This Week in Band 1/31/2016

Dear War Eagle Band!

Thank you to everyone who volunteered to help us host the CISD Jr High Solo and Ensemble Contest.   The event ran smoothly and we received many compliments from the judges and directors about how helpful and professional our student volunteers were.  In addition, thank you to Mrs. Miller and the hospitality crew for setting up a wonderful spread for our judges.   WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Important Events this week:
#1-  Our next flag fundraiser holiday is fast approaching.   This is a reminder that our Clarinet and Percussion section are heading up this holiday.   That means that all of our clarinet and percussion students will be responsible for signing up to put flags out on assigned routes on Saturday, Feb. 13 and then picking them up on Saturday, Feb. 20.   There will be a sign up in the bandhall and also on Charms.   However, ANYONE who would like to help or needs an opportunity to gain volunteer hours can sign up.  WE NEED EVERYONE’S HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#2- Those students who are signed up to perform a solo and UIL solo and ensemble contest  and are in need of a piano accompanist…will be signing up this week.  We will assign you a piano accompanist.  You are responsible for paying for the accompanist and information will be going home regarding payment.

#3- We still need your pictures …Please send them to

This Week In Band:

Monday:  1-JV guard rehearsal 3:30 – 7:30pm
2. Concert Band 1-clinic with Mr. Benzer after school 3:00 – 4:30pm

Tuesday: 1. Varsity guard rehearsal 3:30 – 7:30pm
2.  SLT-rehearse for megaband event during Eagles’ Nest

Wednesday: 1.  JV guard rehearsal 3:30 – 7:30pm
2.  Full Orchestra rehearsal 3:00 -5:00pm

Thursday: 1.  Varsity guard rehearsal 3:30 – 7:30pm

Friday:  SLT set up for Megaband after school 3:00 – 4:00pm

Saturday:  1.  Color Guard competes at the 1st WGI Regional contest of the season (good luck!)
2.  ORHS Cluster Megaband clinic and concert 9am – 11:30am
(Wind ensemble and Student Leadership Team)
8:00am report time for SLT
8:30am report time for Wind Ensemble

It’s going to be a FUN week..and you will have many opportunities to take the Ordinary and do something EXTRAORDINARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dana Pradervand
Band Director
Oak Ridge High School

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This Week in Band 1/24/2016

War Eagle Band!!!!

Congratulations to the ORHS Color Guard!!!!  They competed this weekend at the first indoor competition and in true ORHS fashion…they were AWESOME!!!!   The JV color guard took 4th place and our Varsity Color Guard received 1st PLACE!!!!!!   What a great way to start the season.  WAY TO GO GUARD and MR. LANDERS!!!!!  We are so proud of you!!!!!   Their next competition is in two weeks!

General Information:
#1- Section Rehearsals continue this week for all the concert bands

#2- Volunteer Opportunity for students! This Saturday, we are hosting the CISD Jr. High solo/ensemble contest.   We need student volunteers to be room monitors, runners and work our small concession stand.   There is a sign up sheet in the bandhall if you are interested in helping.  Remember you need volunteer credits towards a letter jacket requirement.

#3- We need you to send any and all band pictures to our historians.  They are beginning to prepare the “end of year” video for the banquet and need pics.   Send them to:

#4- Those of you who are participating in UIL solo/ensemble contest should have paid your $10 entry fee.  It was due last week.   If you have not paid it…you MUST do so ASAP. You may pay it by going online to the school webstore or by taking a check into the school book keeper.

This Week in Band:

MONDAY:     #1- Last performance night of the Musical.
#2- JV color guard rehearsal 3:30 – 7:00pm

TUESDAY:    #1- Varsity color guard rehearsal 3:30 – 7:00pm

WEDNESDAY:  #1- Full Orchestra Rehearsals begin 3:00 – 5:00pm
#2- JV color guard rehearsal 3:30-7:00pm

THURSDAY:     #1- Mr Green clinics during band class
#2- Varsity color guard rehearsal 3:30- 7:00pm

FRIDAY:  #1- set up for CISD jr high solo/ensemble contest

SATURDAY:  #1- CISD jr high solo/ensemble contest 7am – 2pm
#2- Varsity color guard floor painting

Let’ make it a great a week and Remember to take the Ordinary activity and do it in an EXTRAORDINARY way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dana Pradervand
Band Director

