Band Boosters: Agenda for September

Band Booster Agenda September 20, 2021
  • Welcome
  • August Meeting Minutes – Melissa Gossett, Review & Approval
  • September Treasurer’s Report – Lisa Zahradnicek, Review and Approval
  • Director’s Comments
  • Band Trip Update
    • Total going=105 (76 students; 29 parents/siblings)
    • Total on bus=97
    • Next Payment due October 8th by the end of school.  
      • We will have a parent also collecting on Thursday at the end of practice and would like to get most of the payments then.
  • Upcoming Events
    • After School Rehearsals on Thursdays
    • September 23rd Letterman Jacket Fitting (after rehearsal)
    • September 24th Football Game—No Tailgate Meal 
    • September 29th U of L Help Session—Need 2 chaperones
    • October 8th Football Game and 8th Grade Night/Tailgate
    • October 13th Halloween Concert at OCMS
    • Potential Jazz Band Opportunity
  • Committees Reports
    • Uniform Coordinators – Charlie/Becky Christensen
    • Hospitality—Tammy Passafiume/Bethony Keil
    • Pictures—Katie Fuller (link is to the location to save pictures)
    • Instrument Rental—Lorena Reed
    • Letterman Jacket—Erika Watt
    • All District—Jennifer Otterback
  • Fundraising
    • Graeter’s Ice Cream—Brenda Kibiloski
    • Mum Sale Coordinator—Nicole Tschappat/Jenn Silliman
    • Snapraise
    • DON’T FORGET about Passive Fundraisers (free money doing shopping you would be doing anyway)
      • Kroger Community Rewards, Oldham County High School Band or code QJ874
      • Amazon Smile, set your Amazon Smile Charity to Oldham County High School Band Boosters In your Amazon account
  • Band Booster Organization volunteers needed for this year
    • We need an All District Co-Chair with Jennifer Otterback.  Would be best to be a Freshman or Sophomor Parent who would be able to take over next year
    • Key Shadowing is the Web Site with Katie Fuller
  • Next Band Boosters meeting will be October 11th (second Monday of the month due to Fall Break).  
  • Open Discussion/Other Business

Band Boosters: Meeting Minutes for July

  • Welcome at 7:10 pm, Chad Adams presenting, 20 people in attendance
  • Welcome to new Band Booster Parents
  • Big Thank You to every who has helped at the Rehearsals and at Oldham County Day
  • Introduce Executive Board Officers
    • President Chad Adams
    • President-Elect Brandon Gossett
    • Secretary Melissa Gossett
    • Treasurer Lisa Zahradnicek
    • Treasurer-Elect Angela Schmidt
    • Freshman Member-at-Large Mary Tatum
    • Sophomore Member-at-Large Natalie Dorris
    • Junior Member-at-Large Stephanie Skeens 
    • Senior Member-at-Large Katie Fuller
  • June Meeting Minutes – Melissa Gossett/Sandy Walker, Review & Approval by Natalie Dorris and Andi Marx
  • July Treasurer’s Report – Lisa Zahradnicek, Review & Approval by Brandon Gossett and Bethony Keil
  • Annual Budget and Report—Review and Approval by Brandon Gossett and Bethony Keil
  • Band Trip
    • Quick Summary
    • Will be a special trip meeting on Monday, August 2nd from 7:30 – 8:30 pm (last half of rehearsal)
    • First Deposit due August 13th–$150 
    • Trip was discussed briefly with more details to follow during trip meeting
  • Communication –Andie Marx
    • Each student can up to 3 email addresses for the Sunday/Wed night e-newsletters 
    • Facebook page
    • Will be adding forms to a google doc to email to parents due to website construction
  • Upcoming Events
    • Rehearsals–Mondays and Thursdays, be on the lookout for Sign-Up Genius  
    • Band Camp—July 26-July 30, please bring in water, be on the lookout for Sign-Up Genius   
    • New Parent Meeting—July 26th
    • Senior Poster Pictures—July 27th
    • Colonel Carousel—July 28th and July 29th-will have table set up
    • Pool Party and Picnic—July 30th -at John Black Aquatic Center
    • Band Trip Meeting—August 2nd
    • OCHS Open House—August 5th
  • Committees Reports
    • Uniform Coordinators – Charlie/Becky Christensen-Nu-Yale Cleaners is the new sponsor, will be fitting seniors on Monday 5:00-6:30 pm, Fitting for shoes on Thursday from 10:30-11:00 am, cost is $31.00, plan to have 2 nights to fit for marching uniforms week after band camp
    • Show Shirts – Lisa Adams-will have extras and online store
    • Hospitality—Tammy Passafiume/Bethony Keil- be on the lookout for Sign-Up Genius for band camp and picnic/pool party 
    • Directory—Katie Fuller-putting together directory 
    • Instrument Rental—Lorena Reed-make sure students fill out form and pay fees for instrument rentals
    • Volunteer Coordinator—Lisa Adams-several volunteer opportunities coming up so be on the lookout for those
    • Any other reports

