Saturday, January 20th
FFCC Premiere – Hosted at Oakleaf HS

Next Saturday we will be hosting 50 high schools at the FFCC Winterguard Premiere contest. This is a HUGE honor for us, to be selected as the host school. We will need A LOT of help running the event from students, parents, alumni and volunteers. One of our biggest needs is help selling concessions. 

You can sign up at our landing page designed specifically for this event:


Additional Reminders:

1/18 - Full band fundraiser

1/25 - 1/26 - Band photos

2/8 - Jazz MPA

2/9-2/10 - Solo and Ensemble

Welcome Back

Welcome back to the 2nd semester. Here are a few key dates coming up quickly, as we move into the latter half of the year. 

1/4-1/6 - Honor Band rehearsals (OPHS) and concert (Thrasher-Horne)

1/5 - Tri-M inductions for those who have been selected. Induction starts at 2:00 in the chorus room.

1/5 - Last day to cancel European trip for refund (minus deposit).

1/9 - Informational meeting regarding the Europe trip in the band room at 6:30.

1/19 - Begin fundraiser for trip participants and general band. 

1/20 - Winterguard Northern Premiere -- Hosted at Oakleaf HS.

1/25 and 1/26 - Formal band pictures (during school).

2/8 - Jazz MPA (Creekside HS)

2/9-2/10 - Solo and Ensemble (Creekside HS)



Updates and Reminders

12/10 – Winter Concert

·         Admission – Fruit cups (We are partnering with Elevate Life Church to feed families in the Jacksonville metro area). 

·         Concert attire will be worn. Girls who were sized last month will receive their dresses by next week. Boys will need black dress pants, black dress shoes, black socks and white long-sleeved dress shirt; ties and vests will be provided. If anyone has their own SOLID black tie they may wear it.

·         We will have a crew of students show up at 9:00 to help setup. If your child is available and signed up to work, they can receive community service hours.  Depending on how many we have, the setup should only take a couple of hours.

In keeping with tradition, any OHS Alumni are welcome to play Sleigh Ride with the Wind Symphony.

Doors will open around 2:45. Nobody will be aloud in the cafeteria except band students prior to the concert

12/11 - All-County Band rehearsal at OPHS

12/13 – Solo and Ensemble money due

·         We highly encourage all of our students to participate in solo and ensemble. Solos are $10 and ensembles are $20 per ensemble. The event will take place February 9th or 10th (depending on each individual’s scheduled time) at Creekside HS. Students are responsible for their own transportation.  All students must sign up and find their own music off of the FBA list. We have some pieces available here as well for students to use. Any student performing a solo must have a piano accompanist. We typically use Mrs. Summers from OVE for a fee of $25.

Please continue to check the calendar for up-to-date information.

Week of 11/13

Friday, November 17th
Rehearsal – 2:00 – 4:30

·         We will load the trailers up immediately after rehearsal.

Saturday, November 18th
FMBC State Contest


·         5:00 AM – Call time

·         5:30 – Depart (1 rest stop along the way)

·         9:30 – Arrive at Gaither HS

·         10:30 – Visual warm-up

·         11:16 – Music warm-up

·         12:12 – Perform

·         1:50 – Awards

*Our departure time for state contest is historically early. Students need to bring breakfast/snacks with them. We will stop at a rest stop along the way.

*Due to the extreme rise in charter bus travel, we will be taking school buses. This was a very tough decision to make, but it is necessary in order to keep band fees down. If we took charter buses, we would be looking at a significant increase in fees.

Spectator Ticket Cost- $15. CASH ONLY.
Children 8 and under are free.
Parking is $3.

After Prelims:

Option 1: If we don’t make Finals. We will head home immediately with a dinner stop on the way.  ETA will be around 8:00 PM

Option 2: If we make finals (top 5) we will head to the Tropicana Dome in St. Pete to compete in Finals.

Finals Schedule (Tropicana Dome)
9:22 – 5A Finals begin
11:00 – Finals awards
12:00 – Depart
3:00 – Arrive at OHS

Spectator Ticket Cost- $20. CASH ONLY.
Parking is $15.

