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THIS WEEK IN BAND 10/14/18

War Eagle Band/Color Guard
Happy Homecoming!!!!!! It was a great week of Homecoming. Many of our Band/Guard Alumni
returned to say “hi”. It was wonderful to see everyone, and it was nice to have the weekend. We have
just 21 days left in our competitive season….and things are getting exciting. We have our 3 biggest
contests ahead of us and we hope our War Eagle Band/Guard family will come out to all of them and
cheer us on.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
1. Lone Star Preview is this coming weekend: The itinerary is below…but here is information
regarding parking and tickets. Lone Star Preview is Saturday, Oct. 20 at Woodforest. You can
purchase tickets online at: www.twhsband.org/tickets.html.
Tickets are: $12 prelims
$12 finals
$20 all day pass
Parking is $5.00
2. We need volunteers to sign up to help host UIL Region Marching Contest on Tuesday, Oct. 23.
We run this contest and will need a lot of help. Please go into Charms to sign up to help. You
will be able to see the War Eagle Band march at 6:30pm….regardless of the volunteer position
you sign up for. There will be an brief logistics meeting on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 6pm. Come
on out and help!!!!!!!!!
THIS WEEK IN BAND:
Monday – Mr. Dixon is here for masterclasses during class ( you need your concert instrument)
Wind Ensemble/Symphonic band – Etude test #7 in class
Concert Band 1 – scale test Concert A in class
no after school rehearsal
Tuesday – SLT meeting during EN
Varsity Band rehearsal – 4:15 – 6:45pm
Wednesday – no after school rehearsal
Thursday – Varsity Band rehearsal 3:15 – 5:45
Friday – Full Band Rehearsal – 3:15 – 5:45
Saturday – Lone Star Preview and Football game
8am – 9am Rehearsal
9:30am Load Buses
11:15am Prelim performance at Lone Star Preview
12:00pm Leave for Game v. Klein Oak
****you must pack a sack lunch to eat on the way to the game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2:00pm Game v. Klein Oak
5:30pm Return to ORHS to prepare for LS Preview Finals
*****Boosters will provide dinner
7:30pm Finals begin at Woodforest
11:00pm Return to ORHS
This is the beginning of our most competitive contests! The show is great and the students are getting
better and better. We are looking forward to a productive week…..Students, keep pushing hard and
remember there are no shortcuts to Excellence!!!!!! Excellence in Everything, by
Everyone….Everytime….that is the Oak Ridge way!!!!!!!!!!!! It is going to be a FANTASTIC WEEK!

THIS WEEK IN BAND 9/30/18

Hello War Eagle Band/Color Guard,
We are SOOOO Excited and proud to report that our War Eagle Band/Color Guard started their contest season off with a BANG!   We competed at the ONE TOWN/BIG SOUND Marching Festival and gave a spectacular first performance.  The War Eagle Band/Color Guard was awarded 3rd place in Class 6A and when it was all said and done….we were awarded 3rd Place Overall in the Festival.  The directors could not have been prouder of how we started the season!  Of course we could not do it without the wonderful support of our parents…THANK YOU to our pre game meal crew, our chaperones, our pit crew, our amazing prop crew and everyone who came out in the band weather to watch us perform.  We love you and appreciate all you do for us!!!!!!!!!!!  WAY TO GO!!!!!!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
1.  The end of the 9 week grading period is this coming Friday.   ALL Students must be passing ALL classes in order to remain eligible to participate in our successful contest season.   Please check your grades in VIEW IT daily and be sure that you have turned in all assignments and made up any missing work!

2.  We have an altered rehearsal schedule this week…..please make sure you have seen it and plan accordingly…..we have BOA HOUSTON contest this week.   In addition, we are so fortunate to have Mr. Gary Markham (one of the Nation’s top DCI/BOA  adjudicators) here for two days of clinics.

3. The War Eagle Band will be competing at the BOA Houston Regional this Saturday, Oct. 6 at Woodforest Stadium.  The itinerary is attached to this email.  Since it is in our backyard, we hope to see a HUGE Oak Ridge crowd there to support us.   Y’ALL COME ON OUT!!
BOA HOUSTON:  ticket and parking information:
Ticket Prices:  Prelims only – $18.00
Finals only – $18.00
Full Day pass – $27.00
Parking:  $5.00 or $10.00( for in/out privileges)
4.  DISNEY UPDATE:   Your #2 deposit should have been made last Friday.   Check Charms to see that your account is up to date.

