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Weekly Newsletter - January 17th, 2022


Jazz Festival

We are moving forward with being able to have Jazz Festival on Feb 17-19. With that in mind, please do what you can to get sponsorships for this event. These sponsorships are key to making this event a success for the community, and our band program. Extra special thanks to Monica Orr and Beth Whiston for all their work so far. Lets help them get this to the finish line.


Note that the 8th grade night coming up has been changed to an online event.


Have a great week!


Go Eagles!

JD


And now a word from Mr. Dubbs...


Band Families,


We hope that everyone had a safe and healthy extended holiday weekend. As of now, we are still planning on hosting the Albuquerque/UNM Jazz Festival on February 17-19. We will keep everyone updated on changes (if any) that may take place in the coming weeks. In the meantime, we appreciate everyone's efforts in getting sponsors for this event. A tremendous thanks to Monica Orr and Beth Whiston for all they are doing in helping plan for this festival. Information regarding sponsorships was emailed out last week.


Our zero hour schedule for Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band will be as follows:

TUESDAY: Woodwinds (Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band)

WEDNESDAY: ALL STUDENTS (percussion will be working with Ryan Merrill)

THURSDAY: Brass and Percussion (Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band)

FRIDAY: ALL STUDENTS (Dr. Simons from UNM will also be visiting us that morning).

*Winter guard will meet each day and still have practice Tuesday after school.


8th GRADE NIGHT (UPDATE): The administration has changed the EHS 8th grade night on January 24 to be an online event. We realize this is a short turn around but if any student has time and is interested in putting together a two minute recruitment video for us to show that night, that would be great! If anyone could assist with this project, please have it emailed to me at dubbs@aps.edu by Sunday, January 23. Thank you.


Please let me know if you have any questions. I hope everyone has a great week!



WE ARE ELDORADO!


Mr. Dubbs

Weekly Newsletter - January 9th, 2022


Getting back into a rhythm.

The first week back from break is under our belts, and we're getting back into a rhythm. Spring semester band events are ramping up, even though all-state and jazz all-state conferences were canceled. There is a deadline below from Mr. Dubbs regarding Solo & Ensemble - please make sure to heed that if you are interested in participating.


Jazz Festival

The board, along with our Jazz Festival chairs Monica Orr and Beth Whiston, are actively planning the 31st annual Albuquerque/UNM Jazz Festival coming up in February. This is a big event, and takes a lot of planning. Be on the lookout for more details and volunteering opportunities.


Have a great week!


Go Eagles!

JD


And now a word from Mr. Dubbs...


Band Families,


I hope everyone had a great weekend! While we were disappointed to see the all-state and jazz all-state conferences canceled, our students have begun discussions about possibly putting together special performances with our EHS band students who were selected for those ensembles. We will work on plans for this in the near future.


As stated in last week's email, we will begin a new zero hour schedule for wind ensemble and symphonic band this week that will last through our district MPA (Music Performance Assessment) festival.


Mondays: All students

Tuesday: Woodwinds Only

Wednesday: Woodwind and Brass Only(Percussion will be working with Ryan Merrill)

Thursday: Brass and Percussion Only

Friday: All students

*Winter Guard will continue to meet each day.


Solo and Ensemble: This event will take place Saturday, February 1 at Rio Grande High School. If you are interested in participating in this event, we need to know by this Wednesday, January 12, so we can get you registered. (I extended the deadline from last Friday to this Wednesday). FYI, students' Charms accounts will be charged $5 per event for registration/participation fees.


Marching Band Section Leaders and Drum Majors/Drumline Students/Winter Guard: The EHS 8th Grade night will be on Monday, January 24. The event starts at 5pm in the CTE building. This is a chance for 8th grade students to see all of the activities and clubs our school has to offer. We will have the drumline performing in the courtyard, color guard performing in that area and also by the CTE building, and the student leaders talking with students/families at our designated table in the CTE building. I am asking that those students put that date on your calendar (4:30pm to 6pm). More details will be given to you soon. Thank you in advance for your help!



WE ARE ELDORADO!


Mr. Dubbs

Weekly Newsletter - January 3rd, 2022


Happy New Year!

I truly hope everyone enjoyed their break, and took the time to rest and recharge for the spring semester. I don't have anything to cover today, but Mr. Dubbs has plenty below.


Go Eagles!

JD


And now a word from Mr. Dubbs...


Band Families,


Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable holiday season with family and friends. We are looking forward to a great semester and wish all of our students the very best as they start back up at school this week.


I would like to officially welcome Mr. Dencklau as our new Booster President and thank him for not only stepping into that role but covering the treasurer duties for the remainder of the semester as well. Many, many thanks again to Mr. Bowdoin for helping with the transition next semester.


Please note the following reminders and announcements...


ZERO HOUR: Tuesday (tomorrow) will be zero hour for Wind Ensemble and Winter Guard ONLY. THERE WILL BE NO SYMPHONIC BAND, AS MR. SNOWDEN WILL BE OUT ON TUESDAY.

We will then have zero hour for the rest of the week with all groups. Please note the zero hour schedule for the coming weeks later in this email.


Concert All-State Students: You should have all received an email from NMMEA with instructions regarding the conference this Saturday at UNM. Please let me know if you have questions about that schedule. I'm looking forward to seeing you all participate in that terrific event!


Jazz All-State Students: You will receive information about your conference soon from Mr. Finn, President of the New Mexico Jazz Educators. Don't forget to have that day blocked off on your calendar for Saturday, January 22 at UNM.


Marching Band Section Leaders and Drum Majors/Drumline Students/Winter Guard: The EHS 8th Grade night will be on Monday, January 24. The event starts at 5pm in the CTE building. This is a chance for 8th grade students to see all of the activities and clubs our school has to offer. We will have the drumline performing in the courtyard, color guard performing in that area and also by the CTE building, and the student leaders talking with students/families at our designated table in the CTE building. I am asking that those students put that date on your calendar (4:30pm to 6pm). More details will be given to you soon. Thank you in advance for your help!


Solo and Ensemble: This event will take place Saturday, February 1 at Rio Grande High School. If you are interested in participating in this event, please let me or Mr. Snowden know by Friday.


Winter Guard: Our color guard instructor, May, began a color guard club at Hoover last semester! We are excited and very lucky she has agreed to start a group at one of our feeder schools!


Of course, we are always looking for new members to join our current team. If anyone has friends that would like to learn how to dance, spin flags, etc., please let us know ASAP!


Our winter guard will have a one-day camp on Sunday, January 16 from 8am to 4pm in the gym. May will send out more details regarding that to all of those students and families.


Our winter guard invitational will take place on April 2 in the gym! This event is a chance for local groups to come and perform for an audience as well as get feedback from adjudicators. We will need parent and student volunteers for that.


Albuquerque/UNM Jazz Festival: We are THRILLED to be back hosting the annual Albuquerque/UNM Jazz Festival on February 17, 18, and 19! How can you help? WE NEED SPONSORS! Sponsors will help offset the costs of the festival and ensure that all expenses are covered. If you know of a business, doctor, dentist, etc. that would be willing to be a sponsor for this event, please reach out to our jazz festival chairperson, Monica Orr. (craftymonica@att.net).


ZERO HOUR SCHEDULE (beginning on January 10): This schedule for wind ensemble and symphonic band will be used until spring break. It will allow us to focus on specific sections and address details in the literature we will be playing.


Mondays: All students

Tuesday: Woodwinds Only

Wednesday: Woodwind and Brass Only(Percussion will be working with Ryan Merrill)

Thursday: Brass and Percussion Only

Friday: All students


Again, this begins on January 10. To clarify...

Woodwind students will have zero hour M, T, W, F

Brass students will have zero hour M, W, Th, F

Percussion students will have zero hour, M, W, Th, F

*Winter Guard will meet every day in the auxiliary gym.


Calendar, Emails, Etc.: Please make sure you continue to read all email announcements and have dates of upcoming events on your personal calendars. If you have specific questions, you can send them to me (dubbs@aps.edu). We will have information and time frames out soon for our pre-festival performance on February 24 and our district band festival (MPA) next month.


Thank you all for taking the time to read through this information. Again, we are excited to be back working with the students and look forward to a positive and productive semester!



WE ARE ELDORADO!


Mr. Dubbs

Weekly Newsletter - December 12th, 2021


Greetings from your new Band Boosters President.

As JP said last week, he has officially retired as the band booster president. My name is Jeremy Dencklau, and I'll be taking over for him. I can't begin to say how grateful I am to him for sticking around an extra semester to help us recover from last year. I know I have some big shoes to fill, and I will be doing my best to continue making this organization great and providing extraordinary support to this band program.

Poinsettias/Luminarias

I want to thank everyone who helped make our annual poinsettia and luminaria fundraisers a great success. Everyone who purchased items, hauled poinsettias, ordered materials, built luminarias... It takes a concerted effort to make these happen each year, but it makes great money for the organization, so thanks to all.

One more week to go!

This week is finals week, so good luck to all the students as they study and prepare. You've all worked very hard this year so far, so take the time to finish strong and then rest well during your upcoming break.


I hope you all have a restful holiday break. Enjoy the time with family and friends and rest up from a busy, but productive semester.

Go Eagles!

JD


And now a word from Mr. Dubbs...


Band Families,


Congratulations to our students for their performances at the jazz and concert band concerts! We are very proud of the work they put into preparing those performances and we hope you enjoyed them. Thank you very much for joining us!


Thank you as well to those who were able to help us build luminarias yesterday! We appreciate your support with this important fundraiser.


Thank you to JP and Susan Bowdoin for hosting the booster holiday party yesterday! I hope everyone had a great time and we truly appreciate them hosting the event. Again, their service to this organization over the last nine years is truly appreciated and we can't thank them enough for everything they have done!


As explained in the email from Thursday, the zero hour final was given this past Friday. All other finals for other band classes will take place tomorrow (MONDAY). The regularly scheduled final exam times for band classes throughout the week may be used to study for other classes.


PLEASE BE REMINDED THAT THERE IS NO ZERO HOUR THIS WEEK. All instruments, color guard equipment, etc. must be taken home on MONDAY. The storage room will be locked Tuesday through the last day of the semester.


I hope everyone has a wonderful, safe, and restful holiday break! See you in 2022!


WE ARE ELDORADO!


Mr. Dubbs

Weekly Newsletter - December 5th, 2021


Welcome to December!

There's a lot going on this week, so please read through this entire message so you don't miss anything..

First up, Poinsettias are still being delivered as we speak. If you have time to assist TODAY with the last few batches, please reach out to Jennifer Lange at fundraising@eldorado.band.

We will have Poinsettias available at the Wednesday concert in the PAC if you didn't preorder. Bring cash, check or card and stock up!

Also at Wednesday's concert we will have Spirit Wear available with a special flash sale of 10 letterman jackets for a ridiculous price. Those will go quick!


Luminaria Build is this coming Saturday, December 11th. ALL students are needed at Eldorado at 9:00 AM - 12:00 to help build the Luminarias. We could use a few adults to come help out as well if you have time to come join in. It will be chilly Saturday morning so dress accordingly and we will have coffee and hot chocolate available.

If you ordered Luminarias you may come to school and pick them up between 10:30 and 12:00.

***If you have been helping fold Luminaria bags, we need you to bring them folded and ready to Wednesday's concert. And Thank You for helping!


This Saturday is the annual Booster Christmas Party hosted by Susan and I! Leave the kids at home and come enjoy some holiday cheer with the Board and your fellow boosters on this Saturday evening from 6-10pm. Hit this Evite Link with your RSVP.

This is the end of my time as your Booster President here at the end of a very busy semester and my last newsletter to you. Jeremy Dencklau is stepping up as your Board President and you are in great hands with him and the rest of your rock star board! I'll sign off by saying these years as an Eagle Band Parent go quickly. Get out there and volunteer with the band and soak up the time with your amazing band students!! Many thanks to our fantastic Band Directors Mr. Dubbs and Mr. Snowden for letting my hang out all these years!

Happy Holidays, and Go Eagles!!

JP


And now a word from Mr. Dubbs...


Band Families,


It's concert week! We hope you can join us for some terrific performances that our students will be presenting this week. Here is our schedule...


