Dozier Band Makes History for the School and Parish

On Wednesday March 13, 2013 the Dozier Elementary Band traveled to UL Lafayette to perform in the District Concert Festival. Though District Festival is a normal occurrence for middle school and high school bands in the parish, it is rare for 5th grade elementary bands to participate. So much so, that the Dozier Elementary Band was the first 5th grade band in Vermilion Parish to ever participate in a District Festival event, making history for the school and the parish.


Upon hearing Dozier Elementary's first band concert for Christmas, Vermilion Parish Music Supervisor Madeline Dehart approached DES band director Kylie Veazey to consider taking the group to this year’s District Festival. Veazey, a 1st year band director admitted she was a bit apprehensive, but decided take a leap of faith with her young musicians and it paid off. Veazey shared, “if nothing else I felt, this could be a great experience for the students.”


Though Veazey had never participated in a District Festival as an actual band director, she had indeed participated many times with the Erath High band under the direction of her (former) EHS Band Director Kenny Broussard. Broussard, who has a daughter in the 5th grade band, was on hand to experience the event, not only as a parent, but as a proud band director watching his former student, who is now a band director herself.


The festival is used as an assessment for bands in District III. Ratings for assessment are on a scale from 1-5. A rating of "1" is the highest level of performance, and a rating of "5" is the lowest. Though it was their 1st district concert performance, the Dozier Elementary Band managed to receive all superior ratings (1’s), as well as receiving a plaque for making "Sweepstakes," for all superior ratings.


The DES 5th grade band consists of sixty five 5th grade students who have been playing their instruments a mere six months.


As a 1st year band teacher an excited Kylie Veazey shared “Not only did everyone comment on how well the band performed, but also on the discipline and manners of our band member. I am extremely proud of the students!”


On Tuesday, March 12, 2013, Kylie Veazey and her DES 5th grade band participated in a “practice run” at 6:00 for the District Concert for the parents and community in Dozier’s cafeteria as well.



Dozier Elementary's 5th Grade Band is the 1st elementary band to participate at District Festival at ULL.The group performed on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 and walked away with all 1 (Superior) ratings and a "Sweepstakes" Plaque.





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