5.  Percussionists be prepared to go outside everyday in class (we will dress out everyday).

COLOR GUARD CORNER:
See the rehearsals schedule below:

THIS WEEK IN BAND:
Monday – Wind Ens./Symphonic Band – Etude #5 is due
Concert Band 1 – G/Gflat scale test

Tuesday – Varsity Band Rehearsal 4:15 – 6:45pm
***front ensemble and soloist will begin at 3:45pm
SLT meeting during EN

Wednesday – NO REHEARSAL!!!!!!!!!!!  Go to tutoring!

Thursday – Mr. Markham is here in all classes
Varsity Rehearsal – 3:15 – 5:45pm (clinic with Mr. Markham)

Friday – 1.  End of the 9 week grading period
2.  FULL BAND REHEARSAL – 1pm – 3:30pm

Saturday – BOA Houston Regional Contest ( see attached itinerary)

Monday: (Oct. 8) – Varsity Rehearsal – at WOODFOREST STADIUM – 9AM – NOON
Clinic with Mr Markham, Mr Spicer and Mr. Calima

It is an exciting time for the War Eagle Band/Color Guard…..we need you to always remember that there are NO SHORTCUTS to EXCELLENCE.    Be prepare to work hard and be EXCELLENT….because
EXCELLENCE IN EVERYTHING is what WE do!!!!!!!!!!!   Let’s have a great week!

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

THIS WEEK IN BAND 9/23/18

Hello War Eagle Band/Color Guard!

IT’S CONTEST WEEK!!!!!!  It is finally here…our contest season begins this week when the War Eagle Band/Color Guard debuts our 2018 Show entitled “All Things Bright and Beautiful!”  We will be competing at the Small Town/Big Sound marching contest on Saturday.   The itinerary for Saturday is below, but we want to invite every parent and family member to come out and see us perform.   We want to see and HEAR our War Eagle family in the stands at the contest…..Y’ALL COME ON OUT!!!!!

Thank you to everyone who made our 1st Annual Mattress Fundraiser a huge success.  It was a great day and we had a lot of parents and students come out and help.  WAY TO GO…..I will update you on how much we raised in next weeks email.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
1.  Friendswood Contest:   An itinerary along with Ticket pricing and parking instructions will be attached to the Booster Club email.
Itinerary:   Saturday, Sept. 29
8:30am —students arrive ORHS
8:45am – 9:45am   Rehearsal
9:45am – 10:45am-  change into uniform.   Eat snack/lunch
***students, please bring a sack lunch/snack to eat and stay energized
11:00am –  Depart for Friendswood
1:30pm – Warm Up
2:30pm – Prelim Performance!!!!!!!!!
4:30pm – Prelim Awards and Finalist Bands announcement
5:30pm – Dinner (this will be provided by the Booster Club)
6:30pm – Finals contest begins
9:30pm – Award Ceremony and Full Band Retreat
10:30pm – Depart Friendswood
12:00am – Arrive ORHS

2.  Disney Trip Update:
Deposit #2 – $275 is due on Friday, September 28.  Payments can be made in Charms or by Cash
or Check in the band office.
3.  Students will need to bring their New Contest Jackets to school.   We will be using them in rehearsals from now on.

COLOR GUARD CORNER
1.  Rehearsal schedule changes and will now follow the band rehearsal schedule.

THIS WEEK IN BAND:
Monday – Wind Ensemble/Symphonic Band – Cut #4 recording due
Concert Band 1: test #1 in class (Aflat/Dflat scales)

Tuesday – SLT meeting during Eagle’s Nest
Varsity Rehearsal –  3:45 – 4:15 ( soloists and front ensemble)
4:15 – 6:45  varsity
****you will need contest jacket

Wednesday – Varsity Rehearsal 3:15 – 5:15pm
Progress Reports come out ( Eligibility is finalized)

Thursday – Full Band 3:15 – 4:30pm;  Varsity 4:30 – 5:45pm

Friday –  Disney Payment #2 Due ($275)
Game v. Klein Forest HS (away)

Saturday – Friendswood Marching Contest (Full Band) – all day
***remember to bring a sack lunch and water jug.   Dinner will be provided by the
Booster club.

