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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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THIS WEEK IN BAND 9/3/18

Happy Labor Day War Eagle Band/Color Guard,

Way to Go!!!!!  to the War Eagle Band/Color Guard for an outstanding first game!  It was a great day for the program…..fun pep rally, good pre game meal. fantastic first halftime performance and an exciting display from the TECH Band!   This was a great way to start the season.   We want to give a HUGE Thank You to all the parent volunteers who helped to make our first game run so smoothly….thanks to Mrs Castenada, Mrs Gomez and the pre game meal parents….thanks to Mrs Clements, Mrs Milligan and all the chaperons….thanks to Mr Clements, Mr Walton and our great pit crew and thanks to Mr Jackson for being the “voice” of the War Eagle Band!   It truly takes a village to run our program…..AGAIN WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
1.  Snap-Raise Campaign–There are only 3 days left in our Snap-Raise fundraiser and so far we are doing great.   As of today, we have raised $33,886 with 636 supporters and 74\%  participation.  We want to make one final push that will increase our participation to 77\%…that way our profit percentage goes way up!   Please send out and share your child’s Snap-Raise information on all your social media….Let’s make one big final push to reach our goal of 77\% participation!!!!!

2.We want to give a GIANT round of applause to everyone who turned out to help distribute our Flags for our first holiday.   By 11am Saturday morning all 97 routes had been picked up!  We will leave the flags up for 2 weeks!  Flag pick up will be Saturday Sept. 15 from 8 – 11am.  Please be sure to keep your route sheet in a safe place so you can use it to pick up your routes.  Also for tracking purposes we need everyone to sign up for Flag Return in Charms if you have not already done so.  If you were not able to help last Saturday, you can still sign up to help with Flag Return…..just go to Charms to sing up.   THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!

3.  Attached to this email are instructions to sign up for the War Eagle Band/Color Guard Remind 101.  Please do this.   We use this feature when we travel to help keep parents informed of arrival times.   This week is our first AWAY game and we will be traveling to Crump Stadium in Alief.  We will be able to let you know of our arrival time through Remind.  Please sign up.

4.- Since we are traveling this week all students will need a Garment Bag to store their uniform in for travel.   Please add that to your list of things you need for game days.

5.  Please look at this weeks schedule closely.   Since it is a short week the rehearsal schedule is a bit different.

6.  Progress Reports for the first Grading Period go out on Tuesday-  PLEASE CHECK YOUR GRADES….the end of the 6 week grading period is coming quickly (Sept. 21)

COLOR GUARD CORNER:
Tuesday:   Full Guard rehearsal 3 -7pm with Mr. Sperling
Wednesday:  Full rehearsal 3:15 – 5:15pm
Thursday:  Full rehearsal 3:15 – 5:45pm
Friday:  Game Day ( v. Elsik HS- away) 7pm…arrive home approximately 11:00pm

THIS WEEK IN BAND:
Tuesday- Varsity Band 4:15 – 6:45pm
Wind Ensemble/Symphonic Band – Etude #1 Due
Wednesday – Varsity Band Rehearsal ( Drumline and Pit included!!!!!!!!!) 3:15 – 5:15pm
Thursday – Full Band rehearsal 3:15 – 4:30pm, Varsity Band rehearsal 4:30 – 5:45pm
Friday – Game Day (v. Elsik HS away) …arrive home approximately 11:00pm

Enjoy the rest of your holiday and be ready for a great week!!!!!
Remember that there are NO Shortcuts to Excellence…..and Excellence is everything is what the War Eagle Band/Color Guard does!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

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THIS WEEK IN BAND 8/26/18

Hello War Eagle Band/Color Guard,
Well….we made it through the first full week of school!  WAY TO GO….and now we are gearing up for our first football game this week against Dawson HS.   Please read this email in its entirety…there is valuable information regarding game day procedures.   We will be going over all of the “Game Day” events in class on Wednesday.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
1.  There are only 11 days left in our SNAP-RAISE fundraiser.   As of this email we have raised $28,658 and have 57\% participation.   Parents it would be really helpful if you would send out your child’s SNAP-RAISE email to all of your contacts via all forms of social media.   We have seen a huge increase when this happens!

2.  Saturday is our first FLAGS WITH PRIDE holiday.  Please sign up to help.  This fundraiser brings in about $50,000 each year to support our War Eagle Band Program.  Flag Pick Up and Placement is Saturday, September 1st, 8-11am.  Flags will stay out for two weeks to cover both holidays.  Flag Return will be Saturday, September 15, 8-11am.  Sign up in CHARMS.  If you have any questions, please email…orhsbandflags@gmail.com!

3.  The Disney trip first deposit is due Friday, August 31.  Please make sure you turn in your signed contract to Ms. Pradervand by Friday.

4.  Friday is our first football game and pep rally.  Students will need to bring all of their uniform parts to school that day. (marching shoes, long black socks, compression shorts, compression shirt, flip folder, instrument, water jug).  We will also have our first pep rally during school.  Students must wear their blue travel shirt (pep rally shirt) for the pep rally.   After school we will have a brief run through rehearsal with the dance team.   Students will then have their first “pre game meal”. (please make sure you have completed your payment for the meal.)  After dinner, students will change and bus over to the stadium for the game.   Pre game festivities begin at 6:30pm and the game will begin at 7:00pm.   We have a wonderful TREAT at this game.   The Texas Tech University “Goin Band from Raiderland”!  will give a special performance after our game!   We are so excited that our students and crowd will get to see a GREAT University Band!.   After the performance we will bus back to school for uniform turn in.   Student’s will be dismissed once they have successfully turned in their uniform.

COLOR GUARD CORNER:
Monday – Flag Line rehearsal 3:15 – 5:15pm
Tuesday – Varsity rehearsal 4:15 – 6:45pm
SLT meeting during Eagle’s Nest
Wednesday – Rifle Line rehearsal 3:15 – 5:15pm
Thursday – Varsity rehearsal 3:15 – 5:45pm
Friday – Game Day – home v. Dawson
Pep Rally during Eagle’s Nest – you must have your pep rally shirt
Disney trip payment due
Saturday – Flags With Pride Placement 8am – 11am – sign up in CHARMS

THIS WEEK IN BAND:
Monday – Percussion Rehearsal 3:15 – 5:15pm
Tuesday – Varsity Rehearsal 4:15pm – 6:45pm
Student Leadership meeting during Eagle’s Nest
Wednesday – Varsity Winds rehearsal 3:15 – 5:15 ( no percussion)
Thursday – Full Band 3:15 – 5:00pm (Game Day Dress Rehearsal) Varsity 5:00-5:45pm
Friday – Pep Rally during Eagle’s Nest (you must have your blue pep rally shirt)
Game Day – bring all of your uniform items
Disney trip payment due
Saturday-Flags With Pride Placement 8am – 11am…sign up in CHARMS

It’s an exciting week!  Freshmen…you will never forget your FIRST performance!   It is going to be great…..let’s all remember that there are NO Shortcuts to EXCELLENCE and let’s work hard to make our debut performance a fantastic one!

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

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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

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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

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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

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