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Mark Nichols, Band Director Phone Icon 334-598-4461 ext. 230 Email Icon Email
  Stephanie Robertson, Assistant Band Director Phone Icon 334-598-4461 ext. 230 Email Icon Email

Daleville High School Band

The "Pride of the South" Band Program



The Daleville City Schools’ Band Program serves approximately 298 students grades 6-12. The musicians themselves make up 38% of the school’s population, while 45% of the school attends classes in the music department at some point during the school day. Program offerings include the “Pride of the South” marching band, Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Intermediate Band, Advanced Beginning Band, Beginning Band, Pep Band, Jazz Band I, and Jazz Band II. The program also offers numerous student-led small ensembles such as jazz combo, brass choir, trumpet ensemble, sax quartet, and woodwind quartet. Two directors work together to team teach all of these ensembles.

The marching band consistently earns Superior ratings and Best in Class awards in competitions all over the Southeast. This ensemble includes auditioned musicians from grades 8-12 who split into two ensembles for concert band. The Wind Symphony has consistently earned Superior ratings at MPA throughout the history of the band and recently earned the recognition of receiving a “Superior with Distinction.” The newly formed Symphonic Band continues to work to build a reputation of excellence. Nationally, the band has earned Superior ratings and many first place awards in New York City, Gatlinburg, St. Louis, Orlando, Houston, Tampa, Chicago, San Antonio, and Toronto. In 2010, the band performed at the Cotton Bowl and Dallas New Year’s parade, earning first place in both the concert and parade competitions. The band recently won the Heritage Festivals’ concert and jazz competition in Orlando and was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall. Student led ensembles have also achieved success performing in the lobby at the 2012 and 2013 AMEA conferences. Most recently, the Daleville Wind Symphony has been invited to perform at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center for the 2014 Alabama Music Educator's Conference. Additionally, the Wind Symphony was honored to accept an invitation to perform at the 2014 Southeastern United States Honor Band & Clinic. The 2018-2019 Pride of the South will be performing in Tampa, FL for the 2019 Outback Bowl Coca-Cola Halftime Show on New Year's Day.

Individual members of the band are constantly in demand to perform at community events. They regularly receive invitations to participate in honor bands throughout the southern states. In 2012, the band had 21 students achieve the designation of becoming All-State bandsmen and 42 students distinguished as members of the District VIII Honor Band. The school record for District Honor Band participation stands at 52.

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