It is going to be an EXCITING WEEK!!!!  Please come out and support us at the Friendswood Contest.  We promise it will be an awesome performance!  Students:  as we prepare for our first contest of the season and we go through our week of rehearsals..it is important to remember that there are No shortcuts to Excellence….be mentally and physically prepared for every rehearsal!

Excellence is what we do!!!!!

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

THIS WEEK IN BAND 9/17/18

Hello War Eagle Band/Color Guard,

We had another great football game….despite the weather!   Thank you to all the parents who helped to make our game run so smoothly!!!!!  You guys are AWSOME!  A Huge THANK YOU goes to everyone who helped with the Flag Return.   It went very well…..WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
1.  Friday is the end of the 6 week grading period and it is an ELIGIBILITY progress report.   Which means….anyone who is not passing all of their classes as of Friday will become INELIGIBLE.  If you become ineligible, you are not allowed to participate at games and contests.  You are allowed and expected to attend practices.  Losing Eligibility may result in loss of marching spot.  KEEP TRACK OF YOUR GRADES PLEASE!

2.  Last Friday students received their Contest Jacket (which you have paid for).  They look great and we cannot wait to debut them.  Here are the WASHING INSTRUCTIONS:
a.  DO NOT PUT THEM IN A WASHING MACHINE OR DRYER!!!!!!!
b.  HAND WASH in cold water with a mild detergent.  DO NOT USE WOOLITE.
c.  Rinse in cold water and HANG TO DRY.
d.  Do Not:   dry clean
iron
use hot water
e.  If you get a stain on it…use WINDEX for oil or grease stains.
****we do not have extra sizes and cannot reorder…so if something happens we do not have
another one for you to purchase.

3. 1st Annual Mattress Fundraiser is Saturday, September 22 from 10 – 5.   Please see the attached flyer and help us get the word out.   That is the only thing we have to do….please spread the word!

4.  At this Friday’s Game against Klein Collins we will be hosting the “Future War Eagle Band Members”….our 8th graders from IRONS Jr. High will be joining us.   It will be a really fun evening!

5.  We are looking for a band/guard parent that can video our contest performances.  We need someone who has equipment that can take video of the entire football field.  If you are interested, please contact Ms. P.

COLOR GUARD CORNER
Monday:  Flags 3:15 – 5:15
All Guard members meet at Senior Campus for class.
Tuesday:  Full Guard 4:15 – 6:45pm
Wednesday: Rifle Line 3:15 – 5:15pm
Thursday: Full Guard 3:15 – 5:45pm
Friday:  Game v. Klein Collins at Moorhead Stadium
***Progress Report Day – this will affect Eligibility!!!!!!
Saturday:  1st Annual Mattress Fundraiser  10am – 5pm Senior Campus Cafeteria

THIS WEEK IN BAND:
Monday – Mr. Dixon will be here to do masterclasses in Wind Ensemble,Symphonic and Concert 1.
(bring concert instruments)
Percussion Rehearsal 3:15 – 5:15pm( note: this will be the last Monday practice.  You will
be moving to a Tues/Wed/Thurs schedule)
Tuesday -Varsity Rehearsal 4:15 – 6:45pm
Wednesday – Varsity Rehearsal 3:15 – 5:15
Thursday – Full Band 3:15 – 4:30, Varsity 4:30 – 5:45
Friday – Game v. Klein Collins -Moorhead Stadium …8th grade Band Night
Progress Report Day – this will affect Eligibility!!!!!!!!!
Saturday – 1st Annual Band Mattress Fund Raiser – 10am – 5pm; Senior Cafeteria

We are getting closer to our First contest….so as we go through practices this week, let’s remember that there No Shortcuts to Excellence and Excellence is what we do in the War Eagle Band/Guard program!    Let’s have a Fantastic Week!!!!!!

