End of Year Wrap-Up!

The end of the school year is finally here!

We have had a tremendously successful year that was recently capped off with a very successful Spring Concert, which featured all 3 of our ensembles performing some very challenging music which shows how hard our students push to the very end! As if the concert wasn’t already a great way to end the year, we had a marvelous banquet that featured great food (which we are still hearing students and parents rave about), a wonderful award ceremony, and a great dance! (thank you Mr. Turner for being our DJ!)

As we approach our final days of the school year, here are few things to note:

  1. Students with a school instrument should be checking this equipment in during this week and next week. Returning members can fill out an instrument rental contract to get a marching horn for the Summer.

  2. Coupon Cards! It IS the end of the year, but we really wanted to honor our word on the fundraising opportunities and make sure that those who really wanted a jump start for next year (or any Seniors who wanted to help the Band in a small way as a final gesture) had their chance to do so! All remaining cards must be turned in with all money on May 31st! That is one week from this upcoming Friday. Some tips for success: When talking to potential buyers, explain what the money is going towards ($600 band fees, $650 trip to New Orleans, covering equipment purchases, repairs, transportation, etc) Have the cards out at Mom/Dad’s work, bring them to Church, and be sure to ask your teachers (and teachers of siblings!)

  3. Students are currently auditioning this week for next year’s ensembles. We will release this information before the end of the school year - we are shooting for next week!

  4. Percussion placement for marching season is currently in progress with a guest percussion instructor from Pensacola, FL providing information and instruction for our students! If any wind player would like play in the Front Ensemble during marching season please attend this Thursday and Friday after school from 2-5pm - you will be taught everything you need to know!

  5. Please mark JUNE 25TH AT 5:30PM on your calendars as this will be our MATTRESS SALE KICKOFF MEETING and we will have a few pieces of information for the upcoming camps in July (last call for registration, physical updates, fundraising details, etc) for all families regardless of if you will be participating in the mattress sale directly - though we want everyone to help promote it!

  6. FAN CLOTH ONLINE STORE - As of Monday we officially shut down our online store and finalized the orders. After calling Fan Cloth Monday they informed us that they have placed our order on PRIORITY to help get it here before the end of the school year, but unfortunately, there is no guarantee it will make it prior to the end of year - regardless of when it arrives, we will send out a REMIND message as well as post on our FACEBOOK page to help get the word out for all those who ordered to pick up their items. Items will be packaged based on the student name that was given, and inside of that will contain the name of the actual person who ordered to help everyone distribute the items. This sale actually helped raise the band just under $1000 for our program, donated by Fan Cloth! We will do another sale for new families as well as anyone wanting to gear up for winter, during the Fall Semester of 2019-2020, so if you missed out on this sale, or just want more GR swag, we will take care of you soon!

  7. CALENDAR UPDATES - We have updated the online calendar to include all tentative dates (depending on facility availability, etc) for the 2019-2020 school year for FALL and SPRING, so please be sure to visit that portion of our website and mark down dates to help you plan appropriately.

  8. BAND SPIRIT NIGHTS - We are wanting a few motivated parents who’d like to take the lead on communicating with local restaurants to schedule a few spirit nights for Summer/Fall/Spring to help raise money for the Band general account! We have been working hard on our budget for next school year and do not want to be forced to trim things out of our program (additional instructors, additional purchases, etc) that we want to help continue to increase the quality of our program. We also want to continue to allow many fundraisers to help students directly vs having general fundraisers only. If you can help with this OR ANY OTHER TYPE OF FUNDRAISER (SPAGHETTI DINNER, CHILI COOK-OFF, PANCAKE BREAKFAST, GOLF TOURNAMENT, CAN SHAKE, CAR WASHES, etc) PLEASE CONTACT US!

Finally, we want to thank everyone for making this year a memorable one, and a pivotal year in the program’s history. We could not have been successful without everyone pulling together!

Concert and Banquet Week!


As we approach our final week of performances we wanted to give a few reminders and updates as the end of the year finally approaches!

  1. The Jazz Ensemble will be performing at OVE this Thursday from 6:00-6:30pm. All students are responsible for getting their gear, music, and stand to the performance site. One of our students has volunteered to load up stands in his vehicle to help out the ensemble. Call time is 5:45 at OVE with all gear - the event should be over and everyone should be picked up at 6:40pm.

  2. The Spring Concert on Friday will include the Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble. This concert will be in the Cafe and will be free of charge and begins at 6:30pm. Call time for students will be 6:00pm in the cafe with all items. Students will have specific jobs at the conclusion of the concert that they must complete prior to leaving/mingling with friends and family - please allow them to do their part before congratulating them on the performance.