Mid-Week Band News: July 22 – July 24

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

  • We will have a Notary on site July 22nd from 5:30-6:00pm.  There will also be a notary at the 1st morning of band camp during morning check-in.
    • Bring photo ID
    • Our thanks to Jenn Silliman for helping with this!
  • Summer Packet Documents can be accessed at this linkfor those having trouble with the website.
  • July Band Director comments can be accessed using this link.
  • Band Booster Meeting documents and videos are uploaded to the following link.  https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1SR5yvIIIfKOYCYRyK3M3DL1jclLgm0ie?usp=sharing
  • Band Camp Starts Next week—See detailed schedule below.
  • Uniform & Shoe Fittings: Marching / concert shoe (“DINKLES”) fitting will be Thursday, July 29, from 10:30-1 pm during band camp.  All freshmen, sophomore girls, students new to OCHS band, and any students who have outgrown their shoes from last year will need to bring $31 cash or check payable to “RRR Band Accessories”.  This will be the ONLY shoe purchase for the year.  If payment for shoes is not received at the time of fitting (Thursday), an extra $15 fee will be automatically applied.
  • Senior Uniform Fittings:  Monday, July 26th from 5-6:30 pm – Seniors will be fitted for marching uniforms in the band room in preparation for Tuesday’s Senior pictures. 
  • Senior Poster Pictures:  Seniors will be getting pictures made on Tuesday, July 27th, at 5:30 pm for the Senior Posters that will hang at the Football field during Marching Session.  Details are listed below.  Please email President@ochs.band if you want a poster for your student and if they will be eating a pizza. They will have uniform fittings during the Dinner Break on Monday, July 26th.  (Additional details are below.)
  • “NEW TO BAND” Band Parent Meeting:  There will be a meeting for Parents that  are new to the full band experience (Primarily Freshman & Sophomore parents) on Monday, July 26th at 7 pm in the Auditorium.  We will present what goes on during the band year and how the boosters help make the band happen.  There will be time for some question and answers.
  • HELP NEEDED!  Band camp is a pivotal week for our band community.  We are so excited to make this week AMAZING for our musicians as they kick off the year and prepare for marching season.  There are MANY moving parts that make band camp a success each year.  Please take a moment to check the Sign-Up Genius links below and choose the ways your family can help make this week a huge success.   If you are able to sign up for multiple options that would be a HUGE help to the Directors, Section Coaches and our kids as they make memories and build skills this coming week!  
  • Our 2022 Band Trip will be April 2-8, 2022 (during spring break) and we will be traveling to Orlando, FL and visiting Walt Disney World and Universal Studios.  There will be a special Band trip meeting at 7:30 pm on Monday, Aug 2nd, in the Auditorium where Ron Roth from Taylor Tours will go through the details and answer any questions.  Click on this link for the 1 page summary from the Booster meeting for more information on the trip!
  • On Friday, July 30th from 6 pm – 8 pm (At the end of band camp), there will be a Pot Luck Picnic for all Band Students and their Families at Wendell Moore Park.  There will also be a Pool Party at the Aquatic Center for Band Students only from 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm that same evening.  More details on both events will be sent in Sunday’s email.
  • Reminder to all parents who are using school instruments (this includes all percussion)—Please turn in your completed instrument rental form along with a check for $80 made payable to Oldham County Band Boosters as soon as possible.  Someone will be available to collect this at the beginning of tomorrow’s practice and in the morning of Monday of Band camp.  Your student can also turn in money in the black safe located by Mr. Center’s office.
  • We have openings for Committee Coordinators.  See the listing below and email President@ochs.band if interested. 
  • Summer Band Rehearsals will be on Mondays and Thursdays starting  July 5th through the first day of the school year 6:00-8:30 p.m. at OCHS.
  • Fundraising Reminders: 
    • It’s not too late to order gift cards through Scrip to earn money for the band!  Here is some information:
    • Amazon Smile:  In your Amazon account, set your charity as as the “Oldham County High School Band Boosters”

SENIOR BAND POSTER PICTURES

We are arranging to have Beth Smith from Big Photo onsite Tuesday, July 27th (during Band Camp), to take photos and make posters that will hang on the fence during the home football games (see below for an example from last year).  Seniors will need to be in uniform with instrument and arrive promptly at 5:30 pm (they have a dinner break from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm).  In order to make dinner plans easier, we will make pizza available for those who want it for $3 a student.  You will receive your poster at after the final home football game to take home.

Cost for the posters will be $38 per student and checks should be written out to “Big Photo” and put in an envelope with the senior’s name on it.  Please bring this on that Tuesday.   Senior Families – If you have not yet done so, please respond to president@ochs.band with one of the following options:

  • Option 1) I would like a poster and will be eating pizza.
  • Option 2) I would like a poster but will not be eating pizza
  • Option 3) I do not want a poster or pizza

Thank you for your response!

SUMMER MARCHING BAND REHEARSAL & PACKET INFORMATION

The marching band will meet Monday and Thursday evenings during July and August. Rehearsals will be 6:00 – 8:30pm and are held at OCHS starting July 5th.   Attendance is expected at summer band rehearsal if you are in town.  If you’re on vacation or out of town for any of these dates, please notify Mr. Centers atDavid.Centers@oldham.kyschools.us.   Whenever possible, please provide advance notice of any conflicts.  This makes a difference as the Director and Coaches plan ahead to make the best use of all practice sessions. Failure to contact Mr. Centers to resolve summer band rehearsal date conflicts will result in you not having a spot in the marching band’s halftime show. If you have not attended a summer band rehearsal and have not notified Mr. Centers for the reason(s) of your absence, do not expect to have a spot in the marching band show that will be taught at band camp. 

Students should have their music prepared and placed in a flip folder for summer rehearsals. If you have not yet picked up a music packet, you may do so at any summer rehearsal, a drum major or band director can help you find the music packets. 

Flip folders and music lyres are also available to purchase from the band boosters at summer rehearsals and should be taken care of prior to the first day of band camp. 

