET UP AND READY TO START BY 4:00pm.)

Color Guard practice - 5:00pm to 6:30pm


Thursday, September 8 - Fall Assembly (THE MARCHING BAND WILL BE PERFORMING THE OPENER OF OUR MARCHING SHOW FOR THIS ASSEMBLY). Students will be released a little early from their 2nd period class to set up for the assembly. ALL STUDENTS MUST WEAR THEIR BAND T-SHIRT (TUCKED IN). (Shorts OR jeans are fine). After the assembly, feel free to untuck or change if you wish.


Saturday, September 10 - CAR WASH FUNDRAISER at Firestone Tires (on Montgomery, west of Eubank) from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Students will trade off playing pep band tunes and washing cars. Students must wear their band t-shirt. We will feed the students lunch. Thank you to our student athletes for communicating and letting me know who is arriving late and leaving early from this event. This event is a LOT of fun and we appreciate everyone's efforts in helping raise money for the band.

Students are responsible for transporting their instruments both to and from this event. Please make sure you take your instrument home on Friday. Make arrangements now.


Sunday, September 11 - MATTRESS SALE FUNDRAISER! This will take place at the EHS cafeteria from 10:00am to 4:00pm. PLEASE share this information with friends and family. Mattresses will be available to "try out". The company is great, has terrific discounted prices, and will set up a delivery time that works for those families who make a purchase.


Looking ahead...

Thursday, September 15 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm - REQUIRED WILSON STADIUM REHEARSAL. Students will need a ride to Wilson right after school that day. Please make plans now, carpooling, etc. so that everyone is there on time. Parents need to plan on picking up their child as well. Percussion will be done loading the truck around 5:20pm. As discussed in class, athletes are expected to be at this rehearsal as well. The only exception is if you have a game on that day. We are very flexible with athletes missing Tuesday practices. Please make arrangements now with your coach for this special rehearsal.


Friday, September 16 - ZERO HOUR - The truck will be at the field that morning. Students who have equipment on the truck should plan on being at the field early that morning to unload and prepare to start for zero hour rehearsal. THIS IS OUR DRESS REHEARSAL BEFORE THE BANDS OF AMERICA COMPETITION THE NEXT DAY. We will then reload the truck when we are done with zero hour.


Saturday, September 17 - Bands of America Regional Competition (NMSU Football Stadium, Las Cruces, NM). See the attached itinerary. FIRST COMPETITION OF THE SEASON!!!


We wish our students the very best as they prepare for our first competition. PLEASE REMEMBER, regular attendance in class and at performances is REQUIRED.


WE ARE ELDORADO!


Mr. Dubbs

Weekly Newsletter - August 27th, 2022


I want to start by thanking ALL the great volunteers today that came out to make our annual Flea Market/March-A-Thon a roaring success. From loaning tables and canopies, to manning flea market stations, to walking with our marchers and keeping them hydrated. A large number of our parents came together to help make these events the successes they were - and we made over $5000 for the band! Specifically, thanks to Lora Baca for taking over the flea market, and for Brenda Stehling for coming back to train Lora. Thanks.


Volunteering

If you have completed your volunteer clearance - whether for supervised or unsupervised, please forward a copy of the clearance paperwork to our VP Robby Claspell at vicepresident@eldorado.band. We need to have these clearances on file.

If you still plan to chaperone at any time this year, and have not yet filled out our unsupervised volunteer form, please do so using this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1cKMyx6CquBTtDfw6Z9XC9jtOph1QtaRErIZLewUl1Dc/edit

Also, signups are up and running for Football Game Chaperones and Car Wash. You can always get to signup opportunities by visiting the Volunteering page, but I am also including them here.

Football Game Chaperones: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d48adaa2da1fb6-eldorado1

Car Wash: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d48adaa2da1fb6-carwash1 (Also, if you have a power washer or some long hoses you can loan us for the day, that would be greatly appreciated)


Car Wash

Speaking of the Car Wash - we are in need of someone to lend us a gas grill for this event. Please let me know if you can supply us a gas grill for the afternoon.


Corporate Sponsorships

We are still accepting corporate sponsorships for this year - until the end of August. These allows us to partner with the local business community to support both our band program and local businesses. Please take some time to consider some local businesses that would be willing to partner with us this year to make our program a success. All the details, and a letter from our board, can be found on the Sponsorships page.


Bands of America Trip

Be on the lookout for details on the Bands of America trip on September 17th. There will also be a signup for chaperones for this event coming out soon - if that is of interest to you, you will need an unsupervised volunteer background check. See the Volunteering section above for details on that.


Spring Trip

If you still plan on your student to go on the Spring Trip, you will need to do the following for each:

  1. Pay the non-refundable Spring Trip Commitment Fee in Charms - payment of this fee will add the rest of the payments to your student account

  2. Complete the commitment contract located here: https://forms.gle/3LrtaUVwCbjCsEox5

Please make sure you do both of these items to register your commitment for the Spring Trip. There have been a few people that have only done one, and I want to make sure you get registered. Also, within a few days after doing both items above, you should see the Spring Trip payments show up on your account after you have properly registered. If that does not happen, please let me know and I'll look into it.

To stay on top of all the latest Spring Trip details, the Spring Trip page will always have the latest information.


Have a great week!

Go Eagles!

JD

And now a word from Mr. Dubbs...


Band Families!


Our students did a great job at the march-a-thon this weekend! This event always brings a lot of spirit to the community. Thanks to everyone who supported us and cheered for our students.


Thank you very much to all of the parent volunteers who helped make our flea market and march-a-thon such a success this weekend as well! With the help of those who donated or sold items, set up for the event, or supported the students along the march-a-thon, we were able to pull off yet another great event for our program and our community.


In particular, thank you to the law enforcement officers who led the way and kept us safe, to our booster board, to Mrs. Lora Baca for leading the flea market this year, and to Mrs. Eileen Lewis for providing treats after we returned.