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This Week in Band 1/10/2016

Hello War Eagle Band,

We have just completed our first week of the new semester and it was Great!!!!  This past Saturday, 8 or our War Eagle band members competed at the TMEA Area Auditions.  This is the last step in the road to becoming a Texas All-State Member.  We are so proud of Cassidy Short, Ben Bowman, Rachel Lopez, Turner Lime, Nick Kaitschuck, Seth Regester, Adrian Velasco and Evan Rogers.  They represented the ORHS band so well.  We are excited to Congratulate Adrian Velasco for becoming a Texas All-State member.   This is the highest achievement an individual high school student can receive.  Adrian will travel to San Antonio in February to participate in the TMEA All-State clinic and convention.  WAY TO GO ADRIAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

General Information:
#1-  There is a very important Booster Club meeting on Tuesday at 6:30pm in the band hall.  We will be discussing board elections, and all of the exciting events planned for the Spring Semester.  We REALLY need and want your help.  There are many events happening this Spring that are going to need parent volunteers.  Each one requires a very little time commitment….but we NEED YOUR HELP!  Please attend this short meeting.

#2-  All of the concert bands will begin after school section rehearsals this week.  Each band has a specific rehearsal schedule.  Your child has a copy of their bands rehearsal schedule in their band binders.  Please check with them to see which day they have their required rehearsal.

#3- Students electing to participate in UIL solo/ensemble contest will sign up and register for the contest on Thursday and Friday.  Students will need to know the name, composer, arranger and classification of their solos.  They will also need to pay their entry fee to the school store in the next two weeks.   You can pay online or by turning in a check to the school bookkeeper. Entry fee is $10 per person and per event.  In addition,  if you are playing a solo you are responsible for the piano accompanist fee which will vary depending on the classification of your solo.  Piano accompaniment fee will range from $30 to $50.  This is includes rehearsal time and the performance.  We will assign the piano accompanist for you.


MONDAY:     #1- Freshman Region Band Auditions:  4:30pm at The Woodlands HS.
You must provide your own transportation.

#2- JV color guard rehearsal-3:30 – 7:30pm

TUESDAY:    #1- Mr Dixon here for brass masterclasses during class
#2- Booster Club Meeting 6:30pm in the ORHS band hall
#3- Varsity color guard rehearsal 3:30 – 7:30

WEDNESDAY:  #1- JV color guard rehearsal 3:30 – 7:30pm

THURSDAY:  #1- Begin registering for UIL solo/ensemble contest in class
#2-Varsity color guard rehearsal 3:30 – 7:30pm

FRIDAY:       #1- Continue registering for UIL solo/ensemble contest in class
#2- Freshman Region Band clinic 5:30- 8:30pm

SATURDAY:  #1- Freshman Region Band clinic and concert 8:30am – 4:30pm
Concert at 5:30pm at Dekaney HS

Let’s make it a great week and everyone make it your goal to find one Ordinary thing and do it in and Extraordinary way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dana Pradervand
Band Director

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Booster Parent Meeting 1/12/2016


Parents –

Our first meeting of the Spring semester will be tomorrow night, please plan on attending.  We have several events coming up this semester.  Your participation and input is vital to the success of our band!

January 12, 2016
ORHS Band Hall

We hope to see you all tomorrow night!

Thanks and best regards,
ORHS Band Booster Board

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This Week in Band 1/4/2016

Happy New Year War Eagle Band!
We hope that everyone has enjoyed a wonderful holiday break and that you are ready to get back to it.   We have a lot of exciting opportunities and events planned this semester.  We cannot wait to see you tomorrow!

General Information:

#1- Everyone will need all of their equipment and music binders tomorrow.  Instruments are expected to be in top notch working condition.  All slides are freshly greased, all valves are newly oiled, mouthpieces and horns have been cleaned and flushed.  Reeds are new a broken in.  All brass players will have their BURPS and Everyone will have a neat and organized Band Binder.

#2-  There is a new CHARMS APP…that everyone will need to download.  Here is how to do it:
a.  Delete the Old Charms App.
b.  Go to the App store and search for “Charms BLUE”  (hint…it is blue)
c.  Download it.
It has all the features that you are used to having, but with simpler navigation…and
HTML-5 version Recording Studio (which all students will use to make recordings).