Students should dress comfortably to practice outside and wear appropriate tennis shoes and socks for rehearsals. 

  • In order to keep students hydrated throughout summer band rehearsals, we ask that each band student bring in a case of bottled water.  Thank you to those who have already sent this in, if you have not had a chance yet your student can still bring a case in this week!
  • Materials to Purchase through the Band Program at Rehearsals:
    • Flip Folios for $8.00.
    • Lyre Prices:  Baritone $8; Mellophone $13; Trombone $12; Trumpet $7; Bach Combo $19; Clarinet $8; Sax $8; and Drum $11

Summer Packet Information has been uploaded to the band website and can be accessed using this link.  This information will not be printed by the OCHS BAND Boosters and will need to be printed at home.  The Medical Release form will need to be notarized.  The Oldham County Public Library (Main Branch) will notarize documents at no cost by appointment only.  You may call and make an appointment at 502-222-9713.   There will be a Notary on site before band rehearsals on July 22nd from 5:30-6:00pm as well as during check-in on the first morning of band camp.  Be sure to bring a photo ID for the notarizing process. Our thanks to Jenn Silliman for helping with this!   All forms will need to be turned in as soon as possible.   Please refer to the DOCUMENTS Tab under the STUDENTS Section on the OCHS Band Website https://ochs.band/students/documents.

BAND CAMP

Marching Band Camp will be July 26-30.  All sessions will be held at OCHS.  Attendance is mandatory each day of camp for all band students.  Band camp is the time when the marching band’s half-time show is learned. Students who do not attend band camp will not have a spot in the marching band half-time show.  The cost for band camp is $80.00 and is paid with your school registration in August.  The daily schedule for band camp is provided in the summer packet as well as below: 

Band Camp Daily Schedule July 26-30, 2021 

  • 8:00 am Assemble at OCHS Band room
  • 8:30 Visual Block: fundamentals of marching (practice field)
  • 10:00 Break (Students should bring a snack for this break)
  • 10:20 Visual (Drill) or Music: this can change each day as needed
  • 11:30 Lunch Break: either bring a lunch or make arrangements
  • 1:00 pm Music : Sectionals (or full band when needed)
  • 3:20 Break
  • 3:40 Music: Full band
  • 5:00 Dinner (on your own)
  • 6:30 Music and Visual: Drill/Music teaching session (practice field)
  • 8:30 Announcements and End of day

Band Camp Spirit Day Themes:

  • Monochrome Monday
  • Disney Day Tuesday
  • Twins Wednesday
  • Throwback Thursday
  • Dress like your Favorite Senior Friday

 PRIOR TO CAMP, you should have:

  • A MARCHING FLIP-FOLIO WITH A MINIMUM OF 12 WINDOWS
  • YOUR OWN COPIES OF ALL MUSIC SELECTIONS—IN THE FLIP-FOLIO!!
  • A MUSIC LYRE TO HOLD FLIP-FOLIO TO YOUR INSTRUMENT
  • A WATER BOTTLE (WITH YOUR NAME ON IT)
  • A TOWEL (BEACH OR BATH SIZE) FOR FUNDAMENTALS/STRETCHING EXERCISES
  • A CAP OR VISOR AND SUNGLASSES
  • GOOD MARCHING FOOTWEAR (TENNIS SHOES)—NO SANDALS OR OPEN-TOED SHOES!!
  • ATHLETIC SOCKS (DO NOT GO WITHOUT THEM!!)
  • SUNSCREEN!!!
  • EAR PROTECTION FOR INSIDE REHEARSALS (ESPECIALLY PERCUSSIONISTS)
  • A PENCIL TO MARK DRILL AND MUSIC
  • AND……….A GREAT ATTITUDE!!!!!! We as a group and as individuals must treat our school facility AND the staff who take care of it with great respect—we don’t want to make the job of getting things ready for the first day of school any more difficult than it already is!
  • A FEW RANDOM THOUGHTS: During football season the OCHS Marching Colonels make many new friends through the quality of our performances, by entertaining the fans and by supporting our football team in their efforts on the field. Each year, there are many, many positive comments from people on BOTH sides of the stadium each Friday night we perform. In more than a few cases, we may have been the reason they stayed through the end of the game! We are looking forward to these opportunities for our school and the community to see and hear you, and find out what we already know—the best students and most talented people in our school are BAND MEMBERS! It is really important that we all remember that the reason we are “in the band” is for the MUSIC, and the PEOPLE we make music with. Marching band is simply one of the ways we can show off our considerable abilities. It is vital that we do our usual great job of performing and that we attend all rehearsals and performances (and after all, you are receiving a grade AND academic credit for doing so). I truly believe we make a difference in how we are perceived in our school and community through presenting shows the whole audience can identify with and helping them become more involved in the “game night atmosphere”. As talented as you are, we should be really good at doing that! Our goals for the marching band: 1) Entertain our audiences well and often—they will notice us if we do. 2) Become the unifying entity at football games—school spirit, team support, fan interest. We should be the reason fans come to ball games—and we will be if our approach is correct, we play the right things and play them well! 3) Present musically appropriate performances incorporating high levels of audience appeal, variety, and musicianship. And finally………. HAVE FUN WITH MARCHING BAND! P.S.: (All of the following are dependent upon being able to gather in large groups…)

MUSIC THEORY

Mr. Centers will be able to offer a Music Theory course for all interested students this coming school year. The class will be offered during 2nd period and will cover both written and aural music theory knowledge and skills. This course is open to any student who desires a deeper knowledge and understanding of how music works, including musical analysis and composition. It is highly recommended for any student considering studying music in college at any level in the future. 