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

THIS WEEK IN BAND 8/19/18

Hello War Eagle Band/Color Guard-  We made it through the start of school…..and it has been a great week.  It culminated with our Annual Band Olympics and the competition was better than ever.   Congratulations to our Medal Winners:    Bronze Medal – Flute Section, Silver Medal – Color Guard and the 2018-2019 Gold Medalists- the French Horn Section.   It was a Fun night and thank you to all of the parents who came out and participated!!!!!!!!!!!!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

#1- Disney Contracts are still being collected.   Please remember that if you pay online, I still need the signed Contract in order for your reservation to be  complete.

#2- Handbook forms are due by Friday.   They must be signed by a parent/guardian and the  student.

#3- SNAP RAISE Fund Raiser Update – We are doing well.  As of this email we have raised $23, 758 with 51.2\% participation.   We really need to up our participation to 77\% in order to receive 77\% of our monies raised.   All you need is one donation to be counted in the participation number….so continue to share your account link on all venues of social media.   Also, continue to add email addresses!   Keep up the good work!

#4-Our Private Lesson program is in full swing.   We are so proud of the exceptional private lesson staff we have assembled to help our students.   Please return private lesson contracts to Ms. P. this week.  If you want more information regarding our private lesson program, you can find it under the documents section in CHARMS.

#5-“SAVE THE DATE”…For Flag Fundraiser for the Labor Day Holiday!
Flag Pick up and placement is:  Saturday, September 1 from 8am to 11am
Please sign up in CHARMS later this week …
If you have any questions please go to orhsbandflags@gmail.com

#6- New Band parking lot directions – for after practice pick up.   We are going to try a new parking lot configuration that will help the traffic flow for after practice pick up…it will also protect students as they go in/out of band hall.   At 3:15 we will shut the gate access closest to the band hall.   You will have to enter the parking lot at the far end of the parking lot (towards the JV stadium) and then follow the flow of traffic cones.

COLOR GUARD CORNER:
Monday – flag line only  3:15 – 5:15pm
Tuesday – full guard 4:15 – 6:45pm
Wednesday – Rifle line only – 3:15 – 5:15pm
Thursday – full guard 3:15 – 5:45pm
Friday – full guard 3:15 – 5:45pm
Saturday (final Saturday practice) 7am – 11am

THIS WEEK IN BAND
Monday – Percussion and flag line only 3:15pm – 5:15pm
Tuesday – Varsity Band – 4:15 – 6:45pm
Wednesday – Varsity winds and rifle line only 3:15 – 5:15pm ( no percussion or flag line)
Thursday -FULL BAND 3:15 – 4:30PM
Varsity Band 3:15 – 5:45pm
Friday – Varsity 3:15 – 5:45pm
Saturday (last Saturday rehearsal) 7am – 11am

This is our first full week of classes…..Remember to set up good habits in all of your classes…and do not forget that  THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS TO EXCELLENCE!!!   And Excellence in everything is what the War Eagle Band/Color Guard is about!   Let’s have a great week!

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

THIS WEEK IN BAND 8/12/18

Hello War Eagle Band/Color Guard,

We had another great week of rehearsals….despite the weather!   We have an exciting week ahead of us with a lot of different things happening.   The number one thing being the First day of classes!  It is exciting and we want all our War Eagle band/guard students to get off to a great start.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
#1-  Tuesday is PICTURE DAY.  We will be taking our formal band photo for the yearbook and also for the football program.   We are also going to treat it like a “game day” run through.   Students will need to be in the band hall at 8am.…dressed in their uniform under garments ( black shoes, long solid black socks, compression shorts, black underarmour shirt).  Students will go through inspection so that we can check the fit of their uniform.  You have the opportunity to purchase the band picture and also to take individual pictures in uniform.  Students can pick up picture order forms in the band hall.  All payment and orders can ONLY be done on Tuesday.   There is not an opportunity for late orders.

#2-Letter Jacket fitting is also on Tuesday at 11am.  Students who think they have qualified for a letter jacket should have received their order packet last week.   Again,  Tuesday is the only day that we will be doing fittings.  Students will not have another opportunity to order letter jackets if they have qualified for one.

#3- SNAP-Raise fundraiser..is doing great.  As of this email we have raised $12,711.  Please continue to share your link on social media.   The more you do…..the more people will have an opportunity to support our program!

#4-Disney Trip – We are accepting reservations for the Spring Trip to Disney World.  Please do not forget to turn in your contract to Ms. Pradervand in order to finalize your reservation.  Deadline for reservation is August 31.

