Patriot Band and Guard Events

Monday, November 23, 2009

IU Young Winds


IU's Young Winds program will begin on January 30th this year. This is a program available to area middle school students that will allow them to receive private lessons and participate in one of two bands consisting of group members. Applications for membership are due December 14th. More information may be found at the Young Winds link (under related links, to the left) or from Mr. Thompson.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Winter Percussion

Winter Percussion auditions will be held Thursday, November 19th after school. Interested students should sign up outside the bandroom and get audition materials from Mr. Thompson.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Contest Weekend #2

The Owen Valley Patriot Marching Band will be heading to the annual Apple Butter Festival to marching the parade Saturday, September 19th. The parade will begin at 1pm EST. After the parade, the Band and Guard will head down to Paoli, Indiana for a competition at Paoli High School. Performance time is 5:59 EST.

Victor Wooden Workshopt


Mr. Thompson accompanied a handful of students to a workshop by world renowned bass player Victor Wooten in Fort Wayne, Indiana on Monday, September 14th. Victor, well known for his solo playing and for his membership in Bela Fleck and the Flecktones performed with set play D.J. Blair and spoke about bass playing and music. Afterwards, Victor meet the audience and signed posters and other items.

OV Has Successful First Weekend Out!

The Owen Valley Patriot Marching Band completed its' first weekend competition at Heritage Hills High School in Lincoln City, IN on Saturday. The Band and Guard had a strong showing, finishing 3rd out of seven groups in class A. The Owen Valley Color Guard received the award for "Best Color Guard" and the Band was ranked first in their class in visual effect. This year's show is entitled "The Owen Valley Radio Hour" and is based on a 1930's style radio show. There are three mini episodes where the band and guard, along with some great actors present a murder mystery, love story, and science fiction adventure. This weekend the Band and Guard will march in the Apple Butter Parade and then head down to Paoli for competition. They will be performing at 5:59pm at Paoli High School.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Patriot Marching Band goes to first contest of the season.

The Owen Valley Patriot Marching Band is heading to its' first contest of the season Saturday, September 12th. The Band and Guard will be heading do to Lincoln City, Indiana and will perform in a parade in Dale, Indiana and at a Heritage Hills High School for the contest. The parade will begin at 3:00pm EST and the band's performance will be at 7:12pm EST for the show.

Monday, August 31, 2009

March O Thon 2009 by Tiffany McKinney

On Saturday, August 29th, the Owen Valley Marching Band held a March-o-thon at the high school. For the March-o-thon band members received pledges from friends and family for each hour they march. Marching started at nine in the morning. The band members marched for ten hours. This all led up to a parent preview of this year’s show, where friends and family members got to see what the band members had accomplished so far.

The show this year is called “The Owen Valley Radio Hour.” Band and guard members, along with actors will be reenacting a 1930’s radio program. Each song is a mini episode. The actors will set the stage by telling the story and the band will perform the soundtrack to each episode. The first part of the show is a gumshoe mystery with jazz music to set the tone. This is followed by a western love story that ends with a kiss. In the last mini episode, trouble comes along as robots start attacking the earth!

March-o-thon was a successful day. The band got two-thirds of the show memorized and on the field. The pledges gathered totaled twelve hundred dollars. The Owen Valley Band would like to thank everyone who participated and gave pledges.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Holiday World Trip


Owen Valley Band and Guard students are invited to come on a trip to Holiday World to celebrate the end of a successful year. The trip will be held on June 6th with the buses leaving the school at 8 am . Information and ticket order form may be download using the link to the left. Forms and payment are due by June 22nd.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Give to Mom and the Band!

The Owen Valley Band and Guard is hosting a fundraiser at Barnes and Noble on Mother's Day, May 10th. Please participate by downloading coupons on the link to the left, bringing it to Bloomington's Barnes and Noble on May 10th, and giving it to the cashier with your purchases on that day. At Barnes and Noble band and guard families will be offering some great Mother's Day activities including:

Student performances at 2:00 and 5:00
Story time at 2:30
Tea time with Mom's at 3:30.

If you have any questions about this event please contact Sandy Wood at (812) 829-2475.

Monday, April 20, 2009

La Fiesta Mexicana!