  3. The Band Banquet is on Saturday at 6:00pm in the Cafe. This event is free of charge and we strongly encourage all current members to attend. Immediate family members are welcomed. Attire is semi-formal to formal (for all attending). This is a potluck dinner and grade levels have been assigned items to bring:

    1. 9th Grade: Meats - Chicken, Ham, and Turkey

    2. 10th Grade: Side Dishes - Pastas, Veggies, Mac & Cheese, Salads w/dressing

    3. 11th Grade: Desserts, Hawaiian Rolls, Drinks (Tea, Lemonade, Water)

      1. If you have any questions about any items etc please contact Tonie Mitchell - tm3783@att.com or 904-708-0077

  4. Coupon Cards have been given to students to sell for our end of year fundraiser. This is yet another opportunity for students and families to allow for minimal out-of-pocket expenses for next year. We also strongly encourage seniors to participate in this to help leave the program in a better way than when they arrived as Freshman, as we want to constantly raise the quality for our students!

    1. Each student has 15 cards, which are $300 in value as well as a sheet with incentives, basic instructions, and deadline.

    2. Money and any remaining cards are due on May 31st

    3. Each student will receive $12 towards their 2019-2020 fees for each card sold

      1. Senior sales will help account for remaining expenses for the program: Rehearsal Speaker, Balance on new Drums, Transportation for 2019-2020, etc!

    4. We encourage families to bring these cards to work, church, friends, etc and share with them why this is important - increasing the quality of our Band Program, helping to pay off the $600 Band Fees for next year, helping make it possible for your student to travel to New Orleans, etc!

  5. All Percussion students will be after school the week of May 20-24 to audition for drumline/front ensemble spots for next school year. Each day is 2:00-5:00 (Battery Mon-Wed, and FE Thur-Fri). Any student who does not make the Battery will be put in the Front Ensemble. Students only interested in Front Ensemble can attend Thur-Fri only. We will have a guest instructor coming for this entire week to work with our students each day!

  6. If anyone knows of any incoming 9th grader who intends on joining our program - we have our second registration night coming up on Thursday, May 23rd at 5:30pm in the Band Room. This is mandatory for all new members who did not attend on May 9th.

  7. Please check the calendar as we have updated/removed/added dates for the remaining portion of the year, Summer, and Fall. This will help us avoid any conflicts moving forward!

Final Parent Meeting Follow-Up (May)

Hello all!

Below is a copy of the agenda from last nights parent meeting. This was our final parent meeting of the school year.

A few things to note from last nights meeting:

  1. If you can provide a dish for the BANQUET (or dessert, etc) please contact Tonie Mitchell or Mrs. Kim (Marbut) so they can plan appropriately.

    1. The Banquet is formal for all attending (which should be the students, and immediately family only)

    2. The Banquet is at OHS beginning at 6pm

    3. We will send out a google form for everyone to submit pictures from the year to so we can put together a slide show!

  2. The Band trip for next year will be to NEW ORLEANS - this trip, as of now, will include: French Quarter Tour, Cemetery Tour, Ghost Tour, Steamboat Cruise/Dinner, Tour of Mardi Gras World, WWII Museum, Jazz Museum, Aquarium, Swamp Boat Tour, all (but one) meals, 2 nights in a hotel, charter bus, and either a performance in Jackson Square or a Master Class at a local university! The itinerary is still being finalized, and this trip will take place in March/April (not Spring Break, if we can help it) and will cost students $650 each. This will be a jam-packed trip and have a variety of historical, cultural, and musical educational activities for our students! If you have any questions, please contact us!

  3. Students who rent instruments for the entire year will now only be charged $50 per semester ($100 for the year) instead of $160 - students who only do ONE semester will still pay $80.

  4. Our final fundraiser - Coupon Cards (not books) will begin on MONDAY and run for 2 weeks - the profit margin is 60% of sales, and will go towards student dues for next year! We had to postpone chocolate but we will be doing chocolate in the early fall to help families raise money for Band Fees (which will remain at $600) and the trip!

  5. We are currently running an 8 day online store for Band swag! If you have been wanting to buy Golden Regiment shirts, hats, blankets, etc - you now have this opportunity! The store is online, and all orders will be shipped to OAKLEAF HS and then distributed to the students. If we sell a minimum of 60 items, we actually make money for the Band!

Here is the link for the online store! https://order.fancloth.com/c/496988#


-         Art Dept. Concert

-         Band Trip

-         State MPA

-         Round Table

Upcoming Events

-         Ice Breaker 5/9 5:30pm in Band room

-         Guard Auditions 5/10 3pm-8pm

-         Dr. Bodnar visiting Symphonic Band 5/9 after school

-         Jazz Band at OVE

o   (meet @OVE with all materials at 4:45pm) students should be done at 6:30pm

-         Spring Concert – 6:30 @OHS – Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Wind Symphony

-         Band Banquet – 6:00 @OHS café – Potluck!  Contact Tonie Mitchell if you can assist with providing a dish, desserts, or beverages!

