This Week in Band – 04/24/2016

War Eagle Band,

Well we are going to try this again. It’s UIL week…thank you all for being flexible with all the changes for our UIL contests. Students please make sure you have shared all of the changes with your parents. And parents…we have given out REVISED hard copies of each bands contest itinerary for this week. They should have them in their band binders.

Also parents, we hope that you will be able to rearrange your schedules so that you can come out and hear the bands. All the bands have worked really hard to prepare for UIL and festival season…and we promise we are at our BEST!!!!! We hope to see you at our performances.

Things to Know:
#1- Most band members will be wearing their concert uniforms more than once this week. Be sure to bring all of your uniform items to school on your assigned day(s). In addition, be sure that all uniform items are cleaned and polished for every performance.

#2- Students you will be missing class time for these performances. Please make sure you speak with your teachers on Monday to get a start on all work that will be missed. You are responsible for making up all of your missed work in the time allotted….no exceptions!

Monday: #1- Concert Band 1- after school rehearsal 3 – 4:30pm
#2- Full Orchestra- after school rehearsal 3- 5:00pm

Tuesday: UIL Day #1
#1- FULL ORCHESTRA UIL – Klein Oak HS
perform at 3:25pm
#2- Concert Band 2- after school rehearsal 3 – 4:30
#3- Symphonic Band – after school rehearsal 3 – 4:30pm

Wednesday: UIL Day #2
#1- Concert Band 2 – UIL Tomball HS
perform at 11:30am
#2- Concert Band 1- UIL Tomball HS
perform at 2:30pm

Thursday: UIL Day #3
#1- Wind Ensemble – UIL at DeKaney HS
perform at 1:30pm
#2 – Symphonic Band – UIL at Tomball HS
perform at 4:20pm

Friday: CONTEST Day #4
#1- Wind Ensemble and Full Orchestra compete at Lone Star Music Festival at Spring HS
Wind Ensemble performs at 1:00pm
Full Orchestra performs at 2:20pm

Saturday: CONTEST Day #5
#1- Concert Band 1 and Symphonic Bands compete at Gator Festival -McAdams Jr. High
Concert Band 1 performs at 3:30pm
Symphonic Band performs at 4:00pm
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Coming up Next Week:
#1- 2016 -2017 Student Leadership Audition Information Meeting: Monday-2:45pm
Anyone interested in running for a position on the Student Leadership Team must attend this
meeting.
#2- Saturday, May 7 – Wind Ensemble performs at the U of H Music Festival
1:00pm- Moores Opera House

It’s goint to be a busy week….and an important week for the War Eagle Band. Let’s make each of our performances EXTRAORDINARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dana Pradervand
Band Director
Oak Ridge High School
www.orhsband.org

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This Week in Band 04/18/2016

Dear War Eagle Band,   It’s UIL week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   This is a very important week for the ORHS concert bands.  All 4 bands will be competing at the  UIL contest.

Calling ALL PARANTS!!!!!   Let us encourage you to attend this contest performance.  This will be our bands at their very best!  We have been preparing for this contest all semester ….and you will have the opportunity to hear our bands perform at their absolute best.   In addition, if you have never been to a UIL concert/sightreading contest performance and never seen the Sight Reading portion of this performance…you need to.   What you will witness is teaching and learning at its very highest level.   We hope that you can arrange your day to come out and support us, and remember if you do please arrive early so that you can check in with the main offices at each campus.

Important reminders:
1.  Students will have after school rehearsals this week.  Please consult your child’s band calendar at the front of their band binder.

2.  All students will need to bring their uniform parts to school on the day of their contests:
a.  Guys will need:   clean and pressed white tux shirt
long black DRESS socks ( not athletic socks)
clean and polished dress shoes ( clean marching shoes are acceptable)
you must be clean shaven and hair must be neat
b.  Girls will need:  solid black, closed toed and heel shoes (no boots, flip flops or sandals)
No JEWELERY of any kind (except small earrings)
NO COLORED NAIL POLISH!
Hair must be off the face

3.  Physical forms for the 2016 – 2017 school year have been given to every band student (they are a pink form).  Physicals can be done at the school for a fee of $20 (CASH ONLY) on Wednesday, April 20 during the students lunch hour.  Remember, all students must have an up to date physical filed in the “trainer’s office” prior to August 1 or we cannot allow them to practice and this will jeopardize their opportunity to audition for a Varsity (competitive) marching band spot.

