Walsh Middle School
Band has been eliminated from Walsh Middle School 
... Due to scheduling difficulties...
There is now an after school band program for 6th, 7th, and 8th gr.
and jazz band if you are interested email Mr Dassoni:
8th gr. - Tuesdays:2:55-3:30
Jazz Band - Tuesdays 3:35-4:15
7th gr. Thursdays:2:55-3:30
6th gr. Thursdays: 3:35-4:10


and email them to me @

Mr. Dassoni's Office Hours
Tuesday & Thursday
2:25 - 2:55
Email me I will try to respond within 5 minutes
Any questions you may have...

These are challenging times ... Stay HEALTHY and POSITIVE!

Something from my alma mater ... I found it very moving ... Hope you enjoy it :~)

Check out the link below for an AWESOME list of "Play-Alongs"

Walsh Annual Spring Band Concert

 Thursday: May 28th 2020
6:30 PM
(Students should show up 6:00 to warm-up...)

Attendance is Mandatory!
Concert Dress = Black on bottom & White on top

...Featuring The Walsh 6th, 7th, 8th gr. Concert Bands
& The Walsh Wildcat Jazz Band!!


Important !... Trimester 2 quizzes
Quizzes - March 2-13th
(Make-ups/Do-overs March 13-20th)
6th gr.  Eb  Concert scale - Basic Band
7th gr. F Concert Scale - 5 min/day
8th gr. Ab  Concert Scale - 5 min/day
Be sure to practice ... !


Arts Matter Day - Friday Oct. 2019
Sit in on a rehearsal ... as the Walsh Grade 8 Concert Band salutes the Arts & The Red Sox
Check it out !!

Grade 8 Concert Band - "Sweet Caroline"

Coming March 18th ...

"MIOS" = Music In Our Schools !!
This is an annual concert that takes place at Framingham High School
The concert will begin at 7:00 PM and will feature the Cameron, Fuller,
and Walsh Middle School Jazz Bands along with the FHS Jazz Band. Refreshments will be sold. Please make plans to attend and support
Music In Our Schools!

April is "JAM"
National Jazz Appreciation Month

All members of the Walsh Wildcat Jazz Band should visit the Jazz Band page
 ... located in the left Navigation column.


Important to remember ...

Students are expected to practice a minimum of 5-10 min./day!

In order to receive credit for class, students are expected to
"come to class prepared."

This means instrument (in working order) and music.


Good to Know ...

Staying after school to practice for 10-15 min. earns extra points towards your grade !!


Walsh Band Contract...
(That both parents and students signed in the beginning of the school year)


 2019-2020 Walsh Middle School Band Program  

Mr. John Dassoni, Director



Students will report to class ON TIME with all necessary materials.  Daily materials include instrument and folder. 

Students will sit in assigned sections with instrument and music.  There is positively NO GUM CHEWING. 

Students will demonstrate Walsh Middle School “Core Values” (ROAR).


All instruments must be in working order at the start of every rehearsal.  This includes having replacement reeds, extra set of strings, and having valves and slides oiled before class.  Students will label their instrument case and folder with their name and homeroom.  Drummers will label their drum and sticks. Instruments should be placed in the band closet before homeroom, and can be picked up after school.


All instrumental students are required to practice and can improve their grade by doing so!
5-10 minutes per day is strongly suggested.

Students can take advantage of practicing in the band room before or after school (especially before heading to clubs!)

Private lessons outside of school are strongly recommended for all students !


In addition to the required practicing students must do the following to receive an “A” grade:
Attend both evening concerts: Jan. 22, 2020  & May 28, 2020  (both 6:30 PM)
Come to rehearsal with a working instrument and folder.  
Play various playing and written quizzes throughout the year.
Take instrument home to practice or practice before or after school in the band room.

The band room is available for students who wish to practice before and/or after school !


When concert dress is required concert dress is defined as black on the bottom and white on top

No jeans, shorts, cutoffs, t-shirts, flip flops…

Dress with Walsh Pride!


Jazz band is an after school club that is open to grades 6-8 students and meets on Tuesdays from 2:30-3:45.

There are no auditions! All are welcome!


Students who join benefit from participation.



Junior Eastern District auditions are open to all 7th and 8th grade students. 
They are held in late January each year.  Students must prepare scales and an assigned solo piece.
  Private lessons outside of school are usually necessary.  See Mr. Dassoni to sign up.



Students nominated by Mr. Dassoni will receive an invitation...



If you have any questions or concerns about band feel free to contact me at: jdassoni@framingham.k12.ma.us


I have read, understand and agree to the above information.


      ___________________________________________________________                   _________________________________________________________

                                       Student Name (printed)                                                                                                       Student signature


Parent/Guardian signature


Sign and return to Mr. DassoniFeel free to make a copy to keep.


Congratulations! to the 2017-2018 winners
of the
Walsh Band Award for Outstanding Musician

Ryan Levitan - Trumpet
Aidan Broderick - Tenor Sax
Diego Castrillo-Vilches - Percussion
Well Done!!


Heads up !!

Stay tuned for MMEA Eastern Jr. District sign ups ...
The auditions will take place January 2019
See Mr. Dassoni for questions and info ...


 Thomason Carson - Alto Saxophone
Participating in the 2019 MMEA Eastern Jr. District Festival Auditions
Congratulations Thomason ... Well Done!




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