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DAC BAND SPRING SHOW
 Coming up for the DAC bands will be our annual spring show. This year our show will be the "Awesome Eighties" and we will be giving four performances on our spring tour. On Monday, May 15 we will give two performances at the Elston Performing Arts Center in Michigan City for students in the Michigan City area. On Thursday, May 18 we will give a morning performance at St. Patrick's School in Chesterton. On Sunday, May 21 we will give our final performance for family and friends at the Elston Performing Arts Center. The Sunday show will begin at 5:00 - everyone is welcome to come and see the DAC bands take their trip through the "Awesome Eighties"!

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 musical cheer will begin at 11 AM - please come and 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 be held on Saturday, December 17 at the Elston Performing Arts Center in Michigan City. The Brass Choir will rehearse from 12:30 to 1:00, Symphonic Band will rehearse from 1:00 to 2:15, Intermediate Band from 2:00to 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 concert will begin at 5 PM. Admission will be five dollars - all friends, family and members of the public are welcome. Please come and help us celebrate the season with music with the DAC bands. 
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!
BAND INSTRUMENT TRYOUT MEETING
AN INSTRUMENT TRYOUT MEETING FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN JOINING THE DAC BAND PROGRAM WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY JUNE 8TH 3:30PM AT SACRED HEART CHURCH IN LAPORTE (130 BACH ST. LAPORTE, IN 46350).  AT THIS MEETING THE VARIOUS CONCERT BAND INSTRUMENTS WILL BE DEMONSTRATED AND THE STUDENTS WILL GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO TRY THE INSTRUMENTS THEMSELVES. A PACKET OF INFORMATION REGARDING THE DAC BAND PROGRAM WILL BE GIVEN TO PARENTS AS WELL AS INFORMATION IN SIGNING UP FOR DAC BAND. (IF A STUDENT HAS ALREADY TRIED THE INSTRUMENTS AT A SCHOOL WHERE DAC BAND IS CURRENTLY DOING LESSONS THEY WILL NOT NEED TO ATTEND THIS MEETING) THE DAC BAND WELCOMES ALL INTERESTED STUDENTS GOING INTO GRADES 4-12 FOR 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR.
 
DAC SPRING SHOW PERFORMANCES
THE DAC BANDS WILL PRESENT THEIR FIRST EVER SPRING TOUR IN MAY - THIS YEAR'S THEME IS "DAC BAND ON BROADWAY".   SCHOOL PERFORMANCES WILL BE GIVEN ON MONDAY MAY 16TH AT ST. PATRICK SCHOOL IN CHESTERTON AND QUEEN OF ALL SAINTS SCHOOL. ON THURSDAY MAY 19TH THE BAND WILL PERFORM AT ST. STANISLAUS SCHOOL, ST. PAUL LUTHERAN SCHOOL AND NOTRE DAME SCHOOL ALL IN MICHIGAN CITY.  THE FINAL PERFORMANCE FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS WILL BE THE EVENING OF MAY 22ND AT TRINITY CHRUCH.  THE CONCERT WILL BEGIN AT 5:00PM - EVERYONE IS WELCOME!
 

DAC CHRISTMAS CONCERT 2014

posted Nov 8, 2014, 9:39 AM by Karen Rainey

THE DAC BANDS WILL PRESENT THE FOURTH ANNUAL "MUSIC OF THE SEASON - A CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION" ON SUNDAY DECEMBER 7TH IN BARKER HALL ADJACENT TO TRINITY CHURCH IN MICHIGAN CITY (600 W FRANKLIN MICHIGAN CITY 46360). THE CONCERT WILL BEGIN AT 5:00PM AND WILL FEATURE THE BEGINNING, INTERMEDIATE AND SYMPHONIC BANDS.  ADMISSION FOR THE CONCERT IS $3 FOR ADULTS AND $2 FOR CHILDREN AND SENIOR CITIZENS.

DRESS REHEARSAL FOR DAC CHRISTMAS CONCERT 2014

posted Nov 8, 2014, 9:34 AM by Karen Rainey

The dress rehearsal for the fourth annual DAC Christmas concert will be on Saturday December 6th in Barker Hall at Trinity Church in Michigan City.  The following is the rehearsal schedule:
 
                                                BEGINNING BAND    1:30-2:45
                                                INTERMEDIATE BAND     2:30-3:45
                                                SYMPHONIC BAND         3:30-4:45
                                                WOODWIND CHOIR        4:45-5:15                              

Dress Rehearsal for DAC Christmas Concert 2013

posted Dec 1, 2013, 1:54 PM by Karen Rainey

The dress rehearsal for the DAC Christmas concert of 2013 is on Saturday December 14th at Barker Hall - Trinity Church in Michigan City (600 Franklin St.)
The following is the rehearsal schedule:
                Beginning Band        1:30-2:45pm
                Intermediate Band   2:30-3:45pm
                Symphonic Band      3:30-4:45pm
                Brass Choir              4:45-5:15pm
    

2012 Christmas Concert/Dress Rehearsal dates

posted Oct 29, 2012, 6:27 PM by Jeffrey Herr

This year's 2012 Christmas Concert will be Sunday, December 16th in Barker Hall at Trinity Church in Michigan City.  Dress Rehearsal will be the day prior, Saturday, December 15th, also in Barker Hall.
More details forthcoming...

