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.
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.
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!