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Upcoming Concerts

posted Mar 21, 2017, 7:20 AM by Douglas Olenik   [ updated May 15, 2017, 4:37 AM ]

Here are our upcoming performances for the OG Band Program - we hope you can come and listen to us!

Tuesday, March 21st - 7:00pm - Junior High Concert Band plays at Glandorf Elementary Arts Spectacular
    - Call time is 6:30, in the GE Gym
    - this concert is for students in the Junior High Concert Band only

Saturday, March 25th - all day - OMEA Junior High Solo and Ensemble Contest at Elida High School
    - Ask Mr. Olenik for a list of OG students performing and their scheduled times

Tuesday, May 2nd - 7:00pm - OG Bands Spectacular in the OGHS Gymnasium
    - featuring the 5th Grade, 6th Grade, Junior High, and High School concert bands
    - Every band should report to the gymnasium at 6:30pm with instruments. The 5th Grade Band will set up first and warm up.
Concert Order:
    - Fifth Grade Band
    - Sixth Grade Band
    - Junior High Concert Band
    - High School Concert Band

Saturday, May 6th - 7:30pm - OGHS Cabaret in the OGHS Gymnasium
    - Tickets are $6 for general admission, $4 for students.

Come join the Ottawa-Glandorf High School Titan Concert Band for an evening of great music and a celebration of this year's accomplishments!


Wednesday, May 17th - 7:30pm - High School Jazz Band in the OGHS Auditorium
    - This concert is free to the public!


Sunday, May 28th - OGHS Commencement
    - High School Concert Band, minus graduating seniors, plus next year's freshmen, and a few guests!

Monday, May 29th - Memorial Day Parade
    - High School Marching Band

Monday, June 19th - Putnam County Fair Show
    - This year's fair show will feature music from Broadway!  Music from Wicked!, Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, West Side Story, and Hair

Florida Trip and Large Ensemble Contest

posted Feb 22, 2017, 3:26 PM by Douglas Olenik   [ updated Feb 22, 2017, 3:26 PM ]

Our trip to Florida was a GREAT success!  The band sounded terrific in the parade and our recording session was awesome!  Can we go again???


Friday, March 3rd at 8:30pm is when the OG Concert Band is set to perform at Shawnee High School in Lima for OMEA Large Ensemble Contest.  Come support your Titan Band!!

Congratulations and Florida Trip!

posted Feb 14, 2017, 6:55 AM by Douglas Olenik

Congrats to the following students for their performances at OMEA Solo and Ensemble!

OMEA Solo and Ensemble Contest at Lima Senior High School (Sat., Feb. 11th)
Received a "2" (Excellent) Rating:
Erica Hageman - alto saxophone solo
Alex Hoehn - trombone solo
Griffin Brinkman, Jacob Karhoff, and Benjamin Sterling - trumpet trio

Received a "1" (Superior) Rating:
Griffin Brinkman - trumpet solo
Gage Hoehne - marimba solo
Gage Hoehne - snare drum solo
Hannah Hoehne - alto saxophone solo
Hannah Hoehne - horn solo
Katie Kitchen - piano solo
Bradley Schmitz - alto saxophone solo
Benjamin Sterling - trumpet solo
Spencer Verhoff - snare drum solo

Special thanks to Mrs. Sahloff for accompanying most of the students on piano!!


And now...we go to Florida!  Well...tomorrow!

-Mr. O

Florida Itinerary!

posted Jan 28, 2017, 3:00 PM by Douglas Olenik

Click on the "Marching Band" link to the left to see our full itinerary.

Who's excited!?

Junior High Honors Festival Information!

posted Jan 5, 2017, 4:11 AM by Douglas Olenik

Use the link below for the honors jazz band



Junior High Honors Concert Band
Rehearsals are:
Friday, February 24th, 2017 6:00 to 9:00pm - at Wapakoneta High School
Saturday, February 25th, 2017 10:00am to noon AND 1:00 to 2:30pm

The concert is Saturday, February 25th, 2017 at 3:00 - a Wapakoneta High School's Performing Arts Center ($5 admission, kids 5 and under are free)

Lunch is provided by the Wapak Band Boosters for $5.

