2023 Sound of Grizzly Pride Marching Season Sign Up

Please see this message emailed to the students by Mr Howell on Monday… it is time to sign up for the sound of Grizzly Pride 2023:

Hello All!

I sincerely hope that you will consider participating in this coming school year's edition of the "Sound of Grizzly Pride" Marching Band! The Booster Board, Staff and Directors are all working towards another successful and exciting season for this group!

Attached to this message please find the following...

1. A Season Schedule, version 1 which is somewhat tentative but will be continually updated  schedulefall22vPRELIM

2. A Parent/Booster Handbook  OAK GROVE Band Parent Handbook 2023

3. A Financial Aid/Alternate Payment Agreement Form from the Boosters

4. The OFFICIAL Registration Form. (must be completed for membership and should be completed WITH a Parent)

Any questions? Please let me know sooner than later.

Hope to see you "on the field" soon!

Mr. H

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OGMS Beginning Band

Friedberg, Midway and Wallburg fifth graders welcome to Oak Grove Bands! We're excited that you're wanting to join beginning band at OGMS and can't wait to have you join us.

Sign up for the instrument "petting zoo" can be found at this link:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f49afab2ea4f8c34-oakgrove#/

For more information on beginning band at OGMS just follow this link to our beginning band page:  http://oakgrovebands.com/beginning-band-at-oak-grove-middle-school/


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Oak Grove Bands Sponsorship

Are you a local business owner or know someone who is?

Do you work for a company that would be interested in supporting our band program and getting their name out to the community as a sponsor?

Are you a band family who would like an extra way to support Oak Grove Bands?

Well we have a great a sponsorship program with opportunities on many different levels of support for you!

The Oak Grove Band Boosters Sponsor Program offers sponsorship opportunities to both businesses and individuals. Sponsorships range from our $50 “Eighth Note” Level to our $5,000+ “Sound of Grizzly Pride” Level.

How do Sponsors Benefit?

Businesses that “partner” with the band will receive varying levels of recognition based upon their level of support. They gain community exposure (advertising) and are eligible for tax write-offs as we are a registered non-profit 501c(3). By partnering with local businesses, we are making community connections. Businesses that invest in a program that instills discipline, work ethic, music appreciation, fitness, camaraderie, and respect are investing in this community’s future leaders!

How Do Our Students Benefit?

Not only do our bands perform at concerts and most home football games, we also travel to competitions in various areas within North Carolina. These trips allow students to showcase their talents and represent our school.  Our students both at the middle and high school levels also compete and perform in County, District, and State Honor Band Clinics, further representing our Community.

All funds collected through the sponsor program go directly into the general band fund to finance band travel, visiting instructor stipends, member sponsorships (for in need families to help with MB dues), equipment cost and maintenance, music licensing and purchase, etc.

Finding Your Sponsors

To assist in the collection of all required information, we are providing information that details each level available to our community partners/individual benefactors. Start with companies that you support on a regular basis: your dentist, your exterminator, a local contractor, etc. Your positive testimony about the Oak Grove Band Program is the best pitch!

Please note: It is VERY IMPORTANT that you provide your contact information at the bottom of the Sponsorship Form. Having this information provides the potential sponsor contact for questions and provides the boosters with information necessary to get in touch with you if needed.

Just click on this link Sponsorship Form for our sponsorship form for all of the details.

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Dewey’s Store Coverage

Students, Parents and Supporters of the OG Bands,

As all of you hopefully know, we are currently running our annual Dewey’s Holiday Bakery Store in the Food Lion shopping center located at the corner of Hickory Tree Rd. and Peters Creek Parkway (NC 150).

This is probably the best fundraiser we have throughout the year to raise funds for our band program at both the middle and high schools.

I am sending this URGENT PLEA to ask for your help in staffing our store!

To be honest, this is the FIRST year in the history of our store that we have had (or will have) MULTIPLE SHIFTS UNSTAFFED resulting in the store having to close or not be opened!

I cannot do more than BEG again for you to volunteer for this incredibly easy job. PLEASE sign-up for a shift. There is a quick training video you could watch and then you’d be good to go.

ANYONE 18 and older can do this! Parents, Relatives, Friends, Neighbors, etc. can work to make this happen for our band students at OG.

As of right now, we have had two days in a row that the store has not been open due to uncovered shifts, we have no coverage tomorrow afternoon and there are many vacant spots in the next few days!

