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 gsainfo@kentuckyperformingarts.org.

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 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 & 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 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 President@ochs.band 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 17 – Oct 23

ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS

  • There will be no mid-week band email during Fall Break.  Relax & recharge band families!
  • 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. 
  • Help is needed for the 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.
  • 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 gsainfo@kentuckyperformingarts.org.

MARCHING UNIFORM COMMITTEE

SEEKING MARCHING UNIFORM COMMITTEE MEMBERS!  No experience necessary. Areas of need include: washing/care of marching uniforms, hemming of pants, helping students dress in uniform before ball games, pluming of shako hats (before/after games), helping with uniform fittings in the spring.  If you are interested in helping in one or more of the following or have any additional questions, please contact us at uniform@ochs.band.   Thank you in advance for all our volunteers!

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 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 & Fall 2021

(Football Games are in their own section below.)

  • After School Rehearsals: Every Thursday; August 12—end of marching season
  • Fall Break October 18-22 (No Mid-Week Email)
  • 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 22nd  v. GRC (we will not play this game-fall break)
  • 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 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 President@ochs.band 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: Oct 13- Oct 16

ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS

  • 2022 Orlando Band Trip: 
    • Payment for the Orlando 2022 Trip was due this past Friday.  Please contact president@ochs.band if you missed this payment.
    • 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. 
  • 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
  • Our Jazz Band will be hitting the road for a “Fall Tour” on October 14th.  See details below.
  • Help is needed for the 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.
  • 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!
  • UofL BAND DAY – Saturday, November 13 
    • Registration Form available here
    • Form and payment were due today, Oct 13
    • Students will have the opportunity to perform on the field at the University of Louisville stadium for a halftime performance during a home football game. 
    • OCHS has traditionally had the largest showing of students at this event each year! 
  • 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.
  • We have openings for Committee Coordinators.  We are in immediate need for someone to Co-Chair the All District Committee with Jennifer Otterback so that they can shadow her and be ready to lead it next year.  Please email President@ochs.band if interested. 
  • 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.  A signup genius will be sent later but please save this date.  Most of the time slots are in the afternoon/early evening with a few folks needed in the morning.  Needs include:  
    • 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 BAND UPDATE:

We have only TWO rehearsals remaining for this marching season! There is only one halftime performance remaining! We will be rehearsing and adding in our last concert tune at our Oct 14 rehearsal. This rehearsal is on the last student day before fall break. 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. 

VERY IMPORTANT NEWS FOR SENIORS:

The Oct. 29 home football game will be “Senior Night”. ALL SENIORS must complete this form and return by Thursday, Oct 14 BEFORE LEAVING FOR FALL BREAK. Mr. Centers must have these forms before fall break. 

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.

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:

JAZZ BAND MIDDLE SCHOOL FALL TOUR DETAILS:

The jazz ensemble tour schedule has changed due to two venues cancelling on us. We WILL be traveling to EOMS on Thursday, Oct 14. We hope to be able to get to OCMS in the near future. 

Here is the tour schedule for the Jazz Ensemble

 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 gsainfo@kentuckyperformingarts.org.

CONCERT ATTIRE:

ALL returning and freshman male students MUST be fitted for tuxedos.  If you missed fitting night, contact uniform@ochs.band to schedule a fitting.   ALL payments need to be received ASAP and may be turned in at Thursday rehearsal or the box in the band room – Tux shirts $17, Gowns $55 (“OCHS Band Boosters”).  No items will be distributed to students unless payment has been received. Please contact uniform@ochs.band for any payment related questions or to adjust payments. 

MARCHING UNIFORM COMMITTEE

SEEKING MARCHING UNIFORM COMMITTEE MEMBERS!  No experience necessary. Areas of need include: washing/care of marching uniforms, hemming of pants, helping students dress in uniform before ball games, pluming of shako hats (before/after games), helping with uniform fittings in the spring.  If you are interested in helping in one or more of the following or have any additional questions, please contact us at uniform@ochs.band.   Thank you in advance for all our volunteers!

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 

“NEW TO BAND” PARENT INFORMATION:

“NEW TO BAND” Band Parent Meeting Follow Up:  Information about what goes on during the band year and how the boosters help make the band happen was shared at a recent meeting.  If you were unable to attend or would like another look, the  New to Band Parent Meeting Information  can be found at this link.  

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 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 & Fall 2021

(Football Games are in their own section below.)

  • After School Rehearsals: Every Thursday; August 12—end of marching season
  • Wed., Oct 13: Halloween Concert with OCMS & EOMS at OCMS
  • Thurs. Oct 14: Jazz Band Day at EOMS
  • Fall Break October 18-22
  • 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 22nd  v. GRC (we will not play this game-fall break)
  • 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 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 President@ochs.band 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 10 – Oct 16

ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS

  • 2022 Orlando Band Trip: 
    • Payment for the Orlando 2022 Trip was due this past Friday.  Please contact president@ochs.band if you missed this payment.
    • See the trip section below for details!
  • Mon. Oct 11, Band Booster Meeting, 7pm in the Band Room
  • 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
  • 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.  See section below for detail on how to do this.
  • Our Jazz Band will be hitting the road for a “Fall Tour” on October 14th.  See details below.
  • Help is needed for the 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.
  • Take a moment to read the September Directors Report here!
  • Snap Raise Fundraiser update:
  • We have raised $23,095 as of 10/9/21!  
    • This has exceeded our goal, and we still have a couple of days remaining to gather donations using Snap!Raise! The campaign ends Oct 12.
    • There is still time to participate  This is the last chance for donations as campaign ends on 10/12.
      • 1) add emails to your email list in Snap Raise – the goal is 20 emails each
      • 2) share out the campaign on social media and through texts – you can do this inside the Snap Raise website – if you do it from the website, it will link back to the student’s account!
    • Thank you for your help and support with this great fundraiser campaign!
  • UofL BAND DAY – Saturday, November 13 
    • Registration Form available here
    • The registration and payment must be received by the deadline because the forms and payments must be made to UofL on time. We will not be able to add after the deadline. 
    • Form and payment due by Oct 13
    • All band students are invited and highly encouraged to attend the UofL Marching Band Day on Saturday, November 13. Students will have the opportunity to perform on the field at the University of Louisville stadium for a halftime performance during a home football game. This is a great time and opportunity for our students. 
    • OCHS has traditionally had the largest showing of students at this event each year! 
  • The online band spirit wear store is open!  Use this link to order additional band shirts, hats etc.  
  • October 13 “Halloween Concert”
    • Schedule for the concert can be found here
    • Our first band concert will be Wednesday, October 13 at Oldham County Middle School. Students must be in place in the gym by 5:30pm to be ready to rehearse with the 8th grade students from EOMS and OCMS. This Halloween Themed concert is always a fun event that allows our upcoming middle school students to get to know the high school students. All students will be permitted to dress up for this concert. Costumes must be appropriate and allow for the ability to perform on the instrument. The concert will begin at 7:00pm 
  • 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.
  • We have openings for Committee Coordinators.  We are in immediate need for someone to Co-Chair the All District Committee with Jennifer Otterback so that they can shadow her and be ready to lead it next year.  Please email President@ochs.band if interested. 
  • 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.  A signup genius will be sent later but please save this date.  Most of the time slots are in the afternoon/early evening with a few folks needed in the morning.  Needs include:  
    • 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 BAND UPDATE:

We have only TWO rehearsals remaining for this marching season! There is only one halftime performance remaining! We will be rehearsing and adding in our last concert tune at our Oct 14 rehearsal. This rehearsal is on the last student day before fall break. 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. 

VERY IMPORTANT NEWS FOR SENIORS:

The Oct. 29 home football game will be “Senior Night”. ALL SENIORS must complete this form and return by Thursday, Oct 14 BEFORE LEAVING FOR FALL BREAK. Mr. Centers must have these forms before fall break. 

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.

