Band Registration Dates for 2017/2018

Hello War Eagle Band,

Here are some reminders and additional information concerning Band Registration.

WHEN:        Friday, May 26 – Concert Band 1 and Concert Band 2 & 3
Tuesday, May 30 – Concert Band 1 and Concert Band 2 & 3
Wednesday, May 31- Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble
Thursday, June 1 – Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble
Thursday, June 8 – Color Guard

WHAT TO BRING:
1.  Download and fill out the following three forms:  Fair Share Fee, Pre Game Meal and Gear
order forms.  ( all can be found in Charms under the Documents button)
2.  Bring your marching shoes for inspection
3.  Be prepared to try on Marching Band Uniform as well as be sized for the New Contest Overlay.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:
Our fiscal year officially begins on June 2.  Therefore any funds cannot be posted in Charms or deposited until June 2 (Friday).

Payment Options:
#1- Bring a check made out to the ORHS Band Boosters for the amounts.
#2- If you want to pay in Charms:  You will be able to make payments beginning on June 2.
Please identify what is being paid for (meals,gear etc).   In addition, remember that all
payments done through Charms will incur an additional 3% fee.

Dana Pradervand
Band Director

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This Week in Band 05/14/2017

Happy Mother’s Day!!!!!!!!   to all our “Band Moms”!!!!!    We love and appreciate you so much, and we hope you are enjoying a wonderful day of pampering!!!!!!

The 2017 Band Banquet is done….and what a wonderful evening it was.   Thank you to Amy Miller and the Banquet Committee for organizing such a lovely evening.   The decorations, meal, DJ and photo booth…made the evening.   A HUGE thank you to the band officers of the SLT and our 2017 senior class for putting together a hilarious and sentimental program.   You certainly proved last night what a great Student Leadership Team you have been…thank you!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
#1- The State Solo/Ensemble Concert scheduled for Saturday, May 20 has been CANCELLED!.  Students will be performing their solos and ensembles in class over the next two weeks in preparation for UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest.

#2- And speaking of State solo and ensemble contest….we will be sending out an itinerary of the trip later this week.  The dates of the trip are Friday, May 26 to Saturday, May 27.  Details later this week.

#3-All candidates for the 2017-2018 student leadership team will be recording their 60 seconds campaign video this week during classes.   Come prepared to record!!!!

#4- 2017-2018 Band Registration- we will be doing something different this year….all 9 – 10 graders will be going through Band Registration, Gear Order, and Uniform Fitting before the end of the school year.   We will be sending Registration Forms out through a Charms email and students will be going through Band Registration during their final exam period the last week of school.

#5-  FINAL FLAG HOLIDAY OF THE SEASON!!!   We need everyone’s help on Saturday, May 27 and Saturday, June 3- placing our Flags out in the neighborhoods for the Memorial Day weekend.   Sign up to volunteer in Charms….and students you will have a sign up in the bandhall and guard room.  Remember, Color Guard and Saxophones/Low Reeds….this is your weekend….but we need everyones help!!!!!  Sign up this week!

#6-  Remember that all financial obligations must be cleared by the end of the school year.  Please check your Charms account and you School account….they have been updated.

COLORGUARD CORNER:
Tuesday – Practice 5pm – 7pm
Thursday-Practice 5pm – 7pm
Saturday- Winter Guard social – 6pm

THIS WEEK IN BAND:
Monday – all student leader candidates will begin recording campaign videos and performing you recital during classes.

Tuesday- New Marcher Camp – Day #1 (all SLT candidates)  5pm – 6:30pm
Wednesday- New Marcher Camp – Day #2 ( all SLT candidates) 5pm – 7pm
New Parent Meeting 7pm in Band Hall

That’s it for this week…..Let’s make it a great one!!!!!!!!!   And remember EXCELLENCE IS A HABIT!

Dana Pradervand
Band Director
Oak Ridge High School
www.orhsband.org

This email has been sent via Charms Office Assistant on behalf of:
Oak Ridge High School Band
27330 Oak Ridge School Rd
Conroe, TX 77385

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This Week in Band 5/7/2017

Hello War Eagle Band,

It is hard to believe that there is just a little over three weeks left to our school year. Our year is winding down but it our schedule is really busy in the band world. Make sure that you keep up with the band calendar along with everything else that will be coming up in the next few weeks.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
#1- Please make sure that you have cleared all of your “band obligations” by checking your updated account in Charms and also with your “school account” in the front office.

#2- Band Banquet is this SATURDAY at 6pm at the Marriott Waterway. This is our chance to celebrate what an amazing year it has been and also to honor our graduating seniors. The dress is semi-formal. It is going to be a really fun evening.

#3-SLT candidates – your leadership application is due this coming Friday by 3pm into the band office.

