Mid-Week Band News: Dec 8 – Dec 11

ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS

  • KMEA State Conference Concert Recording
    • Here is link to pre-order a CD or DVD of the OCHS Symphonic Band 1 concert performance at the KMEA State Conference on February 4th. Only pre-orders will be taken (no orders after the concert). We need to collect ORDERS BY DECEMBER 14th in order to have them submitted on December 15th.
  • BAND CONCERT, DEC 14
    • Our next band concert will be Tuesday, December 14 at 7pm! This will feature all band and percussion classes. 
    • Mr. Centers needs 3 volunteers to help set up the stage extensions on Monday, Dec. 13 at 4:30pm. This involves heavy lifting. If you can help, please contact Mr. Centers directly via email: [email protected]
    • There will be a special presentation for Mr. Brad Rogers for his induction into the OCHS Hall of Fame at the Dec 14 Concert following the Oldham County Community Band performance. 
  • Special Jazz Christmas Concert set for Wednesday, Dec 15!
    • The OC Jazz Ensemble will be giving a special Jazz Christmas Concert on Wednesday, Dec 15 at 7PM. 
    • Audience members are invited to bring their favorite Christmas cookies to share in a short reception after the concert
  • All-District Band
    • All-District Band will be held on Jan 7-8 
    • All students who were selected for the All-District Band must turn in a $20 participation and folder fee by December 14. 
      • Please make checks payable to OCHS Band. The boosters will send one check to the KMEA 5th District for all these fees collected. Place in  black box in the band room. 
    • A full schedule for All-District Band weekend will be released before break. 
      • Congratulations to these students who were selected for All-District Symphonic and All-District Concert Band!
      • Congratulations to these students who were selected for All-District Jazz Band!
      • Congratulations to these students who were selected for All-District Percussion Ensemble!
  • It’s Pep Band time! Here’s the information you will need:
    • The first pep band game for BLUE BAND was Monday, Dec 6! 
    • The first game for WHITE BAND is Monday, Dec. 13!
    • All students have been assigned to one of two pep bands (using school colors) the bands are BLUE BAND and WHITE BAND: Rosters are here
    • HERE IS THE PEP BAND SCHEDULE for the regular season
    • Rosters and Schedules are also available in band google classrooms for student access
    • Students are responsible for 4 games as part of their class grade. 
      • Conflicts can be solved by swapping with a “same” instrument in the other band for one game
  • 2022 Orlando Band Trip: 
    • Rooming assignment sheets have been made available for students in the band room. 
      • These will be due to Mr. Centers by Friday, Dec. 9 

***If you want trip insurance, you need to set this up BEFORE the final payment.***

See the trip section below for additional trip details!

  • Thank you to all of the parents who volunteered to clean marching uniforms and have returned them to the band room!  If you have questions or need more time, just let us know by email – [email protected].  
  • The application season for the 2022 Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) is upon us!  See the section below for details on this amazing program.
  • The online band spirit wear store is open!  Use this link to order additional band shirts, hats etc.  
  • We are compiling a band directory.  Please opt in to include your student and family information here in order to help everyone be in touch as needed!  Complete the google form using this link.

CONCERT BAND PRACTICE REMINDERS:

Concert Band practices will be from 4 pm – 5:15 pm on Wednesdays for Symph Band 1 and Thursday for Symph Band 2 starting on November 3rd/4th.

SIGHT READING FACTORY ACCOUNTS:

 FUNDRAISING REMINDERS:

  • It’s not too late to order gift cards through Scrip to earn money for the band!  Here is some information:  Website: ShopwithScrip.com
  • Our Enrollment Code: D7944F4229834
  • Amazon Smile:  In your Amazon account, set your charity as as the “Oldham County High School Band Boosters”
  • Kroger Community Rewards:  Oldham County High School Band or code QJ874 

GOVERNOR’S SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS

The application season for the 2022 Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) is upon us! GSA’s summer program is a transformational tuition-free experience that provides access to scholarship opportunities at nearly 30 colleges/universities, and we hope to see an applicant pool that represents the many places, identities, and perspectives of the Commonwealth!

Current high school sophomores and juniors can apply for GSA 2022 between November 3 and January 9, but GSA encourages prospective applicants to start by attending their informational webinars that begin next month on October 6 (recordings of the webinars will be made available afterward, as well).

Here are two printable flyers:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1d_ZGYqXjmHJnNkq4CDNbUm_oIGZ3BWd1/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1k10EfEj2mvY5iV_L22SPSkVYCh2b5U52/view?usp=sharing

Here is the application timeline:https://www.kentuckyperformingarts.org/education/governors-school-for-the-arts/prospective-students/attend-an-info-session-or-prep-workshop

Students and their advocates may contact GSA with any questions at 502.566.5192 or [email protected].

BAND PHOTOS NEEDED!

REMIND Text for OCHS Band 

Remind Texts will be used to notify parents of the OCHS Band of any special announcements or reminders 

This is an optional communication that you can choose to join to be notified of special announcements and reminders 

CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS TO SIGN UP FOR REMIND TEXTS 

BAND TRIP 2022

Here is a link to information handed out at the first Florida 2022 Band Trip Meeting. 

  • The last payment will be due January 14th.  This final payment will be less than the other payments.
  • ***If you want trip insurance, you need to set this up BEFORE the final payment.***

Band Trip Info from Taylor Tours:  Here is a link that will allow you to purchase the Group Travel Protection Plan for your trip. Rates are based on overall trip cost and not age. You will need to enter your full trip cost for accurate coverage. You will need to make your purchase prior to final trip payment in order to qualify for the pre-existing medical condition waiver. Please view the group marketing for rates and schedule of coverages then click the link to purchase. You can purchase one plan at a time. For questions on the plan, coverage or procedures, please contact the Group Desk at Travel Insured 844‑440‑8113.

OLDHAM COUNTY COMMUNITY BAND

Are you or your student musician interested in joining the Oldham County Community Band?  

Students who rehearse and perform with this ensemble can claim Beta or NHS community service hours…as a bonus, they’ll have a horn on their face for at least two additional hours a week, reading and performing music they won’t see in their school ensemble rehearsals!  What a deal…

The OCCB has plenty of room for students on any woodwind, brass or percussion instrument, but those who play double reeds, clarinet, horn, flute or percussion would be huge in balancing the group and opening up even more repertoire possibilities.

 Any kid you consider an “advanced” middle schooler (grade 2-3 capable; good readers) will be able to hang on; most high schoolers fit in right away.  There is no audition or membership fee involved for students. 

The group generally performs grade 3-4 concert literature, marches, popular music medleys and show tunes.  The plan for post-COVID includes performances in late October/early November, Christmas, mid-winter (February/early March) and spring.  Check out the informational flier here!

BAND COMMUNICATION

We communicate band news through various channels and additional channels (Google Classroom, Remind) will be added as the school year begins.  Please feel free to pass this information to other new parents who may not be receiving communication yet.

  • Emails: Each Sunday evening, an email is sent with details of the week’s band activities, as well as a preview of upcoming events.  This is our main source of communication.  If it’s a busy week, or there is new information since Sunday, a Wednesday email will be sent out as well.  You may request to be placed on the email list by emailing your students Name, Grade and Instrument to [email protected].  
  • Facebook: The Band Boosters group maintains a private Facebook group called Oldham County HS Band Boosters!  You can request to join through Facebook and we’ll add you.  This is a good place to get quick answers to your questions, as many people will see your post fairly quickly. 
  • Contact Information:  For Band Booster questions and business, please use the band booster email [email protected].

SAVE THE DATES – Important Dates – 2021 & 2022 School Year

  • Concert Band Rehearsals:
    • Band 1 is on Wednesdays from 4pm – 5:15pm.
    • Band 2 is on Thursday from 4 pm – 5:15 pm.
  • Sat., Dec. 11: All-State Final Round Auditions @ John Hardin HS, Elizabethtown
  • Sat. Dec. 11: All-State Jazz Band Auditions @ John Hardin HS, Elizabethtown
  • Mon., Dec. 13: White Pep Band Game
  • Tuesday, Dec. 14: OCHS Holiday Concert @ OCHS Auditorium
  • Tues. Jan 4: Blue Pep Band Game
  • Fri.-Sat., Jan. 7-8: All-District Band Weekend
  • Mon., Jan. 17: Band Boosters Meeting
  • Tue., Jan. 25: KMEA Conference Preview Performance (Symphonic Band 1)
  • Wed.-Sat., Feb. 2-5: KMEA All-State Ensembles and State Conference
  • Fri., Feb. 4: KMEA Conference Performance at KICC (Louisville) (Symphonic Band 1)
  • Feb 25-26: All-District Jazz & Percussion
  • Sat. March 5: KMEA Solo and Ensemble Assessment at NOHS
  • Tues., March 8: KMEA Assessment Preview Concert at OCHS
  • Wed.-Fri., March 16-18: KMEA Large Ensemble Assessment (exact date/time will be set by KMEA)
  • April 2-8: OCHS Florida Band Trip (optional)
  • Week of April 18: Recital Night (Date TBD)
  • Week of April 25: Chamber Ensemble Concert (Date TBD)
  • Week of May 16: GALA Concert (Date TBD)

VOLUNTEER & SHADOWING OPPORTUNITIES

The OCHS Band Boosters is needing volunteers for open positions for the coming year.  Board positions are elected positions called out in the By laws and include the officer positions and the class reps.  Committee Positions are non-elected positions.

After surveying those currently serving, the following positions are open for next year:

  • Board (all positions except Treasurer are up for elections but the following do not have someone rerunning).
  • Committee Coordinators
  • Alumni Coordinator

In addition, all committee positions are always open to shadowing or additional help.  The committees below have Senior parent this year and would be great to have someone shadowing next year that could take over the following year:

  • Sponsorships
  • Mums Sale Coordinator
  • Directory
  • Instrument Rental
  • Band Website Support
  • T-shirts

Please email [email protected] if you are interested in filling any of the roles listed above or if you are interested in shadowing any committee.  If you would like more details on each position’s role, please feel free to email [email protected] or contact the current coordinator. 

BAND BOOSTER LEADERSHIP

Board Members for 2021-2022

  • President – Chad Adams
  • Vice President – Brandon Gossett
  • Secretary – Melissa Gossett
  • Treasurer – Lisa Zahradnicek
  • Treasurer-Elect – Angela Schmidt
  • Senior Member-at-Large: Katie Fuller
  • Junior Member-at-Large: Stephanie Skeens
  • Sophomore Member-at-Large: Natalie Dorris
  • Freshman Members-at-Large: Mary Tatum

Access the Band Booster Board and Committee Leaders Contact List for additional names and contact emails using this Band Booster Board and Committee Leaders Contact List link.

Weekly Band News: Dec 5 – Dec 11

ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS

  • All-District Band
    • All-District Band will be held on Jan 7-8 (this is the first Friday and Saturday back from break). All students who were selected for the All-District Band will need to turn in a $20 participation and folder fee by December 14. Please make checks payable to OCHS Band. The boosters will send one check to the KMEA 5th District for all these fees collected. 
    • A full schedule for All-District Band weekend will be released before break. 
      • Congratulations to these students who were selected for All-District Symphonic and All-District Concert Band!
      • Congratulations to these students who were selected for All-District Jazz Band!
      • Congratulations to these students who were selected for All-District Percussion Ensemble!
  • BAND CONCERT, DEC 14
    • Our next band concert will be Tuesday, December 14 at 7pm! This will feature all band and percussion classes. 
    • Mr. Centers needs 3 volunteers to help set up the stage extensions on Monday, Dec. 13 at 4:30pm. This involves heavy lifting. If you can help, please contact Mr. Centers directly via email: [email protected]
    • These stage extensions will need to be in place for the band concert on Dec. 14. 
  • It’s Pep Band time! Here’s the information you will need:
    • The first pep band game for BLUE BAND is Monday, Dec 6! 
    • The first game for WHITE BAND is Monday, Dec. 13!
    • All students have been assigned to one of two pep bands (using school colors) the bands are BLUE BAND and WHITE BAND: Rosters are here
    • HERE IS THE PEP BAND SCHEDULE for the regular season
    • Rosters and Schedules are also available in band google classrooms for student access
  • 2022 Orlando Band Trip: 
    • Rooming assignment sheets have been made available for students in the band room. These will be due to Mr. Centers by Friday, Dec. 9 

***If you want trip insurance, you need to set this up BEFORE the final payment.***

See the trip section below for additional trip details!

  • Thank you to all of the parents who volunteered to clean marching uniforms and have returned them to the band room!  If you have questions or need more time, just let us know by email – [email protected].  
  • The application season for the 2022 Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) is upon us!  See the section below for details on this amazing program.
  • The online band spirit wear store is open!  Use this link to order additional band shirts, hats etc.  
  • We are compiling a band directory.  Please opt in to include your student and family information here in order to help everyone be in touch as needed!  Complete the google form using this link.

CONCERT BAND PRACTICE REMINDERS:

Concert Band practices will be from 4 pm – 5:15 pm on Wednesdays for Symph Band 1 and Thursday for Symph Band 2 starting on November 3rd/4th.

SIGHT READING FACTORY ACCOUNTS:

 FUNDRAISING REMINDERS:

  • It’s not too late to order gift cards through Scrip to earn money for the band!  Here is some information:  Website: ShopwithScrip.com
  • Our Enrollment Code: D7944F4229834
  • Amazon Smile:  In your Amazon account, set your charity as as the “Oldham County High School Band Boosters”
  • Kroger Community Rewards:  Oldham County High School Band or code QJ874 

GOVERNOR’S SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS

The application season for the 2022 Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) is upon us! GSA’s summer program is a transformational tuition-free experience that provides access to scholarship opportunities at nearly 30 colleges/universities, and we hope to see an applicant pool that represents the many places, identities, and perspectives of the Commonwealth!

Current high school sophomores and juniors can apply for GSA 2022 between November 3 and January 9, but GSA encourages prospective applicants to start by attending their informational webinars that begin next month on October 6 (recordings of the webinars will be made available afterward, as well).

Here are two printable flyers:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1d_ZGYqXjmHJnNkq4CDNbUm_oIGZ3BWd1/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1k10EfEj2mvY5iV_L22SPSkVYCh2b5U52/view?usp=sharing

Here is the application timeline:https://www.kentuckyperformingarts.org/education/governors-school-for-the-arts/prospective-students/attend-an-info-session-or-prep-workshop

Students and their advocates may contact GSA with any questions at 502.566.5192 or [email protected].

BAND PHOTOS NEEDED!

REMIND Text for OCHS Band 

Remind Texts will be used to notify parents of the OCHS Band of any special announcements or reminders 

This is an optional communication that you can choose to join to be notified of special announcements and reminders 

CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS TO SIGN UP FOR REMIND TEXTS 

BAND TRIP 2022

Here is a link to information handed out at the first Florida 2022 Band Trip Meeting. 

