OMEA Symphonic Winds Parent Info

•  With the Symphonic Winds performance approaching quickly on February 1st, we wanted to share some info with parents so you can make plans to attend.  It should be an exciting performance that will include:  guest conductor Galen Karriker (director of bands at The University of Akron), and guest soloist Elisabeth Shafer (trombone professor at The University of Akron).  In addition, we have been asked to perform a brand new piece commissioned by the Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters’ Fraternity.  Audio recordings of our performance will be made available for purchase, and we will also be on iTunes by sometime next summer.

•  Our performance will be at the downtown Huntington Cleveland Convention Center on February 1st at 5:15 PM in room 26ABC This concert is free and you do not need to register for the Ohio Music Education Association Conference to attend our performance.  We encourage as many of you as possible to attend this performance.  Our kids perform better for a large audience and with support from their parents and family.

•  The main issue will be parking.  Parking on a Friday afternoon in downtown Cleveland can be a tremendous issue if you don’t plan ahead.  Parents arriving after 3PM are HIGHLY encouraged to park in the Municipal Lot and ride the provided OMEA shuttle (free) to the Convention Center.  Shuttles depart the Muni lot every 30 minutes and will drop you off right at the Convention Center.  Shuttle service runs from 7AM-11PM on charter buses.  Again, this is free of charge.  Parking at the Muni lot will be $4 per day.  The pickup/dropoff point will be in the EAST Muni lot at 1500 South Marginal Rd, Cleveland Ohio.  You will want to arrive early enough to ride the shuttle, and find our performance venue.  I would plan to ride the shuttle no later than 3:30 just to be safe.

•  GPS directions to the Muni lot are available online.  If you google “Cleveland Municipal Parking Lot” or “North Coast Municpal Parking Lot”, that will get you where you need to be.  Be sure to park on the East side for OMEA parking.

•  We are looking for 4-5 chaperones for this trip.  We will be departing PHS at approx. 12PM and should return at 9:30PM with a dinner stop at Bucca di Beppo on the way home.  We need one chaperone who is willing to wait with our equipment while we perform, ideally a parent without a student performing.  If you are interested, please email Mr. Smith as soon as possible so he can arrange your dinner reservations.  The cost for the meal will be $22 per person.  Chaperones will be selected on a first come/first served basis.

•  Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.  We look forward to seeing your support at our performance at the 2019 OMEA Professional Conference!

28Jan/19

OMEA/Symphonic Winds Plan

With the weather forecast not looking favorable this week, we have an option of plans.  Please read this carefully so we are all on the same page.

•  If school is closed Wednesday only, we will have our “Winds Wednesday” rehearsal on Thursday at our normal time.

•  If school is closed Wednesday AND Thursday, we will plan to have a dress rehearsal at 12:30PM on Thursday.  If the weather is still dangerously cold by noon on Thursday, keep an eye on this website so that if we choose to cancel, you will be informed.

•  Friday is looking good!  However, if school were to be closed on Friday, plan to arrive, in concert uniform, at 11:30AM to load and depart for Cleveland.  Percussion needs to arrive by 10AM to load percussion equipment.  All students should bring a change of clothes for after the performance/dinner.  There will also be food available onsite if you wish to purchase something during the day.

  No students are permitted to walk to school for either of these events.  If you have trouble finding a ride, it is imperative that you let Mr. Smith know.  Student safety is our first priority.  

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this week.  Hopefully the weather will cooperate.  Either way, we’re looking forward to memorable performance experience for our students on Friday.  Parents, please review the post regarding parking information so that you don’t miss this fantastic performance.

17Jan/19

Solo & Ensemble is cancelled

Due to the impending storm, OMEA has decided to cancel Saturday’s event.  This decision was made with student safety in mind.  Keep in mind that all of the hard work and preparation has already made you a better musician….it’s not JUST about the performance.  We will know more information about refund checks in the coming week.  Please be patient with us as we sort through this.  We are looking at options to give you all the opportunity to perform your pieces if we can arrange it.  Stay safe and enjoy your weekend!

17Jan/19

Solo & Ensemble Info Part 2

The solo and ensemble schedule can be obtained from the band office.  Please be sure to pick one up so you know your performance room number and time.

Please arrive at Massillon HS no later than 30 minutes before your event.  Our homeroom/warmup room is A213.

All scores must be numbered and given to your judge prior to your performance.  You should be dressed professionally for this event.

In the event that this event is cancelled due to weather, we will get the information on Perryband.com and Facebook as soon as possible.  We are all watching the forecast.  Your best bet is to be prepared to perform.

27Nov/18

Solo & Ensemble Instructions

Step 1:  Visit www.omea-ohio.org

Step 2:  Click on the “menu” button in the upper right hand corner, then “adjudicated events”, then “music lists”, then “magnifying glass”.  From there it’s fairly simple to figure out.  You will need to search for your song and find your song code.

Step 3:  Download a performer registration form from the Perry Band website.  These can be located on the Symphonic Winds or Concert Band pages.  Fill this out and turn it in with your check.