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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This Week in Band 05/01/2016

Wow War Eagle Band….What a WEEK it has been!   9 contest performances in 5 DAYS!!!!!!   Yes it is true. The War Eagle Band had 9 different contest performances last week…and in true War Eagle Band fashion the results were AMAZING!!!

Tuesday- Full Orchestra earns a UIL Sweepstakes Award
Wednesday-  Concert Band 2 earns a First Division Superior Rating at UIL stage performance and
an Excellent Division Two rating in Sight Reading
Concert Band 1 – earn a Sweepstakes Award for  First Divisions on stage and in
sightreading.
Thursday – Symphonic Band earns a Sweepstakes Award for First Division on stage and in
sightreading.
Wind Ensemble earns a Sweepstakes Award for First Division on stage and in
sightreading.
Friday- Wind Ensemble competes at the Space City Music Festival they earn :
-a First Division rating from all 3 judges
-named Outstanding Band in class 6A
– is named Overall Outstanding Band of the Space City Music Festival
Full Orchestra competes at the Space City Music Festival they earn:
– a First Division rating from all 3 judges
– named Outstanding Full Orchestra in class 6A
– is named the Overall Outstanding Orchestra of the Space City Music Festival
Saturday – Symphonic Band competes at Gator Festival. They earn:
– First Division Rating from all 3 judges
– named Outstanding Symphonic Band of the Festival
Concert Band 1 competes at Gator Festival.  They earn:
– First Division Rating from all 3 judges
– named Outstanding Sub Non- Varsity Band of the Festival.

It has been a GREAT CONTEST SEASON!.  Thank you to all who came out to support us last week.  We appreciate having a wonderful audience.

Contest Season is over….Now What???????

General Information:
1.  On Monday, Students will receive information for their Band Auditions for next year.  The auditions will be part of the students final exam grade and will take place during their assigned exam time.

2.  Band Banquet tickets go on sale beginning Monday and lasting through Friday, May 6.
– Band Banquet is Friday May 13th at The Waterway Marriott from 6:00pm – 11:00pm
-Ticket sale/reservations for the first 300 (band, guard, parents, family, guests, dates) will be
$20.  After 300, your cost will be $45 per reservations.   You must include the ticket order
form (which can be downloaded off of charms) with your money.
3.  Please make sure your band accounts are clear and up to date.  Statements have been sent and you can always access your account in charms.

This Week In Band:

Monday:  1.  New Student Leadership Team information meeting.  2:45 – 3:45 in band hall.
2.  Banquet Tickets go on sale
3. Band Audition Information goes out to everyone during class
4.  Color Guard Auditions begin 5:00 – 7:00pm at 9th grade center gym

Tuesday:  1. EOC testing
2.  Mr Dixon will be in classes for brass master class(he will begin working with
people going to State Solo/Ensemble contest
3.  Wind Ensemble after school rehearsal 3 – 4:30pm
4.  Color Guard Auditions 5 – 7pm

Wednesday:  1.  EOC testing
2.  Color Guard Auditions 5 – 7pm

Thursday:  1.   Wind Ensemble after school rehearsal 3 – 4:30pm
2.   Color Guard Auditions 5 – 7pm
Guard Parent Meeting 7pm

Friday: 1.  Last Day to purchase Band Banquet Tickets

Saturday:   Wind Ensemble performs at University of Houston Music Festival.  1:00pm at the
Moores Opera House:
students meet at ORHS at 10:30am to get into uniform
11:00am load buses and leave for U of H
12:15 pm warm up
1:00pm Performance
3:00pm Return to ORHS
It is never a dull moment in the band hall!!!!  Good Luck on your EOC and AP tests!!!!!
Remember when taking them to ….Do so in an EXTRAORDINARY way!!!!!!!

Dana Pradervand
Band Director
Oak Ridge High School

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Band Banquet Sign Up Time!

2016 Band Banquet
Friday, May 13
6pm – 11pm
The Waterway Marriott

Band Banquet is a fun evening of dinner, awards, slideshows and more. A great way for the band to review their year – the good, the goofy and the great!

Students may bring a date and parents are welcomed as well. All forms and payments must be received by May 6 – please return to the director’s office.
Reservations are open now, please read the  flyer below and registration form for more details.

 

Band Banquet Flyer

Thank you the Banquet Committee

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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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Oak Ridge High School Band in Oak Ridge, Texas.