Odem Bands Schedule – Week of 10/17/2022

We would like to begin this week by congratulating the members of The Spirit of OHS for earning a Superior Rating yesterday at the UIL Region Marching Contest for their 17th consecutive year! They did very well and should be proud of their performance! 

This week that Superior Rating means we have advanced to the UIL Area Marching Contest where 35 bands are going to be competing for 12 finalist spots in the evening. The full official schedule has not yet been released, but we have a tentative schedule I am placing in the week’s schedule section below. Students will need to be at the FIELD by 5:30am. We will do our stretches, walk through, and load to leave in fairly short order. Please help us make sure every student is on time that morning as I have tried to let them sleep as long as possible in the schedule. There is no wiggle room for late students this week!

Our performance time is set to be 9:45am in Beeville. Once we perform we will be going somewhere else to eat lunch and relax before coming back to the contest later in the afternoon. Results should be about 6pm, and if we advance to finals those begin at 7:30pm. (We have a draw about midway through the list of bands, so it would probably perform closer to 9.) Drum major retreat for finals should take place about 11pm and we would return home about midnight. If we don’t advance to finals we will come home after dinner.

We have been working incredibly hard since the end of July on this show, and this week is going to be a heavy push into Area. Students MUST attend all rehearsals this week! Pending weather, we have a set of clinicians coming tomorrow night, and a backup night of Thursday for rehearsals. We have to fix some things that judges commented on, and continue drilling and refining other issues we know we have. We will rehearse on our normal schedule no matter what happens with weather!

Tickets for this weekend will be for sale online only again. I have not received that link yet, as soon as I have it I will pass it onto you all.

On Friday night we do have our Senior Band Parent’s Night that will take place before the game. We will begin ours following the team and cheerleaders pregame. Senior parents, please make sure you are by the scoreboard side entrance by 6:45pm so we may begin and conclude our ceremony before the game.

When we complete this week, we still have two more big ones to come! First up, next week we will be hosting the 2A Area Marching Contest on Saturday, October 29th. I have posted a sign-up genius here for that event: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4FA8A92AA7FAC25-uil2aarea We only have 6 bands that will be attending the contest, but it will take the same volunteer force to bring the event together for those participating schools as we had for our Invitational. We will perform in Exhibition at the end of the contest like we did with ours and especially will need adults helping out at that point. 

We will be concluding our season the following week on our overnight trip to San Antonio as we perform at the Bands of America Super Regional Competition in the Alamodome. There are currently 82 participating bands in the competition, and we are looking forward to being back in the Dome and also getting to watch some amazing bands to conclude our season! More information will come when we get through with our area contest.

Thank you for your help and support all season, but most importantly here as we sprint to the finish!

This Week’s Schedule:

Monday:Evening Rehearsal: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Guest Clinician – (Test Grade)
Tuesday:Open for Sectionals
Wednesday:Evening Rehearsal: 4:00pm-5:30pm
Thursday:Evening Rehearsal: 6:30pm-8:30pm (Final UIL Rehearsal!)
Friday:Odem vs. Banquete (Senior Parent Night):
5:15pm: Students at Band Hall 
6:15pm: Depart for Stadium
6:45pm: Senior Parents at Gate to Meet Mr. Williams
~7pm: Begin Senior Recognition
7:30pm: Kick-Off
~10:00pm: Game Concludes – Load Equipment
~10:45pm: Students Picked Up
Saturday:UIL Area Marching Contest (Mandatory!)

5:30am – Field Walk through6:00am – Breakfast6:20am – In Bibbers6:45am – Depart7:45am – Arrive8:00am – Unload8:45am – Walk to Warm-Up9am-9:30am – Warm-Up9:40am – Take Field9:45am – Perform10:30am – Loaded 11:00am – Arrive at offsite location (pending)3:30pm – Depart offsite Location4:00pm – Back at Contest Site6:00pm – Drum Major Retreat/Prelims Results DinnerFinals if We AdvanceBack at Stadium for Finals if we advance (TBD) – 7:15pm?Finals Drum Major Retreat – 11:00pmReturn to Odem about Midnight

Upcoming Events:

MondayMarching Band Clinic/Rehearsal at Owl Stadium (MANDATORY – TEST GRADE!)6:30pm-8:30pm
October 21stOdem vs. Banquete – Home (Band Senior Night Pre-Game) 
October 22ndUIL 3A Area E Marching Contest (Beeville)See Above
October 28thOdem vs. George West (George West) 
October 29thHost UIL 2A Area E Marching Contest
(Note Students must be there this day as we will perform in Exhibition at the conclusion of the contest!)
10:30am-5pm for Students
November 4th-5thBands of America Super-Regional Competition (AlamoDome – San Antonio)9:00pm Performance
November 11thVeteran’s Day Ceremony
Week 1 Playoff Games
November 29thMiddle School All-Region Brass/Woodwind Auditions West Oso
December 3rdHS All-Region Auditions and Middle School PercussionAlice HS
All Day
December 8thHS Winter Concert6:30pm
December 17thOdem Community Christmas Parade6pm

You may find our full 2022-2023 Odem Bands Calendar here (Includes JH Dates as well): http://www.odembands.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/2022-2023-Odem-Bands-Calendar-v1.pdf

Note: There is one additional event scheduled now that is not on that calendar yet. The Spirit of OHS will be marching in the Odem Christmas Parade on December 17th. The parade is set to begin at 6pm. We need every student who is in town still to please be in attendance. More information will come about this event as we draw closer to it.

Thank you for your help and support of these amazing students! Please contact us if you have any questions!