  • The last payment will be due January 14th.  This final payment will be less than the other payments.
  • ***If you want trip insurance, you need to set this up BEFORE the final payment.***

Band Trip Info from Taylor Tours:  Here is a link that will allow you to purchase the Group Travel Protection Plan for your trip. Rates are based on overall trip cost and not age. You will need to enter your full trip cost for accurate coverage. You will need to make your purchase prior to final trip payment in order to qualify for the pre-existing medical condition waiver. Please view the group marketing for rates and schedule of coverages then click the link to purchase. You can purchase one plan at a time. For questions on the plan, coverage or procedures, please contact the Group Desk at Travel Insured 844‑440‑8113.

OLDHAM COUNTY COMMUNITY BAND

Are you or your student musician interested in joining the Oldham County Community Band?  

Students who rehearse and perform with this ensemble can claim Beta or NHS community service hours…as a bonus, they’ll have a horn on their face for at least two additional hours a week, reading and performing music they won’t see in their school ensemble rehearsals!  What a deal…

The OCCB has plenty of room for students on any woodwind, brass or percussion instrument, but those who play double reeds, clarinet, horn, flute or percussion would be huge in balancing the group and opening up even more repertoire possibilities.

 Any kid you consider an “advanced” middle schooler (grade 2-3 capable; good readers) will be able to hang on; most high schoolers fit in right away.  There is no audition or membership fee involved for students. 

The group generally performs grade 3-4 concert literature, marches, popular music medleys and show tunes.  The plan for post-COVID includes performances in late October/early November, Christmas, mid-winter (February/early March) and spring.  Check out the informational flier here!

BAND COMMUNICATION

We communicate band news through various channels and additional channels (Google Classroom, Remind) will be added as the school year begins.  Please feel free to pass this information to other new parents who may not be receiving communication yet.

  • Emails: Each Sunday evening, an email is sent with details of the week’s band activities, as well as a preview of upcoming events.  This is our main source of communication.  If it’s a busy week, or there is new information since Sunday, a Wednesday email will be sent out as well.  You may request to be placed on the email list by emailing your students Name, Grade and Instrument to [email protected].  
  • Facebook: The Band Boosters group maintains a private Facebook group called Oldham County HS Band Boosters!  You can request to join through Facebook and we’ll add you.  This is a good place to get quick answers to your questions, as many people will see your post fairly quickly. 
  • Contact Information:  For Band Booster questions and business, please use the band booster email [email protected].

SAVE THE DATES – Important Dates – 2021 & 2022 School Year

  • Concert Band Rehearsals:
    • Band 1 is on Wednesdays from 4pm – 5:15pm.
    • Band 2 is on Thursday from 4 pm – 5:15 pm.
  • Mon. Dec 6: Blue Pep Band Game
  • Sat., Dec. 11: All-State Final Round Auditions @ John Hardin HS, Elizabethtown
  • Sat. Dec. 11: All-State Jazz Band Auditions @ John Hardin HS, Elizabethtown
  • Mon., Dec. 13: White Pep Band Game
  • Tuesday, Dec. 14: OCHS Holiday Concert @ OCHS Auditorium
  • Tues. Jan 4: Blue Pep Band Game
  • Fri.-Sat., Jan. 7-8: All-District Band Weekend
  • Mon., Jan. 17: Band Boosters Meeting
  • Tue., Jan. 25: KMEA Conference Preview Performance (Symphonic Band 1)
  • Wed.-Sat., Feb. 2-5: KMEA All-State Ensembles and State Conference
  • Fri., Feb. 4: KMEA Conference Performance at KICC (Louisville) (Symphonic Band 1)
  • Feb 25-26: All-District Jazz & Percussion
  • Sat. March 5: KMEA Solo and Ensemble Assessment at NOHS
  • Tues., March 8: KMEA Assessment Preview Concert at OCHS
  • Wed.-Fri., March 16-18: KMEA Large Ensemble Assessment (exact date/time will be set by KMEA)
  • April 2-8: OCHS Florida Band Trip (optional)
  • Week of April 18: Recital Night (Date TBD)
  • Week of April 25: Chamber Ensemble Concert (Date TBD)
  • Week of May 16: GALA Concert (Date TBD)

VOLUNTEER & SHADOWING OPPORTUNITIES

The OCHS Band Boosters is needing volunteers for open positions for the coming year.  Board positions are elected positions called out in the By laws and include the officer positions and the class reps.  Committee Positions are non-elected positions.

After surveying those currently serving, the following positions are open for next year:

  • Board (all positions except Treasurer are up for elections but the following do not have someone rerunning).
  • Committee Coordinators
  • Alumni Coordinator

In addition, all committee positions are always open to shadowing or additional help.  The committees below have Senior parent this year and would be great to have someone shadowing next year that could take over the following year:

  • Sponsorships
  • Mums Sale Coordinator
  • Directory
  • Instrument Rental
  • Band Website Support
  • T-shirts

Please email [email protected] if you are interested in filling any of the roles listed above or if you are interested in shadowing any committee.  If you would like more details on each position’s role, please feel free to email [email protected] or contact the current coordinator. 

BAND BOOSTER LEADERSHIP

Board Members for 2021-2022

  • President – Chad Adams
  • Vice President – Brandon Gossett
  • Secretary – Melissa Gossett
  • Treasurer – Lisa Zahradnicek
  • Treasurer-Elect – Angela Schmidt
  • Senior Member-at-Large: Katie Fuller
  • Junior Member-at-Large: Stephanie Skeens
  • Sophomore Member-at-Large: Natalie Dorris
  • Freshman Members-at-Large: Mary Tatum

Access the Band Booster Board and Committee Leaders Contact List for additional names and contact emails using this Band Booster Board and Committee Leaders Contact List link.

Weekly Band News: Nov 21 – Nov 27

ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS

  • Thank you to everyone who helped with the All-District Auditions!
  • It’s Pep Band time! Here’s the information you will need:
    • All students have been assigned to one of two pep bands (using school colors) the bands are BLUE BAND and WHITE BAND: Rosters are here
    • All students will play at 4 home games 
    • We will have sign ups and assignments for Tournament Games as the teams progresses through post-season play (the post season continues as long as the teams win)
    • HERE IS THE PEP BAND SCHEDULE
    • Rosters and Schedules are available in band google classrooms for student access
  • 2022 Orlando Band Trip: 
    • The last payment will be due January 14th.  This payment will be less than the other payments; please do not send in payment until we announce the final amount.

***If you want trip insurance, you need to set this up BEFORE the final payment.***

  • See the trip section below for additional trip details!
  • Thank you to all of the parents who volunteered to clean marching uniforms! We are so very thankful for your support and help. You may return the uniforms at any time to the band room by hanging them on the uniform racks in the back near the uniform closet.  Otherwise, we will be out front of the school the week after Thanksgiving following both Wednesday and Thursday rehearsals (December 1 & 2) for drop off.  If you need more time, just let us know by email – [email protected].  
  • The application season for the 2022 Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) is upon us!  See the section below for details on this amazing program.
  • The online band spirit wear store is open!  Use this link to order additional band shirts, hats etc.  
  • We are compiling a band directory.  Please opt in to include your student and family information here in order to help everyone be in touch as needed!  Complete the google form using this link.

CONCERT BAND PRACTICE UPDATES:

Concert Band practices will be from 4 pm – 5:15 pm on Wednesdays for Symph Band 1 and Thursday for Symph Band 2 starting on November 3rd/4th.

SIGHT READING FACTORY ACCOUNTS:

 FUNDRAISING REMINDERS:

  • It’s not too late to order gift cards through Scrip to earn money for the band!  Here is some information:  Website: ShopwithScrip.com
  • Our Enrollment Code: D7944F4229834
  • Amazon Smile:  In your Amazon account, set your charity as as the “Oldham County High School Band Boosters”
  • Kroger Community Rewards:  Oldham County High School Band or code QJ874 

GOVERNOR’S SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS

The application season for the 2022 Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) is upon us! GSA’s summer program is a transformational tuition-free experience that provides access to scholarship opportunities at nearly 30 colleges/universities, and we hope to see an applicant pool that represents the many places, identities, and perspectives of the Commonwealth!

Current high school sophomores and juniors can apply for GSA 2022 between November 3 and January 9, but GSA encourages prospective applicants to start by attending their informational webinars that begin next month on October 6 (recordings of the webinars will be made available afterward, as well).

Here are two printable flyers:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1d_ZGYqXjmHJnNkq4CDNbUm_oIGZ3BWd1/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1k10EfEj2mvY5iV_L22SPSkVYCh2b5U52/view?usp=sharing

Here is the application timeline:https://www.kentuckyperformingarts.org/education/governors-school-for-the-arts/prospective-students/attend-an-info-session-or-prep-workshop

Students and their advocates may contact GSA with any questions at 502.566.5192 or [email protected].

BAND LEVELS:

Students are encouraged to take the initiative and set up times to continue leveling up throughout the year! 

  • The Band Levels Program is a skills based learning program that takes students through the most basic skills to more advanced levels
  • Students are graded on their levels progress (Level 1 through Level 10). 
  • Students have many options for “leveling up”: students can schedule a time with Mr. Centers in the morning before school, during LEAD time, after school, and during “level up days” in class. Students may also “level up” with approved private teachers and section coaches. 
  • Online submissions for LEVELS is available now. Students who have completed Level 1 may submit levels items online through Google Classroom using the Google Form found in Assignments. 

BAND PHOTOS NEEDED!

  • Say cheese!!! Did you capture any great pics of the band in action?  Please upload them to this location!  It is a tradition to have a slideshow at our end of year celebration – pictures and videos saved here are the perfect way to be sure all band members and events are celebrated!
  • A BIG thank you to Erika Watt who started a folder in our shared drive full of pictures from senior night.
    • Senior Night Folder Google Drive Link
    • There are 467 pictures, but please try to look at them all if you have a Senior. There should be at least a couple of pictures of each Student and their family.  I apologize if I wasn’t able to capture the Best pictures. I did try to crop several to give you better options but also left most of the originals, so you could make changes to them.
    • Parents of Seniors should be proud! What a great group of kids! 😊

REMIND Text for OCHS Band 

Remind Texts will be used to notify parents of the OCHS Band of any special announcements or reminders 

This is an optional communication that you can choose to join to be notified of special announcements and reminders 

CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS TO SIGN UP FOR REMIND TEXTS 

BAND TRIP 2022

Here is a link to information handed out at the first Florida 2022 Band Trip Meeting. 

  • The last payment will be due January 14th.  This final payment will be less than the other payments.
  • ***If you want trip insurance, you need to set this up BEFORE the final payment.***

Band Trip Info from Taylor Tours:  Here is a link that will allow you to purchase the Group Travel Protection Plan for your trip. Rates are based on overall trip cost and not age. You will need to enter your full trip cost for accurate coverage. You will need to make your purchase prior to final trip payment in order to qualify for the pre-existing medical condition waiver. Please view the group marketing for rates and schedule of coverages then click the link to purchase. You can purchase one plan at a time. For questions on the plan, coverage or procedures, please contact the Group Desk at Travel Insured 844‑440‑8113.

OLDHAM COUNTY COMMUNITY BAND

Are you or your student musician interested in joining the Oldham County Community Band?  

Students who rehearse and perform with this ensemble can claim Beta or NHS community service hours…as a bonus, they’ll have a horn on their face for at least two additional hours a week, reading and performing music they won’t see in their school ensemble rehearsals!  What a deal…

The OCCB has plenty of room for students on any woodwind, brass or percussion instrument, but those who play double reeds, clarinet, horn, flute or percussion would be huge in balancing the group and opening up even more repertoire possibilities.

 Any kid you consider an “advanced” middle schooler (grade 2-3 capable; good readers) will be able to hang on; most high schoolers fit in right away.  There is no audition or membership fee involved for students. 

The group generally performs grade 3-4 concert literature, marches, popular music medleys and show tunes.  The plan for post-COVID includes performances in late October/early November, Christmas, mid-winter (February/early March) and spring.  Check out the informational flier here!

BAND COMMUNICATION

We communicate band news through various channels and additional channels (Google Classroom, Remind) will be added as the school year begins.  Please feel free to pass this information to other new parents who may not be receiving communication yet.

  • Emails: Each Sunday evening, an email is sent with details of the week’s band activities, as well as a preview of upcoming events.  This is our main source of communication.  If it’s a busy week, or there is new information since Sunday, a Wednesday email will be sent out as well.  You may request to be placed on the email list by emailing your students Name, Grade and Instrument to [email protected].  
  • Facebook: The Band Boosters group maintains a private Facebook group called Oldham County HS Band Boosters!  You can request to join through Facebook and we’ll add you.  This is a good place to get quick answers to your questions, as many people will see your post fairly quickly. 
  • Contact Information:  For Band Booster questions and business, please use the band booster email [email protected].

SAVE THE DATES – Important Dates – 2021 & 2022 School Year

  • Concert Band Rehearsals:
    • Band 1 is on Wednesdays from 4pm – 5:15pm.
    • Band 2 is on Thursday from 4 pm – 5:15 pm.
  • Mon. Dec 6: Blue Pep Band Game
  • Sat., Dec. 11: All-State Final Round Auditions @ John Hardin HS, Elizabethtown
  • Sat. Dec. 11: All-State Jazz Band Auditions @ John Hardin HS, Elizabethtown
  • Mon., Dec. 13: White Pep Band Game
  • Tuesday, Dec. 14: OCHS Holiday Concert @ OCHS Auditorium
  • Tues. Jan 4: Blue Pep Band Game
  • Fri.-Sat., Jan. 7-8: All-District Band Weekend
  • Mon., Jan. 17: Band Boosters Meeting
  • Tue., Jan. 25: KMEA Conference Preview Performance (Symphonic Band 1)
  • Wed.-Sat., Feb. 2-5: KMEA All-State Ensembles and State Conference
  • Fri., Feb. 4: KMEA Conference Performance at KICC (Louisville) (Symphonic Band 1)
  • Sat. March 5: KMEA Solo and Ensemble Assessment at NOHS
  • Tues., March 8: KMEA Assessment Preview Concert at OCHS
  • Wed.-Fri., March 16-18: KMEA Large Ensemble Assessment (exact date/time will be set by KMEA)
  • April 2-8: OCHS Florida Band Trip (optional)
  • Week of April 18: Recital Night (Date TBD)
  • Week of April 25: Chamber Ensemble Concert (Date TBD)
  • Week of May 16: GALA Concert (Date TBD)

VOLUNTEER & SHADOWING OPPORTUNITIES

The OCHS Band Boosters is needing volunteers for open positions for the coming year.  Board positions are elected positions called out in the By laws and include the officer positions and the class reps.  Committee Positions are non-elected positions.

After surveying those currently serving, the following positions are open for next year:

  • Board (all positions except Treasurer are up for elections but the following do not have someone rerunning).
  • Committee Coordinators
  • Alumni Coordinator

In addition, all committee positions are always open to shadowing or additional help.  The committees below have Senior parent this year and would be great to have someone shadowing next year that could take over the following year:

  • Sponsorships
  • Mums Sale Coordinator
  • Directory
  • Instrument Rental
  • Band Website Support
  • T-shirts

Please email [email protected] if you are interested in filling any of the roles listed above or if you are interested in shadowing any committee.  If you would like more details on each position’s role, please feel free to email [email protected] or contact the current coordinator. 

