Odem Bands Schedule – Week of 9/12/2022

This week is the beginning of 8 weeks of Friday and Saturday events for the Odem Bands, beginning with our Region Jazz Auditions on Saturday for those participating. They’ll be departing from Odem HS at 7:30am to travel to Kingsville. We anticipate they should return back home around 2-3pm. Students may want to bring some money for a concession stand they’ll have there. The night before we play San Diego, in San Diego. This will likely be our first week of having all of our props on the field, and we can use a hand if any parents are available! Come find us when we move down to the field to warm-up for half-time and ask Mr. Williams what he can use a hand with.

The next week we’re at a big event for us, as we’ll be hosting the First Annual Owl Marching Invitational that next Saturday on the 24th. We need at least one volunteer from each family to help work the contest in order to make it successful! Our students will be performing in exhibition at both the end of the Prelims and the Finals of the competition so that we can get some feedback from the judges too. That means they’ll be unavailable to help for about an hour on each side. Please note that all students must be in attendance throughout the contest to help and perform.

Our final schedule features 16 Bands, plus our own, who will be performing that day in a Prelims/Finals contest. That essentially means we’ll have 30 performances through the day! We are expecting 1300+ student participants at this event, and hope that this can become a fundraiser that is the crown jewel for the bands in the coming years. It is not uncommon for events like this to raise tens of thousands of dollars, and we hope this will benefit our students in many ways!

Please visit this link and sign-up for a role! (Students began their own sign-ups on Friday)

Thank you to everyone who has signed up so far. Please sign up today if you haven’t already! We still need most of the positions covered. 

We plan to have a meeting at 10:00am on Saturday the 24th in the HS Cafetorium to quickly go over the contest flow, rules, and what to expect as a volunteer. Our first band should be arriving some time at 11am into the lot, and finals/awards will end with people leaving by about 11:30pm. It is going to be a long day, but offers us a great opportunity to raise funds for the band program! 

There will also be more discussion of this in our monthly Owl Band Booster Meeting on Tuesday night at 7pm. (Either in the HS Cafetorium or the Band Hall depending on if another event is in the Cafetorium)

Fall Fees

By now all Fall Fees should be paid, but we have a large amount still left unpaid. Please send that with your students this week or be in contact with us in regards to those fees so we can setup a payment plan!

This Week’s Schedule:

Monday:Evening Rehearsal: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Tuesday:Band Hall Available for Sectionals After School
Owl Band Booster Meeting 7pm (Cafetorium if available, or Band Hall/Jazz Room)
Wednesday:Evening Rehearsal: 4:00pm-5:30pm
Thursday:Evening Rehearsal: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Friday:Odem vs. San Diego (San Diego):
4:45pm: Students at Band Hall Ready to Depart
5:15pm: Depart for San Diego HS
7:30pm: Kick-Off
~10:45pm: Return to Odem
Saturday:All-Region Jazz Auditions
7:30am: Students at Band Hall to Depart
8:30am: Arrive at TAMUK (Santa Gertrudis)
9:30am: Auditions Begin
~2:00pm: Students Return to Odem

Upcoming Events:

September 16thOdem vs. San Diego (San Diego)7:30pm
September 17thAll-Region/All-State Jazz AuditionsAll Day
September 23rdOdem vs. Taft (Home)7:30pm
September 24thOdem Owl Marching Invitational
(Need at least one volunteer for every student this day)
September 30thOdem vs. Santa Rosa (Santa Rosa) 
October 1stUSBands Marching Showcase (Goliad) 
October 6thHomecoming Parade/Burning of the ‘O’7pm
October 7thOdem vs. Monte Alto (Homecoming) 
October 8thMarching Band Clinic/Rehearsal at Owl Stadium3pm-6pm
October 14thOdem vs. Hebbronville (Hebbronville) 
October 15thUIL Region 14 Marching Contest (Beeville)All Day
October 21stOdem vs. Banquete – Home (Band Senior Night Pre-Game) 
October 22ndUIL 3A Area E Marching Contest (Beeville)All Day

You may find our full 2022-2023 Odem Bands Calendar here (Includes JH Dates as well): http://www.odembands.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/2022-2023-Odem-Bands-Calendar-v1.pdf

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