Weekly Band News September 13 – September 19

  • Both practices this week (Monday and Thursday) are for the full band(See below for details).  Make sure students complete the Health check forms PRIOR to arrival for any band function.
  • Mum Pick up is on Thursday. (See below for details.)
  • Congratulations to our outstanding Tuba/Euphonium students on being selected to perform at the 2021 KMEA Professional Development Conference!!! This is a big deal…now, let’s get to work on the program! Very proud of all of you–and to all the new tuba and euphonium players, a fantastic way to begin your experience with the OCHS Band program. You’re following in the footsteps of another ensemble from OC who performed at the Conference in 2013.
  • Snap! Raise Homework needs to be done ASAP so we can kick off our fundraiser on September 3rd.  Please see below for details. If you have already completed it, THANK YOU!!!
  • Health Check Form must be completed prior to arriving at rehearsal each day. Form and QR Code have also been posted to Google Classroom.
  • The next Band Booster Meeting will be Monday, September 21 at at 7:00pm via Zoom. 

 

Rehearsal Plan for the Week

We will have TWO FULL BAND meetings next week to prepare for this performance—Monday 9/14 and Thursday 9/17 from 6:00-7:30.  Health check in for Monday will be at the same location as normal (in front of the school).  For Thursday,we will check in and meet at the football field instead of the front of the school; if you need an instrument from the band room, please pick up and then drive around back to the football field.  If you are unable to be at rehearsal for any reason, please email Mr. Rogers directly at Bradford.rogers@oldham.kyschools.us.  Plan to work on marching music in next week’s virtual classes as well.  If your music is not in a flipfolder yet, you must finish this task by Monday evening!!!  You’ll need a lyre for your instrument as well (flutes exception—music stands).  NO SHARING of music will be possible—and you need your own “set up” anyway!

Football Game Plan for 9/18
OCHS v. SOHS Friday, September 18, 2020 Senior Night

4:30 Band members arrive; health/temp checks at the front of school, then move to back band lot for rehearsal
4:45 Rehearsal on blacktop
5:30 Break/restrooms
5:45 Rehearse National Anthem (band practice lot)
6:00 Form block to move to stadium;

Band Seniors and parents report to stadium at 6:00pm; gather on the track near scoreboard.  Make sure you are masked and stay in “family groups” please.
Line up in alphabetical order…

FOOTBALL seniors (17) are announced first, followed by CHEERLEADERS (4)

6:10 Band underclassmen move to stadium; enter near fieldhouse
6:20 Band underclassmen arrive; seating in portable bleachers near scoreboard.
WW’s in cases; masked up. Maintain proper spacing in seating areas.

At approximately…
6:30 BAND seniors announced. Again, stay in family groups, masked up. I will
be on the track to facilitate things for you.

Team on-field warmups will need to begin while we are being introduced—it has
to be that way, or we can’t get it all in and be ready to start on time. We’ll be fine…

7:00 Band seniors join the rest of the band for pregame music and SSB.
7:24 Play National Anthem/Fight Song
7:30 Kickoff
8:40est HALFTIME—set up on field per “the plan”, play 3-4 tunes and fight song.

You will be allowed to visit restroom facilities in the visitors locker room (men) or the
restrooms near the concession area (women) by sections throughout the third and fourth
quarter. IF YOU MOVE, YOU MASK!!

Third quarter CONCESSIONS will be arranged through the athletic boosters. Band Boosters is covering the meal cost of prepackaged choices of concessions for every band member along with bottled water; these will be delivered to our seating area right after halftime. Below is the link to the Google Order Form for the Concessions. Please fill out by the end of practice Monday as no late orders can be accepted.  We anticipate being able to sell Graeter’s Ice Cream at the Game for additional cost. (Cash and Credit accepted).

Google form for concessions: Click here to sign-up!

10:00 est Game ends; we will usually play one or two tunes to allow crowd to clear
10:20 Mask up and return to the band room; store instruments

Dress: Show shirts, dark blue jeans (NO holes), tennis shoes/socks
SENIORS: full uniform, red berets

Halftime: I Don’t Care, Brick House, Oye Como Va, Rock It, Fight Song

SENIORS: “Brag sheets” for the announcer are due at Monday’s rehearsal (9/14)

Volunteer Needs for the Football Game

We are in need of several volunteers on Friday night to make this first football game of the 2020 season a great success for our band students.  Please use the following links to sign up.  Thank you in advance!

