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!

The DAC Bands are ready to begin the 2017–2018 school year! The first rehearsal for the Chesterton area will be Tuesday, August 15 at Saint Patrick School in Chesterton. Symphonic Band will rehearse from 2:45 to 4:00, Intermediate Band from 4:00 to 5:00 and Beginning Band from 5:00 to 6:00. Rehearsals for the Michigan City area will begin on Thursday, August 17 with Beginning Band practicing from 4:00 to 5:00, Intermediate Band from 5:15 to 6:30 and Symphonic Band from 6:45 to 8:00. We're looking forward to getting started on the next part of our musical journey! 
Summer band lessons for students who are new to the DAC Band Program will begin on Monday, July 10 in the Chesterton area and Tuesday, July 11 in the Michigan City area. Chesterton area lessons will be held at St. Patrick's School in Chesterton and lessons in Michigan City will be held at the Holdcraft Performing Arts Center (formerly Elston middle school). For lesson class schedules please go to the "Student forms" page and check either the Chesterton area or the Michigan City area summer band form. All students in grades four through 12 are welcome, please contact the band director with any questions you may have. 
Coming up is the DAC Band annual spring show. This year our show will be the "Awesome Eighties" and we will be giving four performances for our spring tour 2017. On Monday, May 15 we will be giving two performances at the Elston Performing Arts Center for students in the Michigan city area - one beginning at 9:45am and one beginning at 12:45pm. On Thursday, May 18 we will be performing at St. Patrick's School in Chesterton with the show beginning at 8:45. On Sunday May 21 we will give our final performance for family and friends at the Elston Performing Arts Center - the show will begin at 5:00pm. Everyone is welcome to come and see the DAC Bands take their trip through the "Awesome Eighties"! 
The next performance for the DAC Bands is coming up soon! On Sunday March 19th we will be performing our sixth annual "Bands in Review" concert at the Elston Performing Arts Center in Michigan City.
The concert will feature the Beginning, Intermediate and Symphonic Bands and will begin at 5:00pm with admission of $5 per person. All family and friends are welcome to attend!
The dress rehearsal for our annual Bands in Review concert will be on Saturday March 18th at the Elston Performing Arts Center. The following is the schedule for the rehearsal.
Beginning Band     5:00-6:15
Intermediate Band 6:00-7:15
Symphonic Band    7:00-8:15
We will be taking band pictures on Thursday March 16th at the Elston Performing Arts Center.  The following is the schedule for each band:
Beginning Band     3:45-5:15
Intermediate Band 5:15-6:45
Symphonic Band    6:45-8:15
2016 Christmas Program
Pictures (and soon, video!) of our 2016 Christmas Program are now available on-line.  What a great concert at a wonderful new venue.  We hope you enjoyed attending our program as we did performing it for you...

Upcoming Events - See our "Schedules" page for events and details...

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 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!

  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 the Elston Performing Arts Center in Michigan City (1200 Spring St. 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. 


Bands in Review - March, 2014

Recent concerts are posted on our website under "Past Concerts".  Click Here...