MONDAY: Zero Hour for all groups


TUESDAY: Zero Hour for all groups (Winter Guard will be in the PAC for zero hour)

JAZZ BAND CONCERT AT 6:30pm in the PAC

All jazz band students will need to report to the band room, in full uniform, no later than 6:00pm.

All students will also be required to stay for the entire performance and will be assigned to put away specific equipment. The order of groups will be:

EHS Jazz 3

EHS Jazz 2

EHS Jazz 1

UNM Jazz Band 2

*We are happy to welcome UNM Jazz 2! In addition, we encourage all students who are not in jazz bands this year to come support our current jazz students. Those students can earn lettering points by getting a program, writing a paragraph about what they heard at the concert, and turning it into me the following day by Thursday.


WEDNESDAY: Zero Hour for all groups (Wind Ensemble needs to arrive early to set up in the PAC)

WINTER BAND CONCERT AT 6:30pm in the PAC

Concert band students must be set up in the orchestra room to warm up by 6:00pm. Symphonic and Wind Ensemble students not in that group, must report to the band room by 6:00pm and be in the PAC by 6:15pm to watch the concert band perform. All students are required to stay for the entire concert and help put equipment away.


*If you could bring a box of candy canes or other individually wrapped treats to share as people leave the concert, we would appreciate it. In addition, if you would like to bring a pair of socks or some canned goods for those in need, we will be collecting those and getting them to organizations to share with people in need. There will be tables out in the lobby for you to place those items. Thank you!


THURSDAY: NO ZERO HOUR


FRIDAY: ZERO HOUR FINAL FOR ALL ZERO HOUR GROUPS AT 6:45am. After that, Mr. Rombach-Kendall, Director of Bands at UNM, will be speaking with all students who made CONCERT all-state groups this year.

ALL INSTRUMENTS SHOULD GO HOME THIS DAY OR MONDAY FOR THE WINTER BREAK. YOU WILL NOT NEED THEM DURING FINALS WEEK.


SATURDAY: Luminaria Assembly at EHS - 9:00am. LETTERING POINTS WILL BE GIVEN TO ALL WHO CAN HELP. MORE HANDS MAKE THIS GO QUICKER!!!

TUBA CHRISTMAS - Informational flyers are attached to this email.


Looking ahead...

*THERE WILL BE NO ZERO HOUR FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 13

*Concert Band and Jazz Bands will be taking their final exams on Monday, December 13 in class, as I will be at a conference the remainder of the week. Please make sure you are there to take those exams.

*Please try to attend our feeder school winter concerts and support those programs.

Jackson Middle School Winter Concert - December 9, 6:10pm in the Jackson Gym

Hoover Middle School Winter Concert - December 14, 6:30pm in the Hoover Gym

Eisenhower Middle School Winter Concert - December 13, 6:30pm in the Eisenhower Gym


Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to getting back to playing in January for a great spring semester!


WE ARE ELDORADO!


Mr. Dubbs

Weekly Newsletter - November 28th, 2021


Hello Band Families!

With the long weekend behind us, it's time to focus on December! More celebration to come...

First up, Mr. Claspell needs Your help with Uniforms this week! This week we need 6 volunteers each day, Monday through Friday after school. Come give us a hand distributing Concert Uniforms. Here's a Sign Up Link so you can pick the days that work for you. THANK YOU!!

Next, Luminarias and Poinsettias are still on the Band Store for sale! The pre orders have been a big help and we've got plenty of both to sell still! Share that link with friends and family and help us make this year a big one for our band!

Last from me, our annual Booster Christmas Party! Leave the kids at home and come enjoy some holiday cheer with the Board and your fellow boosters on Saturday, December 11th from 6-10pm. Hit this Evite Link with your RSVP so we know who's joining in this year. We want all of our Band Boosters to come celebrate whether you volunteered for every event, one event, or you just made sure your Band Student made it to zero hour!!

Have a great week!

JP


And now a word from Mr. Dubbs...


Band Families,


I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving holiday!


We have a regular schedule this school week and zero hour classes will meet each day.


Our concerts are right around the corner. The jazz concert is on December 7 at 6:30pm in the PAC. This concert will feature all three EHS Jazz Bands as well as our guest group, UNM Jazz Band 2!!! Jazz band shirts and ties have been ordered and will be here in time for the concert. Uniform charges have been added to these students’ accounts.


Our winter band concert will take place on December 8 at 6:30pm in the PAC. This concert will feature the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble. Students will be fitted this week for concert uniforms and will be wearing those for performances for the remainder of the year. The only charge for that uniform will be the tuxedo shirt that all students wear. Students will be required to wear long black dress socks and black dress shoes. Most students wear their marching band shoes. If anyone has questions about this, please send a note to myself or our uniform coordinator, Mr. Claspell, at uniforms@eldorado.band.


Regarding our winter concert on the 8th, we usually have students bring cookies to share with everyone at this concert. Given the current situation with health guidelines, etc, we thought it would be a fun idea to have all students bring a box of candy canes or other individually pre-packaged treats to share instead of cookies. When the concert is over, students and families are welcome to take a treat with you.


In addition, we will be collecting canned goods and/or socks for those in need this holiday season at this concert. We will take all of these donations to local groups in need.


Thank you all for your support and have a great week!


WE ARE ELDORADO!


Mr. Dubbs


Weekly Newsletter - November 21st, 2021


Hello Band Families!

Looks like our Luminaria and Poinsettia fundraiser is off to a great start this year ! Thank you all who are supporting the band for the holidays!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours this week. Be safe if you're traveling.

That’s all from me, have a great week!

JP


And now a word from Mr. Dubbs...


Band Families,


The following band students will be performing a concert with the district 7 honor band today: Mina Gentry, Sydney Snowden, Ryan Dencklau, Nick Orr, Tye Munoz-Andrada, Alex Knigge, Justin Williams, and Cameron Galdony. We are very proud of the work they put into this performance this weekend and wish them the best of luck. Due to safety guidelines, only two immediate members of their families will be allowed to attend in person. However, the following is a link where where anyone can watch the performance livestream. The middle school honor band begins at 3 PM and the high school honor band will follow.


https://sites.google.com/aps.edu/district-vii-honor-band-progra/home


Conferences will be taking place on Monday and Tuesday of this week. I sent a link out last week for anyone that may like to meet regarding their child's progress in band. If you feel the need to have a discussion with me, please let me know and we can set up a Google Meet.


Our concerts are right around the corner. The jazz concert is on December 7 at 6:30pm in the PAC. This concert will feature all three EHS Jazz Bands as well as our guest group, UNM Jazz Band 2!!! Jazz band shirts and ties have been ordered and will be here in time for the concert. Uniform charges have been added to these students’ accounts.


Our winter band concert will take place on December 8 at 6:30pm in the PAC. This concert will feature the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble. Students will be fitted next week for Concert Band uniforms during classes and will be wearing those for performances for the remainder of the year. The only charge for that uniform will be the tuxedo shirt that all students wear. Students will be required to wear long black dress socks and black dress shoes. Most students wear their marching band shoes. If anyone has questions about this, please send a note to myself or our uniform coordinator, Mr. Claspell, at uniforms@eldorado.band.


Regarding our winter concert on the 8th, we usually have students bring cookies to share with everyone at this concert. Given the current situation with health guidelines, etc, we thought it would be a fun idea to have all students bring a box of candy canes or other individually pre-packaged treats to share instead of cookies. When the concert is over, students and families are welcome to take a treat with you.


In addition, we will be collecting canned goods and/or socks for those in need this holiday season at this concert. We will take all of these donations to local groups in need.


Thank you all for your support! We hope you have a terrific and safe Thanksgiving holiday with friends and family.


WE ARE ELDORADO!


Mr. Dubbs


Weekly Newsletter - November 14th, 2021


Hello Band Families!

I don't have much for you this week except to say that this coming Friday, November 19th is our deadline for pre orders for Luminarias and Poinsettias. Share our Band Store link with family and friends and encourage them and get some Luminarias and Poinsettias ordered!

That’s all from me, have a great week!

JP


And now a word from Mr. Dubbs...


Parents and Students,



I hope everyone had a great weekend! We do not have a huge amount going on this week.


Wind ensemble, symphonic band, and winter guard will meet at zero hour each day this week. These classes start at 6:28am. It is important that we start right on time. Students must be in their seats and ready to go. All percussionists should arrive early and allow time to set up all of their equipment.


We are working very fast with all groups to prepare for our winter concerts next month. Daily attendance is extremely important given the lack of rehearsals we have. Also, if any band student does not have the Foundations for Superior Performance book, please get a copy by Friday of this week. This is available at Baum's Music. Please let me know if anyone has issues in getting this by that date.


Congratulations to the following students who will be participating in the District 7 Honor Band this coming weekend at Cibola High School:


Mina Gentry

Sydney Snowden

Ryan Dencklau

Nicholas Orr

Tye Munoz-Andrada

Justin Williams

Cameron Galdony


*These students should already have the schedule for Friday, Saturday, and the concert on Sunday. If you have questions about that schedule, please let me know asap! Best of luck to them!


We will be holding off for a later date for the December 3 jazz fundraiser concert. The Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra was supposed to be performing at that concert but has not been performing lately due to current mandates. Again, we will look at a date for that in the spring.


Our WinterJazz concert will still be on December 7 at 6:30pm. I am excited to announce that UNM Jazz Band 2 will be guest performers that evening!


Our concert bands (wind ensemble, symphonic band, concert band, and winter guard) will perform on December 8 at 6:30pm.


I hope everyone has a great week!


WE ARE ELDORADO!


Mr. Dubbs


Weekly Newsletter - November 7th, 2021


Hello Band Families!

It was great to see everyone at the Marching Band Award Ceremony yesterday! Many thanks to Board and our Directors for making it happen, and of course for our amazing students for a great performance!

Nothing big from me this week. We will soon transition the newsletter over to Jeremy, your new Board President. Stay tuned!

Last thing from me this week, don't for get to head over to the Band Store and get your Luminarias and Poinsettias ordered!

That’s all from me, have a great week!

JP


And now a word from Mr. Dubbs...


Parents and Students,


Thank you all again for joining us yesterday at the marching band awards ceremony. Again, we appreciate everyone’s support and effort throughout the marching season this year. It was a wonderful way to finish our season.


We will continue with zero hour auditions this week. Students who have not auditioned should already know what day they come in. They should arrive before 6:28 AM, warm up in a practice room, and then will be brought into the audition room.


Due to the Veterans Day holiday on Thursday, we will start our zero our bands on Friday. Results for sections that have already auditioned and those auditioning this week will be posted in the next few days. Again, all students are receiving a grade for performing this audition. Given the short amount of time until our winter concerts, we will be working very fast on learning our music.


If any students knows on an EHS that is not in our program and is interested in participating in Winter Guard, please have them come and see us. That group will continue to meet zero hour as well as Tuesday afternoons. We would love to have more students involved in that program.


Here is our schedule for this week:

Monday: B day

Tuesday: B day

Wednesday: A day

Thursday: No School

Friday: A day


I hope everyone has a great week!



WE ARE ELDORADO!


Mr. Dubbs


Weekly Newsletter - October 31st, 2021


And so Bandtober comes to a close…

If you thought things would settle down now, it only gets more fun from here! Welcome to Concert Season!

First up though, a reminder that this next Saturday, November 6th at 12:00 PM we will be celebrating out amazing band students at the annual Marching Band Awards Ceremony. We’ll see you in the Gym.

Students, you’ll be turning in your marching uniform, shirt and bibs. No need to clean, just bring them to the awards ceremony for turn in.

Parents, we need 8 volunteers to help with uniform turn in right after the awards ceremony. Just jump in and help on Saturday.

Next up, let’s talk Winter Guard. Color Guard kicks off their Winter Guard Season and we need family members interested in working on their planning committee. We’ll have a WG Committee kick off meeting on Tuesday, November 9th at 6pm (right before the November Booster meeting. If you’re interested, come join in!

The Holidays are coming! Which means you should be pre ordering your Luminarias and Poinsettias TODAY!! Go to the Eldorado Band Store and order yours today. The students will have a build event in early December and you can pick up your order then, or have it delivered! Make the place festive and help the band with a great fundraiser!

