• Welcome back, Band Parents!

    For those of you who I haven't had a chance to connect with yet, my name is Mr. Ryan Rowles and I am the new band director here at Dominion High School. For most of you, we are familiar as I have spent the last three years right next door at Seneca Ridge Middle School. Before teaching at Seneca, I was the band director at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach, and I am very excited to return to high school band! Learn more about me here.

    We have quite the challenge ahead of us: Make band fun and meaningful during distance learning. As most of you know, band is centered around socialization and team-building skills. Although we will not be able to participate in the ways we are used to, I am eager to see what the students have been working on this summer and how willing they are with trying new things. In order to make this year equally as meaningful, we are going to have to take some risks and grow together. 

    Hopefully your student has shared with you the Band Syllabus and you have reviewed it together. If not, you can find it in Schoology in their Back To School Info folder or by clicking this link. Here are some of the highlights from the Syllabus:

    1. All students need an INSTRUMENT, their instrument's ACCESSORIES, and RECORDING EQUIPMENT. Students will use the recording equipment for playing assignments throughout the year as well as during class. Students will PLAY during their class time, so please make sure they are set up in a proper location (bedroom, office, etc).
      1. If your student already has a SCHOOL INSTRUMENT at home, PLEASE COMPLETE THIS RENTAL FORM! There is a $100 rental fee for all concert instruments. 
    2. There is a $10 course fee for band class this year to cover music subscription costs. Please pay this fee online using this link.
    3. Our first virtual performance will take place on December 19, 2020. This will be pre-recorded and available on a password protected website to ensure student's safety. If you DO NOT want your student to be seen (they will still be heard) in this performance, please let me know via email! 
    4. If any families need financial assistance with any of the materials needed for class this year, please complete this form. We will do our best to support any families seeking assistance.

    If you have any specific questions, please send me an email. I'm looking forward to making the most of this year in preparation for our return back to the physical classroom. 

    -Mr. Rowles

Last Modified on September 11, 2020