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...
CHRISTMAS CAROLS AT BARNES AND NOBLE
Members of the DAC Bands will be performing Christmas carols at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Valparaiso on Saturday, December 3. The Christmas cheer starts at 11 AM - please come join us in supporting the Saint Patrick school book fair and the DAC bands. 
DRESS REHEARSAL FOR CHRISTMAS CONCERT
 The dress rehearsal for our annual Christmas concert will take place on Saturday, December 17 at the Elston Performing Arts Center in Michigan City. The Brass Choir will rehearse from 12:30 to 1:00, the Symphonic Band will rehearse from 1:00 to 2:15, Intermediate Band from 2:00 to 3:30 and Beginning Band from 3:15 to 4:30.
DAC BAND CHRISTMAS CONCERT
 The DAC bands will present our sixth annual Christmas concert- "Music of the Season, a Christmas Celebration" , on Sunday, December 18 at the Elston Performing Arts Center in Michigan City. Our theme this year is "Angels and Bells" and the performance will begin at 5pm. Admission for the concert is five dollars, all friends and family members as well as members of the public are all welcome . Please come and join us in celebrating the season with the music of the DAC bands. 
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!

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 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 and sign up for the 

 

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!