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THIS WEEK IN BAND BOOSTERS! 10/28/18

Hello ORHS Band Boosters! We MUST give a HUGE CONGRATS to our band & color guard students who placed 2nd overall at UIL Area Marching Contest this past Saturday in Galena Park! Now they are HEADED TO STATE!! We are SO PROUD of each of you!! And CONGRATS to our amazing directors for getting our students to this high level of success! We truly appreciate the time and commitment you each have given to make our marching show BRIGHT & BEAUTIFUL this year! AND an enormous thank you to all of the volunteers who pushed props, helped with pit crew, passed out waters and helped served the meals for our amazing students! You are all appreciated more than we can say! We do have another EXTREMELY BUSY WEEK this week with BOA Marching Contest on Saturday & State UIL Competition coming up next week. SO please read this email, and Ms. P’s This Week in Band email that is posted in Charms. We need ALL PARENTS to stay in the KNOW on how to continue to ASSIST our great program!

SPIRIT CREW WAS BRIGHT & LOUD AT UIL THIS PAST SATURDAY: Thanks to the parents & family who came out in support of our kids this weekend! It was a great send off to Galena Park in the morning, then to see & hear all of the cheering in the stands really helped boost our kids’ performances. AND–to top it off, seeing the welcome when we arrived back at ORHS was amazing!! The kids on the buses were so surprised and so appreciative of the support & they could feel the love!

TRUNK OR TREAT/ALL THINGS “FRIGHT & BOO-TIFUL” WED OCT 31: Please sign up in Charms and bring Halloween candy & your decorated vehicles for our trunk or treat event at Woodforest Stadium directly following the band rehearsal on Wed Oct 31. It will be a fun evening and the kids will vote for the best costume/best decorated trunk! This is also the day to bring snacks for BOA San Antonio. The assigned collectors will meet you at Woodforest that evening.

BOA GOODIE BAGS FOR THIS COMING WEEKEND: Please check in Charms for your volunteer opportunities to help with snacks by sections. There is a section coordinator who is responsible for gathering these goodies & making the snack bags for each student to have for the trip to San Antonio on Sat Nov 3. Bring your snacks to Woodforest Stadium after the rehearsal on Wed Oct 31.

SENIOR PARENT NIGHT FRI NOV 9TH: Parents of seniors will need to plan on being at the last home game of the football season on Fri Nov 9th, where you will be introduced with your senior before the game. More details will be sent out via email so be on the lookout for the information. We wanted to give you a heads up so you can plan to be there! We also suggest that you bring lots of tissues! It will be a very special evening and a wonderful celebration of your student’s accomplishments over the past 4 years!

NEXT FLAGS WITH PRIDE HOLIDAY IS VETERANS DAY: Our next flag fundraiser, Veterans Day Nov 11th. Sign ups are in Charms now, so please help with this important commitment to our community! Placement of flags will be a little different for this holiday because it must coordinate with our upcoming contest schedule while still being able to work around Thanksgiving break. Flag placement: Flag storage will be open Thurs Nov 8th 3pm-5pm AND Sat Nov 10th 8am-10am. All routes to be placed no later than Saturday Nov 10th. Flag return: Flag storage will be open Thurs Nov 15th 3pm-5pm AND Sat Nov 17th 8am-10am. We are still needing parents to assist with our Flags with Pride Committee! Any questions? Please contact our Flag Committee. orhsbandflags@gmail.com

NEXT SPIRIT NIGHT IS THURS NOV 15TH AT MOD PIZZA: Please mark your calendars now & plan to come out in support of our program! We will have our spirit night at Mod Pizza in Portofino Shopping Center. Please share with all of your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, etc. Be sure to say you are supporting Oak Ridge Band Boosters so we can get credit for your purchase(s) on Thurs 11/15/18 all day!

Thank you for your continued support of our BRIGHT students and this BEAUTIFUL booster club! GO WAR EAGLE BAND! Tammy Comeaux ORHS Band Booster President

The Guard Report 10-28-18

All I can say is ” WOW!!! What a performance!” I’m sure each and every one of you are beaming with pride. There will be ALOT of information that will be streaming your way – please check your email often – Ms P will be keeping us abreast on what we “need to know”.

