Davison Band & Orchestra Boosters

String Orchestra consists of strings students from all four years of high school.  They meet during 1st hour, under the direction of Mr. James C. Schuster.  They perform music for strings alone. 

String orchestra typically performs at the Fall Concert, Winter Concert, pre-festival concert, MSBOA District Festival, (possibly qualifying for the MSBOA State Festival), and Musicathon. 

Chamber Orchestra is the high school's audition-based string ensemble and is typically offered during 5th hour under the direction of Mr. James C. Schuster. Often, they perform music for strings alone at the Fall concert. For the other concerts, they perform a combination of string-only pieces and mixed pieces, inviting wind and percussion instrumentalists from the bands, forming the Symphonic Orchestra

In order to include non-string instrumentalists in the Symphonic Orchestra, a Monday after school practice is held for much of the year.  Chamber Orchestra and/or Symphonic Orchestra typically perform at the Fall Concert, Winter Concert, pre-festival concert, MSBOA District Festival, (possibly qualifying for the MSBOA State Festival),  Musicathon and Alternative Ed Graduation.  

Concert Band, directed by Mr. James C. Schuster, consists of band students from all four years of high school and is typically is offered during 2nd and 3rd hours, with the two groups meeting as a whole for after school practices prior to performances. 

Concert Band typically holds a Fall Concert, Winter Concert, Pre-Festival Concert, an MSBOA District Festival Concert, and  may qualify for MSBOA State Festival.  Concert Band also participates in Musicathon and performs with the Wind Ensemble for the Davison High School Graduation ceremony.

Wind Ensemble, directed by Mr. James C. Schuster, is the high school's audition-based band ensemble. A majority of Wind Ensemble members are typically upperclassmen, but all eighth-grade through junior band students may audition each spring for any open positions for the following school year. 

Wind Ensemble is typically offered during 6th hour.  Wind Ensemble typically participates in the Fall Concert, Winter Concert, Pre-Festival Concert, an MSBOA District Festival Concert, and  may qualify for MSBOA State Festival.  Symphonic Band also participates in Musicathon and performs with the Concert Band for the Davison High School graduation ceremony.

Davison High School Marching Band, directed by Mr. James C. Schuster and assisted by Mr. Bronson, is an extra curricular activity that is enjoyed by many students.  The Marching Band performs at all home football games, competes in MSBOA Marching Festival and invitational competition.  Marching Band consists of many instrumental students, a color guard, and baton twirlers. 

The entire marching band is expected to participate in Marching Band pre-camp (3 days held at the High School to learn marching basics), Marching Band camp (a week long away camp during which the show is learned) in early August, and in all practices, competitions, and shows.  The Marching season begins with camp in August and runs through the end of football season.  If the football team goes to playoffs, the Marching Band season is also extended.

High School Pep Band, is an extra curricular band ensemble, often directed by Mr. Bronson, that performs at home basketball games to provide a little bit more excitement at the game.
High School Jazz Ensemble, directed by Mr. Bronson, is an extracurricular ensemble. It consists of 9th & 12th grade band and orchestra students who wish to explore the jazz and swing genre. The High School Jazz Ensemble performs at Musicathon.  
Parents:  You are likely to have many questions as your children grow in their musical experiences.  Involvement in the instrumental music program will enhance their school experience in so many ways.  If you have any questions or concerns, follow this link for information on how to contact the director of your child's ensemble.  If you would like to talk to a parent who's "been there", feel free to email one of the boosters or come to the Band and Orchestra Booster meetings, 2nd Tuesday of each month in the High School AMR room.
Private lessons:  are not required to participate in the program, but are an advantage for your student.  Though our directors try their best to give instruction to each student, it is difficult in the time allotted.  Instruction from an individual whose main instrument is the instrument your child is playing can be invaluable for learning techniques specific to your child's instrument.  There are many routes you can use, each having their own advantages and disadvantages.  These include private instruction at the Flint Institute of Music, or from private instructors known in the area for your child's instrument.  Sometimes tutoring can be set up with an older student, or a college student, which is helpful in the early years, but your student may eventually outgrow the usefulness.  There are summer band camps, during which your child can receive intense individual instruction and make a few friends.  (See Scholarships page.)  Discuss these options with your child's director.  There may be an affordable option suited for your needs.