Monday night, and all is well…

By , August 11, 2014 9:55 pm

Lisa McClellan reports from Band Camp that all is well…  (That’s all the details I’ve got!)

Concessions Signup

By , August 11, 2014 6:16 pm

Volunteers are needed to help with Concessions! Concessions are the Dublin Music Boosters’ top fundraiser, and help fund music programs at all Dublin schools, at all levels. The most visible volunteers are found at the five home varsity football games each season, but DMB provides concessions service for sports year round, for girls’ and boys’ sports.

Please go to and join in the fun!

Fund Drive 9/3/14

By , August 11, 2014 9:50 am

Mark your Calendars!

The 2014 Fund Drive will take place on September 3, from 6:00 – 8:30 PM. Music students will go in teams to canvass assigned neighborhoods to collect donations that help fund music programs throughout the District. Adult drivers are needed as well. Student participation is mandatory (and is also more fun than it sounds)! Wear your summer uniform polo.

Parents, we need your help in two ways: 

First, the Boosters will be providing dinner to the kids, since it will be a tight schedule (practice ends at 5:30PM, the Fund Drive begins at 6:00PM!)  Donations of soda, water, chips, and cookies will help round out the menu.  Please enter this link to access the signup genius:

Secondly, we need drivers!  25-30 drivers are needed to cover our assigned area.  The driver is teamed with 2-4 students, drives students to the assigned neighborhood, and watches (and waits) as the students go door-to-door asking for donations.  At the end of the evening, the driver and students return to Scioto and turn in their donations. A (separate) signup genius will be sent out soon.

Thank you in advance for your assistance making the Fund Drive a success!




Drumroll, Please: How Band Camp Pays Off Later in Life

By , April 21, 2014 10:38 am

Drumroll, Please: How Band Camp Pays Off Later in Life

By Alexandra Sifferlin @acsifferlin

Nov. 06, 2013

If you gave up the clarinet in grade school, don’t worry. Those precious years of musical training still did your brain a favor.

Brains change with age, and these changes can sometimes interfere with our hearing, which in turn impacts how we respond to speech. But new research shows that being a musician — even by the loosest definition of the word — can curb cognitive declines. A new study from researchers at Northwestern University, published in the Journal of Neuroscience connected music lessons in childhood to the way the brain responded to speech later in life.

The researchers asked 44 adults between the ages of 55 to 76 about any musical instruments they played as children, and studied the electrical activity in their brains as they listened to the synthesized syllable, “da.” The scientists focused their attention on the auditory brain stem, the area that processes sensory and cognitive information. And they found that the longer a person played an instrument during childhood, the faster their brains were able to respond to sounds. This was true even though none of the participates had picked up an instrument in almost 40 years. Recognizing speech is a good indicator of cognitive ability, since picking out speech from background noise with relatively little effort is important for daily functioning.

The participants who had four to 14 years of musical training had a millisecond faster response compared to those who had no musical training. A millisecond may seem hardly notable, but the brain is so sensitive to timing, that the difference matters. This means older adults may have slower responses to sounds that change quickly, which means they can’t always understand what people are saying to them.

So even if you weren’t a musical prodigy, those hours spent practicing weren’t a total waste. “This study suggests the importance of music education for children today and for healthy aging decades from now. The fact that musical training in childhood affected the timing of the response to speech in older adults in our study is especially telling because neural timing is the first to go in the aging adult,” said the study’s lead author Nina Kraus in a statement.

Alexandra Sifferlin @acsifferlin

Alexandra Sifferlin is a writer and producer for TIME Healthland. She is a graduate from the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism.

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DSHS MB Featured in Dublin Villager piece

By , September 28, 2013 11:39 am

In case you missed it, check out this great video featuring the Dublin Scioto Marching Band!


Marching Band Competition Etiquette

By , September 13, 2013 9:58 am

We’ve been hearing for a while now that we should send out a “guide” for etiquette at marching band competitions.

Here it is:

Marching Band Contest Etiquette:

Cheer enthusiastically for all bands, but be careful that your cheering does not drown out delicate musical passages or audible drum major signals.


Be very careful of clapping along with the tempo, the sound delay to the field can be really confusing to the performers.

Our performance is not diminished when we applaud others. In fact, just the opposite occurs. Other booster groups see and appreciate our response to their bands and reciprocate with their applause. Reaction from the crowd will encourage the band to perform better and will result in a more enjoyable show for the audience.

Avoid talking or other interruptions or distractions during any band’s performance.

Avoid entering or exiting your seats while a band is performing. At most contests the time for each band is fifteen minutes. Each show lasts around 7 to 9 minutes, so that gives you plenty of time between bands to leave the seating area for concessions or to enter the stadium.

Show a friendly, helpful and enthusiastic attitude toward other fans. Boosters should be the same leaders in the stands they expect their students to be on the field, and vice versa.

Watch the whole show. Observe different elements of the bands performance. Your interest may be percussion for example, but you might be surprised with the work the color guard is doing. Often, several things are going on at once in a show. If you watch a show several times you may see something new on each occasion.

Show up early. This is especially true for supporters of larger class bands. Many smaller class bands have great shows. Arrive early at the next show and see what you have been missing.