If you are interested in this course, please email Mr. Steedly at matt.steedly@oldham.kyschools.us as soon as possible so that you can be added to this course. 

This course is not just for band students. If you have a friend in choir or someone who would be interested in this course, please share this information with them. 

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 communication@ochs.band.  

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 president@ochs.band.

SAVE THE DATES – Important Dates—Summer and Fall 2021

Summer Band Rehearsals:  Mondays & Thursdays

  • Starts July 5th through the first day of the school year 6:00-8:30 p.m. at OCHS

Band Camp Week

  • July 26-30,  8:30 a.m—8:30 p.m. DAILY at OCHS
  • July 26, 5-6:30pm, Uniform fitting for Seniors in the Band Room
  • July 27, Senior Poster Pictures
  • July 29, 10:30-1pm Marching/Concert Shoe Fitting
  • July 30, 7:30-9:30pm, End of Camp Picnic/Pool Party
    • The Pot Luck Picnic is for all Band Students and their Families at Wendell Moore Park.  The Pool Party at the Aquatic Center is for Band Students only from 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm that same evening.  

Band Trip Meeting

  • August 2, 7:30pm, OCHS Auditorium 

After School Rehearsals (marching band)

  • Every Thursday; August 12—end of season

HOME FOOTBALL DATES FALL 2021 (required performances)

  • August 27th v. Shelby County
  • September 10th v. Meade County
  • October 7th (THURSDAY) v. Eastern (7:00 start)
  • October 22nd  v. GRC (we will not play this game-fall break)
  • (Fall Break October 18-22)
  • October 29th v. Bullitt East (Senior night)

BAND BOOSTER LEADERSHIP

Board Members for 2021-2022

  • President – Chad Adams
  • Vice President – Brandon Gossett
  • Secretary – Melissa Gossett
  • Treasurer – Lisa Zahradnicek
  • 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 usingthis Band Booster Board and Committee Leaders Contact List link.

Band Boosters: Meeting Minutes for May

  • Welcome everyone at 7:03, Chad Adams presiding, 13 people in person, 5 via Zoom
  • April Meeting Minutes – Sandy Walker, Review & Approval by Sonya Cook, Lisa Adams
  • May Treasurer’s Report – Lisa Zahradnicek, Review & Approval by Amy, Lisa Adams
  • Director’s Comments
    • Concert will be long, jazz ensemble will be playing
  • New Director’s Comments
    • Mr. Centers has a cell number for band only. He prefers that over email. 
  • Upcoming Events
    • After School Rehearsals, Tuesday for Band 2; Wednesday for Band 1 – none after concert until the last day of school
    • Band Banquet—Friday 5/21 – Look for email/FB for details; need more helpers at 4:30
    • Final Concert—Thursday 5/27 – will ask for donations instead of an admission price
    • After school rehearsal—6/7
    • Oldham County Day—Saturday 7/17
      • Booths along Main Street – silent auction; look for email on what to contribute; sell ice cream
      • Will need volunteers – contact Stephanie Skeens if you would like to help
      • Mr Rogers will look into getting buses for that day
  • Committees Reports
    • Communication–Sonya Cook – needs the incoming Freshmen email list
    • Uniform Coordinators – Charlie/Becky Christensen – need to get tuxes cleaned
    • Hospitality—Tammy Passafiume/Nicole Tschappat
    • Website/Directory—Katie Fuller
    • Oldham County Day—Stephanie Skeens
  • Fundraising
    • Flower sale— Nicole Tschappat/Jenn Silliman
    • Sponsorships—Katie Fuller
  • Band Booster Organization Volunteers for NEXT year
    • parents leading next year:
    • Still need a Treasurer-Elect for the Board
    • Will also need a Freshman Parent Member at Large
    • Committee Coordinators
      • Oldham County Day Coordinator
      • Script Gift Cards Coordinator
      • Hospitality Co-coordinator to work with previous year’s Coordinator – Bethany Kyle
      • Letterman Jacket/Spirit Wear Coordinator
      • Picture Coordinator
      • All District Co-chair to work with previous year’s Coordinator
      • Alumni Coordinator
    • Shadow Opportunities—All committees are always open but the ones below have only senior parents leading next year:
      • Sponsorships
      • Mums Sale Coordinator
      • Directory
      • Instrument Rental
      • Band Website Support
      • T-shirts 
    • Open Discussion
      • T-shirt design will need to be done soon; possibly royal blue
    • Next Band Boosters meeting will be June 28th. Next Board meeting will be in July.
    • Adjourned at 8:12 – Katie Fuller, Lisa Adams

Weekly Band News: June 13 – June 19

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

  • We will only be sending the Sunday email through the month June unless important information is needed to be sent mid-week, then will we send a Wednesday email.
  • We still need Committee Coordinators for next year.  See the listing below and email President@ochs.band if interested. TWO POSITIONS THAT HAVE SENIOR PARENTS ARE SCRIPT CARDS AND LETTERMAN JACKETS. THESE MUST BE FILLED SOON.
  • Summer Band Rehearsals will be on Mondays and Thursdays starting  July 5th through the first day of the school year 6:00-8:30 p.m. at OCHS.
  • We have someone who has volunteered to fill the Freshman at Large spot for next year.  We will have an election at the next band booster meeting.  Anyone else interested in running will need to email at president@ochs.band by Monday, June 21st.
  • The next Band Booster meeting will be Monday, June 28th at 7:00pm in the band room.  There will be a zoom option as well, zoom link will be sent closer to the meeting date.