Week of 11/6

No Rehearsal today (Monday 11/6)

Friday, Nov. 10th

  • Rehearsal 3:00 - 9:00 - Rehearsal with guest clinician - dinner provided

Saturday, Nov. 11th
FMBC Contest at North Marion HS

8:00 - Call time
9:00 - Depart for North Marion HS
11:00 - Arrive at NMHS. Unload/lunch
12:50 - Change into uniform
1:15 - Visual warm-up
1:45 - Music warm-up
2:45 - Perform
3:45 - Prelims Awards
6:00 - Finals begin
9:30 - Finals Awards
10:30 - Depart for OHS
12:30 - Arrive at OHS

  • Spectator Admission  - $10. Children 5 and under are free
  • Students need to ensure their dri-fit sleeveless shirt is ready for this show

Additional Reminders:

  • Girls will be fitted for their concert dresses this week.
  • The winter concert will be on Sunday afternoon, December 10th at OHS.
  • Please continue to drop off/pick up students in front of the cafeteria. This is a safety issue for all of our students.
  • Winterguard auditions will be today 4-8, Tuesday 4-8 (fall guard will rehearse with the band in the afternoon) and next Monday 4-8.
  • Indoor drumline auditions will be Wednesday 5-8.

Week of 10/30

A huge congratulations to the band for their straight superior ratings at District MPA last Saturday. With only 3 weeks left in the marching season, we are working hard all the way to the end. A HUGE thanks to all of the parents and volunteers who consistently work so hard to ensure our students have everything they need to perform.

Friday, 11/3
Football Game @ Home (Senior Night)

5:00 - Call time
5:30 - Cafeteria
6:15 - Move to stadium
7:00 - Game time
9:30 - Post game performance

  • All seniors will be recognized during halftime. Please make every attempt to be at the game with your child. All parents/family members will meet by the north endzone with 2:00 on the clock during the 2nd quarter. The athletic dept. will still charge regular admission price.

  • The band will perform after the game

Saturday, 11/4
Rehearsal 9 AM - 3 PM

  • Students will need to bring a lunch

Additional Reminders:

  • Tomorrow the band will be participating in the annual OVE Halloween parade during the morning. Permission slips were sent home 3 weeks ago.
  • Rehearsal next Friday (3:00 - 9:00) with world renowned guest clinician and DCI judge, Chris Church
  • All-County auditions are next Monday, Nov. 6th at OPHS. Our rehearsal schedule will be modified to accommodate those students auditioning.


Week of 10/23

A huge congrats to the band for their incredbile performances this past Saturday at Santa Fe High School. We are extremely proud of their accomplishments so far and are excited to see what's in store for us down the final stretch of the season. Here are a few reminders and itineraries for what's coming up:

Friday, Oct. 27th
Football Game @ Creekside HS

4:00 - Call time
4:30 - Cafeteria
5:00 - Depart for CHS
6:00 - Arrive at CHS
7:00 - Game time
9:30 - Depart for OHS
10:30 - Arrive at OHS

  • Students need to ensure their dri-fit shirts are cleaned.
  • Students will need money to purchase concessions during the game
  • Chaperone slots have been added to the Charms calendar
  • Due to time constraints from CHS, we will not be performing our show at the game

Saturday, Oct. 28th
MPA @ Bartram Trails HS

10:00 - Rehearsal
11:30 - Lunch (provided)
2:00 - Depart for Bartram Trails HS
3:00 - Arrive at Bartram Trails HS
6:30 - Warm-up
7:20 - Perform
9:00 - Depart for OHS
10:00 - Arrive at OHS

  • Chaperone/Logistic slots have been added to the Charms calendar
  • This is not a competition, rather our state FBA assessment.
  • Chaperone/logistics slots have been added to charms.