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WELCOME BACK!!

posted Sep 13, 2012, 10:01 AM by Jeffrey Herr

WE ARE READY TO START THE  NEW SCHOOL YEAR WITH OUR FIRST REHEARSALS
 
                                                                            CHESTERTON
The first rehearsal for Chesterton will be on Tuesday August 14th at St. Patrick School. (640 N. Calumet  Rd. Chesterton 46304) Beginning Band will practice from 3:00-4:00pm and Intermediate/Symphonic Band will rehearse from 4:15-5:30pm.
 
                                                                  MICHIGAN CITY/LAPORTE
 
The first rehearsal for the Michigan City/LaPorte area will be Thursday August 16th at Trinity Church (600 W. Franklin Michigan City 46360) Beginning Band will meet from 4:00-5:00pm, Intermediate Band will practice from 5:15-6:30pm and Symphonic Band will rehearse from 6:45-8:00pm.
 
 
LESSONS - The additional small group lessons for all students will begin after Labor Day.  Students will receive more information on their lessons either in school or by email.
 
We're looking forward to a great year of music and fun!  This year, in addition to our concerts, we are exploring opportunities to perform at different events in the Porter/LaPorte county area.  And, of course, we will be doing our big annual spring show in May.  Please contact MissRainey with any questions you may have - see everyone at rehearsal!

2012-2013 tentative performance dates

posted Sep 13, 2012, 9:42 AM by Jeffrey Herr   [ updated Dec 13, 2012, 8:44 PM by Jeffrey Herr ]

THE FOLLOWING ARE THE TENTATIVE PERFORMANCE DATES FOR THE 2012-2013 SCHOOL YEAR:

  • CHRISTMAS CONCERT – SUNDAY DECEMBER 9TH OR 16TH
  • SOLO CONTEST (VOLUNTARY) – SATURDAY FEBRUARY 9th
  • BANDS IN REVIEW CONCERT – SUNDAY MARCH 10 OR 17TH
  • SPRING SHOW PERFORMANCES – THURSDAY MAY 16th AND SUNDAY MAY 19th

OTHER DATES MAY BE ADDED AS OPPORTUNITIES FOR PERFORMING COME UP.  PARENTS WILL ALWAYS BE INFORMED WELL IN ADVANCE OF ANY PERFORMANCE DATES.

Summer Band Signups and Information

posted May 30, 2012, 6:06 AM by Jeffrey Herr   [ updated May 30, 2012, 6:19 AM ]

Beginners in the DAC program generally start in our summer band session. Any students beginning their music instruction in the fall (rather than the summer) 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.

During the summer, DAC Band offers lessons at the following locations: students in the Chesterton area may attend summer classes at St. Patrick Schoolin Chesterton, students in the Michigan City area may attend lessons at Trinity Episcopal Church in Michigan City and students in the LaPorte area may attend lessons at Sacred Heart Church in LaPorte. 

Band sign up meetings are Wednesday May 30th - Trinity Episcopal Church (6th and Franklin Michigan City 46360) 5:00-6:00pm and St. Patrick School (640 N. Calumet Road Chesterton 46304) 7:30-8:30pm.
For more details, view the Summer Band Info.

Band Wear now available!

posted Jan 22, 2012, 3:30 PM by Jeffrey Herr   [ updated Jan 22, 2012, 3:32 PM ]

The official "Band Shirts" are baseball jerseys and will have our band logo on the front.  Every student will need to purchase a shirt as they will now be a part of our band uniform.  The cost of the shirt is $10 - I already have all the shirt sizes from the forms you filled out at the beginning of the year. Money for the shirts will be due on Tuesday January 31st for Chesterton students and Thursday February 2nd for Michigan City students.
Also available, but NOT required are band jackets and band hoodies.  Miss Rainey sent out a letter with all the information and prices on the jackets and hoodies including an order form at the bottom of the page.  There is also information regarding putting names on the jackets or hoodies should anyone want to do so. (Names will not be available on the band shirts) Also in the letter are the dates on which students will be able to try on jackets for size and to see the different linings.  (Sample hoodies will not be available but should follow usual basic sizes)  I will need some parent help on these dates to help any students who would like to try on jackets and to take any jacket or hoodie orders. Please let me know if you will be able to help with this.
Attached you'll find a copy of the band logo design.  The picture on the left is the design as it will appear on the shirts and hoodies (although the hoodies will be gray) and the picture on the right is as the design will appear on the jackets which will be black satin. 
As always, please contact me with any questions you may have at director@dacband.org

New rehearsal room!

posted Nov 16, 2011, 7:11 AM by Jeffrey Herr   [ updated Nov 16, 2011, 7:11 AM ]

We now have a permanent room to use at Trinity!  
We will be able to have our Wednesday lessons and our Thursday rehearsals in this room on a regular basis without having to put our equipment away when we are done. And yes, some of the older kids have asked, this room DOES have heat - YEAH! (Last year up in Barker Hall in the winter it got alittle COLD). Our room is located on the main floor of the church just a few doors down from where we had summer band. This also means we will be using a different door to get into the church - the following describes which doors to use. 
Students will use a door coming off of Franklin St. - not the one off of 6th St. You do not use the double red doors that face Franklin but instead go down a long sidewalk that leads up to the church and go up a few stairs to a roofed area. Once under the roof you turn left and go in the doors there. Once in the door students need to go TO THE RIGHT - GOING TO THE LEFT ONCE INSIDE THE BUILDING WILL PUT YOU IN AN AREA OF THE CHURCH THAT HAS AN ALARM SYSTEM. There will be signs inside and outside the building showing everyone where to go.

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