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So incredibly excited for the opportunity to work with my brilliant wife, Samantha Hussey Boyer. Tonight she conducted the De Soto 6th Grade Band in their first concert of the year, complete with 5 pieces and 5 solo/ensembles. This 45 minute program was put together with each student only receiving band one to two times per week!

I'm thankful to our district for their consistent support of music education. Sixth graders are going to be getting band every day next year and JH Jazz is being added to the school day! These changes are sure to pay dividends.

I'm thankful to Chris Howard for his help tonight, and every day. The guy has been ran ragged with MAP testing, concerts, and teacher coverage.

I am excited for the continued evolution of the De Soto Bands. These students are in for a treat over the next six years! #GoBand #GoDragons #GoMusic
So incredibly excited for the opportunity to work with my brilliant wife, Samantha Hussey Boyer. Tonight she conducted the De Soto 6th Grade Band in their first concert of the year, complete with 5 pieces and 5 solo/ensembles. This 45 minute program was put together with each student only receiving band one to two times per week!

I'm thankful to our district for their consistent support of music education. Sixth graders are going to be getting band every day next year and JH Jazz is being added to the school day! These changes are sure to pay dividends.

I'm thankful to Chris Howard for his help tonight, and every day. The guy has been ran ragged with MAP testing, concerts, and teacher coverage.

I am excited for the continued evolution of the De Soto Bands. These students are in for a treat over the next six years! #GoBand #GoDragons #GoMusic
Tonight was my first band concert at De Soto, and my first band concert since 2015. I am beyond blessed with the group of kiddos that I got this year, some that I have watched grow since Kindergarten. They overcame so many obstacles this year with twice a week band, but they did so well. I am truly proud of them and their hard work!!

Thank you to Chris Howard tonight for his help running all things sound and other errands. Also thanks for being a sounding board and helping with all the Meet the Band Nights. Thanks for being an awesome colleague!!

And a huge thank you to Darrell Boyer for not only your support but your encouragement. You helped me talk through ideas and calm my fears. You never doubted me.. well, maybe once, lol. Thanks for being the best husband and friend I could ask for!
Tallest vs Shortest...so cute :)
Jazz Ensemble check your email.
Go DHS Choirs!
Roller coaster!
Band Olympic game today...

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Operating as usual

05/08/2022

Happy Mother's Day to all the band moms!!!! Thank you for all you do!!!! #mothersday #bandmoms

Photos from De Soto Bands's post 05/07/2022

De Soto Bands Concert Season Wrap Up

This past week the De Soto Bands put on four concerts.

1)Friday, April 29th, the Jazz program wrapped up Jazz Appreciation Month with the Spring Jazz Showcase. The night included performances from the DHS Jazz Lab, Jazz Ensemble, and the Alumni Big Band. Our program is incredibly fortunate to feature two curricular Jazz Bands that allow students to develop their creativity. It was also a huge blessing to see so many alumni come back and perform in the Alumni Big Band.

2)Sunday, May 1st, the Concert Bands took the stage for the Spring Band Concert and Banquet. This was honestly one of the most emotional performances of my career. The Concert Band did a fine job, but the Symphonic Band blew me away. The program contained a guest conductor and our student composition winner. The program also featured two very emotional performances. One piece, “Creer” by Randall Standridge, was commissioned to honor a school secretary lost to COVID. This woman was “a beacon of light for the students and the community at large”. As I was programming for this concert, I thought about the Beacons of Light that I have had the fortune of working with.

The concert ended with “Aztec” by Gary Gackstatter. I mentioned to the audience how much I appreciated the opportunity to share music with students that made students think and challenges them to expand their comfort zone. I also shared with the audience that the first time we performed this piece, I reached out to one of my “beacons of light”, Mr. Fabio Rodriguez for help on making authentic clay Death Whistles. Mr. Rodriguez was intrigued and jumped at the challenge. Many hours were spent after school trying to get the correct shape, sound, volume to the whistles. As frustrating as the whistles were to get right, Mr. Rodriguez never gave up, and he kept saying, “We’re going to get this!” We did finally get them finished, many of the originals were on display outside the Auditorium.

