Odem Bands – Week of 2/10/2020

We would like to begin this weeks post by congratulating the 10 Soloists for Odem JH, the 8 Soloists for Odem HS, and the 17 Members of Ensembles at Odem HS for earning Superior Ratings at UIL Solo and Ensemble this past week! We have 17 students advancing to the UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest in at least one event! Please see the Solo and Ensemble Recap Below for more details!

On Tuesday we are having a very important meeting for parents of OHS and OJH Band members at 7pm in the Odem HS Cafetorium. We are preparing to do a fundraiser on March 7th for the bands, and the company wants to make sure we have all of the tools we need to be successful. To that end they are donating $5 to us for every parent that comes to that meeting! It’ll be a short 30 minute meeting for their part, and then we will move into the short business needed for the Band Boosters. Please make plans to attend! If we get one parent for every student that is $1,000 raised for the bands, upwards of $2500 if we get more than one per student! Please come and help us raise these needed funds!

The Odem Junior High Band fundraiser should be turned in no later than tomorrow (Monday). Thank you to all of those who have helped support the OJH Fundraiser. Items may still be ordered online from this link: https://tinyurl.com/sydosgw This online store stays open all year, please share this with friends and families!

Our last event going on this week is the 2020 All-State Concert that will feature our All-State Trombonist Ethan Sanchez! He will travel up to San Antonio on Wednesday for the final State Round of auditions, rehearse for the next couple days, and then perform at the All-State Concert on Saturday at 9am in the Lila Cochrell Auditorium at the San Antonio Convention Center. Admission is Free if anyone wishes to attend! (Paid Parking can be found at the RiverCenter Mall or around that area)

UIL Region Solo and Ensemble Recap:

Thursday students from Odem Junior High and Odem High School traveled to the UIL Region 14 Solo and Ensemble Contest, at Seale JH in Robstown. Odem JH had a school record ten soloist medals earned! Odem HS had 8 Soloists Medal, and 17 students earned medals in two ensembles. A total of 17 students will be advancing to the UIL Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest in June! Two of our students also advanced with both an ensemble and a solo! This was one of our most successful days at Solo and Ensemble with our students, and we would like to share the names of those students who earned Superior Ratings! Next to their name is a listing of the classification of their solo or ensemble. Class 3 is the easiest and Class 1 is the most difficult.

Odem Junior High


Adrian Aguirre- Euphonium Solo – Class 3 – Medalist
Devien Flores- French Horn Solo – Class 3 – Medalist
Ebin McCloskey- Trombone Solo – Class 3 – Medalist
Joaquin Gamez- Euphonium Solo – Class 3 – Medalist
Joy Lerma- Marimba Solo – Class 3 – Medalist
Justin Andrade- Marimba Solo – Class 3 – Medalist
Justin Andrade- Snare Drum Solo – Class 3 – Medalist
Lilian Kiefer- Clarinet Solo – Class 3 – Medalist
Luke Aviles- Marimba Solo – Class 3 – Medalist
Luke Aviles- Snare Drum Solo – Class 3 – Medalist

Odem High School


Kalista Ocana- Trumpet Solo – Class 1 – Gold Medal – Advance to State
Vincent Morin- Marimba Solo – Class 1 – Gold Medal – Advance to State
Abaigeal Tovar- Oboe Solo – Class 1 – Gold Medal
John Espinoza- Tuba Solo – Class 1 – Gold Medal
Ethan Sanchez- Trombone Solo – Class 1 – Gold Medal
Baylee Galvan- Flute Solo – Class 2 – Silver Medal
Martin Doria- F Horn Solo – Class 2 – Silver Medal
Miranda Martinez- Flute Solo – Class 3 – Bronze Medal


Clarinet Quartet – Emma Doria, Shiana Montoya, Savannah Beltran, Evelyn Contreras, Eddie Sanchez (Djembe) – Class 1 – Ensemble Medals – Advance to State

Brass Choir – Landon Garza, Jacob Luna, Kalista Ocana, Jennifer Garcia, Martin Doria, Jonathan Espinoza, John Espinoza, Ethan Sanchez, Eliana Villarreal, Vincent Morin, Matthew Hernandez, and Terra McClellen – Class 1 – Ensemble Medals – Advance to State

We have seventeen students who are advancing to the UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest on June 1st. For those parents please plan on us departing for Austin on Sunday, May 31st. We will return that evening (June 1st) when the students have finished their performances.We congratulate all of the students on their outstanding performances!