We are continuing this week with learning more of our marching show. In addition to working on adding drill to our 3rd movement, we are adding visuals for some sections to do during other movements. These visuals will add a great deal to the general effect of our show. DAILY ATTENDANCE IS IMPORTANT! Thank you to those who have communicated emergency circumstances, doctor's appointments, etc. via email. Too many absences will result in someone losing a spot and not performing with the group.


THIS WEEK...

MONDAY - Woodwind/Brass Sectionals - 2:35pm to 3:20pm

Woodwind and brass section leaders/officer meeting after sectionals.

TUESDAY - Marching Practice - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Percussion and guard leader meeting right after school.

WEDNESDAY - Percussion Practice at the FIELD - 4:00pm to 5:30pm. (Be at the field by 3:40pm at the latest to start setting up. Don't forget water, sunscreen, hats, etc.)

Color Guard practice in M4 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

SATURDAY - Football Game (HOMECOMING) at 11:00am. Report time at school is 9:30amoutside the activities office. Since the visiting team is not bringing a band, WE WILL PERFORM BOTH PREGAME AND HALFTIME FOR THIS GAME!!! LARGE INSTRUMENTS WILL BE LOADED AT LUNCH ON FRIDAY. Drumline and color guard will load your equipment onto the truck Friday morning at the field. The UNIFORM for this game will be the band t-shirt, tucked in, jeans (no holes) or shorts, and tennis shoes.


LOOKING AHEAD -

SEPTEMBER 17 - Bands of America Competition in Las Cruces. The itinerary for this event will be out this week.


VERY IMPORTANT CALENDAR ADDITIONS

- September 15 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm (MARCHING REHEARSAL AT WILSON STADIUM). We were not able to secure this date with the district until the other day. ALL STUDENTS must attend this rehearsal, as it is our only practice we will have in a stadium for the season and especially before we leave for Las Cruces on September 17. Please plan now to have a ride to Wilson Stadium after school on this day. UNLESS ATHLETES HAVE A GAME, THESE STUDENTS SHOULD BE WITH US FOR THIS REHEARSAL AS WELL. Please communicate with your coaches now. Thank you everyone for your flexibility and understanding.


-January 2 - SCREAMIN' EAGLES JAZZ BAND will have a required rehearsal from 12pm to 2pm in the band room, as this will be our last rehearsal before the all-state honor concert on January 4.


-January 3 - SCREAMIN' EAGLES JAZZ BAND will play through our concert program at 6:30pm in the Eldorado PAC.


-January 4 - SCREAMIN' EAGLES...THE BIG DAY! I will have you excused from afternoon classes on this day. We will have a soundcheck in Popejoy Hall that afternoon before the performance. The performance will be around 4:45pm. More details to come.


Thank you all for your support! Have a great week!


WE ARE ELDORADO!


Mr. Dubbs

Weekly Newsletter - August 20th, 2022


First off - congratulations to our band on their first performance of the year last night. They did a great job, and this show is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Once again, a lot is going on, so as always, please make sure you read through the entire newsletter.


Il Vicino Restaurant Night

We have our first restaurant night fundraiser coming up on Monday, August 22 at Il Vicino. The fundraiser runs all day. See the Restaurant Nights page for the details and download the flyer - the flyer is required to get credit to our band program.


Flea Market/March-A-Thon

Our annual flea market and march-a-thon is coming up next Saturday. This is a huge event for us, so if you have any gently-loved items you no longer need, please save them and bring them next Saturday between 6 - 7 AM. We do have some storage at the school for smaller items, so you may send those with your student if that works better. Reminder that no mattresses, large appliances or tube TVs will be accepted. Also, this event takes a small army to run, so please consider taking a volunteer slot if you can. If you have any tables, shade covers, or tarps you could lend us for the day, that would also be very much appreciated. Contact Brenda Stehling (mbstehling@gmail.com) and/or Lora Baca (lora.bonano@gmail.com) with any questions.


Volunteering

If you have completed your volunteer clearance - whether for supervised or unsupervised, please forward a copy of the clearance paperwork to our VP Robby Claspell at vicepresident@eldorado.band. We need to have these clearances on file.

If you still plan to chaperone at any time this year, and have not yet filled out our unsupervised volunteer form, please do so using this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1cKMyx6CquBTtDfw6Z9XC9jtOph1QtaRErIZLewUl1Dc/edit

Also, signups are up and running for March-A-Thon, Flea Market, Football Game Chaperones, and Car Wash. You can always get to signup opportunities by visiting the Volunteering page, but I am also including them here. Its takes a lot of parent involvement to make these events successful, so please consider taking a slot.

March-A-Thon: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d48adaa2da1fb6-marchathon1

Flea Market: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d48adaa2da1fb6-flea1

Football Game Chaperones: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d48adaa2da1fb6-eldorado1

Car Wash: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d48adaa2da1fb6-carwash1 (Also, if you have a power washer or some long hoses you can loan us for the day, that would be greatly appreciated)


Corporate Sponsorships

We are still accepting corporate sponsorships for this year. These allows us to partner with the local business community to support both our band program and local businesses. Please take some time to consider some local businesses that would be willing to partner with us this year to make our program a success. All the details, and a letter from our board, can be found on the Sponsorships page.


Spring Trip

If you still plan on your student to go on the Spring Trip, you will need to do the following for each:

  1. Pay the non-refundable Spring Trip Commitment Fee in Charms - payment of this fee will add the rest of the payments to your student account

  2. Complete the commitment contract located here: https://forms.gle/3LrtaUVwCbjCsEox5

Please make sure you do both of these items to register your commitment for the Spring Trip. There have been a few people that have only done one, and I want to make sure you get registered. Also, within a few days after doing both items above, you should see the Spring Trip payments show up on your account after you have properly registered. If that does not happen, please let me know and I'll look into it.

To stay on top of all the latest Spring Trip details, the Spring Trip page will always have the latest information.


Have a great rest of your week!

Go Eagles!

