Odessa Band of Distinction Continues Winning Ways

Press Release: 10/6/14

Blue-Springs-Band-Day-2014-382.JPGThe Odessa High School Band of Distinction continued their winning ways in the 2014 competitive season at the Golden Regiment Invitational on October 4 at Blue Springs High School.  The contest featured 25 bands from around the region in six different classes of competition in the preliminary round.  Then the bands performed in an open class contest in finals that evening.

In the preliminary contest, the Band of Distinction won the awards in the 3A class for Outstanding Effect, Guard, Visual, Percussion, and Drum Major as well as winning first place in the class.  The Band also took home top honors in the Purple Division by outscoring all bands in classes 1A-4A.  By winning the Purple Division, the Band of Distinction was chosen to perform in Finals against the top eleven 5A-6A bands.

GM-16For the first time this season, the Band performed the entire program of “Delilah.”  As evidenced by the guard finishing second in Finals, the thematic approach of the band was pivotal in their success.  The Finals crowd was particularly excited by the first impact as the band turned to the front in a ripple that led to the first flag entrance.  The wall of sound produced by the horns and percussion was followed by a loud ovation from the crowd.

This is the third straight week the Band of Distinction has won their class and advanced to finals competition.  Despite competing in these finals events against schools all much larger than Odessa, the Band is consistently a strong competitor.  The Band of Distinction is preparing for their home show, the Odessa Marching Invitational next Saturday, October 18.  You can also see the Band at the football game this Friday night, October 10.

The Band of Distinction is under the direction of Jeremy Meyer, with assistance from MJ Orf, Sonja Putnam (guard), Rachelle Pritchard (guard), Jill Endaya (percussion), Mariah Shields (guard), and Chris Putnam (visual design).  Additional information regarding the Band of Distinction can be found at their website: www.odessabands.com.  The band encourages you to show your support at any and all events as they continue their Pursuit of Excellence!

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Odessa Band of Distinction Starts off 2014 with Victories

Press Release 9/29/14

The Odessa High School Band of Distinction began their 2014 competitive season at the Kansas City Preview of Champions on September 20 at Blue Springs South High School.  The contest featured 12 bands from around the region in three different classes of competition in the preliminary round.  Then the bands performed in an open class contest in finals that evening.bdj-4616

In the preliminary contest, the Band of Distinction won the awards in their class for Outstanding Effect, Outstanding Music, and Outstanding Visual as well as winning first place in the class.  In Finals, the Band finished fifth overall despite the fact Odessa was the smallest school in the contest.  The guard finished second overall in Finals as well.

The Band’bdj-4607s “Delilah” program was well received by the judges as they appreciated the detailing of the visual look of the Band, including the props and color guard costuming.  The music and program are designed to portray the emotional and characteristic qualities of Delilah from story of Samson and Delilah in the Book of Judges.  The use of ropes and musical hints from the Bacchanale by Camille Saint-Saens helped bring the story to life and garnered many positive comments from the judges.

bdj-4619On September 27, the band competed at Ozark High School with 24 other bands.  After winning all the caption awards and first place in the preliminary contest against four other AA Class bands, the Band of Distinction went on to compete in the open class finals event as the only A or AA band to qualify.  In finals, the Band finished twelfth overall behind only AAA and AAAA bands.  The guard again finished second in Finals, only one point out of first place.

This week the Band of Distinction prepares for their third contest of the season at Blue Springs on Saturday.  The Blue Springs contest is the largest band contest in the Kansas City area with over 30 bands competing in a preliminary and finals competition.  The band performs at 10:15AM Saturday and the students and staff are hoping for a big cheering section in the stands.

The Band of Distinction is under the direction of Jeremy Meyer, with assistance from MJ Orf, Sonja Putnam (guard), Rachelle Pritchard (guard), Jill Endaya (percussion), Mariah Shields (guard), and Chris Putnam (visual design).  Additional information regarding the Band of Distinction can be found at their website: www.odessabands.com.  The band encourages you to show your support at any and all events as they continue their Pursuit of Excellence!

View these and more pictures from these two weeks festivals:

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What’s Happening in Band of Distinction World?

281871_10203793591216776_5645883451053311486_n.jpgWelcome to the 2014-15 school year! Summer marching band camp has finished up and we’re headed for a busy fall season! You may notice some changes here on the odessabands.com website. Please bear with us during the transition to a more responsive, easier to update website! If you’re a picture-taking parent – please read the information on the Photos tab – so that YOU can start contributing your awesome photos to the new and improved Photo Gallery.

The uniform moms could use some help on Thursday nights getting our uniforms ready for competition season. If you can man a sewing machine (and bring one along!) you are definitely needed! But even if you can’t sew – we need your nimble fingers for pinning, hemming by hand, measuring, cutting, etc. If you’re not into those types of tasks – we have room for you in prop-prep! There’s plenty of painting, hammering, sticking, maneuvering, and all kinds of other jobs for Prop-Master Geddes to put you to work on.

The Band of Distinction needs all of you to help achieve our goals each year! Mark the monthly Booster Meetings (2nd Monday of each month at 6:30) on your calendar and plan to attend. In most cases it’s an hour or less, and it’s vital to our program. You’ll love being involved!

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