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It's MARCHING SEASON!

Are you ready for summer? So are we! Make sure you mark your calendars for our summer rehearsals and events, which are required for members as listed on the schedule.

Going to be out of town? Make sure you complete and turn in an absence slip to the gray mailbox in the band room.
Our 2017 band camp dates are the weeks of July 24-27 and July 31-August 3. The official marching band schedule is posted on our home page after it is finalized.

Email Mrs. Hill or stop by the band room if you have questions!

Who We Are

Oakdale Bear Band

Marching Band is one of the largest activities at Oakdale High School, and our program is still growing! We are the face of the music department in much of the Oakdale and Frederick County community, and we also travel for trips and competitions!

There is a participation fee for this course payable to the Oakdale Band Boosters. If you are in need of financial assistance, please complete our application on the Forms page by September 1 of each season.

Students MUST be enrolled in the course in order to participate in marching band.
Students register for Marching Band and Marching Band Front (color guard) in Block 5 of the fall semester of their class schedule. Percussion students register for Instrumental Chamber Ensemble (Meets during Block 2) and Wind students register for Marching Band (Meets during Block 4).

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 two-week Band Camp in late July/early August in preparation for early performances. 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. There is a county CRES exam at the end of each music course (See the Band Handbook for more information).

Interested in Color Guard?

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.

As mentioned above, the Color Guard class meets during the fall semester in block 5, 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.