Decatur Strings

Support the Mead Road Mardi Gras this weekend!
Saturday, February 8 - Oakhurst 
Laissez les bons temps rouler!

The annual Mead Road Mardi Gras Parade steps off at 1:00pm this Saturday, February 8th at FAve Elementary School. This festive, community-run event benefits DEF and the music programs at all City of Decatur Schools! The parade marches through Oakhurst from F.AVE down Mead Street to The Imperial where live music from student performers will continue until sundown. You can march in the parade with your school krewe or support from the sidelines of the parade route. Bring the whole family to watch the parade and post-parade performances where there will be food and beverages for purchase. There will be Cajun food, kids' meals, adult beverages and face painting.

Since 2014, this event has raised more than $45,000 for music and arts grants for City Schools of Decatur, so your fun day out with the family will help a great cause!  For more information (and to purchase food and beverage tokens in advance), please visit: Mead Road Mardi Gras

Beginning Orchestra  - January thru May schedule

Next week, Beginning Orchestra students will come to class two mornings per week.  One class will be a full orchestra rehearsal and one will be a sectional rehearsal.  Here is the schedule at each school:

Fifth Avenue (FAVE) UES
Monday: Cellos/basses sectional / Orchestra Room - Mod#2 (Instructor: Emily Damrel)
Tuesday: Violins/ violas sectional / Orchestra Room - Mod#2 (Jessica Daniel)
Wednesday: Full Orchestra (all instruments) / Orchestra Room - Mod#2 (Emily Damrel)

Talley Street UES 
Monday: Full Orchestra (all instruments) / Music Room (Instructor: Jessica Daniel)
Wednesday: Violins - Group B sectional / Music Room (Jessica Daniel)
Thursday:  Violins - Group A / Music Room (Jessica Daniel) 
Thursday: Cellos/Bass/Violas sectional in the Art Room (Emily Damrel)

A NEW Resource to help your students practice at home!

We now subscribe to Essential Elements Interactive which will allow your student to enhance their practice experience at home. To access Essential EssentialElements Interactive at home, please go to Enter the activation code that can be found on the first inside page of your student's Essential Elements book. Once you log-on your student can access play-along tracks for every exercise in their book.