Odem Bands Schedule – Week of 3/21/2022
I hope this message finds you well as we return from Spring Break to a very busy run-up to the end of this school year. This week we don’t have any events, but beginning next week things will ramp up quickly for us. Please note that all 7-12th Grade students have their mandatory Pre-UIL Concert Performance next Monday, March 28th. In order to help facilitate JH Baseball games we are going to start at 5pm for Odem JH Concert Band, followed by about 5:15-5:20pm Odem JH Symphonic Winds will begin. Students may leave following the concert. Odem HS will begin our concerts at 6pm with the Odem HS Symphonic Band, and then the Odem HS Wind Ensemble about 6:20pm. Students will need their concert attire for this event!
Next, I would like to make sure you know about two local concerts that would benefit students to attend this week if they are able to attend.
First, on Wednesday (March 23rd) the Boston Brass is performing at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. This is a brass quintet (Two trumpets, F Horn, Trombone, and Tuba) that is world renown for their performances. I have been fortunate enough to be in attendance for past performances, and can say without a doubt that they put on a very entertaining and musical show! Tickets for that are available at TAMUCC Performing Arts Centers box office.
Sunday, a great free concert will take place at Flour Bluff HS Auditorium with The Corpus Christi Wind Symphony. This concert begins at 4pm and is Free for Admission. A community band made of up of band directors, professional musicians, and other local musicians, it has long been considered one of the best community bands around!
Wednesday at 3:30pm we will have a short meeting with students interested in joining our leadership team for the 2022 Spirit of OHS Marching Season. This includes drum major candidates, section leader candidates, and guard captain candidates. We will be determining when the best meeting time will be the moving forward. Information about guard tryouts will be coming out by Tuesday for those interested students.
Next for our HS Band Students trip to Florida there are a number of trip deadlines approaching. Students should have been paid up to at least $700 in their accounts before the break. Please contact me if this was an issue so we can work out a solution! Room lists are due by the end of this month. Trip payments may be sent in a check/money order to the Owl Band Boosters and brought to Mr. Rash, or they may be paid directly through TMF Tours Website!
Below in the section about Windi and Jazzi you will find the themes for each section at the high school, and grades at the JH basket. We build baskets with one item from each student within a theme and then auction it off at our silent auction. This is one of our largest fundraisers outside of the concession stand for the boosters each year. We ask that you please help us bring a $10 item within the theme. We will accept larger items/donations too if you know of anyone that might be able to contribute! We are asking for these items to be brought in by Thursday of this week if at all possible!
Pre-UIL Concert Information (March 28th)
Next Monday (March 28th) Odem JH Concert Band students will need to be at Odem HS in their seats in the Cafetorium at 4:30pm for warm-up. Their performance will start at 5pm. Odem JH Symphonic Winds will need to be in the Odem HS Band Hall ready to play by 4:40pm for their warm-up time.
Odem HS Symphonic Band Members will need to be on-stage for their warm-up at 5:35pm, or following the Odem JH Symphonic Winds performance. Odem HS Wind Ensemble members need to be in their seats in the main band hall at 5:45pm. Students need to be in their concert dress clothes for this event.
Ladies: Black Blouse and Black Slacks with black shoes.
Gentlemen: White Button-Down Shirt, Black Slacks, Black Dress Shoes, Black Socks, Black Belt, and a tie (Preferably navy blue)
Black Blouse/Button Down Shirt, Black Slacks, and Black shoes.
Please note that every student MUST attend their Pre-UIL performance. It is a major grade for the six weeks!
2022 Summer Band Schedule
I have attached our 2022 Summer Band Schedule to this email, as well as listed our major competition dates for the fall at the bottom. Please note that Summer Band is mandatory for participation in The Spirit of OHS! If a conflict arises with a date we ask that you reach out to us early so we can be aware, and maybe make something work out to make multiple things happen. We try and be as flexible as possible on many things, but with marching band it is important to have every spot on the field covered. (Any missing members in drill can result in deductions for us as a band at contests!)