-         Auditions for ensembles for next year/drumline/front ensemble will all take place the week of May 20-24 (percussion will all be after school) 2:00-5:00

New Business

-         Final fundraiser of the year – Coupon Books (chocolate has been postponed until Summer/Early Fall)

-         Fan Cloth!

-         Instrument Rental cost updates!

-         Band Trip!  

Band Updates for 4/8/19

A few updates as we move into the 2nd week of a very busy month!

Fundraising Update

Mattress Sale - As many of you know, we had a presentation at our April parent meeting concerning a mattress sale (which also includes pillows and sheets) that can help the Band as well as individuals raise money for next year! After a quick survey, that was sent via Remind, we received an overwhelmingly positive response and will move forward with this event! We will be selecting a date in July (20th or 27th) on a Saturday during Band Camp so that all new members and families can take advantage of this opportunity (one of many to help individual families raise the necessary money to cover fees, trips, etc). A kickoff meeting will be held at some point (potentially before the end of this school year) to go over details, distribute any flyers/yard signs/etc that may be ready at that time and begin promoting this event.

Summer Dates

Dates for the summer have been released. These dates are mandatory and are not optional. Should there be a conflict with any day during camp it is the responsibility of the student (and/or family) to communicate with us immediately. Students missing camp dates can result in - not performing in the entire show, becoming an alternate (sharing a spot) or not being eligible to be in Band.

Dates are as follows:

Guard Choreography Camp - June 17-21 & 24-27 (9am-6pm) w/lunch break

Guard Drill/Fundamentals Camp - July 15-19 (9am-5pm) w/lunch break

Percussion Fundamentals Camp - July 15-19 (9am-5pm) w/lunch break

Rookie Camp (all NEW members and leadership) - July 15, 16, 18, 23, & 25 (9am-12pm)

Music Camp (all musicians) - July 16, 18 & 23 & 25 (1pm-5pm)

Full Band Camp (all members) - July 29-Aug 2nd (8am-5pm), & Aug 5-9 (8am-5pm)

Guard will attend - Guard Camp, Guard Drill/Fundamental Camp, and Full Band Camp

Percussion will attend Percussion Fundamental Camp, Music Camp, Full Band Camp

Rookies (anyone who did not march 2018-2019 school year) Rookie Camp, Music Camp, and Full Band Camp

Upperclassmen (non-percussion/guard) will attend Music Camp and Full Band Camp


Wind Ensemble - Concert on Thursday April 11th at 6:30pm. Call time for performing students will be 5:45. Students who are not performing are strongly encouraged to attend to support their fellow band members - especially students who are applying for Leadership positions.

Disney Trip/Performance - Those going on the trip should take note that the calendar for the week of the trip has been updated to include 3 after school rehearsals to prepare for our parade performance in Magic Kingdom. These rehearsals will take place on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday (there will be NO Symphonic Band on this Thursday to accommodate the Disney rehearsal). Please check the calendar on the website for specific times. These rehearsals will be outside for the majority of the time - students should wear marching clothes/shoes and bring water. Music should be memorized by each individual prior to rehearsal that Monday!

Here is a link to the recording for practice purposes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjmY3xpx_S0

Round Table - This will take place on the 2nd of May (please note this date changed from May 3rd) at 6:30pm. Auditions will take place on Monday April 15th, after school. Events will be selected based on preparation, quality, variety, and time.

Band Parent Meeting - This will on Tuesday May 7th at 5:30pm in the Band Room and will cover any remaining business for the end of the school year!

Ice Breaker (incoming 9th Graders) - We need volunteers who wouldn’t mind being present to answer questions of parents, provide refreshments, etc. If you are able to do either please contact Kimberly Marbut! This is the first impression our new families will have of our program so please let us know if you can help!

Jazz Ensemble - The Jazz Ensemble will perform at OVE for their Arts Festival following Oakleaf Jr. High at 6:00pm - More details to come.

Spring Concert - The Spring Concert (final of the year) will feature the Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble.

Band Banquet - This event will be a formal event in attire (suits, ties, dresses, etc) and will be a potluck. If you are able to provide a dish and/or a dessert, please contact Kimberly Marbut as she is helping with this portion of the Banquet - kimberelymarbut@gmail.com. This event is for all members of the program and will include annual awards and recognition of students and groups within the program. This will take place on May 17th in the Cafe at 6pm, the day after our Spring Concert. If you are interested in assisting with this event please contact us!

April Updates

Parent Meeting 4/2/19


·         Old Business

o    Concert MPA

o    Cookie Dough

o    New Purchases!

  Chairs, Sound System, Parade Banner, Drums, and Repairs!

