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The Sycamore Band and Orchestra Boosters will be holding their 60th annual “Tag Day” on Saturday, August 25th, 2018 from 9:00am to Noon.  More than 500 students and 125 parent volunteers will take part in this year’s event which is one of 4 annual fundraisers sponsored by the Sycamore Band and Orchestra Boosters.

Begun in 1958, Tag Day is a door to door solicitation of the Sycamore Community School District by the students, grades 7 – 12, enrolled in the district’s Bands and Orchestras.  In the early years, members of the Sycamore High School Band went door to door asking for donations from neighbors and friends on a Saturday morning in early September.  When the students received a donation, the donor was given a small ‘tag’ that they could display to show their support the program.  

Over the years Tag Day has grown and evolved.  Donors are no longer given a “tag” but instead are listed as “patrons” in the concert programs of the Sycamore Bands and Orchestras and, as the community grew, so has the number of students involved in instrumental music as well as the opportunities for these students to participate in a wide variety of band and orchestra experiences.  Money raised through the fundraising efforts of the Sycamore Band and Orchestra Boosters goes to support these students and the numerous instrumental music opportunities provided by the Sycamore Community Schools.

Additional fundraisers held during the upcoming school year include the Sycamore Arts and Crafts Show on November 17, 2018, Pancake Day (District Fine Arts Fair) on March 2, 2019 and a Mattress Sale on April 29, 2019.



Join us for the SEE 1 Concert and Guest Artist Joe Deninzon, lead singer and electric violinist of the progressive rock band, Stratopheerius!

Friday, February 16, 2018 at 7:00pm

SEE 1 – Cincinnati’s 1st High School Rock Orchestra. A marriage of Classical and Rock Music. Don’t miss this concert.

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The concert will be at Sycamore High School; 7400 Cornell Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242. Please enter the building by the Flag Pole.

Tickets purchased online will be held at Will Call which opens at 6:15 pm. The tickets will be held under the last name of the Purchaser (credit card holder).

Doors will open at 6:30 pm . ALL SEATS ARE General Admission. Seating is first come, first served.

For additional questions, please email: santangeloa@sycamoreschools.org

Please note that online ticket sales will end at 12:00 P.M. the day of the show.

Thank you for supporting the Sycamore Orchestra Program!



A String Quartet from the Sycamore High School Orchestra performed for the UC Blue Ash College 50th Anniversary Gala on Thursday, October 28.

Students provided classical music during the cocktail hour and dinner portion of the Gala.

Pictured are (L-R)
Esther Ku, Victor Lim, Dr. Robin Lightner, Interim Dean UC Blue Ash, Pete Gemmer, Director of Marketing and Communications, UC Blue Ash
Heather Song, Bailey Truitt



 

This is not only an excellent event to see out students perform but also a great venue to find a great gift.  Admission is free and open to the public.  Please use the following link for more detailed information: http://sbobartandcraftshow.weebly.com/



In 1995, a young clarinetist named Kazem Abdullah became the first recipient of the Norman E. Johns Chair Award.  This merit based award was established in partnership with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's Multicultural Awareness Council (MAC) and in recognition of Mr. Johns' over 40 years of service as the CSO's Assistant Principal cellist.

After auditioning for a jury panel, this year's winners include Daniel Dorsey, Maxwell Fairman, Eva Pierce, and Sycamore High School Band's very own Adrian Oliver.  In addition to this prestigious award, recipients will be acknowledged at a special post-concert reception featuring Gregory Porter on November 19th.

Adrian is the principal bassoonist in the Sycamore Winds and is also a drumline member in the high school marching band.  Additionally, Adrian has received numerous awards including District Honor Band, University Honor Bands, and Superior Ratings at Ohio Music Education Association's Solo and Ensemble Adjudicated Events.



The Sycamore Community Schools are pleased to announce that Dr. Angela Santangelo will be filling the position of Sycamore Director of Orchestras. Dr. Santangelo is an active Conductor and Music Educator throughout the Cincinnati area. She comes to Sycamore from the Princeton City Schools where she served as Orchestra Director working with orchestras, grades 6-12, in addition to teaching International Baccalaureate Music.

Sycamore Supervisor of Music, Lonnie Stover says, "Not only is Dr. Santangelo eminently qualified and possesses the credentials and experience necessary to maintain and grow the standard of excellence that the Sycamore Orchestra program is known for, she also possesses the personal qualities that I am confident will endear her to our students, families and community."  After accepting the position, Dr Santangelo said, "I am thrilled to be joining the Sycamore Community Schools as Orchestra Director. I will strive to build upon the tradition of excellence that the Sycamore Orchestra program represents, not only in the community, but throughout the region and the state."  A "Meet the Director" event will be held later in the summer to allow students and parents to meet Dr Santangelo.  An email notification will be sent to families and details of this event will be posted on sbob.org.

Dr. Santangelo served as Music Director and Conductor for the Northern Kentucky University, NKU Youth Symphony Orchestra from 2010-2016. In this position, Santangelo worked with high school musicians in the tri-state area performing classical concerts at NKU, as well as popular community concerts.

Active in the Ohio Music Education Association, Dr. Santangelo presently sits on the Orchestra State Contest List Committee. Present and past positions include: Solo & Ensemble Adjudicator, Chair and Host for the Junior High Honors Orchestra, District 14 and Floor Judge for the Columbus Ohio String Invitational.

Prior conducting positions include Staff Conductor at the Great Wall International Music Academy in Beijing, China and Conductor for the Starling Showcase Orchestra in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2008, Santangelo was honored to be the first Guest Conductor in the Huntington Symphony Orchestra’s history, Huntington, West Virginia.  Prior to this position, Dr. Santangelo was the Conductor’s Assistant to Paavo Järvi and Erich Kunzel with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, Santangelo has served as the Assistant Conductor for the Cincinnati Youth Symphony Orchestra and as the Conductor’s Assistant for the Cincinnati Opera.

As Founder and former Music Director of the University of Cincinnati University Orchestra, Dr. Santangelo provided an opportunity for students, faculty, and members of the community to perform classical music while providing concerts free to the public. An enthusiast for music education in all settings, Dr. Santangelo teaches a studio of violin, viola, and piano students.

A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Dr. Santangelo studied piano, viola, and clarinet before earning a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. Ms. Santangelo also completed a Master of Music degree and Doctor of Musical Arts degree in orchestral conducting, from CCM, where she studied with Mark Gibson and Xian Zhang, former Associate Conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

 



The Sycamore Band & Orchestra Boosters (SBOB) will be holding an Open House on April 24th, 6:00pm-7:30pm at Sycamore High School in “The Hub”. We are inviting all parents of current Sycamore Band and Orchestra Students to join us for this opportunity to find out exactly what SBOB does for the numerous Sycamore Bands & Orchestras and learn about the opportunities for you to get involved in supporting your child’s participation in band & orchestra. This is an opportunity for parents to see how SBOB works and meet the people involved in this tremendous organization! Please know that we will not be “signing up” parents for volunteer jobs or pressuring you to commit to anything! We simply want to inform parents of what SBOB does and how, if you are interested, you can become involved. Hopefully, you will find a way to become involved that interests you!

The agenda for the Open House will include a brief “typical” SBOB meeting (so you can see how we operate) followed by a presentation covering the many things SBOB does to support the Sycamore Bands & Orchestras. The Open House will conclude with time to enjoy some refreshments and mingle with current SBOB Trustees, Sycamore Directors and other involved parents.

In order to prepare for refreshments and seating we ask that if you plan on attending the Open House that you email Lonnie Stover, Supervisor of Music at  stoverl@sycamoreschools with “SBOB Open House” in the subject line. It is not necessary to include any information in the body of the email. We will only be taking a count of the total number of responses. We ask that you respond by April 17th.

We look forward to seeing you on the 24th!



