Band Parent Meeting


Band Registration Video - English


Formulario de Registro de la Banda DeLay

Band Registration Form

What: Band Parent Meeting 
Who: Beginner Band Parents (All parents are welcome)
Where: DeLay Band Hall/Orchestra Room (Spanish/English)


David DeSoto - Head Director


This is Mr. DeSoto's 11th year as the the head director of the DeLay Middle School Band.. During that time he has grown the program from 86 students to over 350 students and earned the honor of being Teacher of the Year for the 2014-2015 school year. The DeLay Bands earn Superior ratings at contests.

He was previously assistant director at Berkner High School and Plano West Senior High School.  He has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of North Texas and a Master of Music Degree from Southern Methodist University.

His wife is Alicia DeSoto and she is a band director at Lewsivlle High School and they have a three-year-old son named Casey.

Joe Janes - Associate Director


Mr. Janes is in his 8th year as associate director of DeLay Middle School.

Mr. Janes is originally from Wisconsin where he earned his Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Lawrence University. He lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico for 10 years where he taught middle school and high school band. Mr. Janes was also very active in the local music scene playing with everything from small jazz groups to salsa bands. While in New Mexico, Mr. Janes had the amazing opportunity to study with world renown musician Eddie Daniels.

Mr. Janes moved to Texas in 2003 and taught for two years in Frisco and then took a few years off of teaching and earned his Master’s degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas. Mr. Janes has taught as Adjunct Professor at the University of North Texas and at Southeastern Oklahoma State University and then as a head director at Gunn Junior High in Arlington.  

Mr. Janes lives in Denton, TX with his wife, daughter, and dog.

    Includes the School Instrument Rental Fee
$50 dollars helps pay for their supplies each year. When you total the books, mouthpieces, and other items we supply it costs much more, but we fundraise to keep band accessible. If you need a payment plan, use the form linked above to let us know what you need.

School-Owned Instruments 

Instrument Contract SPANISH

Instrument Contract CHIN

Instrument Contract ENGLISH

Rent-to-Own Your Instrument

Music and Arts is a store that offers rent-to-own instruments. We have given them our list of preferred beginner instruments and renting helps make purchasing an instrument affordable. These instruments can be useful into high school and beyond, and you can upgrade your instrument to professional levels.

If you want to look on craigslist or other web pages, please speak with directors first. Buying an instrument that won't work is a waste of money and stressful for our kids.

Band Calendar 

Sync to personal calendars and toggle on and off to hide it. We will add dates to Canvas for students.

Syllabus / Grade Policies

(30%) Practice

  • Practice - All band classes have required rehearsals before or after school and are required to practice 5 times each week for a minimum of 30 minutes. Rehearsals also count as practice time. Students that practice at home must submit recordings online and ask the directors for stickers. Students attending required Beginner Band Rehearsals and Sectionals for Honor and Symphonic will receive 2 practice stickers for the hour.

    • 100% 5 Practice Stickers

    • 90% 4 Practice Stickers

    • 80% 3 Practice Stickers

    • 70% 2 Practice Stickers

    • 60% 1 Practice Sticker

    • 0% 0 Practice Stickers

(40%) Objectives

  • Objectives - Students will practice until they master assigned music and concepts. Most pass-offs are done outside of class during practice time.

  • Instrument Inspections - Students clean instruments once per nine weeks.

  • Binder Inspections - Students should keep their binders organized throughout the year.

(30%) Performances

  • Performances - The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills requires students to perform multiple times throughout the school year. This is the most fun aspect of our program and necessary for development.

All students are asked to participate in fundraising to offset our low fees. We will sell World's Finest Chocolate, 10 bars at a time. Students can win prizes through drawings throughout the year.

You must fill this background check (new system) to volunteer on trips with us. We'd love if all parents volunteered at one or more events.

If you're interested in your child working with a private lesson teacher

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