Dowell Middle School String Fling Concert Important Details


This is info about our Outdoor Beginner String Fling Concert on Thursday, October 8th at 6:00pm outside Dowell Middle School!

Information for the Outdoor String Fling Concert:

WHEN:           Concert – Thursday October 8th at 6:00pm

Students arrive at 5:40pm – Uncase in the orchestra room

NOTE: Virtual Learners who are joining us in person may uncase outside at a predesignated area near the performance spot and not in the orchestra room

WHO:              Performance Features Beginners and a special guest performance!

WHERE:        South Side of School—Lawn between the building and football field

  • Parents/family should plan to bring lawn chairs/picnic blankets to sit on. This are will be close to the parking lot, but visibility may be limited.

DRESS:       Orchestra T-Shirt and long, nice jeans (no holes). Shoes -Toes covered. Jacket/Sweatshirt optional

 Notes for Concert:

  • As required by Dowell MS/McKinney ISD/State of Texas – mask are required by all participants and patrons.
  • Parents and family drop off students at the front entrance of school. Virtual learners joining us in person may go straight to the performance area and uncase outside.
  • This concert will be live streamed using a secure site AnywhereSeat for Parents/Family!  I’ll send out the link via email and canvas. Streaming starts at 5:50pm

*Note – In the event that the live stream does not work, the concert will be recorded and I’ll send out the link in the following days.

  • Concert will be about a half hour long.
  • Virtual Learners: Please let me know if you plan to attend the concert in person by responding to this email by Monday, October 5th.
  • Students will be practicing for this concert on Tuesday, October 6th during 1st Period. Virtual Learners will need to participate using Zoom, regardless of if they’ll be in person or not. Students missing 1st P classes may go make up any working during their regular scheduled orchestra classes.

The beginners are doing great and everyone is looking forward to this event! Keep your fingers crossed that the weather remains beautiful!

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!