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On Monday October 16th, DCS students, staff, families, and friends celebrated our district’s music programs at the 2017 Band Spectacular at Brady Street Stadium. During the event, North, Central, and West High Schools presented their IHSMA State Marching Band Contest Shows. Smart, Sudlow, Walcott, Williams, and Wood Intermediate bands also took the field to showcase their drum cadence and perform the songs Party Rock Anthem, Ex’s and Oh’s, and Uma Thurman as one 326-piece ensemble. For the grand finale, the three high school bands joined the intermediates on the field to close the show with a medley of You’re A Grand Old Flag and America, The Beautiful. Please enjoy some photo selections below! And to view a Quad City Times photo gallery from the big night, please click here.
On Monday, October 2nd, North High’s Varsity Singers and Concert Chorale, along with 900 other students from seven other schools, including Central High and West High took part in the 32nd Annual Metrofest at Bettendorf High School. For many, the highlight of the evening was when all 900 students sang “Battle Hymn of the Republic” together.
Mid City students, Jade and Morgan, attended the annual high school portfolio day at the Figge Art Museum where their art pieces were reviewed and critiqued by several local artists and college professors in the fine arts field.
Ten Davenport Schools elementary music teachers attended an all-day workshop on September 30th in North Liberty, Iowa, where they listened to San Fransisco’s Doug Goodkin on the topic of “Deep Pedagogy.” Doug Goodkin is an internationally recognized teacher of Orff Schulwerk, a dynamic humanistic approach to music education, training teachers in 44 countries worldwide. He’s also the author of eight books and an international speaker and teacher. Pictured in front row, from left: Gail McRill, Linda Dowd, Amy Koch, and Rochelle Schrader; and in the back row, from left: Katherine Jepson, Eileen Andrews, Mitzi Harris-McKinley, Doug Goodkin, Mary Beth Riewerts, Jessica Gates-Long, and Jacob Barker.
Congratulations to the Central High Marching Blue Devils on an outstanding performance in Muscatine, winning best drum majors, best percussion, best color guard, best horn-line, first place in class 4-A, and overall Grand Champions.
North High drama students are working hard to prepare their fall production of Peter and the Starcatcher for performances at Holzworth Auditorium November 3rd through 5th and the Iowa Thespian Festival at the University of Northern Iowa. Two stagecraft classes and a cast of 14 students will be creating the world of Neverland – before it was Neverland!
West High sophomores, Turner Sperry and Bailey Jones, and seniors, Chane Eckhardt and Tristen Essex, have been selected from a group of musicians that auditioned for conductor Benjamin Klemme to perform in the Quad City Youth Symphony Orchestra. They will perform at the Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles’ Fall Festival on Sunday, November 12th, at 3:00 p.m. at Centennial Hall in Rock Island.
Thanks to the Hubble-Waterman Foundation, Fillmore Elementary attended Immerse@thePutnam where they learned about our nation’s great history, including immigration, invention, and natural resources. They also participated in an engineering challenge, constructing building structures that might withstand hurricane-force winds, and learned about scientists making a difference in our global community while enjoying NatGeo’s Extreme Weather in 3D. Go here to see WQAD’s program coverage.