Mattress Fundraiser Details:

Our Mattress Fundraiser for the Odem High School Band is 4 weeks away, on Saturday, March 7th!  We need everyone to help us promote the event!  The success of this relies entirely on us inviting people to the sale that are in need of a new mattress! If you haven’t already please complete these steps!

1.  Please JOIN our Facebook event and INVITE your friends!!!! http://bit.ly/OdemBand2020.

2. Join our Texting Campaign: Text: bed 4Odem to: 797979

3.  Text a copy of the attached flyer to all your friends and family with following message: http://www.odembands.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Odem-Email-Flyer.pdf

“Odem High School Band needs your help.  Mattress Sale March 7th.  Great beds, better prices.  If you need a mattress, call me and I will explain the details.”

4. Share the attached flyer via email / social media.

Again we will be having a parent Meeting next Tuesday, February 11th. The company is donating $5 to the band for every parent that attends!!!! Please come join us!

Windi and Jazzi Fundraiser:

Our 3rd Annual Windi and Jazzi Fundraiser will be held on Friday, April 3rd. This year’s theme will be “Heroes” for the event. We have once again setup online ticket orders – you can order tickets here at http://odemhsband.ludus.com. There you can pick your seats out and pay easily. We will provide ticket order forms to students in March, or you may also visit the band hall to purchase them. Please help us sell this event out! (Tickets should be paid for via check/money order made out to Owl Band Boosters if paid for at band hall) Tickets are $15 for the longer outside tables, $20 for the middle circular tables, or $25 for the Back tables with chairs. (If you would like the $25 seats I recommend ordering online soon as there are only 14 more!)

Dinner is going to be Fried Fish or Chicken with sides and dessert provided.

We will need basket items for the silent auction that will be held at Windi and Jazzi. The Boosters are also seeking donations of restaurant gift cards and other items to also include and bundle in the silent auction. If you can help with obtaining these donations please contact Mrs. Mandi Edwards. We will provide the students themes for baskets in the next couple of weeks.

Windi and Jazzi is a great event that has grown each year. Please help support this event with a great meal and great music!

Preliminary Summer Band Dates:

We are in the process of verifying camp dates and the 2020-2021 school calendar, but wish to provide a pretty firm list of dates for the summer for families to begin planning their vacation plans around.

June 14th-18th – Texas A&M University Guard/Drum Major/Leadership Camp
July 16th-17th – Leadership Camp dates? (Tentative based on summer clinic)
July 18th – Students to DCI Contest in Calallen
July 20th-22nd – Drumline Camp/Guard Rehearsals
July 27th – Marching Band Camp Begins
July 31st – March-A-Thon

This Week’s Odem Band Hall Schedule:

Monday:           Band Hall Open until 4:30pm
Tuesday:             ALL BAND PARENT MEETING – 7PM – OHS Cafetorium
Wednesday:       BAND HALL CLOSED
Thursday:          BAND HALL CLOSED
Friday:                BAND HALL CLOSED
Saturday:           All-State Band Performance 9am in San Antonio

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, February 25th: Pre-UIL Contest Concert (OFFICIAL CHANGE)
Thursday, March 5th: OHS Wind Ensemble and OJH Symphonic Winds UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Evaluation – Goliad
March 7th: Mattress Fundraiser
April 1st/2nd: OJH Concert Band and OHS Symphonic Band UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Evaluation – San Diego
April 3rd: 3rd Annual Windi and Jazzi Dinner Fundraiser

You can find the 2019-2020 Odem Bands Calendar here. (http://www.odembands.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/2019-2020-Odem-Bands-Calendar-Version-1.1.pdf)

As always thank you for your help and support of these amazing students!