Odem Bands Schedule – Week of 5/27/2024

First of all we’d like to congratulate our 2024 graduates who graduated Friday night! We wish them the best as they move onto the next chapter in their lives! 

I’m posting this week’s message a night early due to UIL State Solo and Ensemble tomorrow/Monday. For those students we need them to be at the high school by 10am so that we make it up in time to rehearse with an accompanist at UT, before we head to the hotel and Main Event Sunday night. Students will have a pass that allows for bowling, minigolf, laser tag, and a few more things, as well as 2 pieces of pizza with a drink and a $10 playing card for games. They’ll need any additional spending money above that they want. Beyond that they’ll have a small per diem for meals beyond that. I would recommend students bring a little more spending money beyond that if possible. 

The schedule of events is listed below for Monday. The event takes place at Hendrickson High School in Pflugerville, and is free/open to the public if you wish to watch your student perform! We should finish just before noon with all of our events and will stop for lunch nearby before heading home. Hopefully we’ll be back in Odem about 5pm.

Wednesday we will begin our very focused final preparations for our Cleveland Trip/Performance at Severance Hall. Wednesday through Friday students must be at the school before 9am (preferably by 8:45am so we’re not waiting for students and wasting clinicians time), and will have a lunch break from 12-1pm, then we’ll rehearse from 1pm-4:30pm. In the morning we have professionals coming in that specialize on their instruments to work with them in small sections. The afternoon will be clinicians with two special guest conductors who will help us refine our performance leading into the next week. ALL STUDENT TRIP PARTICIPANTS MUST ATTEND THESE REHEARSALS!!!!!!!!

The next Monday, on the 3rd, we will have our Send-Off Performance at 6pm. Students will need to be at the HS by 4:30 pm so we can ensure everyone has their concert clothes set correctly. We’ll take a picture on stage before the concert, have a brief reception afterward, then send students to get luggage and things to begin check-in at the OJH Band Hall for the trip. 

If you know of anyone who is in the Cleveland area who would like to purchase tickets, they may purchase them at https://www.clevelandorchestra.com/connections (Box seats are available, but only with a call to the box office. 216-231-1111 

This year’s HS Summer Band Schedule is now available here as well: http://www.odembands.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/2024-2025-Odem-Bands-Calendar-Version-1-4-7-2024.pdf I discussed with 6th-11th Grade flute players that the National Flute Association will be holding their annual convention in San Antonio this summer, and hosting a student day on Saturday, August 3rd. I plan to take any flute players who are interested up to participate! 

UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest Performance Times

UIL State Solo and Ensemble is open to the public. We encourage parents to come support their students and see their performances! If you wish to pick up your student please make sure to fill out one of the alternative transportation forms. They are available in the Band Hall and also on www.odembands.org . 

301-Cornet/Trumpet Solo Castaneda, Benjamin (10)8:30 AMHHS C101R Cannon
302-French Horn Solo Barrera, Vince (11)8:50 AMHHS C103C Steiger
302-French Horn Solo Garza, Xavier (11)9:10 AMHHS C103C Steiger
202-Flute Solo Soto, Angelica (11)9:20 AMHHS D109J Walker
244-Mixed Clarinet Quartet Aviles, Luke (12)9:20 AMHHS E101A Harkey
Coronado, Irma (11) s
Ferguson, Abigael (11)
Rocha, Olivia (9)
Sauceda, Vanessa (11)
303-Trombone Solo Garcia, Eva (9)9:30 AMHHS C106J McNair
371-Six or More Brass Aguirre, Adrian (11)10:00 AMHHS PAC StageJ Strickland
Andrade, Justin (12)
Barrera, Vince (11)
Castaneda, Benjamin (10)
Contreras, Adrienne (9)
Corona, Avyn (9)
Garcia, Eva (9)
Garcia, Milton (9)
Gomez, Jovana (11)
Huerta, Julissa (10)
Sharpe, Samantha (11)
Williams, Shawn (9)
270-Misc. Woodwind Ensemble Almendarez, Alma (10)10:40 AMHHS B102K Glaser
Coronado, Irma (11)
Ferguson, Abigael (11)
Kiefer, Lillan (12)
Martinez, Tatum (10)
Molina, Elena (11)
Ramirez, Caitlyn (9)
Rocha, Olivia (9)
Sauceda, Vanessa (11)
Sygaco, Jenessa (10)
571-Percussion Ensemble Andrade, Justin (12)10:54 AMHHS PAC StageJ Strickland
Aviles, Luke (12)
Huerta, Julissa (10)

This Week’s Schedule:

Sunday:Depart for UIL State Solo and Ensemble – Students at Band Hall by 10 am
Monday:UIL State Solo and Ensemble (See above for times) return around 5 pm
Tuesday:Band Hall Closed
Wednesday:Cleveland Rehearsals (Mandatory for Trip Participants)9 am – 12 pm: Sectionals1 pm – 4:30 pm: Rehearsal with Guest Clinician Dr. Shelton TAMUCC
Thursday:Cleveland Rehearsals (Mandatory for Trip Participants)9 am -12 pm: Sectionals1 pm – 4:30 pm: Rehearsal with Guest Clinician Mr. Molina
Friday:Cleveland Rehearsals (Mandatory for Trip Participants)9 am -12 pm: Sectionals1 pm – 4:30 pm: Rehearsal

Upcoming Events:

Sunday/MondayUIL State Solo and Ensemble 
June 3rdCleveland Send-Off Performance 
June 4th-9thCleveland Trip 
June 15th-19thTAMUC Camp (Guard, Drum Majors, Leadership) 
July 15th – 16thMarching Health Clinic (Leadership and Other Invited) 
July 17th-19thGuard Choreography CampLeadership/Drum Major TrainingPercussion Camp 
July 22ndSummer Band Begins for All HS Band 

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