9/4/15 Odessa vs. Carrollton

Half StaffAnother beautiful night and great performance by our Odessa Football Team, Band, & the Guard Team.  The night started just like any other night but with a little chill in the air.  The American Flag flew at half staff while the band played the Star Spangled Banner.

8th GradeThe Odessa 8th Grade Guard joined the High School Band and Guard pregame performance tonight to give them an idea what it will be like in High School.

I-PodThe Band and Guard introduced the GIANT working I-POD tonight, which looked incredible by the way.  Its hard to imagine an 8 foot tall working I-pod but they made it happen.  The Band and Guard added more to tonight’s outstanding performance growing it every time they are out.

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8/21/15 First Football Game of the year

DSC_0665The band was rocking the field for our first Odessa Bulldog football game. The football team even pulled out an Odessa win over St. Pius. Way to go Bulldogs. Our battery sure makes our cheerleaders look great. The fall guard team brought vision to our music on the field. I can’t wait to see all the additions to this program through the weeks.

 

 

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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!

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