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UPDATE: NOVEMBER 5, 2018

O.S.U. WIND ENSEMBLE CONCERT: TRIP TO STILLWATER
The concert is THIS Thursday, Nov. 8, and you're invited, BUT you MUST sign up. See all pertinent info and sign-up form here. The deadline to sign up is TOMORROW, Tues. Nov. 6, at 1:00pm. 

N.B.D.A. CONGRATS
Hats off to all students who auditioned for the 2019 NBDA All-District honor band this past weekend, and special kudos to the 46 students who earned a position or alternate spot! Distinct recognition to the 6 students who earned first-chair in their sections, and to the other 5 students who placed in the Top 3 chairs of their sections. Music folders have been distributed and the repertoire must be learned individually prior to the clinic on January 11-12. Additionally, 37 students have qualified to advance to All-State auditions on Sat. Dec.1; any student that wishes not to continue in the auditions process please contact Mr. Pisarra ASAP. List of new etude for the next round now available (download PDF); see a director if help is needed.   
See NBDA full roster here
See OkMEA 2nd/Final Rounds advancement roster here

CONGRATS SENIORS!
Congratulations to all Class of 2019 Union Bands seniors! It was our pleasure to honor you and your families at Senior Night this past Friday evening. Noteable thanks to parent key-volunteers Mike Shadley, Ken Kannon, Gina Shanahan, and Chris Hall for your hard work to make sure that it was a special night.  

HOME GAME: FRI. NOV. 9
We are looking forward to cheering on the Union Redskins in the OSSAA Football 6A State Championship Playoffs Quarterfinal Round THIS Friday! This is a 'home' game and all Union H.S. Band students will particpate. See the full itinerary here.

BASKETBALL PEP BANDS
Football season is winding down but basketball season is about to begin! Each concert band student will participate in a pep band at two Union H.S. Varsity Basketball home games this school year; each game commitment is for the entire evening. The schedule of games and corresponding pep bands, as well as additional info is now available here.   

WINTER GUARD AUDITIONS
The winter guard season is kicking off soon, and auditions begin this Thur-Fri, Nov. 8-9. 

FALL CONCERT UPCOMING
The six Union H.S. Concert Bands will be performing a concert on Thursday, Nov 29, 7:00pm in the UPAC. Students and parents, please be sure to  mark your calendar for this date and time. The concert is free and open to the public.

FACILITY CLEAN-UP: WATER JUGS
The competitive marching band season has come to an end, and the football season is almost over, so it's time to tidy the UHS band rooms and hallways. In an effort to do so, we are asking that all water jugs be taken home by Monday, November 5, unless kept in a band locker, cubby space, or on a guard room shelf. Juguzzis (the red insulating sleeve with pocket and carrying strap) will be saved and stowed, but all other water jugs left out in the hallway, band rooms, or adjacent storage rooms will be thrown away beginnning Tuesday, November 5 at 10:30am.   
 


 

UPDATE: AUGUST 26, 2018

HOME GAME: FRI. AUG. 31
We are looking forward to the first home game of the 2018 football season. All Union H.S. Bands members will participate in the evening activities, assessed for a grade. All details are avaiable here. We'll be enjoying a fun time together at Cici's Pizza after the game (info here)!

UNIFORM FITTINGS
Any student who missed summertime fittings and has NOT yet fit for a uniform will begin the process of fitting on Friday afternoon and evening prior to and during the football game, processed on a on a first-come, first-served basis.

Freshmen still needing to fit may want to ride the shuttle bus to UHS after school on Friday in hopes of being fit as early as possible. 

Summertime fittings included fitting both the fall season uniform as well as the formal concert attire uniform in one fiting session, but the upcoming fitting session will be for the fall season uniform only. Formal concert attire fittings will take place at a later date, and may require students to sign up. 

Please note that fitting sessions are staffed purely by volunteers and will NOT be available during the school day. 

SPECIAL PERFORMANCE
On Thursday, August 30, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors wll participate in a special 'pep assembly' of sorts, produced by KOTV Channel 6. Students will be excused from first and second class periods. RR members will wear the Big-U/RR shirt; all other members will wear a plain black shirt (no print) or a shirt that represents the Union Bands or Union school spirit. This event will be re-broadcast on KOTV's "Six in the Morning" show on Friday morning, August 31. 

RENEGADE REGIMENT
RR students, please be sure to familiarize yourself with the 3-week outlook. Also note that Pep Band winds and percussion personnel for our two out-of-town away football games this season have been assigned and will be posted on hard copy on the band hallway bulletin board by 9:00am on Monday, Aug. 27; student assignments can also be found anytime by logging into the CHARMS account and looking in the Groups profile. 

WASHINGTON, D.C. TRIP: UPDATE
In response to feedback we have recieved in recent weeks, registration for the Washington, DC trip in March 2019 has been temporarily re-opened. It's our sincere hope that EVERY Union H.S. Concert Bands student will register for this once-in-a-lifetime trip! Registration is available exclusively online abd requires a special code; please visit this link for more info and to register. Email us if you need to the registration code, or login into your CHARMS account and scroll to the News section. Hard copies of the trip info, including the registration code, are available in the band hallway just outside office #1615. Additional information about the trip is forthcoming in the months ahead, and we appreciate your punctual trip payments. 

DISTRICT HONOR BAND AUDITIONS
Sign-ups for the NBDA H.S. All-District Honor Band are now open for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. Information and the sign-up link are available here.Sign-up is available online only, and the deadline to register is Tuesday, Sept. 11, 11:00pm. Freshmen will sign up later in the semester. 

***OBOISTS, please note the following changes to the audition repertoire: "48 Famous Studies/Etudes for Oboe or Saxophone Vol. 1" by W. Ferling, Page 15, #30, Allo Poco Moderato, mm=86-116 -AND- Page 5, #9, Adagio Con Espressione, mm=54-66.***

CUBBY SPACES AVAILABLE
Students needing extra space for their belongings at UHS are welcome to request a cubby space in Bard Room #1. Please note that these spaces are NOT lockers and aren't secure; valuables should not be kept here. Students may choose to use the cubbies for storage of shoes, backpacks, music folders, etc.  Limited spaces are available. Contact us to request a cubby; consider locating a few desireable spaces that appear to be open and indicate these cubby #'s when requesting. 

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