Link to OMS Music Survey Click Here

September 2017:

Dear Parent(s) and Guardian(s)


I am so very excited to be starting yet another school year with all of you at Orefield Middle School. This is going to be an awesome year filled with so many exciting opportunities for our band students! This year will be our busiest  yet for both Concert Band and Jazz Band. We will be continuing our Iron Pigs performance for 7th and 8th grade along with the 8th grade trip to Hershey Park! This is a trip year for Jazz Band, which we will be announcing in the coming weeks! We have taken on a commission project for 7th and 8th grade Band and that piece is almost finished, and also has been accepted by the publisher. It is scheduled to be released in June of 2018 just after the Orefield Middle School 7th and 8th Grade Band does the World Premier on May 7th 2018. This release will allow other schools across the world to purchase and play our piece, though our name will be on every copy purchased as the group which commissioned it! This further solidify our district as one which provides truly amazing musical opportunities for our students. These are just some of the larger events among the many opportunities which make this program so special. I look forward to working with all of you, and it is your support which allows us to accomplish everything we do here for our students.  


As we kick off the school year the most important thing is making sure you are receiving band emails. If yours is not up to date in the district system or if the primary account is not the person who checks email most, you will not receive many emails from me. Please click on this link to add yourself to the band distribution list!




Every 6th grade student needs to bring their Blue Sound Innovation book from elementary school and will be purchasing the Red Book through a mass book order we do in the coming weeks. All 7th and 8th grade students should have this book from last year and should bring it to lessons. ALL PERCUSSION students use a different book, but 6th grade should bring the book they used in Elementary school, but DO NOT need to bring in their drums.


Lessons will begin very soon so please keep an eye out for that email and information! I will send links to the lesson schedule out ASAP!


Thank you all so much!


Pete Zimmer

OMS Band Director


  • Tuesday September 19: Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax
  • Wednesday, September 20: Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone
  • Friday, September 22: Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drumset (honor guard students will go first)

June 2017:

I am very happy to officially release the audition material for the 2017-2018 Orefield Middle School Jazz Band!! By clicking on the link below you will be brought to the band website where you can download the PDFs at the bottom of the page! Many students choose to get private lessons over the summer to prepare if you do not have the list of private instructors let me know and I will send you one! New members should focus on scales and “Sing, Sing, Sing” and returning members should focus on Scales and both “Sing, Sing, Sing” and “Fowl Play”


Audition INFO:





Have a great summer and Good Luck!


Mr. Z


Link to the NEW Jazz Band Blog:

Click Here!!

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 2016-2017 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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