High School Band earns first OSSAA Sweepstakes Award
The Catoosa High School Band recently earned the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Sweepstakes Award. This award is presented to band programs that have received superior ratings in marching band, concert band, and sight reading. This is the first time Catoosa has been honored with this award. The band was required to play one piece from a prescribed music list and difficulty was based on school size. Catoosa played the piece, Irish Tune for County Derry, which is from the 6A list. It is a well known piece that few schools attempt because of its difficulty.
The Pride of the Tribe - Little Dog, Big Bite
"If you listen to a lot of old funk records, the drums are really small.
But you don't perceive it like that because the groove is so heavy." Lenny Kravitz
The Catoosa High School Marching Band is small in size compared to other schools, with only 50 members and five color guard, but performs with a punch that has pummeled schools much larger. "This year, we attended four band contests, and in each case, we were the smallest band in the finals," said Jonathon Dobbs, co-director. "We outperformed 4A, 5A, and 6A bands. The other bands were up to four times our size."
Success this big comes with a price. It starts with pre-band camp, which begins two weeks before school starts. This is during Oklahoma's sweltering August heat, and lasts all day, everyday. "There are things we do everyday in band camp that people do not usually associate with marching band," said Matthew Schepers, co-director. "We stretch, jog, do push-ups, crunches and lift weights. It's important for a musician to be physically and mentally prepared to focus on perfection in their playing, while marching with precision." During a given rehearsal, the band can easily march 5-10 miles a day, everyday.
"The dedication to perfection, and the sacrifices these kids make for Catoosa Public Schools, our sports teams and our community is inspiring," said Rick Kibbe, CPS Superintendent. "They earned all of their awards and accolades. Nothing was given to them. The lessons learned from this dedication and sacrifice will accompany them back to the classroom, to college and throughout their lives."
Catoosa Marching Band Facts:
2013 Halftime Show:
Bixby Tournament of Bands:
Pryor Band Day:
OSSAA Northeast Regional Marching Contest @ Skiatook HS:
Catoosa Concert Band qualifies for state level competition
The Catoosa High School Concert Band, made up of 8th-12th grade students, recently received superior ratings at the OSSAA District 9 Concert Contest at Bartlesville High School.
The contest was a qualifying round for state level competition. Each band performed two prepared pieces of their choice and one had to be from a mandated list for the school's size. Each band then competed in a sight-reading exercise and was then presented with a new piece of music and given eight minutes to prepare and then perform.
The band earned a superior rating in both sight-reading the prepared portion. The concert band will travel to Ada, on April 17th, to compete at the state level competition.