  • Please continue to bring in water for our students.
  • The colorguard will be rehearsing from 2:30 - 5:00 on Oct. 31st, so they can have the evening off for Halloween.
  • All students will be participating in the annual OVE Halloween parade on Oct. 31st. Permission slips were sent home 2 weeks ago. We will meet in the band room 1st period and walk to OVE as a group. Once the parade is over, we will walk back. Percussion students will take a bus to Argyle Elementary and participate in their parade immediately after OVE.
  • All braided bread fundraisers are due by THIS FRIDAY.
  • Continue to check the Charms calendar for up-to-date information including upcoming rehearsals that have been on the schedule for several months.
  • Senior Night will be next Friday, November 3rd. We will honor our seniors at halftime at the game. Each senior will receive an announcing form to fill out.  Please make every attempt to be at the this game with your child and be a part of this special celebration.  All parents/family will meet by the north endzone with 2:00 on the clock during the 2nd quarter. The athletic dept. will still charge regular admission price.
  • Please consider helping us out for 1 more home game on November 3rd. Since this is senior night, all senior parents will be with their child. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help us out this season. We are extremely grateful for your help.

Week of 10/16

Once again, thank you to all of the parent/volunteers who helped us out last Friday at the football game and at the marching contest at Fleming Island. We are beyond blessed to have such a great support team that is here for our students. Below is our itinerary for the football game (jr. high night) and the contest at Santa Fe High School in Alachua. This will be another long day and an even later arrival time back to school.

Friday, 10/20
Football Game (Jr. High Night)

4:00 - Call time
4:30 - Cafeteria
5:30 - Rehearse with Jr. High Band
6:00 - To stadium
6:30 - Perform with Jr. High students (pregame)
7:00 - Game time

*A decision is still pending on our performance time (either halftime or post game). We will know by Wednesday.

Saturday, FMBC Contest
Santa Fe High School

8:00 - Run-through in the stadium
9:00 - Load
10:00 - Depart
12:00 - Arrive/Unload/Eat Lunch
1:00 - Change into uniform
1:30 - Visual warm-up
2:00 - Music warm-up
300 - Perform
3:45 - Prelims Awards
6:30 - Finals begin
10:20 - Finals Awards begin
11:30 -  Depart for OHS
1:00 - Arrive at OHS

  • Wednesday -  Indoor Percussion auditions will take place from 3:00 - 5:00.
  • Braided bread fundraisers are due on Oct. 27th.
  • All October European trip payments are due directly to David McGuffin.
  • Please continue to bring in water so our students can have water at games and competitions. In addition to water, we are always in need of Oreos for our concessions as well.


Week of 10/9

Tuesday, 10/10
Rehearsal 2:30 - 5:00 - Winds/Percussion
Rehearsal 4:00 - 8:00 - Colorguard
Braided Bread Fundraiser Kickoff

Thursday, 10/12
Rehearsal 4:00 - 8:00 - Winds and Percussion*
*If a student is unable to attend this time change (this week only), they will just join us at 5:00.
Rehearsal 4:00 - 8:00 - Colorguard

Friday, 10/13
Home Football Game

4:30 - Call time
5:00 - Cafeteria
5:30 - Homecoming rehearsal
6:15 - Move to stadium
7:00 - Game time
Halftime - Homecoming festivities
Post game - Performance

Saturday, 10/14
FMBC Contest
Fleming Island HS

8:00- Morning stretch/rehearsal
10:00 - Load trailers
11:00 - Depart fro FIHS
12:00 - Lunch (concessions)
1:45 - Change into full uniform
2:30 - Visual Warm-up
3:10 - Music Warm-up
4:00 - Performance
4:50 - Prelims Awards
6:40 - Finals begin (our finals performance time will be determined by our prelims score)
10:00 - Finals Awards
11:00 - Depart for OHS
11:30 - Arrive at OHS

  • This type of schedule is congruent with how most contest days are for bands during marching season.
  • There are slots available to join our logistics team. You must be able to lift and move equipment on and off the field. Because of the amount of props we have and the strict time restrictions for each performance, we need parents to help get the band on and off the field. We are putting more effort into filling these slots.
  • Ticket prices: $15 - Adults/$10 - Student Arm Bands/Children 6 and under free. ALL OHS band students are free to get into the contest.
  • For more general information on marching band contests click here.