Here’s a bit of information I’m happy to share with you. Both BOA Super Regional and UIL State Championships will be held in San Antonio’s Alamodome.

Please keep the clear bag policy in mind as you come cheer on all of our amazing kids! You can find more information about the bag policy at: https://www.alamodome.com/plan-your-visit/clear-bag-policy

BOA ticket pricing and schedule information at: https://www.musicforall.org/what-we-do/boa-marching-championships/regionals/bands-of-america-san-antonio-super-regional-championship-presented-by-yamaha

UIL schedule information at: http://www.uiltexas.org/files/music/6A_Prelims_Schedule.pdf. Ticket information can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/events/655803188147595/?ti=icl

The BOA preliminary performance will be Saturday, November 3rd @ 9:00 am.

The UIL preliminary performance will be Monday, November 5th @ 6:45 pm.

Please please please check your email and Charms often this coming week for important information from the directors regarding the band’s schedule, practice times and location, performance times and travel plans.

One last exciting tidbit – there will be a Parent Performance at the end of practice on Wednesday October 31st at 6:00pm at the Woodforest Stadium.

See you then!

Liesl Walton ORHS Band Booster Color Guard Liaison

A SPECIAL Letter from the Band Directors 10-28-18

Hello War Eagle Band/Color Guard

Please see the letter below!!!

Below is a schedule of This Weeks Activities. You will be receiving a lot of emails that will detail the specifics of our upcoming trips to BOA Super Regional and to UIL State marching contests. Please be patient as we work through all of the logistics. And please read all of the communications that we send.

THIS WEEK IN BAND: Schedule of Events this week.

Monday – 1. We will be postponing the Etude and Scale tests – scheduled for this week.

 2.No after school rehearsal -please use this day to get ahead in all of your classes...you will
   need to get everything done prior to leaving for State Marching Contest.
3.  Please pay for the Region Orchestra entry fee (if that involves you).

Tuesday – 1. Varsity Rehearsal 4:15 – 6:45pm ( Mr. Spicer will be here)

2.SLT meeting during EN

Wednesday -1. Disney Deposit #3 Due: $275

2. Varsity Stadium Rehearsal at Woodforest 3:30 - 6:30pm (parent exhibition at 6:00pm)
       ****Mr. Markham and Mr. Calima will be here
       ****Halloween sock rehearsal

Thursday – Full Band Rehearsal 3:15 – 5:45pm

Friday – 1.SLT pep rally at Houser Elem. during school

2.Game v. Klein HS  7pm

Saturday – BOA Super Regional Contest – San Antonio

*****an itinerary will be sent out tomorrow.

Monday – UIL State Marching Contest – Prelim performances

Tuesday – UIL State Marching Contest- Final Performances

*****itinerary will be sent out later this week.

Special “Save the Date”: We have our November Veteran’s Day Flag Holiday coming up.

Flag Pick up will be:  Thursday, November 8 !!!!!   Sign up in Charms please.

As you can imagine there are a lot of logistics that are being worked out. We will get you itineraries and specific information just as soon as we can. Please continue to read through all communications from our Band and Boosters.

It is going to be a FUN week!!!!!