BAND BOOSTER LEADERSHIP

Board Members for 2021-2022

  • President – Chad Adams
  • Vice President – Brandon Gossett
  • Secretary – Melissa Gossett
  • Treasurer – Lisa Zahradnicek
  • Treasurer-Elect – Angela Schmidt
  • Senior Member-at-Large: Katie Fuller
  • Junior Member-at-Large: Stephanie Skeens
  • Sophomore Member-at-Large: Natalie Dorris
  • Freshman Members-at-Large: Mary Tatum

Access the Band Booster Board and Committee Leaders Contact List for additional names and contact emails using this Band Booster Board and Committee Leaders Contact List link.

Mid-Week Band News: Nov 17 – Nov 20

ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS

  • All-District Audition Times for each student (for Nov. 20 auditions at OC) have been distributed to students and posted in Google Classroom. 
  • Attention Parents:  We are hosting All District Auditions at OCHS on Saturday, November 20th.  Thank you to all who have already volunteered.  Students can volunteer as well.  Each family who has a student auditioning needs to volunteer for at least one item.   There are still many spots where help is needed,  most of the time slots are in the afternoon/early evening with a few folks needed in the morning.  Needs include:  
    • Here is the All District sign-up genius link.
    • Supplying Snacks/Dessert for the judges
    • Work the check in table at the front door, monitor hallways, check in tables at audition rooms, and monitoring the warm up room
    • Sell ice cream/concessions
    • Providing items to sell at concessions
    • Setup and Takedown
  • It’s Pep Band time! Here’s the information you will need:
    • All students have been assigned to one of two pep bands (using school colors) the bands are BLUE BAND and WHITE BAND: Rosters are here
    • All students will play at 4 home games 
    • We will have sign ups and assignments for Tournament Games as the teams progresses through post-season play (the post season continues as long as the teams win)
    • HERE IS THE PEP BAND SCHEDULE
    • Rosters and Schedules are available in band google classrooms for student access
  • 2022 Orlando Band Trip: 
    • The most recent trip payment was due November 12th by the END OF THE SCHOOL DAY.  
    • The last payment will be due January 14th.  This payment will be less than the other payments.
    • See the trip section below for additional trip details!
  • Seniors–Senior Posters have been taken down from the football stadium and placed by the band safe.  Please pick yours up this week.  We will need them back for the band banquet later in the year.
  • The Uniform Committee would like to thank those who have signed up to wash marching band uniforms!  There are still about 4 open spots for this important task.  There is no special washing equipment required; just standard washer and dryer.  If you are signed up to help and have not picked up uniforms yet, please do so this week.  Uniforms would need to be returned on Wednesday and Thursday after Thanksgiving (12/1 and 12/2).
  • The application season for the 2022 Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) is upon us!  See the section below for details on this amazing program.
  • The online band spirit wear store is open!  Use this link to order additional band shirts, hats etc.  
  • We are compiling a band directory.  Please opt in to include your student and family information here in order to help everyone be in touch as needed!  Complete the google form using this link.

CONCERT BAND PRACTICE UPDATES:

Concert Band practices will be from 4 pm – 5:15 pm on Wednesdays for Symph Band 1 and Thursday for Symph Band 2 starting on November 3rd/4th.

SIGHT READING FACTORY ACCOUNTS:

 FUNDRAISING REMINDERS:

  • It’s not too late to order gift cards through Scrip to earn money for the band!  Here is some information:  Website: ShopwithScrip.com
  • Our Enrollment Code: D7944F4229834
  • Amazon Smile:  In your Amazon account, set your charity as as the “Oldham County High School Band Boosters”
  • Kroger Community Rewards:  Oldham County High School Band or code QJ874 

GOVERNOR’S SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS

The application season for the 2022 Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) is upon us! GSA’s summer program is a transformational tuition-free experience that provides access to scholarship opportunities at nearly 30 colleges/universities, and we hope to see an applicant pool that represents the many places, identities, and perspectives of the Commonwealth!

Current high school sophomores and juniors can apply for GSA 2022 between November 3 and January 9, but GSA encourages prospective applicants to start by attending their informational webinars that begin next month on October 6 (recordings of the webinars will be made available afterward, as well).

Here are two printable flyers:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1d_ZGYqXjmHJnNkq4CDNbUm_oIGZ3BWd1/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1k10EfEj2mvY5iV_L22SPSkVYCh2b5U52/view?usp=sharing

Here is the application timeline:https://www.kentuckyperformingarts.org/education/governors-school-for-the-arts/prospective-students/attend-an-info-session-or-prep-workshop

Students and their advocates may contact GSA with any questions at 502.566.5192 or [email protected].

BAND LEVELS:

Students are encouraged to take the initiative and set up times to continue leveling up throughout the year! 

  • The Band Levels Program is a skills based learning program that takes students through the most basic skills to more advanced levels
  • Students are graded on their levels progress (Level 1 through Level 10). 
  • Students have many options for “leveling up”: students can schedule a time with Mr. Centers in the morning before school, during LEAD time, after school, and during “level up days” in class. Students may also “level up” with approved private teachers and section coaches. 
  • Online submissions for LEVELS is available now. Students who have completed Level 1 may submit levels items online through Google Classroom using the Google Form found in Assignments. 

BAND PHOTOS NEEDED!

  • Say cheese!!! Did you capture any great pics of the band in action?  Please upload them to this location!  It is a tradition to have a slideshow at our end of year celebration – pictures and videos saved here are the perfect way to be sure all band members and events are celebrated!
  • A BIG thank you to Erika Watt who started a folder in our shared drive full of pictures from senior night.
    • Senior Night Folder Google Drive Link
    • There are 467 pictures, but please try to look at them all if you have a Senior. There should be at least a couple of pictures of each Student and their family.  I apologize if I wasn’t able to capture the Best pictures. I did try to crop several to give you better options but also left most of the originals, so you could make changes to them.
    • Parents of Seniors should be proud! What a great group of kids! 😊

REMIND Text for OCHS Band 

Remind Texts will be used to notify parents of the OCHS Band of any special announcements or reminders 

This is an optional communication that you can choose to join to be notified of special announcements and reminders 

CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS TO SIGN UP FOR REMIND TEXTS 

BAND TRIP 2022

Here is a link to information handed out at the first Florida 2022 Band Trip Meeting. 

  • The most recent trip payment was due November 12th by the END OF THE SCHOOL DAY.  If your student missed this deadline, please get a payment turned in by the Booster meeting tomorrow.  The last payment will be due January 14th.  This final payment will be less than the other payments.

Band Trip Info from Taylor Tours:  Here is a link that will allow you to purchase the Group Travel Protection Plan for your trip. Rates are based on overall trip cost and not age. You will need to enter your full trip cost for accurate coverage. You will need to make your purchase prior to final trip payment in order to qualify for the pre-existing medical condition waiver. Please view the group marketing for rates and schedule of coverages then click the link to purchase. You can purchase one plan at a time. For questions on the plan, coverage or procedures, please contact the Group Desk at Travel Insured 844‑440‑8113.

OLDHAM COUNTY COMMUNITY BAND

Are you or your student musician interested in joining the Oldham County Community Band?  

Students who rehearse and perform with this ensemble can claim Beta or NHS community service hours…as a bonus, they’ll have a horn on their face for at least two additional hours a week, reading and performing music they won’t see in their school ensemble rehearsals!  What a deal…

The OCCB has plenty of room for students on any woodwind, brass or percussion instrument, but those who play double reeds, clarinet, horn, flute or percussion would be huge in balancing the group and opening up even more repertoire possibilities.

 Any kid you consider an “advanced” middle schooler (grade 2-3 capable; good readers) will be able to hang on; most high schoolers fit in right away.  There is no audition or membership fee involved for students. 

The group generally performs grade 3-4 concert literature, marches, popular music medleys and show tunes.  The plan for post-COVID includes performances in late October/early November, Christmas, mid-winter (February/early March) and spring.  Check out the informational flier here!

BAND COMMUNICATION

We communicate band news through various channels and additional channels (Google Classroom, Remind) will be added as the school year begins.  Please feel free to pass this information to other new parents who may not be receiving communication yet.

  • Emails: Each Sunday evening, an email is sent with details of the week’s band activities, as well as a preview of upcoming events.  This is our main source of communication.  If it’s a busy week, or there is new information since Sunday, a Wednesday email will be sent out as well.  You may request to be placed on the email list by emailing your students Name, Grade and Instrument to [email protected].  
  • Facebook: The Band Boosters group maintains a private Facebook group called Oldham County HS Band Boosters!  You can request to join through Facebook and we’ll add you.  This is a good place to get quick answers to your questions, as many people will see your post fairly quickly. 
  • Contact Information:  For Band Booster questions and business, please use the band booster email [email protected].

SAVE THE DATES – Important Dates – 2021 & 2022 School Year

  • Concert Band Rehearsals:
    • Band 1 is on Wednesdays from 4pm – 5:15pm.
    • Band 2 is on Thursday from 4 pm – 5:15 pm.
  • Sat., Nov. 20: All-State First Round Auditions (All-District Auditions) @ OCHS
  • Mon. Dec 6: Blue Pep Band Game
  • Sat., Dec. 11: All-State Final Round Auditions @ John Hardin HS, Elizabethtown
  • Sat. Dec. 11: All-State Jazz Band Auditions @ John Hardin HS, Elizabethtown
  • Mon., Dec. 13: White Pep Band Game
  • Tuesday, Dec. 14: OCHS Holiday Concert @ OCHS Auditorium
  • Tues. Jan 4: Blue Pep Band Game
  • Fri.-Sat., Jan. 7-8: All-District Band Weekend
  • Mon., Jan. 17: Band Boosters Meeting
  • Tue., Jan. 25: KMEA Conference Preview Performance (Symphonic Band 1)
  • Wed.-Sat., Feb. 2-5: KMEA All-State Ensembles and State Conference
  • Fri., Feb. 4: KMEA Conference Performance at KICC (Louisville) (Symphonic Band 1)
  • Sat. March 5: KMEA Solo and Ensemble Assessment at NOHS
  • Tues., March 8: KMEA Assessment Preview Concert at OCHS
  • Wed.-Fri., March 16-18: KMEA Large Ensemble Assessment (exact date/time will be set by KMEA)
  • April 2-8: OCHS Florida Band Trip (optional)
  • Week of April 18: Recital Night (Date TBD)
  • Week of April 25: Chamber Ensemble Concert (Date TBD)
  • Week of May 16: GALA Concert (Date TBD)

VOLUNTEER & SHADOWING OPPORTUNITIES

The OCHS Band Boosters is needing volunteers for open positions for the coming year.  Board positions are elected positions called out in the By laws and include the officer positions and the class reps.  Committee Positions are non-elected positions.

After surveying those currently serving, the following positions are open for next year:

  • Board (all positions except Treasurer are up for elections but the following do not have someone rerunning).
  • Committee Coordinators
  • Alumni Coordinator

In addition, all committee positions are always open to shadowing or additional help.  The committees below have Senior parent this year and would be great to have someone shadowing next year that could take over the following year:

  • Sponsorships
  • Mums Sale Coordinator
  • Directory
  • Instrument Rental
  • Band Website Support
  • T-shirts

Please email [email protected] if you are interested in filling any of the roles listed above or if you are interested in shadowing any committee.  If you would like more details on each position’s role, please feel free to email [email protected] or contact the current coordinator. 

BAND BOOSTER LEADERSHIP

Board Members for 2021-2022

  • President – Chad Adams
  • Vice President – Brandon Gossett
  • Secretary – Melissa Gossett
  • Treasurer – Lisa Zahradnicek
  • Treasurer-Elect – Angela Schmidt
  • Senior Member-at-Large: Katie Fuller
  • Junior Member-at-Large: Stephanie Skeens
  • Sophomore Member-at-Large: Natalie Dorris
  • Freshman Members-at-Large: Mary Tatum

Access the Band Booster Board and Committee Leaders Contact List for additional names and contact emails using this Band Booster Board and Committee Leaders Contact List link.

Weekly Band News: Nov 14 – Nov 20

ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS

  • The next band boosters meeting is this Monday 11/15/21 at 7 pm in the OCHS Band Room.  View the agenda here.
  • All-District Audition Times for each student (for Nov. 20 auditions at OC) have been distributed to students and posted in Google Classroom. 
  • Attention Parents:  We are hosting All District Auditions at OCHS on Saturday, November 20th.  Thank you to all who have already volunteered.  Students can volunteer as well.  Each family who has a student auditioning needs to volunteer for at least one item.   There are still many spots where help is needed,  most of the time slots are in the afternoon/early evening with a few folks needed in the morning.  Needs include:  
    • Here is the All District sign-up genius link.
    • Supplying Snacks/Dessert for the judges
    • Work the check in table at the front door, monitor hallways, check in tables at audition rooms, and monitoring the warm up room
    • Sell ice cream/concessions
    • Providing items to sell at concessions
    • Setup and Takedown
  • It’s Pep Band time! Here’s the information you will need:
    • All students have been assigned to one of two pep bands (using school colors) the bands are BLUE BAND and WHITE BAND: Rosters are here
    • All students will play at 4 home games 
    • We will have sign ups and assignments for Tournament Games as the teams progresses through post-season play (the post season continues as long as the teams win)
    • HERE IS THE PEP BAND SCHEDULE
    • Rosters and Schedules are available in band google classrooms for student access
  • 2022 Orlando Band Trip: 
    • The most recent trip payment was due November 12th by the END OF THE SCHOOL DAY.  If your student missed this deadline, please get a payment turned in by the Booster meeting tomorrow.
    • The last payment will be due January 14th.  This payment will be less than the other payments.
    • See the trip section below for additional trip details!
  • Seniors–Senior Posters have been taken down from the football stadium and placed by the band safe.  Please pick yours up this week.  We will need them back for the band banquet later in the year.
  • The Uniform Committee would like to thank those who have signed up to wash marching band uniforms!  There are still about 4 open spots for this important task.  There is no special washing equipment required; just standard washer and dryer.  If you are signed up to help and have not picked up uniforms yet, please do so this week.  Uniforms would need to be returned on Wednesday and Thursday after Thanksgiving (12/1 and 12/2).
  • The application season for the 2022 Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) is upon us!  See the section below for details on this amazing program.
  • The online band spirit wear store is open!  Use this link to order additional band shirts, hats etc.  
  • We are compiling a band directory.  Please opt in to include your student and family information here in order to help everyone be in touch as needed!  Complete the google form using this link.

CONCERT BAND PRACTICE UPDATES:

Concert Band practices will be from 4 pm – 5:15 pm on Wednesdays for Symph Band 1 and Thursday for Symph Band 2 starting on November 3rd/4th.