#4- Our Final Booster Club meeting of the year will be Tuesday at 7pm in the band hall. We will be presenting our final budget for your review, as well as going over the summer band schedule for this next year. We hope to see you there.

#5- Upcoming Flag Fundraiser Holiday: The Color Guard and Saxes/Low Reeds will be responsible for the Flag Placement/Pick up over Memorial Day. Flag Placement will be on Saturday, May 27 and pick up is on Saturday, June 3. These sections are required to do this holiday but anyone who is in town can sign up to help. We have 70 routes that will need to go out….it is going to take everyone who is in town. You can sign up to help in Charms

COLOR GUARD CORNER:
Tuesday: Open gym 3 – 5pm
Booster Club meeting 7pm band hall
Thursday: Open gym 3 – 5pm
Rehearsal 5 – 7pm
Saturday: Solo/ensemble performance 10am – 2pm
Band Banquet 6pm

#1- As a reminder, Memorial Day weekend is our holiday to run the Flag Fundraiser. Flag Placement will be on Saturday, May 27 and pick up is Saturday, June 3. We are required to work this Flag holiday

THIS WEEK IN BAND:
Tuesday: Booster Club meeting 7pm in the Band Hall
Wednesday: Mr Dixon masterclasses during all classes
Thursday: SLT training session for New Marcher Camp 3 – 4:30pm
Friday: SLT candidate applications due in the band office by 3pm
Saturday: Band Banquet – 6pm , Marriott Waterway

Let’s make it a great week War Eagles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dana Pradervand
Band Director

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This Week in Band 04/30/2017

Hello War Eagle Band,
Well we finished our Concert Season with a BANG!!!!   The Wind Ensemble, Symphonic and Concert 1 Bands competed at the Gator Festival  on Saturday.   All 3 bands gave amazing performances which earned all 3 band Superior Ratings from the judges.   In addition, the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Bands were named “Best In Class”!  Congratulations to all and thank you to the friends and families that came out to hear these outstanding ensembles!!!!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

#1-  Please go into your Charms account and make sure that all band obligations have been satisfied.
#2-  Band Banquet tickets are on sale this week.  You can download the order form off of Charms in the “Forms to Collect” section.  All orders are due by Friday, May 5.
#3-  Public Service Announcement:   All Oak Ridge families and friends are invited to check out the Operation Graduation Information at:
Facebook:  ORHS 2017 Operation Graduation
Oak Ridge War Eagle PTO
The Wingspan
Twitter;  @ORWarEagles
ORHS website- Senior Corner
#4- We still are accepting you pictures for the band banquet video:  Please send them to:
2017orhshistorians@gmail.com

COLOR GUARD CORNER:
Monday – Wednesday – no open gym due to testing
Thursday – open gym 3 – 5pm

THIS WEEK IN BAND:
Monday – Wednesday – testing
Friday – Banquet Orders due

As things are winding down…remember…Excellence is a HABIT!!!  Form good habits!
Let’s have a great week.

Dana Pradervand
Band Director

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Mid Week Update 04/25/2017

Dear War Eagle Band Parents,

 

We are fast approaching the end of one of the most successful years in War Eagle Band history.  We have had a lot of tremendous moments this year.  As things are winding down, we look forward to celebrating our graduating Senior class, the band banquet and our final spring concert.  That being said, the band staff and newly appointed Band Booster board have been at work beginning to plan and organize for the 2017-2018 Band Year.

 

The first task at hand is to create a working budget for the upcoming year.  The “first draft” of our working budget was sent out last week for you to begin looking over.  This budget is just a working draft and is not the final proposal.  In an effort to be completely transparent, we wanted you to see exactly how much it takes to run a successful and competitive band program of our size.  Some of the items in our budget pay for things such as: expert clinicians, highly trained technicians, world class show writers, transportation and contest entry fees…all of which CISD does not provide.  For the upcoming school year, we anticipate an increase in expenses regarding transportation, entry fees, music,and equipment needs just to name a few.  Running a competitive band program is equal to running a small business with the difference being we are a non-profit organization that is run by parent volunteers.

 

We have taken a look at the constantly rising costs of running a competitive band program and the amount of revenue we must generate in order to support the ever changing “band world”.  We have had to look at our fund raising efforts and our Fair Share Fee.  The Fair Share Fee has not increased in the last 10 years, however, in looking at the needs of the program and the rising costs to run our program, we find it necessary to increase our Fair Share Fee to $600 for the upcoming school year.  By comparison, even with this increase our Fair Share Fee remains lower than the Fair Share Fees charged by other band programs, which range from $800 to $1500 annually.