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:

JAZZ BAND MIDDLE SCHOOL FALL TOUR DETAILS:

The jazz ensemble tour schedule has changed due to two venues cancelling on us. We WILL be traveling to EOMS on Thursday, Oct 14. We hope to be able to get to OCMS in the near future. 

Here is the tour schedule for the Jazz Ensemble

 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 gsainfo@kentuckyperformingarts.org.

CONCERT ATTIRE:

ALL returning and freshman male students MUST be fitted for tuxedos.  If you missed fitting night, contact uniform@ochs.band to schedule a fitting.  Tux shirts and concert gowns will be distributed THIS WEEK.  ALL payments need to be received ASAP and may be turned in at Thursday rehearsal or the box in the band room – Tux shirts $17, Gowns $55 (“OCHS Band Boosters”).  No items will be distributed to students unless payment has been received. Please contact uniform@ochs.band for any payment related questions or to adjust payments. 

MARCHING UNIFORM COMMITTEE

SEEKING MARCHING UNIFORM COMMITTEE MEMBERS!  No experience necessary. Areas of need include: washing/care of marching uniforms, hemming of pants, helping students dress in uniform before ball games, pluming of shako hats (before/after games), helping with uniform fittings in the spring.  If you are interested in helping in one or more of the following or have any additional questions, please contact us at uniform@ochs.band.   Thank you in advance for all our volunteers!

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 in a systematic and logical manner. Students progress through the levels at their own pace and tracks their progress through all four years of high school
  • 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 now available. Students who have completed Level 1 may submit levels items online through Google Classroom using the Google Form found in Assignments. Students can still sign up for times with Mr. Centers before school, after school, or during LEAD. Students may also still “Level Up” with section coaches/lesson teachers.

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 

INSTRUCTIONS TO SIGN UP FOR REMIND TEXTS 

OPTION 1:  If you have a smartphone, get push notifications. 

On your iPhone or Android phone, 

  • Open your web browser and go to the following link: rmd.at/ocband22
  • Follow the instructions to sign up for Remind. 
  • You’ll be prompted to download the mobile app. rmd.at/ocband22 
  • Join OCBAND** (use the appropriate numbers here for your student’s graduation year) 

You will need to sign up for the “class” that represents your student’s graduation year

  •  SENIORS: OCBAND22 
  •  JUNIORS: OCBAND23 
  •  SOPHOMORES: OCBAND24 
  •  FRESHMAN: OCBAND25 

Full Name First and Last Name, Phone Number or Email Address 

EX: (555) 555-5555 

OPTION 2: 

If you don’t have a smartphone, in order to receive text notifications: 

  • Text the message @ocband** (use the appropriate graduation year numbers here) to the number 81010. 
  • If you’re having trouble with 81010, try texting @ocband** (see note above) to (502) 603-6027.

“NEW TO BAND” PARENT INFORMATION:

“NEW TO BAND” Band Parent Meeting Follow Up:  Information about what goes on during the band year and how the boosters help make the band happen was shared at a recent meeting.  If you were unable to attend or would like another look, the  New to Band Parent Meeting Information  can be found at this link.  

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 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 & Fall 2021

(Football Games are in their own section below.)

  • After School Rehearsals: Every Thursday; August 12—end of marching season
  • Mon. Oct 11, Band Booster Meeting
  • Wed., Oct 13: Halloween Concert with OCMS & EOMS at OCMS
  • Thurs. Oct 14: Jazz Band Day at EOMS
  • Fall Break October 18-22
  • 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 22nd  v. GRC (we will not play this game-fall break)
  • 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 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 President@ochs.band 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: Oct 6 – Oct 9

ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS

  • October 8 Football Game See this Link to Band Schedule.
  • Help is needed for the band!
    •  Lend a hand at our remaining games by visiting this Sign-Up Genius!
    • Sign up to help provide food or assist in-person during tailgate meals using this link.
  • Homecoming Parade, Oct 7:
    • OCHS will be hosting the annual Homecoming Parade on Thursday, Oct 7 at 7pm. The parade route will begin at OCMS and head towards the Arvin Center. This is a change of time from what was originally given to Mr. Centers. 
    • For this day, we will end practice at 6pm, allow students time to rest and change into their band shirt for the parade. We will then meet at 6:40pm at the “original” band practice field and move as a band to OCMS to set up for the parade. This parade should not last long as it is a short route. Students will be released at the junior lot (our current practice field).\
  • 2022 Orlando Band Trip: 
    • Next Payment for 2022 Orlando trip is due this coming Friday, October 8th by the end of school.  As much as possible, please get these payments in on Thursday.
    • See the trip section below for details!
  • Mon. Oct 11, Band Booster Meeting
  • 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.  See section below for detail on how to do this.
  • Our Jazz Band will be hitting the road for a “Fall Tour” on October 14th.  See details below.
  • 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 have raised $21,010 as of Wednesday, Sept 29!
    • We can still boost our participation!
    • We need your help in two ways:
      • 1) add emails to your email list in Snap Raise – the goal is 20 emails each
      • 2) share out the campaign on social media and through texts – you can do this inside the Snap Raise website – if you do it from the website, it will link back to the student’s account!
  • Thank you for your help and support with this great fundraiser campaign!
  • UofL BAND DAY – Saturday, November 13 
    • Registration Form available here
    • Form and payment due by Oct 13
    • All band students are invited and highly encouraged to attend the UofL Marching Band Day on Saturday, November 13. Students will have the opportunity to perform on the field at the University of Louisville stadium for a halftime performance during a home football game. This is a great time and opportunity for our students. 
    • OCHS has traditionally had the largest showing of students at this event each year! 
  • The online band spirit wear store is open!  Use this link to order additional band shirts, hats etc.  
  • October 13 “Halloween Concert”
    • Our first band concert will be Wednesday, October 13 at Oldham County Middle School. Students must be in place in the gym by 5:30pm to be ready to rehearse with the 8th grade students from EOMS and OCMS. This Halloween Themed concert is always a fun event that allows our upcoming middle school students to get to know the high school students. All students will be permitted to dress up for this concert. Costumes must be appropriate and allow for the ability to perform on the instrument. The concert will begin at 7:00pm 
  • 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.
  • We have openings for Committee Coordinators.  We are in immediate need for someone to Co-Chair the All District Committee with Jennifer Otterback so that they can shadow her and be ready to lead it next year.  Please email President@ochs.band if interested. 
  • 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.  A signup genius will be sent later but please save this date.  Most of the time slots are in the afternoon/early evening with a few folks needed in the morning.  Needs include:  
    • 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 BAND UPDATE:

We have only THREE rehearsals remaining for this marching season! There are two halftime performances remaining! 

We had a great time performing for parents, families and friends last week and greatly appreciate everyone’s support at the performance! 

Attendance continues to be a major issue with marching band rehearsals. At our Thursday, Sept 30 rehearsal, we had 14 absences. These absences have greatly impacted our ability to improve the marching maneuvers for our show. While our music performance has continued to improve as we practice in school everyday, our very important once per week rehearsal outside to work on marching has been slow. 

Please note, our last halftime performance will be on Oct 29. This will also be “Senior Night”. 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.

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:

JAZZ BAND MIDDLE SCHOOL FALL TOUR DETAILS:

SCHEDULE HAS CHANGED DUE TO HOSPITAL CANCEL – UPDATED SCHEDULE WILL BE POSTED IN JAZZ BAND GOOGLE CLASS ONCE IT IS APPROVED

 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 gsainfo@kentuckyperformingarts.org.

CONCERT ATTIRE:

ALL returning and freshman male students MUST be fitted for tuxedos.  If you missed fitting night, contact uniform@ochs.band to schedule a fitting.  Tux shirts and concert gowns will be distributed THIS WEEK.  ALL payments need to be received ASAP and may be turned in at Thursday rehearsal or the box in the band room – Tux shirts $17, Gowns $55 (“OCHS Band Boosters”).  No items will be distributed to students unless payment has been received. Please contact uniform@ochs.band for any payment related questions or to adjust payments. 