JD

And now a word from Mr. Dubbs...


Band Families!


Thank you all for your support at the football game last night! The band is off to a good start and will continue to prepare the next part of our show this coming week. It is important that WOODWIND and BRASS students continue to memorize their show music. It is easier for everyone when learning drill if their music is learned. ALL STUDENTS, remember to watch the animation for movements 1 and 2 on the band website.


Thank you to our chaperones, pit crew, and parent volunteers for your assistance at the game as well. Our students and staff really appreciate all you do for the band!


MARCHING BAND ASSIGNMENT:

Movement 1: Woodwind and Brass students must submit a recording or video of them performing this movement. It should be memorized. (If you are having troubles with any of it, please let us know so we can assist you).

THIS WILL BE DUE BY FRIDAY, AUG. 26 at 7:00pm.

Log in to www.classroom.google.com

The code for Google Classroom is: (woodwinds) tf2j3hx, (brass) jon6hn3


*Color Guard and percussion do not need to submit assignments in Google Classroom for this assignment.


COLOR GUARD: May and Autumn will be assessing movement 1 and discussing your progress/grade with me this week.

PERCUSSION: Ryan will be assessing everyone's progress in the pit and battery and assigning a grade this week.


THIS WEEK:

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

(Leadership meeting will be Tuesday after school this week).


Tuesday - Marching band practice from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.

(Leadership meeting right after school)


Wednesday - Percussion practice from 4:00pm to 5:30pm.

Color Guard practice from 5:00pm to 6:30pm.


Saturday - Flea Market / March-a-Thon

(STUDENTS REPORT TO SCHOOL NO LATER THAN 8:15am). You must wear your band t-shirt, shorts or jeans, and tennis shoes. Hats and sunglasses are fine). Students should be done with everything by 11:15am. We will have a meeting in the courtyard when we return from the march-a-thon.


Looking ahead...


*Drum majors, section leaders, and officers

These students will be distributing door hangers for our flea market and march-a-thon event this weekend in preparation for our event next Saturday. Thank you very much for helping with this. DON'T FORGET, do not put them on mailboxes!


*September 10 - Car Wash at Firestone Complete Auto Care (just west of Eubank on Montgomery) 10am to 2pm.

Students need to:

-arrive no later than 9:45am

-BRING YOUR INSTRUMENT (color guard bring flags) Pit students will bring extra battery instruments.

-We will divide up all students throughout our time there. Half will play and half will wash cars.

-All students must wear their band t-shirt, shorts, and tennis shoes.

-Please bring a towel if you can to help dry cars.


September 11 - Mattress Sale in the cafeteria from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Please share this with friends and family!!!


GRADES, GRADES, GRADES!

Please keep an eye on your grades and make sure you are eligible to march. That means you have at least a 2.0 GPA with NO F's. We need everyone participating this season.


September 17 - Bands of America Regional Competition in Las Cruces!

An itinerary will be out soon for this event. It is our first competition!


Thank you all for your continued support of the EHS Band Program!


WE ARE ELDORADO!


Mr. Dubbs

Weekly Newsletter - Mid-Week Edition - August 17th, 2022


Normally, we only do newsletter announcements on the weekends, but there is so much going on, that we may have some mid-week editions this month to make sure you all have the information you need. If you have not yet read this past weekends newsletter, please do so. It is also available in our News Archive on the website if you've lost the email.

First things first - you must have your band forms turned in, ESPECIALLY the permission slip, BEFORE FRIDAY.


Volunteer Clearances

If you have completed your volunteer clearance - whether for supervised or unsupervised, please forward a copy of the clearance paperwork to our VP Robby Claspell at vicepresident@eldorado.band. We need to have these clearances on file.


Special Dietary Needs

If your student has any special dietary needs - allergies, vegetarian, GF, whatever - please let our food & fun committee know so they can plan accordingly for meals this season. You can send that information to them at foodandfun@eldorado.band


Volunteering Opportunities

Signups are up and running for March-A-Thon, Flea Market, Football Game Chaperones, and Car Wash. You can always get to signup opportunities by visiting the Volunteering page, but I am also including them here for convenience. Its takes a lot of parent involvement to make these events successful, so please consider taking a slot.

March-A-Thon: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d48adaa2da1fb6-marchathon1

Flea Market: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d48adaa2da1fb6-flea1

Football Game Chaperones: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d48adaa2da1fb6-eldorado1

Car Wash: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d48adaa2da1fb6-carwash1 (Also, if you have a power washer or some long hoses you can loan us for the day, that would be greatly appreciated)


Black Socks Donation

Our backup supply of black socks for uniforms has been seriously depleted. If you are willing to donate some new long black socks to our uniform team, it would be greatly appreciated. You can send them to school with your student.


And Last, But Certainly Not Least, the Flea Market

Saturday, August 27th, 2022

Eldorado North Parking Lot 8 AM – Noon


Have you been wondering what to do with those treasured items that need a new home? Why not bring them to the ELDORADO BAND FLEA MARKET?


Ask your friends, family, and co-workers. If you bring it, we’ll sell it, and ALL SALES go directly to THE BAND’S GENERAL FUND.


Bring your donations for our FLEA MARKET to the north parking lot off Montgomery between 6:00 am and 7:00 am Saturday, August 27th, 2022.

Need a pick up for your items? Text me the morning of the Flea Market and we can send out a truck to pick up your items.

WHAT DO WE NEED? We need furniture, sports equipment, household goods, tools, appliances, clothes, toys, games, books, videos, DVDS, etc. Please bring items that are in useable condition. (Sorry, no mattresses, large appliances or tube TVs accepted).

WHAT ELSE DO WE NEED? YOU! The success of our Flea Market not only depends on your generous donations of merchandise but also on the generous donation of your time. We need volunteers to work two-hour shifts during the Flea Market. We have a great parent support group, please come, and join the fun and get to know the other bands parents.