That’s all from me, have a great week!

JP


And now a word from Mr. Dubbs...


Band Families,


Thank you for your support and participation at the "Halloween Game" this past Thursday. It was great to see our students in costume and having a good time! This is our last regular game of the season. However, if our team has a playoff game in town, we will most likely be attending that game pending events we have on the band calendar. Stay tuned!


Students who are auditioning for concert or jazz all-state groups, must sign up for a recording slot outside the band room door asap! THE ALL-STATE FORM THAT WAS HANDED OUT MUST BE SIGNED BY A PARENT IN ORDER TO AUDITION. Although there is no school on Tuesday, we have a handful of audition times available that day for those who may not want to stay after school on Wednesday or Thursday. (JAZZ BAND AUDITIONS will take place during jazz band class times).


Here is the schedule for the week:


Monday, Nov. 1 - We will be recording a few concert all-state auditions during zero hour.

MIDDLE SCHOOL TOUR! We are on a B schedule on MONDAY. After our first period class, students will report to the band room. If students need to turn something into a class for the day, they can do that before we leave. Also, make sure that you stay ahead of things and find out assignments you will be missing.


Attire...please wear band t-shirts, letter jackets, or other EHS attire, jeans (NO HOLES), and tennis shoes!

All woodwind and brass students should bring their flip folders. We will play our marching show but will play a few pep tunes as well.

All students are expected to display their best behavior at all times, wear masks while on the buses, and be great representatives of our school and program.


Tuesday, Nov. 2 - No School, HOWEVER, concert all-state audition times are available in the morning. Make sure you sign up.


Wednesday, Nov. 3 - Zero hour for trumpet auditions - wind ensemble and symphonic band.

Jazz 1 All-State Auditions - During Class

Concert All-State auditions - After school (must sign up outside the band room for a time)


Thursday, Nov. 4 - Zero hour for trombone, euphonium, tuba auditions - wind ensemble and symphonic band

Jazz 2 and Jazz 3 All-State Auditions - During Class

Concert All-State Auditions - After school (must sign up outside the band room for a time. This is the last day for auditions).


Friday, Nov. 5 - Zero hour for clarinet/bass clarinet auditions - wind ensemble/symphonic band


Looking ahead...


The week of Nov. 8 will be as follows...

Nov. 8 - B Day (flute/oboe/horn auditions - zero hour)

Nov. 9 - B Day (saxophone auditions - zero hour)

Nov. 10 - A Day (Percussion audition - zero hour)

Nov. 11 - NO SCHOOL (Veterans Holiday)

Nov. 12 - A Day (first day of wind ensemble/symphonic band)


*NOTE ABOUT AUDITIONS* Auditions will be blind. A monitor will escort each student into the room. Results will be based on the performance of the audition material and groups will be balanced based on the needs of each ensemble.


Best of luck to all of our students in their auditions. Let us know if you have any questions.


WE ARE ELDORADO!


Mr. Dubbs


Weekly Newsletter - October 24th, 2021

Happy Sunday Band Family,

Congrats to all of our students for all their hard work and achievement this last week. It has been jam packed and they've done a great job!

A huge thank you to all of you who helped make Bandtober happen!! Chaperones, Food and Fun, Hydro Crew, Pit Crew, Uniforms.... THANK YOU ALL!!!

I'll keep it brief this week as Mr. Dubbs has a lot to share. Thursday Football. New Spirit Wear!

Don't forget you can go to the Band's Store to pre order Luminarias and Poinsettias.

More to come.. Have a great week!

JP


And now a word from Mr. Dubbs...


Band Families,


Congratulations to the EHS marching band for their terrific performances in both preliminary and finals competition at the Zia Marching Fiesta yesterday. The band placed second in class 3A and received the outstanding music award during preliminary competition. They were also chosen as one of 10 finalist bands to perform in the evening and ended up with the 10th place award. Mr. Snowden and I could not be more proud of how they performed, how they conducted themselves as students, and the progress they made throughout an interesting marching season. We are proud to say that the Eldorado Band is back!


A huge thanks goes to our parent chaperones, water crew, pit crew, and to Mrs. Wiseman and her family for setting up lunch and dinner for the students! We truly appreciate your time in supporting our students and staff, not only at this event but throughout the season.


Thank you to our amazing marching band staff! Mr. Sanks, Mr. Owen, Mr. Christmas, May Souriyangyong (color guard), Autumn Marie (color guard), Ryan Merill (percussion), Josue Hernandez, and Rachael Baca. We truly appreciate their time and expertise with teaching and guiding our students on and off of the field. We are very lucky to have them!


Speaking of our marching season, here is what we have left...


Thursday, October 28 - Football game at Milne Stadium. This is our "Halloween Game". Section leaders should have communicated with sections what each section will be dressed as for this game. There will be no field show, but we will be playing pep tunes in the stands throughout the game. IF ANYONE NEEDS ASSISTANCE WITH A COSTUME, PLEASE LET ME KNOW ASAP.


Monday, November 1 - Marching Band Middle School Tour!!!

Since our 8th grade night was canceled (TWICE), we were fortunate to set up a middle school tour during the school day. WE WILL BE CHECKING GRADES TO SEE IF STUDENTS ARE IN GOOD ACADEMIC STANDING TO ATTEND THIS TOUR. We will be traveling to Hoover, Jackson, and Eisenhower by school bus. We will leave around 9:15am and will return before school is out. More details will be out soon about the attire for this event.


Saturday, November 6 - Marching Awards Ceremony - 12:00pm. (front ensemble will set up at 11:30am). All woodwind and brass students will arrive by 11:15am for shirt distribution and warm-up. We will perform our marching show in the courtyard for families, as well as pass out awards. After that, those who wish to play dodgeball in the Auxiliary Gym may do so for an hour or so. (Those who wish to do that will of course need to wear masks). We will also be taking a picture of the band in full uniform at this event.


This Tuesday, 10-26, at 3:00pm, the color guard will be taking inventory of equipment. May will have more details out soon about the schedule for Color Guard for the rest of this semester and Winter Guard plans for the spring.


Zero Hour: This is what we have coming up...


10-25 Thru 11-1: The band room will be open each morning for individual practice. As stated in previous emails, all students will be auditioning for zero hour groups, including concert band students. Students who are not currently in concert band will be placed in either Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Band based on their audition. Pending audition results, some concert band students may earn a spot in one of those ensembles as well. Every student will earn a grade for this audition.


All students must have bell covers (flutes must have flute masks). Most students should have these from last year. If anyone does not have these materials, we need to know asap.


No school on 11-2 due to election day.


Zero Hour auditions will begin on 11/3.


Regarding bell covers for wind instruments, Mrs. Claspell is organizing a crew of parents to make some new covers for our students. If you sew or would like to help, please reach out to her at secretary@eldorado.band.


We appreciate your continued support of our program! Enjoy the rest of your day!


WE ARE ELDORADO!


Mr. Dubbs


Weekly Newsletter - October 17th, 2021

Happy Sunday Band!


Congratulations to our amazing Students!! And thanks to all of you who helped support yesterday's event!


And now a word from Mr. Dubbs...


Parents and Students,


Congratulations to the marching band on receiving 2nd place in class 5A at the 41st New Mexico Pageant of Bands yesterday! Congratulations as well to our percussion students and their instructor, Ryan Merill, for receiving the Outstanding Percussion section award for class 5A. We are very proud of all the students in the marching band and the work they have put into the show thus far. We look forward to seeing the improvements they will make this week as we push toward the Zia competition.


Thank you very much to our marching band staff, chaperones, parent helpers, and those who volunteered to work at POB. Your time and effort in making this a smooth and successful event are very much appreciated.


Congratulations as well to our concert band and jazz ensembles for their fall concert this past Wednesday! You all did a great job and it was a thrill to see you back on stage again.


Here is the schedule for this week...


*STUDENT ASSIGNMENT FOR WOODWINDS AND BRASS (DUE WEDNESDAY) IS IN THE GOOGLE CLASSROOM. You will record and submit your playing of the ballad and closer for the marching show. Instructions are in the classroom. Code for that class if you are not in it is: egtkend. Percussion and Guard are receiving assessment grades based on your performance in rehearsals.


Monday: Woodwind and Brass sectionals in the courtyard from 2:35pm to 3:15pm. Please make sure you all have your music, as we will be taking our comments from Pageant of Bands and using them to improve music for District MPA and Zia.


Tuesday: District MPA Marching Assessment at Milne Stadium. This is a free event and open to the public. The itinerary is on the following link: https://www.eldorado.band/Calendar. Please keep in mind that we will not have our regular Tuesday rehearsal due to this event. If you are not going home between the last school bell and report time, please have all of your uniform parts with you in your garment bag when you get to school. A couple of practice rooms will be available for all garment bags. MAKE SURE YOUR GARMENT BAG IS LABELED WITH YOUR NAME. Allow time that morning to store your uniform and get to the field on time for rehearsal.


Wednesday: If your instrument was on the truck from Tuesday's performance, please arrive to zero hour early to unload it from the truck. We will need to start rehearsal on time!


Thursday and Friday: Regular zero hour rehearsal


Saturday: ZIA!!! Please see the itinerary at the following link. It is a long day! We wish all students the best of luck!

https://www.eldorado.band/Calendar

The following information below is from the UNM staff and Zia officials. Details about ticket prices can also be found at the following site. https://www.unm.edu/~bands/Zia_marching_Fest.html


*The stadium will charge $7 for parking. This is only payable by credit/debit card.

*In fact, no cash is accepted for tickets or concessions either--card only.

*University Stadium has also instituted a "clear bag policy." Below are their requirements:

*All patrons who choose to bring bags into the game must abide by the clear bag policy

*Clear Bags may be no larger than 12”x6”x12”

*If patrons do not have a clear bag, they may bring in a gallon-sized freezer bag

*Palm-sized clutch purses or wallets do not need to abide by clear bag policy

*Non-clear medical bags are permitted and subject to inspection

*Diaper bags are permitted if entering with a child but are subject to inspection

*Seat cushions without arms or pockets are permitted

*Backpacks, fanny packs, printed pattern bags, reusable grocery bags, mesh or straw bags, duffle bags, or large totes (larger than 12’x6’x12”) are NOT permitted

*If you choose to bring in a blanket, the blanket must be carried in separately and not placed in the clear bag

*If your bag gets turned away at the gate due to not following clear bag policy, you will need to return it to your vehicle, as we have no area to store it

*Patrons are encouraged to leave all bags at home to speed up the entry process into the stadium


Looking Ahead...

Wednesday, October 20 at 6:30pm - Eisenhower Middle School Band Concert in the EMS gym. Students may bring in a program and 1 paragraph about the concert for lettering points.


Thursday, October 21 at 6:30pm - Hoover Middle School Band Concert in the HMS gym. (IMPORTANT) Mr. Kelly has invited any alumni (others may join as well) to play at the concert. He needs to know by MONDAY (tomorrow) of anyone that might be able to play so he can get the music to you. I will find out logistics about what to wear, etc. from him. Thanks for your consideration and support! Students may bring in a program and 1 paragraph about the concert for lettering points.


Thursday, October 21 at 6:00pm - Jackson Middle School Concert in the JMS gym. Students may bring in a program and 1 paragraph about the concert for lettering points.


Thursday, October 28 at 7:00pm - Football Game at Milne Stadium. This game was initially set for October 30 and was rescheduled. This is our "Halloween Game". Students will be dressing up in a Halloween costume (sections will decide a theme) and be playing pep tunes in the stands. We WILL NOT be performing the show that evening. Report time is 5:45pm at Eldorado.


*EHS PARENTS - If you sew, we need your help!!! We will be purchasing some material for new/improved bell covers for wind instruments. We have a pattern that seems fairly easy to follow. We will have a sign-up soon for this. Thank you in advance for your help!


ZERO HOUR AUDITIONS FOR WIND ENSEMBLE AND SYMPHONIC BAND - Music will be available on Tuesday for zero hour ensembles. As stated in previous communications, all woodwind, brass, and percussion students will be performing this music for me and Mr. Snowden. See the band calendar for the days of these auditions. More information about the zero hour schedule after Zia will be out later this week.