Here is the link again to the Sign-up Genius. PLEASE HELP!!!


Mike Howel

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2022 Dewey’s Store

Now that Halloween is over we all know what comes next … the OG Bands Dewey’s Store!  This is our largest fundraiser of the year and we need you – all OG band parents (marching band, high school wind ensemble and concert bands and middle school band) to sign up for a slot to help out.  If every family signed up for just one slot the whole season would be covered.  Feel free to ask other family members and friends to sign up to help as well.

Just click on the link below to get your first pick of time slots that fit your schedule.  


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Davidson County Band Night

Thank you to everyone who came out to our marching band parent meeting on Tuesday evening.  We hope everyone is as excited as we are to have the opportunity to host Davidson County Band Night at OGHS on Tuesday, October 4th with gates opening at 4:00 and performance of the National Anthem at 5:00!

Thank you also to everyone who signed up for volunteer slots Tuesday evening.  Below you will find a Sign Up Genius for this event.  If you signed up Tuesday night you're already on there.  We still need more volunteers to make this event the success it's destined to be.  Please sign up for a slot where you can help.  Invite family, friends, church groups, etc, to help as well.  The more help we have the less burden there will be on the group as a whole.


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Concession Stand Workers Sign Up

Thank you to everyone who came out last night to our Marching Band Registration and Parent Meeting.

A huge thank you also to everyone who signed up help work the concession stand last evening.  You have already been added to the schedule and should have received an email confirming you were added.

We still have some open slots though, so here is the link to the Sign Up Genius for the concession stand for varsity and junior varsity games.  Just click on it and pick a time you would like to help!



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2022 Band Camp Daily Schedule

  • Schedule may be different depending the student’s section. Read Carefully!
  • Arrive at least 15 minutes early for events. Do not show-up at 7:55 if we start at 8:00. You will not have enough time!
  • You may bring lunch/dinner with you or have it delivered but you may NOT leave campus. Plan accordingly!
  • Please read the following schedule VERY CAREFULLY!

Main Camp Daily Schedule 2022


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Sign Up for the Band App

Still not on the Band App? This is the best way to stay up to date on all things going on with the Oak Grove Bands – OGHS Marching Band, OGHS Wind Ensemble, OGHS Concert Band and OGMS Band.

Join today using this code:

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Marching Band Camp Schedule 2022

It is almost that time… BAND CAMP 2022!

I hope everyone is having a great summer and has had time to rest and relax. Please find some info here about our upcoming marching band camp activities. Please remember that band camp is REQUIRED for all members of the OGHS Marching Band.

Due to some DCS Administrator Training that will be taking place at OGHS and OGMS on Monday, August 8th, we will be adjusting camp activities as follows:

Thursday, August 4th and Friday, August 5th: STUDENT LEADERSHIP TEAM TRAINING
8:00am – 12:00pm @OGHS
(section leaders, captains, drum majors only)

Sunday, August 7th: No Camp Activities Today

At least 1 parent or guardian must be present for each student!
5:00pm – 8:00pm @OGHS
(ALL MEMBERS and at least 1 parent or guardian!)

Tuesday, August 9th – Friday, August 12th: CAMP INSTRUCTION BEGINS!
Color Guard/Hornline – 8:00am – 5:00pm
Percussion – Check with Mr. Holcomb for schedule

Saturday, August 13th & Sunday August 14th: No Camp Activities These Days

Monday, August 15th – Friday, August 19th: CAMP INSTRUCTION CONTINUES
Color Guard/Hornline – 1:00pm – 8:00pm
Percussion – Check with Mr. Holcomb for schedule

All food (lunches, dinners, snack breaks) will be discussed during the info meeting on Monday, August 8th, as well as specific requirements/needs for camp.

Remember that a parent or guardian representative for each student member of the marching band MUST be present for the activities on Monday, the 8th! No exceptions.

More info will be sent to the students’ school email address as well as posted on the band website (www.oakgrovebands.com) and the BAND App over the next week or so. Please keep an eye on these! No excuses for not receiving information this season.

If you are not already on the BAND App, go to www.band.us and search for Oak Grove Bands.

Looking so forward to seeing everyone for camp. I know it is going to be a great season!

Mike Howell

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Beginning Band at Oak Grove Middle School

Have a rising 6th grader at OGMS who is interested in band? Click on the “Beginning Band at Oak Grove Middle School” tab above to get more information.

