Weekly Band News: May 17 – May 23

  • Summer Packet Information has uploaded to the band website.  This information will not be printed by the OCHS BAND Boosters and will need to be printed at home.  The Medical Release form will need to be notarized.  All forms will need to be turned in the first week of Summer Band Rehearsals.Please use the following link to access the information Summer Packet 2020-2021
  • Volunteer information for the 2020-2021 School year can be found at Volunteer 2020-2021
  • Summer Band Rehearsals will begin on July 6th.  (Monday and Thursday evenings 6:00-8:30pm.)
  • Band Camp will be July 27-31.  Band Camp is mandatory for all band students.
  • Past Emails and other important information can be found on the OCHS Band Website at https://ochs.band.  

Cleaning Woodwind and Brass Instruments

This video is a great reference for all of our woodwind and brass players; Link: https://youtu.be/byBd5sXryy8
Even if you don’t have a personally owned band instrument, you really should clean what you play more than once a year!  Woodwind players should pay particular attention on how to clean the clarinet or saxophone mouthpiece properly–easy and effective.

REMIND and Google Form for 2020-2021

Google form for all returning and incoming OCHS Band members for 2020-21: Some have done the Google form already, others have not.  Remind will become increasingly important after we finish the school year and get into the great unknown called "summer 2020".
Remind 101 class for 2020-2021 MARCHING BAND STUDENTS ONLY: text @ocmc2020 to 81010
Remind 101 class for 2020-2021 BAND PARENTS ONLY: text @ochsBB20 to 81010


NAfME has launched a new campaign to ask that Congress appropriate at least $200 billion specifically for education for states to avoid drastic education budget cuts. Without this funding, music programs will be jeopardized. We are asking members to reach out to their members of Congress to request $200 billion in the next legislative relief package to backfill state education budgets. For more information, visit nafme.org/advocacy/grassroots-action-center.

Everyone has seen the effects of the battered economy, but as educators, we have not yet felt the worst. According to the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, the combined revenue shortfall for state budgets–not including additional costs incurred by COVID-1–will be approximately $650 billion. States are already looking to revise their budgets for the current and next fiscal years. Many are considering cuts across the board, including millions of dollars from education budgets.

NAfME and our affiliates believe that Congress must appropriate at least $200 billion specifically for education for states to avoid drastic negative consequences. Without this funding, music programs will be jeopardized, and students will not have the access to a well-rounded education that they need and deserve.

We are asking you to reach out to your members of Congress to request $200 billion in the next legislative relief package to backfill state education budgets. Fill out the form on the NAfME webpage, and feel free to add your own personal stories about how music has helped you and your students cope with these trying times. Together, we will get through this, and ensure that our students and schools will too.
www.nafme.org/advocacy/grassroots click on state education budgets.

Band Booster Leadership Positions

We need to start positioning the band for the Booster parental support they will need next year. A large portion of our Band Booster Executive Board are Senior parents.  We need volunteers for next year to provide the structure and support the band needs to be able to participate in the opportunities Mr. Roger’s provides for the kids. The Band Boosters are a 501C3 Non-Profit Organization.  In order to maintain that non-profit status, the Executive Board must have at minimum President and Treasurer for the 2020-2021 School Year.

If you want to know what’s involved, click on the name of the position and a document should download onto your device with a description, a rough estimate of time involved, and contact info for the person who is currently doing that job this year.
Board Member Vacancies for 2020-2021
President – vacant
Vice-President (also called President-Elect) – vacant
Treasurer – vacant
Senior Member-at-Large: Sonja Neely
Junior Member-at-Large: Katie Fuller
Sophomore Member-at-Large: Stephanie Skeens
Freshman Member-at-Large – vacant

Other vacancies for next year are listed below:

1) Hospitality co-chair (2 People to Co-Chair)
Questions? Contact Cathy Middleton @ [email protected] or Kim Zarotny @ [email protected]
2) Mum Fundraiser Coordinator
Questions? Contact Kim Zarotny @ [email protected]

3) Pit Crew Coordinator
Questions? Contact Henry Sipes @ [email protected]

4) Shoparoo Fundraising
Questions? Contact Melanie Woosley @ [email protected]

5) Large instrument truck rental for events and truck driver coordinator 
Questions? Contact Lana Downs @ [email protected]

6) Alumni coordinator
Questions? Contact Susan Bunting @ [email protected]
The band needs you and your kid needs you to be involved. Thanks for all you’ve done to support the band this year and let’s get set up for a great year next year.