The Dodgen Middle School Band is served by two directors and adjunct faculty who are brought in to provide periodic instructional enrichment. Click on the links to learn more.
High School Bands
At Dodgen we are fortunate to feed into two of the strongest high school band programs in the nation! Both the Walton and Pope bands regularly perform at prestigious national and international events, and compete with both their marching and concert groups. Please visit their web pages to learn more.
Dodgen Band Morning Ensemble Program
**Due to Covid-19 school closure, we are unable to offer extracurricular ensembles at this time.**
Once we return to in-person learning, we look forward to resuming our ensemble program! Please use the information below as a reference for what we typically offer.
The Dodgen Band Ensembles are extracurricular groups that meet once per week before school, providing additional instructional and performance opportunities. An ensemble is a fun and satisfying way to get in some extra practice time! Our ensembles have performed at such diverse venues as East Cobb Park, Downtown Marietta, the Georgia Governor's Mansion, the Georgia Aquarium, the Taste of East Cobb, our feeder elementary schools, and many more! Scheduled performances include a Fall and a Spring Showcase at school, as well as community performances as those opportunities arise. The groups also perform annually at the GMEA Solo and Ensemble Evaluation (this year on the morning of November 3rd at Hightower Trail Middle School), and have consistently received the highest rating of Superior. All 7th and 8th grade students are invited to join, as well as 6th grade students with at least one semester of previous playing experience. To join, visit the Forms Page and fill out the registration form. Before signing up, please make sure your child can attend the weekly rehearsals from 8:00 to 8:45am, as well as the scheduled performance on the band calendar. All rehearsals start the week of August 13th.
Offerings for 2018-2019 School Year include...
Flute/Double Reed Ensemble: Piccolo, Flute, Alto Flute, Bass Flute, Oboe, Bassoon
(Fridays with Mr. Jeffres in Room 402)
Clarinet Ensemble: Eb Clarinet, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Contra Alto Clarinet, Contra Bass Clarinet
(Tuesdays with Mr. Westphal in the Band CAVE)
Saxophone Ensemble: Soprano Sax, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax
(Mondays with Mr. Jeffres in the Band CAVE)
Trumpet Ensemble: Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Bass Trumpet
(Fridays with Mr. Westphal in the Band CAVE)
Low Brass Ensemble: French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba
(Mondays with Mr. Westphal in the Band Room)
Percussion Ensemble: A wide variety including Steel Drums
(Fridays with Percussion Instructor Mr. Boyd in the Band Room)
Jazz Band (by audition only): Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax, Trumpet, Trombone, Piano, Bass, Drum Set, Guitar
(Tuesdays with Mr. Jeffres in the Band Room)
Dodgen Pops (by audition only): All Band Instruments
(Thursdays with Mr. Jeffres in the Band Room)
Individual Assistance and Make-Up Testing: All instruments, all grades starting August 23rd
(Thursdays with Mr. Westphal in the CAVE)