Parents should sign up for an instrument “petting zoo” meeting date and time that
works well for their family. This sign-up must be completed on-line by visiting the following website:


We look forward to having your student join our Oak Grove Bands program!

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An Open Invitation to Past OGHS Band Students for the Spring Concert

Save the Date! OGHS Spring Concert featuring the premier of "LIMITLESS" by Bruce Tippette. This piece was commissioned in the fall of 2019 for the first ever graduating class of OGHS. The class of 2020 was never able to perform this piece due to the pandemic.

I am asking everyone to help spread the word about the following...I am inviting back to OG, any and all members of the classes of 2020 and 2021 that played an instrument in the Oak Grove Concert Band or Wind Ensemble to help us premier this piece! If you would like to sit-in and play with us on this piece at the concert on May 19th, please email Mr. Howell (mhowell@davidson.k12.nc.us) as soon as possible and I will send you the music and more details!

If you are not interested in playing but would still like to come hear the premier, we'd still love to have you back on campus at OG!

Mr. Howell


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2021 Dewey’s Holiday Store

It's the most wonderful time of the year!  Time to come support your Oak Grove Bands at the 2021 Dewey's Holiday Store!  We will be open every day from 11:00 am - 8:00 pm November 15th through December 23rd.  Christmas Eve we will be open from 8:00 am - 11:00 am.  This year we will be located at the Hickory Tree Crossing Shopping Center in Arcadia at the intersection of Hickory Tree Road and Highway 150 (where Food Lion is).

This year we will be offering a great selection of Oak Grove gear as well.  Perfect Christmas gifts for students, parents, grandparents and anyone in the Oak Grove community.

The Dewey's Store has become a great fundraiser for Oak Grove Bands but it can't be a success without your help.

Click on the link below to choose a volunteer spot when you can help out in the store.  If each band family could cover just one shift we would have the whole schedule covered!


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It’s Fruit Sale Time!

It’s that time of year again – Oak Grove Bands Fruit Sale time! Information has gone home with all high school and middle school band students. This fundraiser is an important sale to us and will allow our program to continue growing and developing excellence in music here at Oak Grove.

This year’s sale will run from: Tuesday, October 12th - Monday, November 8th. 

We will be able to sell both on-line and via the order brochures and envelopes that will be given to your student! Our supporters will have an option of direct shipment to their home or a delivery to the school later in the fall.

Our website for online sales is: https://www.shop.floridaindianrivergroves.com/ecommerce/382029

Our goal is for each student to sell 5 items!

We have the following rewards in place for students:

Students that reach their goal will be treated to a donut day.

The top seller in each grade will receive a $25 gift card of their choice and the overall top seller will get a $100 gift card!!!!

We also want to give students the opportunity to earn money towards their student band accounts and fees. We know while the fee amount for the Oak Grove Bands is one of the cheapest around, it is still a large amount of money.

Funds earned from our fundraising efforts go towards the purchase of music, instruments, chairs, stands, instrument

repair, uniforms, props, supplemental staff pay, middle school band books, etc.

How this will work:

A student must sell over the minimum goal amount of 5 items to start earning towards their fees; however their ability to earn fees beyond item 5 is endless.

A student will earn 50% of the profits of each item sold over 5. Therefore, items 6-infinity sold will give a student 50% back into their band account towards band fees.

**If a student still has a band fee balance at the conclusion of the sale AND they are one of the top earners, the monetary amount of their earned reward will also be applied to their remaining fee balance**

I know we can knock this fundraiser out of the park. Good luck Grizzlies!!!!!!


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First Competition – From Mr. Howell


What a day for “The Sound of Grizzly Pride!”

The band competed well against three other groups and, despite being the only group rained-on during performance, came away with some great awards and ratings for their first time out this season!

2nd Place Drum Major
4th Place Color Guard
1st Place Percussion
1st Place Marching
1st Place Music
1st Place Effect
1st Place Overall in Class 2A
Superior Rating Overall

I am sure the band will let this success power them into some really productive practices and performances in the next several weeks, as competition gets more challenging, for sure.

Keep an eye out for Week 10 Letter and Info, including the schedule for the week, coming soon.

I am proud of our Grizzly musicians and can’t wait to see what success lies ahead!

Special thanks today to ALL of the AWESOME PARENTS and SUPPORTERS that helped out at the game last night and that went with us to help today. Also, to the Hermans for providing Krispy Kreme to the entire band this morning before we left!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend and see you soon!

Mr. H

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