4.  SENIORS!!!!  You senior pictures and baby pictures along with your college plans are due
April 20 (Wednesday).  send them to 2016orhshistorians@gmail.com.

5.  Congratulations to the York and Irons Junior High Bands who went to UIL contest last week.  All 6 bands who performed brought back Division I Sweepstakes Ratings!!!!  Way to GO..future ORHS band members!

THIS WEEK IN BAND:

Monday:   1.  Concert 2 – final rehearsal before UIL 3:00 – 4:30pm
2.  Full Orchestra Clinic with Mr. Wells 4 – 6pm

Tuesday:  UIL for Concert Band 2  and Concert Band 1
( UIL Contest is at Tomball High School)
1.  Concert Band 2 performs at 11:30 am
2.  Concert Band 1 performs at 2:30pm
****students have been given a hard copy of the days itinerary!!!

Wednesday:   UIL for Symphonic Band
(UIL Contest is at Tomball High School)
1.  Symphonic Band performs at 4:20pm
**** students have been given a hard copy of the days itinerary!
2.  Physicals will be conducted at the school for those who elect to do so.

Friday:   UIL for Wind Ensemble
( UIL Contest is at Klein High School)- arrive early to check in with the office.
1.  Wind Ensemble performs at 2:15 pm

FUTURE IMPORTANT DATES:
1.  Tuesday, April 26 – Full Orchestra UIL contest – Klein Collin HS at 1:40pm
2.  Friday, April 29 – Wind Ensemble and Full Orchestra compete at the Lone Star Showcase of Music
Spring HS  –  Wind Ensemble at 1:00pm  and Full Orchestra at 2:30pm
3.  Saturday, April 30 – Concert Band 1 and Symphonic Bands compete at the Gator Music Festival
McAdams Junior High (Dickinson,TX)
Concert Band 1 – performs at 3:30pm
Symphonic Band – performs at 4:00pm
4.  Saturday, May 7- Wind Ensemble performs at the U of Houston Moores Opera House – 1:00pm

And as always—-Let this be a week of EXTRAORDINARY Performances!!!!!!!!!!!

Dana Pradervand
Band Director
Oak Ridge High School

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Ridge Guard – Top 25 in the country at WGI World Championship!

The WGI World Championship is the “grand daddy” of all color guard competitions.   Only the best of the best elect to compete at the International level.  Our girls arrived in Dayton seeded 38th in the country and they were not predicted to advance beyond the semi final round.   But the ranking officials do not know our guard girls nor do they understand the power of THE RIDGE!
Our Varsity color guard easily advanced through prelims into the semi final round which took place on Friday.  And after a passionate performance in the semi final round….our ORHS color guard came from behind and won a spot in the FINALS competition.   They had moved up 15 places.

The World Championships started with 168 guard in our classification…..and our ORHS color guard moved up an incredible 15 spots to become one of the top 25 guards in the Nation!!!!!

Their finals performance was an emotional one and in true War Eagle spirit..they left nothing on the floor of competition….  their final ranking was 23!!!!    What an amazing job, Mr. Landers and our color guard have done!!!!    They could not have represented our band program…our school and our community better.   The Stars are Bright in Texas….but especially at Oak Ridge!  Way to Go!!!!!!!

A huge “Thank you ” must go out to Carol Genz and Heidi Soukup for chaperoning the Guard trip.  And also to Scott Genz and Eric Parris for driving the load truck with all the guard equipment to Ohio.  Your sacrifice and support means everything.   We could not do it without you!!!!!!

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Booster Meeting on 4/12/2016

Tuesday, April 12th, 6:30pm – Band Booster Meeting – ORHS Band Hall

 

We will introduce new officers and discuss the following:

 

Band Banquet

UIL Competition and Taping Dates – this is when our students play their ABSOLUTE BEST!

Flag Program Update

Pavilion Update

2016/2017 Gear Order and Registration (Yep! It’s that time again!)

Director Report – (Color Guard Nationals, and more!!)

 

As always, we welcome questions from YOU!