Buy something from the concession stand.
In many cases a band competition may be the major source of a band programs yearly budget. They have made a large investment and would appreciate your support. In most cases you will find that the prices are much less than what you will pay at your local movie theater.

It is important to realize that although it is fun to visit with family and friends during a contest, it is unfair to distract other spectators from enjoying the show. This is true at any performance, including a marching band performance. Be respectful of all other spectators and hopefully they will extend you the same courtesy.

Do not allow children to play in the stands and distract other spectators. Obviously, children are the future of this activity. It is good for them to see why big brother and big sister are always at practice and are not at home. However for their safety and as a courtesy to others they should not be allowed to run up and down steps and play in the aisles so others may enjoy the show.

Do not make negative comments about other bands. That color guard uniform that you don’t like may have been made by that guard members mother that is sitting behind you. That man sitting in front of you could be the arranger or drill designer or even the band director. If you don’t have something nice to say then you probably should not say it. Remember how hard your bands members have worked to get their show ready for the field. Chances are that the other bands have worked just as hard to get their show ready.

Do not obstruct the view of others. Please avoid standing in front of people trying to watch the show. If you have a banner to display, try to do so from the top of the stands or in some way that others can still see the bands.

Each contest has its own rules concerning video taping. Please watch signs at the stadium entrance gates and observe the rules. Some contests do not allow taping but do sell professionally produced videos at a cost.

Many contests sell announcements that will be read before each bandʼs performance. With a band our size we can have dozens of these little good luck messages. The time spent reading these messages can really have a negative effect on our performance. The last 2 hours before a performance we trying to get our 102 members to have their energy and mental focus all peak at exactly the right time. The delay to read announcements while we are standing at attention on the starting line can really add to student’s nerves and hurt our chances of success. Here is what we would like to see. The messages are sold as a money maker for the host band. Stop by the sales table and donate a dollar, but ask for no announcement. OR, Give them a dollar and have them wish their own band band “good luck” from Dublin Scioto. (Remember their band is hosting and not in competition at that show)

The most important rule of all! Come see your child perform. They work really hard and whether they say it or not, they love it when you are there to see them perform. COME OUT AND ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE!

Parent Volunteers Needed

By , August 8, 2013 1:50 pm

There are many ways Parents can volunteer and support the Dublin Music Boosters Programs.  The Music Boosters are unique in that they support all music programs at all Dublin City Schools.

Parent Volunteers are needed to help with Concessions, not just at Varsity Football Games but at any sporting event held at Scioto for which concessions are available.

Click here to sign up:

Parent Chaperones Needed

By , August 3, 2013 10:49 pm

Parent Chaperones are needed to accompany the Marching Band on the buses to away football games and to contests. Please follow this link (or copy it to your browser) to sign up!
To sign up, go to:

Open Letter from Mr. Gray

By , January 7, 2013 9:37 am

“What a great group of kids!” — Manager, Cracker Barrel, Kissimmee, Florida

“Are you in charge of these kids?” “Yes, ma’am.” “I just wanted to tell you how polite they all are.” — Server, Cracker Barrel, Kissimmee, Florida

“This is a great group. I’m impressed with how responsible they have been.” — Chaperone

“I’m enjoying talking to all these nice teenagers from Ohio.” — overheard Manager, Cracker Barrel, Elkin, North Carolina

“These kids have been a pleasure to transport.” — Bus Driver

“Mommy, I like them the best.” — overheard along the parade route!

Hello Parents,

You can be proud of your students!

Your students handled themselves well all week long. Expectations were high for them and they met and exceeded them.

I also need to send a public “Thank You” to some people.

Thank you to:

Elizabeth Gray — for understanding whenever I went off to work while we’re at Disney World!

Peggy Holcomb, Jerome Trip Coordinator — for sharing her expertise and support while coordinating the trip for all three high schools.

Lisa McClellan, Scioto Trip Coordinator — for handling all the morning details with our tour director, being lead chaperone, coordinating with other trip leaders, and etc.!

John & Cindy Deliman; Lisa Ford; Charles and Tara Hanchett; Stephen Sharritts — for being chaperones, enduring the bus ride, meeting the students at check-ins; hourly calls to First Aid; advice and support, and etc.!

Students — for being a pleasure to travel with, teach and perform with, representing Dublin Scioto High School, and making all of us proud!

Parents — for your support, helping with check-in on the first travel day, helping with loading and unloading at DSHS, and etc.!

And anyone else who has provided any technical, monetary, social, medical, professional, and musical support along the way to make this trip a success!

Please see the message from Disney Performing Arts below.


“On behalf of Walt Disney World, we would like to thank Dublin Scioto High School for participating in Disney Performing Arts.

It was a pleasure to have made you honorary Cast Members of Walt Disney World. Your being here helped us continue our tradition of providing quality, family-friendly entertainment to visitors from around the world.

We hope that your Performing Arts Specialist helped provide everyone an education into the workings of one of the largest entertainment organizations in the world, and that you and your group will use that education to add some magic to everything you do.

Please extend our sincere thanks to all associated with the production of your show; we are grateful to them for making it possible for your performers to have this opportunity. We hope your program continues and flourishes.”


By , November 9, 2012 9:11 pm

THANK YOU! to family and friends for your support of the Dublin schools and students!

We couldn’t do it without you!

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