Additional Reminders:

  • Our annual braided bread fundraiser will kick off on Tuesday. If your student is attending the European trip in June, all profit raised directly by your child will go towards their trip. If you are not attending the trip, proceeds will go to the general band account.
  • Please remember to send all European trip payments directly to David McGuffin. Our trip has been officially approved by the CCSB. Be looking for more information regarding the trip and upcoming meetings to discuss the finer details.
  • All-County Honor Band money ($7.00) and Parent Consent forms are due by THIS Friday. All dates regarding All-County band are on the Charms calendar.
  • Our marching contest next Saturday (10/21) has been moved to Santa Fe HS in the Gainesville area. As soon as we receive the schedule an itinerary will be released.


Week of 10/2

Friday, Oct. 6th
Football Game at Bartram Trails HS

4:00 - Call time
4:30 - Meet in the cafeteria
5:00 - Depart for Bartram Trail HS
6:00 - Arrive at BTHS
7:00 - Game time
9:30 - Depart for OHS
10:30 - Arrive at OHS

*Students need to ensure their dri-fit shirt is clean and available for the game
*Students will need to bring money for concessions during 3rd quarter.
*Because of time constraints we will perform a portion of our show Friday night at halftime.

A HUGE thank you to everyone who helped us in our concession stands last Friday night. It was a huge success and it could not have been possible without everyone's help. Thank you to all of the parents who helped us out with moving percussion equipment as well. Setup for our performances are a major operation that involves so many volunteers -- thank you to everyone who helps us out.

All-County audition fee ($7.00) and contract is due by Friday, Oct. 13th. Auditions are held at OPHS on November 6th. Audition music is available for anyone to pickup.  Other key dates for All-County Band:

Dec. 11th - Rehearsal @ OPHS
January 4, 5 & 6 - Rehearsal @OPHS
January 6 - Concert @ Thrasher Horne

*Oct. 20th - Jr. High Night
*Nov. 3rd - Senior Night

Our first contest will be next Saturday (Oct. 14th at Fleming Island). Contest days are very special and require attendance the ENTIRE day. This becomes the most intense part of our season because of the back-to-back-to-back days in a row (Thursday rehearsal night, Friday football game, Saturday contest). I will have the complete itinerary for next Saturday up by this weekend.

Week of 9/25

Friday, September 29
Home Football Game

From Heather Schiffer:

Dear fellow band parents,
Next Friday is our game against Fleming Island.  Traditionally this is our busiest game, so we will need a lot of people to successfully run our concessions stands.  We have positions involving grilling, frying, wrapping burgers and hot dogs, filling orders, working the windows, "runners," set-up, closing, etc.  There are signup slots on Charms - we need to fill those slots!

There is no experience required.  We are happy to train you!  If you have kids that are at least 12, sign them up also.  (We do ask that you don't bring younger children due to safety concerns).  We offer volunteer hours for the students.

Also, next Thursday evening, we will need assistance stocking the stands - it will be around 5:30, depending on when the parents picking up the order return from SAMs.

Student Itinerary
5:00 - Call time
5:30 - Cafeteria
6:15 - Depart for stadium
7;00 - Game time
9:30 - Post game performance

  • We will perform at post game.
  • Students will receive 3rd quarter off
  • Please remember to pick students up in front of the cafeteria after rehearsals and after games.
  • Some of the Nike items have arrived. I will be going through them and handing out what we have this week.


Week of 9/18

Welcome back after several days off. We are looking forward to getting back at it and putting together our fall program. As mentioned last week, we have decided to rehearse this Saturday, September 23rd. After exploring all options and taking several factors into consideration this is the best day for us. At one point this was the original day for Marching Prefest, so it was on the Charms calendar as a holding place already.