District 7 Honor Band - Congratulations to the following students who after being nominated, were selected to participate in the District 7 Honor Band! Mina Gentry, Sydney Snowden, Ryan Dencklau, Nick Orr, Tye Munoz-Andrada, Alex Knigge, Justin Williams, and Cameron Galdony.This event will take place on Nov. 19, 20, and 21 at Cibola High School. (These students have all received information about this weekend).


Thank you all for your continued support! We appreciate you!


WE ARE ELDORADO!


Mr. Dubbs


Weekly Newsletter - October 10th, 2021


Happy Sunday Band Family! It's GO TIME!!


It's a big week for our Eldorado Band and that means it's a big week for our VOLUNTEERS!! WE NEED YOU! Pageant of Bands is an all day event that takes volunteers from every band that participates. Eldorado is one of the largest bands to participate in POB so we are required to have a great deal of volunteers. This year we need 45 volunteers, and right now, we are in need of at least 25 more!! Please help our Band out this weekend by volunteering for a shift or two. You can SIGN UP HERE.


Coming up in the next few weeks for Chaperones; District Marching Music Performance Assessment and Zia Marching Fiesta.


You should have received an email about Pre Orders for POB patches, pins and tickets. Please make those purchases by TOMORROW by 5pm. You can visit the Band Store Here.


Coming soon at this week's football game - New Spirit Wear! Come visit the table and stock up!

Also coming soon, Christmas which means our annual Luminaria and Poinsettia Sale! Pre order yours on the Band Store Today!


Not getting the Texts? Log into Charms and make sure you add everyone's cell phone so we can reach you.

Forgot what was in the newsletter? Remember you can find this and all past newsletters on the website at https://www.eldorado.band !


Have a great week Eagles and Good Luck at POB!

JP


And now, a Word From Mr. Dubbs,


Band Families,


I hope everyone had a terrific fall break! Here is our busy schedule for the week…


Monday: October 11

Zero Hour for all students

After School (2:35pm to 3:15pm) - Brass and Woodwind Sectionals (all should be there unless you are an athlete and have a game).


Tuesday: October 12

Zero Hour for all students

Marching Rehearsal (3pm to 5:15pm) - All students should be there unless athletes who have a game. We will be cleaning all parts of the show.


Wednesday: October 13

PSAT - SOPHOMORES and JUNIORS WHO SIGNED UP. NO REGULAR SCHOOL DAY AND NO ZERO HOUR.


Fall Band Concert: 6:30pm in the PAC. This will feature our Concert Band and our 3 jazz bands! Report time for students will be 6pm. The attire for this concert for all groups will be band t-shirt (tucked in), jeans (no holes), and tennis shoes. We will be distributing concert uniforms in the coming weeks after marching season and making decisions on jazz band uniforms as well.

* All students in this concert are required to stay and support all of the groups. In addition, everyone will be required to help put equipment away when we are done.

* Please do not forget that in addition to students wearing masks and bell covers on instruments, that all guests must wear a mask while inside the building. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


Thursday: October 14

WEAR YOUR BAND T-SHIRT ON THIS DAY

Zero Hour for all students

After school practice at Wilson Stadium 3pm to 5pm

*All students must have a ride over there and will need to be picked up when we leave the game. Have your uniform pants, long black dress socks, marching shoes, with you in your garment bag.

Boosters will provide dinner for students in the south parking lot of Wilson Stadium.

We will then use the Manzano High School music building to change and prep for the game. (STUDENTS MUST WEAR A MASK IN THE APPROPRIATE MANNER WHILE IN THE MHS MUSIC BUILDING. Again, have your uniform bag to store your school clothes. MAKE SURE YOUR UNIFORM BAG HAS A NAME TAG ON IT.


Regarding the game, this is our Rescheduled 8th grade night, where students from our feeder schools will be joining us in the stands. We need a positive and welcoming atmosphere for these students. We want them to have a fantastic time.


We are also visitors that evening and will sit on the east side of Wilson Stadium. We will be performing our show to the east side as well.


We will be leaving the game after halftime! Due to our not having zero hour on Wednesday and Pageant of Bands being on Saturday, we MUST meet on Friday morning to rehearse.


Friday: October 15

Zero Hour for all students! Drumline, Pit, Color Guard, and students that have instruments on the truck, should be there early so we can start on time.


Saturday: October 16

PAGEANT OF BANDS

(See itinerary on Band Website:)


Students, please make sure you have all music memorized and all students should be ready for a productive week! Good luck to our students!


WE ARE ELDORADO!


Mr. Dubbs


Weekly Newsletter - October 3rd, 2021


Welcome to BANDTOBER!!


It's a big month with our three big band events coming up: Pageant of Bands on October 16th, District Marching Music Performance Assessment on October 19th, and Zia Marching Fiesta on October 23rd. Good Luck Eagles!


Thanks to everyone who supported the California Pizza Kitchen fundraiser last week. We raised an easy $300 for the band!


Calling all volunteers!! (Yeah, that's you too...) I'll be raising this up a lot for the next couple weeks. We Need Many Volunteers to help out with Pageant of Bands.

Our commitment to POB this year is roughly 40 volunteers to help run the event. Grab a slot on our POB Signup Genius Page for as many shifts and jobs as you can! (You'll hear more about the individual jobs from our POB committee after you get signed up.


Not getting the Texts? Log into Charms and make sure you add everyone's cell phone so we can reach you.

Forgot what was in the newsletter? Remember you can find this and all past newsletters on the website at https://www.eldorado.band !


Have a great week!

JP


And now, a Word From Mr. Dubbs,


Band Families,


Thank you all for your flexibility with the football game on Thursday. The weather was certainly interesting but we appreciate everyone's willingness to adapt.


Students auditioning for all-state should have signed up already outside the band room. I hope everyone read the previous email from Thursday about the changes for the all-state events. If you have questions, please let me know. In the meantime, I will hopefully be sending out links soon with recordings of the etudes. Jazz recordings are already available at nmmea.com.


This week:

Monday: Zero Hour for all members

Afternoon woodwind and brass sectionals. Again, we are adding new visuals to the show so make sure you attend.


Tuesday: Zero Hour for all members

Marching practice from 3pm to 5:15pm. Everyone must attend unless you are an athlete and have a game.


Wednesday: Zero Hour for all members


Thursday and Friday: FALL BREAK...ENJOY! Reminder: We are not performing at the football game this weekend.


We have a busy couple of weeks ahead of us! Everyone's participation, attendance, and effort are extremely important as we enter our marching competitions for the next two weeks. Please be at every rehearsal, get lots of rest, and stay hydrated. (See the band website for our competition itineraries).


Finally, Mr. Snowden and I wanted to reiterate what we discussed with students at our zero hour meeting last Monday. If you see or hear of something going on in the band or at school that shouldn't be, it is your responsibility to let us know. We are here to help and support ALL of our students. If a student is not treating another student well, don't let it slide. Come to me or Mr. Snowden and let us know. If we don't know about it, we can't address it. Remember to be good humans!


Have a good week and a safe fall break!


WE ARE ELDORADO!


Mr. Dubbs


Weekly Newsletter - September 26th, 2021


Happy Sunday Band,


Many thanks to our Students, Family Volunteers, and Board for a very successful car wash yesterday that raised over $2500 for our band!!


This week on Wednesday, the 29th, don't forget to Eat Out for the Band! This month's restaurant support us is California Pizza Kitchen. Here's a copy of the flyer to take on your phone or on paper to show to the CPK folks when you arrive any time on Wednesday! Everyone likes pizza, you don't have to cook, and it helps the band; Win, Win, Win!


Next up, we are a few weeks from Bandtober! The Band's first big competition is the Pageant of Bands on October 16th. This year's event will be held in Rio Rancho. And we need your help! Pageant of Bands is an ALL VOLUNTEER event. And as you can imagine, we here in the Eldorado Band Community are a major participant, leader and yes, that means fundraising dollars from the event come back to our band. Our committment to POB this year is roughly 40 volunteers to help run the event. There are multiple easy shifts and something for everyone to do. Grab a slot on our POB Signup Genius Page for as many shifts and jobs as you can! (**Side note here, if you've been helping with Water/Drinks and Chaperoning, we still need your help with the students for this event)


Great work everyone! Keep it up, have a great week and we'll see you at Thursday's Band Performance at Wilson (and yes, we'll let the football team play as well..). Thursday's game is our annual 8th grade night and we'll be joined by our feeder middle school band students.


Not getting the Texts? Log into Charms and make sure you add everyone's cell phone so we can reach you.

Forgot what was in the newsletter? Remember you can find this and all past newsletters on the website at https://www.eldorado.band !


Have a great week!

JP


And now, a Word From Mr. Dubbs,


Band Families,


Thank you all very much for your help and support at our car wash fundraiser yesterday! As Mr. Bowdoin stated, we were very successful and appreciate everyone’s efforts in helping out, donating your time, and spreading the word.


Thank you as well to our parent support at the game Friday evening. The students did a good job and continue to improve in our performances. We will be working on making some changes to our show and adding the last tune this week.


Here is our schedule for the week:


Monday:

Zero hour: Meeting with all students in the PAC. We will be going over important topics, passing out new coordinate sheets for part 3, watching animation for that movement, and unloading instruments from the truck.


Monday afternoon: woodwind and brass sectionals from 2:35pm to 3:15pm.


Tuesday: Marching practice from 3pm to 5:15pm. We will work to put the rest of the show on the field.


Thursday: Football game at Wilson Stadium. Report time is 5:30pm. Be on time to get your uniform shirt. Inspection will be at 5:45pm.


THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT GAME! We will be joined by 7th grade and 8th grade students from our middle school feeder programs. These students will be sitting in with our band, playing pep band tunes, and getting the experience of being in the Eldorado Band. Our students must be very welcoming, respectful, and great representatives of our school and our program. We may see up to 80 middle schoolers sitting with our band that night!


Friday: NO ZERO HOUR! The band room will be open by 6:45am for those who would like to practice or study.


Looking Ahead

Students must sign up for concert all-state by next week if they wish to audition for the NM all-state bands. I have all music and information available for students. Once they sign up, their Charms account will be charged $17 for the audition fee. It is a fantastic experience!


Students in jazz 1 and jazz 2 are required to audition. I will have all of them registered next week. The audition fee of $20 will be charged to the Charms account of each student.


Itineraries for our 3 competitions will be out in a separate email this week.


Have a great week!


WE ARE ELDORADO!


Mr. Dubbs


Weekly Newsletter - September 19th, 2021


Happy Sunday Band,


Many thanks to the Eldorado Football for getting off our field so we could see our Awesome Band perform! Looking good! Real thanks to all of our volunteers; Spirit Wear, Chaperones, Pit Crew, Hydro!! Well done everyone. Your time and efforts are much appreciated.


Big stuff this week!


Friday evening we have another band performance with some football entertainment before the students show. The band will be in Full Uniform! More details on uniforms later this week. Students, make sure you've got marching pants, band tshirt, marching shoes, black socks. Show shirts will be distributed before the game.


Saturday is our annual Car Wash Fundraiser. We need volunteers in two shifts: 8:30 - 11 and 11-1:30. Students we'll see you in two shifts from 9-11, and 11-1. You'll hear more on your shift from Mr. Dubbs. Volunteers, please head for the Car Wash Sign Up and come join us for a shift! We will have food onsite for the students and to sell to our guests. Spread the Word!! Looking forward to seeing everyone this Saturday.


And don't forget our monthly dining out held this month at the California Pizza Kitchen. Here's a copy of the flyer to bring in person, or as an image on your phone.


Not getting the Texts? Log into Charms and make sure you add everyone's cell phone so we can reach you.

Forgot what was in the newsletter? Remember you can find this and all past newsletters on the website at https://www.eldorado.band !


Have a great week!

JP


And now, a Word From Mr. Dubbs,


Band Families,


Thank you all for your support at yesterday's Homecoming football game. We were pleased with the students' performance and will be moving forward this week with adding more to our show. Thanks as well to our parents who chaperoned, ensured we had water, worked on pit crew, and sold spirit wear items.


Here is our schedule this week:

Monday - Woodwind and Brass Sectionals from 2:35pm to 3:15pm. These are required. (If you are in a sport and cannot make this practice, please let me know).


