End of June Camp

Congratulations ORHS War Eagle Band!

 

We are about to complete an AMAZING June Camp.   We are so excited at the early excitement and progress that the 2015-2016 ORHS band is making.   The “new”  Freshman class has done an outstanding job of learning a lot of information in a very short time.   The upperclassmen are proving to be a strong group of leaders.   Having said that we are predicting and absolutely INCREDIBLE year!

 

Here are a few final thoughts before we officially break for summer:

 

#1-  Be sure that you get your child’s physical done and the district form completed before August 1.  You can obtain the necessary form by going to:  http://athletics.conroeisd.net/Pre_ParticipationForm.pdf

 

You may bring your form on August 1 to turn in.   YOU MUST HAVE THIS FORM COMPLETED IN ORDER TO PRACTICE IN AUGUST!!!!!!!!!

 

#2-  Band Hall will be open on Tuesdays, June 16, June 23 and June 30 from 9am to noon if you

want to work on your summer band assignment.   Contact your section leader for specifics

 

#3-  July Camp for select sections:

– Sunday/Monday   July 19/20    Student Leadership Camp in New Braunfels

– July 29 – August 1 –  Percussion and Color Guard Camp 9am – 4pm

 

#4-  August Camp (see schedule that is attached)

We are back on August 1 from 9am – 2pm ( all band students will have their summer music

audition this day)  Remember it is all of the opener music for memory!

 

 

That is all….we will periodically be checking emails throughout the summer. And I will be sending out our First email of year in late July so be looking for that.

 

On behalf of the ORHS band staff we would like to wish everyone a happy, restful and fun summer!  Please take the time to be with your family and friends.  Enjoy your time off…..safe traveling for those taking vacation time (bring us back a postcard) and maybe even practice a little!

 

Enjoy!

The ORHS band staff

 

SUMMERISHERE!SUMMERISHERE!SUMMERISHERE!SUMMERISHERE!SUMMERISHERE!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

Dana Pradervand

Band Director

Oak Ridge High School

www.orhsband.org

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This Week in Band 5/31/2015

Dear War Eagle Band!!!!!   Congrats on making it to the last week of school!!!!!!!!   We also want to congratulate our 2015 band seniors who will be graduating on Wednesday!

 

Last Saturday the ORHS took 37 students to the State Solo/Ensemble contest.  We had 14 events perform and we are excited to report that the ORHS band brought home two Division 3 ratings, 5 Division 2 ratings and 6 Division 1 (Superior) ratings!   WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

This Week In Band:   Things are not winding down yet.   There is one more BIG event happening!

That is our March4Music Marchathon/Carnival on Saturday, June 6 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

  1. Our online donations are doing well and we are ahead of where we were last year at this time. However, It is time for the big push. Students please send out another email/tweet request for people to go to your online donation page.  Parents….you can help too….You can send your child’s online donation page url to all of your contacts!   Last year we raised $11,000 from this campaign and we want to surpass that this year

 

  1. On Saturday, June 6 all of the bands members will be divided up into teams and march 50 laps for the March4Music fundraiser. Each team is assigned a team theme and we want everyone to dress up.  For our spectators, the Boosters are sponsoring a Carnival with games, face painting and concessions.  There will also be a market days area with several vendors.  So come out and support our Marchathon!

Here is the student schedule:  5:00pm-student leaders meet with marchathon coordinator

5:15 – 5:45-band student registration

6:00pm – Opening Ceremonies and the marchathon begins

Carnival opens to the spectators.

Team themes:    Woodwinds – Minions (Kaitlyn Torres-team capt.)

Brass- colors of the rainbow (Nick Kaitschuck-capt.)

Percussion-Paint People (Turner Lime-capt.)

Color Guard – Band Directors(Adrian Velasco-capt.)

***your team capt. and section leaders will have more specifics for you.

It is going to be FUN FOR ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Monday:  1. All school owned instruments must be turned in during class

  1. Summer Band handout will passed out in class to every student

 

Tuesday: 1.  Students will receive their Marching instruments

 

Wednesday:  1.  SLT meeting at 11:30 ( we will have pizza for lunch)

  1. Graduation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Saturday:   March4Music Marchathon/Carnival      ORHS stadium     6pm – 9pm

 

Monday:    June Camp begins:      Woodwinds/Brass:  8am – noon

Percussion/Color Guard  9am – 4pm

 

(Remember Band Registration is also this week….see your summer band letter for

your assigned evening!)

 

Let’s make it a great week: and remind ourselves that Excellence is not our Goal….

It is where we Begin!

 

Dana Pradervand

Band Director

Oak Ridge High School

www.orhsband.org

 

 

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This Week in Band 05/25/2015

Happy Memorial Day War Eagle Band!!!!!!!!

