Weekly Band News May 31 – Jun 6
- The next OCHS Band Booster meeting will be Thursday, June 18th, at 7:00pm via Zoom.
- Welcome Letter for the 2020-2021 OCHS Band can be accessed at the following link Welcome Letter for OCHS Band 2020-2021
- 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.
Oldham County Community Band
If you are in possession of a folder belonging to the Oldham County Community Band (remember, we got knocked out of a performance in March, too), please contact Mr. Rogers to set up a time for returning it.
The music in the folders are all originals, and we want to make sure we get everything back. Thanks for your help in getting this music returned promptly.
I’m looking into the possibility of starting OCCB rehearsals again at some point during the summer; information about that will be posted at www.eboard.com (rogersbrad) under the OCCB tab.
REMIND and Google Form for 2020-2021
A Google form has been set up for all returning and incoming OCHS Band members for 2020-21: Some have done the Google form already, others have not. Please ask your child if they have filled out this form. If they have not, or are not sure, they need to do it ASAP. Please click the link to fill out and submit the form.
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
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 in place by June 30.
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
Secretary – Sandy Walker
Treasurer – Lisa Zahradnicek
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:
2) Mum Fundraiser Coordinator
Questions? Contact Kim Zarotny @ [email protected]
3) Pit Crew Coordinator
Questions? Contact Henry Sipes @ [email protected]
4) Large instrument truck rental for events and truck driver coordinator
Questions? Contact Lana Downs @ [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.
Private Instructor and Section Coach Information
Charlotte Roth (flute)
Charlotte Roth has held tenure with the Huntsville Symphony since 2017, where she plays piccolo and third flute. In 2018 she won the position of piccolo and assistant principal flute of the Owensboro Symphony. She has also performed as a guest musician with the Louisville Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, Memphis Symphony, Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Orchestra, and the Evansville Philharmonic. A native of Boonville, she attended Signature High School and played in the Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra for six years. She finished her high school education at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. She then attended the Eastman School of Music, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Music and was awarded a Performer’s Certificate in 2014. After graduating she earned a Master’s of Music degree from Northwestern University in 2016.
Mitchell Rollins (oboe)
Mitchell Rollins is a recent graduate from the College – Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati Ohio, and holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Louisville in Music Performance. Mr. Rollins has studied with some of the most respected oboists in the field, including Dr. Mark Ostoich and Professor Jennifer Potochnic, who have inspired him to teach students in the tradition he was taught. It is with great joy to begin his career in music in Louisville, where he hopes to bring accessible oboe instruction, quality reeds, and engaging chamber music to the city and its students.
Nan Tate (bassoon)
Nan Tate recently retired from teaching choir at Atherton High School in Louisville, after an earlier career in data processing. Now she coaches bassoonists at several area schools, is principal bassoon with Indiana University Southeast Orchestra and the Louisville Civic Orchestra, contra bassoonist with the Louisville Philharmonia, sings in her church choir, and plays in “les six”, a woodwind quintet + piano ensemble performing several concerts in the region each semester. She has performed with the Louisville Orchestra, the Lexington Philharmonic, the Louisville Bach Society, the Louisville Ballet, and various other groups around the city. Nan has a B.S. in music education from the University of Illinois, and a M.A. in secondary education from Indiana University Southeast.
Angela Soren (clarinet)
Angela Soren has a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance from the University of North Texas, Master’s Degree in Clarinet Performance from Florida State University, and a Master of Arts in Teaching (Elementary Education) from Bellarmine University.
She has been a teacher and performer in the Louisville area for over 30 years. Besides her position as the OCHS clarinet section coach, she also works as a sectional coach at the Youth Performing Arts School, Louisville Male High School, Noe Middle School, Barrett Middle School, and Newburg Middle School.
Angela has performed as a clarinetist in the following professional orchestras: Jacksonville (Florida) Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, Owensboro Symphony, and substitute player for the Louisville Orchestra, Savannah Symphony, Charleston Symphony, and Orlando Symphony.
Many of her former students have attended the following schools: Julliard Conservatory of Music, Boston Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Indiana University, Yale University, Princeton University, Ohio State University, Northwestern University, DePaul University, Florida State University, and many of the in-state colleges and universities.
Brandon Bell (saxophone)
Brandon Bell is a Louisville-based saxophonist and music educator, holding a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from Kennesaw State University. Brandon is an active educator in the metro Louisville area, maintaining a private studio of students ranging in age from 5 to adulthood. He is also the saxophone instructor at a number of high schools in the Louisville area. Brandon has also performed in a variety of musical settings. He has played saxophone, clarinet, and flute in orchestras, wind ensembles, chamber groups, musical theatre, big bands, jazz combos, gospel groups, and rock bands with artists/ensembles including Little Anthony and the Imperials, the Louisville Orchestra, Derby Dinner Playhouse, the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, and Michael Bolton. Brandon is currently an active freelance musician and can regularly be heard playing with Diamond Empire Band and Zach Longoria.
