Symphonic Bands

Emphasis of the OCHS band program, this performance ensemble is made up of students placed by audition each year in Symphonic Band classes, with the addition of musicians enrolled in Percussion Techniques class. Many of these students are in the developmental stage of proficiency and, in a sense, are “training” for Symphonic Band I at some point in the future. The ensemble performs the same concert schedule as Symphonic Band I and combines with that group for select performances and for all athletic band activities (marching and pep bands).

Activities/expectations

  • Preparation and performance of marching band music/drill
  • Preparation and performance of symphonic band literature
  • Attendance at all after-school rehearsals (marching and concert)
  • Use of individual evaluation/interactive accompaniment software (SmartMusic)
  • Preparation and performance of a variety of ensemble literature
  • Development and evaluation of individual technique and skills on your instrument
  • Performance at KMEA Solo and Ensemble festival (required of all members)
  • Performance of music for individual evaluation (live and on SmartMusic)
  • Performance of audition music (November) for concert band seating
  • Other performances scheduled throughout the year

Marching Band

The main athletic band of the OCHS band program. This performance ensemble is made up of wind players enrolled in both Symphonic Band classes, with the addition of musicians enrolled in Percussion Techniques class.

Activities/expectations

  • Preparation and performance of marching band music/drill
  • Preparation and performance of symphonic band literature
  • Attendance at all after-school rehearsals (marching and concert)
  • Use of individual evaluation/interactive accompaniment software (SmartMusic)
  • Preparation and performance of a variety of ensemble literature
  • Development and evaluation of individual technique and skills on your instrument
  • Performance at KMEA Solo and Ensemble festival (required of all members)
  • Performance of music for individual evaluation (live and on SmartMusic)
  • Performance of audition music (November) for concert band seating
  • Other performances scheduled throughout the year

MARCHING BAND is required of all participants. Summer band camp is required for all members. This is a non-competitive group with after school rehearsals limited to one afternoon per week. The marching band will perform at all home football games and selected community events throughout the fall semester.

Jazz Ensemble

This course is designed as an elective extension of the Symphonic Band, allowing students to learn jazz styles, improvisation, and performance through an ensemble class. An audition is required for students not enrolled in the Symphonic Band or Percussion Techniques class.

Activities/expectations:

  • Preparation and performance of jazz ensemble literature
  • Attendance at scheduled rehearsals (after school or in school)
  • Use of individual evaluation/interactive accompaniment software (SmartMusic)
  • Development and evaluation of individual technique and skills on your instrument
  • Performance in one or two jazz ensemble festivals (required of all members)
  • Performance of music for individual evaluation (usually one or two per quarter)
  • Other performances scheduled throughout the year

Pep Band

All wind and percussion players will perform pep band music for pep rallies during school, and selected home girls and boys basketball games. Pep bands for basketball season will be assigned in November. Each student will be expected to meet a reasonable performance obligation during basketball season. A listing of basketball dates not in conflict with other band activities will be posted with assignments for performance. Students are expected to work out their personal schedules to accommodate their assigned pep band obligations. Attendance at performances is required, with performance grades assigned.

Tournament games will be covered by the entire band as needed. Bus transportation and tickets will be provided to all tournament games played off-campus.

Pep Band assignments for 2019-2020 will be posted below in November. Stay tuned!

How we do pep band:

All band members are assigned five home basketball game appearances from early December until the conclusion of the regular season. “Doubleheaders” involving both boys and girls teams are scheduled wherever practical in an effort to limit the number of nights tied up by students; these games are played by both pep bands combined.

Call time: Doubleheaders 5:00 p.m.; single boys/girls varsity games 6:00.

Games are usually concluded by 9:00 p.m., unless they go “overtime”.

Basketball performances are graded activities; all are encouraged to look carefully at their scheduled games/dates NOW and schedule accordingly.

Tournament games are done on a volunteer basis; schedules for the tournaments are generally available only a couple of days in advance (after the tournament draw is completed).

Percussion Techniques

Percussion Techniques is the “band class” for percussionists or students wanting to learn more about performing on percussion instruments.

Activities/expectations:

  • Preparation and performance of marching band music/drill
  • Preparation and performance of percussion parts with concert band
  • Preparation and performance of a variety of percussion ensemble literature
  • Attendance at all after-school rehearsals (marching and concert)
  • Use of individual evaluation/interactive accompaniment software (SmartMusic)
  • Development and evaluation of individual technique and skills on all percussion instruments
  • Performance at KMEA Solo and Ensemble festival (required of all members)
  • Performance of music for individual evaluation (usually one or two per quarter)
  • Performance of audition music (November) for concert band seating
  • Other performances scheduled throughout the year