Drumroll, Please: How Band Camp Pays Off Later in Life

By , April 21, 2014 10:38 am

Drumroll, Please: How Band Camp Pays Off Later in Life

By Alexandra Sifferlin @acsifferlin

Nov. 06, 2013

If you gave up the clarinet in grade school, don’t worry. Those precious years of musical training still did your brain a favor.

Brains change with age, and these changes can sometimes interfere with our hearing, which in turn impacts how we respond to speech. But new research shows that being a musician — even by the loosest definition of the word — can curb cognitive declines. A new study from researchers at Northwestern University, published in the Journal of Neuroscience connected music lessons in childhood to the way the brain responded to speech later in life.

The researchers asked 44 adults between the ages of 55 to 76 about any musical instruments they played as children, and studied the electrical activity in their brains as they listened to the synthesized syllable, “da.” The scientists focused their attention on the auditory brain stem, the area that processes sensory and cognitive information. And they found that the longer a person played an instrument during childhood, the faster their brains were able to respond to sounds. This was true even though none of the participates had picked up an instrument in almost 40 years. Recognizing speech is a good indicator of cognitive ability, since picking out speech from background noise with relatively little effort is important for daily functioning.

The participants who had four to 14 years of musical training had a millisecond faster response compared to those who had no musical training. A millisecond may seem hardly notable, but the brain is so sensitive to timing, that the difference matters. This means older adults may have slower responses to sounds that change quickly, which means they can’t always understand what people are saying to them.

So even if you weren’t a musical prodigy, those hours spent practicing weren’t a total waste. “This study suggests the importance of music education for children today and for healthy aging decades from now. The fact that musical training in childhood affected the timing of the response to speech in older adults in our study is especially telling because neural timing is the first to go in the aging adult,” said the study’s lead author Nina Kraus in a statement.

Alexandra Sifferlin @acsifferlin

Alexandra Sifferlin is a writer and producer for TIME Healthland. She is a graduate from the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism.

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Spring Concessions Help Needed

By , April 21, 2014 10:12 am

The Dublin Music Boosters’ Concessions Fundraising isn’t just a Fall, Football endeavor. We get to earn money to support Dublin Music Programs throughout the year, and that includes Spring Sports like Girls’ and Boys’ Lacrosse. Please take a look at your calendar, grab a friend (or come alone and make a new one!) and sign up on the SignUp Genius:


Help is needed for Monday (4/21) and Wednesday (4/23) and Tuesday (4/29) and Saturday (5/4).

Thanks in advance for your assistance!

Fundraiser: Firehouse Subs, 4/23

By , April 21, 2014 10:11 am

Bring the attached flyer to Firehouse Subs on Sawmill, between 4PM and 8PM on April 23, and the Irish Band receives 15% of proceeds, towards Philadelphia/NYC Thanksgiving Day Parade.


Remember you have to bring the flyer with you in order for the band to get the proceeds.

Hope to see you there!

Mattress Fundraiser! (May 24)

By , April 21, 2014 10:00 am

Saturday, May 24 will be our 3rd Annual Mattress Sale. For those of you new to this, it may sound a little odd, but it has worked really well for us.

Attached you will find a “Save The Date” flyer with information regarding this sale. All we ask is that you get the word out. You and your student do not do any actual sales!

SaveTheDate Flyer 2014

As we get closer to the sale date your student will receive the same flyer complete with coupons and a referral line. Any purchase of a mattress set made with your student’s referral earns your student $50!! AND the band gets proceeds as well. Yes, we would love for the Seniors to earn some money, too!

This will be used for the Philadelphia/NYC trip to help defray costs. (By the way, we have secured some tickets for Aladdin and The Lion King on Broadway so far. More options on the way!) Philadelphia/New York City registration is here.

Also attached is a letter explaining the use of individual fundraisers and the upcoming 1099 form you will fill out on behalf of your student. We will track each individual’s earnings. IF a student reaches $600 in individual earnings we are required to send a Form 1099 to the IRS. We don’t anticipate there being a lot of kids that do this, but we have to have the form on record in order to give students individual earnings on fundraisers.

Band Camp registration is going on now! Please do this now, even if there are financial obligations that might get in the way of completing the process. We really want the registration now. Just contact Mr. Gray if you have any questions.

Luck ‘O the Irish Casino Night a Great Success!