 

Our priority is to make sure that EVERY student who wants to be a part of our band program will be able to do so.  And we DO NOT want anyone to feel that they cannot afford to be in our program.  We will continue to provide fund raising opportunities to our families through the Pavilion Program and the Financial Needs Request Program.  In addition, families with more than one child in our program will continue to be given a Fair Share Fee reduction.  We are also pursuing additional fund raising opportunities for the upcoming year and if you have any ideas for a fund raiser that could generate a lot of funds or if you know of any corporate donors we could pursue, we would welcome the ideas.  In addition, any connections you might have to any vendor who might be able to provide a service to our band program (ie. box truck rental, storage facility, signage, items to raffle etc…) please let us know.

 

It truly takes a community of band supporters to run this program..and we are so grateful for your continued support of your children, our program and this band staff.  Music education is important…Band is important…and we thank you for recognizing that.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns,or ideas.

 

Musically,

The Oak Ridge Band Staff

 

Dana Pradervand

Band Director

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Gator Fesitival Itenerary

Gator Festival 2017
Saturday, April 29, 2017
(Concert Band 1, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble)
Where: McAdams Jr. High
11415 Hughes Rd
Dickinson, TX 77539
Cost: The contest is free and open to the public. Come on down and
support us!
Itinerary:
11:30am Meet at ORHS to bag formal uniform
12:00pm Leave for McAdams Jr. High School
2:00pm Arrive McAdams Jr. High School
3:00pm Concert Band 1- performs
3:30pm Symphonic Band- performs
4:00pm Wind Ensemble-performs
5:30pm Change and depart McAdams Jr. High for Kemah Boardwalk
6:15pm Dinner and Activities at Kemah Boardwalk
**bring money for dinner and amusement park
10:00pm Depart Kemah Boardwalk
11:30pm Arrive ORHS
Things to Bring:
1. Uniform Bag for formal uniform
2. All formal uniform items: black shoes, long black socks, white tux shirt, close
toe/heel black shoes. No jewelry or colored nail polish
3. Instrument/Music binder
4. Money for dinner/activities at Kemah.
We will have a bus that will return after the wind ensemble performance for those
students who do not wish to go to Kemah. You must sign up by Monday, April 24 so
that we can get a head count for the bus. Sign up will be posted in the band hall.
It has been a great Contest Season and we want to celebrate all of our hard work
and success!!! A Band that “plays” together….stays together!!!!!! It has been an
AWESOME SEASON!!!!!!!!

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This Week in Band 04/23/2017

Hello War Eagle Band!  This is the last week of April and things are busy as ever!!!!!  So let’s get right to it:…..

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
1.  Senior Band Scholarship Applications are due tomorrow (Monday, April 24th).  Please turn them into the College and Career Center.

2.  Band/Guard Physicals will be on Wednesday, April 26 from 11am – 2:30pm.   If you have class during that time…we will send you during class.   If you do not have class or if you will be at Full Orchestra UIL Contest, you will have to go after school to get your physical done.

3.  We are preparing for Band Banquet.  Please send any pictures you have for the band video to orhshistorians2017@gmail.com.  Information about Band Banquet will be in next weeks email.

4.This is a PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR:  Operation Graduation!!!!!  Operation Graduation is a parent sponsored event which gives graduating seniors a fun and safe celebration the night of graduation.  Seniors…tickets to the event will be sold EVERY Thursday during lunches.   Parents!!!  you can help with this event in various ways and you do not have to be a parent of a Senior.   Please contact Tina Manson at orhs2017operationgraduation@gmail.com .

COLOR GUARD CORNER:
Monday – color guard auditions 5 – 7pm
Senior scholarship application due
Tuesday – color guard auditions 5 – 7pm
Guard physicals 11am – 6:30pm
Wednesday – color guard auditions 5 – 7pm
Thursday-color guard auditions 5 – 7pm
****please remember that you must have satisfied all of your financial obligations to the ORHS band program in order to be able to auditions for the 2017-2018 color guard.

THIS WEEK IN BAND:
Monday –  Full Orchestra final rehearsal 3 – 5pm
Senior Band Scholarship Applications are due
Wednesday – Full Orchestra UIL Contest – Klein HS we perform at 12:55pm
Mr Dixon brass masterclasses
Band Physicals for 2017/18  11am – 2:30pm
Friday- 2017/18 Student Leadership Information meeting 2:45pm
Saturday – Gator Fest Contest (see attached itinerary)  Wind Ensemble, Symphonic,Concert Band 1
to compete.

Let’s make it a GREAT WEEK and remember  EXCELLENCE IS A HABIT…SO LET’S FORM GOOD HABITS!