TUESDAY:   Welcome Back
Equipment check in all bands

WEDNESDAY:  In classes:  holiday playing test, Freshman Region Band participants and Area Qualifiers
will perform in class.
JV Color Guard rehearsal 3pm – 7pm

THURSDAY;  Varsity Color Guard rehearsal 3pm – 7pm

FRIDAY:  JV Color Guard rehearsal 3pm – 7pm

SATURDAY:  TMEA Area Auditions in Bryan, TX
Meet at 7AM for a 7:30 AM departure by School Vans

MONDAY:  Freshman Region Band Auditions at The Woodlands High School
a.  students must provide their own transportation to TWHS
b.  students must arrive at TWHS by 4:30pm

Let’s start the New Year off in true War Eagle Band fashion by committing ourselves to doing the Ordinary in Extraordinary ways!!!!!

See you Tomorrow!

Dana Pradervand
Band Director
Oak Ridge High School

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This Week in Band 11/1/2015

Hello War Eagle Band,


I hope you are enjoying some much needed rest!!!!!  A big Congratulations goes out to the War Eagle Band for finishing our competitive marching season by performing their best show of the season.  You could feel the excitement and energy in the Alamodome as the War Eagle Band took the field of competition.   The band was….in a word…simply AMAZING and had the crowd on its feet before playing their last note.   It was a very emotional ending and a bit bittersweet because it was the final performance of this show.  We cannot begin to tell you how proud we are of the students for their incredible work and transformation this season.   It is definitely one to remember.


There are so many people to thank for this outstanding season.  First and foremost is to the students…for trusting the process…and working so hard throughout this season.  Marching Band is such a creative activity but it  also demands mental and physical toughness in order to perform it at the highest level.  Our students certainly proved they could do it.   Thank you so much!


To all the parents,   thank you for your tireless and endless support through volunteering, cheering in the stands, getting your child to all the rehearsals and contests.   Thank you for seeing a value in what we do and for supporting it with such enthusiasm.


To are staff:  Mr Dillard, Mr Vela and Mr. Landers….thank you for being such quality teachers, incredible people and for sacrificing so much time to help create such a wonderful marching show. It is so much fun to work with such a great staff.   And to our college marching techs….for being dedicated to helping our program and for wanting to be apart of this team (Cory Reebenacher, Chris Davis, Linda Harvey, Ivan Velasco, Lindsey Davis)  You guys are the best.  Lastly to our design staff:  Jeremy Spicer, Ron Hardin and JD Shaw for creating a marching show that was so much fun to work on and perform.  It takes a lot of dedicated people to make a marching season successful…but we all agree after seeing the performance yesterday and watching our students come off the field with such emotion….it is absolutely worth it.  Thanks Everyone for an Extraordinary Season.!!!!!


This Week In Band:  Well one season ends and another one begins.   We have a fairly light week this week as we officially move into Concert Season.


#1- Students will need to bring concert instruments everyday.

#2- PASIC rehearsals are in full swing as our percussion studio finalizes their preparations for their performance at the PASIC convention later this month.

#3- After school marching practice will only be on Thursdays and game days for the remainder of football season.


Monday:  #1-band locker clean out

#2- All State cut #7 test

#3-PASIC rehearsal 3:15 – 5:15


Tuesday:  #1- Mr. Dixon here for brass masterclasses

#2-PASIC rehearsal 3:15 – 5:45

#3-SLT meeting during Eagle’s nest


Wednesday:  #1- PASIC rehearsal 3:15 – 5:15


Thursday:  #1- Full Band marching rehearsal 3:15 – 4:30(you will need black shoes)

#2 – PASIC rehearsal 3:15 – 5:45


Friday:  Game Day v. Summer Creek (away game)

***standard game day itinerary


Sunday:  ORHS Percussion studio Send Off Concert – ORHS Auditorium at 2pm

***this will be an awesome concert.


As we move into concert season…let it be our goal to continue to do Ordinary things in Extraordinary ways….and make this concert season … this marching season the “beginning of our Always!”   Let’s have a great week!!!!!


Dana Pradervand

Band Director

Oak Ridge High School



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Veterans Day Flag Placement

Veteran’s 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 follow the link below 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.


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    (Storage sign-up is at the bottom of the list)

(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, November 8th.

