Happy Holidays to our entire music family! It’s hard to believe that another Fall season has passed and we already have started drumline and winter guard auditions. Since there is so much that happens throughout November, I typically like to combine this issue with December…
~ Drumline & Winter Guard Student + Parent Meetings – Thursday 12/1 @ 6 pm! ~
Friendly reminder that this is a mandatory meeting for students and parents that wish to participate in the winter guard or drumline activities. We will have member info., calendars, and fair-share information.
~ Chili Cook-Off on Thursday, December 14th @ 6 pm – OHS Gym! ~
The annual Chili Cook-Off is coming up! This holiday themed concert will feature the Jazz Band, Symphonic Strings, and Choir department! Bring a large crock-pot of chili for two free meal tickets! Prizes for best chili are 1st place: $75, 2nd place: $50, and 3rd place $25! Follow this link to sign-up and help make the event a success! All student performers must sign-up for at least one job to earn participation credit. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080544A9AD2DABFC1-oceanside
~ Marching Pirates take 5th place in Division 3A! ~
I could not be happier for the growth and positivity that came from the marching band this year. It was a young group with over 70% of the students being freshman or sophomores. Highlights of the scoring recap include 4th place in Music Performance, 3rd in Visual Effect, and 3rd in Percussion! However, my greatest source of pride is that they made progress every single rehearsal over a long four month season! See a few action photos below!
~ Strings and Jazz Set the Standard ~
At the Fall Concert on November 15th the Symphonic and Concert Strings and Jazz Band set a very high standard for future performances! This was the best Fall concert that the Symphonic Strings have prepared in my time at OHS. The Jazz Band and Concert Strings made an amazing amount of progress from the beginning of the year; especially considering the amount of new students to those ensembles. I am sincerely excited to see how well we can perform come festival season!
~ Zero Tolerance Policy ~
The music department maintains a zero tolerance policy for students of the program who break California State Law, the Code of Conduct for Oceanside Unified School District, and/or regulations of the OHS Music Department. Infractions of these matters will be punished with or without previous warnings and will be pursued to fullest extent of OUSD policy and California State Law.
Thanks for reading and I wish you and your family the warmest of holiday seasons!
- Mr. Shane Reider
Captain’s Log – October 2017
Why do pirates love the Fall season? Because it’s time for mAAARRRRRching band! This month’s edition is brief. Keep an eye on the google calendar for itinerary updates!
~ Marching Pirates off to a Hot Start ~
Our first two competitions of the season proved to be lucrative; taking home our division’s gold medal at El Camino HS and the bronze medal at Scripps Ranch HS. However, I preach to the students that the score is merely a number derived from numerous uncontrollable factors. The score should not dictate how we feel about our progress. Instead we should focus on the quality of our rehearsals and the value of personal contribution to the entire group. Hence, I am extremely proud of how well the Marching Pirates have rehearsed the past few weeks! Their professionalism has been acknowledged by the judges with high remarks in music and visual captions. Keep it up Pirates!
~ Performing Arts Center Gala a Blast from the Past ~
On Saturday, September 30th, many generations of OHS music alumni gathered to celebrate the grand opening of the Oceanside Performing Arts Center! Former music director Mark Phelps and the
OHS Foundation worked tirelessly to host numerous musical acts that were comprised of current and former OHS musicians. Lola Gulley, the drum major from 1978-81, performed riveting blues charts with a backing band of OUSD teachers and alum. The San Diego Hall of Fame Orchestra performed an entire set of jazz standards featuring OHS alumni Nova Charle. Notable people in attendance were 1971-81 OHS band director Bob Halseth and former US Congressmen Colonel Doug Applegate. I had the honor to conduct the Symphonic Strings at the gala and feel very fortunate to be a part of this historic event.
~ October Performances A La Carte ~
There are numerous small performances this month which will feature various ensembles. Please come and show your support to our hard-working musicians!
- Saturday, October 14th at 3:15 pm – Marching Pirates – Rancho Buena Vista HS.
- Tuesday, October 17th at 5 pm – Jazz Band – Girard Prep Foundation Ceremony – Gym.
- Thursday, October 19th at 5:15 pm – Chamber Strings – National Honors Society Ceremony – MPR.
- Saturday, October 21st at 9:15 am – Jazz Crew – OHS Hall Of Fame Ceremony – PAC.
Thanks for reading!
- Mr. Reider
BAND CAMP 2017!!!
All students must attend to reserve your spot in the drill! We will begin learning the Fall 2017 production Into The Cosmos!
Wed. 8/2 through Friday 8/4 AND Monday 8/7 through Friday 8/11.
2 pm – 9 pm.
Block #1 – 2 to 5 pm
Dinner – 5 to 6 pm
Block #2 – 6 to 9 pm
Parent Meeting, Performance, & Pot-Luck!
Friday, August 11th
6:30 pm @ R-102
Come see what the Marching Pirates have been working on during band camp! This parent meeting will review the fall schedule, fair-share, rehearsals, and volunteer opportunities. Performances from the drumline, color guard, and horn line; including the first movement to our 2017 production ‘Into The Cosmos’! Afterwards, relax as we have a pot-luck in the band room.
Students Must Bring: (not having all items will result in your dismissal from rehearsal and a parent must pick you up).
– athletic clothes/shoes
– water jug
– music binder with sheet protectors