Longtime and acclaimed Sycamore Director of Orchestras, David Smarelli will be retiring after 35 years of teaching. David has spent the last 28 of those years at Sycamore. Under David’s direction, the Sycamore Community School’s Orchestra Program has flourished and attained widespread recognition as one of the premier orchestra programs in the State of Ohio. David’s orchestras have been honored to perform at Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) Professional Conferences with the Sycamore High School Orchestra appearing twice and the Sycamore Junior High School Orchestra performing 8 times with the most recent appearance having been at the 2016 Professional Conference. David has also lead the Sycamore Orchestras to the highest level of success in OMEA Adjudicated Events with the high school having earned the highest possible rating, I-Superior, 23 times and the junior high orchestra earning I-Superior ratings 22 times. In recent years, David’s high school orchestras have also performed at Walt Disney World, Chicago and Washington D.C. including a performance on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

David has been honored with numerous awards from professional organizations including being named the Ohio String Teachers Association "Public School Orchestra Teacher of the Year” for 2007 and being featured in the December 2010 issue of School Band & Orchestra as the Ohio representative for the annual “50 Directors Who Make a Difference”.

Among David’s numerous achievements during his career at Sycamore is the creation of SEE 1.  In 2003, David formed SEE 1 (Sycamore Electric Ensemble), Cincinnati’s first high school rock orchestra, composed of electric and amplified acoustic string instruments along with traditional “garage band” instruments. SEE 1 has collaborated with national fiddling champion Alex DePue, internationally known electric violinist and Emmy-winning composer Mark Wood, world-renowned jazz violinist Christian Howes, and most recently, Joe Deninzon, lead singer, composer and electric violinist of the New York based progressive rock band Stratopheerius.

David began his musical studies on the violin at the age of nine with his father, John Smarelli, a professional violinist and respected music educator in the state of Ohio. David later attended Ohio University and Bowling Green State University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1982 with a Bachelor of Music in Performance and Education. He received a Master of Music in Education from Miami University in 1996. As a performer, David was a member of the Lima Symphony Orchestra and the Lima Symphony Chamber Players for seven years where he served as Co-Concertmaster and performed as a soloist. He also performed with the Jerry Kaye Orchestra in Columbus, Ohio where he collaborated with notable performers such as Bob Hope, Red Skelton, Andy Williams, Danny Thomas, and Bernadette Peters. He is presently assistant concertmaster with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra where he has performed for thirty-nine seasons. In Cincinnati, David performs regularly with the Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony Orchestra where he has also guest conducted on several occasions. As his schedule will allow, he performs with various "pick up" orchestras in the area. From 2004-2007 David served as conductor and music director of the Clermont Philharmonic Orchestra, a regional professional orchestra and served as the orchestra's concertmaster for a number of years prior.

When asked what he will miss the most about teaching at Sycamore, David said, “First and foremost I will miss the students. I will miss making wonderful music everyday. I will miss the professionals that I work with. I truly enjoy the camaraderie and friendship I share with all the music teachers I work with. I will miss the daily laughs and stories we share. Teachers have the BEST stories! I will miss my “baby” SEE 1. I will miss working with all the dedicated student musicians and professionals like Joe Deninzon. I will miss the excitement of the 5th graders making music for the first time, the craziness of the junior high students, and the sophisticated musicianship of the high school students.”



The Sycamore Community School District has been honored for the 8th consecutive year with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Sycamore joins 527 school districts across the country in receiving the prestigious award in 2017.  The Best Communities Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. Districts that have been recognized by the NAMM Foundation are often held up as models for other educators looking to boost their own music education programs.

To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Sycamore answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas. This award recognizes that Sycamore is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the new federal education legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation, signed into law in December 2015, replaces No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), which was often criticized for an overemphasis on testing—while leaving behind subjects such as music. ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements of well-rounded education for all children.

Sycamore Schools Supervisor of Music, Lonnie Stover says, “Earning this designation is a tremendous honor and speaks to the support for music as a key component of each child’s educational experience here at Sycamore. To have earned this award for eight consecutive years clearly indicates the deep and sustained commitment our community, administration, parents and staff have to providing the highest possible quality musical experiences to our students.”



On Saturday, April 29, from 10am to 5pm in the Sycamore High School Main Gym, the Sycamore Band & Orchestra Boosters will be holding their second annual mattress sale! This was a very successful fundraiser for the Sycamore Band & Orchestra last year and we are excited to have an even bigger sale this year! What do we need you to do? We need your help to simply to get the word out about the mattress sale! The best part about this fundraiser is that our parents are not expected to buy a new mattress. This event is for the people in our community who may be in the market for a mattress. We just need to let people know about this sale so anyone that is in the market for a new mattress can come to the sale!

How can you help spread the word?
1)  Tell everyone you know about this sale! Like and share our event on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1039713432801492/, tweet it, email people, put up a flier at work! One out of ten families buy a new mattress every year. The more people you tell the better your chances of getting a referral. Make sure people know to use your child’s name as their referral if they buy a mattress so they get the credit. (Students can earn cash incentives from the Mattress Sale Company!)
2)  Download the flier and referral form and share those with everyone you can.
CLICK HERE FOR FLIER
CLICK HERE FOR STUDENT REFERRAL FORM

What does the Mattress Sale look like?
Click the link to get a "drone's eye view" of a typical mattress sale!  CLICK HERE

 



The Sycamore Band & Orchestra Boosters sponsor two, $250 scholarships to be awarded to one graduating Sycamore High School Band and one graduating Sycamore High School Orchestra Member. To be eligible, students must be a senior, currently enrolled in Band or Orchestra at Sycamore High School and will be pursuing a degree in music.  For more information and to apply, click the following link.  SBOB Scholarship Info/Application



 

Looking to purchase tickets for tonight's SEE1 Concert?  Tickets are no longer available online but can be purchased "at the door".  Ticket sales will begin at 6:00pm and the concert begins at 7:00pm.  If you have already purchased tickets online, they will be available at "will call" beginning at 6:00pm.



Want to meet the members of SEE1 and this year's guest artist? Then check out the 2017 SEE1 Concert Promo Video!  Click Here to see the video. This year's concert takes place on Friday, February 24th at 7:00pm. The concert will be at Sycamore High School; 7400 Cornell Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242. Please enter the building by the Flag Pole. Doors will open at 6:15pm and the concert will begin at 7:00pm. ALL SEATS ARE RESERVED. Orders are being filled in the order that they are received. Tickets purchased online will be held at Will Call and be available that evening beginning at 6:00pm. The tickets will be held under the last name of the Purchaser (credit card holder).



The annual SEE1 Concert is February 24th but don't wait to order tickets! All seats are reserved and sold on a "first come, first served" basis so the best seats get sold first. To order tickets, CLICK HERE and you will go directly to the SEE1 ticket order page.  Also, don't forget, for a $100 donation you can become a VIP Sponsor and not only will you get 1 free ticket to the concert but you will also receive an Amahi mahogany concert size ukulele with soft case donated by Antonio Violins!  More information on VIP Sponsorship can be found by CLICKING HERE.



Congratulations to Charles Harte and Eric Moeller for earning positions in the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) District 14 High School Honor Jazz Band.  Charles, a junior trombonist, and Eric, a sophomore baritone saxophonist, earned positions based on their auditions which took place on January 23rd at Princeton High School. The Honor Jazz Band will be performing on Sunday, February 26th at 4:00pm in Matthews Auditorium at Princeton High School.



Visit the Skyline Chili at 5005 Cornell Road between February 13th and 26th and a portion of your purchase will be donated to the Sycamore Band & Orchestra Boosters to support the annual SEE1 Concert.  Just tell them you are there to support the Sycamore Band and Orchestra and they will credit our account. Live in Sycamore but eat lunch twice a week at a Skyline in Mason?  No problem! 
The “gold mine” in this is that this also works with the purchase of Skyline Gift Cards at the Cornell Road Skyline and the gift cards are good at ANY Skyline!  Stock up now because you know are going to use them eventually!



