DELAVAN — The local garage band Take Home Treats, which is made up of six Delavan-Darien High School students — Caleb Dodge, Dylan Allen, Nicole Densmore, Chris Ettner, Dan Clark and Jon Clark — and two students from IQ Academy — Lukas and Marisa Janaky — didn’t win the Launchpad statewide music competition in Madison over the weekend.
The band did take home a treat — a $450 digital recorder — along with some valuable experience and the chance to play two showcase sets at Milwaukee’s Summerfest, the world’s largest music festival.
The band will play at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 5, on the Kohl’s Captivation Stage and again at noon, Saturday, July 9, on the Potawatomi Stage.
The competition, sponsored by the Wisconsin School Music Association, was for high school bands formed outside of school.
Take Home Treats was selected as one of 13 finalist bands from more than 75 statewide entries after performing in April at a regional competition near Green Bay. It was the “wild card” band chosen from all Launchpad entries through a worldwide voting system of listeners on Broadjam.com.
To qualify for the Launchpad competition, at least one person from each band must be in a school music program and members must be enrolled in a Wisconsin high school and/or WSMA member school to qualify.
Dan Clark, Densmore and Allen were all in the band and jazz band at DDHS. Ettner was also in the symphonic and jazz bands at DDHS, and also sang in the Lydian Choir with Dodge. Dodge was also a DDHS orchestra member. Dodge, Allen and Dan Clark all graduated from DDHS June 9. Jon Clark, Densmore and Ettner will be seniors at DDHS in the fall.
Take Home Treats members describe the band as a mix of rock and ska music. For more about the band, visit:
- VIDEOS: www.youtube.com/takehometreats
- AUDIO: www.broadjam.com/Takehometreats
- FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/pages/Take-Home-Treats/336685387617?ref=ts
Launchpad is funded primarily by supporting sponsors and in-kind giving from people who believe in the benefits of music education and all that music has to offer. Sponsors for the Launchpad state finals competition include Sherwood Press, Vans Warped Tour, Madison Area Music Association, Shure Microphones, Jack LeTourneau Productions, Les Paul Foundation, Yamaha, Sony, Summerfest, Tilt Media Inc, Blast House Studios, The Onion, Broadjam, Sticha Brothers Sound, WMSN FOX 47, UW-Madison Visitor and Information Programs, 93.1 Jamz, Maximum Ink, 94.1 JJO, Charter Communications, Wisconsin Union Theater, Madison Media Institute, The Pulse 1670 AM, Tall Guy Productions and Nicholas Family Foundation. Launchpad is a WSMA program produced by Dennis Graham Associates.
Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) is a service organization with more than 1,000 member public and private schools. Each year, more than 220,000 students take the initiative to become involved in WSMA activities, including District and State Music Festivals, State Honors Music Project, State Marching Band Championships, Launchpad and Concert Festivals. WSMA, also owner and operator of the Wisconsin Center for Music Education, is governed by a board of directors made up of superintendents, principals and other officers from all over the state. WSMA believes music is a basic human need and that all children have the right to experience all that music offers them.