Odem Bands Schedule – Week of 4/22/2019

Congratulations to the members of the Odem Bands for a phenomenal showing at UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Evaluation last week! All three of our performing groups, the Odem JH Symphonic Winds, Odem HS Symphonic Band, and Odem HS Wind Ensemble earned Superior Ratings in both Concert and Sight-Reading portions, bringing home 3 Sweepstakes Awards! This marks the 6th Consecutive Year for both the Odem HS Wind Ensemble and the Odem JH Symphonic Winds!

This is not the last event for any of these students though, so please keep watch on the calendar of events listed below. We have a VERY packed and busy few weeks ahead of us leading to the end of the year! This week will have three big events on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Thursday the Odem JH Symphonic Winds and the Odem HS Wind Ensemble will be participating in the Robstown Crossroads Concert Band Festival at Robstown HS. This is a public performance/festival for our students. We’ll have the opportunity for another recording opportunity for our OJH and OHS students towards our OPS and Honor Band Competitions. The Odem JH Symphonic Winds will perform around 9am, and the Odem HS Wind Ensemble around 10am. All will return to school before lunch that day. Students need to wear their concert clothes for this event to school, we will give them time to change upon their return to school. Students will report directly to their Band Halls upon arrival at school and we’ll depart around 8:15am. It is free to attend if you wish to join us, we do ask that you aid us in making sure there are absolutely no extra sounds on our recordings such as cell phones, talking, or crying children. Any of these extra sounds can hurt students chances of getting an exceptional recording!

Friday evening the Odem HS Screeching Owl Jazz Band will travel to Beeville to participate in the Annual South Coast Jazz Festival at AC Jones HS. Odem HS is set to perform at about 7:25pm in the Auditorium there. We are among eight bands performing, plus the directors band that will perform at around 8:30pm. When the concert concludes we will come home (estimating around 10pm back home). The concert is free and open to the public and we’d love to have you join us for the event!

Saturday will be the Region Jazz Clinic/Concert for our HS and JH Members of the Region Jazz Bands. We will depart from Odem HS with all students. They should be at the Band Hall by 7:45am to depart. We will provide lunch and the concert begins at 5pm with the Top HS Jazz Ensemble. The JH Jazz Band and the second HS Jazz Band will follow. We encourage parents to come to the concert and watch their students performance. You may take your student after they perform. For students who are not picked up we will most likely stop at a fast food location to eat something on the way back. Students should bring some money for that stop.

As you can see it’s a busy week for us! The week after this one will feature our Beginning Band Dress Rehearsal and our OJH Symphonic Winds and OHS Bands Spring Concert. Our weeks will stay busy through the rest of the year, so please keep close track on the list of upcoming events below.

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, April 25th: Robstown Concert Festival
Friday, April 26th: South Coast Jazz Festival – Beeville
Saturday, April 27th: All-Region Jazz Clinic/Concert (JH and HS) Beeville 
Wednesday, May 1st: OJH Beginning Band Dress Rehearsal After School
Thursday, May 2nd: OHS and OJH Symphonic Winds Spring Concert
Monday, May 6th: OJH Concert Band and Beginning Band Spring Concert 
Friday, May 10th: Color Guard and Drum Major Tryouts
Saturday, May 11th: OHS Wind Ensemble at Texas Music Festivals Contest at CT Johnson HS in San Antonio 
Sunday, May 12th: Alumni Jazz Band Rehearsal 2pm-5pm
Monday, May 13th: 10th Annual Spring Evening of Jazz & Alumni Band
Friday, May 24th: Graduation (OHS Band and OJH Symphonic Winds) 
June 2nd-June 3rd: UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest (Pflugerville)
June 16th-20th: Color Guard and Drum Major Camp (Texas A&M University Commerce)

This Week’s Band Hall Schedule:

Monday: No School
Tuesday: Guard Practice at OHS Band Hall 3:45pm-5pm
OJH Jazz Practice 3:45pm-4:45pm
Wednesday: Leadership/Drum Major Training 3:45pm-5pm
Thursday: Robstown Crossroads Concert Band Festival
8am – OJH Symphonic Winds and OHS Wind Ensemble Students at Band Halls
8:15am – Depart for Robstown
9:00am – OJH Symphonic Winds
10:00am – OHS Wind Ensemble
11:30am – Arrive back at School

Guard Practice at OHS Band Hall 3:45pm-5pm
Friday: South Coast Jazz Festival
Depart after school as soon as bus available
5pm – Dinner/Directors Band Rehearsal
~7:25pm – Odem HS Screeching Owl Jazz Band
~8:30pm – Directors Big Band
~10:00pm – Return Home

Saturday: Region Jazz Clinic/Concert
7:45am – Students at Odem HS Band Hall
8:30am – Students Check-In/Setup
9am-12pm – Rehearsal
12pm-1:30pm – Lunch
1:30pm-4pm – Rehearsal
4pm – Time to Change/Prepare for Concert
5pm – Concert Begins
~8pm – Return to OHS

Please contact us with any questions or concerns you may have!