BA Bands eNews

December 19, 2016

Directors Notes

Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic
Congratulations to our BA Percussion Ensemble for their inspiring performance at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago! The professionalism and maturity of musicianship was incredible and was truly another “once in a lifetime” musical experience for the Broken Arrow Band Program. Thank you to the student performers for their commitment to each other and their craft; this was one of the most rewarding performances and musical journeys in the history of the Broken Arrow Bands.

Rose Parade Trip Meeting - IMPORTANT
There will be an important Rose Parade Trip meeting on Tuesday evening at 7:00PM in the HS Band Hall. Details about the entire Rose Parade trip will be shared at this meeting. All Pride Parents should plan to attend.

TENATIVE Uniform Rehearsal on Tuesday
Pending the current weather forecast, Pride members will do a rehearsal in Full Uniform to prepare for the upcoming California Trip. While parents may attend, this will NOT include a full parent performance. If the weather forecast improves, this will be an excellent opportunity for our Pride members to get comfortable performing in their new uniforms. Rehearsal location is TBA depending on actual rehearsal plan and desired location. Details will be shared via the Broken Arrow Bands social media by Tuesday afternoon.

Pride Final Payment PAST DUE
Final payments are now past due. Please make final payments via Charms or by making a payment in the Band Office during normal school business hours (8:00-4:00).

  Pride Fees Include:
  $3350 Pride All-Inclusive fee as of May 2016
  $500 Total Pride Group Fundraising Cost Reduction
  $2850 NEW Total fee as of Dec 1, 2016

  Additional fees include (as applicable):
  $300 Color Guard Fee (Age of Discovery Costume - helmet not included, New Guard jacket, Parade
  shoes, Instructional fees)

Pride Upcoming Rehearsals
   Week of Dec 18-23
Monday, 12/19 -
    Tuesday, 12/20 - 3:20 - 6:00  (All Pride)
                                       6:30pm - TENTATIVE Uniform Performance - Weather Permitting
                                       7:00pm - IMPORTANT Band Parent / Rose Parade Trip Meeting
    Wednesday, 12/21 - 9:00 - 1:00  (All Pride) (Load Semi Trailer after Rehearsal)

Pasadena Tournament of Roses Info
Tickets are available through “Sharp Seating Company” for The Rose Parade and Bandfest. NOTE: Bandfest shows WILL SELL OUT. We encourage our family and friends to purchase their tickets now to assure availability.

Bandfest: The Pride will perform at Bandfest during the 9:30am show on December 31st. Use the following link to redirect to the Bandfest (and Rose Parade) ticket service: BANDFEST TICKETS

Departure / Arrival Info: Final airport drop off details will be shared first at the IMPORTANT Trip Meeting on Tuesday night at 7:00pm.


  • Dec 29 - 7:00am & 8:00am departures from TIA to LAX, Sightseeing in LA (Griffith Observatory, Farmer’s Market, Disney Concert Hall, Hollywood, Beverly Hills), Check in to Hotel
  • Dec 30 - Rehearsal Day, Santa Monica Pier, Tentative Free Family & Friends Performance with BOA Honor Band
  • Dec 31 - Bandfest Performance (Morning Show), Photo at Rose Bowl Stadium, Float Viewing, New Year’s Eve Night at the Movies
  • Jan 1 - Disneyland / California Adventure, Parade at Disneyland
  • Jan 2 - Rose Parade, Hollywood Party at Madame Tussauds
  • Jan 3 - Universal Studios, Hard Rock Cafe, 10:00PM & 11:00PM Charter Air departures from LAX to Tulsa
  • Jan 4 - 3:00am & 4:00am Arrivals at Tulsa International Airport

California Events:
Public Events: (patrons may purchase tickets on their own): Bandfest, Rose Parade, Disneyland/ California Adventure, Universal Studios, Santa Monica Pier, Griffith Observatory, Farmer’s Market, Tentative Free Family & Friends Performance with the BOA Honor Band

Private Events: LA Sightseeing Bus Tours, Rehearsal, All Preplanned Meals, Hollywood Party at Madame Tussauds, Hard Rock Cafe (NOTE: Madame Tussaud’s may be included in the Grueninger Family & Friends available packages

E-Jazz Band Auditions
Auditions for the 2016-17 E-Jazz Band will be held at BAHS on Monday, December 19th from 3:15-5:00 PM. Auditions are open to all band members grades 9-12; rhythm section members (drums, guitar, bass guitar, piano) are open to all fine arts members. Audition materials are available in the BAHS and Freshman Academy band room(s).

Indoor Percussion
The next rehearsal(s) for BA Indoor will be held in January on the following dates:

  Friday, January 6th: 5-9pm (All Members)
  Saturday, January 7th: 9am-5pm (All Members)

From the Finance Office:
New Transfer Feature in Charms: When you log in to view the finances section there is a button on the top bar to make a transfer request. This automatically generates an email to Mrs. Good for direction to move funds from the miscellaneous ledger. PLEASE MAKE SURE EMAIL ADDRESSES ARE CURRENT IN YOUR CHARMS ACCOUNT. If there is no email for you in Charms you will not get group mails, including statements and other useful information and announcements. If you have any questions, email Mrs. Good -


You can turn in medications for our trip to California beginning tomorrow and we will accept them through Wed, Dec. 21st. Please make sure they are labeled correctly and in the appropriate container. Only send the exact amount needed for the trip.

