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As more folks complete the free vaccination process while continuing to practice masking and safe distancing – Ohlone College is working on plans and procedures that are allowing us to start bringing Staff, Faculty and Students back onto both of our Campuses for in-person instruction.
The Ohlone College Bands, which are part of Ohlone College Community Education, are now in the process of preparing for Rehearsals and Performances that will commence once we have the go ahead from the Ohlone Community College District.
Use this link to track progress with getting the Bands back rehearsing 76 performing at Ohlone College: Community Music Ensembles (ohlone.edu)
And check back here and check our Facebook pages for more details as the new season launch dates firm up for each of our four Bands.
As we say in Music – – Stay Tuned!
While we have been SIP – Work continues on the New Arts Building (New Bldg 2) on the Ohlone College Fremont Campus. As you know – the New Music Wing is the entire 3rd Floor. And for those of us in the Ohlone Bands – the New Band Room (Room 2317) will soon be Our Home!
While there are still punch list items that need to be taken care of before we can all safely gather again – the biggest item that needed to be completed is being taken care of – installing acoustic treatment in the Band Room (2317) and the Instrumental Ensemble Room formerly known as “The Echo Room”.
Here are a few photos taken by our Dean, Chris Warden. Jazz/Rock & Lecture Classes will face the wall with the screen. All Bands (OWO, OCB, MPBB & OTE) will face the “Orange Wall”.
Stay Safe! Stay Healthy! See You All Soon!
Friends – First of All – We hope that You and all of Yours are Staying Strong & Staying Healthy! We will all be back together again on the other side, hopefully finally making music in the New Band Room “On the Hill” at Ohlone College in Fremont, California.
For now – the Ohlone Bands are continuing to meet each week via Zoom. Registered Band Members will receive Invites with the Zoom Link for each Band Session each week. Those not currently registered in one or more of our four Bands through Ohlone College Community Education may still participate in any or all of our remaining sessions this Spring Semester. Simply email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, tell which sessions or sessions you want to attend, and I will send you each link. That Simple! And we will all be happy to see and hear you with us.
Below is our Lesson Plan for these next few weeks. Some sessions will be interactive listening to Brass Band & Concert Band music. Other sessions will involve presentations and master classes by experts from around the Country.
Happy Daylight Saving Time OCB Members & Friends!
We are STILL getting ready to move into our New Band Room (Room 2317), located in the New Building 2 (just south of the Smith Center on the Fremont Campus). I will post route maps to help get you from the Campus Parking Garage (Pine St up from Mission Blvd) to the 3rd Floor of Bldg 2 – the new “Music Wing”.
The Parking Lot reconstruction is completed adjacent to the Smith Center. The $4 Daily Parking Permit (or a Semester Parking Permit) will be required in the rebuilt lots. All except Handicapped stalls will be available for Smith Center Event Parking.
With the move-in still not complete – we will rehearse in TV Studio B (SC-144) a few more times before we get to enjoy the high ceiling and no more curtains in Room 2317. Watch This Space (and check your emails & our Facebooks pages).
Finally (for now) – Rehearsals for our May 2 “Concert in the Park” will begin on Wednesday, April 1 at 7:30PM in TV Studio B (SC-144). We will be filling a couple of chairs for this one. So – contact me at DanSmith@Ohlone.edu if you are interested in performing with us.
See you All Soon!
The Ohlone College Bands Present – 12th Annual Holiday Extravaganza!
Saturday, December 7, 2019 @ 1pm
Jackson Theater in the Smith Center for the Performing Arts
Ohlone College, 43600 Mission Blvd, Fremont, California
Start your H0liday Season with some Traditional Christmas Music with all four Ohlone College Bands! Bring the family, enter our opportunity drawing to win your very own conductor’s baton – and use it to conduct “Sleigh Ride” with the Wind Orchestra. Stay and revel with the musicians and enjoy some refreshments at our post-concert reception.
Featuring the Mission Peak Brass Band, Ohlone Tuba Ensemble, Ohlone Community Band & Ohlone Wind Orchestra – All Conducted By Tony Clements