END OF YEAR LINKS

Below are the links for the Band Banquet Video, Senior Videos. and Photos.  PLEASE NOTE: We are almost at our max for free capacity for storage. The below links will be available through the end of June.
 
Spring Concert Senior Words of Thanks Video Link
Full Senior Words of Thanks Video Link
Band Banquet Video Link
SY2020-2021 Band Pictures Folder Link
SY2020-2021 Band Videos Folder Link

OLDHAM COUNTY DAY

The Band Boosters are organizing a silent auction for Oldham County Day which is Saturday, July 17th.  We will be collecting the following items from each grade level from now until July 8th.  You can either drop in the band room during the rest of the school year or on the front porch of Stephanie Skeens’ house at 603 Scott Montfort Dr.  LaGrange ( There will be a bin on the front porch beginning June 1st) during the month of June.  When July rehearsals begin you may drop in the bandroom.
 
Upcoming Seniors:  Items for a “Gift Card Basket.”  These can be gift cards in any amount from area restaurants, stores, etc.  Might utilize our Scrip fundraiser to order any gift cards.
 
Upcoming Juniors:  Items for a Family Game NIght Basket.   Board games, card games, anything fun a family can do together.  
 
Upcoming Sophomores:  Items for a “Coffee, Tea & Fun Snack Basket.”  K-Cups, tea bags, creamers to go in coffees, mugs, fun snacks of any kind.
 
Incoming Freshman:  Items for a “Spa Day Basket.”  Because we’re getting a late start, upper classman may have to help with this basket.  Items can include lotions, gift cards for nail places or massages, Bath & Body Works, etc.
 
Please contact Stephanie Skeens, Sophomore Rep for 2021-22 with any questions.  502-417-4855

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 communication@ochs.band.  

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 president@ochs.band.

SAVE THE DATES

Important Dates—Summer and Fall 2021

Marching Band Reading Session
          Last Day for Students June 7th
          4:00-6:00 p.m. at OCHS
 
Summer Band Rehearsals
          Mondays and Thursdays
          Starts July 5th through the first day of the school year
          6:00-8:30 p.m. at OCHS
 
Oldham County Day Parade
          July 17th 

Band Camp Week
          July 26-30
          8:30 a.m—8:30 p.m. DAILY
          OCHS


After school rehearsals (marching band)
          Every Thursday; August 12—end of season


HOME FOOTBALL DATES FALL 2021 (required performances)
August 27th v. Shelby County
September 10th v. Meade County
October 7th (THURSDAY) v. Eastern (7:00 start)
October 22nd  v. GRC (we will not play this game-fall break)
(Fall Break     October 18-22)
October 29th v. Bullitt East (Senior night)

VOLUNTEER AND SHADOWING OPPORTUNITIES

The OCHS Band Boosters is needing volunteers for open positions for next 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 

  • Script Gift Cards Coordinator
  • Letterman Jacket/Spirit Wear Coordinator
  • 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 will have Senior parent next 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 me at President@ochs.band 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 me at President@ochs.band or contact the current coordinator. 

FUNDRAISING MADE EASY

Kroger Plus Community Rewards
OCHS Band participates in the Kroger Community Rewards program. Please register your Kroger Plus card online (same frequent shopper card you use to get Kroger’s discount prices) and link it to the Oldham County High School Band. Our band program earns 4% of what you spend at Kroger. You don’t have to do anything else except shop at Kroger. You DO NOT lose your own rewards points or fuel rewards.

 If you have a KROGER PLUS card that’s already registered at www.kroger.com:

  1. Go to www.kroger.com/communityrewards. Sign in to your account with your email and password.
  2. Click on “Enroll.”
  3. Enter our school’s ID Number QJ874 or search for “Oldham County High School Band.”
  4. Select “Oldham County High School Band” and hit “Enroll”.

If you have a KROGER PLUS card, but have never registered it online at www.kroger.com:

  1. Go to www.kroger.com and click “Register” in top right-hand corner.
  2. From “Create an Account” page, enter the requested information. Then click “Create Account”.
  3. Link your Kroger Plus card to your new account. This number is found on the back of your Kroger Plus card.
  4. Click on the Community Rewards link.
  5. Click on “Enroll”.
  6. Enter our school’s QJ874 or search for “Oldham County High School Band”
  7. Select “Oldham County High School Band” and hit “Enroll”.

Smile.Amazon.Com

  1. Go to smile.amazon.com
  2. Under Select a Charity type: Oldham County High School Band Boosters Inc
  3. Click “Select”
  4. Click the check box next to the statement “Yes, I understand that I must always start  at smile.amazon.com to support Oldham County High School Band Boosters Inc.”
  5. Click “Start Shopping”
  6. You will see “Supporting: Oldham County High School Band Boosters Inc” below the search bar in Amazon each time you log in.
  7. Set smile.amazon.com as your favorite
  8. If you forget to log onto smile.amazon.com and instead, put everything into your cart at amazon.com – as long as you have not completed the purchase:
  9. Simply open another browser, go to smile.amazon.com and everything in your cart is there, and you can complete your purchase.
  10. Important Note – Using the Amazon app on your handheld device DOES NOT use Smile. Simply add the items to your cart in the amazon app, then using your handheld browser, log into smile.amazon.com to complete the purchase.

