Spirit Wear – 2015!

Parents / Students –


Our first game and half time performance is finally here!!!  I know we are all so excited!!


As a reminder, full band meets tomorrow at 1230pm for rehearsal.

PASIC – rehearsal, 9a-12pm.


The boosters will have spirit wear available for purchase outside the band hall from 8a-9a, and 11a-noon tomorrow morning.  If you pre-ordered / prepaid for spirit wear, you may also pick up during these times.  (cash or check only, please – checks payable to ORHS Band Boosters)


Items available:

ORHS Band T-shirts – 3 designs / colors to choose from – $15/ea

ORHS Band caps – $15/ea

ORHS Band wrist bands – $2/ea

ORHS Band hoodies – $20/ea

ORHS Band stadium chairs – $30/ea

ORHS Band car decals – $5/ea


***Chaperones / Pit Crew****

The chaperone / pit crew shirts will also be available during these times.  $10/ea

If you are signed up to chaperone and/or work pit crew tomorrow, please stop by and pick up a shirt.  They are different than last year.  You can still wear the shirts from previous years, not required to purchase a new one.


Thanks and best regards,

ORHS Band Booster Board

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PASIC Rehearsal Schedule

PASIC Rehearsal Schedule



August 24        Monday           3-5:15

August 26        Wednesday      During Class

August 29        Saturday          9-12pm

August 31        Monday           3-5:15

September 2    Wednesday      During Class

September 5    Saturday          9-12pm

September 9    Wednesday      During Class

September 12  Saturday          9-12pm

September 14  Monday           3:15-5:15pm

September 16 Wednesday       During Class

September 19  Saturday          12-2pm

September 21  Monday           3:15-5:15

September 23  Wednesday      During Class

September 26  Saturday          TBA

September 28  Monday           3:15-5:15

September 30  Wednesday      During Class

October 3        Saturday          TBA

October 5        Monday           3-5pm

October 7        Wednesday      During Class

October 9        Friday             3-5pm

October 12      Monday           3-5pm

October 14      Wednesday      During Class

October 17      Saturday          TBA

October 21      Wednesday      3-5pm

October 24      Saturday          TBA

October 26      Monday           3-5pm

October 28      Wednesday      3-5pm

November 2     Monday           3-5pm

November 3     Tuesday           3-5pm

November 4     Wednesday      3-5pm

November 7     Saturday          TBA Rehearsal and Send-off Concert

November 9     Monday           3-5pm

November 9     Monday           7pm Mandatory Parent Meeting

November 10   Tuesday           3-5pm

November 14   Saturday          9am Performance



What to wear…

While we are in San Antonio, everyone is expected to dress their best at all times.  This means there will not be any of the following:  flip flops, shorts or t-shirts.  If there are any questions about what is convention appropriate, please contact me.


PASIC Concert Attire:


Black Mock Turtle Neck Shirt

Black Slacks

Black Belt

Black Socks




For everyone’s safety, it is extremely important that everyone has a picture Identification Card with them (School ID or Driver License – Texas Department of Public Safety ID cards are $16) at all times.  At the parent meeting on November 9th, we will make photocopies of theses ID cards, so the chaperones will have copies in their possession along with the students.


How much money do I need?

Even though the trip itself is paid for, there will be times when extra cash will be needed.  The amount of money that is needed will be between you and your child.


I hope that this letter clears up any questions you might already have, but if it does not, please feel free to call or email me.  As we get closer to the day of departure I will send out more information.




Jerriald Dillard

Percussion Specialist

Oak Ridge High School

Bandhall: 832-592-5484

Home: 281-296-2360

Cell: 281-451-6684

E-mail: jjdillard@conroeisd.net


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This Week in Band 08/23/2015

Dear War Eagle Band!   Happy FIRST DAY of SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  It’s here and we hope that everyone will be ready to go Monday morning.  The Band Hall will be open around 6:30am and students can come by and drop off their instruments in their lockers before going to homeroom.

We hope that everyone has a wonderful first day!!


The 7th Annual Band Olympics was a HUGE Success!!!!  The results are in and this year the Bronze medal went to the Percussion section.   The Silver medal was awarded to the Clarinet section and our new GOLD MEDALISTS is the TROMBONE section!  Congratulations to all.  In addition, the War Eagle band received over $8000 in sponsorship!  WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



#1- Yes…you will need your instrument the first day of school.  Please bring it.


#2- The Band Handbook is in Charms under documents VIEW.  Please read through it and most importantly ….Please sign and return the HANDBOOK ACKNOWLEDGMENT FORM.  We must have a signed copy from everyone before we can let them go to the first football game.


#3- Freshmen Parents- please read, sign and return the UIL Acknowledgement form.  (also in charms)   We will need this by Friday as well.


