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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!

#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:
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!!!!

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

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

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

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Welcome Back War Eagle Band/Color Guard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    It is here….we are about to begin our most EXCITING and most REWARDING year EVER!!!!!!!!!!!    We cannot wait to see everyone tomorrow!!!!!

This is the first of the weekly “THIS WEEK IN BAND” emails.   As most of you know this is the ONLY place you will receive up to date and correct information about the events coming up each week.   To our New and Freshmen students and parents…..we welcome you and encourage you to look at this email each and every Sunday.   It will be the “Key” to staying informed and to your success as a War Eagle Band member!!!!

So here it goes!!!!!

#1- All gear that was ordered should have been picked up last Saturday (Thank you to Mrs. Christensen and crew for doing a great job!)  If you did not pick up your ordered gear, you will be able to pick it up after rehearsal tomorrow at 4:30pm

– Mandatory dress:  tennis(athletic) shoes – that lace up
   athletic shorts ( not too short!)
   orhs gray practice shirt (or a white or light colored t-shirt if you have not
                                      received your order)
  hat(mandatory…even for tubas!)
  sunscreen ( and bring it to reapply)
                anything else.   You must keep it full.
-Instrument and all marching music in flip folder….PENCIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!
-Lunch, and snacks for morning break and lunch break (students are not allowed to leave for lunch)
-New this year- A FOLDING MUSIC STAND if you have one.  That way you will have one for your
music rehearsals.

#3-  Eat a GOOD, Healthy breakfast!!!!!   You body and mind need fuel to function properly.  Eat proteins and fruits like bananas.   Avoid a lot of Dairy products… stay away from SODA!  And as always:   HYDRATE!  HYDRATE!!  HYDRATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#4- Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band students will need their Concert Instruments for the Master Classes.   To find out what band you are scheduled for, log into your Charms acct.

#5- Seniors who wish to attend the College Application Seminar….please sign up to go on Wednesday, Aug. 1 in the afternoon.   That way you will not miss any “new” information for band.

#1- Bring ALL equipment you have to rehearsal tomorrow.
#2- Revised Week #2 rehearsal schedule:   Mr Sperling (guard choreographer) will be here on Aug. 7, 8 and 9.   The schedule has been revised for those days:
Aug. 7, 8 and 9                 9am – noon– inside block
                         12 – 1pm LUNCH BREAK
                           1 – 4pm Inside block
                           4 – 5pm DINNER BREAK
                           5 – 8pm Outside Block

Monday – Full Band/Guard Rehearsal       7am – 4:30pm (meet in auditorium before 7am)
Tuesday – Full Band/Guard Rehearsal      7am – 4:30pm
Wednesday – Full Band/Guard Rehearsal  7am – 4:30pm
Thursday – Full Band/Guard Rehearsal     7am – 4:30pm
Friday –     Full Band/Guard Rehearsal      7am – 4:30pm
Freshmen Fish Camp              in the morning (all 9th graders need to attend)
SLT pep rally band                  8am pep rally.
Saturday –  Varsity Band Rehearsal ONLY!   7am to noon
***the varsity competitive band will be set by Thursday….guard, percussion and
varsity winds will attend Saturday rehearsal.

That will do it for Week #1!   If you have any questions….do not hesitate to email your section leader, a band officer, a Booster Club board member or any band director.

The Student Leadership Team has put a lot of time and planning into setting our GOALS for the year.   You will be hearing about our plans as we go through summer band.  We are excited for the POSSIBILITIES that are ahead of us….and can’t wait to get started TOGETHER as a Band Family!

So as we begin….we want to embrace the thought that:   There are NO Shortcuts to EXCELLENCE!!!
See everyone Tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dana Pradervand
Band Director
Oak Ridge High School

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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

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

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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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.

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
black dress socks

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

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

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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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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.

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

***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

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This Week in Band 03/05/2018

Hello War Eagles!!!!

Happy March…..It is hard to believe Spring Break is just 5 days away!  As usual we have a very busy week…..the color guard and concert bands are in the thick of their spring competitive seasons.   There are a lot of rehearsals going on everyday…so please make sure you are keeping up with the individual group section and rehearsal schedules.

1.  Student accounts have been updated….please double check them and make sure you are keeping up with all payments.   As we get closer to all of the end of year activities, please remember your account must be up to date in order to participate.

2.  END OF THE 9 WEEK GRADING PERIOD:   This will end on Friday!!!!!!!!!    Eligibility will hit the week we get back from spring break.   Parents please go in and check your child’s grade for missing assignments and test make ups.   All of our contests fall in the next 9 weeks so ALL students must be eligible in order to participate.  Students……PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE COMPLETED AND TURNED IN ALL MISSING ASSIGNMENTS AND THAT YOU HAVE MADE UP ANY TESTS!!!!!!