James Robinson (trumpet)
A native of St. Louis, James Robinson spent time performing with many fine ensembles including, the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, the St. Louis Philharmonic, Alarm Will Sound, and multiple community groups. He studied with Reese Land at the University of Louisville, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in trumpet performance. While there, he held principal roles with the University of Louisville Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, and the Intercollegiate Wind Band, gaining the opportunity to premiere new works and record with local talent. In his senior year at the University, James was selected to play both a solo and an ensemble work in the National Trumpet Competition. He spends time teaching and gigging around the area, performing with groups such as Chamber Winds Louisville, Unaffiliated Brass, Louisville Brass Band, and the Kentucky Philharmonic. James plans to continue his study of trumpet at the graduate level and beyond.
Colin Dorman (horn)
Colin Dorman, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, has played and taught the French horn professionally since 2004. He holds a Master of Music in Horn Performance from the University of Louisville, as well as a Bachelor of Music from the University of Alabama. He has studied with Bruce Heim, Charles “Skip” Snead, David Pandolfi, Jon Gustely, and David Wetherill.
Colin is the 4th horn in the Huntington Symphony Orchestra, and he has performed as an extra or sub with numerous orchestras, including the Louisville Orchestra, the Reading (PA) Symphony, the Annapolis Symphony, Orchestra Kentucky, the Owensboro Symphony, the Southwest Michigan Symphony, and the Columbus Symphony, among others. He has also performed in chamber ensembles, as a soloist in solo recitals and as a concerto soloist, and has played in pits for numerous musicals and operas.
In addition to performing regularly, Colin also teaches horn students in both one-on-one lessons and in larger sectionals at area schools. He is the horn instructor at SWK Music (formerly Gittli Music Studios) in Louisville and at Indiana University Southeast Arts Institute. He is also the Adjunct Instructor of Horn at Indiana University Southeast. He also teaches students from his home – both in-person lessons and online lessons via Skype.
Mark Kersting (trombone)
Chris Schmidt (tuba and euphonium)
Chris Schmidt has been the low brass instructor for the Oldham County High School Band program since 2008. During his time there the OCHS Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble was selected to perform at the 2013 KMEA Conference. Several of his private students at OCHS have earned spots in the KMEA All District and All State Band as well as numerous honor band and summer camp events under his guidance
Mr. Schmidt graduated from the University of Louisville with a Master of Music Performance in Wind Conducting in May of 2010. While at U of L he studied conducting with Dr. Frederick Speck and tuba with Mr. John Jones. Mr. Schmidt was also a guest tuba soloist with the University Concert Band when he performed The Fantasia for Tuba and Band” by James Curnow under the direction of Dr. Greg Byrne. Prior to his time at U of L, Mr. Schmidt attended Morehead State University where he held the position of Principal Tuba in the MSU Symphony Band and earned two degrees, a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Arts in Secondary Education. Mr. Schmidt was the chapter president of ITEA (International Tuba Euphonium Association). He was also a member of the MSU Dean’s List, the KY Intercollegiate Band, the CBDNA Southern Division Intercollegiate Band, and the Lexington Brass Band. His primary teachers at MSU included euphonium virtuoso Dr. Earle Louder and tuba professor Dr. Stacy Baker as well as conducting lessons with Dr. Richard Miles. After graduating from MSU, Mr. Schmidt taught instrumental music for eight years in the Meade County and Scott County School Districts. In each of those eight years his concert bands received Distinguished Ratings at KMEA Concert Band Assessment and his Marching Bands advanced to the KMEA Marching Band Semifinals.
In the marching band area, he operates his own company CP Schmidt Music, LLC out of Louisville, KY where he has created marching band drill designs and music arrangements for several high school and college band programs since 2006. He is also a road service representative for Conrad Music Service in Corydon, IN and services forty-five schools in several counties in addition to his duties at OCHS. He also serves as an adjudicator for marching band contests, concert band, and solo and ensemble festivals in KY, TN, and IN. As a low brass musician Mr. Schmidt performs with Chamber Winds Louisville, The Cardinal Brass, and the Indiana University Southeast Band and Orchestra, as well as numerous chamber ensembles.
Mr. Schmidt teaches lessons at OCHS primarily on Wednesday and Thursday evenings but he also has time available in his Louisville office at SWK Music Studios (9127 Galene Drive) on the weekends. To contact Mr. Schmidt about private lessons please call or text him at 270-998-0160 or email him at [email protected]
Jeremy McMonigle holds a Bachelor of Arts in percussion from Northern Kentucky University. He has been teaching private percussion lessons for 20 years and coaching middle and high school percussion sections for the past six years in the Louisville area. He has performed, recorded, and toured with the Louisville-based band, Young Widows, since 2007. In June of 2011 they were featured nationally on NPR’s song of the day and recently toured for two weeks in Europe in the spring of 2019. He has performed as a percussionist for 15 years with various orchestras and musical theatre productions. Jeremy also performs as a percussionist with Chamber Winds Louisville, conducted by Dr. Frederic Speck, Director of Bands at the University of Louisville. Jeremy lives in Jeffersontown, KY with his lovely wife Kaelah, his two daughters Cecilia and Vivian, (baby boy due September 2019), and their two dogs Leo and Hans.