Band News (week of 10/8-10/14)

Hey Falcons! Please see below from Mr. Bond's email for the week of Monday (10/8) through Sunday (10/14)...

Good Morning,

I hope to see everyone at BOA Conroe tomorrow as the band performs at our first marching contest of the year! 2:00 pm at Woodforest Stadium is our prelims performance time and we’ll update you on finals once we know.

Thank you everyone for being flexible with our schedule this fall as we navigate all of the bad weather. We’re going to make another adjustment for tomorrow since we lost about 40 minutes from our rehearsal due to lightning. The band hall will open at 6:20 am instead of 6:30 am and our call time will be 6:45 am instead of 7 am. This will allow us to rehearse a little bit longer in Rhodes before we leave for Conroe.

Congratulations to Jennifer Williams for being named the Tompkins High School Volunteer of the Month for the month of September! Jenn and her husband Brandon are wonderful parents who have dedicated a ton of time to our band program over the last four years and we are so grateful for their selfless dedication to our students. Thank you Jenn, Brandon and every other parent who has volunteered so far this year or will in the future!

Please come out to Raising Canes across the street from OTHS on Tuesday between 5pm-8pm and support the OTHS Band. When you order your meal, please be sure to mention you’re with us and we’ll receive a portion of your purchase.


Monday – Early Dismissal – No events

Tuesday – Full Band Rehearsal from 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Spirit Night at Raising Canes from 5pm-8pm

Wednesday – Full Band Rehearsal from 3:30 pm-6:00 pm

Thursday – Football Game vs. Mayde Creek at Legacy at 6:30 pm (Homecoming)

Friday –Full Band Rehearsal from 3:30 pm-6:30 pm

Saturday – Katy Marching Festival at Legacy Stadium (11:15 am performance time)

Football Game vs. MCHS

Our next game will take place on Thursday, October 11 vs. Mayde Creek 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.

This is theHomecoming game, so students will be able to wear their garters and mums to the game (but do not attach it to your uniform). Please note that we will not be performing the competition show at halftime due to homecoming court activities.


2:50 pm – Rehearsal in the stadium

3:50 pm – Eat/Pack/Load

5:15 pm – Depart for Legacy Stadium

5:30 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

10:30 pm – Approximate dismissal from OTHS

Katy Marching Contest

On October 13, 2018 the OTHS Band will be competing at the Katy Marching Festival at Legacy Stadium. This performance is required for all eligible band members.


5:45 am – Band Hall Opens (eat breakfast before you arrive)

6:15 am – Rehearsal in Stadium

7:15 am – Load Truck

8:25 am – Depart for Legacy Stadium/Eat snack on bus

8:45 am – Arrive at Legacy Stadium/Unload

9:50 am – Warm-Up Begins

11:15 am – Performance!

11:40 am – Load trucks

12:45 pm – Depart for OTHS

1:30 pm – Approximate dismissal

Necessary Items

____Spirit Shirt

____Performance Shorts

____Marching Shoes, cleaned and shined (Winds and Percussion)

____Black Socks (Winds and Percussion)

____White Gloves (Winds) or Guard Gloves (Colorguard)

____Appropriate Undergarments (Colorguard)

____Dance Shoes (Colorguard)

____Instrument, cleaned and in working condition with all necessary accessories

____OTHS Band Water Bottle filled with ice and water

____Garment Bag

____Money for food at the concession stand and souvenirs (recommended)

Students, please remember to carry yourself with pride and class at all times while traveling with the band. Proper etiquette must be displayed at all times while wearing the uniform. Do not do anything that will ever draw negative attention to you or the Tompkins High School Band.

As with all performances, parents, friends and other family members are absolutely encouraged to come watch the band. It is way more fun for the students to perform for a supportive, LOUD, and friendly crowd! Admission to the contest is $10 for prelims only, $10 for finals only or $15 for an all-day ticket.

Videos on Social Media

Please do not share videos of the band performing their competition show on any social media platforms (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, etc.). In recent years the companies that hold music copyrights have cracked down on marching bands and what they post online. You are still welcome to take video for your own enjoyment, just don’t post on any public social media platforms. Thank you for your help with this!

Band Memory Book

If you haven’t ordered your band memory book yet, you can still do so and get 10% off if you order in October. To do so, go to, and enter school code 101468881455232. Every year I hear about people who didn’t order a memory book and regretted it when they were delivered to everyone else. This is a great way to commemorate the year and you have the opportunity to add customized pages to your individual book. If you’d like to see examples of what these have looked like in the past, you can stop by my office and check out past years’ books.

Senior Recognition Night

Senior recognition night will take place at halftime during the football game vs. Cinco Ranch on November 3. We will recognize all of the outgoing seniors during that time, then after the game there will be an opportunity for senior parents to come to the field and take pictures with their son or daughter.