To facilitate our students who are auditioning for All-State this same day, we will have an afternoon/evening rehearsal from 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM (we will provide dinner for everyone). Again, this was done out of necessity to compensate for the missed time due to the hurricane last week. Here is the schedule for the football game on Friday:

Friday, September 22nd
Football Game at Clay High School

4:00 - Call time/change into game uniform
4:30 - Meet in cafeteria
5:00 - Depart for CHS
5:30 - Arrive at CHS
6:00 - Warm-up
6:30 - In the stands
7:00 - Game time
10:00 - Depart for OHS
10:30 - Arrive at OHS

  • Students will receive 3rd quarter off
  • A decision will be made by Wednesday on our performance at this game. There are a few contingencies that have to be assessed before a decision can be officially made. 
  • Chaperone slots will go up by Monday.

Our students are doing great things. We are extremely proud of what they have accomplished so far, and are eager to see this whole thing come together. If you have any questions, as always please feel free to email me any time. 


Here we go again...

To align with the CCSB recent announcement, there will be no rehearsals this week. My sincerest hope is that everyone in our Oakleaf community is safe and recovering nicely. If anyone would like to help around the area with cleanup, we are teaming up with Elevate Life Church to go out and be of service. Visit the ELC website to receive more information or contact one of our percussion staff members, Jake Jaudes (jakejaudes@elevatelife.tv). If you or anyone you know is in need of hurricane relief assistance, you may also contact ELC.

At this time, we have now lost close to 20 hours of rehearsal time (including class time). Even though this is out of our control, it still hurts our program to lose all of this time. Our kids are working extremely hard and on the verge of achieving great things this year. As a staff, we calculate and plan every rehearsal down to the minute through November (even take into consideration minor issues that may arise). With that being said It is imperative that we try to make some of this up. Our staff is currently discussing our best options to find an additional long day to rehearse. Three very real possibilities will be either Saturday, Sept. 23rd, Saturday (formerly Prefest), Sept. 30th or Oct. 7th -- meals will be provided. There are a few small details to work out before a decision can be made. I will have a decision by this weekend. 

Again, this is not how we wanted things to go, but it is what it is.  I appreciate everyone's flexibility and understanding. Once we decide the date, if there are any major conflicts with your child, please feel free to email me.

Additional Reminders:

  • The football game for this week has been moved to Friday, Oct. 6th. 
  • All-County audition music will be released by next week. We encourage all of our students to audition (Wind Symphony is required). Auditions are in November.
  • We will not be attending the contest at Leesburg on Oct. 7th (previously mentioned on the last post).
  • Band t-shirts will be here next week.
  • Nike gear should also arrive by next week (supposed to have been last week). I will keep you updated.

Take care,
Mr. Hall

Schedule Updates

First, I hope everyone is recovering nicely from the recent storm. Because of the missed school days there have been some changes to the calendar.

  • The football game between Oakleaf and Bartram has been moved to Friday Oct. 6th.
  • We will rehearse this Friday night from 2:00 - 9:00 in lieu of the game. This will serve as a make-up from last week. Dinner will be provided.
  • We will not be attending the Competition on Oct. 7th at Leesburg HS. This was a tough decision to make, but we feel it is what's best for our program at this time. We will still attend all of the other contests -- 5 in all, which is still a healthy amount. There will not be a rehearsal on this day; rather a day off for everyone.

We will continue to update everyone on any additional changes if they occur. Thank you in advance for everyone's flexibility. Our students are doing great things. We can't wait to see how it all comes together this competitive season.



In accordance with the Clay School Board's decision, there will be no after school activities on Friday, September 8th, including our rehearsal. We will still rehearse tomorrow night at our regularly scheduled time. Because of the cancellation for tomorrow and Monday, we will be looking to make this rehearsal up on a date in October (most likely on October 6th, during the other bye week). More information will be released as we progress into next week regarding a new date for this practice.

If you placed an order for the Nike apparel, it should be in by tomorrow, or most likely next week sometime, because of the circumstances. 

