Students & Parents

Audition Information

Incoming 9th grade students who want to be considered for the marching band and/or Jazz I, II, and III are asked to perform an audition. As you are able, please submit an audition or notify us of your intent to audition prior to Spring Break. It’s been an atypical year to say the least! We are happy to provide multiple options for you to audition. You may submit a video via e-mail, schedule a Zoom virtual audition, schedule an in-person audition at Olathe Northwest in the band room, or anything that you feel works best for you! Music and instruments for the audition are available on our website or from your music teacher. Use this music as you feel it is appropriate for you. Alternate literature and accommodations will of course be accepted. Whatever allows you to show us your best work is just fine. Send recordings, schedule Zoom or live auditions, and ask any questions by e-mailing Mr. Davis. The address is rdavisonw@olatheschools.org .

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does band rehearse?

 Band is a regular class during the day. Marching Band rehearses from 7 AM through 1st hour in the fall until the season ends in October; during the winter and spring, Jazz Band and drumline may have special rehearsals at 7 AM. Concert Band rehearses during the day all year and typically don’t have extra practices outside of the school day. 

When does Marching Band start?

Marching band students get a jump start on the show and literature for the season over the summer. These dates are required for all students who wish to participate in marching band. The dates for camps in 2018 are:

  • Full Band Camp (All Marching Band Students) is June 7th – 9th & July 26th – August 5th. (8-4) no weekends
  • Percussion students will also have percussion camp from July 19th – 23rd (8-4)
  • In addition, we will host two HIGHLY RECOMMENDED “mini-camps” on July 6th and 7th from 8am-12:30pm. We spend two hours outside learning marching fundamentals, and then inside working on music. Students can come to one or both sessions. More details will be provided before the end of the school year.

Full Band Camp runs from 8 AM to 4 PM with a lunch break. All students will receive a detailed schedule and music in late May. All band students will need to bring a lunch as there are not very many places to eat close to ONW, and no transportation is being provided to and from lunch.

 Is there a Fee?

There will be a band fee to cover the expenses that the band program needs to be successful. Fees vary depending upon which band you are enrolled in. More information on fees will come out later this spring. Assistance will be provided to families that have a need, don’t hesitate to visit with Mr. Davis if ever a financial assistance need should arise. 

For questions or assistance with the auditions, please contact Mr. Davis:

rdavisonw@olatheschools.org or by calling Olathe Northwest at 913-780-7150