Dear Band Families,
We are in our final push for the year soliciting family donations to support our visiting artist program here in the DSA Bands Department. Below are some recent news articles/profiles about some of the Band’s Practicing Artists that work regularly at the school. In order to ensure quality artists are sustained in the department, make your donation today. Remember no donation is too small!
Long time percussion, ethnomusicology, jazz and overall music coach Dr. Greg Harris has been central to the success of DSA for close to 20 years now! Check out this profile of Harris: https://www.kuvo.org/greg-tanner-harris/
As brass, jazz and overall music coach at DSA, Anthony Zator has been crucial to the success of DSA Bands since 2009. Check out this profile of Zator : https://www.arapahoe-phil.org/outreach/community-outreach/master-classes/
Long time saxophone, jazz, classical coach, Dr. Grant Larson has been momentous in the success of the DSA Bands for close to 15 years now. Read the impressive bio here: https://grantlarsonmusic.com/about
DSA has major donors willing to make large contributions if we can raise our overall family participation rate. This is why a one-time donation of even five or ten dollars makes a real difference. If you have not yet made a donation of any amount, please consider doing so at this link:
Thanks so much,
Dave Hammond, Director of Bands, DSA
The ensembles are all sounding so great because of the hard work of all the students involved.
DSA Percussion Trip to PASIC Convention 2022!
The the DSA Percussion students went to Indianapolis, IN to attend the annual PASIC (Percussive Arts Society International Convention). Students were treated to 3 full days of concerts, workshops and clinics by some of the world’s most renowned percussionists! Thanks to parent Joel Shutty and Percussion Practicing Artist Dr. Greg Harris for their help in giving the students an experience of a lifetime!
Back to School Presentation Slides
DSA Bands Calendar – Fall Semester 2022
Date Time What Where
9/15 5:30-7:30pm Back to School DSA
9/23 1:35-3:10 Corey Christiansen Band Room
9/24 5:30-8:30 +DSA Block Party DSA South Campus
10/6 7pm +Jazz Symposium DSA Concert Hall
10/7 7pm +Jazz Symposium DSA Concert Hall
10/19-25 – various times ^Little Mermaid DSA Schomp Theater
10/26 7pm #Percussion Night DSA Concert Hall
10/27 7pm *Bands Showcase DSA Concert Hall
11/9-12 All Day Trip #PASIC Trip Indianapolis, IN
11/21-25 Thanksgiving Break
12/13 #Percussion Night DSA Concert Hall
12/14 7pm *Winter Concert 1 DSA Concert Hall
12/15 7pm *Winter Concert 2 DSA Concert Hall
12/17-22 Midwest Full Orch Chicago, IL
Participation in all performances is mandatory and an essential culmination of instruction. Please make all DSA Band rehearsals, activities, trips and performances a priority in your schedule.
* All Department Ensembles
+ All Jazz Workshop Students
^ All School Musical Pit Orchestra
# Percussion Ensembles
Seniors of the the Denver School of the Arts Bands area are working hard to present amazing senior recitals. Please attend these great musician’s recitals!
Luke Fleener – April 6th, 4pm, DSA Concert Hall
Lazlo Torok – April 6th, 7pm, Dazzle at Bauer’s
Alina Scrivner – April 11th, 4pm, DSA Concert Hall
Jolie LeJeune – April 11, 6pm, DSA Concert Hall
Nat Kim – April 15th, 6:30pm, DSA Concert Hall
George Williams – April 18th, 4pm, DSA Concert Hall
Brandon Kennedy – April 18th, 6:30pm, DSA Concert Hall
Peyton Ray – April 19th, 4:45pm, DSA Concert Hall
George Frommell – April 20, 4pm DSA Concert Hall
Koki Renwick, April 20th, 7pm, Dazzle at Bauer’s
Luka Vezmar, April 21st, 4pm, DSA Concert Hall
Ben Giesen, April 27th, 6pm, Aurora People’s Building
JJ Mazza – April 28th, 7pm, Dazzle at Bauer’s
Samantha Reising – May 20th, 6pm, DSA Concert Hall
CMEA Trip 2022 – Concert Band
Parents of Concert Band student must fill out this Google Form: https://forms.gle/mr1YcsQeZ7c3kQXy6
Concert Program for Band Showcase, Thursday, October 28, 7pm, Schomp Theater, Denver School of the Arts
Denver School of the Arts Wind Ensemble
Cortége/Enigma – David Gilligham and Dennis Fisher
Blessed Are They (from a German Requiem) – Johannes Brahms, Arr. by Barbara Buehlman
Arabesque – Samuel Hazo
Denver School of the Arts Percussion Ensembles
Middle School: Strange Meeting – Bill Frisell
High School: Butterfly – Herbie Hancock, Arr. by Gretchen Parlato
Denver School of the Arts Concert Band
Phoenix Overture – Benjamin Yeo, Arr. by Dr. Grant Larson, Percussion Arr. by MS Perc. Ens.
