Mid-Week Band News: July 28 – July 30

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

  • IMPORTANT TIME CHANGES & UPDATES FOR BAND CAMP!!! 
    • Due to the expected high heat index tomorrow, Thursday, July 29, 2021, we will start camp at 8:00 AM (rather than 8:30AM).  
      • Students can arrive at 7:30 AM to begin getting ready. We will start on the Junior Lot at 8:00 AM and continue learning drill for the show. 
      • Lunch will be at 11:00 AM (rather than 11:30). Sectionals will start at 1:00 PM after lunch. The remainder of the schedule will be the same.
    • For Friday, July 30, we will end camp at 5:00 PM so that students can attend the end of camp picnic. 
  • On Friday, July 30th from 6 pm – 8 pm (At the end of band camp), there will be a Pot Luck Picnic for all Band Students and their Families at Wendell Moore Park.  There will also be a Pool Party at the Aquatic Center for Band Students only from 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm that same evening.  More details below.
    • We have a limited number of spots for parents/siblings to attend the pool party.  Siblings MUST have parents with them.  Sibling/Parent Pool Party sign up can be found at this link.   Current Band students DO NOT NEED to RSVP on this sign-up.
    • We will need help with set-up and clean-up for this event.  Please sign up to help out using this link.
  • “NEW TO BAND” Band Parent Meeting Follow Up:  Information about what goes on during the band year and how the boosters help make the band happen was shared at a meeting this past Monday.  If you were unable to attend or would like another look, the  New to Band Parent Meeting Information  can be found at this link.  
  • Summer Packet Documents can be accessed at this linkfor those having trouble with the website.  
    • NOTE: Students were given a copy of the Drug Form this week.  Please complete and return this form.  We will work on sharing a link to the form soon for anyone who needs to print one.
  • Band Camp is in full swing this week!!!  See detailed schedule below.
  • Uniform & Shoe Fittings: Marching/Concert shoe (“DINKLES”) fitting will be Thursday, July 29, from 10:30-1 pm during band camp.  
    • All freshmen, sophomore girls, students new to OCHS band, and any students who have outgrown their shoes from last year will need to bring $31 cash or check payable to “RRR Band Accessories”.  
    • This will be the ONLY shoe purchase for the year.  If payment for shoes is not received at the time of fitting (Thursday), an extra $15 fee will be automatically applied.
  • Band Uniform Fitting Nights are August 3rd and 4th!  See details in that section below.
  • HELP NEEDED!  Band camp is a pivotal week for our band community.  We are so excited to make this week AMAZING for our musicians as they kick off the year and prepare for marching season.  There are MANY moving parts that make band camp a success each year.  Please take a moment to check the Sign-Up Genius links below and choose the ways your family can help make this week a huge success.   If you are able to sign up for multiple options that would be a HUGE help to the Directors, Section Coaches and our kids as they make memories and build skills this coming week!  
  • Our 2022 Band Trip will be April 2-8, 2022 (during spring break) and we will be traveling to Orlando, FL and visiting Walt Disney World and Universal Studios.  There will be a special Band trip meeting at 7:30 pm on Monday, Aug 2nd, in the Auditorium where Ron Roth from Taylor Tours will go through the details and answer any questions.  Click on this link for the 1 page summary from the Booster meeting for more information on the trip!
  • Reminder to all parents who are using school instruments (this includes all percussion)—Please turn in your completed instrument rental form along with a check for $80 made payable to Oldham County Band Boosters as soon as possible.  Someone will be available to collect this at the beginning of tomorrow’s practice and in the morning of Monday of Band camp.  Your student can also turn in money in the black safe located by Mr. Center’s office.
  • Fundraising Reminders: 
    • It’s not too late to order gift cards through Scrip to earn money for the band!  Here is some information:
    • Amazon Smile:  In your Amazon account, set your charity as as the “Oldham County High School Band Boosters”

BAND UNIFORM FITTING NIGHT

All students will be fitted for marching uniforms during their assigned section times. Families with multiple students may select one time to attend.  Seniors needing new concert attire will also need to attend. 

  • Students should arrive in T-shirt and light weight shorts to wear under uniform.  Those with hair below collar should also have hair up in high bun for hat fitting.
  • NO monies will be collected during this time. Any questions or conflicts with scheduling please email uniform@OCHS.band.