#5 – Band Olympics….Our annual Band Olympics social function is this Friday.   Band Olympics is a tradition of the War Eagle band/guard program.   It celebrates the end of our summer band and is a great social function for our students and adults.   Each section will “name their country” and compete in various events throughout the evening.   There will be an opening ceremony with our version of the “parade of countries”  and a closing ceremony complete with video highlights and the naming of our Gold Medalist section.   Parents are invited to come and watch….we will also need parent volunteers to provide transportation for our “scavenger hunt” event.

COLOR GUARD CORNER:
Monday – Rehearsal at 4pm – 8pm   (we will be fitting the uniform dress)  As a reminder, you must have paid for the uniform dress in order to be fitted and to be able to take the band picture on Tuesday.

Tuesday – 8am – 11am   Picture Day
11am – Letter Jacket fittings for those who have met the requirements

Wednesday – first day of school – no rehearsal
Thursday – 3:15 – 6:00pm  rehearsal
Friday – Band Olympics Party – 5:30pm – 11pm
Saturday – Meet the War Eagles Pep Rally  5:30pm – 7:30pm

THIS WEEK IN BAND
Monday – Varsity Band Rehearsal 5pm – 8pm
Tuesday – Full Band Picture Day 8am – 11am
Letter Jacket Fitting – 11am for those who have met the requirements
Wednesday – first day of school – no after school rehearsal
Thursday – Full Band (JV included) 3:15 – 4:30….Varsity 4:30 – 6:00pm
Friday – Band Olympics 5:30pm – 11pm
Saturday – Meet the War Eagles Pep Rally 5:30pm – 7:30pm

This is an exciting week…school starts on Wednesday and we want everyone to have their best year ever….so as you go to your classes for the first time just remember….there are no shortcuts to EXCELLENCE!   Have a great attitude…..and have a wonderful first week of school!

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

THIS WEEK IN BAND 8/5/18

Hello War Eagle Band/Color Guard,
We had a FANTASTIC first week of Summer Band.   The students exceeded all expectations….so if this is an indication of things to come….WOW what an amazing year it is going to be!

IMORTANT INFORMATION:
#1 – First Booster Club meeting of the year will be Tuesday, August 7 at 6:30pm in the Auditorium.  Many things will be discussed and a lot of information will be given out.
a.  We will handout the Information Packet for our Spring Trip to Disney World!!!!!!!!!!!!!
b.  We will have 5 mini “round robin” sessions where you will receive information regarding
volunteering for various committees (chaperoning, hospitality, uniform cleaning”tide
crew”, pit crew, prop building….and fundraising)
c.  parent raffle with chance to win several items
d.   And last but not least….an EXHIBITION performance by the Varsity Band.

#2-  It is not to late to support our FLAGS WITH PRIDE program.   If you or anyone in your neighborhood would still like an American Flag put in your yard at various holidays throughout the year….you can still order your subscription.  The cost is $38 per subscription if paying by check or $40 if paying by credit card through the website.   DEADLINE FOR ORDERING IS: August 12, 2018.
Go online at:  orhsband.org/product/flag-subscription
Help show you patriotism while supporting our Band/Color Guard program!!!!!!!

#3  We will begin our Snap-Raise! Fund raising campaign on Thursday.   I have sent home an information letter with every student last Friday.   I have also attached the letter to this email.  We are asking that every student bring 20 viable email addresses to our kick off on Thursday.  Types of email addresses we are wanting is included in the attached letter.   THIS IS ONE OF OUR BIGGEST AND EASIEST FUND RAISERS!!!!!!!  We need everyone to participate.

#4- SPIRIT WEEK: Give us your most creative costumes!
Meme Monday
Twin Tuesday
Walt Disney Wednesday
Tacky Tourist Thursday
Fun Fact Friday
***remember the more people who dress up in a section the more points you can earn for Band Olympics!!!!