BAND BOOSTER LEADERSHIP

Board Members for 2020-2021
President – Chad Adams
Vice President – Brandon Gossett
Secretary – Sandy Walker
Treasurer – Lisa Zahradnicek
Senior Member-at-Large: Sonya Cook
Junior Member-at-Large: Katie Fuller
Sophomore Member-at-Large: Stephanie Skeens
Freshman Members-at-Large: Natalie Dorris and Kristin Goodloe

Become a Sponsor & Enjoy Great Benefits

This year, many outstanding businesses, corporations, and individuals have supported the Oldham County High School Band by donating goods and services for our marching and concert 2021-2022 season. The entire band and our many football game and concert attendees have had the benefit of their generosity, as they enjoyed each of our band’s musical performances. We are very grateful for their support! 

These business are:

  • Webbering.com
  • Bully’s BBQ
  • The Fine Print Shop
  • Bluegrass Family Wellness, PLLC
  • Nu-Yale Cleaners
  • Jane Coble Royer Realtor at The Elizabeth Monarch Group

The band is very excited about performing this year and having some band fun that is “normal”–especially in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Our band only works each year because of the generous donations of money, goods and services from our individual contributors and corporate sponsors. 

In exchange, our corporate sponsors and individual contributors enjoy great benefits throughout the year, including:  
 
1. Business or family name of sponsor will appear on our Corporate Sponsorship Banner, which is carried across the OCHS football field at the 50-yard line when the band takes the field for the Halftime Show during each OCHS home football game. 
 
2. Business or family name of sponsor will be announced as a supporter of the band when the announcer introduces the band for the Halftime Show.
 
3. Business or family name of sponsor will appear on our Corporate Sponsorship Banner, which is carried before the band during the Oldham County Day Parade for Summer 2022.
 
4. Business logo or family name/crest will appear in every concert program for every performance of the OCHS Concert Band.
 
5. Business or family name of sponsor will be announced as a supporter of the band during each concert performance at Oldham County High School. 
 
6.  Free advertising all year long on the OCHS.band website, where a link to your website and/or social media pages will be included. Visit our home page and scroll down to view our sponsors. 

Corporate Sponsorships are $500 annually and the fee may be waived in exchange for services and goods that help to make the band successful each year. Examples of these goods and services include donated catering services, printing services, uniform cleaning services, web hosting services, and sign and banner production services.

If you are interested in sponsoring the band for the 2021-2022 school year, please contact us. Or if you’d rather speak in person, I’m happy to stop by and talk through how your business can support our band this year.

Thank you again to last year’s corporate sponsors for their generous support, and I hope you’ll decide to sponsor the OCHS band–or recommend a business to sponsor us–this year!
 
Sincerely,
 
Katie Fuller
OCHS Band Boosters
Corporate Sponsorship, Chairperson 

OCHS Band Welcomes You!

OCHS Bands is an award-winning high school marching and concert band located in LaGrange, Kentucky. We are deeply dedicated to our amazing music programs and currently boasts a membership of nearly 150 high school music students.

Over the years, we’ve competed and performed at venues throughout the region, with many of our musicians earning placement among the All-National Honor Ensembles of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), which represents the top performing high school musicians in the United States.

We are proud of the excellent talent, hard work and dedication of our student musicians, and we are grateful for the dedicated staff and volunteers who make this program a guided and encouraging educational experience. We set high expectations for ourselves and our students, who learn valuable life lessons as they strive for mastery through practice and teamwork. They never fail to rise to the occasion!

Our supportive band parents, alumni, and community volunteers play an important role in the success of our music programs through the OCHS Band Booster Association. The funds raised through this dedicated group supports our many musical endeavors and makes it possible for us to continue to provide an excellent band experience for all.

We hope you enjoy learning more about our band during your visit to our site, and we hope you’ll see a place within our programs where you can become a part of our musical tradition!

Weekly Band News: July 29 – August 2

Marching Band Camp is July 29 – Aug 2
Band Camp Week is finally upon us, and attendance is mandatory for all band students.  This is possibly the most important week of our entire year!  It is a time for us to come together as a band, get acquainted with our great staff of instructors, and put together marching drill and music for our halftime performances which begin on August 23rd.


Here are some reminders and guidelines for the week:

If you have not been here at all this summer, please make sure you bring your band forms (signed) with you on the first day of camp.  The Medical Form must be notarized as well.
Please be on time for the beginning of rehearsals, both at the beginning of the day and after each break in the schedule.  To be “on time” means you should arrive no later than 15 minutes prior to the beginning of a rehearsal block.  Being late holds up over 140 other people, and the time is too limited to waste any of it!
You are expected to represent our band properly in EVERY way; respectful to each other, respectful and cooperative with staff members, and on your best behavior during breaks.  You should NEVER be found in an unauthorized area of the building or campus at any time; this means you should confine yourselves to the areas of the building/campus we are using for rehearsals, and NOT roaming the building.
No horseplay or hazing of students will be tolerated.  We’re all in this together; your expectation should be that we all get through the week healthy and happy to be a part of this program.
You should have your music organized (flipfolder) and with you at each rehearsal you will be playing in (sectionals, full band, or outside marching rehearsals).  It is VERY important to have a PENCIL with you to make notes, corrections, etc. on your personal copy of the music being worked on.
Outside rehearsals could be a bit warm; we take periodic water breaks at each one of these sessions.  You will find a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and tops/shirts that cover the shoulders will make a huge difference in how well you get through the week. Proper footwear (sneakers and socks) is a MUST.  Another item you may want to have is a “cooling towel”; these are dampened and worn around the neck and can be found at Target, Wal-Mart, and sporting goods stores.