·         Upcoming Performances

o    Wind Ensemble Concert with Art Dept. 4/11 6:30 @OHS Café

o    State MPA (Wind Ensemble only) April 24/May 1

o    Round Table – 5/2 – 6:30pm @OHS Café (changed from the 10th)

o    Spring Concert -  5/17 – 6:30 @OHS Café

o    Jazz Band Performing at OVE Festival 5/16 6:00 @OVE

·         Fundraising

o    Chocolate Sales in April! 

o    Coupon Books in May

o    Potential Car Show this Summer (July) - (Turner Family is working on this)

·         Band Banquet – 5/18 @OHS Café (6:00pm)

o   Potlock

·         Summer Dates

o    Guard – Choreography Camp (last 2 weeks of June - Times TBA)

o    Guard/Percussion Fundamentals Camp – July 15-19 9am-5pm (M-F)

o    Music Camp (all instrumentalists) July 16, 18, 23, & 25th 1pm-5pm (Tues/Thurs)

o    Band Camp (all members) July 29-August 2, August 5-9 8am-9pm (2 weeks M-F)

·         Disney

o    Meeting Thursday, will cover: Expectations, Itinerary, What to bring/Not to bring, etc!

·          Ice Breaker for incoming 9th graders – 5/9 5:30pm

o    Need refreshments! Contact us if you can help!

o    Welcoming committee (2-3 parents)

  Speak on opportunities for parents (Concessions, Chaperones, Volunteers, Loading, etc)

Answer questions as needed

·         Next Year!

o    All students have been given placement music for next year (determines which ensemble they will be in for Concert Season/Class Period)

We will listen to each student perform the assigned music during the week of May 20-24 in class. 

  Class registration for 2019-2020 is going on NOW

·         Band V/Band VI Honors! (4.5)

·         Tri-M National Honor Society

·         Instrumental Techniques L

·         Communication!

o    Calendarwww.OakleafBands.com

o    Remind – Download the app or text @parents144 to number 81010

o    Facebook Group (search Oakleaf Golden Regiment Members)

o    Public Facebook Page – Oakleaf Knights Marching Band

February Updates

Concert Thursday night 2/21:  Both the Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony will be performing their Music Performance Assessment (MPA) literature at 6:30pm in the OHS Café in preparation for their March 1st assessment.

o   Call time for students will be 5:50pm (present, dressed, with all materials) Attire is the exact same as the Winter Concert - ladies need to bring their Shawls if they mistakenly brought one home!

o   The concert should not last longer than about 45 minutes


Cookie Dough forms due Friday!: Students were given forms with the goal of selling 15 items (cookie dough/tumblers) each by this upcoming Friday!  All sales must be local as the seller is responsible for delivery!  Cookie dough will arrive immediately following Spring Break! 

Concert MPA Friday March 1st: Both bands will be performing at Flagler Palm Coast High School – free admission! 

o   We expect to be back at OHS around 8:45pm

o   Symphonic Band men will need a BOW TIE (black) and DRESS COAT (black)

Parent Meeting Tuesday March 5th: 

o   Banquet

o   Remaining Fundraisers

o   Leadership/Drum Major Auditions

o   MPA debrief

o   Cookie Dough results

o   Marching Tower

January Update

GR Family,

We had our monthly parent meeting early this week on Tuesday and covered several items. Below is a copy of the agenda for that meeting. A few notes to consider that were reviewed during the meeting:

  1. We WILL follow through with cookie dough as a fundraiser to help assist those who are working to pay off the Disney trip.

  2. We are finalizing a possible fundraiser for either the latter part of the year or over the Summer to help families raise money for next year’s Band Fees.

  3. Several parents asked about raising money for the band such as: United Way, Amazon Wish List, direct donations, and Donors Choose. These have all been investigated with the following results:

    1. No donations have come through via United Way, but if they were submitted the Band Directors would receive the check to provide a receipt to the bookkeeper.

    2. An Amazon Wish List, with a variety of needs for families/community members to purchase is something that can be done - and will be worked on asap.

    3. Direct Donations are welcomed and those submitting them will be provided a receipt and kept anonymous if they so choose

    4. Donors Choose is something that is possible since there is no fee and the donations/purchases would be completely provided by the donor.

January Parent Meeting

I.              Calendar Update

a.     Turner Family Retirement Ceremony – Jan 18th (Wind Symphony)

                                           i.    During School Day – students need money for lunch!