3.  Booster Club Meeting:  Tuesday, March 6 7pm in Band Hall.   We will be voting on a new executive board.  Please make plans to attend.

Monday – Freshman guard rehearsal – 3pm – 5pm
Varsity guard rehearsal- 5pm – 7:30pm
Tuesday-Freshmen and JV guard rehearsals 3pm – 5:30pm (Freshmen will end at 5pm)
Booster Club meeting 7pm in Band Hall
Wednesday-Varsity guard rehearsal 3-6pm
Thursday – JV guard rehearsal 3 -5:30pm
Friday Varsity guard rehearsal 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Saturday-Freshmen and JV guard contest – schedule will come out on Monday

Tuesday – Booster Club Meeting 7pm in Band Hall
Wednesday – Full Orchestra 3pm – 5pm
Friday – End of the 9 weeks grading period
Early Release

As we come to the end of the 9 weeks…please remember that BETTER NEVER STOPS!!!!!!! Let’s have a great week and good luck on your 9 weeks tests!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dana Pradervand
Band Director

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This Week in and 02/25/2018

HELLO War Eagles!


What a great week the ORHS band/color guard program had this week.   Our program was showcased in two major contests this past week.   Congratulations goes to our color guard who competed in the TCGC Tompkins Regional contest.   The Varsity threw down their best performance to date and was awarded a 4th place finish.  The JV guard continues to improve with every performance and placed 5th. And the Freshmen guard WOW’d the audience with a great performance that earned them a 1st place medal!   WAY TO GO LADIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


The band students also had a great week and competed in UIL solo and ensemble contest.  We brought home 84 Division I medals and 64 events have qualified for the State UIL contests.  WAY TO GO BAND!!!!!!! 


Our students continue to amaze us with their hard work and dedication…..We are so proud of everyone!



1.  Thank you to everyone who helped return our flags and finish up our Flags with Pride holiday.   Our next holiday is Memorial Day weekend….So everyone needs to mark their calendars!

2.  Please check your Charms account and make sure it is up to date and that all obligations have been satisfied.   We are getting close to our end of year festivities and students will not be able to purchase banquet tickets or participate if their obligations are not satisfied.



Monday – Freshmen guard rehearsal – 3- 5pm

              Varsity guard rehearsal 5- 7:30pm

Tuesday-JV guard rehearsal 3 – 5pm            

Wednesday-Varsity guard rehearsal 3 – 6pm Thursday-JV guard rehearsal 3-5:30pm Friday – Varsity guard rehearsal 3 – 5:30pm



Monday – Mr Dixon masterclasses – during classes Wednesday – 1.  Register for State Solo/Ens. Contest – during classes

                    2.  Full Orchestra 3-5pm Thursday – Wind Ensemble Clinic with Mr. Gary Lewis-from University of Colorado


Saturday-Wind Ensemble Recording Session 9am – 1pm


It is going to be a great week…..remember BETTER NEVER STOPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Dana Pradervand

Band Director

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This Week in Band 02/18/2018

Hello War Eagles and Happy President’s Day weekend!

We had a great weekend at our State Convention and Oak Ridge was well represented by our All-State students and our percussion ensembles.  Ben Bowman performed in the All-State Philharmonic Orchestra, Gracie Lime performed in the All-State Symphonic Band and Travis Stromberg and Brandon Foskett both performed in the All-State Concert Band.  All 3 concerts were simply magnificent!!!!!!!  In addition, our percussion ensembles performed in a clinic session for several hundred music educators.  Their performances were all AWESOME!!!!!   WAY TO GO TO ALL!!!!!  We are sooooooo proud of your accomplishments, your hard work and your incredible performances!

1.  Wednesday night is an ORHS Band/Color Guard Spirit Night at Crust Pizza on Rayford RD.   20% of every ticket ALL DAY LONG….will go the our band program.   So come have a family and friends night out!
2.  Thank you to everyone who helped out last Saturday with Flags with Pride distribution.  Remember you must pick up and return all flags this coming Saturday, Feb. 24 between 8am and 11am!   WE NEED EVERYONES HELP PLEASE!!!!!!
3.  For students who are competing in solo and ensemble contest this Friday…Remember your accompanist fee of $53 is due TOMORROW!!!!!!   You may go online to the school store and get that paid.  You will not be allowed to perform until that fee is paid!

