ORHS Band Advances to State!

Oak Ridge Band Members and Family,

We are proud to announce that the Oak Ridge High School Band

and Wind Ensemble were named the

6A Area D Honor Band Champions (1st place)

today and advanced to the

6A STATE HONOR BAND FINALS

for the 1st time in school history!!!

We will be representing our Oak Ridge Community and Conroe ISD

in the State Honor Band FINALS at the Texas Bandmasters Association

Convention in late July.

Congratulations to the Wind Ensemble for all of their hard work and

dedication throughout the year!

Thank you to all the Band Members and Family for your continued support!

It’s a great day to be a War Eagle!!!

Enjoy your summer!

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This Week in Band – First for 2016/2017

Happy Summer Break War Eagle Band!
If you are reading this email…Congratulations you have successfully registered for BAND!!!!!  We want to welcome our new freshmen parents/students as well as those who have moved into the Oak Ridge cluster!

The War Eagle Band had a GREAT June Camp….and our marching season is officially underway.   I have attached the Summer Band Letter with all the important dates coming up this summer.

Here are some reminders:
#1-  Check Charms Calendar – it is up to date through next JUNE!
#2-  Use the summer break to get your instrument in PERFECT working condition.   Get your supplies: reeds, valve oil, cleaning cloths, Flip Folders etc….
#3- Remember Tuesdays in June the bandhall will be open from 9 – 2pm.  You can come up and practice, work on your marching, take lessons,  or just hang out.
#4- Get used to being outside….start a daily exercise program, go for a walk, play Frisbee football, go swimming….but do something to get your body used to being physical and outside.
#5-  GET YOUR PHYSICALS COMPLETED….must be in my hands by August 1.
#6 – Sign up to help us with the 4th of July Flag Fundraiser….It’s REALLY FUN!!!!!!
#7 – GET YOUR OPENER MUSIC MEMORIZED!!!!!!  You will have your music pass off on July 30th!

And lastly….Really enjoy your time off.  Relax, have Fun, Spend time with family and friends….And don’t forget to PRACTICE!!!!!!!

You will get another email in early July!!!!!   In the meantime…Happy Summer!!!!!!!

Dana Pradervand
Band Director
Oak Ridge High School

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This Week in Band – Final for 2015/2016

Happy Last Day of School War Eagle Band!!!!   And Happy Graduation Day!!!!!!

Congratulations to everyone on finishing this amazing year STRONG!!!!!   Auditions are done, finals have been taken, instruments have been checked in, lockers have been cleaned out etc……

We happily end 2015/2016 school year…….And just in time to begin the 2016/2017 Band Year!!!

June 6-10 – June Camp begins:  Brass/Woodwinds – 8am to noon
Percussion – 9am to 4pm (bring a lunch) and your camp fee
of $50.
Color Guard – 9am to 5pm (bring a lunch)

Things to Remember:
#1- Dress in ORHS band practice gear for all rehearsals next week.   Don’t forget your hat, WATER JUG and Sunscreen!!!!   Be sure to eat a healthy and good breakfast.

#2-  Band Registration Forms and Fees are due Friday, June 10.

#3- Updated physicals are due by August 1, 2016!!!!!!

#4- Be sure to READ and KEEP the summer band letter that has gone out.

See you on MONDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dana Pradervand
Band Director
Oak Ridge High School

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Summer Band Information Letter

Hello 2016/2017 War Eagle Band,

Attached is the summer band information letter that has all of the dates and times of every June, July and August Band Camps.

Every band/guard student will also receive a hard copy THIS week in their class.

Please remember that June Camp begins on Monday, June 6 at 8am!!

See you there!!!!!!

Dana Pradervand
Band Director
Oak Ridge High School

2016 SUMMER BAND LETTER

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This Week in Band 05/29/2016

Happy Memorial Day…War Eagle Band!!!!!   We hope everyone is enjoying the holiday..and time with family and friends.   It’s the LAST WEEK of SCHOOl!!!!!!!!!!   And a litter bittersweet. We are going to say “goodbye” to our band seniors and proudly watch them graduate on Wednesday..and we officially kick off the 2016 – 2017 band year.

