Captain’s Log – April/May 2018
~ Winter Guard Earns a Silver Medal! ~
The winter guard medaled in their division for the second year in a row! Their show called In a Perfect World… was a tear-jerker and the team performed the challenging choreography with poise. Most importantly, it is astonishing to see how far the team progressed from band camp to winter season finals. I am proud of the coaches, the guard Mom Squad, and the team for pushing through hard times the entire year and coming out on top!
~ Drumline Hypnotizes ~
For the 13 th year the indoor drumline team qualified for finals! Their show entitled Hypnotic continued to improve with every week of rehearsal. There always seemed to be something new hidden within the show design that students worked to perfect. With such a young bunch (only 2 seniors and 3 juniors) the students had to dig deep to find motivation and keep working hard. I am also proud of this groups improvement over the season. Don’t let the 15th place at finals fool you, this team had a long journey to travel and over that time I saw many students mature into future leaders.
~ Jazz Band Swings for the Fences ~
The OHS Jazz Band and Jazz Crew have been hard at work performing around the community with a broad repertoire of jazz, rock, and pop stlye music. Most recently the band took their music to the Sunset Market and Oceanside Jazz Festival! Huge thanks to Jeremy Grasz for providng the band with sound reinforcement in a hectic downtown situation. Many spots will open next year in the jazz band, students speak with me about enrollment!
~ Symphonic Strings Grasp Superior ~
While this news is not exactly new, due to the timing it was never mentioned in a Captain’s Log. It’s important to recognize the Symphonic Strings for earning a Superior rating at our last festival in Temecula Valley. The group was challenged with difficult music, yet continued to make progress the entire festival season. I look forward to the same growth from all of our band and string groups as the students mature in their musical capabilities.
~ Water Donations for Graduation ~
Please donate a case of waters to supply our graduation fundraiser! The music program has exclusive rights to sell water at graduation. When you donate a 24 (or more) pack we can sell the bottles for $1 each. That’s an instant donation of $24 you just made! To make it even easier, e-mail me a drop-off time and I’ll send students to unload the water from your car! This is a huge fundraiser for us, but hinges on water bottle donations. Please help us out!
~ POPS Concerts ~
It’s hard to believe that it is already time for the end-of-year POPS concerts with the west side middle schools. The events will continue to be free of charge, please come enjoy fun music!
– String POPS – Thursday, May 17 th – 6 pm downbeat, OHS Performing Arts Center.
– Band POPS – Thursday, May 24 th – 6 pm downbeat, OHS Performing Arts Center.
~ Disneyland Music Workshop – Tuesday, May 29th ~
The final payment due date for the Disneyland field trip is Friday, May 18 th . Checks are no longer accepted; students must pay by cash. Keep an eye out for a special permission slip specific to this field trip which must be signed by a parent or guardian. It will have the itinerary and other detailed information included. Per usual, be prepared for an OHS pick-up time anywhere from 11 pm to 1 am.
~ Pit Stop Diner Fundraiser – Friday, June 1st – 7 am to 10 pm ~
Who can resist those Pit Stop zucchini fries or ice cream sundaes? Now you have an excuse to indulge because our next restaurant night fundraiser is at Oceanside’s favorite comfort food restaurant. Customers must have the flyer to participate, I’ll be e-mailing the flyer out closer to the date. 3825 Mission Ave D1, Oceanside, CA 92058.
~ Band & String Banquets ~
– Band Banquet – Thursday, May 31 st – 6 pm @ the Music Room.
– Strings Banquet – Friday, June 1 st – 5 pm @ the Music Room.
Students, parents, staff, and boosters come celebrate a wonderful year in Pirate music
accomplishments! These events will be pot-luck style. Students of various grade levels will bring different types of food items. Stay tuned for grade level food requests. This approach helps us keep the event free of charge and family friendly. Awards and announcements about next years leadership positions will be revealed.
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