SIGHT READING FACTORY ACCOUNTS:

 FUNDRAISING REMINDERS:

  • It’s not too late to order gift cards through Scrip to earn money for the band!  Here is some information:  Website: ShopwithScrip.com
  • Our Enrollment Code: D7944F4229834
  • Amazon Smile:  In your Amazon account, set your charity as as the “Oldham County High School Band Boosters”
  • Kroger Community Rewards:  Oldham County High School Band or code QJ874 

GOVERNOR’S SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS

The application season for the 2022 Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) is upon us! GSA’s summer program is a transformational tuition-free experience that provides access to scholarship opportunities at nearly 30 colleges/universities, and we hope to see an applicant pool that represents the many places, identities, and perspectives of the Commonwealth!

Current high school sophomores and juniors can apply for GSA 2022 between November 3 and January 9, but GSA encourages prospective applicants to start by attending their informational webinars that begin next month on October 6 (recordings of the webinars will be made available afterward, as well).

Here are two printable flyers:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1d_ZGYqXjmHJnNkq4CDNbUm_oIGZ3BWd1/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1k10EfEj2mvY5iV_L22SPSkVYCh2b5U52/view?usp=sharing

Here is the application timeline:https://www.kentuckyperformingarts.org/education/governors-school-for-the-arts/prospective-students/attend-an-info-session-or-prep-workshop

Students and their advocates may contact GSA with any questions at 502.566.5192 or [email protected].

BAND LEVELS:

Students are encouraged to take the initiative and set up times to continue leveling up throughout the year! 

  • The Band Levels Program is a skills based learning program that takes students through the most basic skills to more advanced levels
  • Students are graded on their levels progress (Level 1 through Level 10). 
  • Students have many options for “leveling up”: students can schedule a time with Mr. Centers in the morning before school, during LEAD time, after school, and during “level up days” in class. Students may also “level up” with approved private teachers and section coaches. 
  • Online submissions for LEVELS is available now. Students who have completed Level 1 may submit levels items online through Google Classroom using the Google Form found in Assignments. 

BAND PHOTOS NEEDED!

  • Say cheese!!! Did you capture any great pics of the band in action?  Please upload them to this location!  It is a tradition to have a slideshow at our end of year celebration – pictures and videos saved here are the perfect way to be sure all band members and events are celebrated!
  • A BIG thank you to Erika Watt who started a folder in our shared drive full of pictures from senior night.
    • Senior Night Folder Google Drive Link
    • There are 467 pictures, but please try to look at them all if you have a Senior. There should be at least a couple of pictures of each Student and their family.  I apologize if I wasn’t able to capture the Best pictures. I did try to crop several to give you better options but also left most of the originals, so you could make changes to them.
    • Parents of Seniors should be proud! What a great group of kids! 😊

REMIND Text for OCHS Band 

Remind Texts will be used to notify parents of the OCHS Band of any special announcements or reminders 

This is an optional communication that you can choose to join to be notified of special announcements and reminders 

CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS TO SIGN UP FOR REMIND TEXTS 

BAND TRIP 2022

Here is a link to information handed out at the first Florida 2022 Band Trip Meeting. 

  • The most recent trip payment was due November 12th by the END OF THE SCHOOL DAY.  If your student missed this deadline, please get a payment turned in by the Booster meeting tomorrow.  The last payment will be due January 14th.  This final payment will be less than the other payments.

Band Trip Info from Taylor Tours:  Here is a link that will allow you to purchase the Group Travel Protection Plan for your trip. Rates are based on overall trip cost and not age. You will need to enter your full trip cost for accurate coverage. You will need to make your purchase prior to final trip payment in order to qualify for the pre-existing medical condition waiver. Please view the group marketing for rates and schedule of coverages then click the link to purchase. You can purchase one plan at a time. For questions on the plan, coverage or procedures, please contact the Group Desk at Travel Insured 844‑440‑8113.

OLDHAM COUNTY COMMUNITY BAND

Are you or your student musician interested in joining the Oldham County Community Band?  

Students who rehearse and perform with this ensemble can claim Beta or NHS community service hours…as a bonus, they’ll have a horn on their face for at least two additional hours a week, reading and performing music they won’t see in their school ensemble rehearsals!  What a deal…

The OCCB has plenty of room for students on any woodwind, brass or percussion instrument, but those who play double reeds, clarinet, horn, flute or percussion would be huge in balancing the group and opening up even more repertoire possibilities.

 Any kid you consider an “advanced” middle schooler (grade 2-3 capable; good readers) will be able to hang on; most high schoolers fit in right away.  There is no audition or membership fee involved for students. 

The group generally performs grade 3-4 concert literature, marches, popular music medleys and show tunes.  The plan for post-COVID includes performances in late October/early November, Christmas, mid-winter (February/early March) and spring.  Check out the informational flier here!

BAND COMMUNICATION

We communicate band news through various channels and additional channels (Google Classroom, Remind) will be added as the school year begins.  Please feel free to pass this information to other new parents who may not be receiving communication yet.

  • Emails: Each Sunday evening, an email is sent with details of the week’s band activities, as well as a preview of upcoming events.  This is our main source of communication.  If it’s a busy week, or there is new information since Sunday, a Wednesday email will be sent out as well.  You may request to be placed on the email list by emailing your students Name, Grade and Instrument to [email protected].  
  • Facebook: The Band Boosters group maintains a private Facebook group called Oldham County HS Band Boosters!  You can request to join through Facebook and we’ll add you.  This is a good place to get quick answers to your questions, as many people will see your post fairly quickly. 
  • Contact Information:  For Band Booster questions and business, please use the band booster email [email protected].

SAVE THE DATES – Important Dates – 2021 & 2022 School Year

  • Concert Band Rehearsals:
    • Band 1 is on Wednesdays from 4pm – 5:15pm.
    • Band 2 is on Thursday from 4 pm – 5:15 pm.
  • Thur. Nov 11: Jazz Cafe 7:00pm in the OCHS Cafeteria
  • Sat., Nov. 13: UofL Marching Band Day (optional – $20 fee)  See section above for links with important details.
  • Mon. Nov 15:  Band Booster Meeting (7pm in the band room)
  • Sat., Nov. 20: All-State First Round Auditions (All-District Auditions) @ OCHS
  • Mon. Dec 6: Blue Pep Band Game
  • Sat., Dec. 11: All-State Final Round Auditions @ John Hardin HS, Elizabethtown
  • Sat. Dec. 11: All-State Jazz Band Auditions @ John Hardin HS, Elizabethtown
  • Mon., Dec. 13: White Pep Band Game
  • Tuesday, Dec. 14: OCHS Holiday Concert @ OCHS Auditorium
  • Tues. Jan 4: Blue Pep Band Game
  • Fri.-Sat., Jan. 7-8: All-District Band Weekend
  • Mon., Jan. 17: Band Boosters Meeting
  • Tue., Jan. 25: KMEA Conference Preview Performance (Symphonic Band 1)
  • Wed.-Sat., Feb. 2-5: KMEA All-State Ensembles and State Conference
  • Fri., Feb. 4: KMEA Conference Performance at KICC (Louisville) (Symphonic Band 1)
  • Sat. March 5: KMEA Solo and Ensemble Assessment at NOHS
  • Tues., March 8: KMEA Assessment Preview Concert at OCHS
  • Wed.-Fri., March 16-18: KMEA Large Ensemble Assessment (exact date/time will be set by KMEA)
  • April 2-8: OCHS Florida Band Trip (optional)
  • Week of April 18: Recital Night (Date TBD)
  • Week of April 25: Chamber Ensemble Concert (Date TBD)
  • Week of May 16: GALA Concert (Date TBD)

VOLUNTEER & SHADOWING OPPORTUNITIES

The OCHS Band Boosters is needing volunteers for open positions for the coming year.  Board positions are elected positions called out in the By laws and include the officer positions and the class reps.  Committee Positions are non-elected positions.

After surveying those currently serving, the following positions are open for next year:

  • Board (all positions except Treasurer are up for elections but the following do not have someone rerunning).
  • Committee Coordinators
  • Alumni Coordinator

In addition, all committee positions are always open to shadowing or additional help.  The committees below have Senior parent this year and would be great to have someone shadowing next year that could take over the following year:

  • Sponsorships
  • Mums Sale Coordinator
  • Directory
  • Instrument Rental
  • Band Website Support
  • T-shirts

Please email [email protected] if you are interested in filling any of the roles listed above or if you are interested in shadowing any committee.  If you would like more details on each position’s role, please feel free to email [email protected] or contact the current coordinator. 

BAND BOOSTER LEADERSHIP

Board Members for 2021-2022

  • President – Chad Adams
  • Vice President – Brandon Gossett
  • Secretary – Melissa Gossett
  • Treasurer – Lisa Zahradnicek
  • Treasurer-Elect – Angela Schmidt
  • Senior Member-at-Large: Katie Fuller
  • Junior Member-at-Large: Stephanie Skeens
  • Sophomore Member-at-Large: Natalie Dorris
  • Freshman Members-at-Large: Mary Tatum

Access the Band Booster Board and Committee Leaders Contact List for additional names and contact emails using this Band Booster Board and Committee Leaders Contact List link.

Mid-Week Band News: Nov 10 – Nov 13

ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS

  • All-District Audition Times for each student (for Nov. 20 auditions at OC) have been distributed to students and posted in Google Classroom. 
  • Seniors–Senior Posters have been taken down from the football stadium and placed by the band safe.  Please pick yours up this week.  We will need them back for the band banquet later in the year.
  • It’s Pep Band time! Here’s the information you will need:
    • All students have been assigned to one of two pep bands (using school colors) the bands are BLUE BAND and WHITE BAND: Rosters are here
    • All students will play at 4 home games 
    • We will have sign ups and assignments for Tournament Games as the teams progresses through post-season play (the post season continues as long as the teams win)
    • HERE IS THE PEP BAND SCHEDULE
    • Rosters and Schedules are available in band google classrooms for student access
  • Concert Band practices will be from 4 pm – 5:15 pm on Wednesdays for Symph Band 1 and Thursday for Symph Band 2 starting on November 3rd/4th.
  • The game time schedule for the U of L Marching Band day on 11/13/21 has been set for a noon kickoff.  The band will need to meet at OCHS at 5 am in order to load up equipment and arrive at U of L by 6 am.  Please read the section below carefully to be sure your family has all details needed for a smooth U of L Band Day!
  • Attention Parents:  We are hosting All District Auditions at OCHS on Saturday, November 20th and we will need 30+ volunteers for the day to make it successful.  Most of the time slots are in the afternoon/early evening with a few folks needed in the morning.  Needs include:  
    • Here is the All District sign-up genius link.
    • Supplying Dinner/Dessert for the judges
    • Work the check in table at the front door, monitor hallways, check in tables at audition rooms, and monitoring the warm up room
    • Sell ice cream/concessions
    • Setup and Takedown
  • 2022 Orlando Band Trip: 
    • The next trip payment is due November 12th by the END OF THE SCHOOL DAY.
    • See the trip section below for additional trip details!
  • The OCHS Jazz Band will be hosting a Jazz Cafe on Thursday, November 11th at 7 pm in the OCHS Cafeteria.  This event is alway great fun and we would encourage all to attend.  The booster also arranges snacks and finger foods for the evening and helps with setup and cleanup.  If you can donate food and/or help with setup/clean, please signup at the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0448AAA628A3FB6-20213
  • The November Band Booster meeting will be held on 11/15/21 at 7pm in the Band room.
  • The Uniform Committee would like to thank those who have signed up to wash marching band uniforms!  There are still open spots for this important task. Our goal is to have 20 volunteer slots to wash 5 uniforms each (feel free to sign up for more than 1 spot if you can).   There is no special washing equipment required; just standard washer and dryer.  We will distribute uniforms after the Concert Band Practices next Wednesday and Thursday (11/10 and 11/11) and they will be on racks out in front of the school.  Uniforms would need to be returned on Wednesday and Thursday after Thanksgiving (12/1 and 12/2).
  • The application season for the 2022 Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) is upon us!  See the section below for details on this amazing program.
  • The online band spirit wear store is open!  Use this link to order additional band shirts, hats etc.  
  • We are compiling a band directory.  Please opt in to include your student and family information here in order to help everyone be in touch as needed!  Complete the google form using this link.

U of L BAND DAY

UofL Marching Band Day is this Saturday, Nov 13, 2021.

  • NOTE: UofL Cardinal Stadium has a “clear bag” policy. You will not be admitted if you have a bag (purse, bookbag, etc…) that is not completely clear (see-through).   The clear bag policy is located here: https://gocards.com/sports/2018/9/7/clear-bag-policy.aspx
  • Schedule can be found here for UofL Band Day
  • Music can be found here (1 copy  with a schedule has been given to each student)
    • Music must be put in a flip folder and practiced before the event
  • For students riding home with parents AFTER the event: Parent Transportation Form found here (this form must be returned by Friday, Nov 12 so that Mr. Centers can accurately take attendance for buses)
  • Note: parents may pick up their tickets from Mrs. Centers between 10:00am-10:30am in front of the stadium gates. Mr. Centers will send a text to the band Remind notifying of the exact gate location to meet Mrs. Centers (so be sure you are signed up for Remind Texts – info here). 
  • There will be room for approximately 25 parents to ride the bus to UofL on Saturday morning if you wish. Parents wishing to ride the bus (up to 25) MUST sign up online for a spot here 
  • PARKING INFORMATION: Parents driving themselves to UofL, you may park in any available lots at UofL (note that there will be a parking fee charged at most lots). After the game, all band students will be directed towards the parking lot located near the Patrick Henry Hughs practice field (see parking instructions from UofL here)     
  • Please note: masks are still required when riding the bus. Some places at UofL may still require masks when indoors. Please follow all masking instructions when at these locations
  • Bring $ for lunch – food/snacks/drinks can be purchased at the many concessions offered at Cardinal Stadium
  • Dress warmly! It will be cold. Students will wear DARK BLUE JEANS, Tennis shoes, and the provided Red Shirt for the halftime show. Students will be able to wear coats, gloves, etc… when in the stands. 

CONCERT BAND PRACTICE UPDATES:

If there are post season games for football, the band will play for games that are held at OCHS as a pep band from the stands. We will not perform the halftime show past Oct 29.  The first post season game will be an away game.

Concert Band practices will be from 4 pm – 5:15 pm on Wednesdays for Symph Band 1 and Thursday for Symph Band 2 starting on November 3rd/4th.

Sight Reading Factory Accounts:

 FUNDRAISING REMINDERS:

  • It’s not too late to order gift cards through Scrip to earn money for the band!  Here is some information:  Website: ShopwithScrip.com
  • Our Enrollment Code: D7944F4229834
  • Amazon Smile:  In your Amazon account, set your charity as as the “Oldham County High School Band Boosters”
  • Kroger Community Rewards:  Oldham County High School Band or code QJ874 

GOVERNOR’S SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS

The application season for the 2022 Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) is upon us! GSA’s summer program is a transformational tuition-free experience that provides access to scholarship opportunities at nearly 30 colleges/universities, and we hope to see an applicant pool that represents the many places, identities, and perspectives of the Commonwealth!