Become 1 of 10 SEE1 VIP Sponsors and receive 1 free ticket to the SEE1 Concert on February 24th featuring Joe Deninzon, an Amahi Ukulele donated by Antonio Violins and be recognized as a VIP Sponsor at the concert! For $100 you can help support this year’s annual SEE1 Concert and in addition to help making this year’s event a success you will receive 1 concert ticket, a $10 value, and an Amahi mahogany concert size ukulele with soft case valued at $95. Only 10 VIP Sponsorships are available  so support SEE1 and place your order today! (Ukulele will be available for pick up at the concert.) For more information on becoming a VIP Sponsor CLICK HERE!



Join us for a night of jazz music presented by the SHS Jazz Ensemble, SHS Big Band and SJHS Jazz Ensemble as they present their first ever Winter Jazz Concert on January 25th at 7:00pm in the Sycamore High School Little Theater.  The Sycamore Music Department’s Jazz Program is under the direction of Mr. Jordan VonWahlde and is an extracurricular activity open to members of the Sycamore Band Program.  The Jazz Program is comprised of three bands. The Sycamore High School Jazz Ensemble is a “traditional” jazz ensemble with trumpet, trombone, saxophone and rhythm section and students are accepted into the band through audition.  The Sycamore High School Big Band is a non auditioned group and is open to any student in the Sycamore Band that is interested in learning about and playing jazz music.  The instruments found in this band reflect the traditional jazz band but also include “non-traditional” jazz instruments as well.  This allows all students the opportunity, regardless of what instrument they play, to experience jazz music in a band setting. The Sycamore Junior High School Jazz Ensemble is a non auditioned group and is open to all Junior High Band members.  While the core of the JH Jazz Band is comprised of traditional jazz instruments it, like the SHS Big Band, is also open to any student regardless of what instrument they may play.



Congratulations to sophomore cellist Sophie Burge and senior cellist Jun Nishikawa on earning positions in the Ohio Music Education Association All-State Orchestra! This is the highest honor an Ohio orchestra student can earn from the Ohio Music Education Association. Placement in All-State Orchestra is based on audition and open to high school orchestra students from across Ohio. Sophie and Jun will perform as members of the All-State Orchestra at the Ohio Music Education Association Professional Development Conference in Cleveland on Friday, February 3, 2017 at 1:00PM in the Grand Ballroom of the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland.



Once again, the Sycamore Orchestra Program has distinguished itself through it's members participation in Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) Honor Orchestras!  Five Sycamore High School Orchestra Members earned placement based on audition in the OMEA Southwest Regional Orchestra. The Southwest Regional Orchestra Event took place on November 20th at Princeton High School and was open to students from Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Darke, Greene, Hamilton, Logan, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby and Warren counties. Seven Sycamore Junior High Orchestra Members will be participating in the OMEA District 14 Junior High Honor Orchestra at Winton Woods High School. The Junior High Honor Orchestra concert will take place on January 16, 2017 at the Winton Woods High School Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

Congratulations to the following Sycamore Orchestra Students!
Junior High Honor Orchestra Participants
Govind Nadathur, violin
Nicole Lim, violin
Alex Ma, violin
Arun Kamath, violin
Kevin Kim, viola
Adam Rohrer, viola
Adi Bhargava, cello

High School Southwest Regional Orchestra Participants
Victor Lim-violin
Natasha Wang-violin
Jun Nishikawa-cello
Sophie Burge-cello
Peter McCutcheon-bass 

 



Sycamore will be well represented in the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) District 14 Junior High and High School Honor Bands this year! Sixteen members of the Sycamore 7th and 8th Grade Bands and 18 members of the Sycamore High School Bands will participate in our local OMEA Honor Bands this coming January. Students earned their placements in these groups by auditions which took place in November at Princeton High School. A special congratulations goes to  Brendan Flanagan, Adrian Oliver, and Kevin Sheetz for earning the distinction of being "First Chair" in the High School Symphonic Band.  This means they earned the highest score for their section on their audition. The Honor Bands will perform on January 8, 2017 at Princeton High School.  There will be 2 bands performing at each concert. High School Concert and Symphonic Honor Band performances begin at 3:00PM and 7th Grade and 8th Grade Honor Bands performances begin at 5:00PM.  Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children/students/seniors.

Congratulations to the following Sycamore Band Students!
Junior High Honor Band Participants
Madison Boni, percussion
Karissa Collins, flute
Sasha Gordeyeva, clarinet
Kyle Heppler, tuba
Jake Isakson, clarinet
Josiah Jobe, percussion
Susie Kim, clarinet
Kylee Koosman, horn
Sophia Lipker, alto saxophone
Will McLeod, clarinet
Ian Minton, trombone
Norah Pack, flute
Matt Silverstein, bassoon
Krishna Suresh, bassoon
Rishi Verma, percussion
Samantha Youngquist, euphonium

High School Honor Band Participants
Concert Band Participants
Nishanth Chidambaram, percussion
Ellie Ekstedt, trumpet
Daniel Halstead, horn
Charles Harte, trombone
Nir Kadosh, horn
Hannah Lee, clarinet
Sammy Risma, horn
Nicholas Sheehan, alto saxophone
Julia You, oboe
Symphonic Band Participants
Brendan Flanagan, tuba
Adrian Oliver, bassoon
Aria Oliver, horn
Diego Palacios, horn
Danielle Pratt, flute
Zachary Sheehan, alto saxophone
Kevin Sheetz, baritone saxophone
Kevin Skiba, trumpet
Michael Xiang, clarinet

 

 



December begins the concert season and our Bands and Orchestras are very busy as we enter this holiday season! Concerts kick off on Monday, December 5th with the Greene School 5th and 6th Grade Bands and continue until January 18th. All concerts are free and open to the public!

 A complete list of Band and Orchestra concerts is listed below.

December 5th
5th Grade Band Concert at E.H. Greene Intermediate School, 6:30pm
6th Grade Band Concert at E.H. Greene Intermediate School, 8:00pm

December 13th
Sycamore High School Bands (Sycamore Winds, Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band) at Sycamore High School, 7:00pm

December 14th
5-12 Orchestras at Sycamore Junior High School, 7:00pm

January 18th
7th and 8th Grade Bands at Sycamore Junior High School, 7:00pm



Final Disney Info!
Here is our final itinerary for the Marching Band & Orchestra Disney Trip!  Just click the link below to see the Itinerary which includes information on student report time and bus loading information. 

Click Here for Final Disney Info



Strike Up The Band For Hunger Date Changed!
Due to the high probability that Sycamore will advance to the football playoffs and consequently have a game on Friday, November 4th, Strike Up The Band For Hunger has been rescheduled.  Strike Up The Band For Hunger will now take place on Saturday, November 5th, 6:00pm-6:30pm at the SHS Soccer Stadium located on the campus of Sycamore High School at 7400 Cornell Road. This is a great opportunity to come out and support our community and see our Marching Aviators as they give one final performance  following their appearance earlier in the day at the Mid-States Band Association Championships. In case of rain, the event will take place in the Sycamore High School Main Gym. Come see the SHS Marching Band perform their award winning 2016 show, “Vortex”, while helping fight hunger in the Sycamore School District. Admission to this event is a donation of two non-perishable food items. (No donation required for elementary students and younger.)

Help us advertise this exciting event! If you know of a location where you can post a flyer for Strike Up The Band For Hunger please Click Here For Flyer.



All Disney Trip Info / Handouts Available Here!!
All information for students and parents regarding the upcoming Disney Trip is available here! If you were unable to attend the Disney Trip Parent Meeting on 10/20/16, you can access the handouts and information from the meeting right here! If you are a student looking for info on what to bring on the bus or the rules for the trip, that info is also right here!  Links to all of this information can be accessed by clicking the title of the items listed below.  If you have questions about any of the information, please feel free to contact Lonnie Stover, Sycamore Supervisor of Music at stoverl@sycamoreschools.org or 686-1770 ext. 3011.

