Instrument Selection Night – Postponed



Due to the school closures from COVID-19, the Orchestra Instrument Selection Night has been postponed until further notice.


We will be getting in touch with parents personally via email about information regarding instrument selection. Right now, we are currently considering different options, including meeting our future orchestra students online for selecting and sizing.


Please be patient with us during this time. Rest assured, we’ll get instruments selected!

Thank you,


Michael Graber

Dowell MS Orchestra Director


UIL Congratulations!

Congratulations to all of our upper level groups for their outstanding work at UIL earlier in March! We are so proud of all of you!


If you would like to hear the recordings of their concert, please contact Mr. Graber at

Mark Wood On Youtube

Click the following link to see snippets from the McKinney ISD Middle School Orchestra’s ‘Electrify Your Strings’ program lead by Trans Siberian Orchestra’s Mark Wood.


Pre-UIL Concert: Tuesday, Feb 11th at 6:30pm

Our Philharmonic, Sinfonietta, and Honors Orchestras are performing at our UIL Clinic on Tuesday, Feb. 11th at 6:30pm in the Dowell MS Cafeteria.


Students need to wear their formal dressy all black attire (Honors gentlemen wear sport coat jackets).

Students check into the Orchestra Room at 6:10pm.

Come out and see all the hard work the students have been putting into their UIL music. See you then!

Dowell Orchestra Winter Concert: Wednesday, Dec. 4th at 7:00pm in the McKinney Boyd Auditorium



Dowell Orchestra is having their Winter Concert on Wednesday, Dec. 4th at 7:00pm in the McKinney Boyd Auditorium.


Students check in at 6:40pm, and they are expected to stay for the entire concert. Dress is formal all black for upper levels and black pants and shoes/white tops for beginners. For more details, please refer to the emails sent out and info sheets provided.


Hope to see you all there!

Roller Skating Night! – Thursday, Nov. 7th from 6:00-8:00pm


Thursday, Nov. 7th from 6:00-8:00pm


Thunderbird Roller Rink

3200 Thunderbird Lane

Plano, TX 75075


  • Open to all Dowell Orchestra Members!
  • Admission for roller skates is covered by orchestra! If you would like roller blades, provide $3 cash as you enter.
  • No experience needed! Skating aids are available for purchase ($3)
  • Concessions and Arcade games are available for purchase!


Wear your 2019-2020 Dowell Orchestra T-Shirt.

Hope to see you there!

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Field Trip

Our Dallas Symphony Orchestra Field Trip is on Friday, Nov. 1st for participating students!


Students stay after school and have pizza and other food items before we go! We’ll depart around 4:45pm and return around 10:15pm.


Costumes are encouraged for the live music movie performance of Tim Burton’s ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’.


Hope to see you there!

Beginner Level Movie Night!

Calling all beginner orchestra students! We are having our Beginner Level Movie Night on Friday, Oct. 18th from 4:00-6:30pm in the Orchestra!


Bring pillows and blankets, and we’ll provide the food (including pizza)! We’ll be watching the new live action movie ‘Aladdin’.


Hope to see you there!