 

Hope to see you there,

 

Amy Birdwell

 

Amy Birdwell
ORHS Band Booster President-Elect

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This Week in Band 4/10/2016

Dear War Eagle Band,

We have some EXCITING news!!!!!!!!!!   As I am writing this email, our Varsity color guard is travelling back from Dayton, Ohio where they competed in the WGI World Championships.  This was their last competition and it is the “grand daddy” of all color guard competitions.   Only the best of the best elect to compete at the International level.  Our girls arrived in Dayton seeded 38th in the country and they were not predicted to advance beyond the semi final round.   But the ranking officials do not know our guard girls nor do they understand the power of THE RIDGE!
Our Varsity color guard easily advanced through prelims into the semi final round which took place on Friday.  And after a passionate performance in the semi final round….our ORHS color guard came from behind and won a spot in the FINALS competition.   They had moved up 15 places.   The World Championships started with 168 guard in our classification…..and our ORHS color guard moved up an incredible 15 spots to become one of the top 25 guards in the Nation!!!!!   Their finals performance was an emotional one and in true War Eagle spirit..they left nothing on the floor of competition….  their final ranking was 23!!!!    What an amazing job, Mr. Landers and our color guard have done!!!!    They could not have represented our band program…our school and our community better.   The Stars are Bright in Texas….but especially at Oak Ridge!  Way to Go!!!!!!!

A huge “Thank you ” must go out to Carol Genz and Heidi Soukup for chaperoning the Guard trip.  And also to Scott Genz and Eric Parris for driving the load truck with all the guard equipment to Ohio.  Your sacrifice and support means everything.   We could not do it without you!!!!!!

THIS WEEK IN BAND

1.  We are getting closer to our UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest.   Every Band and Full Orchestra will have after school rehearsals this week.   Please consult your child’s band calendar (which is in the front of their band binder) for the days and times of their rehearsals this week.

2.  There will be a Booster Club meeting on Tuesday, April 12 at 6:30pm in the Band hall.   Our new board will be announced and information about upcoming events such as contest, Band Banquet and Summer band will be discussed.  Please plan on attending.

3.  Here are the contest schedules for our upcoming contests:
a.   Good Luck to Irons and York Junior High Bands who will be competing at UIL this week.
b.   UIL contest -April 19 – Tomball HS
Concert Band 2 – performs at 11:30am
Concert Band 1 – performs at 2:30pm
c.  UIL contest -April 20 – Tomball HS
Symphonic Band – performs at 4:20pm
d.  UIL contest – April 22 – Klein HS
Wind Ensemble – performs at 2:15pm
e.  UIL contest – April 26 – Klein HS
Full Orchestra – performs TBA
f.  April 29 – Lone Star Music Festival – Spring HS
Wind Ensemble – performs at 1:00pm
Full Orchestra – performs at 2:15pm
g.  April 30 – Gator Festival Contest – Dickinson
Concert Band 1 – performs at 3:00pm
Symphonic Band – performs at 4:00pm
h.  May 7 – University of Houston – Moores School of Music Auditorium
Wind Ensemble performs at 1:00pm

Let’s make it a fantastic week of rehearsals by remembering to take the ordinary and do something extraordinary with it!!!!!!!!!

Dana Pradervand
Band Director
Oak Ridge High School

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This Week in Band 4/3/2016

Dear War Eagle Band,

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!   To our Varsity color guard who competed at TCGC State Championships this past Saturday.   48 teams from across Texas competed….15 of those guards one a place in the Finals competition.  Our War Eagle color guard was one of those units.  With a State worthy performance the Varsity color guard finished in 9th place in the State of Texas.   Way to Go Girls….and what a way to head into the WGI Nationals competition this week.  We all are wishing you Good Luck next week!!!!!!!!

A huge thank you to everyone who helped us run our Pre UIL concert day on Saturday.   Thanks to our band parent volunteers and to our Andrew Correa and our Quartermasters for a job well done!!!

This Week In Band:
***full band rehearsals and sectionals continue for each band.   Please check your band’s calendar for days and times!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  We are just 2 weeks away from our UIL Contest!!!!!!

Monday:  1.  Varsity color guard has a send off performance at 7pm in the Old Gym on the senior
campus.   Come out and show your support as our girls get ready to head to WGI
National Contest this week!!!!!!
2.  Concert 2 rehearsal after school
3.  Symphonic Band – Mr Benzer clinic during class as well as after school rehearsal
4.  Full Orchestra Clinic 4 – 6pm

Tuesday:  1.  Mr Dixon is here during classes
2.  Varsity color guard leaves for Ohio and WGI National Contest

Thursday:  1.  Mr. Fred Velez in all classes for clinics

Remember to check your concert band calendar for sectional and full band after school rehearsals!!!

Let’s make it a FANTASTIC week….and remember  (especially Varsity color guard…) to take an Ordinary event (your winter guard show)  and do it in an EXTRAORDINARY way (..in OHIO!)  Good Luck!!!!

