Fall Recognition Banquet is November 10

Okemos High School band families are invited to celebrate our successful marching band season!

Monday, November 10, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Okemos High School Commons

This is a Pot Luck dinner so PLEASE BRING a dish to pass. Bring your own table settings (plates and utensils) and dish to serve 12 – 15 (with a serving utensil) according to your Band Student’s last name:

A – J  Main Dishes

K – R  Veggies/Side Dish and 2 liters pop/lemonade

S – Z  Desserts and 2 liters pop/lemonade

NOTE: New this year: we will have a separate table for vegetarian dishes!  For those who have other specific dietary needs, we suggest that you bring food(s) specific to your personal consumption to remain with you at your table and not necessarily shared with other dinner guests.

REMINDER: This is an evening to recognize the achievements of our band members in many ways. The evening includes dinner, award presentations, and a video highlighting the marching season, thus the event runs late into the evening. If you have younger children, please take the length of this event into consideration as you plan your attendance.

We do consider this a “dress up” event for the students.  Many really enjoy having an opportunity to dress up to celebrate the evening.  Since so many students will be presenting awards or receiving, it’s nice to see them looking good!

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25th Annual Car Wash-A-Thon is Sept. 20

Okemos High School Band is offering free car washes all day in the high school parking lot at our 25th Annual Car Wash-A-Thon.  Band students have been getting sponsors all fall.  This is the band’s only fundraiser, and over the years has provided over $90,000 for band uniforms, instrument replacement, and student performance trip expenses.  The more vehicles that go through the car wash, the more funds that are raised, so please stop by this Saturday!

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Pre-Season Drills begin August 10, 2014

Pre-Season Drills begin at 4:00 pm Sunday August 10 and end Tuesday, August 19 at 8:00 pm for all band members, including freshmen, new members and veterans. These essential rehearsals are required of all band members. In addition to polishing fundamental musical and marching skills, and learning our pre-game and half-time shows, the band learns to perform as a group, and we get to know each other as people and as musicians. Our schedule includes nearly 40 hours of rehearsal over 9 days. This is equivalent to 9 weeks of school-day rehearsal. This is fewer hours than many other bands, so we must be prepared and efficient to learn our material.

Band families, for a list of all the band activities for 2014-15, click the Volunteer Spot button below to visit our group page, see the events that need volunteers, and sign up for one — or more!

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on VolunteerSpot

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Final concert of 2013-14 season is May 15

Our final concert of the school year will feature the Freshman Band, Concert Band, and Symphonic Wind Ensemble.  

Please join us and invite your friends and family to attend.

We look forward to a great evening of music and a wonderful send off to the class of 2014!

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Okemos High School Band 24th Annual Car Wash-A-Thon is Sept. 21

Dear Okemos High School Band Parents,

Our 24th Annual Band Car Wash-A-Thon takes place on September 21, 2013 (note the new date)! This major fundraiser has proven to be very successful. Over the years, the Car Wash-A-Thon has provided over $90,000 for equipment, band activities, trip expenses, and funds for student accounts. We will need your help to make the 2013 Car Wash-A-Thon our best fundraiser ever!

We’re using VolunteerSpot (an online sign up and reminder tool) to schedule our upcoming activity. Please sign up – here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot:
http://vols.pt/1KYaue

2) Enter your email address. (No registration required!) Please note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone or send spam emails.

3) Sign Up! We’ll need you to this as soon as possible.

Note: If you have trouble accessing the site or prefer not to enter your email address – please email jadekochan@att.net or call and we can sign you up manually.

Thanks in advance for your help with this event,

Alison Kochan & David Ramsey
Car Wash-A-Thon Co-Chairs
(517) 381-8898

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Pre-Season Drills begin August 11

Pre-Season Drills begin at 4:00 pm Sunday August 11 and end Tuesday, August 20 at 8:00 pm for all band members, including freshmen, new members and veterans. These essential rehearsals are required of all band members. In addition to polishing fundamental musical and marching skills, and learning our pre-game and half-time shows, the band learns to perform as a group, and we get to know each other as people and as musicians. Our schedule includes nearly 40 hours of rehearsal over 9 days. This is equivalent to 9 weeks of school-day rehearsal. This is fewer hours than many other bands, so we must be prepared and efficient to learn our material.

Band families, check out the Okemos Band Boosters Volunteer Form for a list of all the band activities for 2013-14, ways you can help, and links to VolunteerSpot!

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Spring Concert May 16

Our final concert of the school year will feature the Freshman Band, Concert Band, and Symphonic Wind Ensemble.  Guest soloists are Jessica Bauer, Kate Swasey, and Mitchell Jacobs.  Our guest conductor is recent MSU graduate and intern teacher Michael Clemente.

We hope that you will invite your friends and family to attend!

A reminder to Freshman and Sophomore parents:  please bring 2 dozen brownies or cookies or a fruit tray to the commons before the concert.

We are looking forward to a great evening and a wonderful send off to the class of 2013!

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