MARCHING UNIFORM COMMITTEE

SEEKING MARCHING UNIFORM COMMITTEE MEMBERS!  No experience necessary. Areas of need include: washing/care of marching uniforms, hemming of pants, helping students dress in uniform before ball games, pluming of shako hats (before/after games), helping with uniform fittings in the spring.  If you are interested in helping in one or more of the following or have any additional questions, please contact us at uniform@ochs.band.   Thank you in advance for all our volunteers!

BAND LEVELS:

We had our first “Level Up Day” recently.  Take a moment to read about this and to ask your student what their level is.  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 in a systematic and logical manner. Students progress through the levels at their own pace and tracks their progress through all four years of high school
  • 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 now available. Students who have completed Level 1 may submit levels items online through Google Classroom using the Google Form found in Assignments. Students can still sign up for times with Mr. Centers before school, after school, or during LEAD. Students may also still “Level Up” with section coaches/lesson teachers.

BAND PHOTO REQUEST:

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 

INSTRUCTIONS TO SIGN UP FOR REMIND TEXTS 

OPTION 1:  If you have a smartphone, get push notifications. 

On your iPhone or Android phone, 

● Open your web browser and go to the following link: rmd.at/ocband22 ● Follow the instructions to sign up for Remind. 

● You’ll be prompted to download the mobile app. rmd.at/ocband22 

● Join OCBAND** (use the appropriate numbers here for your student’s graduation year) 

You will need to sign up for the “class” that represents your student’s graduation year

  •  SENIORS: OCBAND22 
  •  JUNIORS: OCBAND23 
  •  SOPHOMORES: OCBAND24 
  •  FRESHMAN: OCBAND25 

● Full Name First and Last Name, Phone Number or Email Address 

EX: (555) 555-5555 

OPTION 2: 

If you don’t have a smartphone, in order to receive text notifications: 

● Text the message @ocband** (use the appropriate graduation year numbers here) to the number 81010. 

● If you’re having trouble with 81010, try texting @ocband** (see note above) to (502) 603-6027.

“NEW TO BAND” PARENT INFORMATION:

“NEW TO BAND” Band Parent Meeting Follow Up:  Information about what goes on during the band year and how the boosters help make the band happen was shared at a recent meeting.  If you were unable to attend or would like another look, the  New to Band Parent Meeting Information  can be found at this link.  

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, October 8th.

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 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 & Fall 2021

(Football Games are in their own section below.)

  • After School Rehearsals: Every Thursday; August 12—end of marching season
  • Thurs. Oct 7, Homecoming Parade
  • Fri. Oct 8, Band Trip Payment Due
  • Mon. Oct 11, Band Booster Meeting
  • Wed., Oct 13: Halloween Concert with OCMS & EOMS at OCMS
  • Thurs. Oct 14: Jazz Band Day at EOMS, OCMS & Baptist LaGrange
  • Fall Break October 18-22
  • 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
  • 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 8th v. Madison Central (7:00 start) Marching Band Home Game, 8th Grade Night
  • October 22nd  v. GRC (we will not play this game-fall break)
  • 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 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 President@ochs.band 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 3 – Oct 9

ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS

  • October 8 Football Game See this Link to Band Schedule.
  • Help is needed for the band!
    •  Lend a hand at our remaining games by visiting this Sign-Up Genius!
    • Sign up to help provide food or assist in-person during tailgate meals using this link.
  • Homecoming Parade, Oct 7:
    • OCHS will be hosting the annual Homecoming Parade on Thursday, Oct 7 at 7pm. The parade route will begin at OCMS and head towards the Arvin Center. This is a change of time from what was originally given to Mr. Centers. 
    • For this day, we will end practice at 6pm, allow students time to rest and change into their band shirt for the parade. We will then meet at 6:40pm at the “original” band practice field and move as a band to OCMS to set up for the parade. This parade should not last long as it is a short route. Students will be released at the junior lot (our current practice field).\
  • 2022 Orlando Band Trip: 
    • Next Payment for 2022 Orlando trip is due this coming Friday, October 8th by the end of school.  As much as possible, please get these payments in on Thursday.
    • See the trip section below for details!
  • 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.  See section below for detail on how to do this.
  • Our Jazz Band will be hitting the road for a “Fall Tour” on October 14th.  See details below.
  • 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 have raised $21,010 as of Wednesday, Sept 29!
    • We can still boost our participation!
    • We need your help in two ways:
      • 1) add emails to your email list in Snap Raise – the goal is 20 emails each
      • 2) share out the campaign on social media and through texts – you can do this inside the Snap Raise website – if you do it from the website, it will link back to the student’s account!
  • Thank you for your help and support with this great fundraiser campaign!
  • UofL BAND DAY – Saturday, November 13 
    • Registration Form available here
    • Form and payment due by Oct 13
    • All band students are invited and highly encouraged to attend the UofL Marching Band Day on Saturday, November 13. Students will have the opportunity to perform on the field at the University of Louisville stadium for a halftime performance during a home football game. This is a great time and opportunity for our students. 
    • OCHS has traditionally had the largest showing of students at this event each year! 
  • The online band spirit wear store is open!  Use this link to order additional band shirts, hats etc.  
  • October 13 “Halloween Concert”
    • Our first band concert will be Wednesday, October 13 at Oldham County Middle School. Students must be in place in the gym by 5:30pm to be ready to rehearse with the 8th grade students from EOMS and OCMS. This Halloween Themed concert is always a fun event that allows our upcoming middle school students to get to know the high school students. All students will be permitted to dress up for this concert. Costumes must be appropriate and allow for the ability to perform on the instrument. The concert will begin at 7:00pm 
  • 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 using this link.
  • We have openings for Committee Coordinators.  We are in immediate need for someone to Co-Chair the All District Committee with Jennifer Otterback so that they can shadow her and be ready to lead it next year.  Please email President@ochs.band if interested. 
  • 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.  A signup genius will be sent later but please save this date.  Most of the time slots are in the afternoon/early evening with a few folks needed in the morning.  Needs include:  
    • 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 BAND UPDATE:

We have only THREE rehearsals remaining for this marching season! There are two halftime performances remaining! 

We had a great time performing for parents, families and friends last week and greatly appreciate everyone’s support at the performance! 

Attendance continues to be a major issue with marching band rehearsals. At our Thursday, Sept 30 rehearsal, we had 14 absences. These absences have greatly impacted our ability to improve the marching maneuvers for our show. While our music performance has continued to improve as we practice in school everyday, our very important once per week rehearsal outside to work on marching has been slow. 

Please note, our last halftime performance will be on Oct 29. This will also be “Senior Night”. 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.

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:

JAZZ BAND MIDDLE SCHOOL & HOSPITAL FALL TOUR DETAILS:

8:45 AM – load at OCHS

9:15 AM – Leave for OCMS

9:30 AM – unload at OCMS

10:30 AM – perform for OCMS Band

11:00 AM – Pack up and Load

11:30 AM – Leave for hospital

11:40 AM – unload at hospital

12:00 PM – perform at hospital

1:00 PM – load and eat

1:45 PM – leave for EOMS

2:00 PM – arrive at EOMS and unload

2:20 PM – perform at EOMS

2:50 PM – Load

3:20 PM – leave for OCHS

3:35 PM – unload 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:  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 gsainfo@kentuckyperformingarts.org.

CONCERT ATTIRE:

ALL returning and freshman male students MUST be fitted for tuxedos.  If you missed fitting night, contact uniform@ochs.band to schedule a fitting.  Tux shirts and concert gowns will be distributed THIS WEEK.  ALL payments need to be received ASAP and may be turned in at Thursday rehearsal or the box in the band room – Tux shirts $17, Gowns $55 (“OCHS Band Boosters”).  No items will be distributed to students unless payment has been received. Please contact uniform@ochs.band for any payment related questions or to adjust payments. 