Dana Pradervand
Band Director
Oak Ridge High School

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This Week in Band 03/27/2016

Happy Easter War Eagle Band!

I am sending this early so that everyone may enjoy a wonderful Easter Sunday!  We had a great short week back and we are officially in Concert Contest Season!   Everyone needs to keep up with their concert band section rehearsal/full band after school rehearsal schedules.   Make sure to share it with your parents so they can stay informed.  Every rehearsal is critical and EVERYONE must be at all rehearsals.  We are wishing the Varsity color guard good luck as they prepare for State and National contest in the upcoming week.

This Week In Band:

Monday:  1.  Concert 2 has after school rehearsal 3 – 4:30pm

Tuesday:  1.  STARR testing
2.  Symphonic Band has after school rehearsal 3 – 4:30
3.  Varsity Color Guard rehearsal 3:30pm – 7:30pm

Wednesday:  1.  Varsity color guard WGI trip-Parent Meeting (mandatory) 7pm – ORHS band hall

Thursday:  1.  STARR testing
2.  Symphonic Band after school rehearsal 3-4:30
3.  Varsity Color Guard 3:30 – 7:30pm

Saturday:  All Bands PRE UIL Concert-at ORHS.  Parents, please come out and take the opportunity to hear the band’s UIL programs.  All of the Irons and York Junior High bands will perform in the morning, and then all of the High School bands will perform in the afternoon.   Come on out!!!

1.  Concert 2 – report time:  11:45am
warm up time:  12:30pm
performance time:  1:00pm

2.  Symphonic Band:  report time:  12:30pm
warm up time:  1:00pm
performance time:  1:30pm

3.  Concert 1 – report time:  1:00pm
warm up time:  1:30pm
performance time:  2:00pm

4.  Wind Ensemble – report time 1:30pm
warm up time: 2:00pm
performance time:  2:30pm

Other Important Dates:
1.  April 5 – 10:  Varsity color guard travels to Dayton, OH to compete in WGI National contest
2.  April 19, 20 and 21:    UIL concert and sightreading contests (specific time/place in next email)
3.  April 28:    Full Orchestra UIL contest (TBA)
4.  April 29:     Wind Ensemble and Full Orchestra compete in the Lone Star Showcase of Music
Contest.   1:00pm at Spring High School
5.  April 30:  Concert 1 and Symphonic Band compete in the Gator Festival in Dickinson
(all day – performances are at 3:30 and 4:00pm)
6.  May 7: Wind Ensemble performs at U of H music festival (TBA)

It is going to be a FUN and EXCITING month for the War Eagle Band and Color Guard.  Please come out and support us!   You will not be disappointed because remember War Eagles….we take the Ordinary event and do something EXTRAORDINARY with it!!!!!!!

Happy Easter!

Dana Pradervand
Band Director
Oak Ridge High School

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This Week in Band 3/6/2016

Hello War Eagle Band!

Spring Break is just one week away….but before we can enjoy some time off we have a really busy week ahead!!!

Congratulations to the Color Guard for their performances this past Saturday at the Katy Regional contest.   Our JV guard gave a much improved performance and was awarded 8th place.   The Varsity Guard scored a 78 with an outstanding performance and was awarded 2nd place.   As they get closer to the WGI National Championships…they are getting better and better.   Way to Go!!!!!!

Important Announcements:

1.  The 9week grading period ends this coming Friday.   Eligibility will come into play and will affect a students ability to participate at WGI, and the UIL Concert Contests.   Parents….please take a moment to look at your child’s grades in View IT….time is running out to turn in late work, make up tests, take retests and get last minute tutoring in before 9 week exams.   Please help us ensure that everyone of our War Eagle Band and Color Guard members remain eligible for our Spring competitive season!!!!!

2.  Please check your Charms account and make sure all fees have been paid.   This is especially important for Seniors.   All obligations must be cleared in order to participate in Prom, Band Banquet and Graduation events.   The Charms accounts are up to date!

