This week I would like to congratulate all of the competing bands and their students for their performances last week at UIL! All three bands earned their Superior Ratings in Sight-Reading, and the Odem HS Wind Ensemble and Odem JH Symphonic Winds both came back with their third consecutive Sweepstakes Awards! We are very proud of our junior high students for being the only junior high to earn a Sweepstakes over the three day contest!!!
This week there are a few events for the Jazz Band Students and the Carnegie Students to keep in mind. I would also like to invite the students/parents to come to the final concert of the Corpus Christi Wind Symphony’s season on Thursday night. We will perform at 7:30pm at Richardson Auditorium at Del Mar College. Following the CCWS, the Del Mar College Band will perform and premiere a work that is dedicated to the memory of Eddie Galvan who passed away a few years ago. Admission is Free.
Carnegie Hall Rehearsal
We will be moving this week’s rehearsal to Wednesday from 5pm-6pm. We will have sectionals from 4pm-5pm prior to the rehearsal. I am planning on re-recording two pieces for our final submission to DCINY on Tuesday in class. Please help us ensure your student is in attendance at school that day.
South Coast Jazz Festival
On Friday we will hold the 6th Annual South Coast Jazz Festival in Goliad, at the Goliad HS Auditorium. The Odem HS Screeching Owl Jazz Band will depart after school and perform tentatively at 7:40pm. We will return around 9:30pm or so.
ATSSB Region 14 Jazz Clinic/Concert
Saturday we will need the students who made the All-Region Jazz Band in the fall (February for JH) to be at the Band Hall at 7am. I believe the concert is going to begin at 5pm. Students should bring some money for Whataburger on the way home.
Guard/Drum Major Tryouts
Color Guard and Drum Major tryouts will be held next week on Friday, May 6th after school.
Please keep in mind our Spring Concerts are quickly approaching!
May 10th: OJH Beginning Band and OJH Concert Band – 6:30pm Cafetorium
May 12th: OJH Symphonic Winds, OHS Symphonic Band, and OHS Wind Ensemble – 6:30pm – Old HS Gym
May 19th: OHS Screeching Owl Jazz Spring Evening of Jazz – 7pm Cafetorium
May 23rd: OJH Band Schlitterbahn Trip
May 27th: OHS Graduation
May 29th-30th: State Solo and Ensemble
June 8th: Carnegie Hall Preview/Send-Off Concert at Sinton HS Auditorium 7pm
July 18th-20th: Color Guard Camp (in Odem this year)
July 25th: Summer Band Begins
I hope to have the 2016-2017 Preliminary Calendar available by the end of this week.
This Week’s Band Hall Schedule
Monday: Band Hall Open until 4:30pm
Tuesday: Band Hall Open until 5pm (Guard Practice)
Wednesday: Carnegie Sectionals After School, 5pm-6pm Rehearsal
Thursday: Band Hall Open until 4:15pm (Corpus Christi Wind Symphony Concert at 7:30pm Del Mar College)
Friday: South Coast Jazz Festival – Goliad
Saturday: ATSSB Region 14 Jazz Clinic/Concert – Goliad
Thanks for all of your help and support, congratulations again to all of the competing bands from this past week!
Mr. Steven Rash
Director of Bands
Odem High School