If you have any questions, or if you are able to volunteer some time (or lend us tables, shade covers or tarps for the day), please sign up on the Sign up Genius link (https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d48adaa2da1fb6-flea1) or contact our flea market chairs, Brenda Stehling at 505-301-3579 or mbstehling@gmail.com or Lora Baca at lora.bonano@gmail.com.

Thanks in advance for your support.


Have a great rest of your week!

Go Eagles!

JD

Weekly Newsletter - August 13th, 2022


I hope everyone had a great first week of school. Lots of things going on right now, so please make sure you read through everything. Also, we are going to try out sending this newsletter out on Saturdays to give more time for families to digest the newsletter each week.

Also - Mr. Dubbs mentions it below as well, but you must have your band forms turned in, including the permission slip, BEFORE FRIDAY.


Unsupervised Volunteers

If you are planning to chaperone anytime with our band, you MUST get an unsupervised clearance with APS. We have initiated a number of these for some of our volunteers, but if you feel like you would like to chaperone this year and have NOT given us your information, please begin the process by filling out this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1cKMyx6CquBTtDfw6Z9XC9jtOph1QtaRErIZLewUl1Dc/edit?usp=drive_web. The cost is $44, but if needed, you can send your receipt to our Vice President, Robby Claspell (vicepresident@eldorado.band) and we can do a reimbursement. Also, once you receive your clearance, please work with Robby to ensure he receives a copy of it as well.


Volunteer Signups

Signups are up and running for March-A-Thon, Flea Market, and Football Game Chaperones. Please visit the Volunteering page for links to the Signup Genius signups for these events. Its takes a lot of parent involvement to make these events successful, so please consider taking a slot.


Flea Market

Our annual flea market and march-a-thon is on August 27th. Please start saving your gently used items for this event. This is a huge event for our program, and it relies on the generous donations of our band community. More details on pickup/drop-off for this will come this week.


Corporate Sponsorships

This year we are looking at a new fundraising opportunity - corporate sponsorships. This allows us to partner with the local business community to support both our band program and local businesses. Please take some time to consider some local businesses that would be willing to partner with us this year to make our program a success. All the details, and a letter from our board, can be found on the Sponsorships page.


Spring Trip

I sent out an email outlining the commitment details for the Spring Trip. If you want your student to go on the Spring Trip, you will need to do the following for each:

  1. Pay the non-refundable Spring Trip Commitment Fee in Charms - payment of this fee will add the rest of the payments to your student account

  2. Complete the commitment contract located here: https://forms.gle/3LrtaUVwCbjCsEox5

Please make sure you do both of these items to register your commitment for the Spring Trip. There have been a few people that have only done one, and I want to make sure you get registered. Also, within a few days, you should see the Spring Trip payments show up on your account after you have properly registered. If that does not happen, please let me know and I'll look into it.

Additionally, I wanted to let you know the spring trip is inclusive - transporation, hotel, food, etc. is covered. The only additional cost would be spending money for your student.

To stay on top of all the latest Spring Trip details, the Spring Trip page will always have the latest information.


Il Vicino Restaurant Night

We have our first restaurant night fundraiser coming up on Monday, August 22 at Il Vicino. The fundraiser runs all day. See the Restaurant Nights page for the details and download the flyer - the flyer is required to get credit to our band program.


AmazonSmile/Smith's Inspiring Donations

I mentioned these during the recent parent meeting, but wanted to highlight them again. This is a very easy way to have money coming into our program simply through your regular Amazon and Smith's shopping. For more details on how to set these up, see the Amazon Smile and Smith's Inspiring Donations pages.


Mattress Sale

One more thing - a reminder about the mattress sale. I know Cliff covered this well during the parent meeting, but like he said, this fundraiser is most successful as long as we all get the word out. So make sure we all let our family and friends know about it. Sunday September 11, 2022, from 10AM - 4PM in the EHS Cafeteria. Here is a Facebook event link to help: https://www.facebook.com/events/1081065542617125/


Have a great week!

Go Eagles!

JD


And now a word from Mr. Dubbs...


Band Families!


I hope the first few days of school went well for everyone. Please make sure you are organized and prepared for this week. Everything will get a little busier and we want everyone to stay on top of school and all activities.


This week:

MONDAY - Woodwind and Brass Sectionals after school from 2:35pm to 3:20pm.


TUESDAY -

-Leadership meeting at lunch from 12:20pm to 12:35pm.

Marching practice from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. DON'T FORGET...

Have tennis shoes, a hat, water bottle, sunscreen, sunglasses, flip folders, coordinate sheets, and your instrument. PIT STUDENTS, please be at the field a little earlier to unload the truck and get set up. (You will be loading it that morning).


WEDNESDAY - Percussion and Color Guard practice - 5:00pm to 6:30pm. PERCUSSION, be at the field and ready to begin by 5:00pm.


FRIDAY - FIRST FOOTBALL GAME!!! We will wear blue jeans (no holes please), your band t-shirt, and tennis shoes for this game. The uniforms are not quite ready yet. Students will need to tuck their band shirt in!

*STUDENTS WITH LARGER INSTRUMENTS, WILL LOAD THEIR INSTRUMENT ON THE TRUCK AT LUNCH. (Sousaphones, trombones, tenor saxophones, baritones, alto saxophones, and mellophones).


-ALL STUDENTS will travel on the bus to the game UNLESS you have communicated with Mr. Dubbs that you are coming from an athletic event. (We have a few students coming from cross country time trials).

*IF YOU HAVE NOT TURNED IN YOUR PAPERWORK FROM THE PARENT NIGHT, this includes the PERMISSION SLIP, you must have this in before Friday.


-Students must arrive at the band room no later than 5:30pm. Inspection will be outside the activities office at 5:45pm. Do not be late! Inspection includes having flip folders, piercings covered, hair is appropriate (see below), uniform is complete, etc. As with all games, we need to have all piercings covered with bandaids. STUDENTS WITH LONG HAIR...we will soon have guidelines for how to do your hair with the uniform. In the meantime, please make sure it is braided or put into a bun or ponytail.


