WELCOME TO
THE DUNELAND AREA COMMUNITY BAND
PROGRAM
 

The DAC Program is a musical organization open to all students interested in learning about the world of music through participation in a concert band.  Students in grades four through twelve are invited to explore different musical styles while receiving musical instruction on a concert band instrument of their choice.  The DAC bands are always open to new students and we encourage you to learn more about us by checking out our website.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.  We hope you will join us on our musical journey!


Upcoming Events - See our "Schedules" page for events and details...
FALL REHEARSALS BEGIN FOR 2016
The start of rehearsals for the DAC Bands are coming up fast! Rehearsals for the Chesterton area will begin on Tuesday, August 16 at St. Patrick's School in Chesterton. Times for this first rehearsal will be Symphonic Band 2:00 - 3:15, Intermediate Band 3:15 to 4:15 and Beginning Band from 4:15 to 5:15. Starting on Tuesday, August 23 we will move to our regular rehearsal times, Symphonic Band 2:45-4:00, Intermediate Band 4:00-5:00 and Beginning Band from 5:00-6:00. Lessons for Chesterton area students will begin on Monday, September 12 .
 Rehearsals in the Michigan city area will begin on Thursday, August 18 at the Elston Performing Arts Center in Michigan city. Beginning Band will meet from 4:00-5:00, Intermediate Band 5:15 to 6:30 and Symphonic Band from 6:45 to 8:00. Lessons for the Michigan city area students will begin the week of September 5th. 
WE'RE MOVING!
We are excited to moving our Michigan City area location to the Elston Performing Arts Center!  We are VERY grateful to the Young People's Theatre Company for the use of their beautiful facilities!  Michigan City area summer band lessons will be held here (1200 Spring St. Michigan City 46360) as well as band rehearsals in the fall.  We are looking forward to working with everyone at YPTC and excited about the many performances to come!

SUMMER BAND FOR NEW STUDENTS
Summer lessons for new students will begin the week of July 11th.  Chesterton area students will meet at St. Patrick School in Chesterton on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning July 11th.  Michigan City area students will meet at the Elston Performing Arts Center at 1200 Spring St. in Michigan City on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning July 12th. Please see the summer band forms on the Student Forms page for instrument lesson times.
SUMMER BAND FOR CHESTERTON AREA RETURNING STUDENTS
Summer Band for Intermediate and Symphonic Band students in the Chesterton area will begin on Monday June 27th at St. Patrick School in Chesterton.  Intermediate Band will meet from 1:00-2:30 and Symphonic Band from 2:00-3:30. 
DAC TOUR 2016
We're taking our show on the road!  The DAC Bands will be performing their annual spring show at five schools in the Duneland area - on Monday May 16th we will be performing at St. Patrick School in Chesterton and Queen of All Saints School in Michigan City and on Thursday May 19th we will play at St. Stanislaus School, St. Paul Lutheran School and Notre Dame School all in Michigan City.  On Sunday May 22nd we will give our final performance for family and friends in Barker Hall at Trinity Church in Michigan City - the concert will begin at 5:00pm.  Our theme this year is "DAC Band On Broadway" and we are very excited to be hitting the road in 2016!
BANDS IN REVIEW CONCERT
The DAC Bands will present the fifth annual Bands in Review concert on Sunday March 13th in Barker Hall at Trinity Church in Michigan City.  The performance will feature the Beginning, Intermediate and Symphonic Bands and will begin at 5:30pm. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for senior citizens.
REHEARSALS IN 2016
Rehearsals and lessons for DAC Band will resume the week of January 4th.  Student lesson schedules will remain the same as before Christmas - Rehearsals for the Chesterton area will remain on Tuesdays at St. Patrick School and rehearsals for the Michigan City area are on Thursdays at Trinity Church. 
FIFTH ANNUAL DAC CHRISTMAS CONCERT
THE DAC BANDS WILL PRESENT THE FIFTH ANNUAL "MUSIC OF THE SEASON - A CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION" ON SUNDAY DECEMBER 6TH IN BARKER HALL IN TRINITY CHURCH OF MICHIGAN CITY.  THE PERFORMANCE WILL FEATURE THE BEGINNING, INTERMEDIATE AND SYMPHONIC BANDS AS WELL AS A GUEST APPEARANCE BY THE COMMUNITY CHILDREN'S CHOIR.  THE CONCERT WILL BEGIN AT 5:00PM - ADMISSION IS $3 FOR ADULTS, $2 FOR CHILDREN AND SENIOR CITIZENS.
BARNES AND NOBLE PERFORMANCE
MEMBERS OF THE DAC BANDS WILL BE PERFORMING CHRISTMAS CAROLS AT THE BARNES AND NOBLE IN VALPARAISO ON SATURDAY DECEMBER 5TH.  THE CHRISTMAS CHEER WILL BEGIN AT 10:30.
FIRST FRIDAY CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCE
THE DAC BRASS CHOIR WILL BE PERFORMING CHRISTMAS CAROLS IN FRONT OF TRINITY CHURCH IN MICHIGAN CITY ON FRIDAY DECEMBER 4TH.  CAROLS WILL BEGIN AT 6:00 AND THEN THE PERFORMERS WILL MOVE TO THE SOUTHERN SHORE ART GALLERY TO SPREAD MORE MUSICAL CHEER.
FIRST FRIDAY PERFORMANCE
MEMBERS OF THE DAC SYMPHONIC BAND WILL BE PLAYING FOR "FIRST FRIDAY" IN DOWNTOWN MICHIGAN CITY ON SEPTEMBER 4TH.  WE WILL BE PLAYING OUTSIDE OF TRINITY CHURCH (6TH AND FRANKLIN ST.)BEGINNING AROUND 5:00PM. PLEASE COME OUT AND START YOUR LABOR DAY WEEKEND WITH SOME MUSIC FROM THE DAC BAND!

