Odem Bands Schedule – 2-22-2021

I hope this message finds you recovered from this past week with power and water at your houses. Please let us know if there are any lingering issues that we can/need to assist with! 

The next two weeks are going to get busy for us on both campuses. First up will be our UIL Solo and Ensemble recordings. We were glad to hear that UIL made the call to postpone this contest by a week. Our plan is to now record on Tuesday in the afternoon. We will begin at 2:30pm and go until we complete recordings. If that presents a problem for a student please let us know and we will try and make alternate arrangements.

For our Odem JH students that are in Symphonic Winds, and selected Concert Band students, we will begin recording their auditions for All-Region auditions beginning the Monday after this. (Monday March 1st) We will be making as many recordings in class as we can, but if students are able to record after school that would help out. Mr. Williams will be speaking with students about this more in the coming week. They must have their recordings made by Wednesday, March 3rd at 11:59pm and may record at home if they are unable to be at school those days. Recordings will be judged that Saturday and we should have the results the next week. 

Windi and Jazzi will take place on April 17th. We have a couple of options on the table, but as of right now we are planning to begin by selling 80 seats in the Cafetorium for that event, and should those sell out quick enough, may add a second showing. This year we are also planning to take our silent auction to an online platform so that those who cannot attend, may still participate and support the band! For now our first step though is baskets for our silent auction. Our Boosters have decided this year to do everything based on grade level. Please see below for your students class. We are looking for one item from every student, generally around a $10 value or so. (More is fine, but if everyone brings in one item around $10 it makes for a nice basket when assembled!)

We need these items by Wednesday, March 10th in order to assemble the baskets and photograph them for the auction. 

6th Grade (Class of 2027): Crafts (Painting Supplies, Sewing Supplies, Little Craft Projects, etc.)
7th Grade (Class of 2026): Outdoors (Grilling Utensils, Sports Equipment, Camping Equipment, etc)
8th Grade (Class of 2025): Kitchen (Gadgets, Pans, Spices, Utensils, Plates, etc.)
9th Grade (Class of 2024): Spa (Facial Masks, Scented Candles, Soaps, Lotions, etc.)
10th Grade (Class of 2023): Family Game Night (Cards, Board Games, Puzzles, Popcorn, etc.)
11th Grade (Class of 2022): Sweets (Candy, Desserts, Cake Mixes, etc.)
12th Grade (Class of 2021): Beach/Pool (Blankets, Beach toys, Chairs, Beach Balls, etc.)

Please note that traditionally Windi and Jazzi is the second biggest fundraiser of the year for the Owl Band Boosters. Those funds help the whole band program in Grades 6-12. It’s important that everyone help out by bringing at least one item for their basket!

This Week’s Schedule:

Monday:           No School for Students
Tuesday:           No School for Students   
. Solo and Ensemble Recordings Beginning at 2:30pm. 
Wednesday:         Band Hall Closes at 4:00pm
Thursday:            Band Hall Closes at 4:00pm
Friday:                 Band Hall Closes at 4:00pm

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, February 23rd:            UIL Solo and Ensemble Recording Day
February 27th-March 3rd:             Recording Window Open for JH All-Region Auditions
March 22nd:                              Pre-UIL Contest Concert (JH and HS)
April 14th:                               UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Evaluation (Odem)
April 17th:                                Windi and Jazzi Fundraiser
April 23rd-24th:                          HS All-Region Band Clinic/Concert
April 30th-May 1st:                     JH All-Region Band Clinic/Concert
May 17th:                                 JH Symphonic Winds and HS Band Spring Concert
May 18th:                                 JH Beginning Band and Concert Band Spring Concert
May 28th:                                 Graduation

Thank you for all of your help and support, please let us know if you have any questions!