Lunch and dinner breaks are “on your own”; some of you may need to stay here for lunch and/or dinner, bringing food from home or having something brought to you.  It is certainly ok to walk to Subway or Steve-O’s for these meals, as you don’t have to cross traffic to get there.  Other places nearby require very careful attention (Bully’s, Save-a-Step) but are ok as well.  I’d suggest going in groups of 2-3 to these places.

Carpooling students MUST provide a note from their parent AND from the parent of the driver transporting you agreeing to the arrangement.  If your section plans a lunch meal together during the week and you need to go away from the area around OCHS to do it, this will be most certainly necessary for many of you.  This can be good for the week if that’s how you word the notes, or you can do it daily.  This is for everyone’s protection.

Daily Schedule
7:45     Band room open
8:30     Marching rehearsal
10:00   Break
10:30  Sectional rehearsals 
Noon   Lunch
1:30     Sectional rehearsals 
2:45     Break
3:15     Full band 
4:30     Dinner 
6:30     Marching rehearsal
8:30     Announcements
8:45     students released

Also, if you haven’t yet turned in the 5 forms required for Band Participation, please click on the following documents:
1) Med Release Form (must be notarized by your bank or some other notary) 
2) Drug Testing Form
3) Read the Syllabus, print & sign the last page
4) Read Social Media Guidelines, print & sign the last page
5) Student Information Form

I’m looking forward to a GREAT week of camp, and another wonderful year of music-making!

If your student must miss any part of band camp due to illness, family emergency, or any other reason, please notify Mr. Rogers at Bradford.rogers@oldham.kyschools.us.

Instructor Meals

We provide lunch and dinner for our Band Camp Instructors (15 people for lunch, 10 people for dinner.) Our Hospitality Committee has developed a menu with sign up opportunities. There are still a few slots open to assist with lunches on Tuesday and Wednesday for our instructors. Please click this link to see what is needed, www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0448aaa628a3fb6-instructor

Many volunteers are still needed for relatively short time periods during band camp. Please click this link to see what is needed, www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0448aaa628a3fb6-band2
 If you are able to volunteer in any of the remaining spots, it would be greatly appreciated.

OCHS Band Picnic
Date:    Friday, August 2nd
Place:  Wendell Moore Park
Time:   After band camp ends (about 4 pm) until 9:30 pm.  
Private pool party from 7:30 pm – 9 :30 pm at the John Black Aquatic Center for band students and parents/siblings.
Food will be served from 5 pm – 7 pm at the Pavilion at Wendell Moore Park. 
Our main course will be pulled pork and pulled chicken BBQ donated by Bully’s BBQ.

Please RSVP at this link www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0448aaa628a3fb6-rsvp
If you are unable to come to the picnic on Friday, please RSVP NO for your family.  Also, Let us know in the Public comment section of the RSVP screen if your number of people for the swim party is different from your number of people for the picnic.  (We need to know a swimming count we have enough lifeguards.)

ALL families, bring LAWN CHAIRS.
FRESHMAN families provide a SIDE DISH.
SOPHOMORE families provide a DESSERT.
JUNIOR families provide HAMBURGER BUNS.
SENIOR families just enjoy this event. You bring nothing but your lawn chair.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Dinkles
All freshmen, any other new band students, and students who have outgrown their Dinkle shoes from last year need to bring $30 cash or check payable to RRR Band Accessories on Thursday of Band Camp. A $15 shipping fee will be added to any orders taken after Thursday, August 1st. If a freshman is wearing a sibling’s shoes from a previous year, please notify Melanie Woosley at melaniewoosley@aol.com. Shoes will be fitted at 11:00 on Thursday during Band Camp. If shoes aren’t paid by Thursday am of band camp week-  the extra $15 fee will be  applied. 

How we communicate announcement/event information –
We communicate band news through various channels

1) 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’s new info since Sunday, a Wednesday email may be sent out too. Please read these so you and your student will have the needed info about when, where, what to wear, what to bring, etc.

2) Mr. Rogers sends abbreviated reminders for the week via the Remind 101 App on Sun afternoon, as well as on an “as needed” basis when plans change. (i.e. change of plans due to heavy rain)
    To join his Remind 101 Student group: text @ocmc2019 to 81010. You can read his reminders in text format or in the Remind 101 App.
     Parents – one parent from each family, please join Mr. Rogers Remind 101 Parent group by texting @ocbandb19 to 81010.

3) The Band Boosters group maintains a private Facebook group called Oldham County HS Band Boosters! (the exclamation point is part of the name.) You can request to join through Facebook and we’ll add you. This is a good place to get quick answers to your questions because many people will see your question fairly quickly.

4) To communicate back with information or questions:
     a) If you are communicating your student is sick/on vacation and will miss a rehearsal, please email Mr. Brad Rogers directly at bradford.rogers@oldham.kyschools.us
     b) For Band Boosters questions and business, use email address ocbandnews@gmail.com

For questions or corrections to this newsletter, please email Sonya Cook at sonya@stingerequip.com.