By , March 18, 2014 3:53 pm

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Our 2nd Annual Luck ‘o the Irish Casino Night at the beautful Bridgewater Conference and Banquet Center was like a leprechaun’s pot ‘o gold at the end of the rainbow!
We were treated to two performances by the Irish Fiddle Fetish (IFF) ensemble, and enjoyed the Irish dancers from the Regan-Rankin Irish Dance Academy who joined us for some high stepping magic. Babysitting was provided by Emily Webb from the National Honor Society, and Gaming tables and dealers were provided by one of our Scioto parents, Todd Jones and his Team DJ.

Many families and community businesses donated to our silent auction. Please support them when possible (see attached list).

Thank you to our planning committee for many hours of dedicated service:

Lisa McClellan – Vice President-Scioto, DMB, Leader and Visionary Extraordinaire
Abby Suarez – Ticket sales/website/photography
Dianne Crouse – Silent auction
Heidi Sargent – PR
Pam Esker – Silent auction/photography

Thanks to Jim Gray for putting the word out, leading the IFF for the performances, and much more.

Thanks also to the volunteers who helped us with parade flyers, setup/teardown or events during the evening:

Steve & Ian Crouse,
Mike Sargent,
Meg, Casper & Breanna Montgomery,
Mike & Cathy Jakubow,
Alison Adamsky,
Rick & Mitch McClellan,
Ben & Matthew Esker,
Dana Carrel,
Debbie & Janelle Wilkins,
James & Jennifer Sylvester,
Julie Holt & family,
Janet Stevenson & family,
Juli Shultz,
Elizabeth Gray,
KV Murali,
Margie Burger,
Jane Wright,
Scott & Kathy Trask,
Scott Haring,
The IFF,
The Regan Rankin Irish Dance Academy,
The National Honor Society.

We would like to recognize the following businesses/families for their generous contribution to our 2nd Annual Luck ‘O The Irish Casino Night silent auction benefitting Dublin Music Programs. It is only through their support that this event is a success. Please consider supporting these businesses as a customer and be sure to thank them for supporting us:
Al’s Delicious Popcorn
AMC Dublin Village 18
AMF Sawmill Lanes
The Andersons
Avon-Jen Kearns
Azteca Mexican Grill
Barnes & Noble
Bead Shop
Belt Bling!-Kathy Riesterer
Big League Haircuts
Boy-Rad, Inc.-Goodyear
James Brewer
Buckeye Bounce
Buckeye Corner
CAPA Columbus
Capelli’s Hair Designers
The Chiller
Cincinnati Reds
Cinemark Carriage Place Movies 12
City of Dublin/Dublin Recreation Center
Columbus Museum of Art
Columbus Symphony
COSI Columbus
Creation Nation
Custom Air Conditioning and Heating Co.-Scott Haring
Dave & Buster’s
Donatos Pizza
Dublin Irish Festival
Dublin/New Albany Cleaners
The Esker Family
Flyers Pizza
Fog of Dusk
Frame Makers
The Golf Club of Dublin
Great Clips
Greek Express
Half Price Books
Healthsource of Dublin Chiropractic
Honeybaked Ham
Hunan Lion
KSE Kreations
Cyndi and Tori Jones
Lambert Photographs
LaVida Massage of Columbus
The Loft Violin Shop
Mad River Mountain
Magic Mountain
Mama Lido’s
Marcy’s Clayground
Massage Envy
Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt
Nail Designs
Noodles & Company
The Ohio Expo Center and State Fair
Oncore Body Center
Orange Theory
Deb Papesh
Plain City Lanes
Prime Tours-Dave Matthews
Raising Cane’s
Red Lobster
Rettig Music
The Riley Family
Romanoff’s Classic Tuxedo
Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern
Salon Lofts
Sam’s Club
The Sargent Family

Concessions Team Forming Now

By , February 18, 2014 1:22 pm

Dear Parents:

At the beginning of February, I asked for five (5) parents to step forward to help with the Dublin Music Boosters (DMB) Concessions Team at Dublin Scioto High School. We have great music parents, all who share one thing in common – We are all part of the DMB. You likely noticed that the spring concessions signup went out last weekend, which means it is critical we begin to put this team together to support volunteers who will be signing up. I have high hopes that folks with flexible schedules who can put in a few hours a week will step up to leadership. While having freshman or sophomore parents step up is ideal, junior parents may also.