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

Special letter from the Directors

Good morning STATE QUALIFING WAR EAGLE BAND/COLOR GUARD!!!!!
What an amazing day it was yesterday! As I am writing this, I am still overcome with the emotions of our
history making day!!!!! My mind is going 100 miles an hour as we begin to prepare and organize the upcoming
week….But before I get immersed in the planning….it is important to me, and really all of us, to pause …..take a
deep breath….and give thanks!!!!!!
First, I would like to say how grateful I am to be working with such an incredible teaching team. To Mr. Dillard,
Mr. Vela and Mr. Landers, I want to say thank you for your expertise, your leadership, your passion and most
importantly your friendship. It doesn’t get any better than this team….and I am truly humbled and thankful to be
working with you guys.
Secondly, to ALL the wonderful parents of our OR family. Mrs. Comeaux and the entire executive board of the
Booster Club, your guidance and coordination of our support organization is beyond amazing. We are so
thankful to all of our parents who serve or volunteer with: chaperoning, pit crew, meal service, uniform
maintenance, spirit and general cheerleading. Seeing all of you in the stands at every performance with your
incredible signs and hearing all of your cheering…..really energizes us to perform our best. We are so grateful
for your support and selfless work….You truly are:
All Things Bright and Beautiful to our program…..Thank YOU!
I also want to thank our design team, who helped us create this unbelievably special show.
Production Coordinator: Jeremy Spicer
Visual Coordinator: Mark Calima
Music Designers: JD Shaw
Bryan Harmsen
Drill Designer: Pete Weber
Color Guard Choreographer: Jeffrey Sperling
Body Choreographer: Josh Wendt
Electronics/and Percussion: Dr. Jeff Otto
Marching Techs: Mr. Gonzales
Ivan
Katie
Charlie
Thank you for being apart of TEAM OAK RIDGE!
Third: I would say Thank You…to our Administration, and Faculty of Oak Ridge HS. We could not do what we
do…without your support: Thank you Mr. Johnson for your unwavering belief in us. Thank Dr. Bob Horton,
CISD Fine Arts Coordinator for all you do for us. Thank you Ms. Florian for being our number one fan and
thanks to our incredible cluster teachers: Michael Dick and Vincent Morris from Irons Jr High, Jennifer Brown,
Charlie Stott and Ireland Hirschman at Vogal Intermediate….look at what your “babies” have done!!!!!
And Last….and most important….To the amazing young people of the Oak Ridge War Eagle Band/Color Guard.
Thank you for trusting the process and going bravely into the unknown. Thank you for believing that there are
no shortcuts to Excellence and working so hard to make our goals…..a historical reality! I do not have enough
words to tell you how very proud we are of all of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You continue to inspire us each and
every day!
How fitting that we will be finishing our marching season during the month of Thanksgiving. The War Eagle
Nation has much to be grateful for. On behalf of all of the Directors…..
We say THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! It is an honor and a privilege to be your directors.

THIS WEEK INBAND BOOSTERS! 10/14/18

Hello ORHS Band Boosters! We hope you & your students enjoyed all the Homecoming festivities this past week! We also hope you are all rested & recharged to finish this marching season STRONG! We only have 21 days left!! Which is VERY hard to believe! But it’s going to take ALL PARENTS helping to continue the successful season we’ve started for our students! SO please read this email, and Ms. P’s email that is posted in Charms, so that you can stay in the KNOW on how you can plug in & ASSIST in getting it done!

FIRST SPIRIT NIGHT WAS A SUCCESS AT CANE’S: A BIG thanks to Shannon Ensey for setting up our first Spirit Night! And thanks to all the parents, students, friends & family who came out to support our program!! It was a PACKED HOUSE on THURSDAY! We should be able to report the profits we earned from this event with you soon! Stay tuned for information regarding our NEXT Spirit Night coming soon!

FOOTBALL GAME/LONE STAR PREVIEW MARCHING CONTEST SAT OCT 20TH: This Saturday will be an extremely busy day for our students! We have our prelim performance at Woodforest stadium at 11:15am and then head straight to Klein stadium for the football game vs Klein Oak at 2pm! Please check Ms. P’s email posted in Charms for report time, etc. Depending on our results in prelims, we could be headed back to Woodforest stadium to march in the finals competition directly following the football game! It will take a lot of volunteers this Saturday, so please check in Charms for your opportunity to help! Also be sure your student has a sack lunch to eat on the bus on the way to the football game! Boosters will be providing dinner between the game & finals performance.

UIL MARCHING CONTEST ON TUES OCT 23RD–WE ARE HOSTING THIS EVENT: We have the great honor & privilege to host Region 9 UIL Marching Contest on Tuesday 10/23. There are still MANY sign up spots open in Charms! We are needing PARKING LOT help, Warm up area monitors, concessions, gate monitors, ticket booth sales, food/drink donations, etc! We are asking/ok BEGGING ALL PARENTS to PLEASE find any way you can to contribute & help out! Volunteers will be fed throughout the day, hydrated as needed PLUS you will be in the drawing for an awesome ORHS Band Bear for your efforts!

