Odem Bands Schedule Week of 9/14/2015 and Coming Events Information

Good evening,

The school year marches on and I am pleased to announce that the Screeching Owl Jazz Band brought back some of the first honors of the program for the year. Saturday twelve students auditioned for the All-Region Jazz Band. Our students set a new record for our school by having nine students make the All-Region Jazz Band! Those students were: Alexis Soliz, Joey Aguirre, Alex Rubio, Breanna Luna, Pedro Sauceda, Marivel Mancias, Justin Ridgway, Christina Montoya, and Brandon Morin. Additionally Alexis Soliz, Breanna Luna, and Justin Ridgway advanced to Area and recorded an audition that was sent to the State level to be judged for possible participation in the All-State Jazz Band. Congratulations to those students! They will participate in the All-Region Jazz Clinic/Concert in April.

Below is our rehearsal schedule for the week.
Monday: 6:30pm-8:30pm Marching Rehearsal
Wednesday: 5:00pm-6:30pm Marching Rehearsal
Thursday: 6:30pm-8:30pm Marching Rehearsal
Friday: Odem vs. West Oso at West Oso HS
5:00pm: Students at Band Hall for Walkthrough
7:30pm: Game Begins
~11:00pm: Return to Band Hall
Saturday: 10:00am-3:00pm Workday on Props and Drums
We will be looking for some students to help out with some things with props, changing drum heads, and putting our drum wraps on for the rest of the season. We also have some organizational things we’ll be working on.

The final item I would like to share with you is our preliminary schedule for our October 3rd competition in Goliad. That morning we are going to need students to be at the Band Hall by 8:30am for a walkthrough. Our first performance is at 1:00pm. Following that performance we will change out of uniforms and observe the rest of the competition. Awards for the competition will be held at 3:00pm. We need all students to remain with the band however, as we will have a second performance/clinic with the judges at 5:00pm. This will be a unique opportunity for us to have a live clinic with five judges to discuss with us what they see. I believe it has potential to be very beneficial to us this season! Following that 5pm clinic we will load the buses and return to Odem by around 7pm.

Please remember we will have a clinic with Mr. John Rauschuber from Fredericksburg HS on Saturday October 10th from 3pm-6pm in Odem (Most likely at the stadium). He has led their band to being the State Honor Band for what is now Class 4A, in 2012 the UIL State Marching Contest Silver Medalist Band, and 2014 4A Marching Band State Finalists. I’m looking forward to his insight as we have our final run-up to our UIL Marching Contests.

October 17th is our UIL Region Contest and October 24th is UIL Area Marching Contest. I should have preliminary times for those events in the next few weeks.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

Mr. Steven Rash
Director of Bands
Odem High School