MARCHING UNIFORM COMMITTEE

SEEKING MARCHING UNIFORM COMMITTEE MEMBERS!  No experience necessary. Areas of need include: washing/care of marching uniforms, hemming of pants, helping students dress in uniform before ball games, pluming of shako hats (before/after games), helping with uniform fittings in the spring.  If you are interested in helping in one or more of the following or have any additional questions, please contact us at uniform@ochs.band.   Thank you in advance for all our volunteers!

BAND LEVELS:

We had our first “Level Up Day” recently.  Take a moment to read about this and to ask your student what their level is.  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 in a systematic and logical manner. Students progress through the levels at their own pace and tracks their progress through all four years of high school
  • 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 now available. Students who have completed Level 1 may submit levels items online through Google Classroom using the Google Form found in Assignments. Students can still sign up for times with Mr. Centers before school, after school, or during LEAD. Students may also still “Level Up” with section coaches/lesson teachers.

BAND PHOTO REQUEST:

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 

INSTRUCTIONS TO SIGN UP FOR REMIND TEXTS 

OPTION 1:  If you have a smartphone, get push notifications. 

On your iPhone or Android phone, 

  • Open your web browser and go to the following link: rmd.at/ocband22
  • Follow the instructions to sign up for Remind. 
  • You’ll be prompted to download the mobile app. rmd.at/ocband22 
  • Join OCBAND** (use the appropriate numbers here for your student’s graduation year) 

You will need to sign up for the “class” that represents your student’s graduation year

  •  SENIORS: OCBAND22 
  •  JUNIORS: OCBAND23 
  •  SOPHOMORES: OCBAND24 
  •  FRESHMAN: OCBAND25 

● Full Name First and Last Name, Phone Number or Email Address 

EX: (555) 555-5555 

OPTION 2: 

If you don’t have a smartphone, in order to receive text notifications: 

● Text the message @ocband** (use the appropriate graduation year numbers here) to the number 81010. 

● If you’re having trouble with 81010, try texting @ocband** (see note above) to (502) 603-6027.

“NEW TO BAND” PARENT INFORMATION:

“NEW TO BAND” Band Parent Meeting Follow Up:  Information about what goes on during the band year and how the boosters help make the band happen was shared at a recent meeting.  If you were unable to attend or would like another look, the  New to Band Parent Meeting Information  can be found at this link.  

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, October 8th.

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 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 & Fall 2021

(Football Games are in their own section below.)

  • After School Rehearsals: Every Thursday; August 12—end of marching season
  • Thurs. Oct 7, Homecoming Parade
  • Fri. Oct 8, Band Trip Payment Due
  • Mon. Oct 11, Band Booster Meeting
  • Wed., Oct 13: Halloween Concert with OCMS & EOMS at OCMS
  • Thurs. Oct 14: Jazz Band Day at EOMS, OCMS & Baptist LaGrange
  • Fall Break October 18-22
  • 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
  • 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 8th v. Madison Central (7:00 start) Marching Band Home Game, 8th Grade Night
  • October 22nd  v. GRC (we will not play this game-fall break)
  • 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 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 President@ochs.band 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: Sept 26 – Oct 2

ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS

  • Take a moment to read the September Directors Report here!
  • Help is needed for the band at future games!  Visit this Sign-Up Genius to lend a hand!
  • Snap Raise Fundraiser update:
  • We have raised $16,120 as of Wednesday, Sept 22!
    • 94% of donations have come from email invites
    • 0.5% have come from text invites
    • 4% have come from social media invites
      • You can text a link to friends and family who don’t check their emails! Find the link in your student SnapRaise account page
  • We currently have 73% of students participating in this fundraiser
    • Last year, we raised over $18,000 through Snap Raise with a 78% participation rate. Based on data from Snap Raise, had we hit 80% participation last year, the profit would have exceeded $20k!
  • We need to boost our participation!
    • We need your help in two ways:
      • 1) add emails to your email list in Snap Raise – the goal is 20 emails each
      • 2) share out the campaign on social media and through texts – you can do this inside the Snap Raise website – if you do it from the website, it will link back to the student’s account!
  • Thank you for your help and support with this great fundraiser campaign!
  • UofL BAND DAY – Saturday, November 13
    • All band students are invited and highly encouraged to attend the UofL Marching Band Day on Saturday, November 13. Students will have the opportunity to perform on the field at the University of Louisville stadium for a halftime performance during a home football game. This is a great time and opportunity for our students. 
    • Sign ups for this event will be available October 4 and will be due by October 14.
    • Parents will also be able to order tickets at a discounted price for this game at the time of registration for each student. 
    • OCHS has traditionally had the largest showing of students at this event each year! 
  • ALL returning and freshman male students MUST be fitted for tuxedos.  If you missed fitting night, contact uniform@ochs.band to schedule a fitting.  Tux shirts and concert gowns will be distributed THIS WEEK.  ALL payments need to be received ASAP and may be turned in at Thursday rehearsal or the box in the band room – Tux shirts $17, Gowns $55 (“OCHS Band Boosters”).  No items will be distributed to students unless payment has been received. Please contact uniform@ochs.band for any payment related questions or to adjust payments. 
  • 2022 Orlando Band Trip: 
    • Payment for 2022 Orlando trip was due last Friday.  Please email president@ochs.band if you missed this payment or if your student forgot to turn it in.
    • The next payment is due on October 8th.
    • See the trip section below for details!
  • U of L All-State Workshop: This trip is just around the corner – it is on September 29th.  See details in the section below.
  • The online band spirit wear store is open!  Use this link to order additional band shirts, hats etc.  
  • Band Letter Jackets and Additional Spirit Wear
    • Letterman Jackets and  Band Spirit Wear can be ordered now. Due to timing constraints, there was only one fitting date for the Letterman Jackets. The fitting was Thursday, September 23rd  immediately following practice. 
    • The deadline for order and turning in money on the letterman jackets will be Wednesday, the 29th.
    • The checks should be made to OCHS Band Boosters. Should you need to make payment arrangements or if you have questions regarding the merchandise, please contact Erika Watt kybound2010@yahoo.com with BAND INFO in the Subject Line or Text/Call 502-294-5624. This is an elective purchase and isn’t required.  A portion of the proceeds for these sales will be donated back to the band.
    • Order Forms will be posted on the OCHS BAND Website or you may use the links below.
  • October 13 “Halloween Concert”
    • Our first band concert will be Wednesday, October 13 at Oldham County Middle School. Students must be in place in the gym by 5:30pm to be ready to rehearse with the 8th grade students from EOMS and OCMS. This Halloween Themed concert is always a fun event that allows our upcoming middle school students to get to know the high school students. All students will be permitted to dress up for this concert. Costumes must be appropriate and allow for the ability to perform on the instrument. The concert will begin at 7:00pm 
  • SEEKING MARCHING UNIFORM COMMITTEE MEMBERS!  No experience necessary. Areas of need include: washing/care of marching uniforms, hemming of pants, helping students dress in uniform before ball games, pluming of shako hats (before/after games), helping with uniform fittings in the spring.  If you are interested in helping in one or more of the following or have any additional questions, please contact us at uniform@ochs.band.   Thank you in advance for all our volunteers!
  • 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.
  • We have openings for Committee Coordinators.  See the listing below and email President@ochs.band if interested. 
  • Thursday after school practices are from 4-6 pm through October.

U OF L ALL-STATE WORKSHOP: 

This trip is just around the corner – it is on September 29th!  

