Odem Bands Schedule – Week of 8/10/2020

Time is marching on quickly here in the world, and we’re drawing nearer to the start of the scheduled Football Season. We began sectionals with students last week to begin the process of training them in procedures, as well as to keep groups smaller to begin with. This week we will begin full band rehearsals in the evening from 6:30pm-8:30pm (Guard will meet at JH Band Hall). Students need to bring their COVID Form with them again on the first day of this week. If they did not attend last weeks rehearsals please make sure they also bring the Medical Pre-Participation Form. We will rehearse Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week with all of the students who are able to attend. Tuesday night we will have a parent meeting at 7pm – more information below on that.

Again we completely understand if students do not attend due to safety concerns – there will be no penalty of any type for that reason. Also, as I have told the students this season we ask that they be very cautious of any illness at this point. If they are sick they should not be coming to rehearsal! Additionally at any point should a student test positive for COVID, we ask that parents please contact us as soon as they are aware. We hope that does not happen, but the reality of the odds is the situation will probably occur at some point. Students should continue bringing their face masks and wearing them each day. We have purchased Bell Covers that have arrived for most of our instruments to help mitigate aerosol risk. I ask that parents make sure they are washed weekly using a gentle detergent (no bleach). Students should be taking instruments home daily in order to make sure we have them at home with them in case we have to shut down again.

Tuesday evening we are going to focus on having our virtual parent meeting via Zoom at 7pm. This meeting is important that we have one of every students parents in attendance. We have a couple officer positions that should have been filled in May that we must fill in order to operate for the boosters, as well as I will discuss procedures and our plans/basic calendar as of right now. I would especially encourage parents who may not be sending their students right now to attend so that you can keep apprised of what is going on with the bands. Please use this information to login:

Topic: Owl Band Booster Meeting
Time: Aug 11, 2020 07:00 PM
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/74009154937?pwd=cUUvcjVnWjVtc3dUcldGTFRsZWVBdz09
Meeting ID: 740 0915 4937 Passcode: 65SAGF

You can use a computer with a downloaded Zoom app, or a phone/tablet device. Please contact me if you have any questions on that!

Thank you for being a part of the Odem Bands. We often talk about band being a family, and in times like this it often feels like it more than others. It was good to see our students last week and reconnect with them! We hope that everyone stays safe and well!