WEEKLY REHEARSALS BEGIN FOR DAC BAND
WE ARE READY TO START THE SCHOOL YEAR FOR 2015-16!  REHEARSALS FOR THE DAC BANDS WILL BEGIN ON TUESDAY AUGUST 18TH FOR THE CHESTERTON AREA AND THURSDAY AUGUST 20TH FOR THE MICHIGAN CITY AREA.
        CHESTERTON REHEARSALS WILL BE HELD AT ST. PATRICK SCHOOL IN CHESTERTON. THE TIMES FOR THE FIRST REHEARSAL WILL BE A LITTLE DIFFERENT FROM THE REGULAR TIMES DUE AN EARLY DISMISSAL AT ST. PATS. FOR AUGUST 18TH THE SYMPHONIC BAND WILL PRACTICE FROM 2:00-3:15, INTERMEDIATE BAND FROM 3:15-4:15, AND BEGINNING BAND FROM 4:15-5-15. STARTING ON AUGUST 25TH THE REHEARSAL TIMES ARE AS FOLLOWS: SYMPHONIC BAND 2:45-4:00, INTERMEDIATE BAND FROM 4:00-5:00, AND BEGINNING BAND FROM 5:00-6:00.
      MICHIGAN CITY AREA REHEARSALS WILL BE HELD AT TRINITY CHURCH IN MICHIGAN CITY. BEGINNING BAND WILL PRACTICE FROM 4:00-5:00, INTERMEDIATE BAND FROM 5:15-6:30 AND SYMPHONIC BAND FROM 6:45-8:00.
       LET'S START 2015-2016 WITH MUSIC!
SUMMER BAND PROGRAM
The DAC summer band program for new students is in full swing and is going into the fourth week of lessons.  Summer band for Intermediate and Symphonic Band members in the Michigan City area will begin on Monday August 3rd at Trinity Church in Michigan City.  Intermediate Band will meet from 4:15-5:45 and Symphonic Band will meet from 6:00-7:30.

HOW TO JOIN DAC BAND - SUMMER BAND SIGN UPS
  The DAC Band program is pleased to offer a summer band program to start new students off on their musical journey.  The summer band sessions allow students to attend lessons of like instruments: this in turn allows each students to establish a strong foundation in her/his playing before the school year begins.  We offer summer lessons in two locations - St. Patrick School in Chesterton (640 N. Calumet Road Chesterton, IN 46304) and Trinity Church in Michigan City (600 W. Franklin Michigan City, In 46360). Parents can choose whichever location they like - this can be all in one location or any combination of lessons dates and times.  Signing up for DAC summer band it very easy - please see the "How To Join" page to get more information and sign up for the summer program.
 
INSTRUMENT TRYOUTS
The DAC Bands will be holding band instrument tryouts on Wednesday May 20th at 3:30pm at Sacred Heart Church in LaPorte (130 Bach St. LaPorte, IN 46350). All students going into grades four through twelve are welcome.
 
SPRING SHOW PERFORMANCES
  Coming up in May the DAC Bands will present their annual spring show. School performances will be on Monday May 18th 9:30am at St. Patrick School in Chesterton and Thursday morning May 21st 9:30am in Barker Hall adjacent to Trinity Church in Michigan City.  The final performance for family and friends will be the evening of Thursday May 21st at 6:30pm in Barker Hall. Everyone is welcome!

 

Bands in Review - March, 2014


Recent concerts are posted on our website under "Past Concerts".  Click Here...
Interested in seeing the 2013 Christmas concert?  It's available there too!