May was indeed a crazy month, a time to celebrate some major accomplishments, all while saying goodbye to a fantastic senior class. First of all, our Wind Symphony was selected to the prestigious Superstate festival at the University of Illinois for the fifth straight year. Performing at the Krannert Center is always a highlight, and the students also toured campus.
Next, we had our last two concerts of the year, as well as recognizied our graduating seniors.
Our annual Band Bandquet, put on by our Band Boosters, was a Mardi Gras theme. After a great meal, we handed out lots of awards.
Most Improved Concert Band: Elizabeth Beamish
Outstanding Concert Band: Taylor Williams and Robert Gleason
Most Improved Chamber Winds: Aidan Tweedy
Outstanding Chamber Winds: Sophie Roberts and Dawson Nance
Most Improved Symphonic Band: Jaxon Vogel and Sal Virzi
Outstanding Symphonic Band: Maddie Woolley
Most Improved Wind Ensemble: Brie Ruggiero
Outstanding Wind Ensemble: Kyle Bachara, Logan McIntyre, Alyssa Ladewski
Outstanding Wind Symphony: Caroline Davey, Gavin Davis, Niyasha Johnson
Band Booster Scholarships: Ryan Kertesz, Caroline Davey, Hannah Kelsheimer, Nathan Labora
Pep Band Award: Hannah Kelsheimer
National Marching Award: Hannah Kelsheimer
Woody Herman Jazz Award: Connor McCabe
Louis Armstrong Jazz Award: Jimmy Gleason
Director's Awards: Nathan Labora and Julia Woelke
Senior Spirit Award: Jimmy Gleason
Leadership Award: Jimmy Gleason
Patrick Gilmore Award: Claire Accardo
John Philip Sousa Award: Hannah Kelsheimer
Lastly, OHS has a dinner every year for the Top 10% of the graduating class, and the event is always well stocked with band students.
The had a great opportunity to take a step back into one of the hardest times in our country’s history and taking a step back in time at a plantation. After that, they checked out the French Quarter and saw one of the most famous jazz clubs in America, Preservation Hall.
Soaking in some of the most memorable experiences that New Orleans has to offer
A morning at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Music City Band Festival. Congrats to the OHS bands for 3 gold medal performances and outstanding soloist Ben Sester!
After a music packed morning, the OHS band kids took it to downtown Nashville today for some Music City fun!
Time to stretch the legs and grab a bite to eat. About 3 more hours to Nashville!