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the UIL State Solo/Ensemble Contest in Austin this past Saturday.  I will report the results tomorrow.

General Information:
#1- All school owned instruments will be turned in this week…and once inventory is completed we will be able to check them our for the summer.

#2- Band Registration continues for all the upper classmen.  Be sure to get all 3 forms and first deposits turned in ASAP.  Due date for all forms and deposits is FRIDAY, JUNE 10.

#3-The summer band schedule will come out this week in a separate email.  Be looking for it…it has all the June, July and August dates in it.  In addition…the Charms calendar for next year has been updated.  All band events that are known at this time are on the calendar.   Please look at it closely when planning events such as SAT/ACT testing dates!!!!!!!!

#4- Please make sure to have your physical done by August 1, 2016.  To obtain the necessary form please go to the CISD website and search the “Pre Participation Form”.  Download it and get it filled out and return it to the ORHS Athletic Trainer….before August 1, 2016.

THIS WEEK IN BAND:

Tuesday:    1. Auditions will be completed during classes
2.  New SLT meeting at 11:35 – 1:00pm(after school lets out)

Wednesday:   GRADUATION DAY!

Thursday:  final exam day
Summer band information letter goes out

Friday:  final exam day and last day of school
Summer band information letter goes out

Monday:  June 6 – June camp for everyone begins!!!!!!

It’s the last week of school…….make it the BEST WEEK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dana Pradervand
Band Director

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Congratulations! Scholarship Awards for 2016!

The Oak Ridge High School Band Booster Association is happy to announce the 2016 Senior Scholarship winners. These students were chosen from the group of applications for their musicianship, academic excellence and their community service at Oak Ridge High School and in the Oak Ridge Community.

$2000.00 – Isabelle Villamiel

$1500.00 – Rachel Lopez

$750.00 – Adrian Velasco, Cassidy Short & Danielle Bodemann

$225.00 – Michael Harros, Sandra Oh, Eric Allgood, Janika Harris, Taylor Kay, Daniel Lazcano, Turner Lime, Danielle Dewey, John Beaubouef & Kendall Genz

Please join us in congratulating these talented students, we wish them the best of luck in their future studies!

ORHS Band Booster Association Senior Scholarship Committee

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This Week in Band 05/22/2016

Hello War Eagle Band…Well it is here…..our last full week of school.   It is hard to believe we will be saying goodbye to our seniors this week at our last concert!!   It has been an amazing year!

General Information:
#1-  Band Registration for all returning band members begins this week.   Every student was given a packet of registration forms that include:             #1- Fair Share Fee payment form.
#2- Gear Order form
#3- Pre game meal order form
Students are to fill out the forms and return them along with initial payments by Friday, June 10.   This is replacing our traditional Band Registration night that we usually have during our June Camp.   We feel that unless an upperclassmen needs to try on any gear for sizing…that this will be a lot more efficient way of going through Band Registration.  I have also included an attachment of the forms in this email.   Again, all returning band members must turn in this registration packet by FRIDAY,JUNE 10.

#2-  Spring Concert is Tuesday, May 24 at 7pm in the ORHS Auditorium.  This is the final concert of the season and we will be saying goodbye to our Seniors!!!   The dress for the students is nice, concert dress.  Please no jeans, tennis shoes, or flip flops.   Boys in ties,,girls in appropriate dresses or nice pants.  Call times for each band is as follows:
Concert 2 – 6:30pm ( on stage)
Concert 1 – 6:30pm ( in band hall)
Symphonic Band – 7:00pm (orchestra room)
Wind Ensemble – 7:45pm (band hall)
We hope to see everyone there for a fabulous last performance!!!!!!!!