Dana Pradervand
Band Director

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This Week in Band 04/17/2017

Happy Easter War Eagle Band!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  We hope everyone is enjoying the holiday weekend.
Congratulations to all the ORHS Concert Bands who competed at UIL concert and sightreading contest last week.  All four concert bands received First Division ratings from every judge…giving us 4 Sweepstakes Bands!  We are very excited and proud of all the hard work towards some outstanding performances.   Thank you to all who came out to support us….it was great to see you in the audience.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
#1- PHYSICALS UPDATE – Tuesday is the assigned pre-screening day for all band students who are going to take advantage of the physicals offered by our athletic department.   You must bring the completed physical packet (orange) and $20 CASH.  You will go to your pre-screening during band/guard c lasses.
#2-  Senior Band Scholarship Applications are due April 24.  Please turn them into the College and Career Center.
#3- Saturday, April 29 – Gator Festival Contest for Wind Ensemble, Symphonic and Concert Band 1.
More information is coming.
#4- Our historians are working on the band banquet video.  Please send any and all pictures to www.orhsbandhistorians2017@gmail.com

COLOR GUARD CORNER
Tuesday – Open Gym for solos and ensemble practice 3 – 5pm
Pre-Screening for the physical
Thursday- Open Gym for solos and ensemble practice 3 – 5pm

THIS WEEK IN BAND
Monday – Full Orchestra Rehearsal 3 – 5pm
Tuesday- Pre-screening for physicals – during class (bring form and $20 CASH)
Wednesday – Full Orchestra Clinic with Mr. Wells-3 – 5pm

Finally…we want to wish GOOD LUCK to all of the bands at Irons and York Jr. Highs.  They are competing at UIL Contest this week!!!!!!!  And remember…Present and Future War Eagles…that EXCELLENCE is a HABIT…form good habits!

Dana Pradervand
Band Director

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Mid-Week Update 04/11/2017

Hello War Eagle Band,   Here is a mid week update for band….I believe there was a problem with Charms this past week and not everyone received my weekly email.   So I am resending the important information.

#1-  3 Down and 1 to GO!!!!!!   Congratulations to Concert Band 2, Concert Band 1 and Symphonic Band who have all competed at UIL Contest the last two days.  We are SOOO excited to report that all 3 Bands were awarded First Division Ratings from all 6 judges!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  WAY TO GO BAND!!!!!!   And Good luck to the Wind Ensemble who competes on Thursday.

#2- Wind Ensemble competes at UIL concert/sightreading contest on Thursday, April 13
Klein HS at 11:15AM….Come on out and support us.

#3-PHYSICAL FORMS!!!!!  Every band and color guard student will receive the 2017-2018 REQUIRED Physical form tomorrow (Wednesday)   We hope that everyone takes advantage of the physical exam that is being offered through the school.   Remember EVERYONE must have an updated physical before they can rehearse with the band in August.

I hope that you all have a wonderful rest of the week!

Dana Pradervand
Band Director
Oak Ridge High School

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This Week in Band 04/09/2017

Hello War Eagle Band….It is CONTEST WEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Even though it is a short week it is jammed packed with band events.  We want to wish all the Concert Bands GOOD LUCK this week as they compete in UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest.   The schedule of all the band’s performance times and places is listed below.   Parents, if you can ….please try and come out and see this incredible process.   It is the music version of STARR testing and we would love to have an audience for all the performances.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
1.  There will be a Booster Club meeting Tuesday Night at 7pm.   Important end of the year information will be discussed as well as the 2017-2018 budget proposal.  We hope to see all of you there.

2.  PHYSICALS!!!!!  It is that time again to get your physical done for the upcoming year.   Our school provides you a convenient and inexpensive way to get your physical done and all the paperwork filed.  The Physical forms (orange form) will be handed out to all band students on Wednesday.   All students who are going to take advantage of this physical will have two deadlines:

Tuesday, April 18 – is the Pre-Screening Day for all band students.  You must have a completed form (orange form) and you CASH payment.  We will escort students to their pre-screening during their band class

Wednesday, April 26 – is the assigned day for the band students to actually get the physical during school hours.

*****Parents this is an easy way to get the REQUIRED physical done prior to our June Band Camp.   Students MUST have a valid physical on file with the Athletic Trainer prior to July 31, 2017 in order to be able to practice with the band. If you have any questions please contact the ORHS Athletic Trainer office.

COLOR GUARD CORNER:
No announcements from Mr. Landers

THIS WEEK IN BAND:
Monday – Concert Band 2 competes at UIL Contest:  9:30am at Klein Oak HS
***students are to be in formal uniform in the band hall by 7:20am

Concert Band 1 competes at UIL Contest:  1:30pm at Klein Oak HS

Tuesday – Symphonic Band competes at UIL Contest:  9:45am at Klein Oak HS
Band Booster Meeting – 7pm in ORHS band hall.

Wednesday:   Physical Forms (orange) will be handed out to all band students

Thursday:  Wind Ensemble competes at UIL Contest:  11:15am – Klein HS

Happy Easter Weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It is especially important during this Contest Week that the ORHS Bands make Excellence a Habit…..if we do, it is going to be a PHENOMINAL WEEK!!!!!!!!!!

Dana Pradervand
Band Director

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Oak Ridge High School Band in Oak Ridge, Texas.