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The Dwyer band was created in 1991, under the direction of Mr. Tom Pearson. The band earned superior ratings and won many awards. In 1999, Mrs. Jeaneve Jarvis took over and continued its growing success. In 2007, under the direction of Mr. Allen Lamp the band made much progress and the bands numbers have grown steadily each year. In 2017-2018 we can expect the band to increase in size from last year and the Panther Band is looking forward to a “superior” season.

W.T. DWYER BAND OBJECTIVES

Educational: To develop interested and discriminating listeners, provide a well-rounded musical education, prepare students for musical activities beyond high school and enhance and promote overall academic achievement.

Cultural: To foster the continued development of music appreciation and understanding through the study and performance of the best musical literature and repertoire.

Service: To lend color and atmosphere to certain school and community affairs while promoting and enhancing the dignity and reputation of W.T. Dwyer High School at all times.

Citizenship: To develop the ability to function as a responsible member of the group. To enhance the students ability to interact with others in a positive manner and to develop the ability to function as a responsible member of the community.

Recreational: To provide all students with the opportunities for worthy use of leisure time, an emotional outlet, and wholesome, worthwhile social experiences.

Marching Band or Concert Band?

At William T. Dwyer Marching Band and Concert Band are not separate classes, rather separate seasons. There is one Marching/Concert Band class with freshman to seniors, where some seniors are chosen as Section Leaders to help the rest of the players in their section. The first part of the year from August to December focuses on football season and marching band. The Marching Panther Regiment plays at all home games and possibly some away games. The band plays at school during pep rallies and plays the National Anthem at the beginning of the football game and their half time show on the field. During the game they support school spirit by playing “stand music”.

Two weeks before school starts we have our week long Summer Band Camp. Band and color guard students learn their music, choreography and proper marching technique for their halftime show. During football season there will be two days a week of after school practices. Marching band is a lot of work but it’s also a lot of fun! The Marching Band will also compete in the Marching MPA.

From January to June the focus switches to Concert Band.

Activities for Marching Band & Concert Band:

Marching Band:

  • Band Camp
  • After School Rehearsals
  • Football games, Pep-Rallies & parades
  • Marching Festivals (FBA and others)
  • Community Service / Fundraising Performances

Concert Band:

  • Winter Concert
  • Spring Concert
  • FBA District and State Festivals
  • After School Rehearsals
  • Community Service / Fundraising Performances

Marching Band and Physical Education – Marching Band is strenuous physical activity and is counted as a physical education credit. Since we include Marching Band as a part of our curriculum at Dwyer, students receive a PE credit for a year’s participation in band. It counts as a PE credit for the “Team Sports” class. SEE YOUR GUIDANCE COUNSELOR IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.

Beginning Band 

This year-long, entry-level class is designed for students having little or no previous band experience with woodwind, brass, and/or percussion instruments.  Rehearsals focus on the development of critical listening/aural skills; rudimentary instrumental technique and skills, music literacy, and ensemble skills; and aesthetic musical awareness culminating in periodic public performances.

Activities:

  • Winter Concert (Possible)
  • Spring Concert (Possible)
  • Occasional after school rehearsals

Jazz Ensemble

Jazz reaches us in all types of music, from Rap, to Hip Hop, to classical. In this performance based class we start by learning the fundamentals of jazz using a basic introductory method. Then we start reading actual charts from composers like Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Sammy Nestico, and many more. Through them we learn other music like Rock, Fusion, Swing, Bossa, Reggae, and Funk.

Activities:

  • Winter Concert
  • Spring Concert
  • FBA District and State Festivals
  • Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction
  • Community service/Fundraising performances
  • Graduation performance

Winter Percussion Ensemble

An indoor percussion ensemble or indoor drumline consists of the marching percussion (or battery) and front ensemble (pit or frontline) sections of a marching band or drum corps. Indoor percussion marries elements of music performance, marching, and theater.  Auditions typically start after their fall marching band season ends.