Dear 8th Grade Band Students/Parents,
My name is Mr. Johns, the recently appointed Director of Bands at Dacula High School beginning in the 2016-2017 school year. I am so excited to be joining the Dacula cluster and continuing the tradition of excellence with the Dacula High School and Middle School Band Programs. While we have a fantastic percentage of students in 8th Grade continuing on to high school band classes, I wanted to take a moment to give some information about the most visible and fun part about our program, which is our Falcon Marching Band.
Marching Band is considered a co-curricular activity in Gwinnett County but primarily practices during the last few weeks of summer and a few days after school during each week in the Fall. The Marching Band performs at all Varsity football games, the GCPS Marching Band Exhibition, school pep rallies and parades, and two Saturday contests. While we do work hard to make our performances the best they can be, the marching band promotes a positive environment where students have fun while learning life lessons through music!
In high school, it can take time for freshman students to find where they belong in a school as big as ours. The benefit to being a member of the marching band is that your student will walk into the building on the first day with 70+ other friends and peers who are positive, encouraging, and great role models!
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. I look forward to meeting each of you as your family continues on to high school band!
All my best,
Chris Johns, Director of Bands, Dacula High School
Dacula HS Marching Band parents and
students were recently surveyed and asked:
“My favorite part of my/my student’s
participation in Marching Band is…”
“The sense of family they have and the pride
they have in their accomplishments.”
“The friends I’ve made and the times I’ve
“Her pride and enjoyment belonging to a great
The family feeling the students have.”
“Seeing her growth every year. My child was
very shy and quiet when she first started
freshman year. Now she has blossomed and
made plenty of friends and she is not afraid to
perform in front of crowds of people. It’s
incredible to see!”
“The community the band family has formed.”
“The team environment that the band has.
Everyone loves each other and has such a good
“His enjoyment of the experiences.”
“Making new friends.”
“The friendships I made.”
“I love that I can have fun with all of my
closest friends and at the same time
concentrate on the music and marching so that
we can do great in competitions.”
“Showing school spirit and being part of a
great group of people.”
“The friends he makes.”
“The community spirit and involvement.”