Wednesday, August 3rd

  • 6:00 Trumpets
  • 6:30 Trombone
  • 7:00 Euphonium & Tuba
  • 7:30 Horn

Thursday, August 4th

  • 6:00 Percussion
  • 6:30 Sax, Bassoon & Oboe
  • 7:00 Clarinet
  • 7:30 Flute

SUMMER MARCHING BAND REHEARSAL & PACKET INFORMATION

The marching band will meet Monday and Thursday evenings during July and August. Rehearsals will be 6:00 – 8:30pm and are held at OCHS starting July 5th.   Attendance is expected at summer band rehearsal if you are in town.  If you’re on vacation or out of town for any of these dates, please notify Mr. Centers atDavid.Centers@oldham.kyschools.us.   Whenever possible, please provide advance notice of any conflicts.  This makes a difference as the Director and Coaches plan ahead to make the best use of all practice sessions. Failure to contact Mr. Centers to resolve summer band rehearsal date conflicts will result in you not having a spot in the marching band’s halftime show. If you have not attended a summer band rehearsal and have not notified Mr. Centers for the reason(s) of your absence, do not expect to have a spot in the marching band show that will be taught at band camp. 

Students should have their music prepared and placed in a flip folder for summer rehearsals. If you have not yet picked up a music packet, you may do so at any summer rehearsal, a drum major or band director can help you find the music packets. 

Flip folders and music lyres are also available to purchase from the band boosters at summer rehearsals and should be taken care of prior to the first day of band camp. 

Students should dress comfortably to practice outside and wear appropriate tennis shoes and socks for rehearsals. 

  • In order to keep students hydrated throughout summer band rehearsals, we ask that each band student bring in a case of bottled water.  Thank you to those who have already sent this in, if you have not had a chance yet your student can still bring a case in this week!
  • Materials to Purchase through the Band Program at Rehearsals:
    • Flip Folios for $8.00.
    • Lyre Prices:  Baritone $8; Mellophone $13; Trombone $12; Trumpet $7; Bach Combo $19; Clarinet $8; Sax $8; and Drum $11

Summer Packet Information has been uploaded to the band website and can be accessed using this link.  This information will not be printed by the OCHS BAND Boosters and will need to be printed at home.  The Medical Release form will need to be notarized.  The Oldham County Public Library (Main Branch) will notarize documents at no cost by appointment only.  You may call and make an appointment at 502-222-9713.   Be sure to bring a photo ID for the notarizing process.   All forms will need to be turned in as soon as possible.   Please refer to the DOCUMENTS Tab under the STUDENTS Section on the OCHS Band Websitehttps://ochs.band/students/documents.

BAND CAMP

Marching Band Camp is happening all this week!  All sessions are being held at OCHS.  Attendance is mandatory each day of camp for all band students.  Band camp is the time when the marching band’s half-time show is learned. Students who do not attend band camp will not have a spot in the marching band half-time show.  The cost for band camp is $80.00 and is paid with your school registration in August.  The daily schedule for band camp is provided in thesummer packet as well as below: 

General Band Camp Daily Schedule July 26-30, 2021 
NOTE:  Adjusted times for Thursday due to heat and for Friday are:

  • July 29,  TIME CHANGES DUE TO HEAT 
    • We will start camp at 8:00 AM (rather than 8:30AM). Students can arrive at 7:30 AM to begin getting ready. We will start on the Junior Lot at 8:00 AM and continue learning drill for the show. Lunch will be at 11:00 AM (rather than 11:30). Sectionals will start at 1:00 PM after lunch. The remainder of the schedule will be the same.
  • July 30 Band Camp will end at 5:00 PM so that students can attend the end of camp picnic. 

NOTE:  The General Daily Schedule at Band Camp is below.

  • 8:00 am Assemble at OCHS Band room
  • 8:30 Visual Block: fundamentals of marching (practice field)
  • 10:00 Break (Students should bring a snack for this break)
  • 10:20 Visual (Drill) or Music: this can change each day as needed
  • 11:30 Lunch Break: either bring a lunch or make arrangements
  • 1:00 pm Music : Sectionals (or full band when needed)
  • 3:20 Break
  • 3:40 Music: Full band
  • 5:00 Dinner (on your own)
  • 6:30 Music and Visual: Drill/Music teaching session (practice field)
  • 8:30 Announcements and End of day

Remaining Band Camp Spirit Day Themes:

  • Throwback Thursday
  • Dress like your Favorite Senior Friday

 PRIOR TO CAMP, you should have:

  • A MARCHING FLIP-FOLIO WITH A MINIMUM OF 12 WINDOWS
  • YOUR OWN COPIES OF ALL MUSIC SELECTIONS—IN THE FLIP-FOLIO!!
  • A MUSIC LYRE TO HOLD FLIP-FOLIO TO YOUR INSTRUMENT
  • A WATER BOTTLE (WITH YOUR NAME ON IT)
  • A TOWEL (BEACH OR BATH SIZE) FOR FUNDAMENTALS/STRETCHING EXERCISES
  • A CAP OR VISOR AND SUNGLASSES
  • GOOD MARCHING FOOTWEAR (TENNIS SHOES)—NO SANDALS OR OPEN-TOED SHOES!!
  • ATHLETIC SOCKS (DO NOT GO WITHOUT THEM!!)
  • SUNSCREEN!!!
  • EAR PROTECTION FOR INSIDE REHEARSALS (ESPECIALLY PERCUSSIONISTS)
  • A PENCIL TO MARK DRILL AND MUSIC
  • AND……….A GREAT ATTITUDE!!!!!! We as a group and as individuals must treat our school facility AND the staff who take care of it with great respect—we don’t want to make the job of getting things ready for the first day of school any more difficult than it already is! A FEW RANDOM THOUGHTS: During football season the OCHS Marching Colonels make many new friends through the quality of our performances, by entertaining the fans and by supporting our football team in their efforts on the field. Each year, there are many, many positive comments from people on BOTH sides of the stadium each Friday night we perform. In more than a few cases, we may have been the reason they stayed through the end of the game! We are looking forward to these opportunities for our school and the community to see and hear you, and find out what we already know—the best students and most talented people in our school are BAND MEMBERS! It is really important that we all remember that the reason we are “in the band” is for the MUSIC, and the PEOPLE we make music with. Marching band is simply one of the ways we can show off our considerable abilities. It is vital that we do our usual great job of performing and that we attend all rehearsals and performances (and after all, you are receiving a grade AND academic credit for doing so). I truly believe we make a difference in how we are perceived in our school and community through presenting shows the whole audience can identify with and helping them become more involved in the “game night atmosphere”. As talented as you are, we should be really good at doing that! Our goals for the marching band: 1) Entertain our audiences well and often—they will notice us if we do. 2) Become the unifying entity at football games—school spirit, team support, fan interest. We should be the reason fans come to ball games—and we will be if our approach is correct, we play the right things and play them well! 3) Present musically appropriate performances incorporating high levels of audience appeal, variety, and musicianship. And finally………. HAVE FUN WITH MARCHING BAND! P.S.: (All of the following are dependent upon being able to gather in large groups…) 

 MUSIC THEORY

Mr. Centers will be able to offer a Music Theory course for all interested students this coming school year. The class will be offered during 2nd period and will cover both written and aural music theory knowledge and skills. This course is open to any student who desires a deeper knowledge and understanding of how music works, including musical analysis and composition. It is highly recommended for any student considering studying music in college at any level in the future. 

If you are interested in this course, please email Mr. Steedly at matt.steedly@oldham.kyschools.us as soon as possible so that you can be added to this course. 

This course is not just for band students. If you have a friend in choir or someone who would be interested in this course, please share this information with them. 

Pot Luck Picnic/Pool Party 

Friday, July 30th at Wendell Moore Park/Aquatic Center

Picnic–6 pm – 8 pm (Families)

  • BBQ Chicken and Pork will be provided by Bully’s BBQ–one of our sponsors.  Please bring an item of your choice (Side or Dessert).
  • ALL families bring LAWN CHAIRS.  There will be some limited spots for Parents and siblings (only if a parent is present) to attend the Pool Party that will be released on Wednesday

Pool Party (Students Only)–7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

BAND COMMUNICATION

We communicate band news through various channels and additional channels (Google Classroom, Remind) will be added as the school year begins.  Please feel free to pass this information to other new parents who may not be receiving communication yet.

Emails

  • Each Sunday evening, an email is sent with details of the week’s band activities, as well as a preview of upcoming events.  This is our main source of communication.  If it’s a busy week, or there is new information since Sunday, a Wednesday email will be sent out as well.  You may request to be placed on the email list by emailing your students Name, Grade and Instrument to communication@ochs.band.  

Facebook

  • The Band Boosters group maintains a private Facebook group called Oldham County HS Band Boosters!  You can request to join through Facebook and we’ll add you.  This is a good place to get quick answers to your questions, as many people will see your post fairly quickly. 

Contact Information:

  • For Band Booster questions and business, please use the band booster email president@ochs.band.

SAVE THE DATES – Important Dates—Summer and Fall 2021

Summer Band Rehearsals:  Mondays & Thursdays

  • Starts July 5th through the first day of the school year 6:00-8:30 p.m. at OCHS

Band Camp Week

  • July 29,  TIME CHANGES DUE TO HEAT 
    • We will start camp at 8:00 AM (rather than 8:30AM). Students can arrive at 7:30 AM to begin getting ready. We will start on the Junior Lot at 8:00 AM and continue learning drill for the show. Lunch will be at 11:00 AM (rather than 11:30). Sectionals will start at 1:00 PM after lunch. The remainder of the schedule will be the same.
  • July 29, 10:30-1pm Marching/Concert Shoe Fitting
  • July 30 Band Camp will end at 5:00 PM so that students can attend the end of camp picnic. 
  • July 30, 7:30-9:30pm, End of Camp Picnic/Pool Party
    • The Pot Luck Picnic is for all Band Students and their Families at Wendell Moore Park.  The Pool Party at the Aquatic Center is for Band Students only from 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm that same evening.  

