Weekly Band News: August 11 – August 17

Click here to download the Mum Fundraiser Form!


Click here to download the new Band Calendar-which has been updated this week!


Friday, August 23rd is our first home football game and we will need several volunteers throughout the evening to make this night a success for the OCHS Marching Colonels. 

  1.  We will be having a tailgate meal for the band after school on Friday.  Please click on the attached link to see how you can help and/or provide the food needed for the tailgate. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0448aaa628a3fb6-tailgate2.
  2. We will need help during the game to assist in moving drum major stands, moving water for the kids, photography, etc.  The link to help in this way is https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0448aaa628a3fb6-volunteers1.
  3. Graeter’s Ice Cream Sales is always a great fundraiser during our home football games.  This is a great opportunity for younger siblings to help support the band and middle school kids can use this volunteer opportunity for BETA hours, we just ask that an adult be with them to handle the money.  Please click the following link to sign up https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0448aaa628a3fb6-graeters.

Thank you all in advance for helping make the first football game a great success.  GO COLONELS!

The Pyware information is now on the website.  It’s a great resource for the kids to review the details of the halftime show. Please refer to it as Pyware 3D Marching Drills and ask your student to follow the instructions found at https://ochs.band/students/announcements/69-how-to-view-drills-on-pyware-3d-viewer.

Past Emails and other important information can be found on the OCHS Band Website at https://ochs.band.  Questions or corrections to this newsletter can be sent to Sonya Cook at [email protected].

Important Dates to Remember
August 12th – Marching Band Rehearsal (6:00-8:30pm)
August 14th – First Day for Students
August 15th – First Thursday (after-school) marching rehearsal (4:00-6:00pm)
August 16th – Mums Kickoff
August 19th – Band Booster Meeting 7 pm in band room, all parents are invited to attend
August 23rd – Home Football Game
August 29th – SnapRaise Homework Handout
August 30th – Home Football Game
September 6th – Home Football Game (8th Grade Night)
September 25th – All State Help Session Uof L (5:00pm)
October 5th – U of L Band Day
October 10th – Last Thursday after-school marching band rehearsal (4:00-6:00pm)
October 11th – Home Football Game (Senior Night/Homecoming)
October 14th – Symphonic Band I 3:45-5:00pm (Monday-starts concert band sequence)
October 15th – Symphonic Band II 3:45-5:00pm (Tuesday-starts concert band sequence)
October 16th – Halloween Concert at EOMS
October 21st-25th – Fall Break
November 4th – WKU All State Audition Clinic
November 15th – Jazz Café I
November 18th – 22nd Seating Auditions (makeups 25th and 26th)
November 21st 5th District Auditions at OCHS
November 27th-29th – Thanksgiving Break
December 14th – All State Auditions (John Hardin High School)
December 17th – Holiday Concert
December 18th– 21st – Midwest Int’l Band and Orchestra Clinic
The full band schedule can be found on the band website at https://ochs.band.
Technology Consent Form
In order for us to use the tech tools available, we are now required to get permission forms from all students to comply with revised AUP (Acceptable Use Policy).  The form is on the band website under the announcements tab. The first page should be completed and returned to Mr. Rogers by the first day of school. You may download this form by clicking here.

Letterman Jackets & Other Band Spiritwear Apparel (these are completely optional purchases)
The Representative from Neff Co, the letterman jacket manufacturer, will be in the band room Thu Aug. 15 at the end of Marching band practice. They will measure to ensure the right fit for all letterman jackets orders. All letterman jacket orders must be placed that day. 

Jackets may be paid in full when ordering or, there is the option to pay half the cost when ordering and the other half at pick up. Checks can be made to OCHS Band Boosters.
Orders for band Spiritwear apparel may be placed anytime between now and Aug 15 and do not require measuring. To order band apparel, please place order form and check, made out to OCHS Band Boosters, in an envelope and drop in the band dropbox no later than Aug 15.
For the order form, pictures, and pricing of both letterman jackets and other Band Spiritwear Apparel, please go to the Student Tab of our new band website, https://ochs.band, and click on announcements. There you will find links for viewing the order forms/apparel.
Questions can be directed to Sonja Neely at [email protected] or (803) 476-6762.

BMN Article
Please take a moment and check out the Article, "Adjudicated Festival Performance: What’s in it for…?" by Brad Rogers.  It was published in the Summer 2019 edition of Bluegrass Music News.

Remind 101
Marching Band students who have a cell phone – please join Mr. Rogers Remind 101 Student group by texting @ocmc2019 to 81010
Parents – one parent from each family please join Mr. Rogers Remind 101 Parent group by texting @ocbandb19 to 81010.  NOTE: All messages sent to the student’s group are also sent to the parent’s  group. 

Facebook – Oldham County HS Band Boosters! (the exclamation point is part of the name)
Parents and students – request to join if you are on Facebook
Website – OCHS Band websitehttps://ochs.band – please check out the NEW band website for band information, calendar, forms, etc.

Contact Mr. Rogers at [email protected]
Contact the Band Boosters at [email protected].

Questions or corrections to this newsletter can be sent to Sonya Cook at [email protected]