Band Parent Meeting
This is Mr. DeSoto's 14th 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.
Joe Janes - Associate Director
Mr. Janes is in his 11th 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 two dogs.
Joe Janes (Click to email)
This fee includes the School Instrument Rental Fee
$50 dollars helps pay for their supplies each year. When you total the books, shirts, 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 Instrument Contract
- Required to rent from LISD. We will hand these out the first day of school.
There are 3 different fees.
A) If your student does not qualify for free or reduced lunch: $100 per year
B) If your student qualifies for reduced lunch: $50 per year
C) If your student qualifies for free lunch: $25 per year
Music and Arts
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 Shirts are included in the student's fees. Parents may order extras for $10.
Sync to personal calendars and toggle on and off to hide it. We will add dates to Canvas for students.
Syllabus / Grade Policies
Practice - We highly suggest that all band students practice 5 half hours a week as a minimum. The band hall is open at 7:10 for all students to practice before school and will stay open until 5:15 every day, so there is over 150 minutes of time available at school 5 days a week. Students may also take instruments home to practice. Every 30 minutes will earn a practice sticker on a wall chart and and every 5 stickers will earn a prize.
Objectives - Students will practice and study until they master assigned music and concepts listed on their objective sheet. This may include theory, playing, binder organization and instrument maintenance.
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. Performances also include a few class tests. Honor Band Sectionals before school will include playing tests as well.
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