                                          ii.    Concert Attire (same as Winter Concert)

b.     Sym. Rehearsals – Thursdays 2-3:30pm as normal with 3 Mondays (Feb 4, 11, 25) 2-3pm

c.     Solo and Ensemble – February 8/9 @Creekside HS – details TBA

d.     Concert MPA – February 28th, March 1st & 2nd) @Flagler Palm Coast HS – details TBA

e.     Wind Symphony Concert – April 11th @OHS

f.      Mandatory Parent Meeting (Disney) April 4th

g.     Color Guard auditions – April 30, May 2, May 7, May 10 3pm-8pm

h.     Round Table – May 3rd

i.      Spring Concert – May 17th @OHS Café

j.      Percussion placement May 13-17 3:00-6:00pm (Alternate week May 20-24)

k.     Concert Band audition/placement during last 2 weeks of may (determines class for 2019-20)

l.      Summer Camps – Mid-July through start of school – not optional, please plan accordingly

II.            Fundraiser Update

a.     Texas Roadhouse – February – Date TBD (bring flyer to get % towards Band)

b.    Late Feb/March – Coupon Cards

c.     Cookie Dough – Early February

d.    Chocolate Late Spring

III.           Student Leadership – (Section Leader, Captain, Drum Major)

a.     Process – Application, Essay, Performance, Interview

b.     Must attend leadership classes (after school in April)

                                          i.    Drum Major candidates will have a separate audition which will include their interview

IV.          Band BanquetMay 18 @OHS Café

a.     Banquet Committee – decorations & food

b.     Awards for Students

c.     Formal Event – suits, dresses, etc.

V.            Remind

a.     As of January 28, Remind texts will NOT work for Verizon customers – download app!

VI.          Disney Trip

a.     62 students participating!

b.     More room for parents (if wanting to chaperone)

c.     Chaperones must:

                                          i.    Ride the Bus

                                         ii.    Stay in the same hotel

                                        iii.    Be Fingerprinted by the School District

 Final Trip payment – February 5th (covering remaining balance)

d.     Mandatory Parent Meeting (Disney) April 4th

VII.         Uniforms – Selling/creating pillows for a fundraiser to raise money for future uniforms

VIII.        Band Parent Organization

a.     “Chairs” for positions – Contact Mr. Robbins if interested!

                                          i.    Volunteer Coordinator, Fundraising, Concessions, Logistics, Head Chaperones

End of 2018

GR Fam,

We hope that you are going to find opportunities during this winter break to spend time with family and friends and recharge your batteries as we bring 2018 to a close and gear up for 2019! The students were handed their selections last week/this week for the next big target - Concert Music Performance Assessment in late February! This is where our students will be evaluated on their stage performance as well as their sight reading (music literacy) ability before a panel of judges.  Students were also issued their music for their Solo and Ensemble performances which they should be preparing on an individual basis - this will take place in early February. 

This week students will be given calendars for the Spring semester.  This hard copy is from our online Google Calendar but printed out for your convenience so that you may reference it, write on it, and use it for future planning.  Coupled with this calendar was a letter that went over specific items that may be a little different than that of years past so we intentionally point them out so that everyone is on the same page.  In addition to those notes, the Summer dates were released for all Camps.  These dates and times, (like everything on our calendar) could potentially fluctuate but when/if those changes occur – our ONLINE calendar will always be updated with the latest information – so, when in doubt, the online calendar is the one everyone should go by if there is ever conflicting information as we will not continue to re-print hard copies every time a change is made. 

All wind players have something assigned to them on Smart Music so please make sure these are completely in a timely manner – do not wait until the last minute!  Some students did not complete their scale assignments by Friday’s deadline, even though they were given almost 2 months to complete these tasks.  Please make sure you are doing your part to improve and get better so that we can all reap the benefits.  Parents, we encourage you to follow up with your students about completing their SM assignments.  If you do not have the ability to complete these assignments at home please make sure you are coming into the band room to complete them on one of our available stations!  Students are encouraged to come before school begins, during lunch or from another class (if they’ve completed their work) or after school!

            (Symphonic Band has all 3 pieces, Wind Symphony only have 2/3 assigned)

Please remember that our Disney Trip payment for January is due right when we return!  You are encouraged to take care of this early through RevTrak – the link is on our home page of the website. 

If anyone would like to listen and/or download the recordings from our Winter Concert of the Symphonic Band or Wind Symphony you can find them on our CONCERT BANDS page - click Band Information/Concert Bands

As always, if you have any questions please communicate with us via email and we will be glad to help you!  Have a great winter break!





December Parent Meeting Updates

Below is the agenda for the meeting that was held on Tuesday, December 4th for those parents who could not make the meeting.


Parent Meeting

December 4, 2018 – 5:30pm


I.              Welcome – Scan QR Code or sign in on sign-in sheet!

II.            Reflection: State Competition, Marching to Concert transition

III.           Winter Concert: December 11th 7pm in OHS Cafeteria

a.     Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony

                                          i.    All Students will remain present until the conclusion of the event

b.    Attire

                                          i.    Girls – Concert Dress

                                         ii.    Guys – White Button Dress Shirt, Black Dress Shoes, Tie (long), Long Black socks

1.     Wind Symphony – Jackets (school has only a few to loan, and Vest (provided by school)

c.     Call Time: 5:15     for students – doors will open at 6:30pm for audience

d.    Refreshments

                                          i.    Last Names A-L: 1-2 dozen cookies, bars, brownies, or desserts

                                         ii.    Last Names M-S: Beverages: Water, Iced Tea, or Lemonade

                                       iii.    Last Names T-Z: Paper ware: Napkins, small plates, cups, etc

e.     Decorations!

