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NEWS

08-06-20 Hello Ola Band Members, We are excited to announce that our marching band guidelines have recently been modified. Our marching band wind players will soon be allowed to play in a large group setting. We will certainly have to adhere to some new safety guidelines that are being crafted, but this is a great opportunity for us to begin to work on preparing our band students for our 2020 OMB Pep Band.

Our 2020 OMB Pep Band tentative rehearsal and performance schedule, along with additional registration information is now posted to our band website: www.olahighschoolband.com

As the largest student organization on our campus, we are going to have to ensure that safety protocols are our top priority for our students. Be on the lookout next week for a more extensive look at how we will conduct our rehearsals this year.

Please help us to spread the word to any and all new or veteran band members that may want to participate in this great opportunity. We have a very short window to get everything ready for next week’s first rehearsal, so we are looking for a solid commitment to this group as soon as possible.

Also, for our students who may be seeking eligibility for the Fine Arts Diploma Seal, we have received confirmation that participation in the OMB pep band will count as an extra-curricular activity for the school year! This will be incredibly helpful for several of our current upperclassman band members.

I hope you will look over this information and consider joining up with the OMB Pep Band! We would love to have any and all OHS band students join us in this new adventure.

Let us know if you have any questions,

Todd Manson

Todd.manson@henry.k12.ga.us

www.olahighschoolband.com

Director of Bands at Ola High School

On July 8th we were given guidelines that we have to follow as a marching band unit.

The list of guidelines is extensive and significantly restricts what we are able to do and how we are able to teach. The restrictions include social distancing requirements that would be impossible to adhere to as we learn how to march and set drill. Most problematic for us is the restriction that students are not permitted to play wind instruments, until further notice.

As you can imagine, holding a band camp with these restrictions, along with those already in place, will prevent us from creating a productive and meaningful experience for our students.

Several major studies will be released in the coming weeks, evaluating aerosol spray transmission and the use of wind instruments. Once those studies are released and reviewed, we can make a more informed decision with regards to playing wind instruments in a large group setting.

So, at this time we are going to change our plans. We are canceling marching band camp for our winds and percussion students. We would like to offer instruction to our color guard members during the week of July 20-24. More information will be sent directly to the color guard members regarding those practice sessions. Now, our intention is to reassess the guidelines and restrictions over the next few weeks and begin with marching band once school begins. We do still plan on having some version of marching band for our students.

Our executive board met this evening and we are committed to giving a complete refund to all who have paid the initial $225 deposit for marching band camp. Please be patient as we work on returning those funds over the course of the next few days.

We have been making some really tough decisions behind the scenes. We are appreciative of the support and flexibility of our band community. We will get through this, and we will continue to keep the safety and well-being of our student musicians at the fore-front of our minds.

I have had MANY questions regarding the option of remote learning and extra-curricular activities. This has been a very hot topic since the release of the back to school playbook on July 8th. The answer is YES; you may do remote learning and still participate in extra-curricular activities. I encourage all parents to make the decision that best suits your situation and your family’s needs.

I will communicate additional information to you as it becomes available, so stay tuned! Whatever parameters we are working in, we will do our best to create a meaningful band experience for each student this fall.

Thank you,

Todd Manson and Josh Singleton –

Band Directors at Ola High School

Mr. Singleton is a native of Asheville, North Carolina. He attended Appalachian State University where he earned his degree in Music Education in 2017. During his collegiate experience, Mr. Singleton served on the leadership team for the Marching Mountaineers for 3 years and performed with multiple ensembles. After graduating ASU, Mr. Singleton served as a band director at White Oak High School in Jacksonville, NC. Mr. Singleton is an active member of Drum Corps International. He was a member of the Boston Crusaders in 2016 and the 2017 Jim Ott recipient, Carolina Crown. He is now in his second year on the educational staff at Legends Drum and Bugle Corps as a visual instructor. Currently, Mr. Singleton is in his third year of teaching and going into his first year as the Assistant Director of Bands at Ola High School. Mr. Singleton is an active member of NAFME, NCMEA, and a proud alumnus of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.






TODD MANSON

 

Director of Bands

 

ADDRESS

 

 357 N Ola Rd, McDonough, GA 30252

JOSH SINGLETON

 

Assistant Director of Bands

 

MISTY SHEFFIELD

 

Band Booster President

 

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