Weekly Band News: August 25 – August 31

OCHS HOME FOOTBALL GAME 8/30

There will be NO Tailgate Meal provided for this week’s game.  Students will need to either go home after school to eat and come back, if staying at school, plan on bringing something from home to eat, or bring money to eat at one of the nearby restaurants.

Friday, August 30th is our next home football game and we will again need several volunteers throughout the evening to make this night a success for the OCHS Marching Colonels. 

  1. In addition to needing help during the game to assist in moving drum major stands, moving water for the kids, photography, etc., we are also in need of parents to sit as "watchers" in the band section during halftime and 3rd quarter and not allow anyone but band members into that section.  Unfortunately, we had kids from the student body walking through the band section stepping on hats, stealing plumes, and dripping food on instruments. If a few parents are willing to keep watch over the section while our kids are on the field during halftime and enjoying a break 3rd quarter, it would be greatly appreciated. The link to help in this way is https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0448aaa628a3fb6-volunteers1.
  2. 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 this season’s football games a great success!  GO COLONELS!

SENIOR BANNERS (SENIOR PARENTS PLEASE READ)
Senior Banners for the Senior Night Football Game on October 11th will be available for purchase for $35.  (This is a completely optional purchase.)  Order forms will be available and go home with the seniors on Monday, August 26th.  Photos will be taken by Beth Smith of Big Photo after school on September 3rd in the band room.  Payment is due on September 3rd with the order form, checks should be made out to Big Photo.  Students wishing to take part will simply need to stay after school on Tuesday, September 3rd and photos will be taken as students get ready, no signup is necessary.  For questions or additional information contact Cindy Hardin at chardin5171@gmail.com.
 
MUM Fundraiser
The MUM Fundraiser will be wrapping up Wednesday, August 28th. Checks should be made out to Oldham County Band Boosters. Pick up will be Thursday, September 12, following marching band rehearsal.  The Mum Fundraiser Form is on the website under Announcements and under Important Announcements under the Student tab. The links below will take you directly to the form for downloading and printing at OCHS Mum Fundraiser Form or https://ochs.band/students/announcements/71-mum-fundraiser-form.
 
SnapRaise
SnapRaise “homework will go out on August 29th.  The homework consists of compiling a list of 20 (or more) email addresses of potential supporters of the band program (relatives, family friends, etc).  These email addresses will be entered into individual student “accounts” they will set up on September 5th during their band classes using their personal devices (tablets or phones).  It is very helpful to compile a list as a saved “note” on their device, then copy/paste into the account on kickoff day.  The project is most effective if EVERYONE in the program does the “homework”, as our percentage increases with the level of participation.  SnapRaise is the most time-efficient and lucrative project we have, netting us over $14,000 last year.

U of L BAND DAY
It’s that time again!  U of L Band Day for  2019 (7th annual) will be held in Cardinal Stadium on the U of L campus on Saturday, October 5th. U of L will play Boston College, game time TBA.  Each student and parent chaperone costs $20.00.  Participants will receive a game ticket and performers T-shirt; chaperones will receive a game ticket and my undying gratitude!  This has always been a fun day for those who attend, and I hope you’ll take advantage of the opportunity to experience a Division -1 college game day from the perspective of the collegiate marching band.  The form can be found on the band website at https://ochs.band/students/announcements/72-u-of-l-band-day-form.  Please print the form and attach the appropriate payment ($20.00 each person), and put it in the band room drop box no later than Tuesday, September 3rd.  Due to U of L Athletics ticketing deadlines, we won’t be able to take “late” requests!  I hope you’ll take advantage of this opportunity!

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
August 28th – MUM Sale Ends
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 7th – 10th NAfME All National Honors Ensembles, Orlando FL
November 14th – Fall Concert 7:00pm
November 15th – Jazz Café I 7:00pm
November 18th – 22nd Seating Auditions (makeups 25th and 26th)
November 21st 5th District Auditions at OCHS
November 24th -26th EKU Honor’s Band
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 updated full band schedule can be found on the band website at https://ochs.band.

COMMUNICATION
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.
Email
Contact Mr. Rogers at bradford.rogers@oldham.kyschools.us
Contact the Band Boosters at ocbandnews@gmail.com.

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 sonya@stingerequip.com.