Weekly Band News: October 27 – November 2

The registration form for the All-5th District Band auditions to be held at OCHS on Thursday, November 21st is posted on eboard and Google Classroom.  This audition selects members of two high school level All District ensembles (perform January 10-11, 2020), and serves as the first-cut audition for the Kentucky All State Bands and orchestra winds (second round: December 14th).
Time is of the essence in getting forms and audition fees returned!  Please use the, type-in PDF form posted on eboard and Google Classroom for the audition and turn it in along with the $6.00 audition fee NO LATER THAN THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31st.
Random audition times will be assigned for each student, beginning at 6:00 p.m. on November 21st.
We traditionally lead the district in students who participate in the All District Bands and All State ensembles…but you have to audition to get in!  

Audition materials: All State Band audition excerpts (same as are used for our own seating auditions!); major scales (two of the 12 possible; one sharp key, one flat key).
It’s short notice…but Mr. Rogers and OCHS is hosting the auditions.  Let’s get this done in a timely manner, please!

Parent Teacher Conferences
Please utilize the attached link to access a Google Form for parent conference signup on November 5 (election day), November 20 or December 11th. https://forms.gle/vJfF1NibzupwTi7W8.  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 [email protected], and we’ll set something up outside of the scheduled days!

Remind 101
To join Remind 101 for the class(es) you are enrolled in, text the following code(s) to 81010:
Band Boosters: @ocbandb19 (parents only, please!)
Students ONLY in these classes, and only if you are enrolled in the class:
Jazz Ensemble: @ocjazz19
Percussion Tech: @ocperc19
Symphonic Band I: @ocsym119
Symphonic Band II: @ocsym219
Boosters will receive any announcements sent to students

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 warm up 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.
SAVE THE DATE 11/21 – 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 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].