Band Bash 2021

Dowling Catholic Band Bash

July 26-30, 2021
12:30-2:00 pm daily

Join us for Band Bash!

July 26-30, 2021
12-2:00 pm daily

Held in the Dowling Catholic High School Band Room.
Open to Student Musicians of All Skill-Levels 
Entering Grades 6 – 8 in Fall 2021

A Fun Supplement to Summer Lessons
Meet Musicians from Other Middle Schools
Practice Playing at DCHS 

On the Final Day… 
A Student Pizza Party & Finale Concert for Parents
Directed by Mr. Stephen Holland, Director of Bands 
Dowling Catholic High School

Click here to register today!
Cost: $75

2020 Annual Band Awards

The Dowling Catholic Band program is proud to recognize the following students for their achievements and contributions:

Senior Awards

The John Philip Sousa Band Award  – Nick Bindel
The Louis Armstrong Jazz Award  – Stephen Cahalan
Patrick S. Gilmore Band Award –  Lauren Pogemiller
The Reubin Alcoy Memorial Award – Madison Seda
The Most Improved Senior Award – Erick Sanchez-Oritz
The Service and Commitment Award  – Caleb Reichow
The Woody Herman Jazz Award – Joshua Bartemes
The Quincy Jones Musicianship Award – Jen Sweeney
The Good Samaritan Award – Lucas Johnson

Freshmen, Sophomore, & Junior Awards

The Michael Cargill Jazz Scholarship Award – Nick Celsi 
Sean Runyan Memorial Scholarship Award – Nick Alexander
Directors Award for Band Freshman – Emily Nguyen
Directors Award for Band Sophomore – John Cahalan
Directors Award for Band Junior – Jude Borromeo

Awards & End of Year Videos

Please join us in recognizing our seniors, celebrating the Dowling Catholic Band award winners, and enjoying a review of the 2019-2020 year in pictures.

2020 Senior Recognition and Awards Video

2020 DCHS Band Year End Video

If you are unable to play either of the videos above, here are the direct links to each:

Awards: Click here for Awards Video

Year End: Click here for Year End Video


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Perry Band Olympics 2020

Perry Band Olympics 2020 Grand Champions

Dowling Catholic Band students won the Grand Championship at the Perry Band Olympics on Saturday, February 22, 2020. Student performances are rated, then ranked. Dowling had 24 musicians in the Top Five for their respective categories. Schools in the competition were: Ankeny, Ankeny Centennial, Dowling, Valley, Waukee, Urbandale, Don Bosco, Webster City and Perry.

List of medalists:

  • Nico Antezano – 3rd place 9/10 trombone solo
  • Jude Borromeo – 5th place 11/12 trumpet solo
  • Carson Bump – 2nd place 11/12 tuba solo
  • John Cahalan – 1st place 9/10 trumpet solo
  • Stephen Cahalan – 5th place 11/12 snare solo
  • Kate Cain – 1st place 9/10 euphonium solo
  • Nick Celsi – 1st place 9/10 also sax solo
  • Gabe Cook – 2nd place 11/12 misc percussion solo
  • Jordan Fortelka – 2nd place 11/12 trumpet solo
  • Maya Freking – 1st place 11/12 flute solo
  • Makayla Hanna – 1st place 9/10 mallet solo
  • Sam Hansen – 2nd place 11/12 bassoon solo
  • Allison Harker – 2nd place 9/10 mallet solo
  • Elizabeth Kendell – 3rd place 9/10 bass clarinet solo
  • Jackson Kerkhoff – 5th place 9/10 mallet solo
  • Riley McElroy – 4th place 9/10 bassoon solo
  • Luke McIlhon – 1st place 11/12 tenor sax solo
  • Emily Nguyen – 1st place 9/10 clarinet solo
  • Evan Pollard – 5th place 9/10 snare solo
  • Alex Ryan – 1st place 11/12 mallet solo
  • Libbie Smith – 5th place 11/12 flute solo
  • Jen Sweeney – 3rd place 11/12 trombone solo
  • Drake Tong – 1st place 9/10 snare solo
  • Roger Weng – 2nd place 11/12 mallet solo
  • Sax Choir – 1st place 9/10 large ensemble
    Nick Celsi, Neal Stoll, Nate Strawn, Riley McElroy, Luke McIlhon, Sam Hansen, Toby Olson, Drew Roeman, Bobby Reinsvold, Miles Umstead, Owen Webber

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. 

Click here to donate.