Details on the DAC Band Program

Locations

The DAC Band Program is currently based in three areas – Chesterton, Michigan City and LaPorte.

During the summer, DAC Band offers lessons at the following locations: students in the Chesterton area may attend summer classes at St. Patrick School in Chesterton, students in the Michigan City/LaPorte area may attend lessons at the Elston Performing Arts Center in Michigan City. 

During the school year, DAC Band students attend a weekly rehearsal – those in the Chesterton area practice on Tuesdays at St. Patrick School and those students in the Michigan City/LaPorte area attend rehearsals on Thursdays at the Elston Performing Arts Center in Michigan City. Each student also attends a small group lesson once a week – for students at St. Paul Lutheran, Queen of All Saints, St. Stanislaus, Notre Dame and Renaissance Academy, music lessons are held during the school day at the student’s school. Lessons for students at St. Patrick School will be held after school. Music lessons for home and public school students will be offered in Chesterton (on Monday afternoon/evenings) Michigan City (Wednesday evenings) and LaPorte (on Wednesday afternoons).

STUDENTS/PARENTS MAY CHOOSE WHICH LOCATION THEY WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND

FOR REHEARSALS THE CHOICES ARE CHESTERTON AN MICHIGAN CITY - FOR LESSONS PARENTS MAY CHOOSE BETWEEN CHESTERTON, MICHIGAN CIRY AND LAPORTE.

CHESTERTON AREA
ST. PATRICK SCHOOL
640 N. CALUMET ROAD
CHESTERTON , IN 46304                                                      

MICHIGAN CITY/LAPORTE AREA
ELSTON PERFORMNING ARTS CENTER
1200 SPRING ST.
MICHIGAN CITY, IN 46360

LAPORTE AREA
SACRED HEART CHURCH
130 BACH STREET
LA PORTE, IN 46350


Costs of participation

SUMMER BAND - $95.00   -     This covers six weeks of music instruction during the months of June, July and August.  Beginners start their instruments at this time in small groups of like instruments and learn the basics of reading music. Advanced members attend summer band  to continue to use and expand their playing skills.

FALL BAND - $385.00 For first student of a family, $330 for a second student and $300.00 for each additional student      

 - This covers all lessons, rehearsals and performances throughout the entire school year.  This works out to be approximately $5.00 per music lesson/rehearsal. The tuition is the same regardless of how many instruments a student plays or how many bands in which a student participates.  This also covers any extra help or lessons a student may need.

INSTRUMENT – VARIES      It is the responsibility of each student to obtain a band instrument.  The cost of the instrument will depend on the instrument that is chosen, the quality/brand name and whether it is new or used. A student is free to get an instrument anywhere they choose – however, it is recommended to check with the band director on brand names and price.

FUNDRAISER RESPONSIBILITY -  $90     Each student is responsible for $90 for the band account.  This is used for items necessary to the band program such as music, equipment, music stands, etc.  Students may pay the fundraiser fee OR they can choose to participate in our main fundraiser – our candy sale.  Students who choose this option automatically meet their fundraising obligation by selling a certain amount of candy.


FALL PRIVATE LESSONS –    $15 per lesson - ONLY NEEDED FOR THOSE BEGINNERS WHO ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND SUMMER BAND

Beginners in the DAC program generally start in our summer band session.  Any students beginning their music instruction in the fall will need to set up private lessons – this way they can get individual help in order to move to where the rest of the year’s beginners will be.  Music lessons can be set up with the band director at a cost of $15 for a half hour lesson.  When a student has achieved the level needed to move into small group lessons (and begin attending weekly rehearsals) the yearly tuition ($385, 330 or 300)) will be prorated to the time the student comes into the full band program.

Who can join the DAC Band
Any student entering or currently in grades four through twelve is welcome to join the DAC Band Program. The different performance levels of the program allow for a variety in the ages of the participants. What each student needs most is the desire to learn, work with others and the readiness to have fun with the music. 

The DAC is concert band organization and gives music instruction on the following instruments:
  • FLUTE
  • OBOE
  • BASSOON
  • CLARINET (BASS CLARINET)
  • SAXOPHONE (ALTO, TENOR AND BARITONE)
  • TRUMPET (CORNET)
  • FRENCH HORN
  • TROMBONE
  • BARITONE
  • TUBA
  • PERCUSSION (DRUMS)