Current high school sophomores and juniors can apply for GSA 2022 between November 3 and January 9, but GSA encourages prospective applicants to start by attending their informational webinars that begin next month on October 6 (recordings of the webinars will be made available afterward, as well).

Here are two printable flyers:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1d_ZGYqXjmHJnNkq4CDNbUm_oIGZ3BWd1/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1k10EfEj2mvY5iV_L22SPSkVYCh2b5U52/view?usp=sharing

Here is the application timeline:https://www.kentuckyperformingarts.org/education/governors-school-for-the-arts/prospective-students/attend-an-info-session-or-prep-workshop

Students and their advocates may contact GSA with any questions at 502.566.5192 or [email protected].

BAND LEVELS:

Students are encouraged to take the initiative and set up times to continue leveling up throughout the year! 

  • The Band Levels Program is a skills based learning program that takes students through the most basic skills to more advanced levels
  • Students are graded on their levels progress (Level 1 through Level 10). 
  • Students have many options for “leveling up”: students can schedule a time with Mr. Centers in the morning before school, during LEAD time, after school, and during “level up days” in class. Students may also “level up” with approved private teachers and section coaches. 
  • Online submissions for LEVELS is available now. Students who have completed Level 1 may submit levels items online through Google Classroom using the Google Form found in Assignments. 

BAND PHOTO REQUEST:

  • Say cheese!!! Did you capture any great pics of the band in action?  Please upload them to this location!  It is a tradition to have a slideshow at our end of year celebration – pictures and videos saved here are the perfect way to be sure all band members and events are celebrated!
  • A BIG thank you to Erika Watt who started a folder in our shared drive full of pictures from senior night.
    • Senior Night Folder Google Drive Link
    • There are 467 pictures, but please try to look at them all if you have a Senior. There should be at least a couple of pictures of each Student and their family.  I apologize if I wasn’t able to capture the Best pictures. I did try to crop several to give you better options but also left most of the originals, so you could make changes to them.
    • Parents of Seniors should be proud! What a great group of kids! 😊

REMIND Text for OCHS Band 

Remind Texts will be used to notify parents of the OCHS Band of any special announcements or reminders 

This is an optional communication that you can choose to join to be notified of special announcements and reminders 

CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS TO SIGN UP FOR REMIND TEXTS 

BAND TRIP 2022

Here is a link to information handed out at the first Florida 2022 Band Trip Meeting. 

The next payment is due Friday, November 12th by the end of the school day.

Band Trip Info from Taylor Tours:  Here is a link that will allow you to purchase the Group Travel Protection Plan for your trip. Rates are based on overall trip cost and not age. You will need to enter your full trip cost for accurate coverage. You will need to make your purchase prior to final trip payment in order to qualify for the pre-existing medical condition waiver. Please view the group marketing for rates and schedule of coverages then click the link to purchase. You can purchase one plan at a time. For questions on the plan, coverage or procedures, please contact the Group Desk at Travel Insured 844‑440‑8113.

OLDHAM COUNTY COMMUNITY BAND

Are you or your student musician interested in joining the Oldham County Community Band?  

Students who rehearse and perform with this ensemble can claim Beta or NHS community service hours…as a bonus, they’ll have a horn on their face for at least two additional hours a week, reading and performing music they won’t see in their school ensemble rehearsals!  What a deal…

The OCCB has plenty of room for students on any woodwind, brass or percussion instrument, but those who play double reeds, clarinet, horn, flute or percussion would be huge in balancing the group and opening up even more repertoire possibilities.

 Any kid you consider an “advanced” middle schooler (grade 2-3 capable; good readers) will be able to hang on; most high schoolers fit in right away.  There is no audition or membership fee involved for students. 

The group generally performs grade 3-4 concert literature, marches, popular music medleys and show tunes.  The plan for post-COVID includes performances in late October/early November, Christmas, mid-winter (February/early March) and spring.  Check out the informational flier here!

BAND COMMUNICATION

We communicate band news through various channels and additional channels (Google Classroom, Remind) will be added as the school year begins.  Please feel free to pass this information to other new parents who may not be receiving communication yet.

  • Emails: Each Sunday evening, an email is sent with details of the week’s band activities, as well as a preview of upcoming events.  This is our main source of communication.  If it’s a busy week, or there is new information since Sunday, a Wednesday email will be sent out as well.  You may request to be placed on the email list by emailing your students Name, Grade and Instrument to [email protected].  
  • Facebook: The Band Boosters group maintains a private Facebook group called Oldham County HS Band Boosters!  You can request to join through Facebook and we’ll add you.  This is a good place to get quick answers to your questions, as many people will see your post fairly quickly. 
  • Contact Information:  For Band Booster questions and business, please use the band booster email [email protected].

SAVE THE DATES – Important Dates – 2021 & 2022 School Year

  • Concert Band Rehearsals:
    • Band 1 is on Wednesdays from 4pm – 5:15pm.
    • Band 2 is on Thursday from 4 pm – 5:15 pm.
  • Thur. Nov 11: Jazz Cafe 7:00pm in the OCHS Cafeteria
  • Sat., Nov. 13: UofL Marching Band Day (optional – $20 fee)  See section above for links with important details.
  • Mon. Nov 15:  Band Booster Meeting (7pm in the band room)
  • Sat., Nov. 20: All-State First Round Auditions (All-District Auditions) @ OCHS
  • Sat., Dec. 11: All-State Final Round Auditions @ John Hardin HS, Elizabethtown
  • Sat. Dec. 11: All-State Jazz Band Auditions @ John Hardin HS, Elizabethtown
  • Tuesday, Dec. 14: OCHS Holiday Concert @ OCHS Auditorium
  • Fri.-Sat., Jan. 7-8: All-District Band Weekend
  • Tue., Jan. 25: KMEA Conference Preview Performance (Symphonic Band 1)
  • Wed.-Sat., Feb. 2-5: KMEA All-State Ensembles and State Conference
  • Fri., Feb. 4: KMEA Conference Performance at KICC (Louisville) (Symphonic Band 1)
  • Sat. March 5: KMEA Solo and Ensemble Assessment at NOHS
  • Tues., March 8: KMEA Assessment Preview Concert at OCHS
  • Wed.-Fri., March 16-18: KMEA Large Ensemble Assessment (exact date/time will be set by KMEA)
  • April 2-8: OCHS Florida Band Trip (optional)
  • Week of April 18: Recital Night (Date TBD)
  • Week of April 25: Chamber Ensemble Concert (Date TBD)
  • Week of May 16: GALA Concert (Date TBD)

VOLUNTEER & SHADOWING OPPORTUNITIES

The OCHS Band Boosters is needing volunteers for open positions for the coming year.  Board positions are elected positions called out in the By laws and include the officer positions and the class reps.  Committee Positions are non-elected positions.

After surveying those currently serving, the following positions are open for next year:

  • Board (all positions except Treasurer are up for elections but the following do not have someone rerunning).
  • Committee Coordinators
  • Alumni Coordinator

In addition, all committee positions are always open to shadowing or additional help.  The committees below have Senior parent this year and would be great to have someone shadowing next year that could take over the following year:

  • Sponsorships
  • Mums Sale Coordinator
  • Directory
  • Instrument Rental
  • Band Website Support
  • T-shirts

Please email [email protected] if you are interested in filling any of the roles listed above or if you are interested in shadowing any committee.  If you would like more details on each position’s role, please feel free to email [email protected] or contact the current coordinator. 

BAND BOOSTER LEADERSHIP

Board Members for 2021-2022

  • President – Chad Adams
  • Vice President – Brandon Gossett
  • Secretary – Melissa Gossett
  • Treasurer – Lisa Zahradnicek
  • Treasurer-Elect – Angela Schmidt
  • Senior Member-at-Large: Katie Fuller
  • Junior Member-at-Large: Stephanie Skeens
  • Sophomore Member-at-Large: Natalie Dorris
  • Freshman Members-at-Large: Mary Tatum

Access the Band Booster Board and Committee Leaders Contact List for additional names and contact emails using this Band Booster Board and Committee Leaders Contact List link.

Weekly Band News: Nov 7 – Nov 13

ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS

  • All-District Audition Times for each student (for Nov. 20 auditions at OC) will be released very soon. We anticipate having the specific audition times by Monday, Nov. 8. Times will be posted in google classroom.
  • Seniors–Senior Posters have been taken down from the football stadium and placed by the band safe.  Please pick yours up this week.  We will need them back for the band banquet later in the year.
  • Concert Band practices will be from 4 pm – 5:15 pm on Wednesdays for Symph Band 1 and Thursday for Symph Band 2 starting on November 3rd/4th.
  • The game time schedule for the U of L Marching Band day on 11/13/21 has been set for a noon kickoff.  The band will need to meet at OCHS at 5 am in order to load up equipment and arrive at U of L by 6 am.  Please read the section below carefully to be sure your family has all details needed for a smooth Band Day!
  • Attention Parents:  We are hosting All District Auditions at OCHS on Saturday, November 20th and we will need 30+ volunteers for the day to make it successful.  Most of the time slots are in the afternoon/early evening with a few folks needed in the morning.  Needs include:  
    • Here is the All District sign-up genius link.
    • Supplying Dinner/Dessert for the judges
    • Work the check in table at the front door, monitor hallways, check in tables at audition rooms, and monitoring the warm up room
    • Sell ice cream/concessions
    • Setup and Takedown
  • 2022 Orlando Band Trip: 
    • The next trip payment is due November 12th by the END OF THE SCHOOL DAY.
    • See the trip section below for additional trip details!
  • The OCHS Jazz Band will be hosting a Jazz Cafe on Thursday, November 11th at 7 pm in the OCHS Cafeteria.  This event is alway great fun and we would encourage all to attend.  The booster also arranges snacks and finger foods for the evening and helps with setup and cleanup.  If you can donate food and/or help with setup/clean, please signup at the following link:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0448AAA628A3FB6-20213
  • The November Band Booster meeting will be held on 11/15/21 at 7pm in the Band room.
  • The Uniform Committee is looking for a group of parent volunteers who can help with washing marching band uniforms.  Goal is to have 20 volunteer slots to wash 5 uniforms each (feel free to sign up for more than 1 spot if you can).   There is no special washing equipment required; just standard washer and dryer.  We will distribute uniforms after the Concert Band Practices next Wednesday and Thursday (11/10 and 11/11) and they will be on racks out in front of the school.  Uniforms would need to be returned on Wednesday and Thursday after Thanksgiving (12/1 and 12/2).
  • The application season for the 2022 Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) is upon us!  See the section below for details on this amazing program.
  • The online band spirit wear store is open!  Use this link to order additional band shirts, hats etc.  
  • We are compiling a band directory.  Please opt in to include your student and family information here in order to help everyone be in touch as needed!  Complete the google form using this link.

U of L BAND DAY

UofL Marching Band Day is Saturday, Nov 13, 2021.

  • Schedule can be found here
  • Music can be found here (1 copy  with a schedule has been given to each student)
    • Music must be put in a flip folder and practiced before the event
  • For students riding home with parents AFTER the event: Parent Transportation Form found here (this form must be returned by Friday, Nov 12 so that Mr. Centers can accurately take attendance for buses)
  • Note: parents may pick up their tickets from Mrs. Centers between 10:00am-10:30am in front of the stadium gates. Mr. Centers will send a text to the band Remind notifying of the exact gate location to meet Mrs. Centers (so be sure you are signed up for Remind Texts – info here).
  • There will be room for approximately 25 parents to ride the bus to UofL on Saturday morning if you wish. Parents wishing to ride the bus (up to 25) MUST sign up online for a spot here (
  • PARKING INFORMATION: Parents driving themselves to UofL, you may park in any available lots at UofL (note that there will be a parking fee charged at most lots). After the game, all band students will be directed towards the parking lot located near the Patrick Henry Hughs practice field (see parking instructions from UofL here)

CONCERT BAND PRACTICE UPDATES:

If there are post season games for football, the band will play for games that are held at OCHS as a pep band from the stands. We will not perform the halftime show past Oct 29.  The first post season game will be an away game.

Concert Band practices will be from 4 pm – 5:15 pm on Wednesdays for Symph Band 1 and Thursday for Symph Band 2 starting on November 3rd/4th.

Sight Reading Factory Accounts:

 FUNDRAISING REMINDERS:

  • It’s not too late to order gift cards through Scrip to earn money for the band!  Here is some information:  Website: ShopwithScrip.com
  • Our Enrollment Code: D7944F4229834
  • Amazon Smile:  In your Amazon account, set your charity as as the “Oldham County High School Band Boosters”
  • Kroger Community Rewards:  Oldham County High School Band or code QJ874 

GOVERNOR’S SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS

The application season for the 2022 Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) is upon us! GSA’s summer program is a transformational tuition-free experience that provides access to scholarship opportunities at nearly 30 colleges/universities, and we hope to see an applicant pool that represents the many places, identities, and perspectives of the Commonwealth!

Current high school sophomores and juniors can apply for GSA 2022 between November 3 and January 9, but GSA encourages prospective applicants to start by attending their informational webinars that begin next month on October 6 (recordings of the webinars will be made available afterward, as well).

Here are two printable flyers:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1d_ZGYqXjmHJnNkq4CDNbUm_oIGZ3BWd1/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1k10EfEj2mvY5iV_L22SPSkVYCh2b5U52/view?usp=sharing

Here is the application timeline:https://www.kentuckyperformingarts.org/education/governors-school-for-the-arts/prospective-students/attend-an-info-session-or-prep-workshop

Students and their advocates may contact GSA with any questions at 502.566.5192 or [email protected].

BAND LEVELS:

Students are encouraged to take the initiative and set up times to continue leveling up throughout the year! 

  • The Band Levels Program is a skills based learning program that takes students through the most basic skills to more advanced levels
  • Students are graded on their levels progress (Level 1 through Level 10). 
  • Students have many options for “leveling up”: students can schedule a time with Mr. Centers in the morning before school, during LEAD time, after school, and during “level up days” in class. Students may also “level up” with approved private teachers and section coaches. 
  • Online submissions for LEVELS is available now. Students who have completed Level 1 may submit levels items online through Google Classroom using the Google Form found in Assignments. 

BAND PHOTO REQUEST:

  • Say cheese!!! Did you capture any great pics of the band in action?  Please upload them to this location!  It is a tradition to have a slideshow at our end of year celebration – pictures and videos saved here are the perfect way to be sure all band members and events are celebrated!
  • A BIG thank you to Erika Watt who started a folder in our shared drive full of pictures from senior night.
    • Senior Night Folder Google Drive Link
    • There are 467 pictures, but please try to look at them all if you have a Senior. There should be at least a couple of pictures of each Student and their family.  I apologize if I wasn’t able to capture the Best pictures. I did try to crop several to give you better options but also left most of the originals, so you could make changes to them.
    • Parents of Seniors should be proud! What a great group of kids! 😊

REMIND Text for OCHS Band 

Remind Texts will be used to notify parents of the OCHS Band of any special announcements or reminders 

This is an optional communication that you can choose to join to be notified of special announcements and reminders 

CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS TO SIGN UP FOR REMIND TEXTS 

BAND TRIP 2022

Here is a link to information handed out at the first Florida 2022 Band Trip Meeting. 