UIL VOLUNTEER MEETING THURS OCT 18TH 6PM: Please meet us in the ORHS Auditorium this Thurs at 6pm to review important info, logistics, plans & procedures required to make our UIL marching contest a success! As stated before, it takes ALL HANDS ON DECK to make this event run smoothly and be successful! WE NEED YOU!!

Thank you for your continued support of our fantastic students and this fabulous booster club! GO WAR EAGLE BAND!

Tammy Comeaux, ORHS Band Booster President

THIS WEEK IN BAND BOOSTERS! 9/30/18

Hello War Eagle Band Boosters! Thanks to all the parents who volunteered for our game this past Friday vs Klein Forest. Also thanks to the parents who helped with our First Marching Contest on Saturday in Friendswood. Despite the heavy rains & weather delays, our band/color guard looked & sounded AMAZING!! It truly was BRIGHT & BEAUTIFUL! A big CONGRATS to our students and directors for placing 3rd in 6A class and then 3rd overall at the contest!
Now to get ready for a very busy week ahead & our next Marching Show this coming Saturday!

SPIRIT COMMITTEE SHOWED UP IN FULL FORCE AT FRIENDSWOOD:
Thanks to the parents, families & friends who braved the bad weather & endless rain on Saturday in Friendswood for our 1st marching contest! If there was an award for the LOUDEST/MOST SPIRITED, our ORHS Band & Color Guard supporters would surely win!
As a reminder, please join our Spirit Committee via Remind 101 to get updates on special cheering events & other ways to support our kids!
Text 81010 with @7k43KKa in the message section of the text.

NO FOOTBALL GAME THIS FRIDAY OCT 5TH:
Please note, there will not be a football game this Friday, as it’s a by-week for our football team.
However, there will be marching practice directly following the early release on Friday, so be sure your students are aware & prepared accordingly.

NEXT MARCHING CONTEST THIS SAT OCT 6TH AT WOODFOREST STADIUM:
We will be performing at BOA-Houston marching contest this Saturday, and our performance time is 8am! Which means the students will be having rehearsal at 5:30am. Thank goodness it is a by-week
and NO FOOTBALL GAME on Friday!
Be sure to read Ms. P’s email from earlier today which has the itinerary attached. We will stay a few hours after our performance to watch other bands perform.  at Please be sure to send spending money with your students if they want to purchase BOA shirts, patches, memorabilia, or snacks from concessions etc.  Also, there are volunteer opportunities in Charms to sign up. Please note, there will be 2 shifts for the volunteers on Saturday. First shift will help with preliminary performance. Second shift will meet at the band hall at 5pm to await the prelim awards and finals announcements.
Second shift will need to be ready to go as soon as we hear the results!

STADIUM REHEARSAL AT WOODFOREST ON MON OCT 8TH:
There is no school on Monday 10/08/18 due to Columbus Day, however we will have varsity rehearsal at Woodforest Stadium 9am-12 noon. Be sure your students are well rested & stay hydrated for an awesome rehearsal.

BOOSTER CLUB MEETING NEXT TUES OCT 9TH:
Mark your calendars & please join us Tues 10/09/18 at 7pm in the Band Hall.
We will be discussing lots of important information and upcoming events. Please bring your ideas, suggestions & positive thoughts so together we can keep this awesome booster organization running smoothly & efficiently!

REMINDER-SPIRIT NIGHT THURS OCT 11TH AT CANE’S:
Please mark your calendars & plan to come out to support our band/color guard program on Thurs 10/11/18 from 5pm-9pm at Cane’s Chicken on Rayford Rd. This is a vital part of our fundraising efforts, so please spread the word to your friends/family/co-workers etc. Hope to see you there!

UIL MARCHING CONTEST TUES OCT 23RD:
Please mark your calendars & plan to help out in any way you can on Tues 10/23 as we HOST this UIL event at Woodforest Stadium. There will be sign ups in Charms soon, and we will need ENORMOUS volunteer efforts, from sending water & food donations for volunteers, to signing up to be an aisle monitor, gate monitor, parking lot & warm up area monitor, judges hospitality & runners, concessions and ticket booth sales.
This is ORHS Band/Color Guard’s time to shine, so we need all parents & families to assist to make this a very successful event.

