Welcome to DSA Bands


We are in the thick of Honor Bnad audition time!  If your Concert Band or Wind Ensemble student is not auditioning for something this will reflect negatively in their grade!  Mr. Hammond nor the DSA Practicing Artists are responsible for providing the students with their audition material, teaching nor preparing the students for these audition.  The entire process is the responsibility of each student (responsibility – accountability – execution!).  Here are the links to all the opportunities:

CITYWIDE INTERMEDIATE (MIDDLE SCHOOL)  – Auditions – Tuesday, November 7 during Concert Band


Keep in mind that each student will take about 7 minutes, give or take, to audition. Auditions will be three-part: scales, excerpts, and sight-reading. All material can be accessed here: https://sites.google.com/site/dpscitywideartsevents/music-events/band (scroll down the page to click on either the “Advanced Band” or “Intermediate Band” links).

CITYWIDE ADVANCED (HIGH SCHOOL) – Auditions – Wednesday, November 8 during Wind Ensemble


CU HONOR BAND (MIDDLE SCHOOL) – Auditions recordings sent to tdharvey62@gmail.com by November 10


CU HONOR BAND (HIGH SCHOOL) – Auditions recordings sent on own or to



ALL STATE JAZZ BAND (9-12 grade) – Audition deadline is November 9!  Recording must be sent to dave_hammond@dpsk12.org  Read the forms!  Money must be submitted by check ($25) to Mr. Hammond (to DSA Bands) by November 9.


ALL STATE ORCHESTRA (10-12 grade) Audition through Dr. Lasansky/DSA Orchestra


ALL STATE CONCERT BAND (10-12 grade) Audition at specific sites from November 28-December 1.  You must let Mr. Hammond know what site and when you want to audition by November 15.  Read the forms!


Band News

The last week of August is the week the best of the best students of jazz in the entire country come together to play and be tutored by some of the best jazz musicians on Earth.  This year DSA had 3 (count ’em!) out of 12!

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!

e DSA Wind Ensemble going to the:

National Concert Band Festival, Indianapolis, Indiana – March 15-17

Congratulations to the Jazz Workshop Orchestra going to the:

Colorado Music Educators Association Conference, Colorado Springs, CO – January 25-27

New Giving Campaign Unveiled at DSA

The actual cost of educating a DSA student with a comprehensive arts/academic education is $6,250, however the estimated 2017-18 DPS allocation for DSA students is $4,978 per student. So we are faced with a gap in fully funding a nationally competitive arts and academic education. This gap is $1,272 per student.

With all DSA parents coming together to Fill the Gap with a monthly, unrestricted contribution, we will be able to provide the quality educational programs in the arts and academics that our students deserve. A school-wide culture of philanthropy is essential to the success of our students, and fulfilling our mission…and together we will be stronger!
Your support of the Fill the Gap Campaign is greatly appreciated!  CLICK HERE to donate.

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News and Events from this year!

See a great article about DSA bassoonist Tatia Slouka from the Denver Post:


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.


The Jazz Workshop Orchestra poses on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York after winning second place at the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Festival and Competition in New York City.

The DSA Woodwind Quintet sets up to play at the Colorado Youth Leadership Awards Ceremony. The Mayor recognized the group at the event.

JWO2 plays Dazzle on 5/1/17. This will be the last performance of the bands at this Dazzle location.

The Jonathan Kreisberg trio plays for DSA students 5/1. DSA Alum Colin Stranahan ’05 was playing drums.

Members of the DSA Brass Quintet perform in Master class under the watchful eye of the famed Canadian Brass at the University of Colorado at Boulder 1/29/17.

The Jazz Workshop Orchestra poses for the official picture at the 70th Annual Midwest Band and Orchestra Festival, 12/16/16.

The Jazz Workshop Orchestra poses for the official picture at the 70th Annual Midwest Band and Orchestra Festival, 12/16/16.

DSA students Abby Davidson, Jenna Pizer and Tatia Slouka performed in the finals of a National Chamber Music Competition at New England Conservatory, Boston.

DSA students Abby Davidson, Jenna Pizer and Tatia Slouka performed in the finals of a National Chamber Music Competition at New England Conservatory, Boston.


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

DSA Middle School Band students pose with other students from DPS Schools at the Denver Citywide Honor Band event on Saturday, 2/20.

DSA Middle School Band students pose with other students from DPS Schools at the Denver Citywide Honor Band event on Saturday, 2/20.

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

Zach Bahn

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

Erik Ondrejko

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 videohttps://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/