Week of 9/4

Monday - No rehearsal
Tuesday - Normal rehearsal schedule
Thursday - Normal rehearsal schedule
Friday - Rehearsal 2:00 - 9:00 *dinner provided.

  • Thank you so much to all of our volunteers who helped out in the concession stand/logistic at our first home game.
  • Reminder: the rehearsal on Friday is mandatory and has been on the schedule since last year. This will be a crucial day as we continue to prepare for our season. Our kids have worked extremely hard and we are excited to see where their effort will take them. There is no football game on this day.
  • We are having some glitches with FOCUS and student grades. These will be resolved by next week.
  • Please continue to bring in Oreo's for our concession stands and bottled water for the students at football games.

Thank you for your continued support of the OHS Band program.













































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































9/1 - Friday Football Game

Home Football Game

5:00 - Call time/change into uniform
6:00 - Warm-up in cafeteria
6:40 - Move to stadium
6:57 - National Anthem
7:00 - Game time
9:30 - Dismiss from band room

  • We will be wearing our new uniforms for this game.
  • All students will receive a dri-fit shirt that will be worn under their uniform.
  • The fundraising event that was scheduled for this Thursday has been cancelled and will be rescheduled and slightly modified for next month.
  • Concession stand sign-up is now on Charms. Go to the calendar and click on the volunteer icon on the date of your choice.

Thank you so much for supporting our band. Our students are doing an amazing job and working extremely hard. Please come support them at their first performance this Friday night.

Week of August 21st

Friday Football Game

4:00 - Call time/change into half uniform
4:45 - Meet in cafeteria
5:00 - Depart for OPHS
5:30 - Arrive at OPHS
6:00 - Warm-up
6:30 - Change into full uniform
7:00 - Game time
10:00 - Depart for OHS
10:30 - Arrive at OHS

  • We will be departing in half uniform (marching shoes, long black socks and bibbers). Once we arrive we will unload, warm-up and add the uniform top.
  • We will perform at halftime
  • Students will receive 3rd quarter off to purchase concessions (cash only)
  • After the game, we will load everything up and depart. We should return to OHS around 10:30. Once students are back, they are responsible for getting their instrument off the trailer and putting it in their locker.
  • If a student would like to be signed out after the game they may, by their PARENT or LEGAL GUARDIAN. Prior notice is mandatory; this is for the safety of all our students. Once the band has been officially dismissed, they may be signed out.
  • Band shoes are in. If your child ordered a pair, they must pay their $35 before receiving their shoes. All shoes will be handed out Thursday.
  • Chaperone and logistic positions will be added by tomorrow.

Additional information:

8/31 (Thursday night - during rehearsal) - Band 59 minute fundraiser. This will be anyone going on the Europe trip and for anyone that would like to help raise funds for the band program in general. Fundraisers are not mandatory, but highly encouraged since all proceeds go to help the band. More information will be given to the students this week.

Our North Marion contest date has been changed to November 11th (previously on the 4th). We just simply switched the 4th for the 11th. The calendar on charms has been updated to reflect this change.


Monday, August 21st

Here is the official statement from the CCSB (see below). A letter was also sent home with every student on the first day of school. All outdoor activities will be forced to be inside during the eclipse time frame of 1:00 - 4:15. We will still have our regularly scheduled rehearsal indoors. If a student misses, they will be excused, but will still need to complete a simple make-up assignment to earn the points back, which is in accordance with not only our handbook, but the OHS student handbook..


A full itinerary will be released on Monday regarding the football game at OPHS on Friday.


The OHS Band team store will be closing on Tuesday, August 15th. Nike only has a limited window of opportunity for this offer. All purchases are made directly through the online Nike store -- NOT THROUGH THE OHS BAND.

The updated logo is currently on the t-shirts and long sleeved shirts. However, because of an unresolved glitch on the backend of their store, the previously released logo is still showing up. This will not be on the polos or jackets. Rather, the most recently updated version (the one on the t-shirts and long sleeved shirts) will be on the polos and jackets.

You can access the store HERE or by visiting the homepage of our website.