Pre-Camp Letter

July 24, 2021

Students and Parents:

Good Evening Everyone!

I am so excited to start our 2021-22 “Sound of Grizzly Pride” band camp tomorrow!

Camp begins with our Student Leadership Team arriving at 1pm, other members and parents arriving at 2pm for check-in, and our opening meeting in the OGHS Auditorium at 3pm. After the meeting, students will have an opportunity to meet with their sections and we may even play or march a bit before everyone leaves at 5pm.

Unfortunately, we are still under some COVID-19 protocols (per DCS). Please adhere to the following guidelines when arriving to Oak Groveā€¦

– Please enter/check-in through the doors at the end of the Fine Arts hall. We will have members of our Student Leadership Team there to help guide.

– Face Masks are optional for fully vaccinated individuals. For those partially vaccinated or unvaccinated, masks are required.

– After check-in, everyone is asked to go to the auditorium. Please leave an empty seat in between individuals in order to maintain the minimum three-foot social distancing guideline. Exception would be those living in the same household.

Students are asked to bring their instrument and wear tennis shoes. We will go over all other required items for camp during the meeting. If anyone has questions before 2pm tomorrow, please feel free to email or call me.

Here’s to the start of an incredible (and normal) marching band season for us at Oak Grove!

See you tomorrow.

Mr. H

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Welcome to Oak Grove Bands Mr. Liner !

July 7, 2021

Students and Parents:

I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer and enjoying some vacation time here and there. With marching band camps right around the corner, I wanted to take a moment to share some great news!

I am very pleased and excited to announce that Mr. Matthew S. Liner (Matt) will be the new Director of Bands at Oak Grove Middle School. Matt comes to us with years of experience teaching both middle and high school band with tons of success. Prior to coming to OG, Matt taught previously in Davidson County, Ronald Reagan High School, and most recently, Meadowlark Middle School in Forsyth County. All of these bands under his direction have placed many students in honor bands at the county, district, and state levels. His concert and jazz bands have also earned numerous Superior ratings at district MPA and other festivals. Matt has also served on numerous band committees statewide and is currently Chair-Elect of the Northwest District Bandmasters Association, taking over as Chairman in the fall of 2022.

The band students and community of Oak Grove are very fortunate to have Matt as a band director and I am sure that his ultimate goals are to help our students learn to love playing an instrument and continue growing our program, making it one of the best! I am sure he will be reaching-out very soon with lots of great info about this upcoming school year.

Congratulations Matt, and we are looking forward to having you in our OG band family!

Mike Howell

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