Enjoy the Firsts!

By , September 5, 2014 9:15 am

Parents,  the message below was actually intended for Band Directors, and was written by Scott Lang

of Leadership Seminars.  Mr. Lang is heavily involved in helping develop leadership in your adults through
the marching band experience.  We’ve taken that letter and modified it slightly for you:


The football season is FINALLY here. Gone are the long days of band camp, and now it’s finally time to see the kids perform!  YES!

This Friday night will be full of some very special “firsts.”  First time loading the bus. First time putting on a uniform.  First time in front of a crowd.  First time under the stadium lights.

It will also likely be full of some not so special firsts!  First time tear.  First malfunction. First time where the melody can’t be heard.  First time a freshman cries out of fear and another out of joy! Yes, Friday will be full of firsts, but not “lasts.” All of these things will occur again (and again and again).

Knowing how special this entire evening of firsts is, I encourage you to sit back, enjoy, and try and take it all in. There will be plenty of time for reflection and rehearsal, but this performance is different.


Enjoy the look of terror on the face of your first time marchers.  Enjoy the beaming smiles of parents. Enjoy being under the lights instead of the burning hot sun. Enjoy the look of pride you see in the seniors’ eyes. Most importantly, enjoy watching what they have created and how their lives have been impacted.


Friday night won’t be perfect. It may not even be good. But it sure beats the alternative: kids who have nothing to do, no friends to do it with, and no music in their lives!
Enjoy the firsts!

Dress Code Reminders

By , September 5, 2014 9:12 am

The Band will be wearing the summer uniform SHIRT to school on Friday’s.  We will wear the summer uniform ALL at the game this week.  At some point, as the weather begins to cool, we will start transitioning to Spirit Wear shirts and sweatshirts on Fridays.

Friday before a contest students will be asked to DRESS UP.  Most of the guys will wear shirt/tie; most of the girls will wear dresses.

MB Primer for Parents and Bandies

By , September 5, 2014 9:09 am

The Schedule Tab above is updated, with report times for each Friday night game added.  Competition report times will be added as they are known.

1) Report times are the times students are to be ready to begin whatever activity we have planned. If report time is 4:30, that likely means 4:30 on the field, in uniform, with instrument and gear, ready to start. So arriving at 4:30 is actually late.

2) Students are expected to stay with the band the entire time until dismissed by the directors, unless given specific “time off.”

3) “Time off” is that only in a loose sense. When in uniform especially, but nearly always, they are seen as representing the band as a whole, the school, and our community, as well as themselves. They are expected to act with maturity, manners, and class.

4) For away events, students are expected to ride the bus to and from the games as part of the unit. We take very seriously our responsibility for your child, and matching head counts on every leg of a trip is extremely important. Please do not request your child ride home with you from an away event to save time.

5) Should it be necessary for you to take your child early or will not be riding the bus back with us, (Ex.: we’re on a trip to Gahanna, you are going on to Zanesville to stay with family for the weekend) then please give the staff a written note at least a day in advance.

6) Note that some Competition days are often long days! Please keep those days clear for your child. While we have them we will often feed them, or at the very least provide opportunities for them to have meals. And they are ALWAYS welcome to do homework on the bus!! (We love teaching them time management skills!)

And lastly, you will probably hear your child talk about “row dinners”. These are times when their “row” in the band block, or maybe their section, will decide to go somewhere after school on Friday for a meal together. That is not a staff supervised activity, and participation by your child is solely at your discretion. Students have always been very careful, and we have not had any problems with this, but again, it is up to you.

I hope this helps clarify for new parents what will be happening on the upcoming Fridays and Saturdays.

Go Irish!

~~ Mr. Gray

Dublin Villager Article Features Scioto MB

By , August 27, 2014 12:09 pm



The Dublin Villager featured the Dublin Scioto Marching Band in its August 27, 2014 issue:  Here’s the article by Jennifer Noblit:


Band members say summer camps makes for better musicians


Marching band season begins with school, but students put a lot of work in before the first bell of the 2014-15 school year rang.

Dublin’s high school marching bands each travel to a week-long band camp each summer after pre-band camp work to learn the lion’s share of the shows they will take to competitions throughout the fall.

The Dublin Coffman Marching Band spent a week at Camp Bountiful in southeast Ohio the first week of August.

Both the Dublin Jerome and Dublin Scioto Marching Bands hold band camp Aug. 10-16; Jerome goes to Camp Swoneky outside of Cincinnati and Scioto goes to Camp Bountiful.

Scioto freshman Taylor Bungard said the camp was in the middle of nowhere and she had no cellular phone reception. But there wasn’t much time for phone calls, Bungard said.

“It was an experience,” she said. “It was a rough week, but I pulled through.”

Bungard’s biggest challenge at her first year of band camp came with a sudden switch of instruments from snare drum to pit percussion.

“I had to learn a whole new instrument and all the music,” she said.

The switch of instruments didn’t make Bungard very happy at first, but she got accustomed to the change, especially after talking to a senior who had done the same thing.

“He said it was a great experience and it’ll make you a better musician,” she said.

“There are lots of people I met in band in the pit during the week that I’ve created a strong bond with. I’m happy this happened in a way. I got to meet even more people and like the other kid said, I’ve become a better musician.”

Getting to know new people is one of the major benefits of band camp, said Scioto senior Max Wylie, who got to know people in his trumpet section and even outside it.

“I was surprised with people we didn’t know were coming, so it was a nice experience,” he said, adding that one band member hadn’t made pre-band camp, but did go to band camp.

“We got to know him and it was really nice,” Wylie said.

“With the other sections, it’s harder to get to know people, but I got to know quite a few freshmen from other sections. It was great to see them grow.”

Wylie said helping out band camp newbies is part of the job and Bungard said quite a few upperclassmen checked up with her during the week.

“Every day is a new adventure and you don’t know what to expect,” she said. “It’s terrifying but exciting.”

The week had students working on music in sectionals and out on the field learning marching for a competition show.

Wylie said this year’s show is his favorite even if it did bring a few added challenges when a new assistant director was brought in to change the band’s marching style.

“It put upperclassmen in the same class as the freshmen,” he said.

“We were all beginners in a sense … . In the end it will make what we do with the show a whole lot better.”

Being a senior also carried a few extra responsibilities for Wylie.

“I had to go down to camp early and prepare,” he said.

“We set things up for when everyone arrived the next day and checked cabins to make sure they had everything,” Wylie said.

“Then at the end we stayed behind and packed everything up and then got back and unloaded it. It was tiring, but we got through it in record time.”

The week was challenging, but it served as a learning experience, the musicians said.

“There was so much I didn’t know going into this,” Bungard said. “You’ll be amazed by how far you can push yourself.

“I pushed myself past the point I thought I had so many times. You learn the actual you and learn yourself as a person and how strong you physically and mentally are.”


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 www.signupgenius.com/go/4090F4BAEAC2EA64-2014 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:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409094fafaa2fa02-marching/10616389

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.

Read more: Drumroll, Please: How Band Camp Pays Off Later in Life | TIME.com http://healthland.time.com/2013/11/06/why-band-kids-turn-into-sharper-adults/#ixzz2jxrJLbip

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!

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