Happy Spring Break to all OUSD students! Our teams have been working hard and I’m sure a break from academics is greatly appreciated. We’re on the home stretch for winter guard and drumline seasons! The end of April and May will be jam packed with performances; come support your music students by volunteering!
~ Disneyland Optional Fieldtrip!
Our annual Soundtrack Sessions workshop at Disneyland will be held on Thursday, June 1st. For those of you whom are new to this opportunity, we spend the entire day at Disneyland and record movie music with a professional artist! After the session students are free to enjoy the park. The cost is $90.00 per student. The payment due dates are Friday, May 5th – checks, and Friday, May 12th – cash. While a final itinerary has not been made yet, we typically leave around 7:00 am and return around 11:00 pm.
~ Band Banquet on Monday, May 15th at 6:30 pm!
Join us in the Music Room as we celebrate a fantastic year of musical arts. Awards such as ‘Pirate of the Year’ and ‘Rookie of the Year’ will be named. To keep the costs low this event is a pot-luck.
Food contributions are as follows: Freshman & Sophomores – fresh fruit and vegetables (cut and ready to serve). Juniors and Seniors – desserts (cookies, brownies, etc…).
~ Water Bottle Donations Needed!
The end-of-year events offer us many opportunities to sell water bottles to raise money. If you donate a 24 pack of water and we sell them at $1 apiece, you just donated $24 to our program! Last year we raised nearly $700 at graduation alone! To make the process easy, I will send a student to carry the water from your car. All you need to do is email me with the date and time you will drop off. Thank you so much for these donations!
~ Volunteers Needed!
Logistics for our events takes manpower. From pushing a marimba at a drumline competition, to chaperoning on the bus for color guard, to selling baked goods at concerts; the more hands we have to help the better experience we offer our students. I urge each of you to consider how you can volunteer. E-mail our wonderful booster president, Michele Kolbe, at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.
~ El Camino Indoor Showcase
Held on Friday, April 21st at 7 pm inside the El Camino High School Gymnasium. Entry is $2.00 for all attendees. Both the OHS drumline and winter guard will perform twice at this event. Represent O-side and take advantage of your last opportunity to see these groups perform in town!
~ Indoor Update
Drumline and winter guard are enjoying successful seasons. Both groups were given challenging shows and both groups perform within competitive divisions. I am very proud of the growth and determination from each individual. Winter guard performs in finals on April 22nd, while drumline has semi-finals on April 23rd. Itineraries are posted the Monday before the performance on our Google Calendar (http://oceansideband.com/calendar-2/).
~ Jazz Band @ Oceanside Days of Art!
The indoor pageantry teams aren’t the only ensembles mastering their craft. On Saturday, April 22nd at 10:00 am the Jazz Band will kick off the annual festival with music from their year’s repertoire! Held downtown at 704 Pier View Way, there will be arts and crafts, live music, food, and fun for the whole family!
~ Band Camp 2017 – August 2nd to 4th and 7th to 11th
It’s never too early to start planning for band camp. Attendance is a requirement for the Marching Pirates!
Thank you for supporting our music program. I look forward to seeing you at an event!
– Mr. Reider
Director of Instrumental Music
Oceanside High School
Marching Pirates field Nature’s Wrath!
The competitive marching season is upon us! The 2016 OHS Marching Pirates have been hard at work learning our field show entitled Nature’s Wrath. This challenging 8 minute production consists of three movements.
Movement 1, Lightning Strikes portrays the calm before the storm; birds chirping, flowers blooming, and nature at peace. Graceful choreography in the color guard accent flowing drill in the band. Suddenly, the clouds roll in and the percussion accelerate the band into turmoil. The horns land in a lightning bolt formation while playing dark and loud luminous chords. Eventually the storm dissipates as the music returns to the minimalist melodies of the show’s beginning.
Movement 2, The Healing Sun opens with a grand gesture from the winds. Soon after two trumpet soloists play fanfares calling for the sun to nourish the ravished land. The movement reaches its climax as the sun finally breaks through the clouds and shines brilliant light to restore peace. The band and color guard come together to form a large sun with the flags as the sun rays!
Movement 3, Fire’s Revenge reminds us that nature often has the last laugh. Just as the sun brings us peace, the drumline barges onto the scene with feverish might. The music and drill transition from calm melodies to turbulent stabs and angular shapes. As the ensemble races to the end, we can only hope that the storm returns to relinquish the fire…
Support our students at one of our competitive field shows and get involved with the band boosters to ensure that the Marching Pirates have a top-notch experience. Check the calendar section for event dates, times, and itineraries.
BAND CAMP & PERCUSSION MINI-CAMP!!!
After a relaxing summer it is time to get to work on the 2016 Marching Pirates! Below are the dates and times for this year’s August camps and meetings. PARENTS be sure to attend the Marching Band Info Meeting and stay for the Show & Tell Potluck! All events will be held at the OHS Music Room (R102).
- Students must bring: 1/2 gallon Water Jug, Hat, Athletic Shoes & Clothes, Music Folder w/Plastic Inserts, Dot Book.
- Bring $ for food or pack a sack lunch.
- Please give yourself extra travel time to deal with school construction.
Percussion Mini-Camp (battery & front ensemble only)
Wed. 8/3 through Fri. 8/5 : 3 – 6 pm
Student Leadership Meeting
Fri. 8/5: 6 – 8 pm
BAND CAMP (all members)
Mon. 8/8 through Thr. 8/11: 9 am – 4 pm.
Fri. 8/12: 11 am – 6 pm
Parent Info. Meeting, Student Show & Tell, Potluck
Fri. 8/12: 5:30 pm