Odem Bands Schedule – Week of 9/5/2020

I hope this message finds you all well! We have just a few announcements for this week for the bands. First of all the HS Band is rehearsing tomorrow (Monday 9/7) from 6pm-9pm. We will be setting drill for our marching show tomorrow on the first day that UIL has allowed us to do so. HS Students should bring duct tape, a sharpie, water, and have installed UDBapp Pro (Ultimate Drill Book) on their phone per the instructions given Friday in Classroom. (If a student doesn’t have a phone we will provide a hard copy of the students coordinate sheets) Our goal is to have the first two songs ready to go for the following week when we have our next home game that we’ll perform at. We have set spots based on who has been able to be there so far, and have additional options for students who may not have been able to attend that we’ll discuss with them when they are able to be there.

We do have a series of football games with the JH and JV teams on Thursday. For that we need a couple parents who can help out in the concession stand. If you’re able to do so please contact Mrs. Edwards so she can give you the specifics.

Friday marked the end of the 3 Weeks Progress Report marking period. In all of our band classes, Grades 6-12, students should be logging in daily to complete their assignments for class. Per state mandate we must have that contact with students in order to count a student ‘present’ in class. For the JH students I encourage them to join Mr. Williams for their daily Zoom session. This week the district is beginning to bring students to the district for in-person instruction in a phased reopening. Each campus should have reached out to you, if you haven’t been contacted please call the campus office on Tuesday! Students will need to bring their instruments/supplies each day to school and to home. We will establish our procedures for drop-off/pickup of instruments by Wednesday and communicate that out via Classroom. This transition time of both virtual and in-person instruction is going to be new for everyone. Please check with your students to make sure they’re completing the work assigned in both locations!

Finally I have placed an Updated Calendar for 2020-2021 here. As we all have learned 2020 has thrown many curveballs to us, but this is our best set of dates at present. A couple things to note include the Marching Contest Dates are now at the end of November/early December. JH Region Auditions have been pushed back to late February, and the Clinic/Concerts for JH and HS have been moved to April. We have also moved our instrument rental night for beginners to the first Wednesday of October at this time. (One correction to the linked Calendar – Beginning Band Instrument Night will be September 30th.)

Thank you for being patient and supporting your students/teachers through this time. I know that as a community though that Odem-Edroy ISD will come out of this stronger than ever!

This Week’s Schedule:

Monday: 6:00pm-9:00pm HS Marching Rehearsal
Tuesday: Band Hall Closed
Wednesday: 6:30pm-8:30pm HS Marching Rehearsal
Thursday: 6:30pm-8:30pm HS Marching Rehearsal
Friday: Band Hall Closed

Upcoming Events:

Friday, September 18th: Odem vs. Karnes City (Band Senior Night at Half-time)
Friday, October 2nd: Odem vs. Natalia
Friday, October 9th: Odem vs. Falfurrias (Homecoming)

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks for your help and support of these amazing students!