Middle School Honors Academy 8th Grade Band

  • Welcome Letter from Mr. Dombchik

    Welcome to the 2023-2024 Christiana Middle School Honors Academy 8th grade band! My goal this year is to give each and every student a positive musical experience, as well as, experiences I hope they can use later in life. We will take the musical concepts taught by Mrs. Sawall in 7th grade and apply them to different warm-ups and musical literature. Students will start with the "Essential Elements-Book 1" but they may eventually order "Essential Elements Book 2".  The level of music I choose will hopefully challenge the members of the MSHA band to become better players. Much of what we do in 8th grade band is learning to work together, learning about time management and the value of teamwork. These concepts are going to be stressed throughout the entire year.

    This year, the MSHA 8th grade students will perform at the high school concerts since the MSHA concerts have become too large. Also, MSHA 8th grade students will learn "stands" music in class and play at one CHS home game with the CHS Viking Marching Band (Sat., October 28th report time at 10:00, 11:00 a.m. game). This is also our homecoming game. 

    I hope many of the 8th parents will consider joining our music booster association. It is an active support group for the band, choir and string organizations. They have been a big part of the success of the Christiana High School music department and hope to support the MSHA music students as well. Please join and become an active part of the music department and your student’s musical education. Please email Heather Sobolewski (Music Booster President) at CHSVikingsMusicBoosters@gmail.com if interested.

    Any band information such as schedules, changes, booster officers, can be obtained on our band page on the Christiana Website. www.christianahs.org/band

    Band information will be updated throughout the school year. If you have any questions, please contact me at jeffrey.dombchik@christina.k12.de.us

    I am looking forward to meeting all of you and having a successful year. We will work together to establish a musical environment in which students and parents can be proud.

    Thank you. 


    Jeffrey Dombchik, M.I.

    Director of HS/8th Grade Bands

    Non-CTE Department Chair

    CSD Music Co-Chair

    Christiana Campus

    2023-2024  Performances

    See the MSHA band page for specifics regarding concert dress. 


    Marching Band Performance(Pep Band Music)-Sat., Oct 28th. 11:00 am. Report at 10:00. Students will wear Christiana Spiritwear. Anything that is red, blue or silver(gray). MSHA gear, sports jersey, etc.


    CHS/MSHA(8th grade) Winter Concert: Monday, December 11-6:30.  Report time at 6:00.

    CHS/MSHA(8th grade) Music in Our Schools Month Spring Concert: Wednesday, March 6-6:30. 

    CSD Middle School Honor Band: CSD students will be nominated by their directors. Not all MSHA students will participate.  

    • Rehearsals at Glasgow HS: Monday, March 11 and Friday, March 15: 6:30-8:30. 
    • Christina School District Combined Concert: Glasgow HS-March 16. 4:00.  MS dress rehearsal at 2:00. 

    CHS/MSHA (8th Grade) Pops Concert: Wednesday, May 1-6:30. Report Time at 6:00.

    CHS Graduation performance(CHS/8th Grade Band): 

    76rs Field House, June 9-Times TBA..  8th grade-This may include a select few 8th grade students. TBA.


    Dress for the Pep Band Performance

    Sat., October 28th, 11:00 a.m., Report time, 10:00 a.m. All MSHA students will be performing at the final home game of the year. 

    I would like the students to wear some kind of Christiana wear.  MSHA sweatshirt, Christiana music department sweatshirt, Christiana sports jersey, MSHA t-shirt, etc. If you do not have anything listed, you can wear a shirt that is either red, royal blue or silver/gray.  Those are the school colors. Being a football game, we want the shirts to be school spirited but not formal. Students will be permitted to wear their own jackets if it is a cold day. 

    Dress for Concert Band Performances

    Looking ahead to the concerts, we are going to ask the students to wear their own black on the bottom and white on the top. This is the same dress as last year. Students may wear a black skirt but we ask if it is knee length when sitting.  We would like black pants(I would prefer not to have jeans but will accept them if they are dark), black socks and black shoes. All students may wear a white button-down shirt, a white polo-style shirt or a blouse on top.  Students should not wear a white t-shirt as their concert dress shirt. 


    Remind 101 app

    This app has really improved communication with the students and parents in the high school marching band.  I have created a MSHA 8th Grade Band Text Message. It will allow me to send out short blasts, but it does not allow my personal information to be shared. Parents can send me texts as well. 

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    District e-mail is a great way to communicate. I am constantly on my e-mail throughout the day.