Weekly Band News: October 20 – October 26

Band Photos and Fall Concert
Formal photos of each of our bands and the combined group will be made on the day of our Fall concert (November 14th).  We will shoot the photos in the auditorium, on stage, in our concert attire beginning immediately after school.  Photos will be taken with the combined band first, then Symphonic II and Symphonic I.  We will reset the stage with percussion instruments following the photo shoot, and the plan is for anyone wishing an individual photo with their instrument to have them made after the full band shots are finished.  I’ve asked that we organize a tailgate style meal for all students prior to the warmup for the concert so we can get all of this done without a panic.
Volunteer Needs for the Fall Concert on November 14 are as follows.  Please click the links below to sign up and assist.
Concert Stage Set-up and Teardown (Nov 12 & 14)
Fall Tailgate Meal – food and set-up/clean-up help (Nov 14)
Fall Concert Ticket Sales before concert (Nov 14)
Fall Concert Ice Cream Sales before and after concert (Nov 14)
Jazz Café
We will have our first Jazz Café on November 15th at 7:00.  To assist will finger foods and set-up, please sign up at the following link https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0448aaa628a3fb6-fall1.
All District Auditions
All District auditions will be held at OCHS on the evening of November 21st (we host).  We will need all hands on deck for this event.  Volunteer signups are needed in the following areas.. Judge’s Dinner, Table Monitors, Room Monitors, Hallway Monitors, Concessions and Ice Cream Sales. To assist with the All Districts Auditions, please click the following link https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0448aaa628a3fb6-alldistrict3.  This audition selects members of two high school All District Ensembles and serves as the first cut audition for the Kentucky All State Bands.  Students who are judged to have a reasonable opportunity to succeed at the All State audition will be recommended to take that audition on December 14th (John Hardin HS, Elizabethtown).
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!
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:
Important Dates to Remember
October 21-25                                   Fall Break
October 28                                        Symphonic Band I 3:45-5 p.m. 
October 29                                        Symphonic Band II 3:45-5 p.m. 
November 4                                      WKU All state audition clinic (no school day)
November 7-10                                 NAfME All National Honors Ensembles, Orlando FL          
November 14                                    Fall Concert
November 15                                    Jazz Café I 
November 18-22                              Seating auditions (25/26 makeups)
November 21                                    5th District Auditions (first cut all state) at OCHS
November 24-26                              EKU Honors Band (Sunday evening/Tuesday evening)
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                                    Holiday Concert
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].