Tuesday - Marching band practice from 3pm to 5:15pm.


Friday - Football game (visitor vs. Alb. High) at Milne Stadium

5:15pm - Inspection at EHS (NOTE THE EARLIER TIME)

5:30pm - Depart for Milne

6:00pm - Unload/Warm-Up

6:45pm - PERFORMING PRE-GAME

7:00pm - Kickoff

9:15pm - Approximate departure for EHS (A text message will be sent when we leave. Please be ready to pick up your child from school on time).


Saturday - EHS Band Car Wash - 9am to 1pm at the Firestone Tires on Montgomery and Eubank. We will be sending out work assignments on Monday. Each student will work a two hour shift. IF YOUR SCHEDULED TIME CONFLICTS WITH A GAME, MEET, ETC., PLEASE MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO TRADE WITH ANOTHER STUDENT. Let me know if you have questions.


*PLEASE NOTE* All students will be trading off with washing and drying cars, holding signs, etc. Students WILL NOT be performing pep tunes at this event and will not need instruments. Make sure you wear your band t-shirt! We will need towels, buckets, other car washing items to make this event happen.


The car wash is for donations. Please tell your family and friends to stop by! It has been a very successful fundraiser in the past and we would love to have a great event again this year.


LOOKING AHEAD...IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT COMPETITIONS!!!

We have received information about our 3 marching competitions. First, these are REQUIRED FOR ALL STUDENTS. Student athletes must make arrangements now and tell coaches what is going on. I believe we are fortunate in that there are no conflicts with athletic events this year.

ITINERARIES FOR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING EVENTS ARE IN THE WORKS!


October 16 - Pageant of Bands (HELD AT RIO RANCHO HIGH SCHOOL THIS YEAR)

Report time at EHS will be sometime that morning TBD but we will be departing for Rio Rancho HS around 12 or 12:30pm. We will return in the early evening. (We will be serving lunch to the students).


October 19 - District Marching MPA Festival at Milne Stadium. There will be no Tuesday practice that day. We will be serving students dinner before we depart but will leave EHS around 4:30pm that day and will perform at 6:20pm.


October 23 - Zia Marching Fiesta (State Competition at University Stadium-UNM)

Arrive at EHS to rehearse early AM.

We perform at 12:30pm for preliminary competition and will hopefully be performing in finals that evening. Lunch and dinner will be provided by the boosters that day. This is an ALL DAY event and we will not return until 10:30pm that evening. (Boys soccer players...see Mr. Dubbs asap).


Eligibility - More details will be out soon as teachers will be posting grades this week. I hope students were successful this semester.


Thank you for your continued support!


WE ARE ELDORADO!


Mr. Dubbs


Weekly Newsletter - September 12th, 2021


Happy Sunday Band,


It was great seeing everyone at the game the other night! Looking forward to this Saturday's game!


Students, the latest coordinate sheets and part 2 video are on the website. It is hidden so you'll have to go to https://www.eldorado.band/oasis to get there.


We're still looking for help with Spirit Wear. Send Jennifer an email if you're interested in helping out.

Last note on this weeks game, we are on the hunt for folks to help run our Spirit Wear program. We have lots of Eldorado gear to help raise funds and spirit with our community and lot's of new stuff coming. If you're interested in stepping in to lead the way, or just want to help out, reach out to




We are two weeks out from our September 25th, our annual Car Wash! Invite Friends and Family to bring their car down to Firestone on Montgomery for a car wash and some great music by our band while you wait! This is another great opportunity to come volunteer to help our band out. We have two shifts for this event and I'd encourage you to join us by Signing Up Here.


And don't forget our monthly dining out held this month at the California Pizza Kitchen. Here's a copy of the flyer to bring in person, or as an image on your phone.


Not getting the Texts? Log into Charms and make sure you add everyone's cell phone so we can reach you.

Forgot what was in the newsletter? Remember you can find this and all past newsletters on the website at https://www.eldorado.band !


Have a great week!

JP


And now, a Word From Mr. Dubbs,


Band Families,


Thank you for your support through that crazy week. Our students had an outstanding first performance of their 2021 marching show, Journey to the Oasis! We are very proud of the progress they continue to make and are excited to share more parts of the show in the coming weeks with our audiences. Many thanks to all of our chaperones and band parents who helped us on Friday night! You are very much appreciated.


The students made a tremendous amount of progress and learned a lot of new material yesterday at our rehearsal. We would like to thank our guest clinician, Scott Montoya, for coming out from Phoenix to work with our students. We appreciate his time and expertise. Thank you as well to our marching staff for their time as well. Finally, a thank you to our parents for their help with water, lunch, and working on our props throughout the day.


After speaking with the gentleman in charge of our mattress fundraiser yesterday, I understand that there was a steady stream of folks coming in to support our band. Thanks to all who did this or helped spread the word about this event. We should have numbers this week of what we raised for our program.


Eligibility! We are entering the 6th six week of the grading period. It is extremely important that students take care of any missing assignments this week. All students must have at least a 2.0 grade point average and no F’s in any classes by this time in order to participate in our marching competitions in October. I hope that everyone has been taking care of business in their classes to ensure that we do not have any holes on the field for our show.


This week:

Monday- No Woodwind or Brass sectionals this week


Tuesday- Marching practice from 3:00pm - 5:15pm. We will be reviewing all of our new additions to the show and working on pep tunes for the game this Saturday. Dress appropriately for the weather and don’t forget water, hats, and sunscreen.


Saturday- Football game at Wilson Stadium. This is our Homecoming Game! (We will be sitting on the west side of Wilson stadium again).


11:45 AM - Inspection outside the activities office, load buses.


1:00 PM - Kickoff


Students will be required to travel to and from the school, as we did at the last game. A text message will be sent out 20 to 30 minutes before we arrive back at school for parents to come pick up their child. Please arrive to school in a timely fashion so our chaperones do not have to wait.


Our attire for the game this week will be band t-shirts again (tucked in) and shorts. Students may wear athletic, khaki, or jean shorts. They may not have holes in them and must be the appropriate length, as based on the dress code for our school. We are using this as our uniform this week, as the weather will be very warm. We plan on having the students in full uniform for our game on September 24. Our uniform shirts have come in and we are excited to see the band in full uniform that day.


Looking ahead…

Please note that we have a car wash fundraiser on Saturday, September 25. Band students will be divided into two groups that day and will be playing pep tunes and as well as washing cars. More details will be out soon regarding the time frames of those two shifts.


We have a game scheduled already on Thursday, October 14 against Sandia High School. Fortunately, we were able to secure a rehearsal at Wilson stadium that day! The rehearsal will be from 3 PM to 5 PM. (Please add this to your calendar)! Students will need to coordinate a ride to Wilson Stadium for this rehearsal and then a ride home after the game. Dinner will be provided in between the rehearsal and the game. This will give us a great opportunity to work on a turf field two days before our first competition, Pageant of Bands, in Rio Rancho.


Thank you all for your continued support of our band program! I hope everyone has a great week.


WE ARE ELDORADO!


Mr. Dubbs


Weekly Newsletter - September 5th, 2021


Welcome to September Band!


Lot's going on this month...

First up, Friday is our First Game! Here's the highlights from my end. First, Chaperones Assemble! We have a few slots left for our first game. Hit the Signup and come join in. (Pro tip.. you can sign up for more than one game, wink wink, nudge nudge...). Second, Parents, Families, I can't emphasize enough how important it is that your information is accurate in Charms and you pay attention to the texts we send out on Game Day. When the game is over, we'll send everyone a text letting you know our timing. I need you back at school on time to pick up your students. And remember, Do Not Park In The Circle Drive! Those busses are pretty big, there are four of them, and no one gets out easy if they can't pull up and drop the kids.


Last note on this weeks game, we are on the hunt for folks to help run our Spirit Wear program. We have lots of Eldorado gear to help raise funds and spirit with our community and lot's of new stuff coming. If you're interested in stepping in to lead the way, or just want to help out, reach out to Jennifer.


Next up, Fundraising for September. We have a few events coming up.

First up, This coming Saturday, September 11th, at the Eldorado cafeteria starting at 10AM our annual Mattress Fundraiser! Featuring brand name mattresses and bedding and our band is supported by a portion of the proceeds. This is a great fundraiser we've been doing for a few years and we encourage you to share with family and friends! The more that gets sold the more our band makes!


Next, September 25th, our annual Car Wash! Invite Friends and Family to bring their car down to Firestone on Montgomery for a car wash and some great music by our band while you wait! This is another great opportunity to come volunteer to help our band out. We have two shifts for this event and I'd encourage you to join us by Signing Up Here.


Last for September, and an easy event, our monthly dining out held this month at the California Pizza Kitchen. Here's a copy of the flyer to bring in person, or as an image on your phone. All day long, all you have to do is order and enjoy!


Not getting the Texts? Log into Charms and make sure you add everyone's cell phone so we can reach you.

Forgot what was in the newsletter? Remember you can find this and all past newsletters on the website at https://www.eldorado.band !


Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Game Friday Night!


Have a great week!

JP


And now, a Word From Mr. Dubbs,


Band Families!


I hope everyone is enjoying your weekend. Please take note of the following announcements as we enter this busy week...


All woodwind and brass playing tests on movement 1 of the marching show were due this past Friday. Late submissions will earn half credit. Percussion and color guard must be in by Friday at 12:30pm.


Monday: No school (Labor Day)


Tuesday: After school rehearsal - 3pm to 5:15pm. Dress appropriately for the weather, have sunglasses, hats, water, sunscreen, and tennis shoes. Again, all athletes must communicate if they leave early or arrive late.


*There will be no clinic for leaders on Wednesday, as previously stated on the band calendar.


Friday: BAND PERFORMS AT WILSON STADIUM FOR THE FOOTBALL GAME!!!!!!!

Report at EHS and be ready for inspection by 5:30pm outside the Activities Office. All woodwind/brass students must have flip folders, instrument and required uniform (see below). Section leaders will show sections where this is and how we do this.


*Flute/Clarinet/Trumpet: You will take your instrument with you on the bus and in the case.


*Saxophones/Trombones/Baritone/Mellophone: You will need to set your instrument (in the case) in the back of the band room during lunch so it can be loaded.


*Color Guard / Sousaphones: You will load your equipment and instruments on the truck during lunch. (If you are gone for a CEC class at that time, please have someone help you with loading your equipment).


*Pit and Battery: These will load the truck that morning after zero hour. We will get assistance from the concert band when you have to leave for first period.


*WE NEED A LOADING CREW TO LOAD THE EQUIPMENT TRUCK FOR FOOTBALL GAMES AND COMPETITIONS. (About 10 to 12 students). Please talk to Mr. Dubbs on Tuesday if you did not sign up on Friday.


VERY IMPORTANT: All students will travel to and from the football game ON THE BUS together! Occasionally, a student who is in a sport may meet us at the stadium from their other event. This all of course needs to be approved by me well in advance. Students will be dropped off at EHS and need to be picked up there when we return from the game. Our boosters will send out a text via CHARMS about 20 minutes before we return to school. Please plan on being there on time to pick up your child when that text is sent. Typically that will be around 9:30PM. Our chaperones and staff have families to get home to and they can't leave until the students are accounted for. Also, DO NOT park in the circle drive, as our buses will be parking there.


MASKS: All students must have a mask with them to wear in the building and on the bus. You will not need to wear it at the game.


ALSO...We MUST have all paperwork, permission form, etc. in from students by Thursday. We need to have this on file before we leave on Friday.


Uniform for this game: All students are to wear blue jeans, NO HOLES IN THEM, their marching band t-shirt (tucked in), and tennis shoes (no specific color). NO HATS OR SUNGLASS AT THE GAME. *This will of course change when our actual performance shirts arrive. We will then be in full uniform.


Saturday: MARCHING REHEARSAL- 8am to 3pm (at EHS)

This is our only Saturday practice and is mandatory. If you are on an EHS team sport, have a game that day, and either need to arrive late or leave early because of this, please notify me via email (dubbs@aps.edu) by Tuesday. This is a VERY important rehearsal, as we will be adding choreography to our existing drill and working on making a more cohesive production.


*The boosters will be providing a pizza and salad lunch for the students that day at 11:30am. Thank you!!!


