Weekly Band News: September 15 – September 21

1) Senior night activities and tailgate at the last football game of the season (Oct 11)
2) Upcoming Halloween concert in conjunction with EOMS and OCMS bands
3) Upcoming Fall concert
4) UofL all-state clinic and WKU all-state clinic
5) All-District tryouts

All State Jazz Ensemble
If you are interested in auditioning for a position in the 2020 Kentucky All State Jazz Ensemble, please download and read the attached information.

Audition excerpts will be available on Monday.  The audition etude playalong tracks will be posted at www.eboard.com (rogersbrad) and sent to you via Google Classroom–provided you have enrolled in the class!  We will go over and begin the preparation process next week during our 4th period rehearsals.

NOTE: auditioning for all state jazz ensemble will not preclude you from auditioning for a recommendation to try out for the other All State ensembles, or All District Band.  However, if you are selected for all state Jazz, you will not be able to audition for one of the regular All State bands or the orchestra.

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
September 25th – All State Help Session Uof L (5:00pm)
October 5th – U of L Band Day
October 10th – Last Thursday after-school marching band rehearsal (4:00-6:00pm)
October 11th – Home Football Game (Senior Night/Homecoming)
October 14th – Symphonic Band I 3:45-5:00pm (Monday-starts concert band sequence)
October 15th – Symphonic Band II 3:45-5:00pm (Tuesday-starts concert band sequence)
October 16th – Halloween Concert at EOMS
October 21st-25th – Fall Break
November 4th – WKU All State Audition Clinic
November 7th – 10th NAfME All National Honors Ensembles, Orlando FL
November 14th – Fall Concert 7:00pm
November 15th – Jazz Café I 7:00pm
November 18th – 22nd Seating Auditions (makeups 25th and 26th)
November 21st 5th District Auditions at OCHS
November 24th -26th EKU Honor’s Band
November 27th-29th – Thanksgiving Break
December 14th – All State Auditions (John Hardin High School)
December 17th – Holiday Concert
December 18th- 21st – Midwest Int’l Band and Orchestra Clinic

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].