Mid-Week Band News: July 31 – August 2

Here are some reminders and guidelines for the week: 

  • If you have not been here at all this summer, please make sure you bring your band forms (signed) with you on the first day of camp.  The Medical Form must be notarized as well. 
  • Please be on time for the beginning of rehearsals, both at the beginning of the day and after each break in the schedule.  To be “on time” means you should arrive no later than 15 minutes prior to the beginning of a rehearsal block.  Being late holds up over 140 other people, and the time is too limited to waste any of it!
  • You are expected to represent our band properly in EVERY way; respectful to each other, respectful and cooperative with staff members, and on your best behavior during breaks.  You should NEVER be found in an unauthorized area of the building or campus at any time; this means you should confine yourselves to the areas of the building/campus we are using for rehearsals, and NOT roaming the building.
  • No horseplay or hazing of students will be tolerated.  We’re all in this together; your expectation should be that we all get through the week healthy and happy to be a part of this program.
  • You should have your music organized (flip folder) and with you at each rehearsal you will be playing in (sectionals, full band, or outside marching rehearsals).  It is VERY important to have a PENCIL with you to make notes, corrections, etc. on your personal copy of the music being worked on.
  • Outside rehearsals could be a bit warm; we take periodic water breaks at each one of these sessions.  You will find a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and tops/shirts that cover the shoulders will make a huge difference in how well you get through the week. Proper footwear (sneakers and socks) is a MUST.  Another item you may want to have is a “cooling towel”; these are dampened and worn around the neck and can be found at Target, Walmart, and sporting goods stores.Lunch and dinner breaks are “on your own”; some of you may need to stay here for lunch and/or dinner, bringing food from home or having something brought to you.  It is certainly okay to walk to Subway or Steve-O’s for these meals, as you don’t have to cross traffic to get there.  Other places nearby require very careful attention (Bully’s, Save-a-Step) but are okay as well.  I’d suggest going in groups of 2-3 to these places.
Carpooling students MUST provide a note from their parent AND from the parent of the driver transporting you agreeing to the arrangement.  If your section plans a lunch meal together during the week and you need to go away from the area around OCHS to do it, this will be most certainly necessary for many of you.  This can be good for the week if that’s how you word the notes, or you can do it daily.  This is for everyone’s protection.

Daily schedule
7:45     Band room open
8:30     Marching rehearsal
10:00   Break
10:30  Sectional rehearsals 
Noon   Lunch
1:30     Sectional rehearsals 
2:45     Break
3:15     Full band 
4:30     Dinner 
6:30     Marching rehearsal
8:30     Announcements
8:45     Students Released

Also,if you haven’t yet turned in the 5 forms required for Band Participation, please click on the following documents:
1) Med Release Form (must be notarized by your bank or some other notary) 
2) Drug Testing Form
3) Read the Syllabus, print & sign the last page
4) Read Social Media Guidelines, print & sign the last page
5) Student Information Form

I’m looking forward to a GREAT week of camp, and another wonderful year of music-making!

If your student must miss any part of band camp due to illness, family emergency, or any other reason, please notify Mr. Rogers at Bradford.rogers@oldham.kyschools.us

Dinkles 
All freshmen, any other new band students, and students who have outgrown their Dinkle shoes from last year need to bring $30 cash or check payable to RRR Band Accessories on Thursday of Band Camp. A $15 shipping fee will be added to any orders taken after Thursday, August 1st. If a freshman is wearing a sibling’s shoes from a previous year, please notify Melanie Woosley at melaniewoosley@aol.com. Shoes will be fitted at 11:00 on Thursday during Band Camp. If shoes aren’t paid by Thursday am of band camp week-  the extra $15 fee will be  applied. 
OCHS Band Picnic
Date:    Friday, August 2nd
Place:  Wendell Moore Park
Time:   After band camp ends (about 4 pm) until 9:30 pm.  
Private pool party from 7:30 pm – 9 :30 pm at the John Black Aquatic Center for band students and parents/siblings.
Food will be served from 5 pm – 7 pm at the Pavilion at Wendell Moore Park. 
Our main course will be pulled pork and pulled chicken BBQ donated by Bully’s BBQ.
If you have not done so,Please RSVP at this link www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0448aaa628a3fb6-rsvp
If you are unable to come to the picnic on Friday, please RSVP NO for your family.  Also, Let us know in the Public comment section of the RSVP screen if your number of people for the swim party is different from your number of people for the picnic.  (We need to know a swimming count we have enough lifeguards.)
ALL families, bring LAWN CHAIRS.
FRESHMAN families provide a SIDE DISH.
SOPHOMORE families provide a DESSERT.
JUNIOR families provide HAMBURGER BUNS.
SENIOR families just enjoy this event. You bring nothing but your lawn chair.
We look forward to seeing you there!

How we communicate announcement/event information 
We communicate band news through various channels
1) 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’s new info since Sunday, a Wednesday email may be sent out too. Please read these so you and your student will have the needed info about when, where, what to wear, what to bring, etc.
2) Mr. Rogers sends abbreviated reminders for the week via the Remind 101 App on Sun afternoon, as well as on an “as needed” basis when plans change. (i.e. change of plans due to heavy rain)
    To join his Remind 101 Student group: text @ocmc2019 to 81010. You can read his reminders in text format or in the Remind 101 App.
     Parents – one parent from each family, please join Mr. Rogers Remind 101 Parent group by texting @ocbandb19 to 81010.
3) The Band Boosters group maintains a private Facebook group called Oldham County HS Band Boosters! (the exclamation point is part of the name.) You can request to join through Facebook and we’ll add you. This is a good place to get quick answers to your questions because many people will see your question fairly quickly.
4) To communicate back with information or questions:
     a) If you are communicating your student is sick/on vacation and will miss a rehearsal, please email Mr. Brad Rogers directly at bradford.rogers@oldham.kyschools.us
     b) For Band Boosters questions and business, use email address ocbandnews@gmail.com
For questions or corrections to this newsletter, please email Sonya Cook at sonya@stingerequip.com.