The Advocate – Gene Milford
Across Illuminated Skies – Oscar Ban
Personnel – Concert Band
Flutes: Camila Mejias-Camacho, Maximillian Kutner, Kira Freeman
Oboe: Izzy Jackson
Clarinets: Sophie Glanz, Avery Rains, Alex Till, Carlos Garcia, Liat Mercado-Renner, Toby Reyes-Giacomazzi
Alto Saxes: Khairoh Johnson, Natalie Moilanen, Cameron Goldberg
Tenor Sax: Guillermo Luna
Trumpets: Jack Eikenberry, Eli Mercado-Renner, Emily Rojas, Squirrel Mundt
French Horn: Sophia Connolly
Trombone: Keahn Grundy – Baritone: Drake Miller
Percussion: Elias Haberberger, Damian Reyes, Rama Nonino, Matthew Koback, Quinn Reilly, Izyaah Dubose, Ella Jackson, Hector Shutty
Personnel – Wind Ensemble
Flutes: Nathanael Kim, Peyton Ray, Ian Klute, Simone Graczyk, Allie Reed
Oboes: Alina Scrivner, Luka Vezmar, Nolan Ottele, Elizabeth Parsons
Clarinets: Wyn Parney, George Williams, Kadi McCann, Robin Kelley, Nicholas Merz
Bass Clarinets: Oran Bradley, Scarlett Strickland
Bassoons: Andrew Mazurek, Wren Nelson, Bluma Oginsky
Alto Saxophone: Gabby Pappas, Brandon Kennedy, Benjamin Giesen, Quintin Shimonek, Isaac Spotted Elk
Tenor Saxophones: Luke Fleener, Atticus Fretz, Solomon Krumholz, Sosy Kokozian, Jacob Reimer
Baritone Saxophone: Thomas Romano
French Horn: George Frommell, Jolie LeJeune, Thomas Piercy, Finn Moore, EricaPruitt
Trumpet: Koki Renwick, Jonas Gilbert, Hailey Burton, Owen McCormick, MaKenna Bartos, Zacary Grana
Trombones: Samantha Reising, Ben Hann, Luke Miller, Kaden Power, James Turretini, Liam McDermott, Sammy Fraterelli
Baritones: Amir Belen, Jimari Day
Tubas: Soleil Schafluetzel, Sonja Pruitt
Percussion: Lazlo Torok, Declan Scully, JJ Mazza, Andrew Elwood, Gabe Daily, Saule Buettner, Wyatt Carr, Kieran Osborn, Gabriel Thomas-Hill, Kian White
2021-22 DSA Bands Practicing Artists:
Flutes: Cathy Peterson and Michael Williams, Oboes: Miriam Kapner
Clarinets: Elsbeth Williams, Bassoons: Roger Soren, Saxophones: Dr. Grant Larson,
French Horns: Teresa Harvey, Trumpets: Anthony Zator, Low Brass: Adam Bartczak
Percussion: Dr. Greg Harris, Dr. Ed Breazeale, Piano: Stu McKaskie
DSA Music Faculty:
Enrique Lasansky, Rich Serianni, Mitchell Alpaugh, Meaghan Quigley, Ryan Garrison
Jazz Workshop Orchestra Wins Top DownBeat Magazine Award
The Jazz Workshop Orchestra has won the top honor of Best Large Jazz Ensemble – Performing Arts High School Category. This is a huge honor as many groups from arts schools across the country compete for this national honor. The award will be announced nationally in the June Issue – Student Music Award in DownBeat.
