Dowling Bands Win Overall Grand Champion at Perry Band Olympics

Dowling solo and ensemble performers took home the Overall Grand Champion trophy on February 16, 2019, at the 35th Annual Perry Band Olympics.

The Perry Band Olympics is both a competition and a festival – so schools do compete against one another in a way.

Here’s a list of the Dowling performers/groups who WON their categories:

  • 9-10 Tenor Sax Solo A – Riley McElroy
  • 9-10 Mallet Solo A – Alex Ryan
  • 9-10 Horn Solo C – Marion Mathew
  • 11-12 Clarinet Solo C – Joshua Nguyen
  • 9-10 Alto Sax Solo A – Nick Celsi
  • 11-12 Mallet Solo C – Kaleb Roberson
  • 11-12 Trombone Solo B – Alex Schwarte
  • 11-12 Bassoon Solo A – Jayne Ancona
  • 9-10 Large Ensemble B – Clarinet Choir
  • 11-12 Unlike Duet A – Nguyen/Schwarte
  • 9-10 Quartet A – Heaston/Leyser/Nguyen/Nguyen

Dowling finished 2nd in Class I (large schools) with an average score of our top 25 performers of 9.04. This was an improvement of .16 points over last year where DCHS scored an 8.88. Overall, our score this year (9.04) is a bit better than average for our top 25 entries over the years.

All schools in all classes are eligible for the “Grand Champion.” For that award, the average score of ALL students is considered instead of just the top 25. So, every student matters, and division ratings matter more now since we’re including all of our entries. We had 75 entries this year.

This is the second year in a row where DCHS won the grand championship and the 10th since 2005. It was our highest average score per student since Mr. Hoover began keeping records 15 years ago. We scored a 6.227 average score per entry this year, which was 1.227 points ahead of 2nd place.

Congrats to all!

Band Aid… A Student Perspective

During the 2019 Deep Maroon Serenade, DCV Drum Major Katherine Greening shared her perspective on the band, why it means so much to her, and how you can help.

Each year the Dowling Catholic Band depends largely on donations made to the program at the Deep Maroon Serenade and through this Band Aid Campaign.

We are hoping to raise at least $52,000 in donations through these campaigns to purchase:

  • a new sound system for the marching band
  • 10 more marching uniforms to accommodate a variety of student sizes
  • a second matching drum major podium
  • an additional marching contra
  • props for the marching show
  • support for adjunct staffing who help our students prepare for competitions and ensemble performances

Please give prayerful consideration in helping DCHS Band through a contribution to our Annual Band Aid campaign. The link below is a secure online donation which goes directly to the Band Aid account at Dowling Catholic. Your donation is tax deductible.

If you would like to make a contribution the 2019 Band Aid Campaign, please click here.

How Band Benefits Your Brain! A TED-Ed Video

There are many benefits to participating in an instrumental music program — in addition to learning to play an instrument!

  • Self-descipline
  • Leadership Development
  • Service
  • Friendship
  • Enhanced Brain Function
  • Greater Academic Success

Yep! Playing music is like a full-body workout for your brain. It engages almost every aspect of the brain at the same time. The result:

  • Higher Levels of Executive Function
  • Enhanced Memory Function

Check out this Ted Talk:

Link to full website: https://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-playing-an-instrument-benefits-your-brain-anita-collins

Pay Band/Color Guard Accounts Online!

As of this week, there is a new online option for how to add money to your Band/Color Guard account.

You can pay:

  • Directly from a checking account (no fee) OR
  • Using a Credit/Debit card (3% fee)

More information and instructions are at the link below…

Band and Colorguard Account Payments

Holiday Performances

Students have been busy this month with performances at the Choral Concert at the Cathedral, the annual Dowling Christmas Luncheon at the Des Moines Golf & Country Club, and the Christmas Band Concert. Select pictures below and hundreds more online in Zenfoilo. The link, login and password is in every band email!