The Owen Valley Bands will be hosting a dinner/concert on Cinco de Mayo (May 5th). The dinner and music will all be related to a fiesta theme and recognize hispanic culture. Please plan on attending for good food and great music! $5 for adults/non students $3 for students and faculty members with all proceeds going to the Owen Valley Band. May 5th in the Main Gym, student report time is 5:30, dinner will begin being served at 6:00, and the music will begin at 6:45.

Vision Meeting

Mr. Thompson and Mr. Carr met with interested parents and students to discuss the future of the Owen Valley Band and Guard program. A wide range of topics from recruiting to equipment and future trips were discussed. The hope is to create meaningful communication between the band and the community about what we should focus on over the next five years. If you would like to be a part of the dialogue come to our next vision meeting on June 2nd at 6pm in the bandroom to continue our discussion. A link to the left has the document we will continue to refine to make our plan!

White Noise Wins First BoB

Congratulations goes out to White Noise a trio from Greencastle that won the first ever Owen Valley Battle of the Bands. The Battle was held on April 17th in the Main Gym and included 5 great rock bands (Patton Sempre, Soma Wreck, Over Turf, No Compromise, and White Noise). Each group received 30 minutes to set up, play, and tear down. The audience voted for their favorite group ($1 per vote) to raise money for the Owen Valley band program. Thanks to all of our participants we hope to see you again next year! We would like to thank our sponsor Stable Studios for providing free studio time to the winner of our competition.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Battle of the Bands


The Owen Valley Band and Guard are hosting a Battle of the Bands on April 17th at 6pm in the OVHS High School main gym. Bands from across the area are invited to come show what they are made of. At stake is a $400 first prize for the winning band. Links to the left include the Battle of the Bands poster and official entry form. Forms are due by April 3rd.

Owen Valley and Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble Prepare for Performance

The Owen Valley High School Concert Band will be performing with the prestigious Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble at the OVHS Auditorium on March 2nd at 7pm. Admission is free to the public. This is a great honor for our organization as the Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Eric Issacson, consists of professional musicians through out south central Indiana. Members of the group will be participating in master classes with OV students during school on the day of the concert. We hope that this is the beginning of a great collaboration between these two dynamic groups!

Megan Wood joins the All State Band


The OV Band and Guard is proud to announce that clarinet player Megan Wood auditioned and was accepted as a member of the Indiana Bandmaster's Association All State Band. We are extremely proud of Megan's membership in this elite group. All State Band weekend will be March 13th-15th at Purdue University. We wish Megan the best.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Welcome 6th Graders!

Mr. Thompson is touring the elementary schools to speak with 6th grade students about enrolling in band next year. Students will receive a letter and enrollment form during the meeting with Mr. Thompson and both forms may be downloaded at the links to the left.Parent meetings to learn more about the band program will be held at each of the elementaries at the end of February. He and Mr. Carr look forward to a great incoming class of 6th graders for next year's 7th grade band!

OV Students participate in Solo and Ensemble

Students from Owen Valley Middle School and Owen Valley High School participated in the annual Indiana State School Music Association District Solo and Ensemble contest on Saturday, January 31st. It was a successful event for the students whose accomplishments are listed below:
Megan Wood - Violin - Silver
Megan Wood - Clarinet - Silver
Flute Quartet with Alex Lockhart, Peyton White, Monique Estep, and Tessa Cunningham - Silver
Elizabeth Coffin - Clarinet - Gold (Going on to State Competition)
Alex Lockhart - Flute - Silver
Sarah Bauer - Mallets - Gold
Gard Stone - Snare - Gold
Toryn White - Alto Saxophone - Silver
Codi Stout - Euphonium - Gold
Austin Miller - Trombone - Gold
Emme French - Oboe - Gold
McKayla Hosteler - Bronze
Naomi Lacy - Flute - Gold
Kaitlin Sexton - Clarinet - Gold

IMEA Honor Band A Success

Elizabeth Coffin was selected and participated in the IMEA Honor Band Weekend held at the Indianapolis Convention Center on January 23rd and 24th. She had a chance to be conducted by the composer Robert Sheldon and performed for music educators from around the state attending the Indiana Music Educator Association Conference.