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.