PAVILION UPDATE–ONLY 1 MONTH TO GO:
The concert season is wrapping up soon, and we’d like to say a special thanks to the parent volunteers & white shirt committee who’ve worked very hard to keep this program successful!
There are still shows to sign up for in Charms. Any questions please contact the white shirt committee. orhsbandpavilion@gmail.com

Thank you for your continued support of our fantastic students and this fabulous booster club!
GO WAR EAGLE BAND!
Tammy Comeaux
ORHS Band Booster President

THIS WEEK IN BAND BOOSTERS! 9/23/18

Hello War Eagle Band Boosters! Thanks to all the parents who volunteered for our game this past Friday vs Klein Collins. Despite the rain, our band/color guard looked & sounded AMAZING!!
Now to get ready for a very busy week ahead & our FIRST MARCHING CONTEST on Saturday!
It will truly be BRIGHT & BEAUTIFUL!

OUR INAUGURAL MATTRESS FUNDRAISER WAS A SUCCESS:
A BIG THANK YOU to the parents & students who came out to support our first mattress fundraiser on Saturday! Despite the crazy weather, we had a good turnout & we will be sharing the results of this fundraiser with you soon! Milcah Ray & her amazing team from CFS/Mattress Firm were awesome, and I know many of you were able to get new mattresses, pillows & comfy sheets at a great savings! Thanks to the kids who wore the mattress suits and helped bring in more customers!

FRIDAY SEPT 28TH GAME DAY MEAL IS JASON’S DELI:
Please note the kids will be fed Jason’s Deli for this Friday’s pre-game meal. If any student has specific dietary needs or concerns, please contact Sandra Castaneda or Diana Gomez for assistance. orhsbandevents@gmail.com. There are also opportunities to sign up in Charms to help serve meals/drinks for pre-game meals!

SPIRIT SALES AVAILABLE THIS THURS SEPT 27TH:
Please note the show shirts will be available for purchase this Thurs 09/27 from 4pm-6pm. This is the LAST chance to get the show shirts before our first marching contest! Please note, Charms spirit store will be open for you to pay online by credit card if you don’t have cash or check. Just show proof of your online purchase to pick up your shirt(s).
Please contact Vicky Roberts if you have any questions.  orhsbandgear@gmail.com

SPIRIT COMMITTEE POSTER MAKING DAY A SUCCESS/SIGN UP FOR NOTIFICATIONS:
Thanks to the volunteers who came out this past Saturday to help with spirit posters!
The posters look great, and the students will really love to see those signs in the stands at contest!
Please join our Spirit Committee for Remind 101 to get updates on special cheering events & other ways to support our kids!
Text 81010 with @7k43KKa in the message section of the text.

SPIRIT COMMITTEE TO SEND OFF BAND/COLOR GUARD FOR FRIENDSWOOD:
Please join us this Saturday by the 9th grade campus to send off the buses as our band/color guard kids go to Friendswood marching contest.  Please bring your posters, energy, excitement and spirit with you as we wish our kids BEST OF LUCK at their first contest! They truly love to see the support from the parents as they travel to contest! The specific time for send off will be sent via Remind 101, so be sure you sign up to receive it!

FIRST MARCHING CONTEST THIS SAT SEPT 28TH:
It’s hard to believe it but it’s time! Our first marching contest at Friendswood is this Saturday!
Everything is coming together and it’s shaping up to be BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL!
Attached is the itinerary and ticket/parking information for Friendswood.
If you have not signed up to volunteer as chaperone, pit crew, or meal/tent crew, PLEASE come out and be our SPIRIT CREW in the stands! The kids LOVE to see all the support and spirit signs!
We have built a reputation in our school district/area/Texas as the LOUDEST & PROUDEST parents of any marching band at the contests! So please come out and be a part of the excitement!

FIRST SPIRIT NIGHT THURS OCT 11TH AT CANE’S ON RAYFORD RD:
Please mark your calendars & plan to come out to support our band/color guard program on Thurs 10/11/18 from 5pm-9pm at Cane’s Chicken on Rayford Rd. This is a vital part of our fundraising efforts, so please spread the word to your friends/family/co-workers etc. All you have to do is say you are supporting Oak Ridge Band at checkout and we get a portion of the proceeds!
Hope to see you there!