10/20 Parent Meeting Agenda

Itinerary Highlights

Key Items

“Remind” Sign Up Instructions

Student Code of Conduct

Student Trip Rules

What To Bring On The Bus

Medication Orders From Physician Form due by 11/3 (if needed)

Sycamore Medication Policy



Disney Trip Itinerary Update!
The Disney Trip is less than a month away and the final details are coming together!  This includes some updates to the itinerary!  We have received our final performance and workshop information from Disney and there have been some changes to the original itinerary.  The Marching Band was originally scheduled to perform in the Magic Kingdom however during the time we will be at Disney, they will be filming "stock footage" for the Disney "Unforgettable Christmas Celebration" and are not permitting high school marching bands to perform in any Magic Kingdom parades.  Consequently, the Marching Band will be performing at Epcot on Saturday morning then going to the Magic Kingdom immediately following their performance.  There has also a change to our breakfast plans.  We were originally scheduled to eat one breakfast at Planet Hollywood however they have been undergoing major renovations and are currently closed.  They anticipate opening at the end of October however they will not be accepting group reservations until December.  Consequently, we will be eating one of our breakfasts at the Rainforest Cafe located at Disney's Animal Kingdom park. We do not anticipate any significant changes to the itinerary at this point.  If there are any changes, we will update the itinerary and email those changes through sbob.org.

Sycamore HS Marching Band & Orchestra Disney Trip 2016 Updated Itinerary Highlights

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
4:00pm Depart Sycamore High School for Orlando, Florida.
Drive through the night with restroom breaks.

Thursday, November 10, 2016
5:00am Approximate Arrival at Florida Welcome Center.

9:00am Approximate Arrival at Hotel.
             Park Inn Radisson
             3011 Maingate Lane
             Kissimmee, Florida 34747
             (407) 396-1400
Meet with our Summit Tour & Travel Representative for a breakfast buffet, group orientation and to receive our park tickets.  We will have 6 hotel rooms to use upon arrival, 3 for women and 3 for men, all rooms with adequate       towels, to freshen up and change clothes for the day.

10:30am Depart Hotel for day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

3:30-4:00pm Students Check In with Chaperone in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater (center of Disney’s Hollywood Studios).

7:00pm “Fantasmic” This is a do not miss show where Disney characters arise on giant mist screens 50 feet high and 100 feet wide to familiar Disney melodies.  The show takes you into the imagination of “Sorcerer Mickey” as he and his friends confront the notorious Disney villians in an action packed battle of good versus evil.  

8:30pm Students Check In with Chaperones at the Flagpoles outside the entrance to Disney’s Hollywood Studios immediately following “Fantasmic”.  

9:00pm  Depart for Hotel. Once back at the hotel, students will attend a registration orientation and rooms keys will be distributed.

11:00pm  Lights Out.

Friday, November 11, 2016
7:30am Depart Hotel for Rainforest Cafe Buffet Breakfast at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

9:00am Marching Band Departs Rainforest Cafe for Epcot. Orchestra departs for Disney Springs for performance.

11:00am Orchestra performance at Disney Springs Marketplace’s “Waterside Stage”.

12:30pm Orchestra departs Disney Springs for Epcot.

1:30pm Band workshop at Epcot.

6:00pm Orchestra workshop at Epcot.

9:30pm All students meet their chaperone at the front of the World Showcase Lagoon to check in and watch “Illuminations”.

10:00pm Illuminations.  Lasers, fireworks and music encompasses World Showcase Lagoon in this approx. 30 minute presentation.

10:45pm Depart Epcot for Hotel.

11:15pm Lights Out.

Saturday, November 12, 2016
7:00am Buffet Breakfast at Hotel & load all items on busses for return trip to Sycamore.

8:30am Marching Band departs for Epcot, Orchestra departs for Magic Kingdom.

10:30am Marching Band Parade at Epcot Marching Band will depart Epcot for Magic Kingdom immediately following Parade (approx. 11:45am).

12:15pm Marching Band arrives at Magic Kingdom.

9:00-9:30pm Students Check In with Chaperone at flagpole by main entrance/train station and find seating for fireworks.

10:00pm Wishes Fireworks Spectacular.   Beloved Disney characters narrate this spectacular fireworks show.  

11:00pm Depart Magic Kingdom for Sycamore High School with fond memories of Orlando Florida!

Sunday, November 13, 2016
8:00am Approx. Arrival at Golden Corral in Kennesaw, Georgia for Breakfast Buffet.

2:00pm Approx. Arrival in Georgetown for Pizza Lunch.

6:00pm Approx Arrival at Sycamore High School.



Stay Connected With The 2016 Disney Trip!
Want to know what is happening with the 2016 Sycamore Marching Band & Orchestra Disney Trip? Want to know about all the Disney "Magic" our students will be experiencing? There are 3 ways you can do this!  1) You can join the "Remind" Disney 2016 Group!  If you are not familiar with "Remind", it is a way for educators to communicate with parents and students in a safe, secure environment.  All contact information is private and no one in the group can see your personal information!  To join,  simply click the following link for simple instructions on how to sign up.  Click Here for Sign Up Directions  We will be using "Remind" for announcements and reminders prior to our departure and once we leave, "Remind" will be the way students receive daily updates on itinerary or other important information.  By joining the group you will be up to date on the movements and "goings on" of the students.  2) You can also follow the Sycamore Schools Music Department on Twitter! Follow us at @sycschoolsmusic!  We will be tweeting photos and videos of the students as they experience this incredible trip!  3) Plan on attending our Parent Meeting on October 20th at 7:00pm in the SHS Little Theater. You will be hearing about the final itinerary, hotel, food, weather, performances, workshops, what to pack and anything else related to our trip.



The Disney Trip is getting closer and we are now at the point in time when 2 important forms will be due. Those are the "Summit Tour & Travel Trip Application & Health Form" (due September 12) which must be completed by all students and chaperones on the trip and the "Medication Orders from Physician Form" (due October 26) which is only necessary if your child will need to take any medication while on the trip. Those forms can be found right here! 

Summit Tour & Travel Trip Application & Health Form (click for form)
This form is required for all students & chaperones going on the trip.  This is a 2 sided form and must be submitted in that format.  Please print as a 1 page – 2 sided document, complete and return to your child’s director.

Medication Orders from Physician Form (click for form)
This form is mandatory for any student requiring medication (this includes “over the counter” medication) while on the trip.  If your child already takes medication while at school, you do not need to complete this form.  The SHS Nurse will provide a copy of this form in this case.  If your child takes a daily medication this form will need to be completed.  If your child sometimes take a medication, ex. allergy medication or acetaminophen for occasional headaches, they will need to have this form completed in order for them to have the medication on the trip.  Please note, medication must in the original container, prescription medications must also have the original label affixed by the pharmacist, must show the student's name, name of the medication, dosage directions, licensed prescriber's name and RX number (if applicable).



Thanks to the Sycamore Community, Parent Volunteers and Students for making Tag Day 2016 a tremendous success!  If you missed us on Saturday, it is still not too late to help us with a donation! You can make a donation online through our web store by clicking HERE or if you were not home when we came on Saturday, you hopefully found the "2016 TAG DAY FUND DRIVE" flier our students left. You can fill it out and mail your donation to SBOB TAG DAY, 7400 Cornell Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242-3099.  To see some of our "Tag Day Selfies"  go to the Media Library-Photo Gallery!



