Deuel School District Band Program
The Deuel School band program provides an excellent music education for the students. Band starts in 5th grade and is open to everyone. The students meet 2-4 times a week. Depending on the number of students and skill levels, the instructor may have them meet as a large group or spilt into smaller groups during the school year. The 5th grade band has a spring concert that coincides with third through fifth grade music concert, and they also participate in a solo contest that is hosted at the school. 5th grade students also have individual weekly lessons each week.
Sixth grade students are required to either be in band or choir, or both if they choose. The band meets daily and also have a lesson once a week. Due to numbers, this is typically a group lesson with 2-3 students. MS students participate in marching band, have a Christmas and Spring concert, participate in Solo/Small Group Contest, and have opportunities to audition for festivals/events such as MS All-State Band, Eastern Dakota Junior Musician Festival, and East Central Honors Band. They also get volunteer opportunities and often the invitation to play with the high school pep band.
High School band also meets 4 days a week, but they do not receive weekly lessons. They participate in marching band, which includes 2-3 competitions plus Homecoming, pep band and concert band. Pep band plays at home football and basketball events. Concert band performs at Veteran’s Day, Christmas Concert, Spring Concert, Large Group Contest, Graduation, and a Memorial Day selection rotating at the Gary or Clear Lake program. They also have optional participation in small group contest in Watertown. Jazz band selections occur once in a while based on instrumentation and preparation time each year.