Last Friday, we ended band camp with a fantastic picnic, put on by our Band Booster organization. Following that, we had our annual Parent Demo, where the PMB not only showed off the parts of the show that we head learned already, but gave our PMB families a chance to see what it’s like to be in our little organization (which happens to be the biggest organization at OHS).
August 28, 2014 No Comments
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August 5, 2014 No Comments
This week, our marching band is doing something different…music sectionals before marching camp. For one of these days, we had the Director of Athletic Bands at NIU, Thomas Bough, out to work with the band.
July 30, 2014 No Comments
Today, we conclude what has been a great week of band camp with the annual PrairieFest parade. Our new PMB members did great in their first marching experience, and our new drum majors and leadership team did great in their new roles. It was a windy day, demonstrated by the flags in the bottom pic, and it also featured our new sousa covers. Pretty sharp, huh?
June 15, 2014 No Comments
Last weekend, we said goodbye to an amazing senior class as they graduated at Northern Illinois University.
The ceremony’s music was provided by members of the Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble who weren’t graduating.
MacKenzie Adamski, flute: University of Kentucky
Meghann Ashman, french horn: University of Edinburgh
Meg Bernard, euphonium: Waubonsee Community College
Sydney Blount, clarinet: University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse
Kevin Claus, trombone: Iowa State University
Amber Colon, clarinet: DePaul University
Erin Davey, clarinet: University of South Carolina
Greg Deck, euphonium: Waubonsee Community College
Mike Dolenak, tuba: University of Springfield
Crystal Flake, oboe: Brigham Young University
Sarah Frantik, trumpet: Drake University
Tom Hartnett, piano and percussion: Northern Illinois University
Shae Hunt, bassoon: North Central College
Ahmad Isaacs, tuba: Lindenwood University
Cassiday Kayer, clarinet: Waubonsee Community College
Nathan Krumholz, clarinet: Uniersity of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Calvin Leibrock, alto saxophone: Iowa State University
Kevin Lewis, trombone: Waubonsee Community College
Kyle Lewis, clarinet: Waubonsee Community College
GiGi Liberatore: Waubonsee Community College
Sydney Lloyd, trumpet: University of Wisconsin, Green Bay
Zach Manzella, percussion: Loyola University
Ross McWethy, euphonium: North Central College
Tom Mereness, trombone and euphonium: Navy
Hannah Milner, flute: University of Alabama
Charles Morrell, tuba: Bradley University
John O’Shaughnessy, percussion: University of Iowa
Josh Petko, alto saxophone: Waubonsee Community College
Jason Petzold, trombone: Waubonsee Community College
Christian Trujillo, saxophones: Waubonsee Community College
Two days later, our outstanding booster parents put together our annual Bandquet, an event that ends the year with some fun and awards. This year’s theme was “Carnival”, and there were games and food galore. Award winners this year included…
Outstanding Concert Band members: Evah Engel and Jared Johnson
Outstanding Chamber Winds members: Eileen Fey and Jerrell Rogers
Outstanding Symphonic Band members: Gabby Bauer and Wes DeGarmo
Outstanding Wind Ensemble members: Hayley Paladines and Nick Martinez
Outstanding Wind Symphony members: Hannah Milner and Zach Manzella
Outstanding Pep Band Member: Tiana Ninic
Jim Felts Spirit Award: Ross McWethy
Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser Award: Shae Hunt
National Marching Award: Shae Hunt
Patrick Gilmore Award: Bri Bradley
Woody Herman Jazz Award: John O’Shaughnessy
Louis Armstrong Jazz Award: Tom Hartnett
John Philip Sousa Award: Nathan Krumholz
May 29, 2014 No Comments
After two excellent performances at the most prestigious state festivals Illinois has to offer (IMEA and Superstate), the OHS Wind Symphony has been invited to perform next year at the 2015 Western Illinois University Showcase of Bands Feb. 20-21! This festival is by invitation only. Only 3 schools from the Midwest get selected to perform each year. You can find additional information here. Congrats!
May 14, 2014 No Comments
The OHS Wind Symphony has had a banner year…first, a fantastic performance at the Illinois Music Educator’s Conference in January, and then tomorrow, they will e travelling to the University of Illinois to participate in Superstate, which is the premier band competition in Illinois. There are 7 bands in our class, and OHS performs at 4:00. Their performance will be streamed live…to watch and listen, click this link.Link to watch Superstate!!! Good luck Panthers…make us proud!!!
May 9, 2014 No Comments
Last week, Bradley University Director of Bands David Vroman came to OHS and worked with our top two bands. His insight and rehearsal demeanor were awesome, and collectively we wished it could have lasted all day!!
May 8, 2014 No Comments
This past week was a great one for OHS band students, especially the Wind Symphony. It all started on Tuesday, when we found out that they had been selected to the prestigous SuperState Band Competition, one of only seven schools in our class to be selected. They will be competing on Saturday, May 10th, down in Champaign. This has been a great year for the group, who was also selected to play at the All-State conference back in January.
On Wednesday evening, the band opened up for the Western Illinois University Wind Ensemble.
Then, on Saturday, about 75 people took buses from OHS downtown to see the CSO in concert. They gave a great program, and the students got to hear from composer Anna Clyne about her piece on the concert.
April 19, 2014 No Comments