58th Annual Tag Day to take place on August 27th!
The Sycamore Band and Orchestra Boosters will be holding their 58th annual “Tag Day” on Saturday, August 27th, 2016 from 9:00am to Noon.  More than 500 students and 125 parent volunteers will take part in this year’s event which is one of 4 annual fundraisers sponsored by the Sycamore Band and Orchestra Boosters.  Begun in 1958,

Tag Day is a door to door solicitation of the Sycamore Community School District by the students, grades 7 – 12, enrolled in the district’s Bands and Orchestras.  In the early years, members of the Sycamore High School Band went door to door asking for donations from neighbors and friends on a Saturday morning in early September.  When the students received a donation, the donor was given a small ‘tag’ that they could display to show their support the program.  Over the years Tag Day has grown and evolved.  Donors are no longer given a “tag” but instead are listed as “patrons” in the concert programs of the Sycamore Bands and Orchestras and, as the community grew, so has the number of students involved in instrumental music as well as the opportunities for these students to participate in a wide variety of band and orchestra experiences.  Money raised through the fundraising efforts of the Sycamore Band and Orchestra Boosters goes to support these students and the numerous instrumental music opportunities provided by the Sycamore Community Schools.
Additional fundraisers held during the upcoming school year include the Sycamore Arts and Crafts Show on November 19, 2016, Pancake Day (District Fine Arts Fair) on March 4, 2017 and a Mattress Sale on April 29, 2017.



Disney Trip 2nd Payment Due August 15th
We are less than 3 months away from the Sycamore Marching Band and Orchestra 2016 Walt Disney World Trip!  The 2nd Payment ($200) for this trip is due by August 15th and can be made by going to the "Store", select Disney 2016 Band or Disney 2016 Orchestra and select 2nd Payment $200.  Payment can also be made by mailing a check or money order payable to "SBOB" to Lonnie Stover, Supervisor of Music, Sycamore High School 7400 Cornell Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242



E. H. Greene 6th Grade Orchestra Member makes donation to Greene School Orchestras!
6th Grade Cellist, Renee Neuman has chosen the E.H. Greene Orchestra program as the beneficiary of a very generous donation of $125!  Renee sets aside a portion of her weekly allowance to donate each year and this year chose the Greene School Orchestra to receive her donation.  Renee is in her second year as a member of Orchestra, is a member of the Advanced Orchestra and will be continuing in Orchestra next year as a 7th Grader at Sycamore Junior High School.  We are truly grateful for Renee's generosity!  Renee has set a tremendous example for her peers and all of us regarding the importance of supporting the arts and giving back.  Thanks for your generosity and we are very proud of the example you have set!  Pictured are Gayle Castle, 6th Grade Orchestra Director and Renee Neumann.



Color Guard Try-Outs May 10 & 12
It is that time of year!  What time you ask? Time for Color Guard try-outs for Marching Band! No experience? No problem!  Clinics & Try-outs will be May 10th & 12th, 7-9pm.  Meet in the HS Band Room, bring a friend, wear comfortable clothing that you can move in!

What is Color Guard?  Click the following link and check out this short video!  Join Color Guard!

Questions?  email Alison Blankenship at alison.m.blankenship@gmail.com

 



Thanks for supporting the SBOB Mattress Sale!
Thanks to everyone who came out to support the SBOB Mattress Sale on Saturday, April 30th!    A big thanks also to all the parents, students, staff and community members who helped "spread the word".  We greatly appreciate the support of our Band & Orchestra Students & Programs!  Look for our 2nd Mattress Sale next year!



The SBOB Mattress Sale Is This Coming Saturday!
This Saturday, April 30, from 10:00am to 5:00pm at Sycamore High School the Sycamore Band & Orchestra Boosters are excited to host their first mattress sale! Tell your friends and family!  Post it on Facebook, Tweet it and share this great opportunity in anyway you can!  This sale is a "Win - Win" for anyone looking for a new mattress and the students of the Sycamore Band & Orchestra program! This event has been a very successful fundraiser for bands & orchestras not only in the greater Cincinnati area but across the country for more than a decade. We are excited to have the opportunity to run this event here at Sycamore High School for the first time!

How does this sale help the Band & Orchestra Students?  Because this is a tremendous opportunity for families to earn money for their student accounts!

How does this sale earn money for your student account?  Anyone who purchases a mattress at the sale and mentions your student’s name as referring them to the sale earns you money for your SBOB Student Account!  How much can we earn?
$75 for every Twin size mattress/set
$100 for every Full or Queen size mattress/set
$125 for every King size mattress/est
$100 for every adjustable base
Additional $100 Bonus for 4 or more referral sales

In order to receive the credit for a sale the purchaser needs to give us the name of the student who referred them.  To do this please print or share the following link to the student referral form.
Student Referral Form Link

Why would families want to add money to their student accounts?  Because the Marching Band & Orchestra are going to Walt Disney World in November and this is a great way to help pay for it!

We are very excited about this fundraiser for many reasons:
- We do not have to sell anything!
- We do not have to collect any money or be responsible for any product distribution!
- It is a one day event that should raise several thousand dollars!!!
- There is no risk or out of pocket expense to our organization or school!
- The fundraising organization is extremely professional, organized, and handles almost all of the legwork!
- The mattresses are extremely high quality and have outstanding warranties!
- The mattresses are also deeply discounted: up to 50% below retail stores!
- Every band & orchestra member can earn personal referral bonuses directly into their student account!

Our contribution to this event is simply to get the word out about the mattress sale! The best part about this fundraiser is that our parents are not expected to buy a new mattress. This event is only for the people in our community who are in the market for a mattress.  We just need to spread the word about this sale so anyone that is in the market for a new mattress can come to the sale!  

How is this sale beneficial to someone looking to purchase a mattress?  The mattress available at the sale are high quality & deeply discounted which benefits the consumer! 

  • Brands available at the sale are not “seconds”, “flea market quality”, reconditioned or “low end discounted quality”.  Everything is brand new, factory sealed with a full manufacturer warranty. Brands include nationally known manufacturers Simmons, Southerland and Restonic!
  • All sizes and adjustable bases are available. There will be a complete showroom with 25 sets on display.
  • Delivery is available for a fee or items can be picked up at the company’s local warehouse (located near IKEA in West Chester) about 1 to 2 weeks after the sale.
  • No high pressure sales- just savings to our community up to 50% below retail.  All we ask is that people come in and take a look.

Questions about products available at the sale?  contact Debbie Harbin at dharbin65@yahoo.com



Congratulations SJHS Band & Orchestra Students on "Superior" Showing at OMEA Solo & Ensemble!
Nearly 100 Sycamore Junior High School Band and Orchestra Students participated in a total of 54 events at the Ohio Music Education Association Solo & Ensemble Adjudicated Event on Saturday, April 9th at Milford Junior High School.  These students played solos or small ensembles for an OMEA Adjudicator who then gave the students a rating as well as comments on their performance.
Students can earn one of five possible ratings (I, II, III, IV, V).  All Sycamore Band & Orchestra Students earned one of the two highest ratings with 50 events receiving a rating of "I" and 4 events receiving a rating of "II".  Congratulations All!



Sycamore designated a NAMM 2016 "Best Communities for Music Education"!
The Sycamore Community School District has been honored for the 7th consecutive year with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Sycamore joins 476 school districts across the country in receiving the prestigious award in 2016.  The Best Communities Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. Districts that have been recognized by the NAMM Foundation are often held up as models for other educators looking to boost their own music education programs.

To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Sycamore answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas. This award recognizes that Sycamore is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the new federal education legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation, signed into law in December 2015, replaces No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), which was often criticized for an overemphasis on testing—while leaving behind subjects such as music. ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements of well-rounded education for all children.

Sycamore Schools Supervisor of Music, Lonnie Stover says, "At Sycamore, we recognize the value of music and the arts in the education of the whole child.  Our community and administration have long supported music as a vital piece in the puzzle that is a student.  Without music, the picture is incomplete.  We greatly appreciate this support and commitment and will continue to strive to provide all our students with the highest quality musical learning opportunities that meet the needs of all our students."



2016 SHS Marching Band & Orchestra Disney Trip Information!
Preparation is well underway for the 2016 Disney Trip!  The following information has been made public as we begin developing the list of students and chaperones who will be coming with us on this tremendous trip!  If the information you are looking for is not listed here, please contact Lonnie Stover, Supervisor of Music at 686-1770 ext. 3011 or email stoverl@sycamoreschools.org with any questions.

