Odem Bands Schedule – Week of 3/25/2024

This week is a packed week for students both with band and many other athletic and academic events. First, tomorrow, on Monday, we will have the Odem JH Pre-UIL Concert at 6:30pm in the Cafetorium with the Odem JH Concert Band and Symphonic Winds performances. Odem JH Concert Band Students need to be on stage ready to warm-up at 6pm. They will perform at 6:30pm. Odem JH Symphonic Winds students need to be in the HS Band Hall by 6:30pm to warm-up, and they will perform at ~7pm. Please make sure those students are present and dressed in their concert clothes as listed below. This is a mandatory and graded event for students. We will be walking students over with their instruments in class tomorrow. If for some reason a student misses their class time, please communicate with Mr. Rash prior to 5:30pm and he can open the JH Band Hall to get their stuff if we haven’t already brought it over.

The HS concert with the Odem HS Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will be on Tuesday at 6:30pm. Odem HS Symphonic Band members need to be on stage to Warm-Up by 6pm, and Odem HS Wind Ensemble members need to be ready to go in the Band Hall at 6:30pm. The Odem HS Symphonic Band will perform at 6:30pm, and the Odem HS Wind Ensemble will perform at ~7pm. Again, this is a mandatory and graded performance for both groups!

Next, we are preparing for Windi and Jazzi, on May 4th. We have assigned students theme items to bring by section. We ask that every member of the group please bring one item around $10 in value that fits in the theme to make silent auction baskets. If you would please help us make sure we have received these items by Tuesday when we have our Pre-UIL Concert with the HS! Windi and Jazzi traditionally is a great fundraiser for us, and these baskets are a big part of that!

Flutes/Oboe: Baking Basket (Baking Sheets, Cake mixes, cookbooks, cookie cutters, etc.)
Clarinets/Bassoon: Spa Basket (Candles, Bath soaps, etc.)
Bass Cl/Saxes/F Horn: Outdoor BBQ (BBQ Cooking Utensils, Aprons, Sauces, Grill accessories, etc.)
Trombones/Euphoniums/Tubas: Coffee Lovers (Bags of Coffee, Coffee Cups, Flavorings, etc.)
Percussion: Cooking Basket (Spatulas, pans, recipes, spices, cooking gadgets, etc)
Junior High Students: Gardening Basket (Seeds, Gardening tools, Gloves, etc.)

As an update on our fundraiser that just completed, we wish to thank you all for your support of it! It was easily among the most successful fundraisers we’ve done in Odem, raising $5,904 in profit for our program! This is going to go a long way to helping out with the needs of the bands! Thank you so much for your help!

Finally, Spring Band fees should be turned in by this time for 7th-12th Grade students. Please turn those in as soon as possible! Fees are $25/Student payable via Check or Money Order. They help to offset many of the costs in the spring with clinicians, supplies, music, etc. Please make payment out to OEISD, Memo: Band. Please contact us if you have any questions!

Concert Attire

Concert Attire requirements are listed here. Please let us know if there is a concern or you need assistance locating concert apparel. 

Odem JH:

Ladies: Black Blouse/Black Slacks/Dress Shoes (Blouses need to have some sort of sleeve that extends past the shoulder, and should not be low cut)
Gentlemen: White Button Down Shirt, Black Slacks, Black Belt, Black Socks, Black Dress Shoes, and Tie (Preferably solid navy blue, but any tie will work)

Odem HS:

Ladies: Black Blouse/Black Slacks/Dress Shoes (Blouses need to have some sort of sleeve that extends past the shoulder, and should not be low cut)
Gentlemen: Black Long Sleeve Button Down Shirt, Black Slacks, Black Dress Shoes (or Drillmasters), Black Belt, and Black Socks.

This Week’s Schedule:

Monday:6:30pm Odem JH Pre-UIL Concert – Concert Band and Symphonic Winds
Tuesday:6:30pm Odem HS Pre-UIL Concert – Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble
Wednesday:Band Hall Closed
Thursday:Band Hall Open
6:00pm-8:00pm Cleveland Rehearsal
Friday:Band Hall Closed

Upcoming Events:

MondayOdem JH Pre-UIL Contest Concert6:30pm
TuesdayOdem HS Pre-UIL Contest Concert6:30pm
April 4th-5thUIL Concert and Sight-ReadingTBA
April 26th11th Annual South Coast Jazz Festival 
May 4thWindi and Jazzi Fundraiser 
May 10thAmerican Classics Festival: Odem HS Wind Ensemble and Odem JH Symphonic Winds at Del Mar College2pm/3pm
May 13thOdem JH Symphonic Winds and HS Spring Concert 
May 14thOdem JH Beginning Band and Concert Band Spring Concert 
May 24thGraduation 
May 26th-27thUIL State Solo and Ensemble 
June 3rdCleveland Send-Off Performance 
June 4th-8thCleveland Trip 

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