-Students must eat before they arrive at school. Students will not have any time to visit the snack bar at the game and cannot have snacks delivered to them while in the stands.


-Our booster board will send a text when we are about 20 minutes away from school that evening. PLEASE be in the parking lot waiting for your child when we return. Our chaperones are volunteering their time. We want to make sure they get home to their families asap.


-WHEN YOU PICK UP YOUR CHILD...DO NOT PARK IN THE CIRCLE DRIVE. That is where the buses will park when we return.


Other reminders...

- turn in your class syllabus if you are in Concert Band or Jazz Band classes

- stay on top of Charms payments each month, as we continue to have expenses for our show

- CONSIDER SIGNING UP for the spring trip to California! It will be a ton of fun!

- LEADERS....you will be distributing door hangers for the march-a-thon this week. We will discuss what areas and days we need these distributed.

- PARENTS...Please share our flea market and march-a-thon information with your friends and family. We are still accepting donated items and will be that morning as well. More details to come.


I hope everyone has a great week!


WE ARE ELDORADO!


Mr. Dubbs

Weekly Newsletter - August 7th, 2022


School starts this week!

Also, the students did a great job this past Tuesday night - and I think we had a good parent meeting. Once again, please let me know if you have any questions from that evening.


Unsupervised Volunteers

If you are planning to chaperone anytime with our band, you MUST get an unsupervised clearance with APS. We have initiated a number of these for some of our volunteers, but if you feel like you would like to chaperone this year and have NOT given us your information, please begin the process by filling out this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1cKMyx6CquBTtDfw6Z9XC9jtOph1QtaRErIZLewUl1Dc/edit?usp=drive_web. The cost is $44, but if needed, you can send your receipt to our Vice President, Robby Claspell (vicepresident@eldorado.band) and we can do a reimbursement. Also, once you receive your clearance, please work with Robby to ensure he receives a copy of it as well.


Pageant of Bands Shadows

This year, we are looking for a couple of individuals to shadow our POB representatives.

Pageant of Bands (POB) is an Annual Marching Band Competition that started in 1979. The group is made up of high school band parents from the Albuquerque area. Each school typically has 2 representatives (more are welcome) that are responsible for a specific area of the competition. This year EHS is responsible for helping out the professional photographer. It is a day long commitment and extremely fun! Parent reps will receive brief coverage to step away and watch their band perform. A proceed of the funds generated actually comes back to the school. Last year EHS band received a check for $1,000!

Responsibilities of POB Reps

•Attend monthly meetings (except Dec/Jan) 7PM at Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Church (Moon and Academy). The months of Aug., Sept., Oct., do have multiple meetings.

•Understand EHS responsibilities (photography).

•POB ticket pre-sales on band store, bundling tickets and distributing to students at marching practice.

•Bundling and distributing POB patches & pins pre-sales.

•Organizing EHS POB volunteers for day 9f competition (Sign Up Genius).

Please let me know if you are interested, and I'll put you in touch with our existing reps for next steps.


Charms

You should receive your first band statement from the Charms system this week. Please let myself our our treasurer (treasurer@eldorado.band) know if you have any questions.


Flea Market

Our annual flea market and march-a-thon is on August 27th. Please start saving your gently used items for this event. This is a huge event for our program, and it relies on the generous donations of our band community. More details on pickup/drop-off for this will come in August.

Also, this event requires a number of volunteers to make it successful. If you can help us out that day, please signup using the Signup Genius link below:

Flea Market Volunteer Signups


Corporate Sponsorships

This year we are looking at a new fundraising opportunity - corporate sponsorships. This allows us to partner with the local business community to support both our band program and local businesses. Please take some time to consider some local businesses that would be willing to partner with us this year to make our program a success. All the details, and a letter from our board, can be found on the Sponsorships page.


Have a great first week of school!

Go Eagles!

JD


And now a word from Mr. Dubbs...


Band Families!


Here we go! We are excited to start the school year and hope you are too! Please note the following announcements and mark your calendars. It will be getting very busy soon.


ALL STUDENTS:

SOAR DAY performance is Tuesday, August 9.

Meet in the band room no later than 7am! Wear your new band t-shirt, shorts or jeans, and tennis shoes. Have your instrument and flip folder. We will perform pep tunes out in the courtyard as students walk into the gym. At 7:30am, freshmen students will put instruments away and join students in the gym for the rest of the agenda. Other students will be dismissed.


August 10: First day of school! WE WILL HAVE ZERO HOUR. We start at 6:28am. Pit students will meet in the band room. All other students must be ready at the field by 6:28am with instruments, equipment for color guard, and flip folders. Don’t forget…all students must wear tennis shoes for rehearsals, including zero hour rehearsals. Bring another pair of shoes if you wish to wear different footwear for the school day.


There WILL be percussion and color guard sectionals this day and every Wednesday from 5pm to 6:30pm.


GENERAL REMINDERS FOR STUDENTS:

Beginning Tuesday, Aug. 16, we will have Tuesday afternoon marching practices at the marching field from 3pm to 5pm. These are required practices.

If you are in a fall sport that practices after school, please see me about coordinating schedules with both activities.


Also, woodwind and brass students will have sectionals every Monday through October 17. These will be in the band room from 2:35pm to 3:20pm.

Band Lockers: Students should see LeighAnn Lovedahl, band secretary, if you don’t have a band locker yet. You must have a combination lock and have the locker checked out to you to get one.


Woodwind, Brass, Percussion:

What needs to be memorized and when?

An assignment will be set up in Google Classroom by the first day of school.

Due Aug. 19- (video submission...more details on how to do this TBA).

-Movement 1 of our show (skip past the rests)

-EHS Fight Song


Some assignments throughout the year may be submitted in Google Classroom. Students need to go to www.classroom.google.com and join all classes that apply to them by using the following codes.