Flag drop off will be 9 am to 11 am Saturday, November 14th.

(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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This Week in Band 10/18/2015

Happy Sunday War Eagle Band!!!!!


Congratulations to the War Eagle Marching Band for being named Grand Champion of the Sam Houston State University marching festival.   It was a tough prelims and finals but our band continues to rise to every challenge.   In addition, our Color Guard won the Auxillary Unit Award for Outstanding Color Guard of the entire contest!!!!!!!!!  Way to Go Ladies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    The band staff continues to be so proud of the work and dedication that our students exhibit. It is paying off and we are so thrilled to be working with you.   A huge thank you to all the parent volunteers who helped out with the game on friday and especially at the contest.  We love our band parents!!!  We have 5 rehearsals and two contests left in our competitive season. Next up is UIL Marching Contest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


This Week In Band


Monday:   Full Band Rehearsal 3:15 – 6:00pm (need black shoes)


Tuesday:   UIL Marching Contest at Woodforest

  1. we perform at 6:30pm
  2. admission is $3.00 (parking is free)
  3. we are also hosting the event and are calling for all volunteers.

***students will come to the bandhall after school for a run through.   Please bring a snack

or lite lunch to eat at 4:00pm

  1. student’s itinerary:     3:00-4:00  run through/rehearsal

4:00 – 4:30  change/eat snack

5:45pm  Warm up

6:30pm  Perform at UIL

7:30pm  Return to ORHS


Wednesday:  a.  Report cards go out

  1. No afterschool rehearsal for anyone (students wishing to audition for the musical

must do so this afternoon)


Thursday:   Full Band Rehearsal 3:15 – 6:00pm  (JV band will be dismissed after the dance team

run through approx. 3:45pm)


Friday:   Game Day

  1. Pep Rally (bring ORHS shirt)
  2. Game v. Woodlands (this is also 8th grade band night for us!) We are pleased to be

hosting the 8th graders from York and Irons!!!!


Saturday:  PASIC rehearsal 9am – 12:00pm




Monday (10/26)   Region Orchestra Auditions at Klein Collins

PASIC rehearsal-TBA Tuesday (10/27)  Full Band Rehearsal 3:15 – 5:45

Wednesday (10/28)   NO FULL BAND REHEARSAL

Possible PASIC rehearsal Thursday (10/29)  Full Band Rehearsal 3:15- 5:45 Friday (10/30)  LAST Full Band Rehearsal before Contest and Band BBQ Party to celebrate.

Saturday (10/31)  BOA Super Regional Contest in San Antonio

tentative itinerary:        6:00am meet at ORHS to load charter buses

6:30am Leave for San Antonio (breakfast provided)

9:30am Arrive Rutledge stadium at Judson HS

10:00- 12:00  Rehearse and change into uniform

1:00pm  Arrive at Alamodome

3:15pm Prelim Performance

5:00pm  Prelim Awards

6:00pm  dinner provided by Boosters

7:30pm BOA finals begin

11:00pm  Leave San Antonio

2:00am  Arrive ORHS

****marching season is over for another year!


As you can see the next two weeks are the busiest and most important 2 weeks in the band’s fall marching season.   We cannot stress enough how important it is that EVERYONE be at EVERY rehearsal!!!  Please make every effort to schedule around these last few rehearsals.  We want to end this incredible marching season with our very best performances of the year. It is essential that we have everyone … every rehearsal.


This amazing season is living up to our mottos:    It is the “beginning of Always”  for the War Eagle Band…and as we put the finishing touches on our marching show let’s remember that we will do the Ordinary things in very Extraordinary ways!!!!!!   It seems to be working out well for us!!!!

Let’s have another GREAT Week!!!!!


Dana Pradervand

Band Director

Oak Ridge High School

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UIL Help Needed!

Parents –


We are hosting the UIL Marching Contest on October 20, 2015.

We need all of your help to make this a successful event!

The sign up is in Charms.  Please sign up for as many shifts and/or jobs as you can!

This contest is during the week, on a Tuesday.  We realize many of you work during the week.

If any of you can manage to take a day off work or 1/2 day or leave early, whatever you can manage to help us, we would so appreciate!!


Thanks and best regards,

ORHS Band Booster Board

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Oak Ridge High School Band in Oak Ridge, Texas.