A big thank you to Jordan Schellinkhout for helping to design our new band logo seen above!!! Spirit wear items will be available this Fall!

Dear Parent(s) and Guardian(s),

For those of you who do not know me, my name is Pete Zimmer, and I am the band director here at OMS. This is my 3rd year, and I am very excited to have another year of awesome opportunities lined up for your children. We will be adding a Hershey Park Trip for ALL 8th graders and also will be adding a Clinic and Jazz Concert where members of the Jazz Band have the opportunity to work with and preform with some well know jazz musicians!

In terms of our lesson schedule, we are changing how it is divided up we will now be divided by grade rather then by ability in an effort to keep students progressing more fluidly through their lesson books. We are adding three Makeup lessons, which any student will be able to attend on days 5 and 6. This is to be utilized if they have a test, quiz, project or important lesson, taking place in a specific class. This is in an effort to accommodate the needs of our students, and their core subject teachers. This lesson schedule will be on a rotation as it was last year!

In conjunction with the newly revamped lesson schedule I am going to be attempting to use remind 101 to alert students and parents about when lessons are. We had a huge drop off in lesson attendance this past year, which needs to be fixed this year. In this process I will need to collect your cell phone numbers in addition to the students cell phone numbers. I am not sure how I am going to do that yet, but it will not be set up until 3rd marking period since it is a large amount of data to be organized. Essentially the plan is for you and your child to receive a text alerting you to the fact that they have a lesson the following day!

As per usual you will receive weekly emails from me (which hopefully do not turn into bimonthly emails) to guide you through the massive amount of stuff we are proud to do here in the OMS Music department.

Important info for the beginning of the year:

MUSIC DEPARTMENT PARENT MEETING September 22nd, 2016 @ 6:00 PM in the OMS Auditorium. There is a lot of new information, and I encourage students of ALL grade levels to attend!

In our system the father is listed as the primary contact. This means all emails will go to the father, if the mother wants to be emailed they can enter their email into the private band distribution list using the following link on the left entitled "join the email list"

All incoming students and new student will need to purchase the new lesson book “Sound Innovations book 2.” ALL Percussionists will be using a new method book. An email will go out about book orders in the coming weeks, so look for that.

Jazz lesson will not start until the group is selected.

Our Concert dates can be found at this link: https://sites.google.com/a/parklandsd.net/omsband/concert-dates

SHIRT ORDERS for 2016-2017 all students in 6th-8th grade need a red shirt for performances unless they are in Jazz Band shirts can be purchased at this link 

OMS Jazz Band Auditions posted as of 6/21

CLICK ON "THE OMS JAZZ BAND" on the bottom left of this page to access the audition materials!

OMS Jazz Band Auditions for the 2016-2017 school year will take place after school at the following dates and times:

    Tuesday September 20: Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax
Wednesday, September 21: Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone

    Thursday, September 22: Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drumset

    Friday, September 23: Makeup 2:45 - 3:45

An Audition Sign-Up sheet will be posted in the OMS Band Room the first week of school.

FOR A DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE OMS BAND PROGRAM, AS WELL AS ALL PROCEDURES, please click on the link to the left called, "OMS Handbook." It will hopefully answer any and all questions you might have about the groups.

The 2015-2016 District Band Solos are located underneath the "District Band Opportunities" link to the left More information about elementary and intermediate district band will be made available as soon as I receive it.

ROTATIONAL LESSONS take place during marking periods 1, 3, 4, and 6, every student enrolled in band will receive one instrumental group lesson each 6-day cycle. Please note that these lessons DO NOT appear on a student's class schedule. They are available using the "6th Grade Lesson Schedules" or "7th/8th Grade Lesson Schedules" links to the left or as paper copies in the OMS Band Room. Students need their instruments on their lesson day.

DURING MARKING PERIODS 2 AND 5 students will attend Band Class during the period that is listed on their school schedule. There are no rotational lessons during these marking periods.

can be found by clicking on the appropriate link to the left under either 6th Grade Band or 7th/8th Grade Band headings. Students are asked to attend only 5 after school practices before each concert to prepare for our performance. 

Monetary Problems:
If money is an issue for you please do not hesitate to contact me. Everything will ALWAYS be kept completely confidential, and no questions will be asked. We work on an honor system and completely understand that some people cannot afford a book, an instrument rental, or supplies. We will absolutely accommodate any and all situations; no student will be deprived of the opportunity to be in band. We cannot guarantee a student will be able to play the instrument they want, but if they want to be in the band we will get them an instrument, and teach them how to play. If a student cannot keep up with their schoolwork, or is a disruption to our program, action will be taken that is in the best interest of that student, and the students around them.


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