Marching Band Woodwind: tf2j3hx

Marching Band Brass: jon6hn3

Marching Band Percussion: 5odslue

Marching Band Color Guard: zunh5vb

Concert Band: 5fz2ram

Jazz Band 1 (Screamin' Eagles): 27pwrju

Jazz Band 2 (Golden Image): 7hdm4ep

Jazz Band 3 (Swing Wings): dbc7pvg


Animation and Coordinate sheets for Movement 1 will be posted on the band website this week. Please study this video and make an extra copy of your coordinate sheet if needed.


REMINDERS FOR PARENTS:

Please continue to send in activity class fees with your child if you have not done so. $60 made to Eldorado High School.


Band Booster Fees: Please make sure you are set up on our Charms system so you can make booster payments through that system. (If you have questions or need assistance with this, please contact our booster secretary, Anne Claspell, at secretary@eldorado.band).


Please save your unwanted items from home for our band flea market on Aug. 27. We will have details soon about when to bring items and what the march-a-thon route will be that day.


Share our mattress sale fundraiser date with friends and family! (Sunday, September 11 from 10am to 5pm in the cafeteria.


I hope everyone has a great first week of school and is ready for an amazing year!


WE ARE ELDORADO!


Mr. DubbsWeekly Newsletter - July 31st, 2022


Almost done with band camp! The students have been working hard this past week to get a jump on the season, and everything I hear is that things are coming along nicely. Great job students! Parents, please make sure you do your best to attend the parent meeting this coming Tuesday, 8/2 from 6-9 PM - not only to get all the important information you will need this year, but also to see all the hard work these students have been putting in this summer.


Unsupervised Volunteers

We have had a few signups for volunteering this season, both at the 8th grade night and our family picnic this past Thursday. We will also be pushing for volunteers at the parent meeting this coming Tues, Aug 2.

However, I want to talk a little about unsupervised volunteers... These are primarily our chaperones. If you are planning to chaperone anytime with our band, you MUST get an unsupervised clearance with APS. We have initiated a number of these for some of our volunteers, but if you feel like you would like to chaperone this year and have NOT given us your information, please begin the process by filling out this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1cKMyx6CquBTtDfw6Z9XC9jtOph1QtaRErIZLewUl1Dc/edit?usp=drive_web. The cost is $44, but if needed, you can send your receipt to our Vice President, Robby Claspell (vicepresident@eldorado.band) and we can do a reimbursement. Also, once you receive your clearance, please work with Robby to ensure he receives a copy of it as well.


Charms

If you are new, by now you should have been given instructions on how to login to Charms, our program management software. Please make sure you have been able to connect, and verify the contact information in that system. The band program uses this program to communicate with band families, and relies on it having accurate email and mobile phone contact information. If you have issues getting in, please let myself (president@eldorado.band) or our band secretary (secretary@eldorado.band) know and we'lll help you out.


Flea Market

Our annual flea market and march-a-thon is on August 27th. Please start saving your gently used items for this event. This is a huge event for our program, and it relies on the generous donations of our band community. More details on pickup/drop-off for this will come in August.


Corporate Sponsorships

This year we are looking at a new fundraising opportunity - corporate sponsorships. This allows us to partner with the local business community to support both our band program and local businesses. Please take some time to consider some local businesses that would be willing to partner with us this year to make our program a success. All the details, and a letter from our board, can be found on the Sponsorships page.


Keep up the hard work this week, and take care of yourselves!

Go Eagles!

JD


And now a word from Mr. Dubbs...


Band Families!


We are almost done with band camp and are very proud of what the students have accomplished so far! We appreciate their hard work, good attitudes, and commitment to the program. Everyone plays an important role in this show and in our program. After the parent meeting Tuesday evening, the students will be performing what they know so far of our 2022 show entitled, Flight 2022.


Please note the following announcements...


- Band Camp Schedule

Monday - 8am to 4:30pm

Tuesday - 8am to Noon

5:45pm - Students report to marching field for practice

6:00pm - Parent meeting in the Performing Arts Center. Our booster board will be going over fees, fundraising, and the schedule for the year. (STUDENT ATTIRE FOR PERFORMANCE - All students will need to wear their new band t-shirt, distributed tomorrow or Tuesday morning, shorts, and tennis shoes. They may wear sunglasses and hats too if they like.


- Continue to bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, tennis shoes, and a large water bottle to camp the next two days.


-Students who need to be fitted for the specific marching shoes we wear, must take care of that during lunch. This shoe is a specific style we order and must be worn by all woodwind, brass, and percussion students. (Color guard will have a different shoe). It should not take long but students should plan accordingly and either bring a lunch or have one brought to you. The cost of the marching shoes is included in the booster fees (to be discussed at the parent meeting Tuesday evening).


-Band Lockers: Students should bring a combination lock, not a key lock, for their band locker by Tuesday at the latest. Our band student secretary, LeighAnn Lovedahl, will take down the number of the locker and the combination for each student. Please be reminded that all instrument cases and stick bags for percussionists must have a name tag.


-SOAR DAY PERFORMANCE - August 9 - This day is for new students to Eldorado. ALL marching band members will perform for students that morning as they arrive at the gym. The band and color guard is expected to arrive at the band room that morning by 7am in their new band t-shirt, shorts or jeans, and tennis shoes. We will only perform until 7:40am at the latest. At that point, students who are not new to EHS are dismissed. Those who are new will put instruments away and then head back to the gym for the remainder of the SOAR DAY schedule.


GENERAL REMINDERS:

It takes a lot of financial support to keep our program running! Please assist with the following:


-Help us with our fundraising efforts. We are still looking for sponsors! We appreciate those who have sent in "Golden Booster" donations already. If you know of a business, doctor, lawyer, etc. that would help our band by being a sponsor, please share the following sponsorship letter with them.

https://www.eldorado.band/fundraising/sponsorships


-Save your unwanted items from home for our annual flea market, taking place on August 27. This is a huge fundraiser and we need your help!