Trip payment options & deadlines.
Payments can be made through our online Store (preferred method) or checks/money orders (payable to "SBOB") can be mailed to Lonnie Stover, SHS Supervisor of Music, 7400 Cornell Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45242
Full Payment Option, $660 due by May 2nd, 2016
3 Payment Option, Payment 1 $250 due by May 2nd 2016, Payment 2 $200 due by August 15th 2016, Payment 3 $210 due by September 12th 2016

Trip Information Meeting
Parent Information Meeting Presentation (3/29/16)
This is a thorough overview of the 2016 trip and includes information on payments, forms, deadlines, chaperoning and itinerary highlights.

Important Forms
Forms are due by September 12, 2016

Summit Tour & Travel Trip Application & Health Form
This form is required for all students & chaperones going on the trip.  This is a 2 sided form and must be submitted in that format.  Please print as a 1 page - 2 sided document, complete and return to your child's director.

Medication Orders from Physician Form
This form is mandatory for any student requiring medication (this includes "over the counter" medication) while on the trip.  If your child already takes medication while at school, you do not need to complete this form.  The SHS Nurse will provide a copy of this form in this case.

SBOB Financial Aid Information
The Sycamore Band & Orchestra Boosters provide alternative payment plans and, where necessary, financial aid to students with demonstrated need.  These options are available for fees related to student participation & trips.  
SBOB Financial Aid Policy

Financial Aid Request Form

Alternative Payment Plan Request Form



Welcome to the new SBOB.org!
We have an updated look with more features and functionality to help you stay connected with the Bands and Orchestras of the Sycamore Community Schools.  This is also the place to stay up to date on all the great things the Sycamore Band and Orchestra Boosters do to support our bands, orchestras and students.  You might even find a way you can help too!  Read More



SBOB Flower Sale to Benefit Student Accounts
SBOB has teamed up with Osterbrock Greenhouse & Florist to bring back our Flower Sale! The proceeds of this sale will go to benefit student accounts! Band & Orchestra students in grades 7-12 can earn 20% of their total flower sales to be deposited into their student account. This is a great way to get your bedding plants, hanging baskets and vegetables for spring and earn money for your student account! Student Accounts can be used to pay for HS Marching Band & Orchestra Trip Fees (We go to Walt Disney World every 2 years and 2016 is one of those years!), HS Marching Band Fees, HS Orchestra Uniform Fees, SmartMusic, etc. The sale begins February 22, 2016 and the last day to order will be March 13, 2016. Pick up will be May 7, 2016 from 12:30-2:00pm at Sycamore High School. All orders will be done online through the sbob.org online “Store”. A kiosk will be set up at Pancake Day and help with be available if you would like to order then! Click this link to our online “store” to check out the flowers.



Support SEE1 at Skyline between February 1st and February 14th
Visit the Skyline Chili at 5005 Cornell Road between February 1st and February 14th and a portion of your purchase will be donated to the Sycamore Band & Orchestra Boosters.  This fundraiser goes to support the annual SEE1 (Sycamore Electric Ensemble) Rock Orchestra Concert featuring this year’s guest artist, Joe Deninzon.  Just tell the cashier you are there to support the Sycamore Band and Orchestra fundraiser and 20% of the check will be donated to SBOB to support the SEE1 Concert.  Read More



Renowned electric violinist Joe Deninzon joins SEE 1 Rock Orchestra Live on February 19th!
Sycamore High School’s own, SEE 1 Rock Orchestra will be presenting its’ annual concert at Sycamore High School on February 19th at 7 pm.  Admission is $10 and tickets are available through the online store.  This year’s concert will feature contemporary hits by the Weekend, One Republic, Muse, classics by Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, Van Halen, and the Allman Brothers, plus some of guest artist Joe Deninzon’s original music. Read More



Bravo and Congratulations to the Sycamore Junior High Orchestra & 8th Grade Band on tremendous performances at the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) Professional Conference!  
The OMEA Conference is an annual event and features performances by the best bands and orchestras from across the state of Ohio.  To be considered for this honor, ensembles must submit a recording of the group which is then reviewed by a selection committee.  To be chosen to perform is a tremendous honor and to have two ensembles from the same school is a very unique honor!  The appearance by the Sycamore Junior High Orchestra at this year’s conference was their eighth and this was the first appearance for the 8th Grade Band.   



The Sycamore HS Marching Band and Orchestra are going to Walt Disney World!  

The Sycamore High School Marching Band and Orchestra will be returning to Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida in 2016!  Our students will once again get the opportunity to perform for thousands of people, attend workshops and make magical memories that will last a lifetime! Our trip is only 10 months off, November 9 through 13, 2016 and we wanted to let everyone know so they can begin planning for this tremendous opportunity. We have been hard at work to insure another incredible experience for everyone.  Our past experiences with Disney have been great and our performances have been in front of enormous crowds.  This optional 2016 trip will be similar to those of the past and not only will it be fun, it will include inspiring performances and workshops for the students!

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The Sycamore Band and Orchestra Boosters will be holding their 60th annual “Tag Day” on Saturday, August 25th, 2018 from 9:00am to Noon.  More than 500 students and 125 parent volunteers will take part in this year’s event which is one of 4 annual fundraisers sponsored by the Sycamore Band and Orchestra Boosters.

Begun in 1958, Tag Day is a door to door solicitation of the Sycamore Community School District by the students, grades 7 – 12, enrolled in the district’s Bands and Orchestras.  In the early years, members of the Sycamore High School Band went door to door asking for donations from neighbors and friends on a Saturday morning in early September.  When the students received a donation, the donor was given a small ‘tag’ that they could display to show their support the program.  

Over the years Tag Day has grown and evolved.  Donors are no longer given a “tag” but instead are listed as “patrons” in the concert programs of the Sycamore Bands and Orchestras and, as the community grew, so has the number of students involved in instrumental music as well as the opportunities for these students to participate in a wide variety of band and orchestra experiences.  Money raised through the fundraising efforts of the Sycamore Band and Orchestra Boosters goes to support these students and the numerous instrumental music opportunities provided by the Sycamore Community Schools.

Additional fundraisers held during the upcoming school year include the Sycamore Arts and Crafts Show on November 17, 2018, Pancake Day (District Fine Arts Fair) on March 2, 2019 and a Mattress Sale on April 29, 2019.

Join us for the SEE 1 Concert and Guest Artist Joe Deninzon, lead singer and electric violinist of the progressive rock band, Stratopheerius!

Friday, February 16, 2018 at 7:00pm

SEE 1 – Cincinnati’s 1st High School Rock Orchestra. A marriage of Classical and Rock Music. Don’t miss this concert.

Purchase Tickets Here
Purchase Ad Space Here

The concert will be at Sycamore High School; 7400 Cornell Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242. Please enter the building by the Flag Pole.

Tickets purchased online will be held at Will Call which opens at 6:15 pm. The tickets will be held under the last name of the Purchaser (credit card holder).

Doors will open at 6:30 pm . ALL SEATS ARE General Admission. Seating is first come, first served.

For additional questions, please email: santangeloa@sycamoreschools.org

Please note that online ticket sales will end at 12:00 P.M. the day of the show.

Thank you for supporting the Sycamore Orchestra Program!

A String Quartet from the Sycamore High School Orchestra performed for the UC Blue Ash College 50th Anniversary Gala on Thursday, October 28.

Students provided classical music during the cocktail hour and dinner portion of the Gala.

Pictured are (L-R)
Esther Ku, Victor Lim, Dr. Robin Lightner, Interim Dean UC Blue Ash, Pete Gemmer, Director of Marketing and Communications, UC Blue Ash
Heather Song, Bailey Truitt

 

This is not only an excellent event to see out students perform but also a great venue to find a great gift.  Admission is free and open to the public.  Please use the following link for more detailed information: http://sbobartandcraftshow.weebly.com/

In 1995, a young clarinetist named Kazem Abdullah became the first recipient of the Norman E. Johns Chair Award.  This merit based award was established in partnership with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's Multicultural Awareness Council (MAC) and in recognition of Mr. Johns' over 40 years of service as the CSO's Assistant Principal cellist.

