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Band Awards Night -

Students from all DHS Bands are honored at Band Awards Night held in the DHS Auditorium.  Please join us at 6:30 for a cookie reception, Awards to follow at 7pm.  Band Awards are given out in spring of the school year.  Students can receive a variety of Awards, listed below.  All students receive an award based on the following:

Participation Awards for Band Students

Freshman - Lyre Pin and Service Bar

Sophomores - Service Bar

Juniors - Service Bar

Seniors - Service Bar

Seniors and Drum Majors

The Senior Color Guard members are given a Crossed Flag Pin.

Seniors in Marching Band are given a plaque in appreciation of their effort in Marching Band

The Drum Majors receive a Drum Major Pin.

Band Letters

Band Letters are awarded once a student has earned 6 points.  Points are earned by type of Band Class that the student has completed.  In the year the student earns the Band Letter, they do not receive a service bar.

Class Point Values

Marching Band - 1.5

Symphonic Band - 1.0

Concert Band - .5

Jazz Band - .5

Pops Band - .5

Mr. Norman awards several certificates in different categories each year and the following four National Awards.

The National School Marching Award

The National School Marching Award® recognizes outstanding contributions on the field. It honors the musical contributions and dedication of student leaders whose example inspires others.  The student will receive a plaque.

The Louis Armstrong Award

This award was inaugurated in 1974 with the consent of his widow shortly after this great artist died in 1971.  It honors the outstanding jazz musician at each High School.  The student receives a desk sized trophy.

The Patrick S. Gilmore Award

This award was introduced in 1994 in honor of the legendary bandmaster and impresario.  Patrick Gilmore(1829-1892) and his band joined General Burnside's expedition to North Carolina in the Civil War.  Gilmore also played for every president of his day, including Abraham Lincoln.  This beautiful award honors outstanding high school band students and their achievements and commitment to the band.  The student will receive a plaque.

The John Philip Sousa Award

This award was introduced in 1955 to honor the top student in the high school band.  The award recognizes superior musicianship and outstanding dedication.  It was created with the approval of Helen Sousa Albert and Priscilla Sousa, daughters of the famous composer and bandmaster.  The student receives a desk sized trophy.


2013-14 Recipient - Chelsea Clark

2014-15 Recipient - Amanda Ayriss




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DeWitt Bands!

Learn about upcoming performances, competitions, events, and related requirements through these methods:

  • View and sign up for volunteer opportunities.

  • Click on the Band App logo to sign up from your mobile phone.   Mr. Norman uses this to alert students

    to requirements; it’s helpful for parents to receive these too.

  • Join our FaceBook Group, DeWitt Bands – Panther Pride! Posts provide last minute information, quick tips, and an easy Q and A format for all parents.

  • Newsletters

DeWitt Band Boosters ~ P.O. Box 368 DeWitt, MI 48820