Instrumental Program Overview

Marching Band is one of the more popular activities at Oakdale High School. Students register for Marching Band in the fall semester of their class schedule.

Percussion students register for Instrumental Chamber Ensemble (Meets during Block 3)
Wind students register for Marching Band (Meets during Block 4).
Guard students register for Marching Band Front (Meets during Block 5).

The band performs at parades, football games, community events, and band competitions including the USBands State and National Championships. The band practices after school or in the evening, and performs on most Saturdays in the fall. Summer practices are held throughout the summer and include a required two-week Band Camp in preparation for early performances. Band Camp is typically the last week of July and the first week of August. All students are required to attend summer rehearsals and Band Camp in order to march in the fall. A detailed schedule can be found on the home page prior to the start of the season, and the student fee structure is compiled by the Band Boosters and distributed at a membership meeting.

Color Guard- Marching Band

Color Guard (Marching Band Front) is a very important part of the Marching Band, and enhances the visual performance of the Marching Band proper. Color Guard is a powerful and moving art form that combines dance with the choreographed spinning of flags, rifles, and sabres. The Color Guard class meets during the fall semester in block 4, then becomes an extracurricular activity for the Spring semester through the Indoor Color Guard program. The fall Color Guard is required to attend all Marching Band practices, including a two-week band camp prior to the start of the school year, after school rehearsals, Varsity football games, and all scheduled Saturday rehearsals and competitions.
Concert Band is the curricular band which meets daily as a regularly scheduled class in the Spring semester. This ensemble performs at concerts and other musical functions. Concert Band is open to 9th to 12th grade students who have achieved a reasonable degree of proficiency on a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument. Emphasis will be placed on basic skills and theory, as well as developing an appreciation for canonical Wind Band repertoire.
Jazz Band will be a scheduled course that typically meets during 5th block in the spring semester. The ensemble consists of trumpet, saxophone, trombone, drum set, auxiliary percussion, guitar, bass, piano, and a vocalist. Jazz Band will focus on the development of knowledge and in jazz theory, ear training, and performance. Basic improvisation skills will be introduced and refined, and students will develop a deeper appreciation for the art of jazz. Repertoire will consist of standard and contemporary jazz charts in a variety of styles including blues, swing, Bossa Nova, Latin, etc.
Indoor Guard is an extra-curricular Winter activity for students interested in competition. Each year a unique show is designed and choreographed using elements of body movement and dance alongside flag, rifle, and sabre routines. This group competes in the Keystone Indoor Drill Association (KIDA) circuit at local, state, and regional events from January through early April. There is a participation fee and audition. The group is under the supervision of Mrs. Hill, and staff includes Matt Stoops, Waverly Dionizio, and Elizabeth Alexander.
Indoor Percussion is a winter extra-curricular activity for those students interested in indoor drumline competition. There are evening rehearsals weekly and competitions on weekends. This group compete at local, state, and regional events from January through March. There is a participation fee and audition. In past seasons, the group has seen much success in the Keystone Indoor Drill Association (KIDA) circuit, and is looking forward to the opportunity to excel in the coming season. The group is under the supervision of Mrs. Hill and Mr. Brad Kauffman. Staff also includes Michael Kearney and Joe Kunze.