-Our Mattress Sale Fundraiser is on September 11. Please let folks know that we will be having this if they are in the market for a mattress. More details to come.


-BAND FEES: Our boosters will be explaining our band fee schedule at the meeting Tuesday evening. Please let our President and Treasurer know if you have any questions. Again, these fees help pay for music, marching drill design, staff, equipment/instruments, and some bus costs.


Finally, I would like to thank all of the parent volunteers who have assisted us throughout camp with water, uniforms, prop construction, etc. We truly appreciate your help! Many thanks as well to our wonderful staff members for teaching our students.


We look forward to finishing our camp strong this week and seeing you on Tuesday evening. Thank you for your support of the EHS Band.


WE ARE ELDORADO!


Mr. Dubbs

Weekly Newsletter - July 24th, 2022


Well, band camp is off to a great start. We have a long, full week of camp coming this week, so please make sure the kids are getting good rest and are staying hydrated and protected from the sun.

I have a few things to bring to your attention, and some words from Mr. Dubbs.


Unsupervised Volunteers

We have had a few signups for volunteering this season, both at the 8th grade night and our family picnic this past Thursday. We will also be pushing for volunteers at the parent meeting on Aug 2.

However, I want to talk a little about unsupervised volunteers... These are primarily our chaperones. If you are planning to chaperone anytime with our band, you MUST get an unsupervised clearance with APS. We have initiated a number of these for some of our volunteers, but if you feel like you would like to chaperone this year and have NOT given us your information, please begin the process by filling out this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1cKMyx6CquBTtDfw6Z9XC9jtOph1QtaRErIZLewUl1Dc/edit?usp=drive_web. The cost is $44, but if needed, you can send your receipt to our Vice President, Robby Claspell (vicepresident@eldorado.band) and we can do a reimbursement. Also, once you receive your clearance, please work with Robby to ensure he receives a copy of it as well.


Uniforms

Uniforms will be distributed this week. See the schedule below in Mr. Dubbs' section.


Charms

If you are new, by now you should have been given instructions on how to login to Charms, our program management software. Please make sure you have been able to connect, and verify the contact information in that system. The band program uses this program to communicate with band families, and relies on it having accurate email and mobile phone contact information. If you have issues getting in, please let myself (president@eldorado.band) or our band secretary (secretary@eldorado.band) know and we'lll help you out.


Flea Market

Our annual flea market and march-a-thon is on August 27th. Please start saving your gently used items for this event. This is a huge event for our program, and it relies on the generous donations of our band community. More details on pickup/drop-off for this will come in August.


Corporate Sponsorships

This year we are looking at a new fundraising opportunity - corporate sponsorships. This allows us to partner with the local business community to support both our band program and local businesses. Please take some time to consider some local businesses that would be willing to partner with us this year to make our program a success. All the details, and a letter from our board, can be found on the Sponsorships page.


Keep up the hard work this week, and take care of yourselves!

Go Eagles!

JD


And now a word from Mr. Dubbs...


Band Families!


We are very proud of how well the students performed during the first few days of our marching band camp. The students learned a lot of new material in a short period of time. We look forward to continuing that progress this week and learning the beginning of our marching show.


Here are some important reminders...

-BRING LOTS OF WATER! Make sure your water bottle is labeled with your name.


-Make sure you have a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and appropriate clothing for marching outdoors. (We prefer tennis shoes with laces. They are more stable to march in.)


-Bring a combination lock so we can issue instrument lockers to everyone. Seniors will have first choice at lockers, then juniors, sophomores, and freshmen. There are plenty for everyone.


-Woodwind and brass instruments should have a flip folder at the field with them at all times, attached to a shoelace, so they can hang it across their body. Color guard will have dot books and drumline will have their notebooks for their coordinate sheets and music.



*$60 class fee. This is separate from the booster fees (to be explained at the meeting on August 2). If class fees are brought in the form of a check, they should be made to "Eldorado High School". I will issue receipts this week. Thank you for taking care of this.


Uniform fitting/distribution at lunch this week. Please plan accordingly so everyone is fitted for their uniform on their assigned day. Students should plan on bringing their own lunch those days.


Monday: Seniors

Tuesday: Juniors

Wednesday: Sophomores

Thursday: Freshmen (Last name A - L)

Friday: Freshmen (Last name M - Z)


Monday, August 1: STUDENTS WHO NEED TO BE FITTED FOR OUR MARCHING SHOES, must take care of that during lunch. This includes returning members who might need a larger size.


Spirit Days for Students:

Monday - Hawaiian Shirt Day

Tuesday - Twin Day

Wednesday - Anything but a water bottle (leaders will explain this)

Thursday - decades day (whatever you wear, make sure it does not affect your ability to march! NO PLATFORM SHOES!)

Friday - Country Western vs. Country Club (ALSO, sections should plan on bringing their lunch. They will eat together at school.)

August 1 - Each section will wear a certain color. TBD.


Visit our website if you have questions about our calendar. Please sync your Google calendar with the band calendar.


Thank you all for your commitment to this program! Everyone makes a difference and we appreciate your continued support. Have a great week!


WE ARE ELDORADO!


Mr. Dubbs

Weekly Newsletter - July 17th, 2022


Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful summer. This week starts our new band season with band camp. This week starts our weekly newsletters. We will send these out each week - so please make sure you read through them so you can stay on top of all you need to know for upcoming band events. Lets get started!

Band Camp

As I mentioned before, band camp starts this week. Please see the Band Calendar and/or the Band Camp page for details. Please make sure your kids have what they need to stay hydrated and protected from the sun.

Band Picnic

We will be having an all band family picnic this coming Thursday evening (7/21) at 6PM at El Oso Grande park. Bring your dinner, and come hang out with other band families and get to know each other, the directors, and the board. If you have a chance, please print and fill out these forms (attached to this email) and bring them to the picnic for collection. We will also be collecting these forms at the parent meeting at the end of band camp (Aug 2).