THIS WEEK IN BAND:
Monday:        Drum Major Auditions- after school-3:15pm

Tuesday:     1. Spring Concert – 7pm ORHS Auditorium
2,  Color Guard Camp – 5pm – 7pm
Color Guard officer auditions 3pm – 5pm

Wednesday:   Band Auditions begin in all classes (this is also part of your final exam)

Thursday:  1.  Color Guard Camp 5pm – 7pm
2.  Color Guard weapon camp 3pm – 5pm

Friday:  Leave for State Solo/Ensemble Contest – 2:30pm

Saturday:  State solo/ensemble Contest in Austin

It’s going to be a bittersweet week….but an really fun week.  Let’s make it a good one !!!!!!!

Dana Pradervand
Band Director
Oak Ridge High School

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This Week in Band 5/15/2016

Dear War Eagle Band!!!!

Standing Ovation for a fantastic Band Banquet!   Thank you to Mrs. Amy Miller and the Banquet committee for putting such a lovely evening together.   Everyone looked fabulous, the slide show video was super (thanks Kristen Mercer and Dani Dewey) the officer presentations and senior video was AWESOME (thank you Nick Kaitschuck and seniors!!!!).   It was a fun evening!  Thank you!

General Information:
#1- We have one more Flag Holiday to take care of this season…and that is Memorial Day weekend.   We can use as many volunteers as possible.   However, it is the Trumpet and Color Guard sections who must work this holiday.  Sign up sheets for driver and those needing a ride are in the band hall and color guard room.   Be sure and sign up.   Anyone else who can help…we would love to have you!

#2-  Anyone auditioning for or running for a position on the 2016-2017 Student Leadership Team will record their video spot for voting tomorrow in class.   Remember to come prepared and your video spot may not be longer than 90 seconds.

#3-  Band Registration and Gear ordering for next season.   We are trying something new this year for our upperclassmen.   Instead of asking you to come to a “registration evening” during June camp, we will pass out the registration and gear order forms to all the students on Thursday.   Anyone who needs to order gear and pay their first Fair Share payment can just bring the completed form into the band office before the end of school.   Should anyone feel that they need to try on gear for sizing may come to any evening of the Freshman Registration nights 6/7, 6/8 or 6/9.  Be looking for the registration forms this week!

This Week In Band

MONDAY:  #1- New Marcher Camp and Percussion Pad Camp 5 – 6:30pm in band hall
#2- SLT video spot will be shot during class

TUESDAY:  #1- Color Guard rehearsal 3 – 7pm

WEDNESDAY:  #1- New Marcher Camp and Percussion Pad Camp 5 – 6:30pm
#2- Incoming Freshman Parent Meeting 7pm – Auditorium

THURSDAY:  #1-Gear registration forms go out to all band/guard members
#2-  Color guard rehearsal 3 – 7pm

FRIDAY:  Student Leadership Team voting during class

MONDAY:   Drum Major Auditions after school

That is all for this week….remember as things are coming to an end ….we take pride in doing the Ordinary in Extraordinary ways!!!!!!!   Have a great week!

Dana Pradervand
Band Director
Oak Ridge High School

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This Week in Band 5/8/2016

Happy Mother’s Day to our War Eagle Band MOMS!!!!!   We love and appreciate you and all you do.   We hope you are enjoying your day!

Congratulations to the Wind Ensemble who completed their contest season with a PHENOMINAL performance at the University of Houston Music Festival yesterday.   It was their best performance to date and with that we will be able to submit an amazing entry for the TMEA State Honor Band competition.  WAY TO GO WIND ENSEMBLE!!!!!!

General Information:
#1-  Attached you will find important information regarding UIL State Solo/Ensemble Contest.   Please save it as it includes the itinerary and all pertinent information about this contest.

#2- Booster Club meeting is Tuesday and there will be important information given about marching band, calendar and events for the upcoming year.

#3-  Charms has been updated.  Please check your account and make sure you are financially up to date.

TUESDAY:   #1- Booster Club Meeting at 7pm in the ORHS Band Hall.

FRIDAY:  #1-  Student Leadership Applications and notebooks due into the band office by
3pm!

#2- BAND BANQUET – 6pm – 11pm   The Watewary Marriott

MONDAY 5/16-  New Marcher Camp for all those auditioning for SLT.  5 – 6:30pm

Dana Pradervand
Band Director
Oak Ridge High School

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