Band Trip Meeting

  • August 2, 7:30pm, OCHS Auditorium
  • August 3 & 4, Uniform Fitting Nights

After School Rehearsals (marching band)

  • Every Thursday; August 12—end of season

HOME FOOTBALL DATES FALL 2021 (required performances)

  • August 27th v. Shelby County
  • September 10th v. Meade County
  • October 7th (THURSDAY) v. Eastern (7:00 start)
  • October 22nd  v. GRC (we will not play this game-fall break)
  • (Fall Break October 18-22)
  • October 29th v. Bullitt East (Senior night)

VOLUNTEER AND SHADOWING OPPORTUNITIES

The OCHS Band Boosters is needing volunteers for open positions for the coming year.  Board positions are elected positions called out in the By laws and include the officer positions and the class reps.  Committee Positions are non-elected positions.

After surveying those currently serving, the following positions are open for next year:

Board (all positions except Treasurer are up for elections but the following do not have someone rerunning).

Committee Coordinators

  • All District Co-chair to work with previous year’s coordinator.
  • Alumni Coordinator

In addition, all committee positions are always open to shadowing or additional help.  The committees below will have Senior parent next year and would be great to have someone shadowing next year that could take over the following year:

  • Sponsorships
  • Mums Sale Coordinator
  • Directory
  • Instrument Rental
  • Band Website Support
  • T-shirts

Please email President@ochs.band if you are interested in filling any of the roles listed above or if you are interested in shadowing any committee.  If you would like more details on each position’s role, please feel free to email President@ochs.band or contact the current coordinator. 

BAND BOOSTER LEADERSHIP

Board Members for 2021-2022

  • President – Chad Adams
  • Vice President – Brandon Gossett
  • Secretary – Melissa Gossett
  • Treasurer – Lisa Zahradnicek
  • Senior Member-at-Large: Katie Fuller
  • Junior Member-at-Large: Stephanie Skeens
  • Sophomore Member-at-Large: Natalie Dorris
  • Freshman Members-at-Large: Mary Tatum

Access the Band Booster Board and Committee Leaders Contact List for additional names and contact emails usingthis Band Booster Board and Committee Leaders Contact List link.

Weekly News

2021 – 2022 Weekly News

2020 – 2021 Weekly News

2019 – 2020 Weekly News

Mid-Week Band News: July 28 – July 30

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS IMPORTANT TIME CHANGES & UPDATES FOR BAND CAMP!!! Due to the expected high heat index tomorrow, Thursday, ...
Read More

Weekly Band News: July 25 – July 30

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS “NEW TO BAND” Band Parent Meeting: There will be a meeting for Parents that are new to ...
Read More

Mid-Week Band News: July 22 – July 24

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS We will have a Notary on site July 22nd from 5:30-6:00pm.  There will also be a notary ...
Read More

Weekly Band News: July 18 – July 24

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS Big Thank You to those who helped on Oldham County Day!  We especially want to thank Stephanie ...
Read More

Mid-Week Band News: July 14 – July 17

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS We will have a Notary on site July 15th, 19th, & 22nd from 5:30-6:00pm. Bring photo IDOur ...
Read More

Mid-Week Band News: July 7 – July 10

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 2022 Band Trip: We are in the process of planning for the band trip but wanted to ...
Read More

Weekly Band News: July 4 – July 10

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 2022 Band Trip: We are in the process of planning for the band trip but wanted to ...
Read More

Mid-Week Band News: June 27 – July 3

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS OLDHAM COUNTY DAY: The Band Boosters are organizing a silent auction for Oldham County Day on July ...
Read More

Weekly Band News: June 27 – July 3

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS OLDHAM COUNTY DAY: The Band Boosters are organizing a silent auction for Oldham County Day on July ...
Read More

Weekly Band News: June 20 – June 26

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS We will only be sending the Sunday email through the month June unless important information is needed ...
Read More

Weekly Band News: June 13 – June 19

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS We will only be sending the Sunday email through the month June unless important information is needed ...
Read More

Weekly Band News: June 6 – June 12

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS Congratulations to Brayden Gossett and GracieBurrows on being selected as the OCHS Drum Majors next year!Rehearsal on ...
Read More

Weekly Band News: May 30 – June 5

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS Thank you to everyone who helped make the Spring Concert a success. It was such a great ...
Read More

Mid-Week Band News: June 2 – June 5

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS Congratulations to Brayden Gossett and Gracie Burrows on being selected as the OCHS Drum Majors next year! ...
Read More