#4-All Percussionists….I have attached the PASIC rehearsal schedule to this email for you to print and have at home.


#5-  EVERYONE please subscribe to the Band’s Remind 101—–You will get important updates from it…especially when we are traveling.   To subscribe please do the following:

  1. Text @msprade
  2. Send to:  81010 ( or if you are having trouble texting us ..use (832) 838-4618




Monday          PASIC rehearsal after school (see schedule)


Tuesday:        Full band rehearsal  3:15 – 5:45 (bring all of your marching gear to school)


Wednesday:  Full Band Rehearsal 3:15 – 5:15

Test today on movement II (during all classes)


Thursday:      Full Band Rehearsal 3:15 – 5:45 (must have black marching shoes)


Friday:          No rehearsal


Saturday:     PASIC Rehearsal   (see schedule)

Game Day:            Full Band meets at 12:30pm

Rehearse –             12:30 – 2:00 (must have black shoes on)

Dinner/change         2:00 – 3:00

Inspection               3:00 – 3:30

Depart                     3:30

Arrive Katy Stadium 4:45

Game Starts            6:00pm

Load/Depart            9:00pm

Arrive ORHS            10:30pm


That’s it for the First Week.  We hope to see everyone at the Game on Saturday to cheer on our War Eagle football team to Victory and our War Eagle Band at their First performance.


Remember….”This is the Beginning of Always…”   and that Excellence is doing the Ordinary things in Extra-Ordinary ways….Be EXTRAORDINARY this week!!!!!!!!




Dana Pradervand

Band Director

Oak Ridge High School


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Labor Day Flag

Labor Day is almost here and we have the responsibility of putting out flags.

We have a lot of routes/flags that need to be placed. Please log into your Charms account to add your name to volunteer. We need help with putting out/picking up flags and at the storage facility – both areas count as you volunteering.

As of today there are 28 people signed up to help – we need at least 52 more volunteers for this to be successful.

Follow the link to see if you are signed up, if not please take the time to add your name.

ORHS Band Flag Sign Up Sheet

(If this link does not work, please let me know.)

The more people we have sign up (and show up) to help – the fewer flags each volunteer will have.

Flag pick up is from 9 am to 11 am Saturday, September 5th.

Flag drop off will be 9 am to 11 am Saturday, September 12th.

(Directions for placing, picking up and rolling flags are below)

The Flag Storage:

Woodlands Boat & RV Storage

25520 Richards Rd., Unit #30 (Located off Hannah and Richards Rd.)

Thank you for all of your help with this fundraiser.

Placing the flags instructions:

You will pick up a route(s) and the appropriate number of flags from storage. Once you arrive at your first address you will remove the flag from your vehicle, UNROLL it and place it in the sleeve at the flag tag on the curb.

  • Some new subscriptions may not have a sleeve and flag tag yet, these houses will require rebar be placed in the ground and the flag placed on the rebar.
    • If this is needed place the flag in line with the front door


Picking up flags instructions:

When picking the flags back up, redo the route that you did when placing flags.

  • Pick up the flag out of the yard (get any rebar used as well). Please watch to see if the sleeve comes out – please notate any maintenance issues with the tag or sleeve on your sheet of paper.
  • Place the flag – flag first – in your vehicle.
    • You may roll and rubber band the flag when it is picked up or wait until you are back at storage.
  • Once all flags are picked up return them to storage, assist with putting the flags away and return your route packet(s).

If your flags are not rolled and banded properly upon returning to storage, you will be asked to reroll them.


Thank You,

Rachelle Blunt

ORHS Band Flag Coordinator

Thank you
Rachelle Blunt

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Wanted —- Pavilion Volunteers —- Wanted

Hi everyone!


I am sending out this message because we need 1 more volunteer for Friday nights concert.


We must have 13 volunteers to work the show or we will have to cancel.


You must be background checked and TABC certified.


This is a great way to get to know other parents in the band and earn points towards your fair share fees:-))))


J Cole is playing so while you work you can jam to some music!!!!!!


Everyone that has signed up, this is a friendly reminder to you guys that you have signed up to work:-))))))

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Come Iron Uniforms!!!

Just a reminder that we will be in the band hall this week, Mon-Thur, from 5-8pm ironing uniforms.  If you have the time, bring your iron/ironing board and help us iron uniforms.  Instead of dropping your band student off for practice, stay and iron with us!  We have about 125 uniforms left to iron, so, any and all help is greatly appreciated!!

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This Week in Band 8/16/2015

Hello War Eagle Band,

Well the season has officially started…..We met the War Eagles last night.  It was a great pep rally and our team looks ready to go.   The band is definitely going to be ready to go….thank you All for another GREAT week of practices.   We really appreciate how hard all of our students are working.   Keep up the good work and it is going to be an AMAZING season.