ALSO SATURDAY...We will be having our mattress fundraiser in the cafeteria. Please tell your family and friends about this event. Covid safety protocols are set in place. It is a fantastic fundraiser for our band. There are great mattresses at terrific prices.


Thanks very much for your attention to everything. Enjoy the rest of the Labor Day weekend.



WE ARE ELDORADO!


Mr. Dubbs


Weekly Newsletter - August 29th, 2021


Happy Sunday Band!!


BAND IS BACK!! What a great day yesterday to hear our kids play!


Huge shout out to the Stehling's for running a very successful Flea Market, and many thanks to all of the families that jumped into help with the Flea Market and the Marchathon yesterday. Your efforts helped us raise over $5000 for our band!!!!


As we walk into September, there's more to come as we get into playing at football games and preparing for BandTober (yes, it's a thing)!


Our next big fundraiser our annual Mattress Sale is coming up on September 11th. This is a great event to share with family and friends; we'll get that flyer out to everyone soon. The band gets a great cut of each mattress sold and this organization only sell brand name a great quality mattresses. More to come!


Volunteers and Chaperones - a quick note. For those of you who are looking for the Unsupervised process, we are still waiting on APS. For the sake of having something on the books while APS gets their process together (there's a lot going on...) I would ask you to go ahead and go through the Supervised Volunteer process if you need to renew, or your doing it for the first time. It's quick, easy and costs $12 to do. Send those to me when you get the email.


Great to see everyone yesterday. Well Done All!

Have a great week!

JP


And now, a Word From Mr. Dubbs,


Band Families!


Thank you all very much for supporting us at our annual Flea Market and March-A-Thon fundraiser yesterday! This is always one of my favorite events of the year. It was great to see our students marching again through the surrounding neighborhoods and for our community members cheering us on and supporting us. Our students did an outstanding job! It is very tiring but they pushed through and did a great job.


I would like to thank all of our parent volunteers for their help as well! We are very fortunate and grateful for those who took the time to assist in making this event possible. A big thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Stehling for organizing the flea market logistics. Also, thanks to those who helped set up/sell items, walk along with the band (Mr. Bowdoin and his parent crew keeping everyone safe), assist with water, take pictures, donate items, spread the word to the community, and to Mrs. Wiseman for organizing the treats for students when we returned. Everything was terrific!


LOOKING AHEAD...

Friday, September 10:

First football game performance for the Eldorado Band!!! More details to come about report time, uniform, etc.


Saturday, September 11:

Marching rehearsal with Mr. Montoya-guest clinician, from 8am to 3pm. This is required of all band students and is our only Saturday practice. If there are athletes with games, please keep me posted if you will be arriving late to practice or leaving early for a game, as we need to know right away. We will be going over lots of new material that day.


Our mattress fundraiser will also be taking place in the cafeteria that day. Please spread the word.


This Week:

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

*Woodwind players interested in auditioning for the section at letter "U" in the marching band show, will play for us that day.


Tuesday-Marching rehearsal from 3pm to 5:15pm


*OPENER and FIGHT SONG TESTS* Details will be posted in Google Classroom Monday on how to submit your recording. Here are the codes for the Google Classrooms:


Marching Band: egtkend

Concert Band: y6lgx5o

Jazz Band 1: guhzgqq

Jazz Band 2: bb26q2r

Jazz Band 3: 5q4t4dy


Fees:

Please make sure you have received a statement from our booster organization in your email for the band booster costs. Send questions to Mr. Dencklau (treasurer@eldorado.band).


Class fee: Many of you have paid this. $60 (checks made to Eldorado High School). These go to me.


Eligibility:

Students must have at least a 2.0 and NO F's by the end of the 6 week grading period to participate in our marching competitions this fall. It is VERY IMPORTANT that everyone is doing your work in your other classes. If you are having issues, please see me immediately.


Thank you all for your continued support!


WE ARE ELDORADO!


Mr. Dubbs


Weekly Newsletter - August 22nd, 2021


BIG WEEK BAND!! Read On!


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!! The Flea Market and Marchathon are this Saturday! Parents and Families, we need your help as this is a huge fundraiser for our band and kicks off the year for us. We are very short of all positions needed. Please come join us on Saturday; we need folks with trucks, folks with canopies for setup, folks to help setup and sell. We have split the day up into shifts to make it easy on everyone's time. If you can spare a few hours, go HERE and sign up to help our kids!!


Looking for information on the Flea Market, what to bring, when to bring it? Here's that page. Everyone, please share that page with friends and family, facebook, instagram, etc!!


Next up, And I'm looking at you my dear friends, our seasoned veteran volunteers, you usual suspects, that have helped with Marchathon in the past. We need a few adults to help Tomorrow Afternoon with our student leaders to help hang door hangers along the route. The Marchathon is big this year because we haven't done it in what feels like a decade!! We want to let all our neighbors know we are coming This Saturday!! If you have time tomorrow afternoon to help, we're still working the plan, but shoot me an email at president@eldorado.band.


Last item from me this week. Jeremy has put out new statements to everyone via email. Please read them carefully as there are specific instructions in the email on what to look for. Questions? Send us an email.


Have a great week!

JP


And now, a Word From Mr. Dubbs,


Parents and Students,


We are now finished with our opening production of the marching show. Some students who missed Friday will be going over the last two sets with us on Monday and Tuesday. Woodwind and Brass students....there will be a quiz on the opener/fight song that will be due a week from today. Sunday, August 29. The Google Classroom will soon be set up and students will submit recordings through that. An assessment for color guard and percussion will be due soon as well. (Stay tuned for the due date).


Here is the schedule for the week:


Monday - Sectionals after school (Woodwind and Brass)

2:35pm to 3:15pm. (section leaders will be working with sections on our show music, as well as "Cold Hearted" and "Louie Louie". Those will be played at the march a thon Saturday.


Tuesday - Marching practice after school-

3pm to 5:15pm - Reminder! DRESS APPROPRIATELY for rehearsal. Tennis shoes, shorts, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and WATER.

Also, students in athletics should remind me that morning if they have a game, etc. and will be leaving early or arriving late.


Wednesday - EHS OPEN HOUSE(Virtual this year). Email with details will come from the school.


Thursday - DRUMLINE PRACTICE (NEW)- 4pm to 5pm at EHS. Drumline students, please notify Ryan if you have a conflict. I believe that Mr. Merrill has communicated with you about this already.


Saturday - Flea Market and March-a-Thon!!!

Parents, please note information stated from Mr. Bowdoin about drop off of items this week or the morning of.


STUDENTS - You will need to report in the EHS student parking lot (east of the administration building) by 8:15am. You are REQUIRED to wear your new EHS band shirt, shorts (black athletic shorts are preferred or khaki shorts are fine- no shorts with holes in them), and tennis shoes. You may wear hats and sunglasses as well. Everyone should have Cold Hearted, Louie Louie, and the EHS fight song. If you have them memorized, even better!


We will step off at 9am and should be back around 10:45am. We will have snacks in the courtyard and a brief presentation out there as well. Plan on staying until 11:30am please.


Lockers, Name Tags, School Instruments, etc.

Students should all have combination locks for their storage locker. The combination and locker number should be given to our band VP, Mayli. If you have trouble connecting with her, give it to me.


All instrument cases, percussion stick bags, and color guard flag bags should have a tag with your name and contact info on it.


If you have a school instrument, please make sure you have given the check out form to me. Most of you have this taken care of.


Fees:

Please make sure you have received a statement from our booster organization in your email for the band booster costs. Send questions to Mr. Dencklau (treasurer@eldorado.band).


Class fee: Many of you have paid this. $60 (checks made to Eldorado High School). These go to me.


Eligibility:

Students must have at least a 2.0 and NO F's by the end of the 6 week grading period to participate in our marching competitions this fall. It is VERY IMPORTANT that everyone is doing your work in your other classes. If you are having issues, please see me immediately.


Keep improving everyone, stay positive, be kind, and help one another!


WE ARE ELDORADO!


Mr. Dubbs


Weekly Newsletter - August 15th, 2021


Hello Band Families,


Lot's to cover this week everyone... First up, a quick update for Volunteers. The process is slow as APS district and Eldorado administration are getting the year started. We will drive on by supporting our kids and the volunteer process as it comes. Stay tuned, you haven't been forgotten! For those of you running through the online only ($12/Supervised) version, just send those to me when you get the email of completion.


Next up, Flea Market is coming in two weeks on August 28th! The Flea Market is one of our premier fundraisers for the year. We need a lot of parent volunteers to help with this event!! We have the day split up into easy shifts, but this is definitely a many hands event. You can help in a couple ways. First, share THIS LINK with friends and family, on facebook, etc.. This has all the details for the event, what we need, and what we don't, when and where! NEXT, we need volunteers! You can sign up HERE on our Signup Genius Page. Shifts are only a few hours long and you'll be helping our band get off to a successful start to the year!!


That same day, we have our annual March-a-thon and we need a few volunteers for that event as well. Sign Up HERE if you're interested in helping march with the kids, keep them hydrated and collect donations along the parade route. This event will run from 9-12 ish.


Our First Football Game is THIS THURSDAY (WHOOHOOO!!) For those of you who are signing up to be Unsupervised Volunteers, and want to Chaperone for our football games, please go signup HERE for the games you can participate in.


Another quick note from Fundraising. Another of our very big fundraisers this is our annual Luminaria and Poinsettia Sale, and starting early helps! We need folks willing to help fold luminaria bags. If you're willing to help with this great fundraiser, reach out to Jennifer at fundraising@eldorado.band for more details.


Have a great week!

JP


And now, a Word From Mr. Dubbs,


Parents and Students,


We will be on a regular school schedule starting this week. I appreciate the students' efforts in making our adjusted schedule last week possible. I hope everyone is ready to move forward and work hard in their classes.


Here is our schedule this week:

Monday- Sectionals for woodwind and brass students are CANCELED this week. Thank you for understanding. We will begin those next Monday.


Tuesday- First Tuesday marching practice from 3:00pm to 5:15pm. (Athletes, please see the other email that went out today for you regarding Tuesday practices and other events this season). Everyone needs to bring water bottles, have sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, and tennis shoes for the rehearsal. We do have a water/popsicle break at 4:00pm, but everyone should still have their own water bottle as well. (Please bring a snack for after school if needed).


*Section leaders/Drum Majors - We will also have a brief meeting after at 2:30pm that day before the rehearsal.


Thursday- Football Game at Wilson Stadium. Students will meet at 5:30pm for inspection and will then load buses for the game. Woodwind/brass students are expected to have their instrument and flip folder. THE FLIP FOLDER MUST BE LABELED WITH THEIR NAME. Parents will receive a text about 15 minutes before we arrive back at school from the game. Please make sure you plan on being at the school parking lot no later than 9:30pm. Our chaperones are volunteering their time and have to get home as well. PARENTS, PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN THE CIRCLE DRIVE IN FRONT OF THE SCHOOL, AS BUSES WILL BE PARKING THERE WHEN WE RETURN.


*BUS LISTS WILL BE UP THIS MONDAY OUTSIDE THE BAND ROOM. Students will sign up on a bus list and are required to stay on that bus for the remainder of the marching season.


*The uniform for this game will be the new band t-shirt (that we had at the parent performance), jeans (no holes in the jeans), and tennis shoes.


Friday- NO ZERO-HOUR. We do not have zero-hour on Friday if there is a game on a Thursday night. The band room will still be open by 6:30am if anyone still needs to be dropped off at that time.


Fees: Please be reminded that booster fees and class fees are separate. Remember to make payments for the booster fees through the Charms system. If you have questions or issues with that, please reach out to our treasurer, Mr. Dencklau at treasurer@eldorado.band.


Class activity fees ($60) should be made to Eldorado High School and given to me. I Students can find me later in the day to get a receipt.


Finally, section leaders need to meet with Mr. Dubbs on Thursday for a few minutes at lunch. I will have door hangers to give you and a map of our march-a-thon. We will discuss the process and timeframe of distributing those this coming weekend.


I hope everyone has a great week!


WE ARE ELDORADO!