His passion, positivity, and love for growing our students not just as artists but as human beings has been something I have always admired and strive to achieve. As he continues his recovery, he has remained passionate, positive, and an ardent advocate for personal growth. We dedicated our performance, with much love, to Mr. Rodriguez.

There were many “Thank You's” said, but I want to say again, how appreciative we are of all of those that sponsor and support the De Soto Bands. Thanks to our sponsors and supporters throughout the year, we are able to provide our band students with Soundtrap premium, new equipment to improve our rehearsals, and this year every senior applicant received a $200 Senior Band Scholarship!

3)Tuesday, May 2nd, the DJHS Bands held their Spring Concert. The Green and White Band and the DJHS Symphonic Band performed well for a full house. The 7th Grade Green and White Band is a big group, and I'm excited to work with them next year! Lots of great things going on in this group and plenty of promise. Mr. Howard also announced that next year we will be adding JH Jazz to the course offerings at DJHS! Our DJHS students will have the opportunity to learn about Jazz during the school day and take part in the Fountain City Jazz Fest!

4)Thursday, May 5th, the 6th Grade Band had their first and final performance of their inaugural year. This is the first year of the program, and students have only met once or twice a week since September. This didn't stop them from preparing FIVE pieces and several solo and ensemble performances. Next year, this ensemble will meet daily and be ready and able to take part in more concerts and the De Soto MS Band Festival!

COVID-19 created a plethora of challenges for music programs. One of them for our program was not having the chance to play test students on instruments safely. To combat this we created a program to aid in placement. This was the second year of utilizing it on our beginning band students and from listening to the bands, I can say confidently that it has worked! Students are achieving strong, full tones and are experiencing success that will keep them interested and engaged in instrumental music.

Like many programs, the De Soto Bands are rich with tradition and history. From the Senior Cake to the after rehearsal “With Pride” students step into the De Soto Bands with an understanding of what came before, but also with an eye on what is ahead. I'm thankful for our Senior Class, alumni, and colleagues for their support and I am looking forward to the future!

-Mr. Boyer

Photos from De Soto Bands's post 05/06/2022

Congratulations to the 6th Grade Band on a fantastic first performance! It was great to see soloists and ensembles performing as well!

We look forward to seeing all of these students continue to grow within the De Soto Bands at DJHS next year!

#GoBand

Photos from De Soto Bands's post 05/04/2022

Congratulations to the DJHS Bands on another fine concert for a full house.

The D73 Elementary Band will be performing at 7pm Thursday, and we would love for everyone to come out and see how far they have come this year!

#GoBand

Photos from De Soto Bands's post 05/02/2022

The 6th Grade Beginning Band from @AthenaElem and @DeSotoVineland were on the @DeSotoHS73 campus today rehearsing for their concert on Thursday. These 60 students had never played all together and were wonderful in rehearsal.

After rehearsal, they asked great questions of our high school students and were polite and respectful. Then they came to the HS Band room where they had lunch, and even cleaned up after themselves! :)

These young musicians are incredible representatives of @DeSoto73 and we look forward to having them at @DeSotoJH as they continue on in the @DeSotoBands!

#GoBand

05/02/2022

Help us in wishing a very happy 40th to Mr. Howard!

📸 by C. Kidwell

Photos from De Soto Bands's post 05/02/2022

The DHS Bands put on two solid performances this weekend at the DHS Spring Jazz Showcase and the DHS Spring Band Concert and Banquet. Thank you to everyone who came out this weekend to support these incredible musicians!

#GoBand #GoDragons

05/01/2022

Band, anyone bringing desserts for the banquet may do so now. The gym is open at this time.

Photos from De Soto Bands's post 04/29/2022

Before the Spring Jazz Showcase take a moment to check out the UNBELIEVABLE work on display that our DHS Art students are presenting at the 50th Annual Art Show! Exhibits will be available for viewing this weekend, but the best viewing times will be Friday and Sunday. De Soto HS has some brilliant artists in the Fine Arts program come experience the creative work of the D73 Fine Arts program this weekend. #GoArt #GoBand #GoDragons

Photos from De Soto Bands's post 04/26/2022

One of the BEST DAYS of the year! Special Olympics at De Soto HS!