                                          i.    Students are encouraged to wear Holiday Hats, decorate their horns (lights, garland, etc)

IV.          Smart Music

a.     What is it? How will it be incorporated in Band?

b.    Requirements for home use: Laptop, Desktop with Google Chrome or iPad with SM App

                                          i.    External microphones are not required but can impact quality of accuracy of program

                                         ii.    Use of headphones/earbuds decrease chance of errors and help students hear parts

c.     Website URL: www.smartmusic.com/login (select NEW)

                                          i.    Link also available on Band Website

V.             Disney Trip

a.     When: April 26 & 27

                                          i.    Depart approx. 5am Friday

1.     Fri: Park Hours, Parade, Park Hours, Check-in, lights out

2.     Sat: Park Hours, Workshop, Park Hours, depart for OHS arrive approx. 2am (sun)

b.    Where:

                                          i.    Park Hours – Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios

                                         ii.    Parade/Workshop Parks – TBD (by Disney), announcement anticipated for mid-Jan

c.     Meeting: Mandatory Parent meeting for all attending will be held in Late March/Early April

                                          i.    This meeting will cover: Exact Itinerary, Student Expectations, Medication reminders, etc

VI.          Fundraisers

                                          i.    Spirit Night @ Texas Roadhouse (Orange Park) - date TBA (General)

                                         ii.    Cookie Dough - (Late January-Early February) (to Student Trips/General)

                                         iii.    Coupon Cards – March (to Student Trips/General)

                                        iv.    Chocolate Sales – April/May

VII.         Website – www.OakleafBands.com

a.    Calendar, announcements, Remind, RevTrak, Smart Music Link, and more!

VIII.        Facebook

a.    Search Oakleaf Golden Regiment Members, and hit JOIN

IX.          Calendar: The Band Calendar has been updated with a great majority of all Spring Dates and we are also inputting Summer dates as well so that all families can plan accordingly!


See you all soon at the concert!

Band Updates 11/27

Hello Golden Regiment Family!

We have an upcoming meeting a week from today on Tuesday, December 4th. For those interested in the financial breakdown of the Band Fee, we will cover this at 5:15 and then we will move on to our many other items promptly at 5:30. This meeting will be very important as it will be our final meeting of the Fall Semester so please make sure that you are there or at least represented so that you do not miss out on important information. As you can see we are working very hard to improve communication with all members and families so that we can operate as efficiently as possible. A few of the avenues we are utilizing to make this work are: our website OAKLEAFBANDS.COM, Remind, Email, and our new Facebook GROUP: Oakleaf Golden Regiment Members (please request to join this on facebook by searching the title and hitting GROUPS) - this is all in addition to the monthly meetings for families to attend!

Each student received a handout today covering many topics and updates so that you can know what to expect at the upcoming meeting, answers a few questions about Disney payment options, Fundraising updates, and more. Please read through this so that you have the most up to date information prior to our meeting next tuesday!

Click the button below to read the OHS BAND HAPPENINGS update!

Website Reboot


We will be using this website as our main source of information vs the ‘newer’ page (oakleafhsbands.com) which was created as the Directors changed over the Summer. This site will be regularly updated with information and made current with all relevant OHS information over the next few weeks. If you see any content on this site that may be out of date or that you are uncertain about please feel free to contact one of the Band Directors.


Chad Robbins

Band Director

Europe Students ONLY

We are now less than 2 weeks from our departure to northern Europe. Below are some reminders regarding this trip. If you have any questions, please email or call anytime. 

  • Please review the slideshow that was given at our last meeting in April; a link can be found here. It details all of the necessary information regarding the itinerary, money, airport, chaperone duties, what to pack, flight, luggage, snacks, rules and procedures, etc.
  • We will have 2 after-school rehearsals with our seniors. Thursday, May 31st and Monday, June 4th (early release day). All rehearsals will be 1 hour.  
  • Students will sign up for their rooms and chaperones on Thursday after rehearsal.
  • On Thursday, May 31st all students will receive a permission slip for specific activities at Heino Summer Camp. You will see a list of activities that you may not want your child to participate in. Please check all that apply and send the form back before our departure on June 11th. The form can also be found here.
  • Students will receive a performance t-shirt that will have to be worn the day of our concert in the market square of Zwolle. They must have khaki shorts to wear that day as well.
  • All students will wear their band t-shirts the day we depart. They are to meet at JIA at 9:30 (earlier is better). We will meet in front of the Delta counter (Concourse A).
  • Upon returning to Jacksonville, ALL students will be signed out by their parent or legal guardian. If your child will be picked up by someone other than a parent or legal guardian, you must email Mr. Hall. ***Students WILL NOT be released to anyone other than their parent or legal guardian, unless previously arranged with Mr. Hall***
  • If you wish to have your child carry their own prescription medicine, please complete this form and return it ASAP (a physician’s signature is required).
  • All bedding is available at the camp, however, towels are not. It is recommended (per Mr. McGuffin’s recent email) to pack 1-2 cheap towels and dispose of them before returning to the US. Also, please remember shampoo and soap (with flight restriction size limits).
  • Students are required to bring a small collapsible music stand. We will collect these at our last after-school rehearsal and pack them to take with band equipment.
  • Please remember the luggage size requirements: 22” x 14” x 9”. All students will travel with their carry-on (luggage) and a personal item (backpack).  All instruments larger than a trumpet will be checked in and travel underneath the airplane. Flutes/clarinets will be collected after our last rehearsal (June 4th) to be transported together in a case with other band equipment.
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Band Banquet Update