  • Students who are participating will need to fill out a “Youth Protection Program – Release Form” and have a parent sign and bring to this event. Forms available from Mr. Centers. This is a new UofL policy. Students who do not return the form will not be permitted to participate. Forms will be due by Monday, Sep 27.
  • An updated tentative schedule is available here
  • The schedule has been adjusted to reflect the new workshop times
  • Students will need to bring money for dinner
  • We will need two parent volunteers/chaperones to assist with this trip on Sept. 29. Sign-up here to chaperone this event!
  • NOTE: the all-state workshop dates/times are subject to change due to COVID protocols on campus at U of L. Currently, U of L is asking everyone on campus to mask when indoors. 
  • Students who signed up need to bring; instrument (percussion bring sticks/mallets), music, 2 pencils, notepad (something to take notes), folding music stand

 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 

BAND LEVELS:

We had our first “Level Up Day” recently.  Take a moment to read about this and to ask your student what their level is.  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 in a systematic and logical manner. Students progress through the levels at their own pace and tracks their progress through all four years of high school
  • 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 now available. Students who have completed Level 1 may submit levels items online through Google Classroom using the Google Form found in Assignments. Students can still sign up for times with Mr. Centers before school, after school, or during LEAD. Students may also still “Level Up” with section coaches/lesson teachers.

BAND PHOTO REQUEST:

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 

INSTRUCTIONS TO SIGN UP FOR REMIND TEXTS 

OPTION 1:  If you have a smartphone, get push notifications. 

On your iPhone or Android phone, 

● Open your web browser and go to the following link: rmd.at/ocband22 ● Follow the instructions to sign up for Remind. 

● You’ll be prompted to download the mobile app. rmd.at/ocband22 

● Join OCBAND** (use the appropriate numbers here for your student’s graduation year) 

You will need to sign up for the “class” that represents your student’s graduation year

  •  SENIORS: OCBAND22 
  •  JUNIORS: OCBAND23 
  •  SOPHOMORES: OCBAND24 
  •  FRESHMAN: OCBAND25 

● Full Name First and Last Name, Phone Number or Email Address 

EX: (555) 555-5555 

OPTION 2: 

If you don’t have a smartphone, in order to receive text notifications: 

● Text the message @ocband** (use the appropriate graduation year numbers here) to the number 81010. 

● If you’re having trouble with 81010, try texting @ocband** (see note above) to (502) 603-6027.

“NEW TO BAND” PARENT INFORMATION:

“NEW TO BAND” Band Parent Meeting Follow Up:  Information about what goes on during the band year and how the boosters help make the band happen was shared at a recent meeting.  If you were unable to attend or would like another look, the  New to Band Parent Meeting Information  can be found at this link.  

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, October 8th.

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 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 & Fall 2021

(Football Games are in their own section below.)

  • After School Rehearsals: Every Thursday; August 12—end of marching season
  • Wed., Sept 29: UofL All-State Workshop (optional, no fee)
  • Fri. Oct 8, Band Trip Payment Due
  • Mon. Oct 11, Band Booster Meeting
  • Wed., Oct 13: Halloween Concert with OCMS & EOMS at OCMS
  • Fall Break October 18-22
  • 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
  • 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 8th v. Eastern (7:00 start) Marching Band Home Game, 8th Grade Night
  • October 22nd  v. GRC (we will not play this game-fall break)
  • 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 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 President@ochs.band 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: Sept 22 – Sept 25

ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS

  • The opposing team for the game on Friday, Sept 24 has given notice that they will not be coming. The admin is currently seeking a new opponent. HOWEVER, the band will still perform for parents, family and friends at 7:00PM! The show will still go on!   An updated schedule for  a possible parent performance this Friday at 7pm can be accessed here.  
  • Take a moment to read the September Directors Report here!
  • Help is needed for the band at future games!  Visit this Sign-Up Genius to lend a hand!
  • Snap Raise Fundraiser update:
  • We have raised $16,120 as of Wednesday morning, Sept 22!
    • 94% of donations have come from email invites
    • 0.5% have come from text invites
    • 4% have come from social media invites
      • You can text a link to friends and family who don’t check their emails! Find the link in your student SnapRaise account page
  • We currently have 73% of students participating in this fundraiser
    • Last year, we raised over $18,000 through Snap Raise with a 78% participation rate. Based on data from Snap Raise, had we hit 80% participation last year, the profit would have exceeded $20k!
  • We need to boost our participation!
    • We need your help in two ways:
      • 1) add emails to your email list in Snap Raise – the goal is 20 emails each
      • 2) share out the campaign on social media and through texts – you can do this inside the Snap Raise website – if you do it from the website, it will link back to the student’s account!
  • Thank you for your help and support with this great fundraiser campaign!
  • UofL BAND DAY – Saturday, November 13
    • All band students are invited and highly encouraged to attend the UofL Marching Band Day on Saturday, November 13. Students will have the opportunity to perform on the field at the University of Louisville stadium for a halftime performance during a home football game. This is a great time and opportunity for our students. 
    • Sign ups for this event will be available October 4 and will be due by October 14.
    • Parents will also be able to order tickets at a discounted price for this game at the time of registration for each student. 
    • OCHS has traditionally had the largest showing of students at this event each year! 
  • ALL returning and freshman male students MUST be fitted for tuxedos.  If you missed fitting night, contact uniform@ochs.band to schedule a fitting.  Tux shirts and concert gowns will be distributed THIS WEEK.  ALL payments need to be received ASAP and may be turned in at Thursday rehearsal or the box in the band room – Tux shirts $17, Gowns $55 (“OCHS Band Boosters”).  No items will be distributed to students unless payment has been received. Please contact uniform@ochs.band for any payment related questions or to adjust payments. 
  • 2022 Orlando Band Trip: 
    • Payment for 2022 Orlando trip was due last Friday.  Please email president@ochs.band if you missed this payment or if your student forgot to turn it in.
    • The next payment is due on October 8th.
    • See the trip section below for details!
  • U of L All-State Workshop: This trip is just around the corner – it is on September 29th.  See details in the section below.
  • The online band spirit wear store is open!  Use this link to order additional band shirts, hats etc.  
  • Band Letter Jackets and Additional Spirit Wear
    • Letterman Jackets and  Band Spirit Wear can be ordered now. Due to timing constraints, there will only be one fitting date for the Letterman Jackets. The fitting will be Thursday, September 23rd  immediately following practice. We will try for having the fittings in the band room but might need to be flexible. Please wear a mask during the fitting.  Please bring your completed order form with the full payment amount for the jackets and /or spirit wear. The checks should be made to OCHS Band Boosters.  (If you are not sure of jacket sizing, leave blank and we will complete the size at the fitting.) Should you need to make payment arrangements or if you have questions regarding the merchandise, please contact Erika Watt kybound2010@yahoo.com with BAND INFO in the Subject Line or Text/Call 502-294-5624. This is an elective purchase and isn’t required.  A portion of the proceeds for these sales will be donated back to the band.
    • Order Forms will be posted on the OCHS BAND Website or you may use the links below.
  • October 13 “Halloween Concert”
    • Our first band concert will be Wednesday, October 13 at Oldham County Middle School. Students must be in place in the gym by 5:30pm to be ready to rehearse with the 8th grade students from EOMS and OCMS. This Halloween Themed concert is always a fun event that allows our upcoming middle school students to get to know the high school students. All students will be permitted to dress up for this concert. Costumes must be appropriate and allow for the ability to perform on the instrument. The concert will begin at 7:00pm 
  • SEEKING MARCHING UNIFORM COMMITTEE MEMBERS!  No experience necessary. Areas of need include: washing/care of marching uniforms, hemming of pants, helping students dress in uniform before ball games, pluming of shako hats (before/after games), helping with uniform fittings in the spring.  If you are interested in helping in one or more of the following or have any additional questions, please contact us at uniform@ochs.band.   Thank you in advance for all our volunteers!
  • 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.
  • We have openings for Committee Coordinators.  See the listing below and email President@ochs.band if interested. 
  • Thursday after school practices are from 4-6 pm through October.

