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The O'Fallon Township High School Band Program has a rich tradition of performance excellence. The Marching Panthers have participated in numerous national events including three appearances in the Rose Bowl Parade, three appearances in the Fiesta Bowl Parade, and two appearances in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Marching Band has also participated three times in the Orange Bowl Parade and twice in the Boscov's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia, along with the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade in Little Neck and Douglaston, NY, the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, TN, the Waikiki Thanksgiving Day Parade in Waikiki Hawaii, and the Disney World Thanksgiving Day Parade in Disney World, Florida. The Marching Band has also entertained for professional sports organizations including multiple times for the St. Louis Baseball Cardinals, five times for the Chicago Bears, and four times for the St. Louis Rams.

The Band Program also provides for 4 Concert Bands that rehearse during the regular school day. These four bands - the Wind Ensemble, the Symphonic Winds, the Symphonic Band, and the Freshman Band - are auditioned groups based on a student's individual playing ability. These groups present 2-3 concerts per school year as well as participate in the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Organizational Contest. The four Concert Bands have consistently received Division I (Superior) ratings at contest. The Concert Bands performed at Carnegie Hall in New York in May 2014.

Additionally, there are many other small group opportunities for performance. The Jazz Band and Jazz Ensemble meet after school beginning in November and present 1-2 concerts per school year along with performing at the O'That Jazz Dinner and Auction Evening the last Friday in February. The Madrigal Brass group accompanies the Madrigal singers and cast during the annual Madrigal Dinner held during the winter holidays. There are other opportunites for performance including the Musical Pit or the Show Choir Pit.

On an individual level, students are encouraged to audition for the Illinois Music Educators Association (ILMEA) District Festival. The very best Juniors and Seniors from our area are selected to participate in the ILMEA All-State Convention held annually in Peoria, Illinois. Additionally, students are encouraged to prepare for and participate in the IHSA Solo & Ensemble Contest.

Auditions for OTHS Concert Band

Auditions for Concert Band placement consist of a scale page and sight-reading. Students who wish to receive audition materials for Concert Band can visit the “ILMEA Music” Page through the “Student Site” under the “Protected Areas” tab, where they can print out a scale page corresponding to their instrument. These scales are based on the ILMEA full scale page that students use to audition for ILMEA Festival groups.

Auditions for IMEA District Festival

Auditions for ILMEA District Festival consist of a scale page, a prepared etude, and sight-reading. Students who wish to receive audition materials for ILMEA can click THIS LINK where they can print out a scale page corresponding to their instrument.

General Schedule Information

The O'Fallon High School Band Program is a year-round Program. Beginning in mid-March, the Marching Band begins parade rehearsals and throughout June, the band rehearses during the week and performs in local community parades on Saturdays and/or Sundays. The Summer parade season culminates with the VP Fair Parade, a competitive parade held in St. Louis during the July 4th weekend. The Marching Panthers have won the Liberty Drum Challenge and the $5000 first prize for the last twenty-one years.

Following the VP Parade, the schedule slows down for a few weeks before students return to the High School to begin preparing for the Fall Marching Band season. The Marching Band members take part in a Music Camp followed by a seven-day Drill Camp where the field show is taught and refined in preparation for the competitive season.

Within the first few weeks of August, a new school year has begun and the Band Program is still in full swing. The Concert Bands rehearse daily during the school day, while the Field Marching Band rehearses at least two days per week after school including a Wednesday evening practice from 6 - 9 PM. The Field Band participates in 6-7 marching contests per year and serves as the host of the Metro-East Marching Band Classic held at the OTHS Panther Athletic Complex. The Marching Panthers have been three time Semi-Finalists at the Bands Of America Grand National Championships.  In mid-November, the activities of the Marching Band diminish significantly and the Concert Bands, Jazz Bands, and Pep Band move into focus.

Conclusion

The O'Fallon High School Band Program is a cooperative effort on the part of the Directors, Staff, Administration, and School Board as well as the Band Boosters. The goal is simple - to provide a first-class musical experience for all members. The Band Program also takes on the added responsibility of being the musical ambassadors and representatives of O'Fallon High School and the city of O'Fallon.

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Contact

For questions regarding the O'Fallon High School Band Program, please feel free to contact Director of Bands:
Melissa Gustafson-Hinds
Gustafson-HindsM@oths.k12.il.us
(618)632-3508