Due to a severely low number of dinner tickets purchased, we will not be eating at the band banquet. In order to facilitate efficiency, If you purchased a ticket and you are a freshman - junior, we will add your ticket money into your band fees for next year (you will see it notated in Charms once the school year is over).  If you are a senior, you will receive a refund in the form of a school check. I have the receipts and will give them directly to Mrs. Skeen (bookkeeper) which will suffice as proof that you made a payment. All refunds are subjected to the OHS financial policy. Therefore, refunds will only be distributed in the form of a school check.

If you are a member who is not returning or don't want your ticket price to be rolled into next year's fees, please let me know through email. I will not take a student's word for it; parents must contact me directly (with the exception of seniors). If anyone would like their receipt, I will hand it directly to you at the banquet. If you do not, we will place them in individual student files, of which are securely stored in the band office.

The banquet will still be an exciting afternoon, presented in the form of an awards ceremony. We will give out awards to students, recognize outstanding students, watch the 2017-18 band video and honor our seniors. This will still be a formal event. 


Banquet/Spring Concert REMINDERS


Our annual band banquet will be held on Sunday, May 20th at 3 PM. Each meal is $10All tickets must be purchased by Friday, May 11th. A meal ticket is not mandatory, but highly encouraged. Please make every attempt to be at the banquet. It is a wonderful way for us to end the year and celebrate our seniors as they bring their high school careers to an end. 

Chicken Piccata
Baked Penne with Tomato and Cheese
Caesar Salad
Butter Top Yeast Rolls
Fresh Fruit Plate
Assorted Brownies, Cookies, Pick Up Desserts
Unsweet Tea, Lemonade, Assorted Sodas

If you have any pictures or videos from the year, please send them to ohsbandfl@gmail.com so they can be included in the band video.

Friday, May 18th
Spring Concert
OHS Cafeteria

5:30 - Call time
6:50 - Doors open
7:00 - Concert begins


Band Banquet

Our annual band banquet will be held on Sunday, May 20th at 3 PM. Each meal is $10. All tickets must be purchased by Friday, May 11th. A meal ticket is not mandatory, but highly encouraged. Please make every attempt to be at the banquet. It is a wonderful way for us to end the year and celebrate our seniors as they bring their high school careers to an end. 

Chicken Piccata
Baked Penne with Tomato and Cheese
Caesar Salad
Butter Top Yeast Rolls
Fresh Fruit Plate
Assorted Brownies, Cookies, Pick Up Desserts
Unsweet Tea, Lemonade, Assorted Sodas

If you have any pictures or videos from the year, please send them to ohsbandfl@gmail.com so they can be included in the band video. 

Wind Symphony State Performance

State MPA Performance
Tuesday, April 24th
Flagler Palm Coast HS

12:30  - Depart for St. Augustine
1:15 - Arrive in St. Augustine
4:30 - Depart for Flagler Palm Coast HS
5:30 - Arrive at Flagler Palm Coast HS
7:30 - Warm-up
8:00 - Perform
8:45 - Depart for OHS
10:00 - Arrive at OHS

*We will be making a stop in the downtown/historic section of St. Augustine. The students will have a few hours to enjoy the sights and eat lunch. We will allow them to eat lunch prior to departing in the OHS cafeteria, if they choose. There will be very specific boundaries given, of which they MUST abide by.  The St. Augustine experience is a traditional component of the Oakleaf State trip, that stems back several years. Last year, we did not partake in this experience, because the assessment was held in Gainesville. 

*MPA is free to the public for anyone who would like to attend.

*After I have released the students, they may be signed out to ride home with their parents. 


Updates and Reminders


Congratulations to our Winterguards and Indoor Drumline on fantastic performances last weekend at the FFCC State Championship. A huge thanks to all of our parents and volunteers who helped with the trip. 

4/13 - Roundtable setup at 8:00 (optional for anyone who wishes to help after Culture Night)

4/14  - Round Table Concert
8:00 - 12:00 - Rehearsal
6:00 - Call time
7:00 - Concert begins

This is a unique concert where we feature individual talent throughout the evening. The concert bands and jazz band will perform as well as the winterguards and indoor drumline. The whole evening will culminate with the marching band performing an excerpt from our 2017 show. 