Important Information for this week:

1.  Due to teacher inservice our marching band practices will be from 5pm to 8pm Monday through Thursday this week.  This is the first time we will be out in the heat of the day.   Be sure your body is ready for this.   Please HYDRATE!!!!  HYDRATE!!!  HYDRATE!!!!   It is our goal to finish the first movement of our show this week so that we can debut it at our Parent Exhibition on Thursday.  Having said that ….we don’t want anyone to fall out because you are not prepared to rehearse.

2.  PASIC percussion will rehearse from 3pm – 5pm Monday through Thursday.   Bring a snack so that you will be ready to go outside for marching band at 5pm.

3.  Information will be sent home tomorrow regarding Band Pictures.   The Band will be taking a formal picture on Friday for the football program and the yearbook.  In addition, students will be able to take individual, group and section photos in their uniforms if they choose.  These pictures will be available to purchase. Just fill out and return the order with your check on Friday.

4.  Tickets for the Italian dinner that will be held after the Band Exhibition performance on Thursday will still be available  for purchase on Monday ONLY!!!!!  Tickets are $10 per person and checks will need to be made payable to ORHS Booster Club.

5.  BAND OLYMPICS is just 5 days away.  Remember in addition to a night of Fun…this is also our first major fund raiser.   We are asking that every student get at least $50 in sponsorships.   Forms went home with the students last week.  As an added Bonus….Modern Woodmen of America members are matching our student’s donations up to $2500!!!!!   It’s a win- win opportunity.  We need your help!!!

6.  Show shirts- are still available to order through Friday, Aug. 21.   This is a specialty shirt with the theme of our marching show on it.

7.  Letterjacket information went home with the upperclassmen who think they have qualified.   You need to return to qualifying sheet to Mr. Dillard before Friday.   Jackets will be measured and ordered on Friday.

This Week In Band:

Monday:      PASIC percussion rehearsal- 3pm – 5pm
Full Band Practice 5pm – 8pm
Last day to order tickets to the Italian dinner

Tuesday:    PASIC percussion rehearsal 3pm – 5pm
Full Band Practice 5pm – 8pm

Wednesday:  PASIC percussion rehearsal 3pm – 5pm
Full Band Practice 5pm – 8pm

Thursday:    PASIC percussion rehearsal 3pm – 5pm
Full Band Practice 5pm – 7:30pm
Band Exhibition Performance begins at 6:30pm in ORHS stadium
Italian dinner immediately following the Bands performance
Mandatory Chaperon meeting at 7:45pm in band hall

Friday:       Full Band reports at 7AM
***students will be free to go after the full band picture.  Individual pictures will be taken immediately following the full band picture.
Band Olympics!!!!!!!   5:30pm – 11pm

That will end our August Band Camp!!!!!!!   As the Student Leadership motto goes:
“Be the beginning of Always”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Let’s make it an EXTRAORDINARY week….and remember….Excellence is doing Ordinary things EXTRAORDINARILY well!!!!      Let’s be EXTRAORDINARY!

Dana Pradervand
Band Director
Oak Ridge High School

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Upcoming Important Events

ORHS Band Parents and Students….

We are off to a great start!  Practice is going well and I think everyone is excited about the new show this year!

We have many things happening this month.  To avoid anything getting missed – please see the breakdown below of upcoming volunteer needs, events, and/or due dates:

August 13 -Ironing uniforms, ORHS band hall, 3pm, immediately after practice, end time TBA
**If  you have an iron / ironing board and some free time, we need you!!  Ms.Martinez and the uniform crew did a fantastic job with fittings.  But, the uniforms need to be ironed so that our kids will be looking their best in pictures and on the field!  Additional times for ironing next week will be announced after Thursday.

August 14 –
Main Event, 5-930pm, tickets may be purchased for $20 via drum majors through Thursday this week or at Main Event on Friday – there will be a check in table for ORHS band in front lobby of Main Event.

Last Day to purchase Band Exhibition Dinner Tickets – all must purchase a ticket to attend
$10 per person, checks accepted made out to ORHS Band Boosters.  See Ms.P for tickets.

Kona Ice – noon on Friday, please bring money – a portion of sales is donated back to the band!

August 15 – Meet the War Eagles Pep Rally, 530-730pm, ORHS Stadium

August 20 – Parent Exhibition / Family Dinner
**There will be a raffle at the dinner for Band Fair Share, tickets $5 each or 5 for $20
Must be present at dinner to win.  Winner’s Fair Share – $500, paid in full!

August 21 –
Order Form / Money for show shirt due.
Band Pictures – group / individual
Band Olympics – parent volunteer needs will be posted for sign up via Charms

August 24 – First Day of School!!