COLOR GUARD CORNER:
Monday 5pm – 8pm
Tuesday – noon to 8pm (Mr. Sperling will be here)
Booster Club meeting at 6:30pm in auditorium
Wednesday – noon to 8pm
Thursday – noon to 8pm ( Snap-Raise fund raiser begins…bring 20 email addresses)
Friday – 5pm – 8pm
Saturday – 7am to noon

THIS WEEK IN BAND:
Monday:   3pm – 5pm -All-State Master Classes
5pm – 8pm Varsity Band Rehearsal

Tuesday:  3pm – 5pm -All State Master Classes
5pm – 8pm Varsity Band Rehearsal
6:30 pm – Band Booster Meeting and Varsity Band Exhibition!
****information regarding Disney trip will be discussed.

Wednesday 3pm – 5pm – All State Master Classes
5pm – 8pm – Varsity Band Rehearsal

Thursday – 3pm  – 8 pm FULL BAND
****SNAP-RAISE fundraiser kick off….bring 20 email addresses

Friday – 3 – 5pm All-State Master Classes
5 – 8pm  FULL BAND REHEARSAL

Saturday – 7am – noon Varsity Band Rehearsal

Let’s keep the momentum going as we remember that ……THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS TO EXCELLENCE!!!!!!

Thank you ALL for a great first week………Way to Go War Eagle Band/Color Guard!!!!!!!!!!!

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

This Week In Band 6/10/2018

Happy Summer Break!!!!!!!!
Welcome to our Freshmen parents and students….this is your first “THIS WEEK IN BAND” email!  We just completed our first week of the 2018-2019 season with our percussion, color guard and music camps.  Band Registration is completed and everyone has been fitted for uniforms and ordered gear.

We just wanted to send this final before we head off to enjoy our summer as well.  Here are a few reminders:

#1-The band hall will be open on Tuesdays, June 12,19 and 26 from 9am – 2pm for anyone who is taking private lessons, anyone who needs help with the marching show, and officers to get ready for summer band.

#2- ALL GEAR MUST be paid for by Friday June 15 in order to be ordered so that it will arrive in time for Summer Band.  You may pay online through PAYPAL.  Any gear that is not paid for by June 15 cannot be ordered.

#3-June 30 – FLAGS WITH PRIDE FUNDRAISER- we will need to deliver our 75 routes for the July 4 holiday.   Please come out and help!  Sign up to Volunteer in Charms (student also).  Pick up is at the Storage Unit on Richards Rd from 8am – 11am.  Return date is Saturday, July 7.This is a great way for Freshmen Parents and students to begin to get involved

#4 July 18 – Pep Rally for First Choice Emergency Care.  All SLT members and any student who is in town can help us play for the grand reopening.   They are making a very generous donation to our band.   Come on out and play:  10:30am – 1pm.  (We will have a rehearsal on July 17)  More information will follow.

#5- July 20 – All YOUTUBE auditions are due to Mr. Vela and Ms. Pradervand.  THIS IS YOUR AUDITION FOR VARSITY OR JV marching band.

#6 July 23 – 24 – SLT leadership camp – you must have your medical form.

#7- July 28- GEAR PICK UP DAY – 9am – 1pm in the Band Hall.

#8- July 30-FIRST DAY OF SUMMER BAND  7am – 4pm

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:
1.  Pavilion is in full swing.  If you would like to volunteer and earn points toward your fees…contact the Pavilion Committee.  For more information please email orhsbandpavilion@gmail.com.

2.  FLAGS WITH PRIDE – July Holiday will need everyone to help.   Please sign up in Charms to distribute flags for this important holiday!

On behalf of all the ORHS Band Directors, we want to wish everyone a FUN and SAFE summer!  Enjoy the well deserved break…..spend time with your family, catch up with friends, take a great trip and just RELAX!   We will see you on July 30!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This Week in Band 03/25/2018

Hello War Eagle Family,

This weekend all 3 Color Guards competed in the TCGC Area championships.  The Varsity finished out their season strong by placing 6th for the year.  The Freshmen team had their strongest run-through of the season fighting their way into a top 5 spot in the Area.  And the JV guard had a fantastic performance pushing them into the top 3 of the Area and advancing them to the State Championships!!!!!!!   The State Championships will be held on April 7th and our JV color guard will be representing ORHS!!!!!   WAY TO GO!!!!!!!   We are all so proud of all 3 guards…..what a great season. Congratulations to all.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
1.  It is with great excitement that we get to announce the Band Director of Grand Oaks High School, Mr. Mike Flake!   Mr. Flake is coming to CISD from Dekaney High School where he was the assistant director.  We all know Mr. Flake and he is going to be a welcome addition to CISD and a wonderful director for Grand Oaks HS.   Mr. Flake hopes to attend our April 10 Booster meeting so that we can meet and greet him!