4/16 - Wind Symphony Concert. 7:00 PM

4/17 - Europe trip meeting at 7:00 PM in the band room.

  • All travelers will need their passports. Please email David (david@davidmcguffin.com) directly, if you do not have your passport yet or will not have it by the time of the meeting. 
  • We will take any final payments that evening as well. 
  • We will be going over specifics regarding our finalized itinerary, housing units, clothing to bring, information on cell phones, chargers, Euro cash and other FAQ's. 
  • As we put together our music repertoire, there will be a few brief after-school rehearsals added to the schedule in May. Most of the work will be done in class. These rehearsals will only be about an hour long. Please note, that a couple of these will be after our seniors have already graduated. 

4/24 - Wind Symphony State Performance. Itinerary will be released by next week. 

We are finalizing the details of the band banquet. We should have a menu released by the end of the week. 


Upcoming Reminders and Announcements

Good luck to our JV and Varsity Winterguard as well as our Indoor Drumline as they compete in the FFCC State Championship this weekend in Tampa.  Additional information can be found here regarding this trip.

  • Our Roundtable concert will be held next Saturday, April 14th. We will rehearse that morning from 8 AM – 12 PM. The concert will be that evening at 7:00 PM.  Students taking the ACT will be excused from the morning rehearsal.
  • Monday, April 16th - Wind Symphony will have their State MPA preview performance in the cafeteria.
  • Tuesday, April 24th – State MPA for Wind Symphony at Flagler Palm Coast HS. Itinerary will be released soon.
  • Friday, May 18th – Spring Concert
  • Sunday, May 20th – Band Banquet. Tickets to eat at the band banquet will be $10 per person. It is NOT a requirement to eat in order to attend. As we get closer, I will be releasing the menu and catering information. We will need the money upfront at least 2 weeks prior to the banquet. Again, more information regarding this will be released by next week.
  • Please continue to check the calendar for updates regarding Spring marching rehearsals and auditions.  The band camp and fall schedule is available. There are a few minor adjustments that need to be made, but in all, it is pretty close to being accurate.
  • Our final Europe trip meeting will be Tuesday, April 17th in the band room at 7:00. Everyone must bring their passport with them for final verification. If you are unable to attend, please let me know ahead of time and I will be sure to get the information to you.

As a final note, today I informed our Wind Symphony that this will be my final year at Oakleaf High School. Effectively, after we return from our trip to Europe, my time will be finished.  I wish I could’ve had the opportunity to tell everyone in person, but because of time sensitivity and the necessity of the school schedule it was not feasible. I have genuinely loved my experience at OHS, but the time is right to make a career change and prioritize my focus on my family. Mr. Talaba is a tremendous teacher and will continue to help take this program to new heights. Supporting the new staff and direction, will be paramount if the program is to flourish.

I want to thank our administration for their continued support of – not only our band – but the arts in general at OHS. I want to thank all of our parents and volunteers who have and will always be the backbone of this program. I want to thank all of the incredible staff members that have been instrumental in teaching our students to become better musicians.

Finally, I want to extend my sincere appreciation and thanks to the students that I have had the honor of serving.  I have some of the greatest memories to reflect upon, because of your musicianship, work ethic and unforgettable personalities.  I know the future of the band program is bright because it is made up of some of the greatest people I have ever been around. The most memorable musical moments of my teaching career were made in this band room, on our practice field, on the football field and on the stage during my time at Oakleaf High School.

As the year draws to an end, we will continue to push hard and finish strong. This will be the last time I discuss this in public; the attention will remain on the students and more importantly our seniors as they bring their high school music careers to an end.  

State Solo and Ensemble & Jazz Band + Additional Reminders

State Solo & Ensemble/ State Jazz Band
Monday, March 26th
Buchholz High School

10:00 - Depart
11:30 - Arrive at BHS
2:00 - Jazz Band Performance
3:00 - 5:00 - Assorted Solo Performances
5:30 - Depart
7:00 - Arrive at OHS

*Students will be excused 3rd period - end of the day (with the exception of jazz band, who will be excused 2nd period)

*Students need to bring cash for concessions

*Jazz students will wear all black attire (boys with ties). 

Upcoming Events:

4/6-7 - FFCC State Championships (Winterguard/Indoor Drumline)
4/14 - Roundtable Concert
4/16 - Wind Symphony Concert
4/24 - Wind Symphony State MPA @ Flagler Palm Coast HS
5/18 - Spring Concert
5/20 - Band Banquet

We will begin drumline/colorguard/leadership auditions in April. Please view the calendar for exact dates. 

Tumblers have arrived and will be distributed to students this week. All money is due by Monday, March 26th.