After auditioning for a jury panel, this year's winners include Daniel Dorsey, Maxwell Fairman, Eva Pierce, and Sycamore High School Band's very own Adrian Oliver.  In addition to this prestigious award, recipients will be acknowledged at a special post-concert reception featuring Gregory Porter on November 19th.

Adrian is the principal bassoonist in the Sycamore Winds and is also a drumline member in the high school marching band.  Additionally, Adrian has received numerous awards including District Honor Band, University Honor Bands, and Superior Ratings at Ohio Music Education Association's Solo and Ensemble Adjudicated Events.

The Sycamore Community Schools are pleased to announce that Dr. Angela Santangelo will be filling the position of Sycamore Director of Orchestras. Dr. Santangelo is an active Conductor and Music Educator throughout the Cincinnati area. She comes to Sycamore from the Princeton City Schools where she served as Orchestra Director working with orchestras, grades 6-12, in addition to teaching International Baccalaureate Music.

Sycamore Supervisor of Music, Lonnie Stover says, "Not only is Dr. Santangelo eminently qualified and possesses the credentials and experience necessary to maintain and grow the standard of excellence that the Sycamore Orchestra program is known for, she also possesses the personal qualities that I am confident will endear her to our students, families and community."  After accepting the position, Dr Santangelo said, "I am thrilled to be joining the Sycamore Community Schools as Orchestra Director. I will strive to build upon the tradition of excellence that the Sycamore Orchestra program represents, not only in the community, but throughout the region and the state."  A "Meet the Director" event will be held later in the summer to allow students and parents to meet Dr Santangelo.  An email notification will be sent to families and details of this event will be posted on sbob.org.

Dr. Santangelo served as Music Director and Conductor for the Northern Kentucky University, NKU Youth Symphony Orchestra from 2010-2016. In this position, Santangelo worked with high school musicians in the tri-state area performing classical concerts at NKU, as well as popular community concerts.

Active in the Ohio Music Education Association, Dr. Santangelo presently sits on the Orchestra State Contest List Committee. Present and past positions include: Solo & Ensemble Adjudicator, Chair and Host for the Junior High Honors Orchestra, District 14 and Floor Judge for the Columbus Ohio String Invitational.

Prior conducting positions include Staff Conductor at the Great Wall International Music Academy in Beijing, China and Conductor for the Starling Showcase Orchestra in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2008, Santangelo was honored to be the first Guest Conductor in the Huntington Symphony Orchestra’s history, Huntington, West Virginia.  Prior to this position, Dr. Santangelo was the Conductor’s Assistant to Paavo Järvi and Erich Kunzel with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, Santangelo has served as the Assistant Conductor for the Cincinnati Youth Symphony Orchestra and as the Conductor’s Assistant for the Cincinnati Opera.

As Founder and former Music Director of the University of Cincinnati University Orchestra, Dr. Santangelo provided an opportunity for students, faculty, and members of the community to perform classical music while providing concerts free to the public. An enthusiast for music education in all settings, Dr. Santangelo teaches a studio of violin, viola, and piano students.

A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Dr. Santangelo studied piano, viola, and clarinet before earning a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. Ms. Santangelo also completed a Master of Music degree and Doctor of Musical Arts degree in orchestral conducting, from CCM, where she studied with Mark Gibson and Xian Zhang, former Associate Conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

The Sycamore Band & Orchestra Boosters (SBOB) will be holding an Open House on April 24th, 6:00pm-7:30pm at Sycamore High School in “The Hub”. We are inviting all parents of current Sycamore Band and Orchestra Students to join us for this opportunity to find out exactly what SBOB does for the numerous Sycamore Bands & Orchestras and learn about the opportunities for you to get involved in supporting your child’s participation in band & orchestra. This is an opportunity for parents to see how SBOB works and meet the people involved in this tremendous organization! Please know that we will not be “signing up” parents for volunteer jobs or pressuring you to commit to anything! We simply want to inform parents of what SBOB does and how, if you are interested, you can become involved. Hopefully, you will find a way to become involved that interests you!

The agenda for the Open House will include a brief “typical” SBOB meeting (so you can see how we operate) followed by a presentation covering the many things SBOB does to support the Sycamore Bands & Orchestras. The Open House will conclude with time to enjoy some refreshments and mingle with current SBOB Trustees, Sycamore Directors and other involved parents.

In order to prepare for refreshments and seating we ask that if you plan on attending the Open House that you email Lonnie Stover, Supervisor of Music at  stoverl@sycamoreschools with “SBOB Open House” in the subject line. It is not necessary to include any information in the body of the email. We will only be taking a count of the total number of responses. We ask that you respond by April 17th.

We look forward to seeing you on the 24th!

Longtime and acclaimed Sycamore Director of Orchestras, David Smarelli will be retiring after 35 years of teaching. David has spent the last 28 of those years at Sycamore. Under David’s direction, the Sycamore Community School’s Orchestra Program has flourished and attained widespread recognition as one of the premier orchestra programs in the State of Ohio. David’s orchestras have been honored to perform at Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) Professional Conferences with the Sycamore High School Orchestra appearing twice and the Sycamore Junior High School Orchestra performing 8 times with the most recent appearance having been at the 2016 Professional Conference. David has also lead the Sycamore Orchestras to the highest level of success in OMEA Adjudicated Events with the high school having earned the highest possible rating, I-Superior, 23 times and the junior high orchestra earning I-Superior ratings 22 times. In recent years, David’s high school orchestras have also performed at Walt Disney World, Chicago and Washington D.C. including a performance on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

David has been honored with numerous awards from professional organizations including being named the Ohio String Teachers Association "Public School Orchestra Teacher of the Year” for 2007 and being featured in the December 2010 issue of School Band & Orchestra as the Ohio representative for the annual “50 Directors Who Make a Difference”.

Among David’s numerous achievements during his career at Sycamore is the creation of SEE 1.  In 2003, David formed SEE 1 (Sycamore Electric Ensemble), Cincinnati’s first high school rock orchestra, composed of electric and amplified acoustic string instruments along with traditional “garage band” instruments. SEE 1 has collaborated with national fiddling champion Alex DePue, internationally known electric violinist and Emmy-winning composer Mark Wood, world-renowned jazz violinist Christian Howes, and most recently, Joe Deninzon, lead singer, composer and electric violinist of the New York based progressive rock band Stratopheerius.

David began his musical studies on the violin at the age of nine with his father, John Smarelli, a professional violinist and respected music educator in the state of Ohio. David later attended Ohio University and Bowling Green State University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1982 with a Bachelor of Music in Performance and Education. He received a Master of Music in Education from Miami University in 1996. As a performer, David was a member of the Lima Symphony Orchestra and the Lima Symphony Chamber Players for seven years where he served as Co-Concertmaster and performed as a soloist. He also performed with the Jerry Kaye Orchestra in Columbus, Ohio where he collaborated with notable performers such as Bob Hope, Red Skelton, Andy Williams, Danny Thomas, and Bernadette Peters. He is presently assistant concertmaster with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra where he has performed for thirty-nine seasons. In Cincinnati, David performs regularly with the Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony Orchestra where he has also guest conducted on several occasions. As his schedule will allow, he performs with various "pick up" orchestras in the area. From 2004-2007 David served as conductor and music director of the Clermont Philharmonic Orchestra, a regional professional orchestra and served as the orchestra's concertmaster for a number of years prior.

When asked what he will miss the most about teaching at Sycamore, David said, “First and foremost I will miss the students. I will miss making wonderful music everyday. I will miss the professionals that I work with. I truly enjoy the camaraderie and friendship I share with all the music teachers I work with. I will miss the daily laughs and stories we share. Teachers have the BEST stories! I will miss my “baby” SEE 1. I will miss working with all the dedicated student musicians and professionals like Joe Deninzon. I will miss the excitement of the 5th graders making music for the first time, the craziness of the junior high students, and the sophisticated musicianship of the high school students.”