3.  Very important Booster Club meeting this week.   Elections will be held for our new executive board.   The meeting will be Monday night 6:30pm

THIS WEEK IN BAND

MONDAY:     1.  Concert 2-will have their first afterschool rehearsal 3 – 4:30
2.   Full Orchestra rehearsal after school
3.  Band Booster Organization Meeting 6:30pm in the Band Hall.
4.  JV guard rehearsal 3:30 – 7:30pm

TUESDAY:    1.  Mr Dixon masterclasses during class
2.  WINTER CONCERT – 7pm   ORHS Auditorium
Performing will be:  Concert 2
Concert 1
Symphonic Band
Full Orchestra
3.  Varsity Guard rehearsal 3:30 – 7:30pm

WEDNESDAY:  1.  JV guard rehearsal 3:30 – 7:30pm

THURSDAY:     1.  Varsity Guard rehearsal 3:30 – 7:30pm

FRIDAY:     1.  End of the 9 week grading period
2.   Band Zumba class at 3:00pm in Band Hall

SATURDAY:  1. Guard travels to Dallas for Regional Contest

There are a lot of opportunities for “GREATNESS”  this week.. let’s remember that the War Eagle Band takes Ordinary things and turns them into EXTRAORDINARY events!!!   Let’s have a great week!

Dana Pradervand
Band Director
Oak Ridge High School

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This Week in Band 2/28/2016

Hello War Eagle Band,

The ORHS Color Guard travelled to Austin this past Saturday to compete at the Austin WGI Regional Contest.   The competition was tough and the Varsity Guard came out 8th overall.  Congratulations Ladies!!!!!   And keep working hard as you are getting closer to WGI Nationals.

Important Information:
1.  Color Guard members- Your WGI trip FINAL payment is due TUESDAY!  There cannot be any exceptions to this as per the contract that was signed in September.   You must have your WGI trip paid in full by Tuesday.   Please go to your charms account to see what your final payment should be.  Again, please have your final payment in the band office by Tuesday, March 1.

2.  To all Wind Ensemble members…Thursday is our Midwest recording session.  We will perform in our Concert Formals.   Please remember to bring all uniform items to school on Thursday.

MONDAY:    JV color guard rehearsal 3:30 – 7:30pm
Wind ensemble brass sectional after school (check your calendar)

TUESDAY:   Color Guard WGI trip final payment is DUE!
Varsity guard rehearsal 3:30 – 7:30pm

WEDNESDAY:  Full Orchestra Rehearsal after school
JV color guard rehearsal 3:30 – 7:30pm

THURDAY:  Wind Ensemble Midwest Recording Session-after school at ORHS
Varsity color guard rehearsal 3:30 – 7:30pm

FRIDAY:

SATURDAY:   Color Guard contest in Katy.

It is a ordinary week for the War Eagle Band….however…let’s remember that we strive to take the ordinary thing and do it in an EXTRAORDINARY way!   Let’s have a great week!

Dana Pradervand
Band Director
Oak Ridge High School

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This Week in Band 2/21/2016

Hello War Eagle Band!

Congratulations to the ORHS Color Guard who once again amazed the crowd yesterday at the Houston TCGC regional.   The JV guard gave a good performance a received 5th place overall.  The Varsity guard had their best performance to date…it was spectacular and it earned them a 2nd place medal overall.   Continue the great work Mr Landers and ladies.  We are so proud of you!!

Congratulations also goes out to all the wind players who completed their solo/ensemble project by performing on Friday and competing at UIL solo/ensemble contest. The War Eagle Band brought home 86 Division I ratings on solos and 60 Division 1 ratings on ensembles.  51 events qualified to advance to the UIL State competition at the end of May.  Way to Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Reminders:
1.  Check you Charms account.  Everything has been updated and statements have gone out.  It is important to make sure your account is clear and up to date.

2.  Those students who qualified for State UIL solo/ensemble will be registering for the State Contest this week during class.  Have originals ready to turn in.

This Week In Band:

Monday:   JV guard rehearsal 3:30 – 7:30pm

Tuesday:  Mr Dixon will do brass masterclasses during class.
Varsity color guard rehearsal 3:30 – 7:30pm

Wednesday:   JV guard rehearsal 3:30 – 7:30pm

Thursday:  Mr Green will be in classes to do band clinics
Varsity guard rehearsal 3:30 – 7:30pm

Friday:   ORHS BAND GAME NIGHT- this is a social function sponsored by your Student Leadership
Team.   It is a FREE event open to all CURRENT band/guard members!  It is at ORHS from
7pm – 11pm.  There will be gym games, video games, a movie etc… Concessions will be
available by the Booster Club.   Come out and have some fun…Remember a Band that
“Plays” together….stays together!

Saturday:  ORHS color guard competes at WGI regional in Austin!  Good Luck!!!

It is going to be just an Ordinary week for the ORHS band…but we will take that and do something EXTRAORDINARY with it!!!!!   Let’s make a great week War Eagle Band!!!!

Dana Pradervand
Band Director
Oak Ridge High School

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