Davison Band & Orchestra Boosters

Concert Orchestra: Orchestra continues in the Middle School, under the direction of Mr. John Marttila.  Students meet daily during school hours and may meet after school for an occasional practice session per the discretion of the director.  This ensemble  will perform at several concerts through the year.  
Symphony Orchestra: Orchestra continues in the Middle School, under the direction of Mr. John Marttila.  Students meet daily during school hours and may meet after school for an occasional practice session per the discretion of the director.  This ensemble  will perform at several concerts through the year and may also participate in MSBOA Festival.

Maroon and Gold Band: is the 7th grade band, under the guidance of Mr. Bronson.  The Maroon and Gold Band participates in the Davison Middle School Winter Concert, and in Musicathon.  See Schedule page for more information.  7th grade students are encouraged, but not required, to participate in MSBOA Solo & Ensemble.  This is an opportunity to perform for judges either solo or in a small group (duet,trio, etc.)  Students receive ratings, ribbons reflecting their ratings, and constructive comments on how to improve.  Participation is extracurricular.  Ask Mr. Bronson for  more information.

Cardinal Band: is the 8th grade band, under the guidance of Mr. Bronson.  They perform several concerts throughout the year. The Cardinal Band students are encouraged, but not required, to participate in MSBOA Solo & Ensemble.  This is an opportunity to perform for judges either solo or in a small group (duet, trio, etc.)  Students receive ratings, ribbons reflecting their ratings, and constructive comments on how to improve.  Most preparation for participation is done outside of school.  Ask Mr. Bronson for  more information.

Middle School Jazz Ensemble: is an extracurricular ensemble.  It consists of 7th & 8th grade band and orchestra students who wish to explore the jazz and swing genre.  Mr. Bronson directs this fine ensemble.  The Davison Middle School Jazz Ensemble will perform at the Davison Middle School Art Show and 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.