Dartmouth Music Newsletter

February 5, 2018

Published by the Dartmouth Music Booster Club


This Week in Band

In this issue:

  • Family Dining Night Out at Panda Express
  • Pops Concert & Dinner Information
  • Cookie Dough Fundraiser
  • Got white pants?
  • Family Comedy Night- Save the Date!
  • Comedy Night silent auction donations needed
  • Elementary School Tour Information
  • Butter Braids are back!
  • See’s Candy
  • Disney Mandatory Parent Meeting
Family Dine Out: Lunch & Dinner

Take the whole day off from cooking and grab a lunch and/or a family dinner and help earn some money for Dartmouth Bands. Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 from 11:00am-9:00pm at Panda Express in the shopping center on Meridian & Foxworthy Ave. Panda Express will donate 20% of their sales to the band when you bring in the attached flier with you. Click HERE for the flier. Hardcopy or digital (smartphone) versions of the fliers will be accepted in store. For online orders, code: 242720 must be inputted in the PROMO code.

Pops Concert and Dinner Information

The Pops Concerts will be here before you know it. Mark your calendars for a night of fun music and some good food on February 27th and March 1st. Please try to attend the concerts based on your last names listed below:

Last Names beginning with A-L: Tuesday, February 27th

Last Names beginning with M-Z: Thursday, March 1st

As in past years, a pre-concert fundraising dinner will be served in the library from 5:00-6:30pm.  Come enjoy a delicious Italian meal and take advantage of a special “early entrance” line into the concert!  We will be serving a pasta dinner catered from Giorgio’s. All dinners are pre-sale and completed forms will be due before the President’s Week break.  All proceeds benefit Dartmouth Bands.  

Hard copy order forms are being sent home this week or you can download it HERE.  Don’t forget that your completed order form and payment are due by Feb. 16th.  Contact Barbara Dieker at if you have any questions. Don’t forget that the order forms for dinner are due by Feb 16th!

Cookie Dough Fundraiser

The Cookie Dough catalog and order forms are going home tomorrow (Tues 2/6).  Besides cookie dough, there are lots of yummy alternatives like cakes, cheesecakes, churros, and even pizzas!

Cookie Dough order forms and payment are due by Tuesday, February 27th.  Checks should be made out to Dartmouth Bands.  The items will be distributed in mid-March.

Photo Day Orders

Photo Day orders have arrived! If you placed an order, your student should have received them in class last Friday or today (Choir members will receive them this Wednesday 2/7). If there are any issues with the photos, please let Mr. Pwu know via email. He will send a list to the photographers with the corrections.

Got White Pants???

This is a reminder that ALL students, including Symphonic Band students, must have their OWN white pants and white shoes for the Pops Concerts.  Symphonic Band students will wear white pants and their red polo shirts for this concert.  If you ordered a new polo shirt, it will be sent once we return from break. Beginning and Concert Band students will wear white pants, white shoes, the blazers, and ascots. DON’T FORGET THE LONG WHITE SOCKS!

Family Comedy Night – Save the Date!

Mark your calendars!  The Dartmouth Family Comedy Night and Silent Auction will be held on April 20th, 2018.  This a great family friendly night with dinner,  comedy provided by a professional improv comedy troupe, and a fantastic Silent Auction. This is the Band Program’s biggest fundraiser of the year so we hope to see everyone there!  If you are interested in joining our team, please contact Event Chair Michelle Mesler at Our next planning meeting will be held on February 7th from 7-8 pm in Choir Room 618.

Comedy Night Silent Auction Items Needed

We are in need of and would greatly appreciate any items that you may have and would like to donate to our Silent Auction. Perhaps you have some brand new, or never been opened boxes of toys, games, puzzles, kitchen items, garden items, tools, music apparel, misc household items, that you would like see put to good use- we would love to have them! Maybe you have some unused gift cards you have received an never used yourself. Your own company and business donations/gift cards make for excellent auction choices. We are also seeking wine and wine accessory donations for the event, if you have any wine donation please contact Kaisu Savitt at

Our committee is also interested in gift cards from Michael’s crafts as we need to purchase materials like cellophane, ribbon, and more for creating the baskets with the wonderful donations we receive. Of course we are also counting on donations of actual empty baskets and any crafting supplies you may have. Thank you in advance awesome Band Families!

Elementary School Tour

On Tuesday, March 6th, the Symphonic Band will be travelling to Guadalupe, Lietz, and Oster Elementary Schools to showcase the Dartmouth music program.  Dartmouth students who are alumni of these schools love going back to visit their former classmates and teachers. They also love showing off their new musical talents!  Some students will be selected to give a demonstration of their particular instrument.

Students will be going “on tour” and leaving Dartmouth at approximately 8:15am.  They will finish up with lunch at Sweet Tomatoes and will return to school after lunch. The cost for this trip (lunch and transportation) is $15.

They will be wearing their polo shirt as well as their own white pants and shoes (same attire as the Pops Concert).

Permission slips will go home this week on Thursday, February 8th and are due back by February 26th  along with the $15.  We need several volunteers to help us out on the tour:

  • Join the band for the day as one of two bus chaperones.
  • Assist with loading and unloading large, heavy percussion instruments.
  • Drive your own SUV or truck loaded with tubas, baritones, etc.
  • Provide transportation to 3-4 students who stay behind other band students to talk about activities at each school.

All volunteers can stay and join the band for lunch (free of charge), returning at approximately 1:30. Please sign up to help with this event here. If you have any questions please contact Daisy Harms at

Butter Braids are back!

Back by popular demand the Butter Braids fundraiser is back for Symphonic Band members only. The Butter Braids sales will run from February 1st- 15th. Distribution of the Butter Braids will be after the President’s Week break on Thursday, March 1st. Order forms will be passed out Thursday, February 1st!

If you do not have a Symphonic Band student, but you would like to order Butter Braids, please see a Symphonic Band student to place your order.

See’s Candy Reminder

We are in the final stages of the See’s Candy Bar and Lollipop sale. Here are the important dates:

  • Last Day to Purchase Candy: Fri Mar 9
  • Disney Payment #2 due: Mar 16

Please note that the last day to buy See’s candy for this fundraiser is March 9th, so now it is time to renew your energy to get out there and help earn money for your Disneyland trip.  All profits go toward the individual students’ Disneyland accounts.  Ask neighbors, relatives and friends to help out for a small donation.

Please remind your Symphonic Band Students:

  1. Count their money before putting in the envelope with their name and amount.
  2. Amount of money should never cover the entire cost of one box of bars or lollipops.
  3. Please exchange coins for bills. Or better yet, write a check!
Blue Books for Beginning Band

Beginning Band students began using Blue Books last week. Please make sure your student has acquired a Blue Standard of Excellence Book for class! They are available at Music Village or online.

Disney Trip Mandatory Meeting

The mandatory meeting for parents and Symphonic Band students will be on Tuesday, April 17th at 6:30pm.  Please mark your calendars!

Upcoming Dates

  • Jan. 23: Blossom Hill Festival
  • Feb. 6-27: Cookie Dough Fundraiser
  • Feb 27 and Mar. 1: Pops Concert
  • Feb. 28: Pops Assembly
  • Mar. 6: Elementary Tour (Symphonic Only)
  • Mar. 8: Disney Chaperone Meeting
  • Mar. 16: Disney Payment #2 due
  • Apr. 17: Mandatory Disneyland Meeting (Symphonic Only)
  • Apr. 20: Family Comedy Night

Please send any feedback or questions to us at Thanks you for helping to make this a great year for everyone!

Dartmouth Music Boosters