On Saturday, October 19th, the Dowling Catholic Vanguard concluded their season with “the double” … performing in both the State Marching Band Contest and in the Waukee Invitational.
In the afternoon, they had “their best performance so far this year,” according to Mr. Hoover, in his post-march comments to the students. It resulted in a Division I rating, which was Dowling’s 17th consecutive, dating back to 2002.
In the evening competition, they topped it. For the third straight year, DCV won the Waukee Invitational, placing first overall out of 13 4A schools. They also won the caption award for Best Winds!
Dowling Catholic Vanguard competed at the annual Valley Showdown on Saturday night (October 12th) as part of Valleyfest and captured 5th place!! Vanguard received the highest score in their class for Music General Effect; 3rd in Percussion and 3rd in Horn Line – amazing job!
Special congrats to Drum Majors Nick Bindel & Lauren Pogemiller for winning Best Drum Majors out of ALL Class 4A bands!!
August 30 – Football Game v Waukee (Valley Stadium)
September 7 – Eden Prairie Colors Invitational (Eden Prairie, MN) 13 – Football Game v Johnston (Valley Stadium) 21 – Johnston Invitational (Johnston, IA) 28 – BOA Regional at UNI (Cedar Falls, IA)
October 4 – Football Game/Homecoming v Des Moines Lincoln (Valley Stadium) 12 – Valleyfest (West Des Moines, IA) 18 – Football Game/Senior Night v Des Moines Hoover (Valley Stadium) 19 – State Championship (morning) & Waukee Invitational (evening) (Waukee, IA)
Dowling Catholic Vanguard will be competing in the Prairie Colors Marching Festival on Saturday, September 7th in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. The band will be departing that morning and returning that evening – exact times TBD.
If you don’t want spend 7 1/2 hours driving to and from the competition, sign-up to ride the DCV fan bus! An extra charter bus has been reserved this competition for DCV family and fans to accompany DCV on this trip.
The cost to ride the bus will be no more than $50 per person (maybe less if we fill the bus) and the cost will be charged to your family’s band account. Deadline to sign-up is Friday, August 2nd.
UPDATED NOTE: The fan bus is confirmed. A few seats still remain. Signup link below is still open. Trip details will be emailed to those who signed up, but it will mirror the DCV schedule.