About MHS Bands
About our Program
The bands at Memorial High School in Eau Claire, Wisconsin are under the direction of Mr. Eric Dasher and Mr. Dominic Domeyer.
MHS has six concert bands divided into four levels and three jazz bands. Mr. Dasher directs the Old Abe Wind Ensemble, the Concert Band, and co-teaches the Eagle and freshman bands. Mr. Domeyer co-teaches the Eagle and freshmen bands (and all of the jazz bands).
Each of these bands performs at the main concerts throughout the school year and are a part of a great tradition set by past bands at Memorial.
Old Abe Wind Ensemble
This is Memorial High School’s top band made up of mostly juniors and seniors. They perform in concerts, football shows, pep band activities, and two parades. The Wind Ensemble performs in formal dress.
Memorial Concert Band
This is an auditioned band made up of mostly sophmores and juniors. They participate in concerts, football game halftime shows, pep band activities, and two parades.
The Eagle Band does not require an audition. It is made up primarily of sophomores but also have some juniors and seniors in them. Eagle band participates in concerts, two parades and pep games. They do not perform during football games.
The Freshman Band is divided by instrumentation, not ability. All Frosh in these bands get acclimated to Memorial High School. They march in the Homecoming and Memorial Day parades. Freshman play in a number of concerts and at two pep band activities.
Becoming a member of this audition band is a top honor in the MHS jazz band program. Jazz I, consisting of mostly juniors and seniors, meets every day and participates in the UWEC Jazz Festival and other jazz competitions in Wisconsin and neighboring states.
This audition band consists of sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Students in Jazz II are invited to participate at the UW-EC Jazz Festival and other jazz competitions. This is also an Early Bird class, meeting opposite of Jazz III.
This band is made up of freshman and sophomores. The students meet every other morning at 6:30 for Early Bird. Jazz III participates in the UW-EC Jazz Festival and sometimes travels with the entire Jazz program.
Meet Our Band Directors
Mr. Eric Dasher
Old Abe Wind Ensemble Concert Band Eagle and Freshmen Bands
Eric Dasher is the director of the freshman, Old Abe, and Concert bands, as well as the pep and marching bands at Memorial High School. Mr. Dasher began his teaching career at Duluth East High School in Duluth, MN, where he taught for two years. He has been the director at Memorial since 2000.
Mr. Dasher has a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and a Master’s of Educational Professional Development from the University of WisconsinLaCrosse.
His principal instrument is the French Horn, and he previously served as the principal French Horn of the Chippewa Valley Symphony and played with Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra, Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, and the Twin Ports Wind Ensemble. Mr. Dasher lives in Eau Claire with his wife, Becky, and their three children, Emily, Katelyn, and Joseph.
Mr. Dominic Domeyer
Jazz Ensembles Eagle and Freshman Band
Dominic Domeyer directs the jazz bands and coteaches the freshmen and Eagle concert bands with Mr. Dasher.
Mr. Domeyer grew up in River Falls, Wisconsin and recently graduated from UW-Eau Claire, after student teaching at Memorial High School in the Fall of 2017. While at UW-Eau Claire, Mr. Domeyer performed in the university jazz ensembles, jazz combos, and concert bands.
In addition to teaching, Mr. Domeyer serves on the board of Eau Claire Jazz Inc, assisting with the annual Eau Claire Jazz Festival, 52nd Street, and Gatsby’s Gala. Mr. Domeyer is very excited to continue working with the great students at Memorial High school!