PAVILION UPDATE/REMINDERS:
The concert season is still going strong, and thanks to the parent volunteers & white shirt committee who’ve worked hard to honor our commitment! As a reminder, if you sign up for an alternate position for a show, you must be available to work when there is a cancellation. Please also give plenty of notice if you aren’t able to work a show, so the white shirts can fill that spot in a timely manner. Anyquestions please contact the white shirt committee. orhsbandpavilion@gmail.com

Thank you for your continued support of our amazing students and this incredible booster club!
GO WAR EAGLE BAND!
Tammy Comeaux
ORHS Band Booster President

The Guard Report 9/17/18

Quick note for this week —

Sister gift theme for the week is “Beat the Heat” = Summer related items.  The football game is a HOME game even though it’s at Moorhead stadium. Kick off is at 7pm.

Homecoming Mums workshop will be this coming Saturday9/22  in the Guard Room on Sr campus 10 am to 5pm.  Come and Go event – any help would be appreciated.  Please bring with you – scissors, hot glue gun and a long arm stapler if you have one.

If you haven’t yet, please send the $10 mum payment to school with your daughter in a sealed envelope to give to Alysha (Social Officer).

Also happening this Saturday is the Mattress fundraiser and Spirit poster session.

See you Saturday!

Liesl Walton
ORHS Band Booster
Color Guard Liaison

THIS WEEK IN BAND BOOSTERS! 9/17/18

Hello War Eagle Band Boosters! Thanks to all the parents who volunteered for our game this past Friday vs The Woodlands. There sure were a lot of cheers for our amazing kids, because they looked and sounded great! Now we hope you & your students are fully rested and recharged for anexciting week coming up!

END OF 1ST 6 WEEKS GRADING PERIOD ENDS FRI SEPT 21ST:
We cannot STRESS the importance of this grading period, as it affects your student’s eligibility.
Any student who is not passing all of their classes as of this Friday will be INELIGIBLE! We cannot afford to have empty spots in our beautiful marching show! So PLEASE check your students grades ASAP to be sure they are passing every class!

FRIDAY SEPT 21ST GAME DAY MEAL IS PIZZA HUT:
Please note the kids will be fed Pizza Hut for this Friday’s pre-game meal. If any student has specific dietary needs or concerns, please contact Sandra Castaneda or Diana Gomez for assistance. orhsbandevents@gmail.com. There are also opportunities to sign up in Charms to help serve meals/drinks for pre-game meals!

IRONS 8TH GRADERS TO JOIN ORHS BAND THIS FRI SEPT 21ST:
This will be an exciting and busy night at Moorehead Stadium in Conroe as we will have Irons 8th graders join our band for “Future Ware Eagle Band” students! There are opportunities to sign up for volunteers in Charms, so please do so right away! If you are not able to chaperone or volunteer we encourage you to come out & cheer for our students-they really love to see the support!

BRIGHT & BEAUTIFUL CONTEST JACKETS ARE BEING DISTRIBUTED:
Please refer to Ms. P’s email to the band earlier today regarding the care & specific washing details for these beautiful contest jackets. We cannot wait to see how the show will look this Friday!  And since there are no extra jackets available, it is IMPERATIVE that you maintain excellent care of your student’s show jacket during the entire marching season.

FLAG RETURN FOR LABOR DAY/PATRIOTS DAY WRAPPED UP SMOOTHLY:
Our Flag Committee would like to say a BIG THANK YOU  to all who turned out this past Saturday to help return flags! While some volunteers placed and/or picked up 2 routes, most everyone placed only 1 route. This means we can work easier & faster by having the work load spread out. There are still opportunities to assist with flag committee if interested. Any questions? Please contact Melissa Lunkwitz. orhsbandflags@gmail.com

PROP BUILDING DAY WAS A SUCCESS:
A BIG thanks to ALL the parents/volunteers who came out this past Saturday to help with finishing the front screens for our beautiful marching show. It was very short notice, but we appreciate you very much for helping out! Keep in mind, we still need to work on the back screens and the trellis for the show, so stay tuned for additional dates/times. At least we got the front screens all finished so our students can begin working with them & perfecting it for the show!