Mr. Dubbs


Weekly Newsletter - August 8th, 2021


Hello Band Families,


Many thanks all of the volunteers that helped make Band Camp a success. Band is a community and our Eldorado Bands are successful because of our amazing young musicians, fantastic directors and staff and wonderful parents like you all making it happen!! It's going to be a great season and I know we're all looking forward to more!


A couple quick notes from me. We need more unsupervised volunteers! Unsupervised means a higher level of background check and involvement with the band. Think Chaperones. If you are interested or want to learn more, send me an email and let's get the process rolling. We also need more supervised volunteers too! Want to just help out with an event? Serve pizza to the kids? Help out with the upcoming March a Thon or Car Wash? This volunteer process is quick and easy and you can go do it today by starting Here. For those of you already working for APS, just have Eldorado added to your endorsements!


March-a-thon and Flea Market are coming on August 28th! The Flea Market is one of our premier fundraisers for the year. You've already heard and will hear more about the costs of supporting our kids. Flea Market takes a village to pull off and we need YOU to jump in and volunteer your time for that event. Typically we need 30-50 adults in shifts to make this community event a success for our band. I'll share a signup in the next several days. We'd Love for you to volunteer to help. It's a very fun day and a great way to kick off marching season! More to come....


Mr. Dubb's covers it below, but I do want to just place an emphasis on everyone getting into Charms for a few reasons. 1. Make sure your family info is complete and accurate. Communication is Key! (Pro Tip; want to add other folks like grandparents or other care givers in so they receive the communication? Easy to do, just log in and add them as another adult!). 2. Keep up with your billing statement. It helps us help our Band! Have concerns, or need to chat about your bill? Please reach out. We want to work with you.


One last VERY important note on Permission Slips. In the nicest way, we MUST have your students permission slip in order for them to participate. Unfortunate as it may be, if we don't have that in hand, your student can't even step foot on the bus to head for that first marching event here in just a short couple of weeks. If you have not turned yours in yet, make that happen PLEASE! Get that signed form to Mr. Dubbs THIS WEEK! Many thanks to those of you who have gotten your paperwork done.


Very excited for the start of the season! GO ELDORADO!!

Have a great week!

JP


And now, a Word From Mr. Dubbs,


Parents and Students,


Congratulations to our students on completing the 2021 EHS Band Camp! We are incredibly proud of what our students were able to accomplish in such a short period of time. I hope everyone has enjoyed their time off since our parent performance on Tuesday evening.


It was great seeing everyone Tuesday evening! Thank you to our Booster Board members and parent volunteers with your help that evening. As Mr. Dencklau mentioned briefly that night, bills for booster fees will be emailed out to families through our CHARMS system. Those fees help cover our marching show production, music, staff, some repairs, equipment, etc. You should have received a band statement in your email on Saturday - however, there was an issue discovered with the billing in Charms after those statements went out. Those that were billed, were billed correctly, however a good number of students were not billed for their performance fees. Also, marching shoes were not included in that statement. Look for a new statement to come out this week with correct billing.


The Band Activity fee ($60) can be sent in the first day of school and will be due by August 20. These fees will cover some of our bus fees, band t-shirts, and some of our uniform cleanings. If a check is brought in for this, they should be made to Eldorado High School. Cash is accepted as well. I will issue students a receipt when I receive this. Please let me know if you have any questions.


Soar Day: August 10th

Percussion students should arrive no later than 6:45am to take the percussion equipment off of the truck and get ready for our performance for the 9th grade students.


Woodwind, Brass, and Color Guard students should arrive no later than 7:00am to get their instruments and get set up for our performance.


REGARDING OUR PERFORMANCE, we will be performing out in the courtyard, not in the gym. Students must wear their new band t-shirt, shorts, and tennis shoes. Keep in mind that the shorts must be the length of the school dress code. We will be done by 7:40am. At that point, all students who are not freshmen are excused after all equipment/instruments are put away. Freshmen can then put their instrument away and join the rest of the freshmen in the gym.


****ALL STUDENTS MUST REMEMBER THAT CURRENT APS GUIDELINES REQUIRE THAT ALL STUDENTS AND STAFF MUST WEAR MASKS INSIDE APS BUILDINGS****


Although we will have a different class schedule the first 3 days of school (emailed to the families from the school), we will still have zero hour marching band those days. All marching band students, with the exception of the students in the Pit section, will be expected to be at the field by 6:28am, ready to begin. The Pit students will be in the band room the first day with our percussion instructor, Ryan Merill. All students should make sure they have tennis/athletic shoes for rehearsal. They may bring a change of shoes for later if necessary.


Our annual EHS Band Flea Market and March-A-Thon is on August 28! Please tell your friends and family to donate any unwanted items they have for this event. More details will be out soon for the band and what our march-a-thon time frame looks like but in the meantime, plan on meeting at the school no later than 8:15am and we should be done by 11:30am. Thank you in advance to all of our parent volunteers working behind the scenes to make this great fundraiser successful for our students and our program.


We realize there may be many questions about various topics. If you have questions about anything, please email me at dubbs@aps.edu and I will do everything I can to answer questions you may have. I am confident we will have a terrific school year!


WE ARE ELDORADO!


Mr. Dubbs


Weekly Newsletter - August 1, 2021

Parents and Students,


We finished week 2 of band camp very strong! Even with changing our location and not being able to practice on a field, the students made the best of the time we had together and improved their basic marching technique, competition music/pep tunes, and color guard improved on their skills and routine as well. They are all making great improvements.


We want to thank the administration and custodial staff at Jackson Middle School for accommodating our band last week. Many thanks as well to Mr. Snowden for coordinating our visit with everyone over there. They were very gracious hosts. Thank you again to Mrs. Claspell for bringing water each day and to Brianna Wiseman for picking up and serving breakfast burritos to the students and staff on Wednesday morning. We appreciate the boosters providing those for us.


*BEFORE WE DISCUSS THE PLAN FOR THE WEEK, PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING...

We were just informed last night that due to the rain and lightning we had, the Netflix crew will be filming at EHS today. IF by chance the weather goes sour today, they will have to film tomorrow. If that does happen, we will cancel band camp for Monday. WE WILL KNOW THE FINAL DECISION LATE AFTERNOON OR HOPEFULLY EARLY EVENING. Please check your email this evening to see what the plan is. We apologize for the inconvenience this is causing everyone and appreciate your flexibility and patience. Please understand that it is out of our control and we did not foresee this happening.


If we are ok for tomorrow, here is the plan...

Monday will be a full day of camp at Eldorado (7:30am to 4:30pm)! Woodwind, brass, drumline, and color guard students will need to meet on the marching field by 7:30am. Pit students will start rehearsal down in the orchestra room. We will begin learning drill to our competition show. We have spoken to the students and let them know that some sections will have 2 students learning the same spot and will alternate performances. We do this each year to make sure all spots are covered and it works out well.


Regardless of what happens to our schedule tomorrow, we will meet on Tuesday from 7:30am to 11:30am. Students will then return at 5:45pm and will review material we will perform up at the field. The parent meeting begins at 6:00pm in the PAC. We will then have parents come up to the field around 7:00pm for the performance.


**PLEASE NOTE** Anyone entering APS buildings must be in a mask, based on recent guidelines from the district.


Our booster board will be sharing lots of information about our program, how and when parents can pay booster fees/class fees, and what volunteer opportunities are available for the program.


Students will be receiving TWO band t-shirts tomorrow or Tuesday. They are the exact same shirt. This shirt will be worn under our marching uniform and for special events such as the march-a-thon, pep band games, and the car wash. Students will also wear this shirt for the performance on Tuesday evening. This shirt will also be worn for our Soar Day performance on August 10. Details on this event were shared in last week's email and will be shared again next week.


Students should have a combination lock for their band locker by now. Key locks will not be allowed. A combination lock will ensure that If they do not have that and have not set that up with our student band vice president, they should do that by Monday. Students can see me or Mr. Snowden if they have questions about this. Also, make sure all woodwind and brass students have their instrument case labeled with an instrument name tag/luggage tag.


Thank you for your continued support of the EHS Band Program! We look forward to seeing you Tuesday.


WE ARE ELDORADO!


Mr. Dubbs


Weekly Newsletter - JULY 18th, 2021


Hello Band Families!!


I'll be brief as Mr. Dubbs has a lot to read today. It was great to see everyone at the picnic yesterday!! What a fantastic way to kick off this new band year! Thanks to everyone who signed up to volunteer; for those that didn't get a chance we'll need plenty of help so stay tuned. I'll have more info coming as we get band camp up and running. Parents, the ONE event I want you to have on your calendar is the Parent Meeting on August 3rd, 6PM in the PAC. This is a very important and I'll call it required meeting for our families; band isn't a class, it's a lifestyle! And we'll share all things Band at that meeting.


Have a great week!

JP


And now, a Word From Mr. Dubbs,


Band Families,


BAND CAMP IS HERE! We are very excited to be back working with the students again. Our leaders met yesterday to prepare music and review our marching basics. These students will be great role models for the band and are ready to get to work.


Please note the following updated information as of 7-16-21 from the district regarding the use of masks and bell covers:


1. Face coverings shall be worn at all times. The only exception is for fully vaccinated individuals. A person is considered fully vaccinated when they reach two weeks after their second dose of Pfizer and Moderna or two weeks after their one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. In order to not be required to be in a mask or use a bell cover at all times, a student will need to show us their vaccine card. (Students will only need to do this once)


2. Masks shall be worn at all times by all persons not fully vaccinated.


3. Social distancing shall be in effect to the greatest extent possible while not engaged in competition (instruction or performance)


It was great seeing all who made it to our band picnic last night. We look forward to seeing and meeting more of you at our parent meeting and student performance on Tuesday, August 3rd at 6:00pm. That meeting is very important and will have information about our booster program, volunteering opportunities, band fees, etc.


Please make sure that you visit our website at www.eldorado.band to get connected with the Google calendar. We highly encourage everyone to sync your calendar to our band Google calendar so you know about all events. You can print a hard copy from our website as well. Our full camp schedule is on the website too. I have received some emails from those students who may be missing part of camp due to an appointment, etc. Thank you for sending those. COMMUNICATION IS KEY! We will do our best to have our staff and student leaders get all students up to speed on anything you miss.


WHERE TO MEET TOMORROW:

Students may park or be dropped off at the south parking lot, near the PAC (off of Juan Tabo). This may take place for this week but will then need to be changed to the north lot, as Netflix will be back on campus. We will remind everyone of that next week. There is a large cement structure that says "Eldorado" in that parking lot. That is where students will be dropped off.


PLEASE BE HERE BY 7:20AM IN THE BAND ROOM SO WE CAN START ON TIME! We will have student leaders showing students where to go when you are dropped off.


WHAT TO BRING:

Dress appropriately for marching outside.

Wear tennis shoes/athletic shoes. NO FLIP FLOPS, SANDALS, BOOTS, HIGH TOP SNEAKERS, etc.

Bring a large water bottle labeled with the name of the student.

Bring a hat and/or sunglasses.

Bring a bottle of sunscreen! (probably best to label that with a name as well)

Bring your instrument and accessories (valve oil, reeds, etc)

**In the next couple of days, we will be checking out band lockers to all band and color guard students. Students may store their instrument, etc. in those when the instrument is not taken home. A COMBINATION LOCK will be required to get a band locker. Try to do that in the next day or two. More information about band lockers will be out soon.


BAND CAMP SCHEDULE:

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


FRONT ENSEMBLE/ PIT STUDENTS (NON-MARCHING PERCUSSION):

Please remember the revised camp schedule for you that Ryan sent out. Let me know if you did not get that or reach out to him.


**SECTION LEADERS**

Please plan on being at school no later than 6:50am. Look for an email to you all later today with more specifics.


Again, we are excited about the 2021/2022 Eldorado Band Program this year and look forward to seeing everyone at band camp!


WE ARE ELDORADO!


Mr. Dubbs

Weekly Newsletter - JULY 11th, 2021

Happy Sunday Band Family!


This is your WEEKLY newsletter that we will send on every Sunday around noon. This email will Always be filled with important information and links for our students and parents.


