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. See our calendar from upcoming events.
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 summer, performs at all home football games, participates in several annual parades, and marching band exhibitions/festivals.