Weekly Band News: September 8 – September 14

Formal wear orders have been placed for those who are new to the band. Please send in $17 (boys) for tuxedo shirts, or $65 (girls) for concert gowns no later than Fri Sept 13th. Checks need to be payable to OCHS band boosters. I place an order for each new student to the band automatically, based on measurements I have already taken. 

Girls will need to wear black flats to concerts along with their gown. *you are responsible for getting the gown hemmed. You can hem it yourself if you have that talent, or, many band students have had them hemmed at US Tailor, 9428 Brownsboro Road, Louisville KY 40241, 502-425-4450.  Any questions please feel free to contact me by texting 502-523-7666 or Email at [email protected].

Don’t forget MUM Pick up is Thursday, September 12th after band rehearsal.  Pick will be in the back bus lot next to the Gymnasium.

SnapRaise “homework went out on August 29th.  The homework consists of compiling a list of 20 (or more) email addresses of potential supporters of the band program (relatives, family friends, etc).  These email addresses were entered into individual student “accounts” they set up on September 5th during their band classes using their personal devices (tablets or phones).  The project is most effective if EVERYONE in the program does the “homework”, as our percentage increases with the level of participation. To access a copy of the SNAP 20 Handout, click on https://gallery.mailchimp.com/778c454a91b2c1b8609991c3a/files/46d89de0-ceff-463c-8dbe-a420a4a1d279/Snap_20_Doc_copy.pdf or go to the announcements section of the band website at https://ochs.band.  SnapRaise is the most time-efficient and lucrative project we have, netting us over $14,000 last year.


The first assignments in SightReadingFactory have been sent to each class, and a Remind 101 message went out this morning alerting everyone.  The instructions have also been posted to Google Classroom.

There are six brief sight reading excerpts in this assignment; all must be completed by September 27 to earn credit.

A metronome click will accompany your efforts.  You will be allowed multiple attempts, but if you do, you will see DIFFERENT music on each try!

You will need to choose your instrument before beginning.  You will have 30 seconds to study, then the metronome will "count you in".  I have selected the level, meter, tempo (84 bpm) and potential major or minor key for you.

Thank you to those who have already registered and joined your SightReadingFactory classes.  
For those of you who haven’t, I’m not sure what more I can do.  If you haven’t set up SightReadingFactory yet, you won’t be able to access these assignments!  The code is: 4wkkzu.

Yes, they will "count", so you need to complete the registration process and start working on these!  The literal definition of "deadline" will apply…

September 12th – MUM Pick Up after Marching Band Rehearsal
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.

Remind 101
Marching Band students who have a cell phone – please join Mr. Rogers Remind 101 Student group by texting @ocmc2019 to 81010
Parents – one parent from each family please join Mr. Rogers Remind 101 Parent group by texting @ocbandb19 to 81010.  NOTE: All messages sent to the student’s group are also sent to the parent’s group. 

Facebook – Oldham County HS Band Boosters! (the exclamation point is part of the name)
Parents and students – request to join if you are on Facebook

Website – OCHS Band website, https://ochs.band – please check out the NEW band website for band information, calendar, forms, etc.
Contact Mr. Rogers at [email protected]
Contact the Band Boosters at [email protected].

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].