 

We hope that you are enjoying a wonderful holiday!  Congratulations to our State qualifying percussionists.   They competed in State Solo/Ensemble Contest this weekend and they represented ORHS well!   Special congratulations go to the following percussionists who earned a First Division Superior Rating at the contest:   Elise Jaynes, Jack Flanagan, Evan Rogers and Simon Sandoval!  WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Things are winding down…but the War Eagle Band still has some business to take care of.   Here is what you need to know for this week:

 

#1-  All students and parents please help us with the March4Music marchathon pledge drive by sending our your URL address to your donation page.   Use your social media to get the word out that our March a thon is quickly approaching.   We want to surpass last years donations…so TWEET! TWEET! EMAIL!!EMAIL! etc…..

 

#2- Band auditions will begin tomorrow in class.

 

#3-Seniors will need to get their school owned instruments ready to turn in later this week.

 

#4-  Wednesday – new Student Leadership Team meeting at 2:45 – 4:00pm

 

#5- Wednesday at 6:30pm – Final Booster Club meeting.  We hope to adopt our revised Bylaws!

 

#6- Friday…All brass/woodwind students who registered for State Solo/Ensemble will leave for Austin.  We passed out an itinerary to all students last week:

Friday:        3:00pm    Leave for Austin

7:00pm    Arrive at Embassy Suites -Austin Arboretum

8:00pm    Dinner at Dave and Buster’s (meal money provided by CISD)

10:30pm    Lights Out

 

Saturday:    6:00am    Breakfast in hotel

7:00am   Leave for University of Texas

8:00am   Events begin

1:30pm   Depart for Houston

5:00pm   Arrive ORHS

***see itinerary for more specifics.

 

Other important upcoming dates:

 

Saturday, June 6         March4Music Marchathon/Carnival Fundraiser  5pm – 11pm (all students)

 

Monday, June 8 – Friday, June 12     June marching camp and band registration nights (all students)

 

As we wind things down we must celebrate the great year we have had!!!!!!!   And we must remember that:   Excellence was never our goal…..It is where we Began!!!!!!!!!!

 

Let’s have a great week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Dana Pradervand

Band Director

Oak Ridge High School

www.orhsband.org

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This Week in Band 5/17/2015

Good “Rainy” Afternoon War Eagle Band!

What a GREAT Band Banquet we had on Friday!!!!!  Thank you to Mrs. Rodgers, Mrs Miller and the Band Booster Board for creating such a nice and fun evening!!!!   And thank you to our Band officers and Senior class for putting together such a funny and entertaining program and video presentation.   A Good Time was had by all!!!!!!!

We have another busy week ahead………

Monday:   Announcement of 2015/2016  Drum majors! The New student leadership team will be announced on Tuesday.

Tuesday:  SPRING CONCERT:   7pm  in the ORHS auditorium.  The order of the program is as  follows:              Concert Band 2

Concert Band 1

Brief Booster club meeting

Symphonic Band

Wind Ensemble

*** band members will not be wearing their formal uniforms so we ask that student please wear “nice”  concert appropriate clothes.   Please do not wear jeans, t’shirts, tennis shoes, flip flops etc..

Sunday/Monday:   Percussion State Solo and Ensemble trip

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Other upcoming events:

  1. Wind students State solo and ensemble information and itinerary will be going home on Wednesday. The Wind player State solo/ensemble trip is Friday/Saturday May 29 and 30.
  1. Band auditions for the upcoming year will begin the week of May 26 (keep practicing)

That is all for this week:   Remember….  Excellence is not our Goal….It is where we Begin!

Let’s have another GREAT WEEK!

Dana Pradervand
Band Director
Oak Ridge High School

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ORHS Band 2015 Scholarship Awards

The Oak Ridge High school Band Booster Association is happy to announce the 2015 scholarship winners. These students were chosen from the group of applications for their academic excellence and their community service in the ORHS Band, Oak Ridge High School and the Oak Ridge Community.

$2000.00 Drew Lawson

$1500.00 Gabe Tatman

$1000.00 Madyson Lyons

$500.00 Jennifer Howard

$375.00 Priscilla Alegria, Megan Watson, Sydney Rodgers, Lindy Cotton, Emma Hoffmann, Vincent Espostito, Mark Czarny, Emily DeLage

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

Amy Birdwell

ORHS Band Booster Assoc Scholarship Committee Chairperson

Amy Birdwell
ORHS Band Booster Secretary

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Band Banquet 2015 – Directions and Parking

MAP TO MARRIOTT Waterway GARAGE PARKING OPTIONS May  2015

Parents and Students –

I hope everyone is excited for the 2015 Band Banquet tomorrow night!!  I am sure it will be a great night for us all!!

For your convenience, the Marriott has provided us with the attached map and parking options.

Parking in the Town Center garage is free.  The prices listed are for the Marriott front / east garage – both valet and self-parking.

Check-in will be available from 5:30pm-7pm.  Doors will open at 6pm – Seniors will be allowed to enter first to make their seating selections.  Parents have seating assignments and place cards at the parent tables.

 

Thanks and best regards,

ORHS Band Booster Board

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Carnival Meting on 5/14/2015

ORHS March-A-Thon banner Jun 6 2015 Flyer

Hey Band & Parents,

That’s right, we are organizing the games, concessions, and vendors for the March-4-Music Carnival!  This is an easy opportunity to help start the 2015/2016 band season off with some great FUN!!!