04/26/2022

Anyone wanting to help decorate for the band banquet after the concert, please reach out to Samantha Boyer at [email protected]

Photos from De Soto Bands's post 04/24/2022

The DHS Jazz Ensemble had a great time at UMSL for the Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival. The band performed on stage at the Touhill and then received a clinic so students can continue improving. It has been a blast watching the bands grow this year. Check out the Jazz Bands in concert Friday, April 29th at the DHS Spring Jazz Showcase and the concerts bands on May 1st. #GoBand

04/20/2022

Come join us tonight if you have a 5th grader next year to learn more about 6th grade band!!

Photos from De Soto Bands's post 04/13/2022

What a great night for upcoming band members!! Shoutout to some awesome student workers who shared about their instruments. Can't wait to meet the new faces at Athena tomorrow from 5 to 630pm.

04/12/2022

Excited to be out at Vineland this evening for Meet the Band, we are looking forward to meeting incoming 6th Grade families!

Photos from De Soto Bands's post 04/08/2022

Congratulations to the DHS Symphonic and Concert Band on excellent performances today at the Missouri Music Education Symposium.

-Symphonic Band performed Down Longford Way by Percy Grainger and Aztec by Gary Gackstatter.
-Concert Band performed Lake of Sorrows by Randall Standridge and Coast Guards by Karl King.

Following their performances, each band had the privilege of receiving a 30 minute clinic with the incredible musician, composer, and educator Mr. Gackstatter who has an incredible way with bands that inspires and motivates deep musical experiences. The students were attentive and focused on creating some fantastic art.

As always, our students demonstrated Dragon Pride and represented the program, school, and community well.

We hope you can join us at our upcoming Spring events.

April 29th-Spring Jazz Showcase featuring the Alumni Big Band, Jazz Lab, and the Jazz Ensemble

May 1st-Spring Band Concert featuring the Concert and Symphonic Bands

#GoBand

04/05/2022

Good afternoon DHS Band Parents,

This Friday the DHS Concert and Symphonic Bands will be participating in the Missouri Music Educators Symposium held at Jefferson R-7. For this trip, students will leave DHS after 4th Hour.

The DHS Symphonic Band will perform at 12:40pm. The Symphonic Band will be returning to DHS after their clinic concludes at 1:30pm.

The DHS Concert Band will performing at 1:55pm at Jefferson R-7 and will be returning after their clinic concludes at 2:45pm.

Parents are more than welcome to attend the performance for each of our bands. There is no cost for admission to the event. Parents of Concert Band members that are in attendance may sign their students out after the clinic or pick their students up after the bus returns to DHS. We are expecting to return to the high school between 3:15-3:30pm

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Darrell Boyer
Director of Bands
De Soto High School

#GoBands

04/04/2022

Go Delaney!

*Update*
In all the hustle of performing at MOMES and getting the Symphonic Band back we didn't get to sing Happy Birthday to Delaney! Wish her HBD!

DESOTO DRAGONS CLASS OF 2022!🎓
Congratulations to DELANEY MCCOY! Delaney will attend Murray State University next fall. We are PROUD of YOU! Best wishes Delaney!

04/01/2022

Best of luck to our DHS Robotics Team as they compete at Regionals in St. Louis this weekend!

03/31/2022
03/29/2022

Benediction

Thanks to the incredible Dan Schunks for providing a clinic to our @DeSotoHS73 Concert and Symphonic Bands before our Preview Concert tonight. #Learning #Growing #GoBand

03/29/2022
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Photos from De Soto Bands's post 03/21/2022

What an incredible week!

All week students had some fantastic rehearsals. This set the energy for Jazz Fest.

Thursday night I went to see several members of the De Soto Bands, both past and present, perform in the Jefferson College Jazz Concert featuring vocalist from the Count Basie Band, Carmen Bradford. Our very own Jazz vocalist Cameron Clark was singled out and given some fantastic feedback from Ms. Bradford during the concert. To say this made her day would be an understatement. During the entire concert I smiling from ear to ear watching our numerous De Soto Band members perform. I LOVE seeing our students representing our school and community so well and taking in as many opportunities to learn as possible.

