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