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You might ask yourself – why should I come to a bandbooster meeting?
- To find out details about upcoming performances
- To learn how the band fees and fundraising monies are spent
- To learn about volunteer opportunities for you or your student
- To meet other band parents
- And lastly, but certainly not leastly (is that a word?) to hear details from Mr. Rogers about what’s going on in band
Joining Band Booster Facebook Page (optional)
The Band Booster Facebook page is Oldham County HS Band Boosters! (exclamation point is part of name.) If you are on Facebook, “like” the Band Booster page.
Please note – All pertinent information will be sent through a weekly email and not solely through Facebook, so don’t worry if you aren’t on Facebook.
To contact a member of our Band Boosters Association, please fill out our online contact form and a member of our organization will get back to you.
Some various photos of OCHS Band activities.
OCHS Summer Packet
All information for current and incoming band members and forms to be completed for the 2021-2022 school year are located below.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:
- All students are required to complete and have NOTARIZED the medical release/field trip permission form (PDF type in below)
- All students/parents are expected to SIGN and turn in the final page of the Social Media Guidelines.
- All forms are due no later than July 10th; earlier is ok!
- Forms can be turned in at rehearsal.
Summer Packet (links will be added as available):
- Course Offerings
- Medical Release Form (Fillable – Download First)
- Student Information Form
- Parent / Guardian Technology Consent Form
- Band Camp Information
- Summer and Fall Band Dates
- Band Cell Phone Policy
- Social Media Guidelines (Fillable – Download First)
- Band Fees and Financial Obligations
- Summer and Fall Marching Colonels Band Schedule
- Letter to all students and families
International Trombone Festival Youth Workshop
OCHS Trombone Players,
The International Trombone Festival Youth Workshop for trombonists ages 12-18 will take place virtually Wednesday, July 14th – Saturday, July 17th, 2021. We have had students participate in this workshop in past years all of which had an excellent experience. We are passing along the information if anyone is interested in attending this year’s workshop.
Registration will open Monday, March 15th on the International Trombone Festival Website for early-bird discounts and some give-aways on Facebook and Instagram.
The 2021 International Trombone Festival Youth Workshop (YW) will be an engaging, interactive, and social event held completely online this year. But don’t worry: this is not going to be staring at a Zoom session for hours and hours on end! This year’s online edition of the YW will feature lots of chances for social interaction using our new online platform Whova: chats, social “hang-out rooms,” and other ways to connect with fellow young trombonists will abound. And our all-star lineup of faculty, clinicians, and ITF Artists have designed presentations and clinics that will give you lots of chances to play trombone, grow, interact, and learn.
Among many exciting YW-exclusive events, this year’s YW has clinics from Joe Alessi (principal trombone of the NY Philharmonic and professor at Juilliard) and Jennifer Wharton (leader of the jazz trombone ensemble Bonegasm, and top-call player for Broadway in New York City). And, YW participants get twice-daily playing sessions led by our expert faculty who are each well-versed in all things trombone and all things online: Martin McCain (Texas State University professor), Nikki Abissi (New York freelancer and educator), Sean Reusch (San Diego-based educator and performer and operator of www.trombone101.com), and Nick Finzer (University of North Texas jazz professor, and operator of the Nick Finzer Virtual Studio). And all YW participants will have the option to add on a participation in a mass trombone video produced by the one and only Christopher Bill. Will your video go viral? Well, the 2019 ITF YW video has 8 MILLION VIEWS and counting!
And of course, what is a Trombone Festival without performances? In addition to the exclusive educational content above, YW participants also have access to our full lineup of world-class trombone artists, all of whom will be performing live from Columbus, Georgia. All events will be live-streamed and/or archived on our online platform, and will feature crystal clear audio and video for as real an experience as you can get while still being at home. Performers range from international soloists, salsa all-stars, jazz masters, and top-flight orchestral trombone sections.
If you want to make sure you don’t miss out on any info about registration, guest artists, and other news, sign up to the mailing list by clicking here.
Important KMEA Audition Clarifications – Trumpet and Clarinet
From John Stroube, Executive Director, KMEA:
Regarding the Arban’s etude for trumpet, there are differing opinions about interpreting the turn in m. 39. Because we are far enough down the road, and different teachers are already committed to one or the other, either FGbFEF or FEFGbF will be counted as correct, and the execution will be judged for fluidity and accuracy.
SightReading Factory Information
Each student receives a subscription to SightReading Factory for the school year; this is used as a practice and evaluation tool whether we are in-person or virtual. It can be used on Chromebook, laptop, desktop or devices (free download app). Click here to see the instructions for creating/activating or extending current (upperclassmen) accounts. This has also been posted in the Google Classroom “to do” list for each class. We will begin using this tool after we return from the fall break week; until then, students are encouraged to “play” with the program–it really is a fun and challenging practice tool that can significantly improve anyone’s ability to read and perform music at sight.
Bradford D. Rogers
Oldham County High School Band
1150 N. Hwy. 393
LaGrange, KY 40031
(note address change)
Guidelines for the GSA 2021 Application Now Available
Interested in applying to GSA 2021, or are you a mentor/educator to a young artist? GSA has released Applicant Guides for the 2021 summer program – meaning students can start preparing their application materials today!
Applicant Guides include the following information for each artform:
- Overview of coursework at the summer program
- What each applicant must prepare and submit in the application
- The criteria used in scoring applications
- Tips on how applicants can put their best foot forward
While the application won’t be available until November 4th, Applicant Guides enable students to start assembling their materials now. View Applicant Guides here on GSA’s website.
How to Measure for Concert Wear and Dinkles (Band Shoes)
Marching and Concert Shoes (“DINKLES”)
DON’T FORGET – All freshmen, students new to OCHS band, and any students who have outgrown their
Dinkles shoes from last year will need to bring $31 cash or check payable to "RRR Band Accessories” by Thursday (July 30th) of Band Camp. Students will need to provide their current shoe size (wide width included) or will be provided a disposable template to estimate a best “fit” as they are checking in. If a freshman is wearing a sibling's shoes from a previous year, please notify Charlie Christensen at firstname.lastname@example.org. If your student DOES NOT USE their shoes during the year and needs a larger size next year, exchanges for a new shoe size will be accepted. Shoes that have been used or returned in any condition unlike that received will NOT be accepted for exchange. If payment for shoes is not received by Thursday of band camp week, an extra $15 fee will be automatically applied.
Marching Uniforms and concert Attire
We are asking parents to do something we’ve never asked of you before. Due to social distancing
limitations, we are unable to physically measure your student during band camp week as has historically
been done. We are asking for your help and best effort to provide us with as accurate (as possible)
measurements so that we can fit your student with a band uniform – marching and concert. We will needup-to-date measurement for ALL STUDENTS to insure they have the appropriate sizing. Directions for how to obtain these measurements are included in e-mail attachments. Measurements for women and men are DIFFERENT, so please use the proper form. Please send a scanned copy of the completed form or directly e-mail all measurements for your student to Charlie Christensen at email@example.com by Friday, August 14th . Pricing for concert attire (full length gowns for women, tuxedo shirts for men) will be sent at a later date.
If you have any trouble with the two form links above, use the below.
WOMEN’S UNIFORM MEASUREMENTS
MEN’S UNIFORM MEASUREMENTS