FAMILY & FRIENDS PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE- SEPTEMBER 24th

NOTE: There is no home game so we will have a Parent/Family Performance at 7pm at the stadium and we will use this schedule Click for Link 
You’re on your own for food today; you can have something brought to you, Subway, etc.  BE ON TIME for the run-through, whatever you do!

  • 5:30pm Warm up and Run-Through Show at “original” band practice field (behind school)
  • 6:15pm Dress in Marching Band Uniform – Wear your band t-shirt, athletic shorts, BLACK CREW LENGTH SOCKS under the uniform
  • 6:45pm Line up in block in front of school 6:50pm March to stadium
  • 7:00pm Move to field for show performance
  • 7:25pm End of performance Band line up in block (4 lines) on track and return to band room
  • 7:35pm Change out of uniforms – Hang correctly and place in garment bags properly

Half Time Songs: Malaguena, (drum cadence), September, Mr. Blue Sky

We will add these tunes for the concert set: Crazy Little Thing, Chameleon in addition to September (listed above) We will finish with Sweet Caroline and Hey Baby.   Be sure to bring music in your flip folder!!! 

U OF L ALL-STATE WORKSHOP: 

This trip is just around the corner – it is on September 29th!  

  • Students who are participating will need to fill out a “Youth Protection Program – Release Form” and have a parent sign and bring to this event. Forms available from Mr. Centers. This is a new UofL policy. Students who do not return the form will not be permitted to participate. Forms will be due by Monday, Sep 27.
  • An updated tentative schedule is available here
  • The schedule has been adjusted to reflect the new workshop times
  • Students will need to bring money for dinner
  • We will need two parent volunteers/chaperones to assist with this trip on Sept. 29. Sign-up here to chaperone this event!
  • NOTE: the all-state workshop dates/times are subject to change due to COVID protocols on campus at U of L. Currently, U of L is asking everyone on campus to mask when indoors. 
  • Students who signed up need to bring; instrument (percussion bring sticks/mallets), music, 2 pencils, notepad (something to take notes), folding music stand

 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 

BAND LEVELS:

We had our first “Level Up Day” recently.  Take a moment to read about this and to ask your student what their level is.  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 in a systematic and logical manner. Students progress through the levels at their own pace and tracks their progress through all four years of high school
  • 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 now available. Students who have completed Level 1 may submit levels items online through Google Classroom using the Google Form found in Assignments. Students can still sign up for times with Mr. Centers before school, after school, or during LEAD. Students may also still “Level Up” with section coaches/lesson teachers.

BAND PHOTO REQUEST:

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 

INSTRUCTIONS TO SIGN UP FOR REMIND TEXTS 

OPTION 1:  If you have a smartphone, get push notifications. 

On your iPhone or Android phone, 

● Open your web browser and go to the following link: rmd.at/ocband22 ● Follow the instructions to sign up for Remind. 

● You’ll be prompted to download the mobile app. rmd.at/ocband22 

● Join OCBAND** (use the appropriate numbers here for your student’s graduation year) 

You will need to sign up for the “class” that represents your student’s graduation year

  •  SENIORS: OCBAND22 
  •  JUNIORS: OCBAND23 
  •  SOPHOMORES: OCBAND24 
  •  FRESHMAN: OCBAND25 

● Full Name First and Last Name, Phone Number or Email Address 

EX: (555) 555-5555 

OPTION 2: 

If you don’t have a smartphone, in order to receive text notifications: 

● Text the message @ocband** (use the appropriate graduation year numbers here) to the number 81010. 

● If you’re having trouble with 81010, try texting @ocband** (see note above) to (502) 603-6027.

“NEW TO BAND” PARENT INFORMATION:

“NEW TO BAND” Band Parent Meeting Follow Up:  Information about what goes on during the band year and how the boosters help make the band happen was shared at a recent meeting.  If you were unable to attend or would like another look, the  New to Band Parent Meeting Information  can be found at this link.  

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, October 8th.

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 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 & Fall 2021

(Football Games are in their own section below.)

  • After School Rehearsals: Every Thursday; August 12—end of marching season
  • Thurs. Sept 23, Letterman Jacket Fittings immediately following practice.   Due to timing constraints, there will only be one fitting date for the Letterman Jackets. 
  • Wed., Sept 29: UofL All-State Workshop (optional, no fee)
  • Fri. Oct 8, Band Trip Payment Due
  • Mon. Oct 11, Band Booster Meeting
  • Wed., Oct 13: Halloween Concert with OCMS & EOMS at OCMS
  • Fall Break October 18-22
  • 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
  • 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)

  • September 24th Family & Friends Performance!   Woodford County is no longer able to play.   See details in the section above or at this link.
  • October 8th v. Eastern (7:00 start) Marching Band Home Game, 8th Grade Night
  • October 22nd  v. GRC (we will not play this game-fall break)
  • 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 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 President@ochs.band 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: Sept 19 – Sept 25

ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS

  • The make-up game is on!  We will march this Friday, September 24th in a match-up with Woodford County.  See our itinerary in the game section below or at this link!

Congratulations to the many OC Band students that were selected to perform with the Louisville Youth Orchestra this year!

  • Abby Hardin, flute, Symphony Orchestra
  • Natalie DeSimone, Principal clarinet, Symphony Orchestra
  • Will Mettling, tenor saxophone, Symphony Orchestra
  • Madison Leger, Principal trumpet, Symphony Orchestra
  • Brayden Gossett, trumpet, Symphony Orchestra
  • Keaton Fuller, Principal 2nd trombone, Symphony Orchestra
  • Hannah Centers, euphonium, Symphony Orchestra
  • Maya Otterback, co-principal timpani, Symphony Orchestra 
  • Paige Perry, Principal flute, Repertory Orchestra
  • Hanna Christensen, Rotating Principal horn, Repertory Orchestra
  • Emma Christensen, Principal trombone, Repertory Orchestra

**if a student was left off this list, please contact Mr. Centers

  • Snap Raise Fundraiser update:
    • The Good News: We have raised over $5,000 in the first 5 hours of the campaign! The current total as of Wednesday afternoon is $8,670
      • 94% of donations have come from email invites
      • 0% have come from text invites
      • 4% have come from social media invites
      • 2% have come from “other”
    • The Bad News: We currently have only 59% of students participating in this fundraiser
      • Last year, we raised over $18,000 through Snap Raise with a 78% participation rate. Based on data from Snap Raise, had we hit 80% participation last year, the profit would have exceeded $20k!
    • We need to boost our participation!
      • We need your help in two ways:
        • 1) add emails to your email list in Snap Raise – the goal is 20 emails each
        • 2) share out the campaign on social media and through texts – you can do this inside the Snap Raise website – if you do it from the website, it will link back to the student’s account!
    • Thank you for your help and support with this great fundraiser campaign!
  • ALL returning and freshman male students MUST be fitted for tuxedos.  If you missed fitting night, contact uniform@ochs.band to schedule a fitting.  Tux shirts and concert gowns will be distributed THIS WEEK.  ALL payments need to be received ASAP and may be turned in at Thursday rehearsal or the box in the band room – Tux shirts $17, Gowns $55 (“OCHS Band Boosters”).  No items will be distributed to students unless payment has been received. Please contact uniform@ochs.band for any payment related questions or to adjust payments. 
  • Band Lost and Found:  Several items have been left behind in the band room. These items are placed in the lost and found location next to the band room exterior doors.  Some items include: a grey jacket, several metal and hard plastic water bottles, socks, gloves, percussion mallet bag, ladies black flats, marching shoes (no name on box), two white tuxedo shirts (size XS and 3XL)
  • 2022 Orlando Band Trip: 
    • Payment for 2022 Orlando trip was due last Friday.  Please email president@ochs.band if you missed this payment or if your student forgot to turn it in.
    • The next payment is due on October 8th.
    • See the trip section below for details!