Tuesday – 3pm – 5pm Freshman guard rehearsal
5 – 7:30pm  JV guard rehearsal

Wednesday – 3:30pm – 7:30pm Varsity guard rehearsal

Thursday – 3pm – 5pm JV guard rehearsal

Friday 3pm – 5pm Freshman guard rehearsal
5pm – 8:30pm  Varsity guard rehearsal

Saturday – All 3 guards compete at Tompkins HS (schedule TBA)

Tuesdays – Section Rehearsal continue
Wednesday:Full Orchestra rehearsal 3 – 5pm
Friday:  UIL Solo/Ensemble Contest at College Park
***you will get your times this week in class.  You must provide your own transportation
***piano accompaniment fee must be paid.

We have a lot going to this week…many performances by all….so let’s buckle down and get to work and remember BETTER NEVER STOPS!!!!!!!!!

Dana Pradervand
Band Director

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This Week in Band 02/11/2018


We have an exciting week ahead.  Please wish GOOD LUCK to our Oak Ridge All-State Students:  Gracie Lime, Ben Bowman, Brandon Foskett and Travis Stromberg as they travel to San Antonio on Wednesday to represent us “ORHS Band” at the State Convention!!!!!!   In addition, we also want to congratulate the Percussion ensemble and Mr. Dillard as they also travel to the State Convention to perform a clinic on new percussion music!   The Oak Ridge Band program will be well represented….WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#1- There will be a very important Booster Club meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 7pm-after the Percussion Concert.   We will be taking nominations for new Booster Board members.

#2-  FLAGS WITH PRIDE WEEKEND….Please make plans to help distribute our Flags for the President’s Day Holiday!.   Flag pick will be Saturday, Feb. 17th at 8:30am.   PLEASE SIGN UP IN CHARMS TO HELP!

#3- Please pay for your Solo/Ensemble piano accompanist.   You can pay online at the School’s webstore.   The fee is $53.00.  This must be paid before Feb. 21.

Monday – Freshmen guard rehearsal 3pm – 5pm
Varsity guard rehearsal 5pm – 9pm

Tuesday – Freshmen guard rehearsal 3pm – 5pm
JV guard rehearsal 5pm – 9pm

Wednesday-Varsity guard rehearsal 3:30pm -7:30pm
Thursday- no after school rehearsal
Friday-no after school rehearsal

Monday – TMEA percussion rehearsal- 3pm – 5pm
Wind Ensemble Brass Sectional 3pm – 4:30pm

Tuesday- TMEA Percussion CONCERT 6pm in the Band Hall
BOOSTER CLUB MEETING -7PM immediately after the Percussion Concert.

Wednesday- Directors and All-State students leave for TMEA State Convention

Thursday- Percussionists leave for TMEA State Convention

It’s going to be a very exciting week.   There will be a lot of time to practice ensemble, solos and concert music in class.  Also Wind Ensemble, Symphonic and Concert Band 1 will have video exams due this week.   So use your time wisely…Practice hard….and remember BETTER NEVER STOPS!!!!

Dana Pradervand
Band Director

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This Week in Band 02/04/2018

Happy Super Bowl!!!!!!!!!

We hope everyone is enjoying Super Bowl Sunday!!!!!   It has been another great week!   Congratulations to our Varsity color guard.   They competed in the first WGI regional of the season in San Antonio.   The guard had a great prelim performance that qualified them for a spot in finals.   Their performance was fantastic and they place 7th overall!   WAY TO GO LADIES!!!!!!!!!!

1.  We have a Flags with Pride weekend coming up on Feb. 17.  Please make plans to help deliver our routes by going into Charms and signing up.

Monday:   No after school performances
Tuesday:  Freshmen guard rehearsal 3 – 5pm
JV guard rehearsal 5 -7:30pm
Wednesday:  Varsity guard rehearsal 3:30pm – 7:30pm
Thursday: Jv guard rehearsal 3:30 – 5:30pm
Friday: Varsity guard rehearsal 3:30 – 7:30pm
Saturday:  Varsity Guard Contest-Houston WGI- Dobie HS

Monday-TMEA Percussion rehearsal 3-5pm
Mr. Dixon masterclasses in class
Tuesday: TMEA Percussion rehearsal 3-5pm
Mr.Benzer clinic for Symphonic and Concert Band 1 in class
Wednesday:  TMEA Percussion rehearsal 3- 5pm
Full Orchestra rehearsal 3- 5pm
Thursday:  TMEA Percussion rehearsal 3- 5pm
Saturday:  TMEA Percussion rehearsal 9am – noon

Have a fun Super Bowl Sunday…..and let’s be ready for a Super Bowl WEEK!!!!!   Remember BETTER NEVER STOPS!

Dana Pradervand
Band Director

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