MATTRESS FUNDRAISER SEPT 22:
Please be sure you are spreading the word about our Mattress Fundraisers NOW!
Ms. P attached a flyer to her band email earlier today. Please feel free to print & SHARE with your friends, family, co-workers etc. That is ALL we need to do is get the word out to our community. Milcah Ray & her amazing team from CFS/Mattress Firm will do the rest! Hope to see you there!

SPIRIT SALES AVAILABLE THIS THURS SEPT 20TH:
Please note the Spirit shirts, decals, show shirts etc will be available for purchase this Thurs 09/20 starting at 4pm to the end of marching rehearsal. They will be set up in the band hall, and this will be the last opportunity to purchase spirit gear prior to Homecoming!  Please contact Vicky Roberts if you have any questions.  orhsbandgear@gmail.com

SPIRIT COMMITTEE ALSO PLANNING POSTER MAKING DAY SAT SEPT 22ND:
Please come out to the band hall this Sat 9/22 from 9am-12 noon to help make spirit signs/posters to support our awesome kids! We know you will be at the school anyway purchasing your mattress/pillows/sheet sets. So either before or after the mattress purchase, come to the band hall and show off your creative side!  Please bring poster boards and supplies to help make signs so our kids will be able to spot us cheering for them in the stands at contest!

Thank you for your continued support of our sensational students and this wonderful booster club!
GO WAR EAGLE BAND!
Tammy Comeaux
ORHS Band Booster President

The Guard Report 9/9/18

Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend. Monday is just around the corner – the start to another BUSY War Eagle Marching Band week! Here’s a few things to keep in mind…
1. Monday 9/10 – Open House @ ORHS 6pm-7:30pm … NO after school PRACTICE
2. Tuesday 9/11 – Band Booster Club meeting will be held in the auditorium @ 7pm.
3. Eligibility will be affected in just two weeks! It will be here before you know it and we wouldn’t want to be missing any of our Guard Girls for the first competition on Sept 29th @ Friendswood. Please keep an eye on your daughter’s grades – She must be maintaining a 70 or above in all classes to participate at games and competitions.
4. Practice Schedule for this week has been revised due to Open House and the availability of our choreographer Mr. Sperling. The three practice dates are for ALL Guard
Monday – No Practice
Tuesday –3pm – 7pm w/ Mr. Sperling
Wednesday – 3:15pm – 5:15pm
Thursday – 3:15pm – 5:45pm
5. Friday 9/14 – AWAY game vs The Woodlands @ Woodforest Stadium. Kick-off is @ 7pm.
6. Don’t forget to sign up for OAK RIDGE BAND 2018-2019 Remind 101. This is the way to stay in the loop when the band/guard travels. The directors will send out reminders and updates as well as ETA’s for the buses getting back to the school. Text the message @orband18 to the number 81010. If that gives you trouble, try texting @orband18 to 936-755-3995. There’s also a REMIND 101 mobile app if you prefer to get push notifications on your smartphone.
Booster Business
1. SNAP RAISE Fundraiser was a success! We reached our 77\% participation goal and raised approx. $27,720 for our program. Please send out a huge “Thank you” to all of your family and friends that supported our girls and helped us reach our goal.
2. Important information for the Mattress Fundraiser, the Friendswood Marching Contest, and the Disney Trip will be given at the Booster Meeting Tuesday @ 7pm. Come a little early and watch the band practice for a bit then stay for the meeting.
3. “ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL” Show Shirt orders will be available for pick-up on Thursday 9/13 from 4pm – thru the end of rehearsal. Please contact Vicky Roberts if you have any questions orhsbandgear@gmail.com
4. Flag return day is Saturday 9/15 8am-11am. Please contact Melissa Lunkwitz with any questions orhsbandflags@gmail.com
5. There’s still time to earn points for your Fair-Share and Trip Fees. Sign up in Charms to volunteer at the Pavilion. The White Shirt Crew would be happy to answer any of your questions – just email them @ orhsbandpavilion@gmail.com
Guard Mom note – The Homecoming game is Friday 10/16. It has been tradition for the girls to receive a Homecoming mum to wear at the game. Typically, a group of guard parents get together a few times to make the mums. We are planning on having the first “MUM Making” party on Saturday 9/22 – place and time to be determined. We have 40 mums to assemble – we would love to have your help! More details to follow soon…very soon.
**NOTE** The cost for this mum is $10. You should have gotten a cash app request from Guard Mom Nikohl Allgood. We are missing a few cell numbers on our contact list so if you did not get the request, please contact Nikohl @ 281-381-6731. If you would rather send cash to school with your daughter, please put $10 in a sealed envelope with her name on it and have her turn it into Alysha (Social Officer).
If you are interested in seeing what the mums looked like last year, check out the PARENTS THAT LOVE OAK RIDGE GUARD FACEBOOK PAGE. I’ll re-post some pictures. The girls enjoy having this privilege – it is something special that the directors allow only the GUARD to do for Homecoming. BUT it is an ALL or NOTHING type of thing. That means we have to have 100\% participation or it cannot happen. Also, because it will be considered a part of their uniform, the girls are ONLY allowed to wear the mums that are “Guard Mom made” at the game. We will hand out the mums on game night after the girls have changed into uniform. If your daughter wore a mum of her choice to school that day, there will be a place for her to hang that mum in the guard room for safe keeping while we are at the game.
One last thing… PARENTS THAT LOVE OAK RIDGE GUARD FACEBOOK PAGE is aclosed group for parents only. Very recently, we had some guard girls request to join so they can access the AWESOME pics that we parents post. You know the ones that they give us a hard time about taking but then can’t wait to see. Due to unfortunate past situations, we have to decline any student request to join the parent page even though we realize it’s only to get access to those “dreadful” pics that they secretly love. So feel free to save and share the pics to their other media accounts for them to enjoy.
Hope to see you Tuesday night at the Booster Meeting!
Liesl Walton
ORHS Band Booster
Color Guard Liaison

