Weekly Band News: November 17 – November 23

Sign up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0448aaa628a3fb6-alldistrict3

  • Hall monitor – Make sure no one is talking in the hallways outside the audition rooms and alert the check-in table when there are less than 2 people sitting outside an audition room waiting to audition. (need 1 more)
  • Warm-up room monitor – Hang out in auditorium and make sure OCHS property doesn’t get damaged by students. This is an easy job but noisy, maybe bring headphones (need 1 more)
  • Check-in table – Mark students present on either brass or woodwind table, allow no more than 2 people on each instrument to wait in the hallway outside their audition room (need 3 more)
  • Room monitor – Announce each auditioning students’ number (not their name!) to the judges in the room you are assigned to. Make sure students stay in the order they are assigned. (need 8 more)
  • Concession stand – Need 2 more for 2nd shift, 7:30 – 9:00.  Need 1 dozen bananas and 1 more box of 20 candy bars for concession stand.
  • Graeter’s ice cream sales (need 2)

Band Booster Meeting
The November Band Booster meeting will be Monday, November 18th at 7:00pm in the band room.  We hope to see you there!
 
All-District Auditions, Thursday November 21
Sign up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0448aaa628a3fb6-alldistrict3.  We are still in need of the following positions to be filled.

  • Hall monitor – Make sure no one is talking in the hallways outside the audition rooms and alert the check-in table when there are less than 2 people sitting outside an audition room waiting to audition. (need 1 more)
  • Warm-up room monitor – Hang out in auditorium and make sure OCHS property doesn’t get damaged by students. This is an easy job but noisy, maybe bring headphones (need 1 more)
  • Check-in table – Mark students present on either brass or woodwind table, allow no more than 2 people on each instrument to wait in the hallway outside their audition room (need 3 more)
  • Room monitor – Announce each auditioning students’ number (not their name!) to the judges in the room you are assigned to. Make sure students stay in the order they are assigned. (need 8 more)
  • Concession stand – Need 2 more for 2nd shift, 7:30 – 9:00.  Need 1 dozen bananas and 1 more box of 20 candy bars for concession stand.
  • Graeter’s ice cream sales (need 2)

Last year, we had a few people who couldn’t stay for the entire audition due to other commitments. These folks split a shift with someone else. If you can’t help the entire time, please consider this option.

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!
 
Parent Teacher Conferences
Please utilize the corrected attached link to access a Google Form for parent conference signup on November 20 or December 11th. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdXGIs-DqG2i-GmIxg8st_8_OAi182wTGpBKpxBdfr15Cojww/viewform?usp=sf_link You should be receiving an IC portal message from the school in the coming days referencing these conferencing opportunities with all of our staff.  If you can’t make one of the dates/times work for you, please reach out to me via email at bradford.rogers@oldham.kyschools.us, and we’ll set something up outside of the scheduled days!
 
Band Directory
Katie Fuller is compiling a band directory to be published among the band members after Fall Break. Participation in the directory is completely voluntary. If you wish to be included in the directory, please complete the online form found at:
https://ochs.band/students/band-directory
 
National High School Honor Band
The John Philip Sousa Foundation offers a National High School Honor Band clinic every two years; the next opportunity is June 24-27, 2020.  
 
The event will be held in Massachusetts, with rehearsals at The Bromfield School in Harvard, MA and the concert at historic Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA.  The band will be conducted by Michael J. Colburn (currently director fo the Wind Ensemble at Butler University, Indianapolis, IN, and former conductor of the United States Marine Band in Washington, DC).
 
Auditions for the Honors Band are due no later than January 1, 2020; early is better.  Audition materials and information can be found at www.sousafoundation.net (look in the menu on the left for National HS Honors Band).
 
We certainly have players in our group that would be capable of performing in this ensemble!  All are encouraged to check it out! 
 
Important Dates to Remember
November 18-22                     Seating auditions (25/26 makeups)
November 21                          5th District Auditions (first cut all state) at OCHS
November 27-29                     Thanksgiving Break
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
February 22                            CCM Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival (Jazz Band)
 
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 sonya@stingerequip.com.