Odem Bands Schedule – Week of 11/30/2020

We would like to begin this week by congratulating the members of The Spirit of OHS on their performance on November 21st! The students continued Odem High Schools proud tradition of Superior Ratings, and managed to earn their 15th Consecutive such rating! They now hold the longest streak out of the 3A High Schools in our region! Their success at that contest has qualified them for the Area Marching Contest on December 12th at Calallen. 

UIL made the change to having Area every year, regardless of State Advancement, beginning this fall. There are a total of 16 bands who have qualified/chosen to compete at the Area Contest. We are scheduled to perform at 11:00am for the contest. Students will need to be at the Band Hall by 7am that morning to prepare to compete. While there is not a path to state this year, there will be an Area Champion and places awarded through 3rd Place from what I understand. The top 7 schools will be named ‘Area Finalists’ even though there will not be a finals round this year. 

I am awaiting our tickets and information which should arrive early this week. We will once again sell tickets through the OEISD Business Office. I will send out more information by the end of this week.

Beginning on Saturday our window for Recording All-Region Auditions opens (This has been moved up a week!). The Band Hall will be open after school on the 7th-9th for students to come record their auditions. If a student is unable to be at school during that time they may record from home. We prefer if students record on campus due to better recording equipment though! Those results from that contest should be available on December 16th

On the 15th of December the Odem JH Bands will have their Winter Concert. We are planning on an outdoor performance with the students sitting underneath the old Elementary Cafeteria shell, and the audience bringing folding chairs/blankets beyond towards the Elementary. Should weather not cooperate we will go with a plan B. As with everything this year, we will be flexible to adapt to the conditions at the time.

UIL Area Marching Contest 12/12 – Fan Information:

Due to COVID restrictions ticket sales are being handled by each school district. Per UIL we are only being allotted a total of 75 tickets for the event for our district. Due to the limited number of tickets we are going to follow similar procedures as the sports teams.

Monday (11/7) beginning at 8:30am, and Tuesday (11/8) up to one ticket per student will be available in the OEISD Business Office for purchase. All tickets are $5 per ticket. There is no charge for pre-school age children (5 and Younger), and no tickets are required for them. Beginning Wednesday we will sell the remaining tickets on a first come first serve basis to anyone who wishes to purchase one. Please note that tickets may NOT be purchased at the gate. 

For the day of contest, spectators will only be allowed to sit with their school community within their designated section of the stadium. This will be monitored by the color of arm bands that will be assigned when you arrive. Monitors will assist spectators with finding their assigned section. Tickets will ONLY be valid for the first session that we are competing in, between each division the stadium will be cleared and sanitized. There are no In and Out Privileges for this contest. Once you exit the stadium you will NOT be allowed back inside. 

Please contact me if you have specific questions and I will do my best to answer them!

This Week’s Schedule:

Monday:              6:30pm-8:30pm HS Marching Rehearsal
Tuesday:              Band Hall Open for Practice until 4:30pm
Wednesday:         Band Hall Open for Region Practice until 5pm
Thursday:            6:30pm-8:30pm HS Marching Rehearsal
Friday:                 Band Hall Closed After School
Saturday:             Possible Region Recording if Requested

Upcoming Events:

Sat. 12/5- Wed. 12/9:                 HS Region Audition Recording Window
Saturday, December 12th:          UIL Area Marching Contest at Calallen HS
Tuesday, December 15th:           Odem JH Bands Winter Concert

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