On Friday, we held our long rehearsal with Jazz Ensemble and our guest artist. Students were attentive and worked hard during the extended rehearsal.

Saturday was the Fountain City Jazz Fest. It was a fantastic day of clinics and learning for all students participating. Our DHS students did a fantastic job hosting our visiting schools. Our DHS Jazz students put in a long day setting up at 8am, performing for the festival clinic portion, participating in the masterclass, and then performing 7 charts in the evening finale concert.

Providing this opportunity to our students couldn't be done without the incredible support of numerous people on top of our students. Thank you to the following people for helping to provide these opportunities to our students.

Thanks to our clinicians Aaron Lehde, Tony DiPasquale, Paul Holzen, and Dr. Joseph Jefferson. Each provided bands with insight on how they would take the bands performance to the next level. Special thanks to Aaron Lehde for volunteering to lead the well attended jam session.

Thanks to Paul Wallis for his help with tech, power supplies, and sound.

Thanks to Jennifer Kidwell for her help at registration, odds and end, and tear down. I'm very grateful for every instance when you asked, "What can I do?"

Thanks to Chris Howard for his assistance throughout the week, giving up his plan time to assist with recording the band and setting up sound, lights, and other necessary tasks. And also for taking care of the MANY tasks that come up during the festival from taking care of clinicians, tech, and visiting directors need4.

Thank you to Mrs. Boyer for her work on the program, hospitality room, and the million other tasks she did on top of parenting two of our biggest band fans.

Many thanks and love,

Mr. Boyer

Photos from De Soto Bands's post 03/19/2022

The Fountain City Jazz Fest is under way with a new band starting every half hour.

We hope you can join us for our masterclass with Dr. Joel Vanderheyden at 1pm and our finale concert at 5:30pm.

03/19/2022

We hope you can join us for the Fountain City Jazz Fest! Our first performance is the DHS Jazz Lab at 9:30am in the Auditorium. The Jazz Fest finale concert will be at 5:30pm featuring Dr. Joel Vanderheyden.

Volunteers, please report to the DHS Band room by 8:30am. Let's put on another great Fountain City Jazz Fest!

#GoBand #GoDragons

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Timeline photos 03/15/2022

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An astonishing number of regrets in the World Regret Survey involve musical instruments . . .

Or fears of being uncool . . .

Or both.

Case in point: Me. I played the clarinet for a year, gave it up, and now regret it.

#ThePowerOfRegret #DanielPink

03/14/2022

Way to go Propst!

DESOTO DRAGONS CLASS OF 2022!🎓
Congratulations to HAILEY PROPST! Hailey will attend Webster University next fall where she plans to study art history. We are PROUD of YOU! Best wishes Hailey!

Photos from De Soto Bands's post 03/13/2022

Excited to hear the Jefferson County HS Honor Band for the first time in two years! Our students participating did a great job representing DHS and the De Soto community!#GoBand

03/12/2022

The Jefferson County HS Honor Band is on for tomorrow. Students involved should be at the band room by 7:15am, bus leaves at 7:30am.

Students will need money for lunch and parents will need to sign them out for dinner.

Concert tomorrow evening at Herculaneum HS at 6:30pm and is free to attend.

03/11/2022

Be Part of the Band

Everyone starts somewhere, get your start in the De Soto Bands!

Photos from De Soto Bands's post 03/10/2022

S/o to the dozen or more students that came out to learn some percussion skills at the Percussion Chop Shop. Chop Shop is open to ALL students grades 8-12 interested in learning percussion.

03/09/2022

Go Spiker!

DESOTO DRAGONS CLASS OF 2022!🎓
Congratulations to KAITLYN SPIKER! Kaitlyn will attend the University of Missouri-Columbia next fall where she plans to study journalism. MIZ! ZOU! We are PROUD of YOU! Best wishes Kaitlyn!

Timeline photos 03/07/2022

We have had some minor schedule changes.

Please take note of the Pre Contest Festival at Herculaneum (Symphonic Band only) and the finalized date for our performance at the Missouri Music Symposium (Concert and Symphonic Bands).

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