Band News (week of 9/24-9/30)

Hey Falcons! Please see below from Mr. Bond's email for the week of Monday (9/24) through Sunday (9/30)...

Good Afternoon,

Congratulations to the percussion section for earning outstanding front ensemble and tenors as well as first place in their class at the Battle at the Lakes percussion contest held at Seven Lakes High School this past Saturday. Way to go!

Mum sales end this week! Please tell everyone you know to buy their mums from the Tompkins Mum Factory!

Thank you to everyone who came out and made our first mattress fundraiser a success!

Your first chance to see the full 2018 production of the OTHS Marching Band will be Saturday, September 29 at Legacy Stadium. We will rehearse from 8 am until noon and will have a special preview performance for all friends and families at 12:00 pm. This is a great chance to come and get a sneak peek at what the kids have been working so hard on for the last couple of months before we start competing the following weekend. We will have food for all of the kids afterwards as well. Hope to see you there!

Weekly Schedule

Monday – No after school events

Tuesday – Color Guard Rehearsal from 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Region Jazz auditions at CRHS (see details below)

Wednesday – Winds/Percussion Rehearsal from 3:30 pm-5:30 pm

Thursday – Full Band Rehearsal from 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Friday – Football Game vs. SLHS (Legacy Stadium) at 6:30 pm (see details below)

Saturday – Rehearsal at Legacy Stadium from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm (performance at noon)

We will leave the 18 wheeler at Legacy Stadium after our game on Friday night with instruments loaded so we don’t have to unload at school on Friday and reload on Saturday morning. The truck will be brought back to Tompkins after the rehearsal on Saturday and we’ll need parents and students who are available to come back to school to help unload.

Football Game vs. SLHS

Our next game will take place on Friday, September 28 vs. Seven Lakes High School at 6:30 pm at Legacy Stadium. Please remember that all games are mandatory for all students.

Dress for this football game will be full uniform. Wind and percussion students need to wear their show shirt, performance shorts, black socks, Viper marching shoes and gloves (winds). Guard members need to wear a black shirt and black dance pants (you will change into your uniform at the game). Students must also have their flip folder, lyre, all music, instrument in working condition, guard equipment, garment bag, and their OTHS Band water bottle.


3:00 pm – Rehearsal in the stadium

4:00 pm – Eat/Pack/Load

5:30 pm – Depart for Legacy Stadium

5:45 pm – Arrive at Legacy Stadium (we are the home team)

6:30 pm – Game Begins

7:30 pm – Approximate Halftime

9:00 pm – Approximate end of game (leave the truck loaded at Legacy)

10:00 pm – Approximate dismissal from OTHS

Region Jazz Auditions

Students who are auditioning for the Region Jazz Band please read the following information.

Region Jazz auditions will be held on Tuesday, September 25 at Cinco Ranch High School. Transportation to and from Cinco Ranch will not be provided, so please arrange to get there and picked up on your own. Students need to sign in at 4:00 pm (arrive a little before to find your room and to warm up). The warm up area will be in the freshman commons and auditions will begin at 4:30 pm.

Here are the earliest start times for each room:

Room #1

Guitar – Start time – 4:30 pm

Piano – Start time - 5:30 pm

Bass Guitar – Start time – 6:30 pm

Room #2

Trumpets – Start time – 4:30

Room #3

Alto Sax – Start time – 4:30 pm

Tenor Sax – Start time – 5:45 pm

Bari Sax – Start time – 6:30 pm

Room #4

Bass Trombone – Start time – 4:30 pm

Tenor Trombone – Start time – 5:00 pm

Room #5

Drum Set – Start time – 4:30 pm

Plan on your room ending 1 hour after the start time for small rooms and up to 3 hours after the start time for larger rooms.

Students who are selected to tape for the All-State Jazz Ensemble will need to pay $20 at the time of the taping, so please bring $20 just in case you are selected to tape.

When participating in any region audition, it is important not to wear any clothing that will reveal to the judges what school you are from. Do, however, dress in layers so you can make sure you are comfortable whether the audition room is cold or hot.

Legacy Stadium Rehearsal/Performance

We will rehearse on Saturday, September 29 at Legacy Stadium from 8 am until noon with a parent performance following the rehearsal. Students will need to provide their own transportation to and from Legacy Stadium that day and will need to plan on arriving at Legacy by no later than 7:20 am. The 18 wheeler will still be loaded and at the stadium from the game the night before, so that will all need to unloaded and prepared for rehearsal before 8 am.

Students will need to wear athletic shorts, their navy blue spirit shirt, black socks, black Viper marching band shoes and white gloves. We will rehearse with shakos and plumes as well.

This is an extremely important rehearsal as it gives us an opportunity to get the feel for a large stadium the week before our first contest at BOA Conroe. As with any rehearsal or performance, this is mandatory for all band students.

If possible, we would like to have all parent pit crew members in attendance at the performance so we can discuss your responsibilities afterwards.

Illuminating the GPA Game

Tompkins High School will be hosting a live Q&A Panel with University Admissions Officers from around the country on Tuesday, October 16th at 6:30 PM in the PAC. The head counselor and orchestra directors have crafted a list of questions designed to shed light on the misconceptions that lead students and parents to believe they must engage themselves in the GPA game. University admissions officers will speak to the idea of holistic admissions as well as what qualities they specifically look for in students beyond just having good grades. The panel includes the Katy ISD area admissions counselors (THE person who reads all applications from Katy ISD) from: Duke, Rice, Northwestern, Boston College, Vanderbilt, and the University of Houston. This event is open to all Katy ISD fine arts students and parents.

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