Uniforms:  All color guard should be sized for arm and leg bands, and all costumes and arm/leg bands need to be in the uniform room! Items are still missing, please check and make sure your uniform bag is complete! All items MUST be in the guard room by Tuesday after school.

Hornline and percussion can buy one set of gloves (one black pair and one white pair) and extra tradition shirts Monday and Tuesday from 4 to 6 in the uniform room. All white shakos must be returned by Tuesday after school!!!!

For directions on how to update your family information and to enter volunteer hours in Charms, CLICK HERE.


Cori Aschkenas -

THE PRIDE CLOSET WILL BE OPEN AFTER SCHOOL ON MONDAY THE 19TH UNTIL 5:30 PM. You can pick up Ornaments, Decals, Rustic Cuffs and purchase items to take to California at this time.

THE PRIDE STORE WILL BE OPEN AFTER THE BAND PARENT MEETING ON THE 20TH! Please notice we are NOT open before the meeting!!


XTREME RACING EVENT! This has been pushed to January. We are really excited about this EVENT! YES, this is going to be a huge party event and we needed some extra time to put it together. We are looking to celebrate the season with go cart racing in mid January! More details to come!

EXTRA RUSTIC CUFFS - WE HAVE EXTRA CUFFS! If you are looking for the Rose-gold, Black, or White from last fundraiser OR the Red, Rose Parade, or Tiger cuffs from this fundraiser, we have extras! These will be available at the band parent meeting on the 20th. Please reserve yours NOW by reaching out to Cori at

Sheri Sharp -

THE PRIDE CLOSET WILL BE OPEN AFTER SCHOOL ON MONDAY THE 19TH UNTIL 5:30 PM. You can pick up Ornaments, Decals, Rustic Cuffs and purchase items to take to California at this time.

THE PRIDE STORE WILL BE OPEN AFTER THE BAND PARENT MEETING ON THE 20TH! Please notice we are NOT open before the meeting!!


PORTRAITS- Are you interested in creating a poster of your child to celebrate their time in BA Bands? Imagine being able to select events like Mid West Clinic, Indoor Percussion 2015, or Utopia, Face Me, Orchid or Age of Discovery to CUSTOM MAKE a poster of your child. The photography team is working on setting up actual portrait sessions in early 2017 so pictures can be taken of your child with or without a go-cart, in the new uniforms, FIERCE shots and more! Stay tuned for more details!


What a whirlwind year of fundraising it’s been! I want to thank all of the parents who stepped up and took the lead on one of our MANY fundraisers. It was the joint efforts of all the parents and members who organized and participated in our fundraising that made it such a success. As a group we all benefitted in a $500 reduction of our overall cost. And those who participated in postcards, GoSupportMe Video share, sold chocolate, coffee, jam, & wreaths, and went above and beyond selling Rustic Cuffs were able to benefit WELL beyond that $500. We have students who had their entire accounts funded through their efforts. We even have students who had additional funds in their accounts and they donated it to a friend who needs assistance with their account. As a Pride family we knocked this one out of the park! Thank you does not convey the magnitude of my gratitude.


Thanks everyone for your help this year!  Keep your eyes out for potential volunteer opportunities after the first of the year!

If you have any questions, feel free to email us at

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THANK YOU everyone for making the concessions a great and successful season! Thank you to all the volunteers this season we couldn't have done it without you!

CLICK HERE to get your free food handlers card.

Ky and Michiele Vargas -

If you have a contact at a company that might be interested in sponsoring the Pride, let us know!

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If you see any of these emails in your Junk or Spam folder, add the email address for those emails to your contact list. That should ensure you receive future emails correctly. If you wish to be removed from any of these mailing lists, send a message to the appropriate address and ask to be removed.

If you continue to have problems, email James Royal at for help.

Upcoming Dates and Events

Dec 20 - Pride Rehearsal / Band Parent Meeting
Dec 21 - Pride Rehearsal / Load Semi Trailer for California
Dec 29 - Leave for California!
Jan 13 - HS All District Clinic in Bartlesville
Jan 14 - HS All District Clinic and concert in Bartlesville
Jan 17 - Pride Leadership Basketball Band - 6:15-9:30pm
Jan 18-21 - OMEA All State Conference
Jan 27 - HS Concert Band 1
Basketball Band - 6:15-9:30pm
Jan 28 - JH All District Auditions
Feb 7 - HS Concert Band 2
Basketball Band - 6:15-9:30pm
Feb 9-11 - HS Musical
Feb 10 - HS Symphonic Band 2
Basketball Band - 6:15-9:30pm
Feb 14 - HS Symphonic Band 1
Basketball Band - 6:15-9:30pm
Feb 17 - HS Wind Ensemble
Basketball Band - 6:15-9:30pm
Feb 18 - JH Solo 7 Ensemble Contest
Feb 21 - Band Parent Meeting
Feb 25 - HS Solo & Ensemble Contest
Feb 27 - Chamber concert - 7pm
Feb 29 - MS Combined Concert at BAPAC - 7:00pm
Mar 6 - Percussion Ensemble Concert
Mar 9 - MS OSSAA Band Contest
Mar 21 - Solo Recital
Mar 23 - TCC Jazz Festival
Mar 27 - FA Band concert - 7pm BAPAC
Mar 28 - HS Band concert - 7pm BAPAC
Mar 30 - TCC Band Festival

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