U of L All-State Workshop:

  • An updated tentative schedule is available here
  • The sign up for UofL Workshop has closed. Mr. Centers will submit the names of those students who signed up on time. UofL is limiting numbers and will notify him if we have exceeded the room capacity due to COVID protocols.
  • The schedule has been adjusted to reflect the new workshop times
  • Students will need to bring money for dinner
  • We will need two parent volunteers/chaperones to assist with this trip on Sept. 29. Sign-up here to chaperone this event!
  • NOTE: the all-state workshop dates/times are subject to change due to COVID protocols on campus at Uof L. Currently, Uof L is asking everyone on campus to mask when indoors. 

The online band spirit wear store is open!  Use this link to order additional band shirts, hats etc.  

  • Band Letter Jackets and Additional Spirit Wear
    • Letterman Jackets and  Band Spirit Wear can be ordered now. Due to timing constraints, there will only be one fitting date for the Letterman Jackets. The fitting will be Thursday, September 23rd  immediately following practice. We will try for having the fittings in the band room but might need to be flexible. Please wear a mask during the fitting.  Please bring your completed order form with the full payment amount for the jackets and /or spirit wear. The checks should be made to OCHS Band Boosters.  (If you are not sure of jacket sizing, leave blank and we will complete the size at the fitting.) Should you need to make payment arrangements or if you have questions regarding the merchandise, please contact Erika Watt kybound2010@yahoo.com with BAND INFO in the Subject Line or Text/Call 502-294-5624. This is an elective purchase and isn’t required.  A portion of the proceeds for these sales will be donated back to the band.
    • Order Forms will be posted on the OCHS BAND Website or you may use the links below.
  • October 13 “Halloween Concert”
    • Our first band concert will be Wednesday, October 13 at Oldham County Middle School. Students must be in place in the gym by 5:30pm to be ready to rehearse with the 8th grade students from EOMS and OCMS. This Halloween Themed concert is always a fun event that allows our upcoming middle school students to get to know the high school students. All students will be permitted to dress up for this concert. Costumes must be appropriate and allow for the ability to perform on the instrument. The concert will begin at 7:00pm 
  • SEEKING MARCHING UNIFORM COMMITTEE MEMBERS!  No experience necessary. Areas of need include: washing/care of marching uniforms, hemming of pants, helping students dress in uniform before ball games, pluming of shako hats (before/after games), helping with uniform fittings in the spring.  If you are interested in helping in one or more of the following or have any additional questions, please contact us at uniform@ochs.band.   Thank you in advance for all our volunteers!
  • 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.
  • We have openings for Committee Coordinators.  See the listing below and email President@ochs.band if interested. 
  • Thursday after school practices are from 4-6 pm through October.

HOME GAME BAND SCHEDULE- SEPTEMBER 24th

You’re on your own for food today; you can have something brought to

you, Subway, etc. BE ON TIME for the run-through, whatever you do!

  • 5:15pm Warm up and Run-Through Show at “original” band practice field (behind school)
  • 6:00pm Dress in Marching Band Uniform
    • Wear your band t-shirt, athletic shorts, black socks under the uniform
  • 6:30pm All in warm up arcs outside in front of band room
    • – Everyone with flip folders
    • – Woodwinds bring cases
    • – Rehearse Star Spangled Banner
  • 6:45pm Line up in block
  • 6:50pm March to stadium
  • 7:00pm Move to bleachers (to your assigned rows)
  • 7:23pm (approximate time): Star Spangled Banner
    • -followed by School Song when OC Football Team enters
  • 7:30pm Kickoff
  • 8:30pm (approximate time) Halftime show
    • – Students will have 3rd quarter to go to concessions
    • – Be back in stands for 4th quarter
  • 10:15pm (approximate time) End of game;
    • Band line up in block (4 lines) on track and return to band room
  • 10:30pm Change out of uniforms – Hang correctly and place in garment bags properly

Students will be in uniform for this game. 

  • You will need BLACK CREW LENGTH SOCKS and Black Marching Shoes.
  • Wear your 2021 band shirt and athletic shorts under uniforms.

Half Time Songs: 

  • Malaguena, (drum cadence), September, Mr. Blue Sky
  • Be sure to bring stand tunes and other songs in your flip folder

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 

BAND LEVELS:

We had our first “Level Up Day” recently and since that first day, approximately 30 students have leveled up with Mr. Centers, private teachers, and section coaches!  Take a moment to read about this and to ask your student what their level is!

  • The Band Levels Program is a skills based learning program that takes students through the most basic skills to more advanced levels in a systematic and logical manner. Students progress through the levels at their own pace and tracks their progress through all four years of high school
  • 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 now available. Students who have completed Level 1 may submit levels items online through Google Classroom using the Google Form found in Assignments. Students can still sign up for times with Mr. Centers before school, after school, or during LEAD. Students may also still “Level Up” with section coaches/lesson teachers.

BAND PHOTO REQUEST:

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 

INSTRUCTIONS TO SIGN UP FOR REMIND TEXTS 

OPTION 1:  If you have a smartphone, get push notifications. 

On your iPhone or Android phone, 

  • Open your web browser and go to the following link: rmd.at/ocband22
  • Follow the instructions to sign up for Remind. 
  • You’ll be prompted to download the mobile app. rmd.at/ocband22 
  • Join OCBAND** (use the appropriate numbers here for your student’s graduation year) 

You will need to sign up for the “class” that represents your student’s graduation year

  •  SENIORS: OCBAND22 
  •  JUNIORS: OCBAND23 
  •  SOPHOMORES: OCBAND24 
  •  FRESHMAN: OCBAND25 

Full Name First and Last Name, Phone Number or Email Address 

EX: (555) 555-5555 

OPTION 2: 

If you don’t have a smartphone, in order to receive text notifications: 

  • Text the message @ocband** (use the appropriate graduation year numbers here) to the number 81010. 
  • If you’re having trouble with 81010, try texting @ocband** (see note above) to (502) 603-6027.

“NEW TO BAND” PARENT INFORMATION:

“NEW TO BAND” Band Parent Meeting Follow Up:  Information about what goes on during the band year and how the boosters help make the band happen was shared at a recent meeting.  If you were unable to attend or would like another look, the  New to Band Parent Meeting Information  can be found at this link.  

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, October 8th.

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 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 & Fall 2021

(Football Games are in their own section below.)

  • After School Rehearsals: Every Thursday; August 12—end of marching season 
  • Mon., Sept 20, Band Booster Meeting, 7pm
  • Thurs. Sept 23, Letterman Jacket Fittings immediately following practice.   Due to timing constraints, there will only be one fitting date for the Letterman Jackets. 
  • Wed., Sept 29: UofL All-State Workshop (optional, no fee)
  • Fri. Oct 8, Band Trip Payment Due
  • Mon. Oct 11, Band Booster Meeting
  • Wed., Oct 13: Halloween Concert with OCMS & EOMS at OCMS
  • Fall Break October 18-22
  • 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
  • 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)

  • September 24th v. Woodford County – This make-up game is happening!  See details in the game section above or at this link.
  • October 8th v. Eastern (7:00 start) Marching Band Home Game, 8 th Grade Night
  • October 22nd  v. GRC (we will not play this game-fall break)
  • 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 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 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 President@ochs.band 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: Sept 15 – Sept 18

ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS

  • The athletic director and football coach are currently looking for an opponent for Friday, September 24th.  If the athletic director finds an opponent, this will be our makeup game for the game postponed on September 10th. 

Congratulations to the many OC Band students that were selected to perform with the Louisville Youth Orchestra this year!