2.  It is the end of the month, please check your Charms account and make sure that all your payments have been made.   With the end of year fast approaching, we have Band Banquet and Senior Scholarships about to happen and you must be in good standing to purchase a banquet ticket or be allowed to apply for the band booster scholarship.

3.  All concert bands:   Please make sure you are getting all of the items you need for your Concert Formal Uniform:
Symphonic and Concert Band 1:  girls:  black closed toed/heel shoes
boys:  black dress shoes (marching shoes are OK if they are
clean and in good shape)
black dress socks
white collared dress shirt
Concert Band 2:  girls:  black dress or black pants with a white or black dress shirt
black closed toed/heel shoes
boys:   black pants and a white or black collared dress shirt
black dress shoes (marching shoes are OK if they are clean and in good
shape)
black dress socks

COLOR GUARD CORNER:
1.  JV guard rehearsals will be :  Monday 3pm – 5:30pm
Thursday 3pm to 5:30pm

THIS WEEK IN BAND:
Tuesday:  Mr. Benzer clinic during Symphonic Band and Concert Band 1

Wednesday:  Full Orchestra rehearsal 3pm to 5pm
Concert Band 1 – formal uniform final fitting time during Eagle’s Nest (get a pass from
the directors)

Thursday:  Mr. Bennett clinic during Wind Ensemble class

It is a short week….but a busy one….remember that BETTER NEVER STOPS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dana Pradervand
Band Director
Oak Ridge High School

This Week in Band 03/18/2018

Happy March Madness War Eagles!!!!!!   We hope that everyone had a wonderful and restful Spring Break.  It is good to take a moment to recharge….Reunite with friends and family.  While most of us were having a good week off….our Color Guards were in the midst of their season competing at 2 different contests.   Congratulations to our Freshmen and JV color guards who competed the first weekend of the break….and both guards were the “Silver Medalists” taking 2nd place in their divisions!
This past weekend our Varsity color guard travelled to Dallas and competed in a WGI regional.   The had 3 great performances that qualified them for semi finals and finals performances.   Out of the 44 guards that competed, our Varsity guard place an impressive 9th place overall.   Congratulations to all the girls and to Mr. Landers…..WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
1- On Thursday, March 22 we will have a “Spirit Night” at the Freebird’s on Lake Woodlands Dr.  Come on by and have dinner between 5pm and 8pm…remember the ORHS band gets a cut of all the proceeds.
2- Concert Band 2 students remember to bring your formal uniforms to school tomorrow if you have not already done so.
3- Friday, March 23 will be a Parent Performance of all of our color guards.  This is to “wish them good luck” as they go into the TCGC Area qualifying regional on Saturday.   The exhibition will be 7pm in the 9th grade center gym.

COLOR GUARD CORNER:
Monday – Freshman guard rehearsal 3 – 5pm
Varsity guard rehearsal 5 – 7:30pm
Tuesday-Freshmen guard rehearsal 3pm – 5pm
JV guard rehearsal 3- 5:30pm
Wednesday-Varsity guard rehearsal 3pm – 6:00pm
Thursday-JV Varsity guard rehearsal 3pm – 5:30pm
Friday-Varsity guard rehearsal 3pm – 5:30pm
Parent Exhibition Performance – 7pm
Saturday- TCGC Area Contest at Klein Forest  -TBA

THIS WEEK IN BAND
***section rehearsals resume for all bands.   Please check your child’s individual band schedule

Wednesday-Full Orchestra Rehearsal 3pm – 5pm (Orchestra Percusssion will need to attend)
Thursday-Spirit Night at Freebirds 5pm – 8pm
Friday- Mr Green clinic during all classes
***eligibility hits today at 2:30pm

We hope everyone is ready to begin a new 9 week grading period.   For our Seniors….this is your last one…make it your best one!   For the freshmen, sophomores and juniors…this is the last one of the year….make it your best one!   And never forget that BETTER NEVER STOPS!!!!   Let’s make this a great week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dana Pradervand
Band Director
Oak Ridge High School