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Private band instrument lessons for students grade 5-8 are available at DCS through our band teacher, Mr. Chester Schotanus. 

Each student will receive a 20 minute private lesson once a week at school. The focus of your lessons will be in two areas:

1.  Master your individual skills on your instrument.

2.  Prepare you to participate in your school and church music programs.

Students who are learning to play a band instrument will also have the opportunity to participate in the full band rehearsal starting in January. The band will practice once each week in addition to your weekly lesson. The full band involves Delavan Christian School, Our Redeemer Lutheran School, and St. Andrews Parish School. We combine all three schools to create the best possible music experience for all students. A spring concert showcases the combined band. Our DCS band also performs for the Christmas program. 

Students are encouraged to participate in the solo/ensemble contest in April. Together with their teacher, they will learn and master a selected piece from the state list. Performances will be judged at the Music Festival. They also learn 3 pieces to be played with a mass band, made up of band students from 7 different schools. The mass band performs at an evening concert at the Music Festival.

Things to know:

- Students will have lessons during the school day. Mr. Chester Schotanus and your child's teachers will work out this schedule.

- The full band rehearsal (starting in January) will meet during the day on Monday afternoon at Our Redeemer Lutheran School, as it has in the past. Students from DCS and St. Andrew’s Catholic School will arrange transportation to Our Redeemer.

- This band program is supported solely by the lessons paid by you. Lessons are $13.00 each and are paid for on the first lesson of the month for that month. You will receive an email billing statement the week before a payment is due. Checks should be made out to “Chester Schotanus.”

-There is no fee for full band rehearsals. This is part of your lesson and band experience.

- We work with White of Music in Waukesha for band instrument rentals. All instruments rented have been approved by Mr. Chester Schotanus, and the store has on record everything that is required for the program (books, supplies, etc.) Visit and click on “Lease to Learn” and follow the steps for Delavan Schools/Delavan Christian School. Having troubles or have questions? Contact Ike Eichhorn-262-798-9700x124. He is our representative and can answer all questions. Instruments and supplies can be ordered through the website and will be delivered to the school…no driving to Waukesha, EVER!

- If you have an instrument, please make sure it is in playing condition. Contact Mr. Chester Schotanus via email He will set up a time to get the instrument to the technician and you will get an estimate for the cost to clean/adjust. It is imperative that the instrument be in good playing condition. You will still need to purchase the appropriate lesson book and supplies from White House of Music.

ARE YOU INTERESTED? Contact Mr. Chester Schotanus at the above email address.

Lessons will begin the second week of September. Full band begins in January.