This year's concert band conductor is Shelly M. Jagow, PhD. from Wright State University.  You must be NOMINATED by Mr. Olenik for the honors concert band!

In musical memory of Mr. Schortgen...

posted Dec 15, 2016, 7:10 AM by Douglas Olenik

We, the O-G Titan Band community, are deeply saddened with the loss of one of our long-time assistant band directors, Mr. Ken Schortgen.

While I have only been here for one year, I very quickly realized the importance this community has placed on its band directors; they have touched so many lives over the years.  Mr. Schortgen was certainly no exception.

It was a honor to get to know him while I could, we conversed several times in the community band.  It was great to learn about the band program over his long span while he was a part of it.  Mr. Schortgen will always be remembered musically, as the introduction to our OGHS Fight Song was created by him (and we still play it to this day!).  Our fight song is a common one, it comes from Washington and Lee University (known as the "Washington and Lee Swing")...many many band programs all over the country use it.  But ours is uniquely "O-G" thanks to the introduction he wrote for our school!

Mr. Schortgen was also a huge part of forming the "Titan Brass" with Mr. Louis Breece.  The marching ensemble that featured an all-brass wind section, percussion section, and guard section was met with high acclaim, doing quite well in contests and performances.  Currently, the O-G Band isn't all-brass for various reasons, but the sound of the group is in the hearts and minds of the student performers to this day!

For our 2016 Holiday Concert on December 13th, the OGHS High School Concert Band performed "Ave Maria" by Franz Biebl in honor of Mr. Schortgen.


For the many who have requested, you can contribute to a scholarship fund in honor of Mr. Schortgen by mailing your contribution to the high school.  Checks should be made out to "OG Band Boosters" and write, "Mr. Schortgen Band Scholarship" in the memo.  You are welcome to e-mail Mr. Olenik at olenik.d@ottawaglandorf.org for any questions you may have.


Thank you Mr. Schortgen!

-Mr. Olenik

Congrats to our OMEA District 3 and Putnam County Honor Band Students!

posted Dec 5, 2016, 4:11 AM by Douglas Olenik   [ updated Dec 5, 2016, 7:03 AM ]

In the OMEA District 3 Honor Concert Band:
Bradley Schmitz, first chair, alto saxophone
Griffin Brinkman, fourth chair, trumpet
Benjamin Sterling, tenth chair, trumpet
Griffin Burwell, third chair, trombone

In the OMEA District 3 Honor Jazz Band:
Bradley Schmitz, first chair, alto saxophone
Griffin Brinkman, second chair, trumpet
Benjamin Sterling, third chair, trumpet
Jacob Karhoff, fifth chair, trumpet
Griffin Burwell, first chair, trombone
Gage Hoehne, first chair, drums

In the Putnam County Honor Concert Band:
Corrine Halker, sixth chair, flute
Lillian Siefker, sixth chair, clarinet
Bradley Schmitz, first chair, alto saxophone
Jordan Brecht, first chair, baritone saxophone
Griffin Brinkman, second chair, trumpet
Benjamin Sterling, fifth chair, trumpet
Jacob Karhoff, sixth chair, trumpet
Hannah Hoehne, fourth chair, horn
Griffin Burwell, first chair, trombone
Alex Hoehn, fifth chair, trombone


You can hear the OMEA District 3 Concert Band and Jazz Band on Sunday, January 15th, 2017 at 3pm in the Niswonger Performing Arts Center at Van Wert High School.

You can hear the Putnam County Honor Concert Band on Sunday, March 12th, 2017 at 2pm at Continental High School.

