St. Augustin Catholic School Band

Welcome to the St. Augustin Catholic School Band news page. I am excited to meet my new musicians for the new school year. Please check out the "About Mrs. Paul" page to get to know me better. Check back to this website throughout the year for news and updates about what is happening with the St. Augustin Catholic School Band.

2019-2020 Band and Piano 

Hello Band students and parents!  I am so excited to be kicking off another wonderful year of band at St. Augustin School. Band students get a private 20 minute lesson weekly and group band rehearsals.  We have a concert in December and May (dates TBA) as well as a city wide parochial school band concert Jan 13th, 2020.  Band is a great way for your child to really learn how to read music and play an instrument in a fun, social group setting.

Here are some updates to get us started: 

Band Calendar

5th grade parents

Please let me know if your child plans to be in band.  5th grade band starts a little later, so you can get your  instruments. If your child wants to join band, just send me an email, and feel free to ask any questions.  I'm more than happy to help!

What they need:
Instrument, foldable music stand ($15ish), music book ($8ish) "Essential Elements 2000".  If its a Reed instrument (sax or clarinet) get at least 5 (size 2.5 ) reeds.  See my Instruments page for additional information or shoot me an email with your questions. 

 

Lessons will start: 

  • Piano students Sept 3rd 
  • 6-8th grades Sept 9th 
  • 5th grade Sept   12th

Middle school band students will have lessons, Thursday, Sept. 5th (make up for Labor Day).

Group band (and lessons) will start Monday, Sept. 9th.
 
We have a Marching Band Performance on Friday, October. 4th, 2019 at the Dowling Homecoming Game!  Band students will be wearing their blue Band shirts, if you need another, we will be ordering them now.  Let me know if you need a new one. ($15)  See additional information below. 

 

All Middle School Band kids are coming back and we have all our last year 5th graders moving up to middle school!  That is a nice big band!  We are gonna sound great!  (Woo-Hoo!!!!)

 

Paying for Band 

Band is a separate fee (this is how I get my salary...directly from you)
$60 per month, paid in 3 month payments:
$180 due now to sign up (September)
$180 due Dec 1st
$180 due March 1st
Or $540 for the whole year.

September: The first band payment is now due. $180. 

You can pay by check (payable to Deb Paul), dropped in my mailbox in the school office, handed to me by your child, or mailed to my home (address below).  I can also receive payments via Venmo (debbiedoowop@gmail.com) or Paypal (debbiedoowop@gmail.com)
For convenience, you are welcome to pay for the whole year all at once which totals $540.
 
Thanks very much!
Deb Paul
515-991-6823
4926 willow Dr
Pleasant Hill, IA 50327

 

All-City Marching Band Event

Rehearsal @DCHS 4-5pm Oct 3rd | Performance @Valley Stadium Oct 4th. Arrive at 5:45pm

All 6-8th grade band students are invited to participate in this event, I started passing out music for this event already.  Everyone (except percussion) needs a flip folder and a lyre.  I will be going to the music store, let me know If you want me to get one for you (each instrument lyre is a different price between $10-20 plus $5 flip folder).

Each band member should have a royal blue band t-shirt to wear.  If you need a new one, let me know.

Rehearsal attendance at Dowling High School the day before from 4-5pm is expected (this is where we line everyone up).  Drop off at football/SOCCER field on WEST side of high school. If you are having trouble with rides, I can give a few kids rides over, just let me know.

Here is the Dowling Homecoming game night performance info: they are playing for PREGAME ONLY

All-City Marching Festival 

Friday Oct. 4, 2019
Valley Stadium
Pre-Game, Dowling vs Des Moines Lincoln Football Game
5:45 Arrival, 6:00 pm rehearsal, 6:45 performance
Valley Stadium is located at the corner of Fuller Road and George M. Mills Civic Parkway in West Des Moines.
  1. Students should be dropped off at Jordan Creek Elementary School (4105 Fuller Road, WDM) and should walk to down the cement walkway to the rehearsal field that is directly east of the stadium complex.  Parents may park in the Jordan Creek lot. The lot directly North of the stadium will be restricted and access will not be available. Please plan ahead and arrive well ahead of the 6:00 rehearsal. The walk from Jordan Creek will take about 10 minutes.  

  2. Instrument cases should be left in cars or with parents attending the game.  All-City Band Members should avoid placing cases or possessions with the Dowling equipment as the dressing and equipment area used by Dowling is very small, crowded, and unsecured.

  3. Parents wishing to view the performance must enter through the North West ticketing gate and sit on the home (west) side in the upper deck.  The North East gate will be available for band members, and Dowling Band Chaperone Committee Members only. For best seating (near the 50 yard-line) parents are advised to enter the stadium no later than 6:15.

  4. All-City Band Members should proceed to the area inside the east stadium bleachers for sectional rehearsals with the Dowling Band.  We will assemble the combined bands at 6:15, practice, pray, and move to the performance field at 6:40. Entry into the field for band members will be through the North East Gate.  The band will assemble and set up on the visitors sideline and wait for the field to clear.

  5. At 6:45 or when the field is clear, the combined band will move to the center of the field and toward the home (west sideline).  Students will perform “A Salute To Freedom”, “Star Spangled Banner”, and “Dowling Victors” to the home side. At the conclusion of “Victors” the combined bands will turn (4) to face South (left) and will march off to the South End-zone and then around behind the visitors stands.  Students may be picked up outside the North East gate following the performance. All-City students wishing to return to the game should re-enter through the northeast gate.  Be certain not to leave instruments in the stadium.  This year we are inviting all 8th graders to sit with the Dowling Vanguard in the stands during 1st quarter to play pep riffs and Dowling Victors after touchdowns

  6. Dress for the performance is School Sweat Shirt and Jeans.

  7. Thank you for having your student join us for this event.  Please encourage your band student to stay to watch the Dowling Vanguard’s halftime performance entitled “Revolutions”.  We hope you enjoy the show!!!!


  1. Thank you for having your student join us for this event.  Please encourage your band student to stay to watch the Dowling Vanguard’s halftime performance entitled “Revolutions”.  We hope you enjoy the show!!!!


  1. Thank you for having your student join us for this event.  Please encourage your band student to stay to watch the Dowling Vanguard’s halftime performance entitled “Revolutions”.  We hope you enjoy the show!!!!


  1. Thank you for having your student join us for this event.  Please encourage your band student to stay to watch the Dowling Vanguard’s halftime performance entitled “Revolutions”.  We hope you enjoy the show!!!!


  1. Thank you for having your student join us for this event.  Please encourage your band student to stay to watch the Dowling Vanguard’s halftime performance entitled “Revolutions”.  We hope you enjoy the show!!!!


  1. Thank you for having your student join us for this event.  Please encourage your band student to stay to watch the Dowling Vanguard’s halftime performance entitled “Revolutions”.  We hope you enjoy the show!!!!