Band Aid Fundraiser

Dowling Catholic High School’s award winning Band program provides students with opportunities to learn, grow and perform in a great team environment. The program relies upon donations made at the Deep Maroon Serenade (February 16 at the Adventureland Palace Theatre) and through the Band Aid campaign that follows the event. We are counting on you to help current and future students enjoy this amazing opportunity.

This year, we are raising funds to finance the following “Bare Necessities of the Band”:

  • Completion of Vanguard Sound Amplification System ($18,500)
  • Full Year Adjunct Staffing Funds ($10,000)
  • School Owned Tenor Sax ($2,500)
  • School Owned Bass Clarinet ($2,400)
  • School Owned Concert French Horn ($3,500)
  • Vanguard Props for the 2020 Show ($5,000)

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

Thank you for supporting the Dowling Catholic High School Band. 

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Deep Maroon Serenade

Please join us on Sunday, February 16th, 2020 for our annual Deep Maroon Serenade concert and fundraiser!

See the DCHS Jazz Bands and more!!

Doors Open at 1:30pm
Show Starts at 2pm

New Location!
Adventureland Palace Theatre – 3200 Adventureland Drive, Altoona, Iowa

Deep Maroon Serenade is a once a year fundraiser to keep our band’s bare necessities fulfilled and up to date.  Financial gifts of any amount will help us keep the music and the Dowling spirit alive and well in the 2020-2021 school year!

A FREE performance of the Dowling Catholic Bands, Chamber Ensembles, Jazz Ensembles, and the Jazz Choir!

Optional reserved seating available!  Tables of 8-10 guests can be reserved upon request for $50 per table. Reserved tables ensure you have seating together for ALL of your family and friends and are generally closely located to the performance area.  

To reserve a table please email:

Orders for DCHS Band Collages will be taken onsite. You can also order online by clicking on this link.

2019 Iowa All-State Band & Orchestra

The following DCHS students were selected for the 2019 Iowa All-State Band & Orchestra: Jude Borromeo (trumpet), John Cahalan (trumpet), Emily Nguyen (clarinet), Annamaria Dimon (violin), Jordan Fortelka (1st alternate- trumpet) and Lily Leyser (1st alternate – clarinet). All-State musicians and vocalists will perform in the 73rd Annual Iowa All-State Music Festival Concert at Iowa State University’s Hilton Coliseum Nov. 23. Congratulations to all!

DCHS Students Selected for 2019 Iowa All-State Band & Orchestra

DCV Posts 3rd Championship in a Row at Waukee

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.

DCV Seniors celebrate their win at Waukee!

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!

Photos from the day:
State Competition
Senior Mass & Dinner
Waukee Invitational

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Valleyfest Results!

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!!

More pictures and videos from Valleyfest are available: Rehearsal & Clap Out Photos, Performance Photos, & Marching Video.