Graeter’s Ice Cream Sales: Click here to sign-up!

In addition to ice cream sales (above sign-up), we also need parent assistance for the following:

1.  Take the bottles of water (iced) to and from the football stadium.
2.  Move bleachers on field, bring back to the band room percussion stands, folding chairs and step ladder.
3.  Take pictures of the band during the football game, pass out roses, upload to Band Shutterfly account or put on memory stick / CD and give to Kathleen Beville.
4.  Record the half-time show
5.  Bring food from concession stand and help pass out food and water.
6.  Help monitor 3rd quarter while students are eating and help keep area clean.
7.  Food handlers to retrieve food from concession stand and pass out to band students.

If you can assist with any of the above needs please click here to sign-up!

 

Fall Mums – Volunteers Needed

The mum orders will be ready for pick on Thursday, September 17 from 5:30-7:00 and we need your help.  We need 10-12 students to help unload the truck and organize them by families last name from 3:30-5:30. 

Location:  band practice lot (back lot behind school)

Also, we need 4 adults to help distribute mums during pick up from 5:30-7:00. Please review the available slots by clicking here and signing up! Thank you!

 

Concert Attire

FRESHMAN PARENTS – In anticipation of a concert band season this school year, all freshman students will need to purchase one of two items – Full length gown, $55 (Women) or white tuxedo shirt, $17 (Men).  Checks are due by MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th and should be made out to “Oldham County Band Boosters”.   We cannot place your student’s order unless we have received their measurements – please contact rchrstnsn@icloud.com if you need assistance with measurements or have questions. 

 

Volunteer Opportunity for Senior Parents

We are in need of a senior parent to be our Senior Member At Large Board Member.  Responsibilities will include representing the senior parents on the executive board, attending one executive board meeting per month as well as the monthly band booster meeting, and being a voting member at meetings.  If you would be interested in this position or would like additional information please email ocbandnews@gmail.com.

 

SnapRaise

Our 2020 Snap! Raise pre-project "homework" is below.  This is a super important fundraising effort for us, and for it to be that again this year, I’m expecting all students to work with your parents in the next few days to develop and upload your email list of supporters as described below: (From Tristen Hines, our Snap! Raise project coordinator)

OCHS Band! It is very important that you get this done in the next few days.  We will not be able to begin the actual project until you have completed the preliminary work that will ensure our success!

Click here to sign up on Snap! Raise (for those of you that are new to it) or log in (if you’ve used it before).

You will be directed to add your emails. The expectation is that every member of the band has 20 QUALITY EMAILS uploaded to your profile. I will be able to track this!

Make sure your emails do NOT include students, teachers, fake emails, etc. and are only legitimate potential donors. Again, I will be tracking this.

There will be incentives for those that participate fully in this campaign, so please get this done!  WE WILL NOT KICK OFF THE PROJECT until you have completed this important preliminary work!!

Click here to watch this video for steps on how to login, or create an account, and pre-load your emails.

Thanks for all of your hard work!

SnapRaise information is also posted at the OHCS Band Website.  Click here to get started with your Snap! Raise homework!

Corporate Sponsorships

Last year, many outstanding businesses and corporations supported the Oldham County High School Band by donating goods and services for our marching and concert 2019-2020 seasons. The entire band and our many football game and concert attendees had the benefit of their generous support as they enjoyed each of our band’s musical performances. We were–and are–very grateful for their support!   

Corporate Sponsorships are $500 annually and the fee may be waived in exchange for services and goods that help to make the band successful each year. Examples of these goods and services include donated catering services, printing services, uniform cleaning services, web hosting services, and sign and banner production services. If you are interested in sponsoring the OCHS band for the 2020-2021 school year, please contact us. Or if you’d rather speak in person, Katie Fuller is happy to stop by and talk through how your business can support our band this year.  Complete the contact us form and she will setup a time to meet with you.

Please click here for additional information.

Band Directory

An OCHS Band Directory will be compiled and published among the band members this fall.  Participation in the directory is completely voluntary.  If you wish to be included in the directory, click here to complete the online form.

Band Booster Leadership

Board Members for 2020-2021
President – Chad Adams
Vice President – Brandon Gossett
Secretary – Sandy Walker
Treasurer – Lisa Zahradnicek
Senior Member-at-Large: OPEN
Junior Member-at-Large: Katie Fuller
Sophomore Member-at-Large: Stephanie Skeens
Freshman Members-at-Large: Natalie Dorris and Kristin Goodloe