  • Abby Hardin, flute, Symphony Orchestra
  • Natalie DeSimone, Principal clarinet, Symphony Orchestra
  • Will Mettling, tenor saxophone, Symphony Orchestra
  • Madison Leger, Principal trumpet, Symphony Orchestra
  • Brayden Gossett, trumpet, Symphony Orchestra
  • Keaton Fuller, Principal 2nd trombone, Symphony Orchestra
  • Hannah Centers, euphonium, Symphony Orchestra
  • Maya Otterback, co-principal timpani, Symphony Orchestra 
  • Paige Perry, Principal flute, Repertory Orchestra
  • Hanna Christensen, Rotating Principal horn, Repertory Orchestra
  • Emma Christensen, Principal trombone, Repertory Orchestra

**if a student was left off this list, please contact Mr. Centers

  • Snap Raise Fundraiser update:
    • The Good News: We have raised over $5,000 in the first 5 hours of the campaign! The current total as of Wednesday afternoon is $8,670
      • 94% of donations have come from email invites
      • 0% have come from text invites
      • 4% have come from social media invites
      • 2% have come from “other”
    • The Bad News: We currently have only 59% of students participating in this fundraiser
      • Last year, we raised over $18,000 through Snap Raise with a 78% participation rate. Based on data from Snap Raise, had we hit 80% participation last year, the profit would have exceeded $20k!
    • We need to boost our participation!
      • We need your help in two ways:
        • 1) add emails to your email list in Snap Raise – the goal is 20 emails each
        • 2) share out the campaign on social media and through texts – you can do this inside the Snap Raise website – if you do it from the website, it will link back to the student’s account!
    • Thank you for your help and support with this great fundraiser campaign!
  • ALL returning and freshman male students MUST be fitted for tuxedos.  If you missed fitting night, contact uniform@ochs.band to schedule a fitting.  Tux shirts and concert gowns will be distributed THIS WEEK.  ALL payments need to be received ASAP and may be turned in at Thursday rehearsal or the box in the band room – Tux shirts $17, Gowns $55 (“OCHS Band Boosters”).  No items will be distributed to students unless payment has been received. Please contact uniform@ochs.band for any payment related questions or to adjust payments. 
  • Band Lost and Found:  Several items have been left behind in the band room. These items are placed in the lost and found location next to the band room exterior doors.  Some items include: a grey jacket, several metal and hard plastic water bottles, socks, gloves, percussion mallet bag, ladies black flats, marching shoes (no name on box), two white tuxedo shirts (size XS and 3XL)
  • 2022 Orlando Band Trip: 
    • Payment for 2022 Orlando trip was due last Friday.  Please email president@ochs.band if you missed this payment or if your student forgot to turn it in.
    • See the trip section below for details!

U of L All-State Workshop:

  • An updated tentative schedule is available here
  • The sign up for UofL Workshop has closed. Mr. Centers will submit the names of those students who signed up on time. UofL is limiting numbers and will notify him if we have exceeded the room capacity due to COVID protocols.
  • The schedule has been adjusted to reflect the new workshop times
  • Students will need to bring money for dinner
  • We will need two parent volunteers/chaperones to assist with this trip on Sept. 29. 
  • NOTE: the all-state workshop dates/times are subject to change due to COVID protocols on campus at UofL. Currently, UofL is asking everyone on campus to mask when indoors. 

The online band spirit wear store is open!  Use this link to order additional band shirts, hats etc.  

  • Band Letter Jackets and Additional Spirit Wear
    • Letterman Jackets and  Band Spirit Wear can be ordered now. Due to timing constraints, there will only be one fitting date for the Letterman Jackets. The fitting will be Thursday, September 23rd  immediately following practice. We will try for having the fittings in the band room but might need to be flexible. Please wear a mask during the fitting.  Please bring your completed order form with the full payment amount for the jackets and /or spirit wear. The checks should be made to OCHS Band Boosters.  (If you are not sure of jacket sizing, leave blank and we will complete the size at the fitting.) Should you need to make payment arrangements or if you have questions regarding the merchandise, please contact Erika Watt kybound2010@yahoo.com with BAND INFO in the Subject Line or Text/Call 502-294-5624. This is an elective purchase and isn’t required.  A portion of the proceeds for these sales will be donated back to the band.
    • Order Forms will be posted on the OCHS BAND Website or you may use the links below.
  • October 13 “Halloween Concert”
    • Our first band concert will be Wednesday, October 13 at Oldham County Middle School. Students must be in place in the gym by 5:30pm to be ready to rehearse with the 8th grade students from EOMS and OCMS. This Halloween Themed concert is always a fun event that allows our upcoming middle school students to get to know the high school students. All students will be permitted to dress up for this concert. Costumes must be appropriate and allow for the ability to perform on the instrument. The concert will begin at 7:00pm 
  • SEEKING MARCHING UNIFORM COMMITTEE MEMBERS!  No experience necessary. Areas of need include: washing/care of marching uniforms, hemming of pants, helping students dress in uniform before ball games, pluming of shako hats (before/after games), helping with uniform fittings in the spring.  If you are interested in helping in one or more of the following or have any additional questions, please contact us at uniform@ochs.band.   Thank you in advance for all our volunteers!
  • 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.
  • We have openings for Committee Coordinators.  See the listing below and email President@ochs.band if interested. 
  • Thursday after school practices are from 4-6 pm through October.

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 

BAND LEVELS:

We had our first “Level Up Day” recently and since that first day, approximately 30 students have leveled up with Mr. Centers, private teachers, and section coaches!  Take a moment to read about this and to ask your student what their level is!

  • The Band Levels Program is a skills based learning program that takes students through the most basic skills to more advanced levels in a systematic and logical manner. Students progress through the levels at their own pace and tracks their progress through all four years of high school
  • 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 now available. Students who have completed Level 1 may submit levels items online through Google Classroom using the Google Form found in Assignments. Students can still sign up for times with Mr. Centers before school, after school, or during LEAD. Students may also still “Level Up” with section coaches/lesson teachers.

BAND PHOTO REQUEST:

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 

INSTRUCTIONS TO SIGN UP FOR REMIND TEXTS 

OPTION 1:  If you have a smartphone, get push notifications. 

On your iPhone or Android phone, 

● Open your web browser and go to the following link: rmd.at/ocband22 ● Follow the instructions to sign up for Remind. 

● You’ll be prompted to download the mobile app. rmd.at/ocband22 

● Join OCBAND** (use the appropriate numbers here for your student’s graduation year) 

You will need to sign up for the “class” that represents your student’s graduation year

  •  SENIORS: OCBAND22 
  •  JUNIORS: OCBAND23 
  •  SOPHOMORES: OCBAND24 
  •  FRESHMAN: OCBAND25 

● Full Name First and Last Name, Phone Number or Email Address 

EX: (555) 555-5555 

OPTION 2: 

If you don’t have a smartphone, in order to receive text notifications: 

● Text the message @ocband** (use the appropriate graduation year numbers here) to the number 81010. 

● If you’re having trouble with 81010, try texting @ocband** (see note above) to (502) 603-6027.

“NEW TO BAND” PARENT INFORMATION:

“NEW TO BAND” Band Parent Meeting Follow Up:  Information about what goes on during the band year and how the boosters help make the band happen was shared at a recent meeting.  If you were unable to attend or would like another look, the  New to Band Parent Meeting Information  can be found at this link.  

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, October 8th.

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 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 & Fall 2021

(Football Games are in their own section below.)

  • After School Rehearsals: Every Thursday; August 12—end of marching season
  • Thurs. Sept 23, Letterman Jacket Fittings immediately following practice.   Due to timing constraints, there will only be one fitting date for the Letterman Jackets. 
  • Wed., Sept 29: UofL All-State Workshop (optional, no fee)
  • Wed., Oct 13: Halloween Concert with OCMS & EOMS at OCMS
  • Fall Break October 18-22
  • 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
  • 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)

  • September 24th – Tentative new date for the 9/10/21 Postponed Game.  We will confirm details when they are available.
  • October 8th v. Eastern (7:00 start) Marching Band Home Game, 8 th Grade Night
  • October 22nd  v. GRC (we will not play this game-fall break)
  • 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 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 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 President@ochs.band 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.