THIS WEEK IN BAND 9/9/18

Hello War Eagle Band/Color Guard

Congratulations on another great game day!!!!!!   It was a smooth day for our first Away Game!  Thank you to all the parent volunteers who helped everything run so smoothly!!!   WAY TO GO!!!!!!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
1.  We just wrapped up our SNAP-RAISE fundraiser and we did AWESOME!   We met our goal by raising $36,000 with 77\% participation!!!!!!!!!!  That means we will receive approx. $27,720.   Thank you for a job well done!!!!   And thank you to all our supporters!!!!!

2.  Tuesday, Sept. 11 is our Booster Club meeting at 7pm in the auditorium!   Information regarding the upcoming Contest at Friendswood and Disney trip information will begiven.  In addition, we will be getting information about our final fundraiser “1st Annual Mattress Fund Raiser”.  We hope to see everyone there.

3.  Saturday, Sept. 15 will be Flag Return day.   If you distributed a flag route we will need you to pick it up and return all Flags to the the storage unit between 8am – 11am.   Please go into Charms and sign up.   If you are unable to pick up your route…PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU FIND A REPLACEMENT TO DO IT.

4.   You should have received your Progress Report last Tuesday!   Please make sure you are keeping up with your assignments and that you have passing grades in all of your classes.  Eligibility will be affected in two weeks!

COLOR GUARD CORNER:
****revised rehearsal schedule!
Monday – Open House 6pm – 7:30pm
Tuesday – All Guard rehearsal 3 – 7pm ( with Mr. Sperling)
Booster Club Meeting 7pm in Auditorium
Wednesday – Rehearsal 3:15 – 5:15pm
Thursday – Rehearsal 3:15 – 5:45pm
Friday – Game Day v. Woodlands
Saturday – Flag Return Day 8am – 11am

THIS WEEK IN BAND
Monday – Percussion rehearsal 3:15 – 5:15pm
Open House 6 – 7:30pm
Tuesday – Varsity Band Rehearsal 4:15 – 6:45pm
Booster Club meeting, 7pm in auditorium
Wednesday – Varsity Wind Rehearsal 3:15 – 5:15pm
Thursday – Full Band 3:15 – 4:30pm; Varsity Rehearsal 4:30 – 5:45pm
Friday – Game Day v. Woodlands
Saturday – Flag Return Day 8am – 11am

We are all hitting our stride…..let’s keep up the AMAZING work that you are ALL doing!!!!    Keep in mind that:   There are NO shortcuts to EXCELLENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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