Please help us make sure students have the best possibility of being successful this next year!
Windi and Jazzi 2022
Tickets are now available for Windi and Jazzi that will be held on May 7th here at this site: https://odemhsband.ludus.com/index.php This has become an annual dinner/concert to benefit the bands that we look forward to presenting each year! This year’s theme is ‘Night On Broadway’ and will feature music from a number of hit musicals, as well as some other works performed by the HS Band Students. This event benefits the Band Boosters and helps us raise funds program wide by ticket sales and the silent auction we hold simultaneously. Please be on the lookout for information about this event coming soon, and we ask that if you have a business that you own or work for that might be able to contribute that you reach out to them.
We will be asking each student in grades 6-12 to help with contributing one item to baskets that we will be auctioning off by theme. We would like items turned into the Band Halls by Thursday, March 10th.
HS Flutes – Crafts (Paints, Sewing, Kits, etc.)
HS Clarinets – ‘Cookie Basket’ (Cookie Mixes, Cutters, Rolling Pins, decorations, backing sheets/mats, cookbooks, etc)
HS Saxophones – Beach (Towels, Beach Toys, Beach Balls, umbrellas, bags, etc.)
HS F Horns – Scented Basket (Lotions, Candles, Soaps, etc.)
HS Trumpets – Spa Basket (Candles, Lotions, Face Masks, Soaps, etc.)
HS Trombones – Car Wash Basket (Sponges, Soaps, Clothes, Brushes, Polish, etc.)
HS Euphoniums – Sports Basket (Games, Memorabilia, Sports Tickets, Equipment, etc.)
HS Tubas – Movie Night (Movies, Popcorn, Movie Snacks, etc.)
HS Percussion – Baking Basket (Cake Mixes, Recipes, Rolling Pins, Cake Pans, Muffin Pans, etc.)
Odem JH 6th Graders – Gardening Basket (Small Shovels, Seeds, Gloves, Hats, etc.)
Odem JH 7th Graders – Camping Basket (Folding Chairs, Camping Gear, Campfire Accessories, Compasses, Hats, Tent accessories, etc.)
Odem JH 8th Graders – BBQ Basket (BBQ Sauces, Tongs/Spatulas, Recipes, Aprons, Grill Accessories, Canned items, Condiments, etc.)
This event has done quite well for us in the past! Tickets are $15-$25 per ticket depending on the seating type/location, and comes with a choice of Chicken Fried Steak or Chicken, Sides, a drink, and dessert along with the great entertainment! Please help us make this the best year yet for this event!
2022 Orlando Trip
A sixth trip payment should have been made this month. If you haven’t turned that in please do so! The link below will allow you to make payments directly to them.
You may also pay the Owl Band Boosters via Check or Money Order turned into the Band Hall Office or brought to the Band Booster Meeting next Tuesday.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about those statements!
This Week’s Schedule:
|Monday:||Band Hall Open After School||3:30pm-4:00pm|
|Tuesday:||Band Hall Open After School||3:30pm-4:30pm|
|Wednesday:||Band Hall Open After School|
2022 Leadership Team First Meeting
|Thursday:||Band Hall Open After School||3:30pm-4:00pm|
|Friday:||Band Hall Closed after School|
|March 28th||Odem Bands Pre-UIL Contest Concert|
|April 19th-21st||UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Evaluation|
(Specific Days/Schedule TBA)
|April 29th||10th Annual South Coast Jazz Festival (Robstown)|
|April 30th||All-Region Jazz Clinic/Concert|
|May 7th||Windi and Jazzi|
|May 16th||Odem JH Symphonic Winds and Odem HS Bands Spring Concert||6:30pm|
|May 17th||Odem JH Beginning Band and Concert Band Spring Concert||6:30pm|
|May 27th||Graduation (Required HS Band and Encouraged for Odem JH Symphonic Winds)|
|May 29th-30th||UIL Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest|
|June 1st-5th||Odem HS Trip to Florida|
Thank you for your help and support of these amazing students! Please contact us if you have any questions!