Weekly Band News: December 1 – December 7

UK Honor Band
For students interested in attending the UK Honor Band Clinic, I will put a survey doc on Google Classroom for students to indicate their interest in being nominated (9th/10th graders) or submitting an audition video (11th and 12th grade).  Note the deadline for submission of Dec. 8th.  Below is the information we have received at this time, as I receive more information from UK, I’ll pass it along.
The University of Kentucky Band program will be hosting our annual Honors Band Festival on January 31st through February 2nd of 2020. This week we will have opened registration for both students to submit their Wind Symphony video auditions and High School directors to submit their Freshman/Sophomore Concert Band recommendations. 


Please encourage 9th-12th grade students to participate in this event that includes clinics and masterclasses with world-renown composer Omar Thomas, Auburn’s Director of Bands Dr. Rick Good, Dobyns-Bennett director Lafe Cook, as well as other University of Kentucky faculty! As well as these skill-building opportunities, these students will also be able to view a University of Kentucky Wind Symphony performance and join them the next day in a combined piece during the Honors Concert.

The University of Kentucky Honors Band Festival continues to grow and improve each year and we owe it all to the talented students joining us from all over Kentucky and beyond, as well as people like you who support their aspirations. Let us know how we can help answer any questions, either by sending them to [email protected] or calling our band office at (859) 257-2263. 
All State Jazz Band
Auditions will be held on Saturday, December 7th at St. Xavier High School.  A separate audition process is involved for these highly selective bands.  All Jazz Ensemble students have received a copy of the audition excerpts, requirements and other information.  We have been working on the excerpts as a group in class; hopefully we can have some of our students give this a shot!
Uniform Coordinator
We will be in need of a uniform coordinator for the 2020-21 school year.  If you would be interested in this position and would like to shadow our current coordinator to see what this position involves for next school year, please contact Melenie Woosley at [email protected].
Interlochen Arts Camp
Students who wish to audition for Interlochen Arts Camp for 2020, the audition fee is waived through December 6th.  Students can us the Code THANKFUL when filling out the application at the following link.
Important Dates to Remember
December 7                             All State Jazz auditions (St. Xavier HS, Louisville)              
December 14                           All State auditions (John Hardin HS)
December 17                           Jazz Band at Rotary Club (Lunch Meeting)
December 17                           Holiday Concert
January 10-11                          All District Bands (Martha Layne Collins HS)
January 23-25                          WKU Honors Band
January 24-25                          U of L Honors Band
January 31-February 2            UK Honor Band 
February 5-8                            KMEA All State Bands/ KMEA Conference
February 22                             CCM Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival (Jazz Band)
March 7                                    KMEA Solo and Ensemble Assessment (NOHS)
March 12                                  Band Concert
March 14                                  PBM Invitational Concert Festival (Male HS Louisville)
March 18-20                            KMEA Large Ensemble Assessment (NOHS DAY TBD)
The updated full band schedule can be found on the band website at https://ochs.band.

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]..