ISU Clinic Info

Cyclone Academy 
June 14-15, Iowa State University

ISU Band

2019 Registration Is Open! Must be completed by May 24. Registration is online only.  LINKS BELOW


  • All  Drumline Members (pit and battery) for Percussion track.** Before registering, ALL DRUMLINE MEMBERS NEED TO TALK WITH or EMAIL MR. HOOVER for direction re: which instrument and level to select on the registration form.**
  • All Color Guard Members for Colorguard track. 
  • All Rookie Horn players (brass and woodwinds) for Marching Fundamentals track.

If you are in town, we strongly recommend you attend this camp. Kids will have top-notch instructors, learn marching fundamentals and drills all in a fun, laid back environment. 

Follow this link to sign-in and register. (insert link)

Bus transportation will be provided for all Dowling Catholic participants except those riding with his/her parents. Bus expense will be charged per student based on the total number of students riding the bus. 

Friday, June 14
Bus leaves from DCHS approx. 7:00 a.m. and returns to DCHS after camp dismisses at 6:00 p.m. 

Car pools will be arranged to transport summer school students to ISU after classes dismiss. These students will return via bus at the end of the day. 

Saturday, June 15
Bus will depart DCHS approx 8:00 a.m. Return to DCHS via car pools following the Cyclone Academy performances.  

Any volunteers willing to help drive students to Ames at noon on Friday OR from Ames to DCHS after the performances on Saturday, please email Gabrielle Cahalan


  1. Click on Link to Appropriate Academy
  2. Click on Register
  3. Login or Create an Account
  4. Complete forms —  Which will again ask you to select which Academy your child will attend. 

Cyclone Percussion Academy

Cyclone Color Guard Academy

Cyclone Marching Fundamentals & Leadership Academy

2019 Award Winners

Senior Awards

Front L-R Joshua Nguyen; Sarah Degen; Jane Ancona; Katherine Greening; Marcus Castellano
Back Row L-R Bailey Leyser; Jonathan Musel; Kaleb Roberson

The John Philip Sousa Band Award  – Kaleb Roberson
The Louis Armstrong Jazz Award  – Alex Schwarte
Patrick S. Gilmore Band Award –  Marcus Castellano
The Reubin Alcoy Memorial Award – Katherine Greening
The Most Improved Senior Award – Jayne Ancona
The Service and Commitment Award  – Sarah Degen
The Woody Herman Jazz Award – Jonathan Musel 
The Quincey Jones Musicianship Award – Joshua Nguyen
The Good Samaritan Award – Bailey Leyser

Freshmen, Sophomore, & Junior Awards

The Michael Cargill Jazz Scholarship Award – John Cahalan (Freshman)  
Sean Runyan Memorial Scholarship Award – Aidan Bird (Junior)
Directors Award for Band Freshman – Zuzia Wheeler
Directors Award for Band Sophomore – Luke McIlhon
Directors Award for Band Junior – Stephen Cahalan

2018-19 Year End Video

2019 Year End Video Direct Link:

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Winter Guard

On March 29th, the Color Guard performed at the First Annual Iowa Winter Marching Arts Showcase! A video of their performance is below.
The Showcase included both independent and scholastic soloists and ensembles by wind and percussion players as well as color guard performers.

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!