The Odessa High School Band of Distinction began their competitive season at the Park Hill District Marching Festival on Saturday, September 28 at Park Hill High School. Because of the morning rain, the contest was divided into two parts for Odessa – a morning indoor performance of music with the color guard in the gym and then an afternoon performance on the field.
The indoor performance was a crowd favorite and resulted in Odessa receiving the only Superior rating of the indoor contest. Along with the Superior rating, Odessa received awards for having the outstanding color guard and the outstanding percussion section. In the afternoon field performance, the band received an Excellent rating and again won the award for the outstanding color guard.
The band’s “Rhythmic Intent” program was well received by the judges as they appreciated the level of professionalism of the students and their clear understanding of the program. The color guard is costumed in bright fuchsia and green which contrast the band’s new red and black uniforms on the field. Green and blue props in the front of the field make for an excellent stage area to feature horns, percussion, and the color guard for several moments throughout the program.
This week is a busy one for the Band of Distinction as they prepare for their homecoming parade and football performances along with their second 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 9:35AM 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, Harry Hamblin, Sonja Vogt (Color Guard), Rachelle Pritchard (Color Guard), Daniel Long (Music and Visual), Jill Endaya (Percussion), 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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The Odessa High School Band of Distinction performed Friday night at the first football game of the new school year wearing their new uniforms.The new uniforms have red tops with a grey stripe below the chest and black pants.The band is taking advantage of the back of the uniforms being all black to help feature ensembles through this color contrast.
The performance also marked the first performance under the new band director, Jeremy Meyer.Mr. Meyer comes to Odessa from Marshfield, Missouri where he was the assistant director of the 180 piece ensemble.Mr. Meyer is also composing the music for the fall program, Rhythmic Intent.His wife, Alicia, and two children are in the process of transitioning to Odessa from the Springfield area.
The color guard costumes are a vibrant fuchsia with shades of green, in stark contrast to the band uniforms.Props in the front of the field make for an excellent stage area to feature horns, percussion, and the color guard for several moments in the program.At the game, the Band of Distinction performed the first half of their 2013 program and will continue to add more of the program to the performances at each home football game.
The band will perform this Friday night and next Friday night at the High School Stadium before they enter their competitive season on September 28 at Park Hill in North Kansas City.Additional competitions this season include Blue Springs (October 5), Lee’s Summit North (October 12), the Bands of America Super Regional in St. Louis (October 19-20), and the Odessa Marching Invitational on October 26.
The Band of Distinction is under the direction of Jeremy Meyer, with assistance from MJ Orf, Harry Hamblin, Sonja Vogt (Color Guard), Rachelle Pritchard (Color Guard), Daniel Long (Music and Visual), Jill Endaya (Percussion), 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!