Dana Music Department Mission Statement
The mission of the Dana Music Department is for students to learn how to enjoy music on a daily basis, while acquiring the necessary skills and disciplines to perform music to the best of their ability, individually and as a team of musicians
DAna MIDDLE SCHOOl MUSIC PROGRAM
3 StRING Orchestras
2 CONCERT Bands & Marching Band
STUDENT MUSIC CLUB
Dana Middle School has a complete music program with music students from beginners to advanced. Jeff Grable is the program director. Assisting Mr. Grable are individual instrument coaches. Each group meets daily.
Two Bands - Band 2 & 3 both perform throughout the school year. In the fall semester, Band 3 members perform as the Dana Marching Mariners, including auxiliary units (drill team, flags) that march and compete in local parades.
Three Orchestras - Orchestra 1, Orchestra 2 & Orchestra 3 meet the musical growth needs of the large variety of skills of our middle school musicians, from beginner to advanced. In addition to concerts and other performances, the advanced groups participate in festivals and competitions, consistently receiving high accolades from the judges.
Symphony Orchestra - In addition to the 3 string orchestras at Dana and 2 bands that meet daily at Dana, the Spring Pops concert features a full Symphony Orchestra comprised from the integration of Band 3 and Orchestra 3.
Guitar Class - Guitar class meets daily and explores a variety of guitar styles, including Flamenco & Classical. The guitar ensemble performs in a coffee house event at Dana Middle School every year.
Music Club - Dana has a Music Club that meets once a week in the music building. Music club is open to any student enrolled in music at Dana. It offers an opportunity for students to play together in smaller ensembles, practice on their own, or be creative with their musicianship with other students. Music club meets during lunch period once a week.
Mr. Jeff Grable, Music Director
Mr. Grable has been teaching music for 20 years. He has taught band, orchestra, guitar and choir at the elementary, middle school and high school levels. Mr. Grable earned his undergraduate degree at San Diego State University, and Masters of Music Education at Azusa Pacific University. In college, he received the Marching Aztec Scholarship Award and was selected to be in the National Music Honor Society, Pi Kappa Lambda. Mr. Grable has recorded and produced several albums which can be found online as well as on iTunes. Mr. Grable lives with his wife Amy, and their four children.