The Docksiders….Gloucester High School’s Stage Band….have been together since 2002. Under the direction of Music Teacher Dave Adams, the band consists of 27 members who are personally selected for membership as a result of individual auditions.
Emphasis is placed on “big band” music and the band’s repertoire encompasses everything from rock and roll, to the swing music of such notable greats as Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman. Students in the program learn about the different types and styles of music available to big bands, and offer performances for North Shore schools, community organizations and various special celebrations.
The band has performed on three occasions with the Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra at the personal invitation of their director, Maestro Yoichi Udagawa. They have also performed twice at Walt Disney World in Florida and once at Disneyland in California.
In April of 2010, the band will travel to Hawaii for a series of performances that will include appearances at the Polynesian Cultural Center, The Hard Rock Cafe in Honolulu, and aboard the battleship USS Missouri now permanently berthed at Pearl Harbor. Band members will also take part in a day long musician’s clinic at the University of Hawaii. During the next year, the band will have to raise $64,000 to defray the cost of the trip.
While the band receives support from the Gloucester School District and the Gloucester Education Foundation, money for trips and special performances must be raised from private contributions and several fund-raising venues. Much of this money is raised by the Docksiders Band Parents Association through activities, events, and concerts that are held throughout the year. The Cape Ann Community continues to be incredibly supportive of the band and we continue to be truly grateful for their support.