Band News Week of 11/25/2019

Good Morning,

Here is information for our playoff football game vs. Atascocita High School next Saturday at NRG Stadium. Everyone come out and be loud and root on our Falcons!

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


9:00 am – Band Hall Opens

9:30 am – Rehearsal in the stadium

10:30 am – Eat/Pack/Load

11:30 am – Depart for NRG Stadium

12:30 pm – Arrive at NRG Stadium/Eat (we are the away team)

2:00 pm – Approximate Game Start

3:00 pm – Approximate Halftime

4:30 pm – Approximate end of game

6:30 pm – Approximate dismissal from OTHS

If you are available to volunteer for this game (chaperone, food crew), please click on the following link to sign up:

All students are required to attend this game unless they are out of town. If so, please notify me as soon as possible. Also, please note that since this game takes place during the Thanksgiving break, ineligible students are allowed to attend.

Tickets can be purchased at the stadium. NRG does have a clear bag policy.

Go Falcons!


Monday, December 2 – See Charms

Tuesday, December 3 – See Charms

Wednesday, December 4 – Jingle Jam Rehearsal from 3:15 pm – 5:15 pm

Spirit Night at Learning Express

See Charms for other events

Thursday, December 5 – See Charms

Friday, December 6 – Region Band Auditions – Phase 1

Open Guard Rehearsal with Mr. Broadbent from 3pm-9pm

Saturday, December 7 – Region Band Auditions – Phase 2, Single Phase and Freshman

Open Guard Rehearsal with Mr. Broadbent from 9am-9pm

Region Band Auditions

Region band auditions will take place over multiple days this week at Paetow High School. Students will fall into at least one of the following three categories: Two Phase, Single Phase, or Freshman. Details for each phase are listed below.

Two Phase

Two phase auditions are for instruments where there are a large number of students participating and require two rounds of auditions. This includes Flutes, Bb Clarinets, Alto Saxes, Trumpets, Horns, Tenor Trombones, Tubas and Percussion. The schedule for these auditions is detailed below:

Friday, December 6 at 6:00 pm (5:30 pm meeting in room)

If a student is in the top of their room after the phase one audition, they will participate in the second phase of their audition on Saturday (December 7) morning starting at 9 am (8:30 am meeting in room). Select students at the top of their second phase room will advance to the area contest in January.

Single Phase

Single phase auditions are for all instruments not listed above. These students will only have to audition on Saturday (December 7) morning beginning at 9 am (8:30 am meeting in room) at PHS. Region band and area spots will be determined in that single audition.


Freshman region band auditions will take place for all instruments on Saturday (December 7) afternoon beginning at 1:00 pm (12:30 pm meeting in room) at PHS. If a freshman student is also auditioning for the full region band and makes it, they will not participate in the freshman audition.

Please understand that due to the nature of the auditions, I cannot give you a firm time on when each round will be over. Typically an audition room with 30 students will take around 3 hours.

On Monday after the break, we will talk with all of the students about auditioning and tips for success in this process.

Jingle Jam

Information for the upcoming Jingle Jam March-A-Thon can be found on the band website at and under the “events” tab. This year the event will take place inside Highland Park. If you live along the route and would like to purchase a concert, please go to the website and do so.

Students will need to have a red or green shirt for the march-a-thon. The only writing on the shirt should be holiday related. Otherwise the shirt should be blank. Students will also be allowed to “decorate” their instruments with lights (only). Please be smart about this and don’t do anything that is going to damage your instrument. Also, be aware that you will need to have battery power for the lights, as you will not be able to plug them into an outlet while you are marching.

Also, that night we will have a holiday themed movie night in the main commons from 7-10pm. Put it on your calendar and we’ll send out more information very soon.

Upcoming Concerts

For the holiday concert on December 12, students will need to wear “Sunday best” clothes. This means slacks, dress shirt, tie, and dress shoes for gentlemen and a dress, skirt and blouse, or dress pants and dress shirt for ladies (no open toe shoes). If you do not currently have the necessary clothing, this may be a good week to go out and get what you need with all of the holiday sales going on.

Students will also need specific clothing for our formal concerts in the spring. The band will provide gentlemen with a tuxedo jacket and pants. You will need to provide a white tuxedo shirt, black bow tie and black dress shoes. The band will provide ladies with a dress. You will need to provide black, closed toe flat dress shoes.

Learning Express Spirit Night

Learning Express (Fry Rd. by Whole Foods) will be having a spirit night on Wednesday, December 4 with 20% of sales going to the Open Guard to help them pay for their trip to Dayton in April. If you need to do some holiday shopping, this is a great night to do it! Just mention you’re with the Tompkins Band!

Amazon Smile

Remember, if you are shopping on Amazon for the holidays, go to, enter the Tompkins Band as your non-profit of choice, and go from there. We will receive a percentage of all purchases made through this website with no additional cost to you! Amazon Prime and other special programs are still in effect with this. You must use every time after this in order for us to get any benefit. If you go to or use the iPhone app, it doesn’t work. However, if you have an Android phone, you can set up Amazon Smile on your app. For instructions on how to do so, please go here (Thank you Cassie Blackwell for the tip!).

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday! Enjoy your time with friends and family!