The next payment is due Friday, November 12th by the end of the school day.

Band Trip Info from Taylor Tours:  Here is a link that will allow you to purchase the Group Travel Protection Plan for your trip. Rates are based on overall trip cost and not age. You will need to enter your full trip cost for accurate coverage. You will need to make your purchase prior to final trip payment in order to qualify for the pre-existing medical condition waiver. Please view the group marketing for rates and schedule of coverages then click the link to purchase. You can purchase one plan at a time. For questions on the plan, coverage or procedures, please contact the Group Desk at Travel Insured 844‑440‑8113.

OLDHAM COUNTY COMMUNITY BAND

Are you or your student musician interested in joining the Oldham County Community Band?  

Students who rehearse and perform with this ensemble can claim Beta or NHS community service hours…as a bonus, they’ll have a horn on their face for at least two additional hours a week, reading and performing music they won’t see in their school ensemble rehearsals!  What a deal…

The OCCB has plenty of room for students on any woodwind, brass or percussion instrument, but those who play double reeds, clarinet, horn, flute or percussion would be huge in balancing the group and opening up even more repertoire possibilities.

 Any kid you consider an “advanced” middle schooler (grade 2-3 capable; good readers) will be able to hang on; most high schoolers fit in right away.  There is no audition or membership fee involved for students. 

The group generally performs grade 3-4 concert literature, marches, popular music medleys and show tunes.  The plan for post-COVID includes performances in late October/early November, Christmas, mid-winter (February/early March) and spring.  Check out the informational flier here!

BAND COMMUNICATION

We communicate band news through various channels and additional channels (Google Classroom, Remind) will be added as the school year begins.  Please feel free to pass this information to other new parents who may not be receiving communication yet.

  • Emails: Each Sunday evening, an email is sent with details of the week’s band activities, as well as a preview of upcoming events.  This is our main source of communication.  If it’s a busy week, or there is new information since Sunday, a Wednesday email will be sent out as well.  You may request to be placed on the email list by emailing your students Name, Grade and Instrument to [email protected].  
  • Facebook: The Band Boosters group maintains a private Facebook group called Oldham County HS Band Boosters!  You can request to join through Facebook and we’ll add you.  This is a good place to get quick answers to your questions, as many people will see your post fairly quickly. 
  • Contact Information:  For Band Booster questions and business, please use the band booster email [email protected].

SAVE THE DATES – Important Dates – 2021 & 2022 School Year

  • Concert Band Rehearsals:
    • Band 1 is on Wednesdays from 4pm – 5:15pm.
    • Band 2 is on Thursday from 4 pm – 5:15 pm.
  • Thur. Nov 11: Jazz Cafe 7:00pm in the OCHS Cafeteria
  • Sat., Nov. 13: UofL Marching Band Day (optional – $20 fee)  See section above for links with important details.
  • Mon. Nov 15:  Band Booster Meeting (7pm in the band room)
  • Sat., Nov. 20: All-State First Round Auditions (All-District Auditions) @ OCHS
  • Sat., Dec. 11: All-State Final Round Auditions @ John Hardin HS, Elizabethtown
  • Sat. Dec. 11: All-State Jazz Band Auditions @ John Hardin HS, Elizabethtown
  • Tuesday, Dec. 14: OCHS Holiday Concert @ OCHS Auditorium
  • Fri.-Sat., Jan. 7-8: All-District Band Weekend
  • Tue., Jan. 25: KMEA Conference Preview Performance (Symphonic Band 1)
  • Wed.-Sat., Feb. 2-5: KMEA All-State Ensembles and State Conference
  • Fri., Feb. 4: KMEA Conference Performance at KICC (Louisville) (Symphonic Band 1)
  • Sat. March 5: KMEA Solo and Ensemble Assessment at NOHS
  • Tues., March 8: KMEA Assessment Preview Concert at OCHS
  • Wed.-Fri., March 16-18: KMEA Large Ensemble Assessment (exact date/time will be set by KMEA)
  • April 2-8: OCHS Florida Band Trip (optional)
  • Week of April 18: Recital Night (Date TBD)
  • Week of April 25: Chamber Ensemble Concert (Date TBD)
  • Week of May 16: GALA Concert (Date TBD)

VOLUNTEER & SHADOWING OPPORTUNITIES

The OCHS Band Boosters is needing volunteers for open positions for the coming year.  Board positions are elected positions called out in the By laws and include the officer positions and the class reps.  Committee Positions are non-elected positions.

After surveying those currently serving, the following positions are open for next year:

  • Board (all positions except Treasurer are up for elections but the following do not have someone rerunning).
  • Committee Coordinators
  • Alumni Coordinator

In addition, all committee positions are always open to shadowing or additional help.  The committees below have Senior parent this year and would be great to have someone shadowing next year that could take over the following year:

  • Sponsorships
  • Mums Sale Coordinator
  • Directory
  • Instrument Rental
  • Band Website Support
  • T-shirts

Please email [email protected] if you are interested in filling any of the roles listed above or if you are interested in shadowing any committee.  If you would like more details on each position’s role, please feel free to email [email protected] or contact the current coordinator. 

BAND BOOSTER LEADERSHIP

Board Members for 2021-2022

  • President – Chad Adams
  • Vice President – Brandon Gossett
  • Secretary – Melissa Gossett
  • Treasurer – Lisa Zahradnicek
  • Treasurer-Elect – Angela Schmidt
  • Senior Member-at-Large: Katie Fuller
  • Junior Member-at-Large: Stephanie Skeens
  • Sophomore Member-at-Large: Natalie Dorris
  • Freshman Members-at-Large: Mary Tatum

Access the Band Booster Board and Committee Leaders Contact List for additional names and contact emails using this Band Booster Board and Committee Leaders Contact List link.

Mid-Week Band News: Nov 3 – Nov 6

ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS

  • Concert Band practices will be from 4 pm – 5:15 pm on Wednesdays for Symph Band 1 and Thursday for Symph Band 2 starting on November 3rd/4th.
  • The game time schedule for the U of L Marching Band day on 11/13/21 has been set for a noon kickoff.  The band will need to meet at OCHS at 5 am in order to load up equipment and arrive at U of L by 6 am.  Please read the section below carefully to be sure your family has all details needed for a smooth Band Day!
  • Attention Parents:  We are hosting All District Auditions at OCHS on Saturday, November 20th and we will need 30+ volunteers for the day to make it successful.  Most of the time slots are in the afternoon/early evening with a few folks needed in the morning.  Needs include:  
    • Here is the All District sign-up genius link.
    • Supplying Dinner/Dessert for the judges
    • Work the check in table at the front door, monitor hallways, check in tables at audition rooms, and monitoring the warm up room
    • Sell ice cream/concessions
    • Setup and Takedown
  • 2022 Orlando Band Trip: 
    • The next trip payment is due November 12th.
    • See the trip section below for details!
  • The OCHS Jazz Band will be hosting a Jazz Cafe on Thursday, November 11th at 7 pm in the OCHS Cafeteria.  This event is alway great fun and we would encourage all to attend.  The booster also arranges snacks and finger foods for the evening and helps with setup and cleanup.  If you can donate food and/or help with setup/clean, please signup at the following link:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0448AAA628A3FB6-20213
  • The November Band Booster meeting will be held on 11/15/21 at 7pm in the Band room.
  • The Uniform Committee is looking for a group of parent volunteers who can help with washing marching band uniforms.  Goal is to have 20 volunteer slots to wash 5 uniforms each (feel free to sign up for more than 1 spot if you can).   There is no special washing equipment required; just standard washer and dryer.  We will distribute uniforms after the Concert Band Practices next Wednesday and Thursday (11/10 and 11/11) and they will be on racks out in front of the school.  Uniforms would need to be returned on Wednesday and Thursday after Thanksgiving (12/1 and 12/2).
  • The application season for the 2022 Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) is upon us!  See the section below for details on this amazing program.
  • The online band spirit wear store is open!  Use this link to order additional band shirts, hats etc.  
  • We are compiling a band directory.  Please opt in to include your student and family information here in order to help everyone be in touch as needed!  Complete the google form using this link.

U of L BAND DAY

UofL Marching Band Day is Saturday, Nov 13, 2021.

  • Schedule can be found here
  • Music can be found here (1 copy will also be given to each student)
  • Parent Transportation found here (for students riding home with parents – this form must be returned by Friday, Nov 12 so that Mr. Centers can accurately take attendance for buses)
  • Note: more information regarding parking for parents will be released soon
  • Note: parents may pick up their tickets from Mrs. Centers between 10:00am-10:30am in front of the stadium gates. Mr. Centers will send a text to the band Remind notifying of the exact gate location to meet Mrs. Centers (so be sure you are signed up for Remind Texts – info here).

CONCERT BAND PRACTICE UPDATES:

If there are post season games for football, the band will play for games that are held at OCHS as a pep band from the stands. We will not perform the halftime show past Oct 29.  The first post season game will be an away game.

Concert Band practices will be from 4 pm – 5:15 pm on Wednesdays for Symph Band 1 and Thursday for Symph Band 2 starting on November 3rd/4th.

Sight Reading Factory Accounts:

The sightreadingfactory.com accounts for students have been renewed. All students must set up (or extend) their accounts at this time.   This is a valuable tool to help students prepare for auditions, practice for LEVELS and become a better musician! Students can access this great resource from any device that has internet access.

If a student is activating a SRF account for the first time:

If a student has had a SRF account in the past and is renewing their account:

 FUNDRAISING REMINDERS:

  • It’s not too late to order gift cards through Scrip to earn money for the band!  Here is some information:  Website: ShopwithScrip.com
  • Our Enrollment Code: D7944F4229834
  • Amazon Smile:  In your Amazon account, set your charity as as the “Oldham County High School Band Boosters”
  • Kroger Community Rewards:  Oldham County High School Band or code QJ874 

GOVERNOR’S SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS

The application season for the 2022 Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) is upon us! GSA’s summer program is a transformational tuition-free experience that provides access to scholarship opportunities at nearly 30 colleges/universities, and we hope to see an applicant pool that represents the many places, identities, and perspectives of the Commonwealth!

Current high school sophomores and juniors can apply for GSA 2022 between November 3 and January 9, but GSA encourages prospective applicants to start by attending their informational webinars that begin next month on October 6 (recordings of the webinars will be made available afterward, as well).

Here are two printable flyers:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1d_ZGYqXjmHJnNkq4CDNbUm_oIGZ3BWd1/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1k10EfEj2mvY5iV_L22SPSkVYCh2b5U52/view?usp=sharing

Here is the application timeline:https://www.kentuckyperformingarts.org/education/governors-school-for-the-arts/prospective-students/attend-an-info-session-or-prep-workshop

Students and their advocates may contact GSA with any questions at 502.566.5192 or [email protected].

BAND LEVELS:

Congratulations to our very first LEVEL 10 band member, Hannah Centers completed her last item to achieve Level 10 status!

We currently have 2 Level 8 students, ~5 Level 5 students, ~8 Level 4 students, ~12 Level 3, ~20 Level 2, ~20 Level 1 and ~42 students who have not “leveled up” by completing the first set of skills for Level 1. 

Students are encouraged to take the initiative and set up times to continue leveling up throughout the year! 

  • The Band Levels Program is a skills based learning program that takes students through the most basic skills to more advanced levels
  • Students are graded on their levels progress (Level 1 through Level 10). 
  • Students have many options for “leveling up”: students can schedule a time with Mr. Centers in the morning before school, during LEAD time, after school, and during “level up days” in class. Students may also “level up” with approved private teachers and section coaches. 
  • Online submissions for LEVELS is available now. Students who have completed Level 1 may submit levels items online through Google Classroom using the Google Form found in Assignments. 

BAND PHOTO REQUEST:

  • Say cheese!!! Did you capture any great pics of the band in action?  Please upload them to this location!  It is a tradition to have a slideshow at our end of year celebration – pictures and videos saved here are the perfect way to be sure all band members and events are celebrated!
  • A BIG thank you to Erika Watt who started a folder in our shared drive full of pictures from senior night.
    • Senior Night Folder Google Drive Link
    • There are 467 pictures, but please try to look at them all if you have a Senior. There should be at least a couple of pictures of each Student and their family.  I apologize if I wasn’t able to capture the Best pictures. I did try to crop several to give you better options but also left most of the originals, so you could make changes to them.
    • Parents of Seniors should be proud! What a great group of kids! 😊

REMIND Text for OCHS Band 

Remind Texts will be used to notify parents of the OCHS Band of any special announcements or reminders 

This is an optional communication that you can choose to join to be notified of special announcements and reminders 

CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS TO SIGN UP FOR REMIND TEXTS 

BAND TRIP 2022

Below is a link to the documents handed out during the Band Trip Meeting along with an additional sheet that has information for Parents/Families that want to book the trip without the Bus Transportation ($400 less). 

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1P1zrDn5CfdMqCWDbwM-CULsl2Ufp92sw?usp=sharing

The next payment is due Friday, November 12th.

Band Trip Info from Taylor Tours:  Below is a link that will allow you to purchase the Group Travel Protection Plan for your trip. Rates are based on overall trip cost and not age. You will need to enter your full trip cost for accurate coverage. You will need to make your purchase prior to final trip payment in order to qualify for the pre-existing medical condition waiver. Please view the group marketing for rates and schedule of coverages then click the link to purchase. You can purchase one plan at a time. For questions on the plan, coverage or procedures, please contact the Group Desk at Travel Insured 844‑440‑8113.

https://www.travelinsured.com/group.signup?group=135070&guid=55f4378bdb2045b7b8f8f9922b332f84

OLDHAM COUNTY COMMUNITY BAND

Are you or your student musician interested in joining the Oldham County Community Band?  

Students who rehearse and perform with this ensemble can claim Beta or NHS community service hours…as a bonus, they’ll have a horn on their face for at least two additional hours a week, reading and performing music they won’t see in their school ensemble rehearsals!  What a deal…

The OCCB has plenty of room for students on any woodwind, brass or percussion instrument, but those who play double reeds, clarinet, horn, flute or percussion would be huge in balancing the group and opening up even more repertoire possibilities.

 Any kid you consider an “advanced” middle schooler (grade 2-3 capable; good readers) will be able to hang on; most high schoolers fit in right away.  There is no audition or membership fee involved for students. 

The group generally performs grade 3-4 concert literature, marches, popular music medleys and show tunes.  The plan for post-COVID includes performances in late October/early November, Christmas, mid-winter (February/early March) and spring.  Check out the informational flier here!

BAND COMMUNICATION

We communicate band news through various channels and additional channels (Google Classroom, Remind) will be added as the school year begins.  Please feel free to pass this information to other new parents who may not be receiving communication yet.

