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Dunedin Highland Middle School Bands

Highlander Band


The Highlander Band consists of students with advanced musical talents. This band performs in several concerts each year. They also perform in many regional Highland Games as well as in the City of Dunedin Military Tattoo. The Highlander Band has performed at the home opener of the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Team at Spring Training. This band toured Washington, D.C. in 1995, 1997, and 2001; New York City in 1999; Atlanta in 2003; Orlando in 2005; and St. Augustine, Florida in 2008.

2007-2008 and again in 2008-2009 the Highlander Band received "Straight Superior" ratings at the University of Tampa concert evaluation.

                                                                     CADET BAND


The Cadet Band is composed of students who are generally in their second year of playing an instrument. Some students begin the year in the Beginning Band and progress quickly enough that they are invited to join the Cadet Band in mid year. These skills are developed even further and more advanced skills are mastered. This can be seen in the difficulty of the music they play at the concerts.

                                                               BEGINNING BAND


The Beginning Band is designed to introduce students with little or no musical background to the world of music. The students are then matched to instruments and there the journey begins. They are taught to read music and play the instruments. After developing basic skills they begin to learn concert pieces. Before long they are ready to play in the Holiday Concert in December.

                                                                     PIPE BAND


The Grade V Pipe Band performs at all concerts and many special events around the City and the State of Florida. The Pipe Band also performs at many Highland Games around the State and has distinguished themselves with many first place finishes and superior ratings. They have also won the Supreme Championship Award of the United States Southern Piping Association. This involves competing against high school, college, and adult bands. The Pipe Band is able to achieve this level of success due to the dedicated work of the students and the superior leadership provided by Mr. Iain Donaldson.

                                                                                      JAZZ BAND


The Jazz Band was formed in 2008-2009 under the leadership of Band Director David Mason as a fun way for the kids to learn different styles of music. The band is made up from members of the Highlander, Cadet,and Pipe bands.
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