NOTE: The permission form needs to have your students' legal name.

Uniform Sizing

If you haven't filled out the uniform sizing form, please do so ASAP. You can get to it using the link below:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdWPNbW5RZVylhEFTdlP3uKd7ySqrAHstIJASuvjwEWF7tWug/viewform?usp=sf_link

Charms

If you are new, by now you should have been given instructions on how to login to Charms, our program management software. Please make sure you have been able to connect, and verify the contact information in that system. The band program uses this program to communicate with band families, and relies on it having accurate email and mobile phone contact information. If you have issues getting in, please let myself (president@eldorado.band) or our band secretary (secretary@eldorado.band) know and we'lll help you out.

Flea Market

Our annual flea market and march-a-thon is on August 27th. Please start saving your gently used items for this event. This is a huge event for our program, and it relies on the generous donations of our band community. More details on pickup/drop-off for this will come in August.

Corporate Sponsorships

This year we are looking at a new fundraising opportunity - corporate sponsorships. This allows us to partner with the local business community to support both our band program and local businesses. Please take some time to consider some local businesses that would be willing to partner with us this year to make our program a success. All the details, and a letter from our board, can be found on the Sponsorships page.


I just want to say that I'm very excited to start a new band season. It's sure to be a great season, with a great show, and a ton of fun (and hard work!) planned for these students. I look forward to meeting you all this year, and especially during the band picnic and/or parent night!

Go Eagles!

JD


And now a word from Mr. Dubbs...


Band Families!


Welcome to the 2022/2023 Eldorado Band Program! We are very excited to begin this school year and begin our marching season this week.


To our new students, we are thrilled to have you in our program and are happy you are now part of a longstanding tradition of excellence. The EHS band has been one of the top bands in the state for decades! Returning students, we are happy that you will be guiding our new members and know that you will show them how to work together, help each other, and be the best band we can possibly be.


Parents, please understand that we have planned for months to ensure the success of our students and our program this year. Student commitment is essential! Everyone in some capacity is playing an important role in our marching show production and ensembles throughout the year. If someone is missing from rehearsal (and is not excused), makes a poor personal choice, or doesn't follow through with their commitment, it affects everyone in our group. We need to trust everyone to be a solid team player!


In addition to this email, there will be more information sent out in the coming days, weeks, and year. We typically send out no more than one email per week, but please make sure you read all communications from the band. If you need clarification on a subject or have any questions, please feel free to reach out to myself or our Band Booster President, Mr. Jeremy Dencklau.


Before we begin band camp later this week, there are several reminders and important pieces of information that everyone should note.


-Please make sure you have your Google Calendar synced with our band calendar. You can do this by visiting www.eldorado.band/calendar. It is very important for families to have all events and details for the year. We can assist you with doing this if you need help. *IF THERE IS EVER A CONFLICT WITH A REHEARSAL OR EVENT WE HAVE, PLEASE SEND ME AN EMAIL ASAP WITH CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE CONFLICT. Students who are involved with other EHS activities must let myself and your other coach know of a conflict so we can work something out in advance.


-All students should bring and/or wear the following to band camp:

- a large water bottle, labeled with your first and last name

- a hat

- a bottle of sunscreen

- sunglasses

- Tennis shoes (these must be worn every day). They should not be high top tennis shoes and should have laces. No sandals, open toe shoes, etc will be allowed.

- Appropriate clothing for being outside in the heat. (Although our front ensemble students will not be outside all of the time, this still includes those students).

- Instrument with all accessories (mouthpiece, reeds, valve or slide oil). Your instrument case should also have a tag on it labeled with your first and last name.

- A pencil!!! (Woodwind and brass students will be getting a flip folder with plastic sheets for music). These students should also have a long piece of string or an old shoelace to be able to hang their flip folder around their neck during marching rehearsals.

-an open mind and a POSITIVE attitude!


LUNCH DURING CAMP:

On days we rehearse from 8am to 4:30pm, lunch will be from 11:30am to 1:00pm. Students may bring lunch with them or get something nearby. A schedule will be out this week letting students know what day they need to be fitted for their uniform pants. Students should plan on bringing lunch with them those days. August 1st, all students who do not have our specific style of marching shoe (or for returning students who need a new pair), should plan on bringing lunch, as we will have a guest sizing students for marching shoes.


PERCUSSION STUDENTS:

Wednesday - Sectional from 12pm to 2pm

Thursday - New members and Section Leaders from 8am to 12pm. Other percussionists are encouraged to come practice their warm-ups and show music if available.

Friday - New Members and Section Leaders from 8am to 4:30pm. Other percussionists are encouraged to come practice their warm-ups and show music if available.

Saturday - All band members from 8am to 12pm.


COLOR GUARD STUDENTS:

Your schedule is on the band calendar. You will start this Wednesday at 8am.


*IMPORTANT* We will be collecting two different fees this year.

FIRST, the class fee ($60) is needed DURING BAND CAMP. Checks for this particular fee must be made to Eldorado High School. Thank you for taking care of this at this time. I will take care of getting receipts to students throughout the week.


SECOND, the booster fees will be collected throughout the year and explained in detail at our parent meeting on August 2 at 6pm in the PAC. This is a very important meeting and will take place right before our parent performance.


*The band picnic will take place on Thursday evening, 6pm, at El Oso Grande Park. We hope to see many families there. Please note that all families should bring their own food and beverage for this event. Bring frisbees, soccer balls, etc. as well if you wish.


Last but not least, I am pleased to announce that the Screamin' Eagles Jazz Band (our top jazz band at Eldorado) has been selected as the New Mexico High School All-State Honor Jazz Band this year and will perform at the New Mexico Music Educators Association All-State Conference in January at Popejoy Hall! I am very proud of this group and know they will not only give an outstanding performance but will be amazing representatives of our school and our community!


We look forward to meeting you in the next couple of weeks and hope to see you at our band picnic on Thursday evening.


WE ARE ELDORADO!


Mr. Dubbs