  • Emails: Each Sunday evening, an email is sent with details of the week’s band activities, as well as a preview of upcoming events.  This is our main source of communication.  If it’s a busy week, or there is new information since Sunday, a Wednesday email will be sent out as well.  You may request to be placed on the email list by emailing your students Name, Grade and Instrument to [email protected].  
  • Facebook: The Band Boosters group maintains a private Facebook group called Oldham County HS Band Boosters!  You can request to join through Facebook and we’ll add you.  This is a good place to get quick answers to your questions, as many people will see your post fairly quickly. 
  • Contact Information:  For Band Booster questions and business, please use the band booster email [email protected].

SAVE THE DATES – Important Dates – 2021 & 2022 School Year

  • Nov 3rd & 4th Concert Band Rehearsals Begin:
    • Band 1 is on Wednesdays from 4pm – 5:15pm.
    • Band 2 is on Thursday from 4 pm – 5:15 pm.
  • Thur. Nov 11: Jazz Cafe 7:00pm in the OCHS Cafeteria
  • Sat., Nov. 13: UofL Marching Band Day (optional – $20 fee)  See section above for links with important details.
  • Mon. Nov 15:  Band Booster Meeting (7pm in the band room)
  • Sat., Nov. 20: All-State First Round Auditions (All-District Auditions) @ OCHS
  • Sat., Dec. 11: All-State Final Round Auditions @ John Hardin HS, Elizabethtown
  • Sat. Dec. 11: All-State Jazz Band Auditions @ John Hardin HS, Elizabethtown
  • Tuesday, Dec. 14: OCHS Holiday Concert @ OCHS Auditorium
  • Fri.-Sat., Jan. 7-8: All-District Band Weekend
  • Tue., Jan. 25: KMEA Conference Preview Performance (Symphonic Band 1)
  • Wed.-Sat., Feb. 2-5: KMEA All-State Ensembles and State Conference
  • Fri., Feb. 4: KMEA Conference Performance at KICC (Louisville) (Symphonic Band 1)
  • Sat. March 5: KMEA Solo and Ensemble Assessment at NOHS
  • Tues., March 8: KMEA Assessment Preview Concert at OCHS
  • Wed.-Fri., March 16-18: KMEA Large Ensemble Assessment (exact date/time will be set by KMEA)
  • April 2-8: OCHS Florida Band Trip (optional)
  • Week of April 18: Recital Night (Date TBD)
  • Week of April 25: Chamber Ensemble Concert (Date TBD)
  • Week of May 16: GALA Concert (Date TBD)

VOLUNTEER & SHADOWING OPPORTUNITIES

The OCHS Band Boosters is needing volunteers for open positions for the coming year.  Board positions are elected positions called out in the By laws and include the officer positions and the class reps.  Committee Positions are non-elected positions.

After surveying those currently serving, the following positions are open for next year:

  • Board (all positions except Treasurer are up for elections but the following do not have someone rerunning).
  • Committee Coordinators
  • All District Co-chair to work with previous year’s coordinator.
  • Alumni Coordinator

In addition, all committee positions are always open to shadowing or additional help.  The committees below have Senior parent this year and would be great to have someone shadowing next year that could take over the following year:

  • Sponsorships
  • Mums Sale Coordinator
  • Directory
  • Instrument Rental
  • Band Website Support
  • T-shirts

Please email [email protected] if you are interested in filling any of the roles listed above or if you are interested in shadowing any committee.  If you would like more details on each position’s role, please feel free to email [email protected] or contact the current coordinator. 

BAND BOOSTER LEADERSHIP

Board Members for 2021-2022

  • President – Chad Adams
  • Vice President – Brandon Gossett
  • Secretary – Melissa Gossett
  • Treasurer – Lisa Zahradnicek
  • Treasurer-Elect – Angela Schmidt
  • Senior Member-at-Large: Katie Fuller
  • Junior Member-at-Large: Stephanie Skeens
  • Sophomore Member-at-Large: Natalie Dorris
  • Freshman Members-at-Large: Mary Tatum

Access the Band Booster Board and Committee Leaders Contact List for additional names and contact emails using this Band Booster Board and Committee Leaders Contact List link.

Weekly Band News: Oct 31 – Nov 6

ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS

  • Concert Band practices will be from 4 pm – 5:15 pm on Wednesdays for Symph Band 1 and Thursday for Symph Band 2 starting on November 3rd/4th.
    • NOTE: Due to mandatory faculty meetings at OCHS, the Symphonic Band 2 rehearsals have been moved to Thursday afternoons 
  • 2022 Orlando Band Trip: 
    • The next trip payment is due November 12th.
    • See the trip section below for details!
  • All-District and All-State Band audition registration form and fee ($6.00) were due by Friday, Oct. 29. The audition will be held on Sat. Nov. 20 at OCHS. This doubles as the All-District Audition and the First Round All-State Audition
    • If you missed this deadline, you need to contact Mr. Centers–Please do not put form/money in the Band safe for this after the deadline.
    • Students will perform TWO scales and BOTH All-State Audition Etudes
    • Registration Form for All-District/All-State Band Audition
  • All-District Jazz Audition Form and Fee ($6.00) were due by Friday, Oct. 29. The audition will be held on Sat. Nov. 20 at OCHS
    • If you missed this deadline, you need to contact Mr. Centers–Please do not put form/money in the Band safe for this after the deadline.
    • Students will perform the required scales for jazz band district audition, the audition piece, and any additional items as discussed in class.
    • Registration Form for All-District Jazz Band Audition
  • All-State Jazz Audition Registration Form is available here. Jazz band students have been given the etudes, scales and information for this audition to begin preparation for the audition. All-State Registration form is due by Monday, Nov 1 along with the $10 audition fee. Make checks payable to OCHS Band. 
  • The application season for the 2022 Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) is upon us!  See the section below for details on this amazing program.
  • The online band spirit wear store is open!  Use this link to order additional band shirts, hats etc.  
  • We are compiling a band directory.  Please opt in to include your student and family information here in order to help everyone be in touch as needed!  Complete the google form using this link.
  • Attention Parents:  We are hosting All District Auditions at OCHS on Saturday, November 20th and we will need 30+ volunteers for the day to make it successful.  Most of the time slots are in the afternoon/early evening with a few folks needed in the morning.  Needs include:  
    • Here is the All District sign-up genius link.
    • Supplying Dinner/Dessert for the judges
    • Work the check in table at the front door, monitor hallways, check in tables at audition rooms, and monitoring the warm up room
    • Sell ice cream/concessions
    • Setup and Takedown
  • JAZZ BAND CONCERT: will be held on Thursday, Nov 11 at 7:00pm in the OCHS Cafeteria
  • The November Band Booster meeting will be held on 11/15/21.

CONCERT BAND PRACTICE UPDATES:

If there are post season games for football, the band will play for games that are held at OCHS as a pep band from the stands. We will not perform the halftime show past Oct 29.  The first post season game will be an away game.

Concert Band practices will be from 4 pm – 5:15 pm on Wednesdays for Symph Band 1 and Thursday for Symph Band 2 starting on November 3rd/4th.

Sight Reading Factory Accounts:

The sightreadingfactory.com accounts for students have been renewed. All students must set up (or extend) their accounts at this time.   This is a valuable tool to help students prepare for auditions, practice for LEVELS and become a better musician! Students can access this great resource from any device that has internet access.

If a student is activating a SRF account for the first time:

If a student has had a SRF account in the past and is renewing their account:

 FUNDRAISING REMINDERS:

  • It’s not too late to order gift cards through Scrip to earn money for the band!  Here is some information:  Website: ShopwithScrip.com
  • Our Enrollment Code: D7944F4229834
  • Amazon Smile:  In your Amazon account, set your charity as as the “Oldham County High School Band Boosters”
  • Kroger Community Rewards:  Oldham County High School Band or code QJ874 

GOVERNOR’S SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS

The application season for the 2022 Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) is upon us! GSA’s summer program is a transformational tuition-free experience that provides access to scholarship opportunities at nearly 30 colleges/universities, and we hope to see an applicant pool that represents the many places, identities, and perspectives of the Commonwealth!

Current high school sophomores and juniors can apply for GSA 2022 between November 3 and January 9, but GSA encourages prospective applicants to start by attending their informational webinars that begin next month on October 6 (recordings of the webinars will be made available afterward, as well).

Here are two printable flyers:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1d_ZGYqXjmHJnNkq4CDNbUm_oIGZ3BWd1/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1k10EfEj2mvY5iV_L22SPSkVYCh2b5U52/view?usp=sharing

Here is the application timeline:https://www.kentuckyperformingarts.org/education/governors-school-for-the-arts/prospective-students/attend-an-info-session-or-prep-workshop

Students and their advocates may contact GSA with any questions at 502.566.5192 or [email protected].

BAND LEVELS:

Congratulations to our very first LEVEL 10 band member, Hannah Centers completed her last item to achieve Level 10 status!

We currently have 2 Level 8 students, ~5 Level 5 students, ~8 Level 4 students, ~12 Level 3, ~20 Level 2, ~20 Level 1 and ~42 students who have not “leveled up” by completing the first set of skills for Level 1. 

Students are encouraged to take the initiative and set up times to continue leveling up throughout the year! 

  • The Band Levels Program is a skills based learning program that takes students through the most basic skills to more advanced levels
  • Students are graded on their levels progress (Level 1 through Level 10). 
  • Students have many options for “leveling up”: students can schedule a time with Mr. Centers in the morning before school, during LEAD time, after school, and during “level up days” in class. Students may also “level up” with approved private teachers and section coaches. 
  • Online submissions for LEVELS is available now. Students who have completed Level 1 may submit levels items online through Google Classroom using the Google Form found in Assignments. 

BAND PHOTO REQUEST:

  • Say cheese!!! Did you capture any great pics of the band in action?  Please upload them to this location!  It is a tradition to have a slideshow at our end of year celebration – pictures and videos saved here are the perfect way to be sure all band members and events are celebrated!
  • A BIG thank you to Erika Watt who started a folder in our shared drive full of pictures from senior night.
    • Senior Night Folder Google Drive Link
    • There are 467 pictures, but please try to look at them all if you have a Senior. There should be at least a couple of pictures of each Student and their family.  I apologize if I wasn’t able to capture the Best pictures. I did try to crop several to give you better options but also left most of the originals, so you could make changes to them.
    • Parents of Seniors should be proud! What a great group of kids! 😊

REMIND Text for OCHS Band 

Remind Texts will be used to notify parents of the OCHS Band of any special announcements or reminders 

This is an optional communication that you can choose to join to be notified of special announcements and reminders 

CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS TO SIGN UP FOR REMIND TEXTS 

BAND TRIP 2022

Below is a link to the documents handed out during the Band Trip Meeting along with an additional sheet that has information for Parents/Families that want to book the trip without the Bus Transportation ($400 less). 

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1P1zrDn5CfdMqCWDbwM-CULsl2Ufp92sw?usp=sharing

The next payment is due Friday, November 12th.

Band Trip Info from Taylor Tours:  Below is a link that will allow you to purchase the Group Travel Protection Plan for your trip. Rates are based on overall trip cost and not age. You will need to enter your full trip cost for accurate coverage. You will need to make your purchase prior to final trip payment in order to qualify for the pre-existing medical condition waiver. Please view the group marketing for rates and schedule of coverages then click the link to purchase. You can purchase one plan at a time. For questions on the plan, coverage or procedures, please contact the Group Desk at Travel Insured 844‑440‑8113.

https://www.travelinsured.com/group.signup?group=135070&guid=55f4378bdb2045b7b8f8f9922b332f84

OLDHAM COUNTY COMMUNITY BAND

Are you or your student musician interested in joining the Oldham County Community Band?  

Students who rehearse and perform with this ensemble can claim Beta or NHS community service hours…as a bonus, they’ll have a horn on their face for at least two additional hours a week, reading and performing music they won’t see in their school ensemble rehearsals!  What a deal…

The OCCB has plenty of room for students on any woodwind, brass or percussion instrument, but those who play double reeds, clarinet, horn, flute or percussion would be huge in balancing the group and opening up even more repertoire possibilities.

 Any kid you consider an “advanced” middle schooler (grade 2-3 capable; good readers) will be able to hang on; most high schoolers fit in right away.  There is no audition or membership fee involved for students. 

The group generally performs grade 3-4 concert literature, marches, popular music medleys and show tunes.  The plan for post-COVID includes performances in late October/early November, Christmas, mid-winter (February/early March) and spring.  Check out the informational flier here!

BAND COMMUNICATION

We communicate band news through various channels and additional channels (Google Classroom, Remind) will be added as the school year begins.  Please feel free to pass this information to other new parents who may not be receiving communication yet.

  • Emails: Each Sunday evening, an email is sent with details of the week’s band activities, as well as a preview of upcoming events.  This is our main source of communication.  If it’s a busy week, or there is new information since Sunday, a Wednesday email will be sent out as well.  You may request to be placed on the email list by emailing your students Name, Grade and Instrument to communi[email protected].  
  • Facebook: The Band Boosters group maintains a private Facebook group called Oldham County HS Band Boosters!  You can request to join through Facebook and we’ll add you.  This is a good place to get quick answers to your questions, as many people will see your post fairly quickly. 
  • Contact Information:  For Band Booster questions and business, please use the band booster email [email protected].

SAVE THE DATES – Important Dates – 2021 & 2022 School Year

  • Nov 3rd & 4th Concert Band Rehearsals Begin:
    • Band 1 is on Wednesdays from 4pm – 5:15pm.
    • Band 2 is on Thursday from 4 pm – 5:15 pm.
  • Thur. Nov 11: Jazz Cafe 7:00pm in the OCHS Cafeteria
  • Sat., Nov. 13: UofL Marching Band Day (optional – $20 fee)
  • Mon. Nov 15:  Band Booster Meeting
  • Sat., Nov. 20: All-State First Round Auditions (All-District Auditions) @ OCHS
  • Sat., Dec. 11: All-State Final Round Auditions @ John Hardin HS, Elizabethtown
  • Sat. Dec. 11: All-State Jazz Band Auditions @ John Hardin HS, Elizabethtown
  • Tuesday, Dec. 14: OCHS Holiday Concert @ OCHS Auditorium
  • Fri.-Sat., Jan. 7-8: All-District Band Weekend
  • Tue., Jan. 25: KMEA Conference Preview Performance (Symphonic Band 1)
  • Wed.-Sat., Feb. 2-5: KMEA All-State Ensembles and State Conference
  • Fri., Feb. 4: KMEA Conference Performance at KICC (Louisville) (Symphonic Band 1)
  • Sat. March 5: KMEA Solo and Ensemble Assessment at NOHS
  • Tues., March 8: KMEA Assessment Preview Concert at OCHS
  • Wed.-Fri., March 16-18: KMEA Large Ensemble Assessment (exact date/time will be set by KMEA)
  • April 2-8: OCHS Florida Band Trip (optional)
  • Week of April 18: Recital Night (Date TBD)
  • Week of April 25: Chamber Ensemble Concert (Date TBD)
  • Week of May 16: GALA Concert (Date TBD)

VOLUNTEER & SHADOWING OPPORTUNITIES

The OCHS Band Boosters is needing volunteers for open positions for the coming year.  Board positions are elected positions called out in the By laws and include the officer positions and the class reps.  Committee Positions are non-elected positions.

