The Dexter Bands

The bands in the Dexter Community Schools have a long tradition of musical excellence. The directors and students take great pride in their craft and strive toward making the best music possible.

Beginning instruction starts in the fifth grade and classes meet twice per week in like-instrument groups.

In the sixth grade, instruction is increased to three times per week. Instrumentation is increased, allowing some students to start studying more advanced instruments like the bassoon and tuba.

In grades 7-12, classes meet daily, with a focus on performance activities such as Solo and Ensemble Festival, District and State Band Festival, and several other concerts throughout the year.

Seventh and Eighth graders participate in grade level bands at Mill Creek Middle School. Outgoing eighth graders are expected to possess the basic skills necessary to participate in the high school bands.

At DHS students participate in one of three bands based on the results of an audition each spring: Varsity Band, Concert Band, and Symphonic Band. These three outstanding groups combine to make up the Dreadnaught Marching Band. The Marching Band holds band camp at Hillsdale College each sumer, performs at all home football games, participates in several annual parades, and enters District 12 Marching Festival every October.

Meet the Directors

DR. KENNETH MOORE  DMA, Boston University; MA and BME, Eastern Michigan University. Dr. Moore is the Director of Bands at DHS and conducts the Symphonic, Concert, and Varsity Bands, the Dreadnaught Marching Band, the DHS Big Band, and fifth grade beginning classes (clarinets, flutes, and oboes). He is also an adjunct instructor at Bowling Green State University. Before Dr. Moore came to the Dexter Schools in 1998, he was the director of bands in Dundee, Michigan and Grant Park, Illinois.  His groups have consistently received first-division ratings at district and state festivals. He is past president of the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA) District 12 and is an active festival adjudicator for that organization. Dr. Moore was twice named MSBOA District 12 Teacher of the Year (2012 and 2017) and twice a finalist for the state teacher of the year (2013 and 2018). The Symphonic Band performed under his direction at the 2014 Worldstrides Nashville Concert Band Festival (first place) and the 2013 Michigan Music Conference in Grand Rapids. His research has been published in the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, the Journal of Band Research, and the Michigan Music Educators Journal. Other honors include election to the American School Band Directors Association (ASBDA)Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, the ASBDA Award of Excellence, and the Dexter Most Influential Teacher Award (seven times).  When out of the band office, Dr. Moore can be found on many local golf courses trying to lower his handicap or at home reading a good book on American history.

Contact Dr. Moore: 424-4240,  x.7120 or moorek@dexterschools.org

Andrew Damman

MR. ANDREW DAMMAN was hired in August 2010. Born and raised in Fowlerville, Michigan, Mr. Damman spent two years as a Director of Bands for the Santa Fe Public Schools in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  There, he received First Division ratings for the district festival, qualifying for the State Band Festival and receiving Excellent Ratings. This was the first band to compete at the State Band Competition in the history of the Santa Fe Public Schools. Mr. Damman is the Director of Bands for the Dexter Mill Creek Middle School 7th& 8th grade bands, teaches 5th& 6th grade instrument classes, and assists with the Dreadnaught Marching Band and high school bands. Mr. Damman received the MA in music education from Michigan State University, East Lansing, and the BME from Grand Valley State University. Off the podium, Mr. Damman can also be found spending time with his wife and dog Tank the Mill Creek therapy dog, and pursuing new methods to improve a healthy and happy lifestyle.

Contact Mr. Damman: 424-4150,  x.5126 or dammana@dexterschools.org

Rachel Wilson

MRS. RACHEL WILSON has worked in Dexter since 2015. Prior to teaching in Dexter, Mrs. Wilson taught in Grass Lake. Mrs. Wilson teaches 5th grade Saxophone, French Horn, Trombone, and Baritone, and 6th grade Bassoon, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trombone, Baritone, and Tuba. She is also the assistant director at Mill Creek. Mrs. Wilson has a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Michigan, and a master’s degree in music education from Michigan State University. She is a loyal Michigan football and basketball fan. Mrs. Wilson lives in Ann Arbor with her husband Steve, son Archer, and dog Monty. In her free time she enjoys reading, doing triathlons, and playing video games.

Contact Mrs. Wilson: 734-434-4160, x.6221 or wilsonr@dexterschools.org