**I promise these will get shorter. Please Read The Entire Newsletter! Band Is Back!**


Some of you are wondering, “Have I missed anything?” You aren’t. Of the important things I’ve sent out, you should have received a link to our Uniform Form, that we need filled out by Monday, July 19th. I also sent out a first round info email on Friday with a Text as well. That said, we want to make sure we’re communicating with everyone so reach out to us if you, or someone else in the band isn’t seeing these emails.


First up. The Calendar. Subscribe! We’ve already made a couple adjustments to Band Camp dates on July 29, and 30. Get subscribed so you get all of the updated information.


Next, Our Band Website! Home of the Handbook, the Newsletter, the Calendar, and a lot of other great answers to all questions about Band. Check it out, we will keep it updated as we go.


CHARMS, our band management site. This is where we track all of the students and families for communication and billing. You will use the site to keep your information up to date and pay fees for band as they come up. **New Members, you will receive an email from our Board Secretary with instructions on accessing Charms for the first time. Look for that email in the next day or two and reach out if you have any questions or did not receive.


VOLUNTEERS! There’s a lot you can read on our website so I’ll be brief. WE NEED YOU! We have critical positions that must be filled. With Band Camp right around the corner, We need Chaperones, Water Crew, Drinks and Popsicles, and our first big event coming up, the annual Flea Market! This event is a HUGE fundraiser for us that not only needs lots of volunteers to help, but we need a talented volunteer LIKE YOU to Lead and Manage the event. If you’re interested in this job, we need your help! To get started as a volunteer, whether you are new or need to renew, please fill out this application HERE. This form will be used to get the process started with APS.


**Volunteering with the Band is a blast! It gets you into the action with our kids and what a great way to be involved with them!! Please join us!


BAND CAMP! Remember that Band Camp is Required for All Students. Please reach out to Mr. Dubbs if you have any questions or concerns. You can read about Band Camp on our Website and Mr. Dubbs has a lot to go over below. Again, subscribe to the Calendar and review Band Camp Dates and Events.


Come join us at the annual Band Family Picnic at El Oso Grande Park on July 17th, 6PM. This will be a BYOF (Bring your own food) event. Bring a picnic and come meet your fellow band members and families. On behalf of the Board and the Band Directors, we are looking forward to visiting with all of you!


JP Bowdoin

Band Booster President



And now, a Word From Mr. Dubbs,


Band Families!


Welcome to the 2021/2022 Eldorado Band! We are so excited to be back this year, welcome new and old faces, and continue making the Eldorado Band the amazing group that it always has been. As we get started this year, please understand that our booster board, parent volunteers, Mr. Snowden, and I have spent a great deal of time planning for the year. We are still in the process of making sure communication is getting to all families, so be patient. In the meantime, make sure you visit our website at www.eldorado.band and get the google calendar synced to your devices.


Band Camp 2021 is around the corner! Please note some important announcements about band camp. If you have other specific questions, you may send an email to me at dubbs@aps.edu.


The schedule for band camp can be found here:

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


DROP OFF, PICK UP, and PARKING AREAS FOR CAMP:

All students will need to park or be dropped off at the North lot of the campus (off of Cairo). Entry off of Juan Tabo will not be allowed until August 2. This is due to the Netflix production vehicles. For those who have not been to the music building, we will have student leaders guiding new students from the North lot on the first morning you arrive.


*NOTE the updated schedule on July 29 and 30. Due to Netflix filming at Eldorado, we will be meeting at Jackson Middle School from 9am to Noon on those days. Park or be dropped off on the west side of the school. The address is 10600 Indian School Rd. NE 87112. As with camp at EHS, make sure you have a ride to pick you up right when we are done.


Students should remember to bring the following to camp:

-A large jug of water, labeled with their name (camelbacks can be worn

-wear tennis shoes every day to camp (no boots, slip-on shoes, flip flops, or sandles will be allowed)


-A hat


-Sunscreen


-Color Guard...bring all equipment that has been checked out to you.


-Reed Instruments (make sure you have 3 to 4 functioning reeds at all times throughout the year. The plastic reeds work well for clarinet and saxophone for marching band. Most likely, you can get away with using 1 or 2 of these throughout the course of a season. These are a little more expensive but hold up very well through the season. Wooden reeds can/should be used for concert and jazz groups. Section leaders will guide those who need it on what is best. Make sure have a swab and swab out your instrument EVERY DAY. Bring a pencil each day. We will distribute flip folders for music at camp.


-Brass Instruments- make sure you have valve oil, slide grease, etc. We will assess mouthpieces students play and may make recommendations if needed.

Bring a pencil each day. We will distribute flip folders at camp.


-Percussion - Have a stick bag for your sticks/mallets. Percussion will Also, have a 3-ring binder with plastic sheets for your music.


*Have a positive attitude each day! This will be a new experience for MANY of our band students. Be patient and understanding with yourself for all of the new information we will be teaching you. It will be awesome!


If you contacted me already about missing a day or two due to other events, thank you. Please reach out to me immediately if this applies to you. We will do our best to get you caught up on what you miss.


Again, we are very excited to meet and work with you. I know we will have an amazing year and that YOU will make a positive contribution to our program. THE ELDORADO BAND IS BACK!!!


WE ARE ELDORADO!


Mr. Dubbs

SUMMER NEWS - SPECIAL EDITION - JULY 9th, 2021

HELLO BAND FAMILIES!!

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

First up, Welcome to all of our new band members and your families. Communication is VERY important and there's going to be quite a bit in the next few weeks. It's imperative that your contact information (phone numbers, email addresses) be accurate in Charms. If you are unfamiliar with Charms, reach out to us, or click HERE for more info. We will regularly Text and Email. We promise to only send important information.

Next, Welcome Back to all of our returning students and families! It's been a while, so for you all, Please hop into Charms and make sure you're information is up to date!!

As we get going this summer, I need EVERYONE to visit our Band Website at https://www.eldorado.band. Everything you need to know can be found here. We keep this site active and filled with important information. Please Subscribe to the Band Calendar!

BAND CAMP

Band Camp is REQUIRED for all members. If someone has a small conflict, appointment, etc., please let the directors know so they can plan accordingly. All Band Camp sessions will meet at the EHS Performing Arts Center.

July 17 - 8AM - 3PM: Section Leaders & Drum Majors (8AM - 3PM)

July 17 - 6PM - 8PM: Band Family Picnic - El Oso Grande Park **More Details To Be Sent**

July 19 - 7:30AM - 11:30AM: New Members (Freshmen, Sophomores, and anyone new to our program

July 20 - 7:30AM - 4:30PM: New Members (Freshmen, Sophomores, and anyone new to our program

July 21 - 7:30AM - 4:30PM: ALL MEMBERS

July 22 - 7:30AM - 4:30PM: ALL MEMBERS

July 23 - 7:30AM - 4:30PM: ALL MEMBERS

July 26 - 7:30AM - 4:30PM: ALL MEMBERS

July 27 - 7:30AM - 7:30PM: ALL MEMBERS (Pizza dinner provided, pep band rehearsal from 5:30 to 7:30PM)

July 28 - 7:30AM - 11:30AM: ALL MEMBERS (Half day)

July 29 - 9:00AM - 12:00PM: ALL MEMBERS - JACKSON MIDDLE SCHOOL

July 30 - 9:00AM - 12:00PM: ALL MEMBERS - JACKSON MIDDLE SCHOOL

Aug 2 - 7:30AM - 4:30PM: ALL MEMBERS

Aug 3 - 7:30AM - 11:30AM: ALL MEMBERS (Parent Meeting and student performance at 6:00PM) ***Families Need to Attend!***


You're almost there, this is a long one....

Coming soon to an inbox near you...

  • You'll be receiving email with the forms each student will need to turn in by the Parent Meeting on August 3rd at 6pm.

  • We need a family member to join us for the Parent Meeting on August 3rd. We will be going through all things Band

  • There will be a few evening social events for the students during Band Camp - more details coming as we get closer to Band Camp.

  • We need VOLUNTEERS!!! Band simply can't run without the support and help of our parents and family members. Look for an email with more information on how YOU can help our Band!

Thanks for reading this far. This is the first of many during this busy Band Camp Season.

More to come, and GO EAGLES!!

JP Bowdoin

President Band Boosters

WEEKLY NEWS - MAY 16th, 2021

Parents and Students,

The graduation ceremony and senior parade were both great successes. Thank you to those students who were able to play at the parade this past Thursday. We appreciate it very much. Thank you as well to Mr. Snowden for leading the group as I was driving my senior through the parade!

Sophomores and juniors who are applying for section leader and/or officer positions, must have their application turned in by TODAY, May 16, at 5:00pm.

Students below met the qualifications for receiving a band letter, bar, or jazz patch. Students who are in person with this week will receive them in their classes. Others may have a sibling pick them up or may stop by from 1:45pm to 2:15pm this Monday or Tuesday. If those times do not work, please send me an email at dubbs@aps.edu and we can schedule another time.

Cade Gutierrez
Duncan Kincaid
Savannah Phelps
Mallory Connell
Trevor Dowding
Melina Vugrin
Katie Bowdoin
Elise Allen
Cameron Galdony
Mina Gentry
Alex Knigge
Katie Moore
Nick Orr
Isabelle Dominguez
Ella Dowding
Sydney Snowden
Kimberly Whiston
Anne Webb
Ryan Dencklau
Ellie Suo-Anttila
Jacob Olivas
Luke Muller
Amaya Arellano
Nick Moore
Levi Vugrin
Kate Dubbs
Katelyn Lewis
Avery Manginell
Waverly Bourgeois
Vic MacMahon
Scarlet Tvedt
Dee Archuleta
Andra Smith
Kayla Rains
Katelin Moser
Trevor Dowding
Savannah Phelps
Bodhi Davis
Connor Claspell
Andrew Hubbard
Raven Smith

Monday or Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:25pm

Zero Hour Final:

All students will need to fill out the zero hour final that is in the Google Classroom by Wednesday, May 19 by 12:00pm.

Zero Hour this week...

MONDAY - NO ZERO HOUR

TUESDAY - 7:00am - Students who have school instruments and ARE NOT returning to the program next year, must check in their instrument (cleaned and in the same condition as it was checked out). If instruments are not properly cleaned, students will be required to take it home and clean it again.

WEDNESDAY - 7:00am - Students who have school instruments and WILL BE CONTINUING in band next year, must have them cleaned, checked in, and then can be reissued to them.

THURSDAY and FRIDAY - NO ZERO HOUR

SUMMER BAND CAMP, PERCUSSION PRACTICE, COLOR GUARD PRACTICE:

The EHS Marching Band camp will take place at Eldorado on the following dates:

July 17 - Section Leaders and Drum Majors (8am to 3pm)

July 19 - New members (Freshmen, Sophomores, and anyone new to our program) 7:30am-11:30am

July 20 - New members (Freshmen, Sophomores, and anyone new to our program) 7:30am-4:30pm

July 21-23 - ALL MEMBERS (7:30am-4:30pm)

July 26 - ALL MEMBERS (7:30am-4:30pm)

July 27 - ALL MEMBERS (7:30pm-4:00pm, pizza dinner provided, pep band rehearsal from 5:30pm to 7:30pm)

July 28 - ALL MEMBERS (Half Day) 7:30am-11:30am

July 29 - ALL MEMBERS 7:30am-4:30pm

July 30 - ALL MEMBERS 7:30am-4:30pm

Aug. 2 - ALL MEMBERS 7:30am-4:30pm

Aug. 3 - ALL MEMBERS - 7:30am to 11:30am (Parent meeting and student performance 6:00pm)

*Band Camp is required for all members. If someone has a small conflict, appointment, etc., please let us know so we can plan accordingly.

*We may have a few percussion and color guard rehearsals over the summer for those that are in town so we can begin fundamentals.

COMPLETE BAND CALENDAR 2021-2022:

We are working on finishing our band calendar now and hope to have much of it set this week. However, we may not know until mid-June or July about the dates for football games or the Pageant of Bands marching competition. Once APS releases that information, we will add it to our calendar.

To keep updated with the band calendar, please make sure that you are signed up for the EHS band Google calendar. This can be completed at https://www.eldorado.band/calendar.

We hope everyone has a great last week of school and wish you the best of luck on finals. Thank you all for your resilience throughout this challenging year. We look forward to working with those returning at band camp.

WE ARE ELDORADO!

Mr. Dubbs