After surveying those currently serving, the following positions are open for next year:

  • Board (all positions except Treasurer are up for elections but the following do not have someone rerunning).
  • Committee Coordinators
  • All District Co-chair to work with previous year’s coordinator.
  • Alumni Coordinator

In addition, all committee positions are always open to shadowing or additional help.  The committees below have Senior parent this year and would be great to have someone shadowing next year that could take over the following year:

  • Sponsorships
  • Mums Sale Coordinator
  • Directory
  • Instrument Rental
  • Band Website Support
  • T-shirts

Please email [email protected] if you are interested in filling any of the roles listed above or if you are interested in shadowing any committee.  If you would like more details on each position’s role, please feel free to email [email protected] or contact the current coordinator. 

BAND BOOSTER LEADERSHIP

Board Members for 2021-2022

  • President – Chad Adams
  • Vice President – Brandon Gossett
  • Secretary – Melissa Gossett
  • Treasurer – Lisa Zahradnicek
  • Treasurer-Elect – Angela Schmidt
  • Senior Member-at-Large: Katie Fuller
  • Junior Member-at-Large: Stephanie Skeens
  • Sophomore Member-at-Large: Natalie Dorris
  • Freshman Members-at-Large: Mary Tatum

Access the Band Booster Board and Committee Leaders Contact List for additional names and contact emails using this Band Booster Board and Committee Leaders Contact List link.

Weekly Band News: Oct 24 – Oct 30

ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS

  • The last Marching Band Practice is this Thursday from 4-6 pm. 
  • Concert Band practices will be from 4 pm – 5:15 pm on Tuesdays for Band 2 and Wednesdays for Band 1 starting on November 2nd/3rd.
  • Help is needed for the LAST game band!
    • Senior parents will be participating in Senior Night activities so we need to fill volunteer spots with parents from other grades.  Let’s take care of our seniors & their families on this special night! 
    • Lend a hand at our last marching game by visiting this Sign-Up Genius!
    • Students need to place their tailgate dinner order by the end of school on Wednesday using this link.
  • 2022 Orlando Band Trip: 
    • The next trip payment is due November 12th.
    • See the trip section below for details!
  • All-District and All-State Band audition registration form and fee ($6.00) are due by Friday, Oct. 29. If paying with a check, make payable to OCHS Band. If auditioning on more than one instrument, a separate form is required for each instrument, however you can pay with one check. The audition will be held on Sat. Nov. 20 at OCHS. This doubles as the All-District Audition and the First Round All-State Audition
    • Students will perform TWO scales and BOTH All-State Audition Etudes
    • Registration Form for All-District/All-State Band Audition
  • All-District Jazz Audition Form and Fee ($6.00) is due by Friday, Oct. 29. You can audition for BOTH All-District Band and All-District Jazz – but need to turn in both forms and pay for both auditions. If paying with a check, make payable to OCHS Band. The audition will be held on Sat. Nov. 20 at OCHS
    • Students will perform the required scales for jazz band district audition, the audition piece, and any additional items as discussed in class.
    • Registration Form for All-District Jazz Band Audition
  • All-State Jazz Audition Registration Form and Fee information is not yet available. Jazz band students have been given the etudes, scales and information for this audition to begin preparation for the audition. 
  • The application season for the 2022 Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) is upon us!  See the section below for details on this amazing program.
  • Take a moment to read the September Directors Report here!
  • Snap Raise Fundraiser update:
    • We raised $23,195 with this year’s campaign!
    • Thank you for your help and support with this great fundraiser campaign!
  • The online band spirit wear store is open!  Use this link to order additional band shirts, hats etc.  
  • We are in the process of compiling a band directory.  Please opt in to include your student and family information here in order to help everyone be in touch as needed!  Complete the google form usingthis link.
  • Attention Parents:  We are hosting All District Auditions at OCHS on Saturday, November 20th and we will need 30+ volunteers for the day to make it successful.  Most of the time slots are in the afternoon/early evening with a few folks needed in the morning.  Needs include:  
    • Here is the All District sign-up genius link.
    • Supplying Dinner/Dessert for the judges
    • Work the check in table at the front door, monitor hallways, check in tables at audition rooms, and monitoring the warm up room
    • Sell ice cream/concessions
    • Setup and Takedown
  • Thursday after school practices are from 4-6 pm through October.  

MARCHING & CONCERT BAND PRACTICE UPDATES:

We have only ONE rehearsal remaining for this marching season! There is only one halftime performance remaining! Your attendance is required for this event. It is a graded event. 

Our halftime performance on Oct 8 showed a lot of improvement! It was also great to have our 8th grade students from EOMS and OCHS with us. The band directors overheard many of the 8th graders making positive comments about their experience. Thank you to the students and parents at OCHS that helped to make this a great event for the 8th graders!

Our last halftime performance will be on Oct 29.   

There will be Post-Season games. The band will play for any post season games that are held at OCHS as a pep band from the stands. We will not perform the halftime show past Oct 29.

Concert Band practices will be from 4 pm – 5:15 pm on Tuesdays for Band 2 and Wednesdays for Band 1 starting on November 2nd/3rd.

Sight Reading Factory Accounts:

The sightreadingfactory.com accounts for students have been renewed. All students must set up (or extend) their accounts at this time.   This is a valuable tool to help students prepare for auditions, practice for LEVELS and become a better musician! Students can access this great resource from any device that has internet access.

If a student is activating a SRF account for the first time:

If a student has had a SRF account in the past and is renewing their account:

 FUNDRAISING REMINDERS:

  • It’s not too late to order gift cards through Scrip to earn money for the band!  Here is some information:  Website: ShopwithScrip.com
  • Our Enrollment Code: D7944F4229834
  • Amazon Smile:  In your Amazon account, set your charity as as the “Oldham County High School Band Boosters”
  • Kroger Community Rewards:  Oldham County High School Band or code QJ874 

GOVERNOR’S SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS

The application season for the 2022 Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) is upon us! GSA’s summer program is a transformational tuition-free experience that provides access to scholarship opportunities at nearly 30 colleges/universities, and we hope to see an applicant pool that represents the many places, identities, and perspectives of the Commonwealth!

Current high school sophomores and juniors can apply for GSA 2022 between November 3 and January 9, but GSA encourages prospective applicants to start by attending their informational webinars that begin next month on October 6 (recordings of the webinars will be made available afterward, as well).

Here are two printable flyers:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1d_ZGYqXjmHJnNkq4CDNbUm_oIGZ3BWd1/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1k10EfEj2mvY5iV_L22SPSkVYCh2b5U52/view?usp=sharing

Here is the application timeline:https://www.kentuckyperformingarts.org/education/governors-school-for-the-arts/prospective-students/attend-an-info-session-or-prep-workshop

Students and their advocates may contact GSA with any questions at 502.566.5192 or [email protected].

BAND LEVELS:

Congratulations to our very first LEVEL 10 band member, Hannah Centers completed her last item to achieve Level 10 status this past week!

We currently have 2 Level 8 students, ~5 Level 5 students, ~8 Level 4 students, ~12 Level 3, ~20 Level 2, ~20 Level 1 and ~42 students who have not “leveled up” by completing the first set of skills for Level 1. 

Students are encouraged to take the initiative and set up times to continue leveling up throughout the year! 

  • The Band Levels Program is a skills based learning program that takes students through the most basic skills to more advanced levels
  • Students are graded on their levels progress (Level 1 through Level 10). 
  • Students have many options for “leveling up”: students can schedule a time with Mr. Centers in the morning before school, during LEAD time, after school, and during “level up days” in class. Students may also “level up” with approved private teachers and section coaches. 
  • Online submissions for LEVELS is available now. Students who have completed Level 1 may submit levels items online through Google Classroom using the Google Form found in Assignments. 

BAND PHOTO REQUEST:

  • Say cheese!!! Did you capture any great pics of the band in action?  Please upload them to this location!  It is a tradition to have a slideshow at our end of year celebration – pictures and videos saved here are the perfect way to be sure all band members and events are celebrated!
  • We need a photo of the marching band in uniform for the school year book ASAP! If you took photos at the Friends and Family performance last month and have a photo that is clear and shows all (or most) of the marching band, please contact the band director, Mr. Centers, or the Booster President, Chad Adams

REMIND Text for OCHS Band 

Remind Texts will be used to notify parents of the OCHS Band of any special announcements or reminders 

This is an optional communication that you can choose to join to be notified of special announcements and reminders 

CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS TO SIGN UP FOR REMIND TEXTS 

BAND TRIP 2022

Below is a link to the documents handed out during the Band Trip Meeting along with an additional sheet that has information for Parents/Families that want to book the trip without the Bus Transportation ($400 less). 

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1P1zrDn5CfdMqCWDbwM-CULsl2Ufp92sw?usp=sharing

The next payment is due Friday, November 12th.

Band Trip Info from Taylor Tours:  Below is a link that will allow you to purchase the Group Travel Protection Plan for your trip. Rates are based on overall trip cost and not age. You will need to enter your full trip cost for accurate coverage. You will need to make your purchase prior to final trip payment in order to qualify for the pre-existing medical condition waiver. Please view the group marketing for rates and schedule of coverages then click the link to purchase. You can purchase one plan at a time. For questions on the plan, coverage or procedures, please contact the Group Desk at Travel Insured 844‑440‑8113.

https://www.travelinsured.com/group.signup?group=135070&guid=55f4378bdb2045b7b8f8f9922b332f84

OLDHAM COUNTY COMMUNITY BAND

Are you or your student musician interested in joining the Oldham County Community Band?  

Students who rehearse and perform with this ensemble can claim Beta or NHS community service hours…as a bonus, they’ll have a horn on their face for at least two additional hours a week, reading and performing music they won’t see in their school ensemble rehearsals!  What a deal…

The OCCB has plenty of room for students on any woodwind, brass or percussion instrument, but those who play double reeds, clarinet, horn, flute or percussion would be huge in balancing the group and opening up even more repertoire possibilities.

 Any kid you consider an “advanced” middle schooler (grade 2-3 capable; good readers) will be able to hang on; most high schoolers fit in right away.  There is no audition or membership fee involved for students. 

The group generally performs grade 3-4 concert literature, marches, popular music medleys and show tunes.  The plan for post-COVID includes performances in late October/early November, Christmas, mid-winter (February/early March) and spring.  Check out the informational flier here!

BAND COMMUNICATION

We communicate band news through various channels and additional channels (Google Classroom, Remind) will be added as the school year begins.  Please feel free to pass this information to other new parents who may not be receiving communication yet.

  • Emails: Each Sunday evening, an email is sent with details of the week’s band activities, as well as a preview of upcoming events.  This is our main source of communication.  If it’s a busy week, or there is new information since Sunday, a Wednesday email will be sent out as well.  You may request to be placed on the email list by emailing your students Name, Grade and Instrument to [email protected].  
  • Facebook: The Band Boosters group maintains a private Facebook group called Oldham County HS Band Boosters!  You can request to join through Facebook and we’ll add you.  This is a good place to get quick answers to your questions, as many people will see your post fairly quickly. 
  • Contact Information:  For Band Booster questions and business, please use the band booster email [email protected].

SAVE THE DATES – Important Dates—Summer & Fall 2021

(Football Games are in their own section below.)

  • After School Rehearsals: This Thursday; August 12 is the last marching band practice from 4-6pm.
  • Nov 2nd & 3rd Concert Band Rehearsals Begin:
    • Band 2 is on Tuesdays from 4 pm – 5:15 pm.
    • Band 1 is on Wednesdays from 4pm – 5:15pm.
  • Sat., Nov. 13: UofL Marching Band Day (optional – $20 fee)
  • Sat., Nov. 20: All-State First Round Auditions (All-District Auditions) @ OCHS
  • Sat., Dec. 11: All-State Final Round Auditions @ John Hardin HS, Elizabethtown
  • Sat. Dec. 11: All-State Jazz Band Auditions @ John Hardin HS, Elizabethtown
  • Tuesday, Dec. 14: OCHS Holiday Concert @ OCHS Auditorium
  • Fri.-Sat., Jan. 7-8: All-District Band Weekend
  • Tue., Jan. 25: KMEA Conference Preview Performance (Symphonic Band 1)
  • Wed.-Sat., Feb. 2-5: KMEA All-State Ensembles and State Conference
  • Fri., Feb. 4: KMEA Conference Performance at KICC (Louisville) (Symphonic Band 1)
  • Sat. March 5: KMEA Solo and Ensemble Assessment at NOHS
  • Tues., March 8: KMEA Assessment Preview Concert at OCHS
  • Wed.-Fri., March 16-18: KMEA Large Ensemble Assessment (exact date/time will be set by KMEA)
  • April 2-8: OCHS Florida Band Trip (optional)
  • Week of April 18: Recital Night (Date TBD)
  • Week of April 25: Chamber Ensemble Concert (Date TBD)
  • Week of May 16: GALA Concert (Date TBD)

HOME FOOTBALL DATES FALL 2021 (required performances)

  • October 29th v. Bullitt East (Senior night) Marching Band Home Game, Senior Night 

VOLUNTEER & SHADOWING OPPORTUNITIES

The OCHS Band Boosters is needing volunteers for open positions for the coming year.  Board positions are elected positions called out in the By laws and include the officer positions and the class reps.  Committee Positions are non-elected positions.

After surveying those currently serving, the following positions are open for next year:

  • Board (all positions except Treasurer are up for elections but the following do not have someone rerunning).
  • Committee Coordinators
  • All District Co-chair to work with previous year’s coordinator.
  • Alumni Coordinator

In addition, all committee positions are always open to shadowing or additional help.  The committees below have Senior parent this year and would be great to have someone shadowing next year that could take over the following year:

  • Sponsorships
  • Mums Sale Coordinator
  • Directory
  • Instrument Rental
  • Band Website Support
  • T-shirts

Please email [email protected] if you are interested in filling any of the roles listed above or if you are interested in shadowing any committee.  If you would like more details on each position’s role, please feel free to email [email protected] or contact the current coordinator. 

BAND BOOSTER LEADERSHIP

Board Members for 2021-2022

  • President – Chad Adams
  • Vice President – Brandon Gossett
  • Secretary – Melissa Gossett
  • Treasurer – Lisa Zahradnicek
  • Treasurer-Elect – Angela Schmidt
  • Senior Member-at-Large: Katie Fuller
  • Junior Member-at-Large: Stephanie Skeens
  • Sophomore Member-at-Large: Natalie Dorris
  • Freshman Members-at-Large: Mary Tatum

Access the Band Booster Board and Committee Leaders Contact List for additional names and contact emails using this Band Booster Board and Committee Leaders Contact List link.