The Concessions Team Leadership roles will support Dublin Scioto High School concessions for the spring 2014 season and the 2014-2015 fall/spring seasons. Training would occur during this spring season as provided by our current outgoing Concessions leadership. Thank you to Gary and Nancy Cameron and James and Jackie Williams for their amazing support the past couple years.

As a busy parent raising three boys, working, juggling family life and volunteering for other organizations in the community, I know how tough it can be to step up. Please take a moment to reflect and give me a shout by the end of the week (Feb 21) if you feel called to help. The school relies on the DMB to continue delivering high quality concessions at its Friday night home football games and more.

Thank you very much for your consideration (see previous message, posted in the tab above, for more information).

Lisa McClellan
DMB Vice President-Scioto

Upcoming Music Events from throughout the District

By , January 30, 2014 7:00 am

Following are some of the musical performances from Dublin schools throughout the area. Mark your calendars, you won’t want to miss them!


March 4, 6:30 PM — Riverside Elementary 2nd Grade concert

March 4, 7:00 PM — Scioto High School Irish Fiddle Fetish, Concert Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra Concert

March 13, 7:00 PM — Olde Sawmill Elementary 5th Grade Concert, Dress rehearsal assembly at 2:45 PM

March 15, 11:00 AM — Scioto High School Marching Band, Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Parade, report 9:30 am, parade starts at 11:00 am

March 17-21 — Scioto High School Drumline Clinics

March 19, 7:00 PM — Daniel Wright Elementary 4th Grade concert


April 15 — Scioto High School Symphonic Band, Jazz Band Concert

April 24 — Scioto High School Choir Awards Concert


May 8, 7:00 PM — Olde Sawmill Elementary 1st Grade Program. Dress rehearsal assembly at 2:45, Performance at 7:00 PM.

May 13, 7:00 PM — Scioto High School Prism Concert Dress Rehearsal 3:00 – 6:30

May 14, 7:00 PM — Scioto High School Prism Concert


By , November 16, 2013 8:34 pm

On Friday, November 8, the Dublin Scioto Marching Band took the field for their final performance of The Parting Glass show at the OMEA State Finals, at Brunswick High School, Brunswick, OH.

The band took the field and gave a memorable performance. Their countless hours of practice paid off. A crowd of Dublin Scioto’s faithful fans watched in rapt attention, erupting in enthusiastic, mittened applause at the emotional end of the show.

At long last, the judges announced their assessment: SUPERIOR!

We knew it all along. :)

Congratulations on a great season. We look forward to celebrating together at the Band Banquet!

2013 Showcase: “A Parting Glass”

By , November 7, 2013 1:08 pm

On October 24, Dublin Scioto High School hosted a free marching band showcase featuring the award-winning competition shows for all three Dublin high schools. Each year, either Coffman, Jerome or Scioto hosts this event as a thank you to parents, the school and community for supporting the marching bands during each challenging and rigorous marching season.

The Marching Band students represent the proud Irish spirit of Dublin Scioto High School, performing in numerous parades, football games, 4-5 adjudicated competitions and special community events. Thank you for all your support.

Click on the link to see the Scioto Irish Marching Band’s 2013 Showcase performance, entitled “A Parting Glass”. Feel free to share with family and friends.

Results from MSBA at Mason

By , November 4, 2013 8:11 am

The Scioto Irish Marching Band had an excellent day at Mason this past weekend.

In what is seen as THE most competitive Championships class in all of MSBA, the Scioto Irish held their own, finishing in the middle of the pack of some of the finest marching bands from Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky.

Of the 16 bands in attendance, 10 were to go to Finals. Scioto tied with Talawanda for the last spot to move on to the Finals event with a score of 74.20.

In Prelims the Scioto Irish placed 6th in Music, tied for 10th overall. Only 8 points separated 1st place in Prelims from 10th place in Prelims!!

Our first goal for the day was to make it to Finals. Check.

After listening to some judges’ critiques we were able to make some improvements in our performance. While still finishing 10th in Finals, we did improve our score some to 76.10. Our second goal of the day was to score an 80. Not quite there, but close!

Importantly, the 8th and 9th place Finals bands tied at 76.20! Only .1 ahead of us. And the next two bands only had 3 points on the Irish.

So in THE most competitive MSBA Championships Class, the Scioto Irish held in the middle of the pack all day. Staff is very proud of what they accomplished.

Now… we will try make even more improvements for the OMEA Finals in Brunswick on Friday night. OMEA Finals goal will be to score a Superior rating in every caption!

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