Patriot Band and Guard Events

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Spring Concert 2019

The combined MS and HS Bands perform Highlights from Star Wars at the end of our Spring Concert. 

Friday, May 3, 2019

Patriot Band and Guard Receives Prestigious All Music Award

Owen Valley High School’s Band Department recently received their banner for qualifying for the Indiana State School Music Association All Music Award. This award is given annually to programs that receive a “Gold Rating” in all ISSMA events during the year. The criteria are as follows:

1. Gold Rating at ISSMA Regional for Marching Band 
2. Gold Rating at ISSMA Jazz Contest
3. Gold Rating at ISSMA Concert Band Contest
4. Having at least one soloist qualify for ISSMA State Solo and Ensemble
5. Having at least one ensemble qualify for ISSMA State Solo and Ensemble

This achievement was only met by 68 high schools band programs in the State of Indiana. Only 19 of those 68 band programs also qualified as ISSMA Open Class Marching Band State Finalists this year. 2018 marked Owen Valley’s return to Marching Band State finals for the first time since 1999. This followed an impressive fall where the Band and Guard swept awards and captions at two invitationals and also received a special “Distinction in Visual”, along with their Gold Rating at ISSMA Regionals.

The program’s success continued through the Winter where 10 band students qualified for State Solo and Ensemble. The HS Jazz Ensemble received Gold Ratings from all three adjudicators, along with “Distinguished Soloist Awards” for seven of their eight jazz soloists. Owen Valley’s Winter Percussion made their 20th Indiana Percussion Association State Finals Appearance, and Owen Valley’s Varsity Winter Guard qualified for Indiana State School Color Guard Association A Class Semi Finals. In April, the HS Concert Band received a Gold Rating in Performance and and Gold Rating in Sight Reading, a honor they’ve reach five of the past six years.

This is Owen Valley’s second All Music Award in the past three years and the only two in the program's history. In regards to this year’s accomplishments, Director of Bands Dominic Thompson says “A huge amount of credit needs to go out to our hard working students, parents, boosters, and band and guard staff members for what they have done for the Patriot Band and Guard and our community. The evolution that I’ve seen in this program as I have been here over the past ten years has been  incredible, and it has been an honor to get to be a part of it. I am most proud of the support and validation that the kids have received for their efforts this year. I am grateful for my assistant Thomas Russell and for our District and Building Administrators, especially Rhonda Schafer and Aaron LaGrange, who have been incredibly supportive of Thomas and I.”

Sunday, April 14, 2019

HS Concert Band Received Gold Rating

The HS Concert Band received a Gold Rating in Sight Reading and Performance in Group II at ISSMA Organizational Contest on Friday, April 5th at Northview HS. This marks five gold ratings in the past six years, and was the last requirement for qualifying for ISSMA’s All Band Award. Congrats to all of OV’s Band and Guard members whose hard work has made receiving this honor possible!

OV Winter Guards Wrap up their Season

A big congratulations goes out to Owen Valley’s Cadet and Varsity Winter Guards, finishing their seasons in March. The Cadet Guard received a Silver Rating at IHSCGA Divisional Finals. The Varsity Guard (promoted up to A Class this year after receiving the Bronze Medal last year in Regional A) made it all the way to Semi Finals. 

HS Jazz Received a Gold Rating

The HS Jazz Band received a Gold Rating in Group II at ISSMA Jazz in Terre Haute on March 2nd. In addition, seven of OV’s eight soloists received Distinguished Soloist ribbons. 

State Finals rings arrive

Marching Band members had a short ceremony on Valentine’s Day to pass out State Finalist rings! Thanks to Monte Reed from Balfour for helping make this happen. 

State Solo and Ensemble 2019

Congrats to all of OV’s Students that made it to State!

Olivia Johnson - Gold Rating
Anthony Merz - Silver Rating

Mallet Quartet (Guy, Merz, Wrightsman, Taylor) - Gold
Brass Quintet (Coryea, Mancourt, Johnson, Floyd, Lanham) - Gold Rating

Solo and Ensemble 2018