(Information updated 1/3/22)

Music has been passed out to all students.

Fees for all events are due on Tuesday, January 18th. A list of fees is available HERE and posted on the board in the main band room. Students should check for accuracy.

Piano accompanist names for solos (and ensembles using a piano part) are also due on Tuesday, January 18th.

Solos - the month of January should be a time for students to learn their music (notes, rhythms, dynamics, etc.). The month of February should be a time to begin rehearsing with piano accompanists and developing the finer details (expression, phrasing, dynamics, intonation, tempos, etc.) for a solid, musical performance.

Ensembles - ensembles should be practicing together once a week for proper prepartion. The month of January should be spent learning individual parts and how those parts fit together in the overall scheme of the music. The month of February should be spent developing the finer aspects (expression, phrasing, dynamics, intonation, tempos, etc.) in preparation for a solid, musical performance.

District Contest is Saturday, March 5th at Sapulpa High School. A performance schedule and itinerary will be posted about 2 weeks before the contest. At this point, it should be noted that no buses or transporation will be provided for this contest.

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SOLOS
Students doing solos are responsible for finding their own musical selections and accompanist. Students will have to turn an accompanist name in early January. A tentative deadline to turn in an accompanist name is listed at the bottom of this page. It is recommended that students start looking for their accompanist now in order to be ready for either scenario. It is standard to pay accompanists for both rehearsal and performance times. Fees vary according to accompanists and level of music. Click HERE to see a list of approved accompanists that has been used the last several years. Students do not have to use an accompanist from this list, but one should be selected that will enhance, not hinder the performance.

Solos do not have to be memorized, but must be at least 3 minutes in length. Solos that are not at least three minutes in length will be docked one rating at an OSSAA contest.

As the availability of purchasing music online has become more prevalent in recent years, it is important to note that music must be properly copyrighted in order to perform at OSSAA events. Students should make sure that they are purchasing legal copies of music. It should also be noted that a great deal of music that can be purchased on the internet is not of the quality or appropriate for contests. Students should use sound judgement and/or get help before making final decisions regarding literature.

It is standard for private lesson teachers to select student solos. However, a director is able to select a solo for a student if needed. Indicate on the sign up sheet if you need a director to select your solo. Your director must approve all solos in order to ensure that quality literature and appropriate length is being performed.

ENSEMBLES
Ensembles must be standard number and instrumentation (flute quartet, brass quintet, etc.). There is no mixing and matching of instruments – the ensemble must be exactly what the composer/arranger has called for in the composition. Duets are not allowed for High School band students so ensembles must be at least three members. See below for a list of standard type ensembles*. 

Again, as the availability of purchasing music online has become more prevalent in recent years, it is important to note that music must be properly copyrighted in order to perform at OSSAA events. Students should make sure that they are purchasing legal copies of music. It should also be noted that a great deal of music that can be purchased on the internet is not of the quality or appropriate for contests. Students should use sound judgement and/or get help before making final decisions regarding literature.

Students wanting to participate in ensembles should choose wisely the members who will be in their ensemble. A good ensemble member is reliable, available to consistently practice, responsible for their part, academically eligible, and should be similar in ability level with other members and/or the demand of the music. Students may not duplicate or be in two of the same kind of ensemble (for example – a student can be in a clarinet trio and a clarinet quartet, but they cannot be in two clarinet quartets).

When signing up, indicate the type of ensemble and the students who will participate in the ensemble. All students listed should consent to participating before entering the ensemble. Indicate on the sign-up sheet if you need a director to select your ensemble music. Your director must approve all ensembles in order to ensure that quality literature is being performed. Sometimes the music selected requires a piano accompanist. 

*Standard Ensembles - (same instruments)
Flute - Quartet, Choir (could include Alto or Bass Flute), Trio (not very much literature available)
Clarinet - Quartet, Quintet ( include Bass Clarinet), Choir (could include Bass Clarinet, Eb Clarinet and/or Contra Clarinet), Trio (not very much literature available)
Saxophone - Quartet (2 Altos, Tenor, Bari), Choir, Quintet (not very much literature available)
Trumpet - Quartet, Trio (not very much literature available)
Horn - Quartet, Trio (not very much literature available)
Trombone - Quartet (could include Bass Trombone), Trio (not very much literature available)

*Standard Ensembles - (mixed instruments)
Woodwind Trio - (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet), 
Woodwind Quartet - (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon)
Woodwind Quintet - (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn)
Brass Quartet - (2 Trumpets, French Horn, Trombone)
Brass Quintet - (2 Trumpets, French Horn, Trombone, Tuba)
Woodwind Choir - (usually includes a mixture of all woodwind instruments)
Brass Choir - (usually includes a mixture of all brass instruments)
Tuba Quartet - (2 Euphoniums, 2 Tubas)
Percussion Ensembles - vary and completely depend on each composition

ENTRY FEES
Entry fees for district contest are: solo - $10.00, small ensemble (2-6 members) - $18.00, medium ensemble (7-12 members) - $36.00, and larger ensemble (13-18) - $54.00.  Entry fees are also due on Friday, January 11th - the same day as accompanist information is due. The cost for each ensemble will be divided evenly between each member per ensemble. A break down of cost is listed below. Costs are rounded to the nearest nickel.

Solos - $10.00 per student, per entry
Trio - $6.00 per student
Quartet - $4.50 per student
Quintet (5) - $3.60 per student
Sextet (6) - $3.00 per student
Septet (7) - $5.15 per student
Octet (8) - $4.50 per student
Nonet (9) - $4.00 per student
10 member ensemble - $3.60 per student
11 member ensemble - $3.30 per student
12 member ensemble - $3.00 per student
13 member ensemble - $4.15 per student
14 member ensemble - $3.85 per student
15 member ensemble - $3.60 per student
16 member ensemble - $3.40 per student
17 member ensemble - $3.20 per student
18 member ensemble - $3.00 per student

DEADLINES
Sign Up - Friday, December 10th
Accompanist Information - Tuesday, January 18th
Entry Fees - Tuesday, January 18th

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