We have a strategy meeting Thursday (tomorrow) evening at 6:30 pm at Pallotta’s Mexican Grill  on Rayford!

If you have an idea for a game, please come!

If you have an idea for food, please come!

If you have been looking for the right time to volunteer, please come!

Thanks to our new VP-II, Jay Thurmond, we have 15 vendors and 3 sponsors so far.  We are still looking for more vendors and NEED about 8 more game sponsors!!!  If you know of a business or own a business, that would like to sponsor a game, please contact me and I will be happy to reach out to them ASAP!

Please use the attached flyer to post to your social media or send via email to your community news letters, groups, organizations, schools, and crazy Uncle Ed that sits on his front porch all day!

I hope to see several of you at Pollatta’s on Rayford tomorrow evening at 6:30 pm.  Ask for the Band Boosters table!!   Gooooooooooo War Eagle Band!

Thanks,

ORHS Band Boosters

 

***If you  link your Charms calendar to your phone, you will never miss another band function again!  If you aren’t sure how to do this, just ask me!  I am happy to help! *** or visit the Parent’s Page for instructions.

 

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This Week in Band 5/10/2015

Dear War Eagle Band!   HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL OUR WAR EAGLE BAND MOMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  We hope that you are enjoying a day of pampering!

 

There are a lot of exciting things happening this week:

 

#1-  If you know and incoming 9th grade band student…..Please help us out by reminding them of the “New Marcher Camp” that is happening this Tuesday and Wednesday from 5- 6:30pm in the ORHS band hall.   Encourage them to come….It’s a great way to ease into the marching band.

 

#2- Parents….if you know the parent of an incoming 9th grade band student….remind them that they have a “New Parent” orientation meeting on Tuesday, May 12 at 7pm in the ORHS auditorium.  At this meeting they will receive all the information they need to transition into the High School Band Program.

 

#3-  We are in the middle of our “marchathon” email campaign.   Please share your child’s March4music donation link with all of your contacts.   Our goal is to raise $10,000 by our email campaign alone.   In addition, on Monday, students will need to bring their addresses to class so that they can do the Mail Out campaign for our March a thon.   We are hoping everyone will bring at least Three Valid addresses.

 

Monday:

1-banquet tickets are still on sale

2- Anyone auditioning for the 2015/2016 Student leadership team has a mandatory  training session from 3 – 4:30 after school.

3- Everyone needs their addresses for the March4Music marchathon mailer campaign.

 

Tuesday:

1- FINAL DAY TO PURCHASE Band Banquet tickets

2-  New Marcher Camp 5 – 6:30pm

3-  New Band Parent orientation meeting 7pm in auditorium

 

Wednesday:

1- New marcher camp 5 – 6:30pm

 

Thursday:

1- Drum Major Auditions:  3:00pm in band hall

 

Friday:

1- Student Leadership Team voting during class.

2- Band Banquet:  6:00pm at the Marriott (must have made a reservation)

 

It’s a busy week….Let’s make it a great one!!

Remember:   Excellence is not our Goal…..It is where we begin!!!!!!

 

Dana Pradervand

Band Director

Oak Ridge High School

www.orhsband.org

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Carnival Games you can help with!

Hello War Eagle Band & Family!

 

Only about 4 weeks left of school and until a great War Eagle Band fundraiser.

 

March-4-Music is June 6th, I hope every student’s webpage is up and being shared via email and social media (email me if you need help, I am HAPPY to help).

 

We need a few creative Students and/or Parents to help us create FABULOUS carnival games to play during the March-4-Music event.  Please email me your contact information and availability.

 

This was a great fundraiser for us last year and contributed about $11K to our amazing War Eagle Band!  Even if you can’t be at the event on June 6th, any help would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thank you,

ORHS Band Boosters

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ORHS Band Trailer getting a make-over

Hey Band!!!!

It is time to give our band equipment trailer a make-over.  We are looking at quotes to get it cleaned up and repainted, which also means we have a clean slate to bring on new SPONSORS!!

If you are savvy with writing letters… we need you!

If you are a cold calling sales genius… we need you!

If you are a creative person… we need you!

If you prefer to be more behind the scenes, but want to help… we need you!

If you only have 30 min a week to help… we need you!

If you own a business and would like to show the WORLD your support of the band… we need you!

In short, we need your help.  We have May & June to find sponsors, to allow for July to get those AMAZING band supporters logos on our trailer.  (***remember students, if you have volunteer hours required for outside of band clubs/groups, hours you spend on Band Booster events counts towards that obligation!! Just bring a board member the paperwork you need signed for your time spent.  Not to mention volunteer hours look AWESOME on college applications.)

 

Please reach out to Jay Thurmond or myself if you are interested in helping with this project.  It has the potential to afford the band more opportunities for our students.

 

Together we can do this!  Gooooooo War Eagle Band!

 

Thank you,

Gwena Margolis

ORHS Band Boosters

Secretary

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Oak Ridge High School Band in Oak Ridge, Texas.