Ottawa Christmas Parade

posted Nov 25, 2016, 9:28 AM by Douglas Olenik

We are 8th in the Ottawa Christmas Parade lineup, so we will be near the front of the lineup.  Below is a map, please look at the map to see where you can park...though I'm sure you all will figure it out (carpooling will help!).  Our lineup area is at the intersection of Pratt Street and 4th Street.

ARRIVE @ 1:15 to 1:30 at the lineup area - IN UNIFORM with instruments.  The parade begins at 2:00 SHARP!  Give yourself a little extra time to get to the lineup area, which again is at the Pratt Street and 4th Street intersection.


8th Grade - You do NOT have to march in Sunday's parade.  We are playing a Christmas arrangement that the high school looked at in class.  If you would like to march, stop by the high school BEFORE 1:00 to pick up the music.  You can use a flip folder!  It is not a difficult song, you will probably be playing the whole thing by the end of the parade :)


Friday, October 21st and Saturday, October 22nd

posted Oct 18, 2016, 4:02 AM by Douglas Olenik

Friday, October 21st

Before the game against Elida, the OG Titan Marching Band will perform at the Meadows of Ottawa at 5:00pm.  This will be a 10 to 15 minute performance.  Students should arrive at the Meadows of Ottawa at around 4:50 IN UNIFORM.  Food will be provided after the performance!


Saturday, October 22nd
Swanton Bulldog Bowl Marching Competition

Bus Depart Time @ 1:45
Arrive at Swanton approx. @ 3:00
Meet host @ 3:50
Performance @ 5:00

Plan on being there through the evening - since we perform first, we have to wait the entire evening for the awards ceremony.  We will get back home around 10:45 to 11:00pm.

Come support your Titan Marching Band! :)

-Mr. O

BIG Week for OG Bands!

posted Sep 14, 2016, 7:22 AM by Douglas Olenik   [ updated Sep 14, 2016, 9:22 AM ]

This Thursday (Sept 15th) @ 7:30pm is the first 5th grade band meetings
Instrument Care Center will be here to help our new students with getting their instruments

If the 5th grade parents can't make this meeting, then they can attend...

Monday, September 19th @ 7:00pm with Rettig Music

5th grade parents and students do NOT have to attend both meetings - just pick the one that is most convenient for you.  Both meetings will be in the OGHS Band Room.



This Friday (September 16th) is the home game against Celina - and our 7th/8th grade band is playing halftime with the high school band!

- Students in the 7th and 8th grade band need to be READY to play by 5:45 on Friday...which means they need to be there a few minutes beforehand to prepare themselves.
- High School Band students are also to be READY TO PLAY by 5:45 on Friday!

7th/8th grade band students need to wear any O-G shirt (or sweatshirt if it's chilly!), and jeans or khaki pants or shorts are fine if it's warm.  Why doesn't the junior high have band shirts?  Because no one told me I needed to get them! :P  So, O-G Titan apparel is just fine.



This Saturday is the 23rd Annual Parade of Bands!!!

We have 11 schools participating including O-G.  The National Anthem will be played by O-G at 5:00pm.

O-G High School Titan Marching Band students have rehearsal at 1:00pm.  Then they will need to be IN UNIFORM and READY TO PLAY and meet in the band room at 4:30pm.  National Anthem at 5:00pm.  The O-G band will step-off for competition at 8:30pm, and need to be IN UNIFORM and READY TO PLAY at 7:30pm in the band room, we meet our host at 7:40pm.

Here's the full schedule:

5:00 - National Anthem by OGHS
5:15 - Lincolnview Jr/Sr High School
5:30 - Liberty Benton High School
5:45 - Kalida High School
6:00 - Paulding High School
6:15 - Pleasant High School
6:30 - Arcadia High School
6:45 - Columbus Grove High School
7:00 - DINNER BREAK
7:30 - St. John's Jesuit High School & Academy
7:45 - Marion Harding High School
8:00 - Springfield High School
8:15 - JUDGE'S BREAK
8:30 - Ottawa-Glandorf High School
8:45 - AWARDS


Hope to see you there!

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