August 29 – First Football game, Away, Morton Ranch HS

September 5 – Flags!!!  Please sign up in Charms!!  We still have several routes available!!

To our Freshmen students / parents – I know this may all be overwhelming, we move at a fast and furious pace until November.  We will do our best to keep everyone informed.  Please don’t hesitate to ask questions, we are happy to help you!!

Thanks and best regards,
ORHS Band Booster Board

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This Week in Band 8/9/2015

Hello War Eagle Band!    Week #1 is done and the staff would like to Thank everyone for an outstanding week.  We really appreciate all the preparation and hard work you did this week.   If this is an indication of things to come….the War Eagle Band is going to have an Amazing year!  A special thank you needs to go out to Mrs. Martinez and all of our volunteer parents who helped with our uniform fitting last week.   You and our uniform officers did an outstanding job!  WAY TO GO!!!!


This week is jammed packed with rehearsals, social activities and the beginning of our first fundraiser project.  Here is some general information:


#1-  Spirit Week begins tomorrow:  We encourage everyone to get creative and dress up!

Monday is Maui Monday-wear your tropical gear

Tuesday is Tye Dye Tuesday…anything tye dye goes!

Wednesday is Walt Disney Wednesday – any character is great

Thursday is Twin Day-find your twin!

Friday is Fan Friday-wear your most spirited ORHS gear in preparation for our

“Meet the War Eagles” pep rally


#2-  We have designed a “show shirt” to commemorate the theme to the marching show.

I have attached a color picture of the shirt.   Order forms went home with the students last Friday…and we have forms available in the band hall.   All orders and payments are due by Friday August 21.   This is optional spirit item.


#3- Tomorrow we begin our first Fund Raising project but it is really a “Fun…Raising” project.  Information will be going home with the students about our 7th annual Band Olympics that will be held on Friday, August 21.   Students will compete with their sections in “Olympic” type events.  This is an evening of pure fun and everyone is welcome to attend.    The fundraiser part of it is students will be asked to solicit sponsorship for their team (country).  It is a fun way to help raise funds for the Band.  Specific information and instructions will be going home tomorrow.


#4-  Band Exhibition Dinner tickets will go on sale tomorrow.   On Thursday, August 20 the War Eagle Band will make their debut in an exhibition showcase for the parents.   Immediately following the Booster club is sponsoring a Fajita Dinner for those that would like to join us for dinner.  Information and ticket order forms will go home tomorrow as well.  We hope that you can join us.


#5-On Tuesday we will have a uniform make up day for anyone who has not been fitted into a marching uniform.   It will begin at 3:15pm and everyone who has not been fitted MUST be fitted on Tuesday in order to have a uniform ready for our Band Pictures.


#6-  Attention all Freshmen-Friday is your orientation day at the 9th grade campus.   You should have received information about the time you are to attend.   How this works with band rehearsal….you go to your orientation at your designated time and return to band rehearsal when you are done.   If your orientation time is scheduled for the morning…come to band until it is time to go to orientation…leave to attend orientation and return to band in the afternoon.   If your time is scheduled in the afternoon…you attend band in the morning and orientation in the afternoon.   Please do not miss your orientation time.


This Week In Band:


Monday – Full Band/Color Guard rehearsal from 7am – 3pm

“Maui Monday”


Tuesday-  Full Band/Color Guard rehearsal from 7am – 3pm

“Tye Dye Tuesday”

Uniform Fitting Make up day-3:15 pm


Wednesday-Full Band/Color Guard rehearsal from 7am – 3pm

“Walt Disney Wednesday”


Thursday-  Full Band/Color Guard rehearsal from 7am – 3pm

“Twin Day Thursday”


Friday- Full Band/Color Guard rehearsal from 7am – 3pm

“Fan Day Friday”

Kona Ice Truck will be at noon!!!

Freshmen Orientation-9th grade campus

Main Event Band Social Friday Evening (see a drum major to purchase your ticket)


Saturday-  “Meet the War Eagle”  pep rally…This is our first pep rally of the year and our first public performance.   You will meet at 5:30pm…wearing your ORHS pep rally shirt and shorts. The pep rally begins at 6:30pm at the ORHS stadium.   You will be done by 7:30pm!  Everyone is expected to perform.


It is going to be a FUN week….Be sure your are mentally and physically prepared for the hot days.   HYDRATE!HYDRATE!HYDRATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


This is the beginning of ALWAYS (band motto)…..so remember……

Excellence is doing Ordinary Things…Extraordinarily Well!!!  BE EXTRAORDINARY!!!!!!!!!


Dana Pradervand

Band Director

Oak Ridge High School


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