Think that this year was cut short as far as the success of the students and program? Think again! The students of the DSA Bands Department were motivated, mobilized and executed a phenomenal year of success even though the year was cut short at school because of the pandemic. Look below at the amazing awards locally, state-wide and nationally that the students were able to achieve this year. Congratulations to all the students, especially seniors!
THE DENVER SCHOOL OF THE ARTS JAZZ WORKSHOP ORCHESTRA PICTURED AFTER THEIR TREMENDOUS PERFORMANCE AT JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER, NEW YORK CITY.
Congratulations DSA Band Department 2019 Seniors!
Superior With Distinction
The phrase “Superior With Distinction” means that all judges present gave the ensemble the top scores possible:
Superior With Distinction:
September 8th DSA hosted Zimbabwean Mbira master Patience Munjeri in a master class that offered advice in music and in living life – a truly unique experience for DSA band students.
On September 13th DSA Percussionists and JWO members had the opportunity to meet and experience a master class with Percussive Arts Society’s “Best Percussionist in 2017”, Cuban born congero Pedrito Martinez and his band.
On September 14th DSA hosted pianist Emmet Cohen and his band Russell Hall (Bass) and Kyle Poole (Drurms) to play for DSA students and to clinic the DSA JWO jazz combo.
Since the before the beginning school the DSA Pit Orchestra has worked tirelessly to rehearse then to perform 8 shows of “In the Heights”, this year’s All School Musical. The production was tremendous in that it focused on DSA’s students of color and also presented the pit with great opportunities to learn many styles such as mambo, reggaeton, merengue and salsa!
What is DSA Bands?
See a great article about DSA bassoonist Tatia Slouka from the Denver Post:
See “Leave Them Wanting More” – a video about the Jazz Workshop Orchestra’s preparation for and the trip to New York for the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Festival and Competition in May of 2017.
See a video about the Jazz Workshop Orchestra and other schools deep in the teaching of jazz music from Rocky Mountain PBS’s “Arts District” show.
Highlights from the 2015-16 year!
DSA Wind Ensemble Collaborates with Augustana Symphonic Band 2/25/16
Top DSA Band Students Perform at the 2016 Concerto Concert
Mr. Hammond and the Denver School of the Arts congratulates the following Band students for their representation in the following All State Ensembles. We are very proud of you!
2016 American Composers Network Honorable Mention
DSA Band Students: CU Honor Band
Jenna Pizer, Erik Ondrejko, Alison Orthel
DSA Band Students: 2016 All State Symphonic Band
Callie Nellis, Josh Bogen, Jenna Pizer, Carson Hann (alt.), Erik Ondrejko,
John Bickle, Alison Orthel
DSA Band Students: 2016 All State Orchestra
Philharmonic Orchestra: Caroline (Callie) Nellis, Eli Castro
Symphonic Orchestra: Tatia Slouka, Allison Orthel
DSA Band Students: All State Jazz Bands
Rico Jones, Christopher Ferrari, Erik Ondrejko, Liam Hughes-Butler,
Gabe Rupe, Julian Archer
All American Jazz Band
Rico Jones, Erik Ondrejko
Next Generation Jazz Band
DSA Bands News…
Jazz Symposium 2015 with Visiting Artist Greg Osby
DSA Bands Rock the Colorado Symphony 5K
DSA Bands showed up for business on Saturday’s (9/19) 5K race to benefit the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. DSA Bands won the “Largest Group” award and Emily Hanson won the 3rd overall female winner in the race. Many DSA students came in top places in their age group but all had a great time at the event! Thanks to all that showed up!
DSA Jazz Workshop Orchestra featured in the Stapleton Front Porch: http://frontporchstapleton.com/article/dsa-jazz-band-play-five-points-jazz-festival-may-16/
DSA Band student Obediah Oakley tells why music is central to his life on the DPS Foundation video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Yh9O8U5-kE&feature=youtu.be
DSA Band student Rico Jones performs in the Grammy Band: http://blogs.denverpost.com/theden/2015/02/07/denver-school-arts-rico-jones-grammys/
DSA BAND AND ORCHESTRA STUDENTS ON NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO’S “FROM THE TOP” CLARINETIST SCOTT CHIU FEATURED!