The Sycamore Community School District has been honored for the 8th consecutive year with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Sycamore joins 527 school districts across the country in receiving the prestigious award in 2017.  The Best Communities Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. Districts that have been recognized by the NAMM Foundation are often held up as models for other educators looking to boost their own music education programs.

To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Sycamore answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas. This award recognizes that Sycamore is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the new federal education legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation, signed into law in December 2015, replaces No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), which was often criticized for an overemphasis on testing—while leaving behind subjects such as music. ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements of well-rounded education for all children.

Sycamore Schools Supervisor of Music, Lonnie Stover says, “Earning this designation is a tremendous honor and speaks to the support for music as a key component of each child’s educational experience here at Sycamore. To have earned this award for eight consecutive years clearly indicates the deep and sustained commitment our community, administration, parents and staff have to providing the highest possible quality musical experiences to our students.”

On Saturday, April 29, from 10am to 5pm in the Sycamore High School Main Gym, the Sycamore Band & Orchestra Boosters will be holding their second annual mattress sale! This was a very successful fundraiser for the Sycamore Band & Orchestra last year and we are excited to have an even bigger sale this year! What do we need you to do? We need your help to simply to get the word out about the mattress sale! The best part about this fundraiser is that our parents are not expected to buy a new mattress. This event is for the people in our community who may be in the market for a mattress. We just need to let people know about this sale so anyone that is in the market for a new mattress can come to the sale!

How can you help spread the word?
1)  Tell everyone you know about this sale! Like and share our event on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1039713432801492/, tweet it, email people, put up a flier at work! One out of ten families buy a new mattress every year. The more people you tell the better your chances of getting a referral. Make sure people know to use your child’s name as their referral if they buy a mattress so they get the credit. (Students can earn cash incentives from the Mattress Sale Company!)
2)  Download the flier and referral form and share those with everyone you can.
CLICK HERE FOR FLIER
CLICK HERE FOR STUDENT REFERRAL FORM

What does the Mattress Sale look like?
Click the link to get a "drone's eye view" of a typical mattress sale!  CLICK HERE

 

The Sycamore Band & Orchestra Boosters sponsor two, $250 scholarships to be awarded to one graduating Sycamore High School Band and one graduating Sycamore High School Orchestra Member. To be eligible, students must be a senior, currently enrolled in Band or Orchestra at Sycamore High School and will be pursuing a degree in music.  For more information and to apply, click the following link.  SBOB Scholarship Info/Application

 

Looking to purchase tickets for tonight's SEE1 Concert?  Tickets are no longer available online but can be purchased "at the door".  Ticket sales will begin at 6:00pm and the concert begins at 7:00pm.  If you have already purchased tickets online, they will be available at "will call" beginning at 6:00pm.

Want to meet the members of SEE1 and this year's guest artist? Then check out the 2017 SEE1 Concert Promo Video!  Click Here to see the video. This year's concert takes place on Friday, February 24th at 7:00pm. The concert will be at Sycamore High School; 7400 Cornell Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242. Please enter the building by the Flag Pole. Doors will open at 6:15pm and the concert will begin at 7:00pm. ALL SEATS ARE RESERVED. Orders are being filled in the order that they are received. Tickets purchased online will be held at Will Call and be available that evening beginning at 6:00pm. The tickets will be held under the last name of the Purchaser (credit card holder).

The annual SEE1 Concert is February 24th but don't wait to order tickets! All seats are reserved and sold on a "first come, first served" basis so the best seats get sold first. To order tickets, CLICK HERE and you will go directly to the SEE1 ticket order page.  Also, don't forget, for a $100 donation you can become a VIP Sponsor and not only will you get 1 free ticket to the concert but you will also receive an Amahi mahogany concert size ukulele with soft case donated by Antonio Violins!  More information on VIP Sponsorship can be found by CLICKING HERE.

Congratulations to Charles Harte and Eric Moeller for earning positions in the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) District 14 High School Honor Jazz Band.  Charles, a junior trombonist, and Eric, a sophomore baritone saxophonist, earned positions based on their auditions which took place on January 23rd at Princeton High School. The Honor Jazz Band will be performing on Sunday, February 26th at 4:00pm in Matthews Auditorium at Princeton High School.

Visit the Skyline Chili at 5005 Cornell Road between February 13th and 26th and a portion of your purchase will be donated to the Sycamore Band & Orchestra Boosters to support the annual SEE1 Concert.  Just tell them you are there to support the Sycamore Band and Orchestra and they will credit our account. Live in Sycamore but eat lunch twice a week at a Skyline in Mason?  No problem! 
The “gold mine” in this is that this also works with the purchase of Skyline Gift Cards at the Cornell Road Skyline and the gift cards are good at ANY Skyline!  Stock up now because you know are going to use them eventually!

Become 1 of 10 SEE1 VIP Sponsors and receive 1 free ticket to the SEE1 Concert on February 24th featuring Joe Deninzon, an Amahi Ukulele donated by Antonio Violins and be recognized as a VIP Sponsor at the concert! For $100 you can help support this year’s annual SEE1 Concert and in addition to help making this year’s event a success you will receive 1 concert ticket, a $10 value, and an Amahi mahogany concert size ukulele with soft case valued at $95. Only 10 VIP Sponsorships are available  so support SEE1 and place your order today! (Ukulele will be available for pick up at the concert.) For more information on becoming a VIP Sponsor CLICK HERE!

Join us for a night of jazz music presented by the SHS Jazz Ensemble, SHS Big Band and SJHS Jazz Ensemble as they present their first ever Winter Jazz Concert on January 25th at 7:00pm in the Sycamore High School Little Theater.  The Sycamore Music Department’s Jazz Program is under the direction of Mr. Jordan VonWahlde and is an extracurricular activity open to members of the Sycamore Band Program.  The Jazz Program is comprised of three bands. The Sycamore High School Jazz Ensemble is a “traditional” jazz ensemble with trumpet, trombone, saxophone and rhythm section and students are accepted into the band through audition.  The Sycamore High School Big Band is a non auditioned group and is open to any student in the Sycamore Band that is interested in learning about and playing jazz music.  The instruments found in this band reflect the traditional jazz band but also include “non-traditional” jazz instruments as well.  This allows all students the opportunity, regardless of what instrument they play, to experience jazz music in a band setting. The Sycamore Junior High School Jazz Ensemble is a non auditioned group and is open to all Junior High Band members.  While the core of the JH Jazz Band is comprised of traditional jazz instruments it, like the SHS Big Band, is also open to any student regardless of what instrument they may play.

Congratulations to sophomore cellist Sophie Burge and senior cellist Jun Nishikawa on earning positions in the Ohio Music Education Association All-State Orchestra! This is the highest honor an Ohio orchestra student can earn from the Ohio Music Education Association. Placement in All-State Orchestra is based on audition and open to high school orchestra students from across Ohio. Sophie and Jun will perform as members of the All-State Orchestra at the Ohio Music Education Association Professional Development Conference in Cleveland on Friday, February 3, 2017 at 1:00PM in the Grand Ballroom of the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland.

Once again, the Sycamore Orchestra Program has distinguished itself through it's members participation in Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) Honor Orchestras!  Five Sycamore High School Orchestra Members earned placement based on audition in the OMEA Southwest Regional Orchestra. The Southwest Regional Orchestra Event took place on November 20th at Princeton High School and was open to students from Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Darke, Greene, Hamilton, Logan, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby and Warren counties. Seven Sycamore Junior High Orchestra Members will be participating in the OMEA District 14 Junior High Honor Orchestra at Winton Woods High School. The Junior High Honor Orchestra concert will take place on January 16, 2017 at the Winton Woods High School Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

Congratulations to the following Sycamore Orchestra Students!
Junior High Honor Orchestra Participants
Govind Nadathur, violin
Nicole Lim, violin
Alex Ma, violin
Arun Kamath, violin
Kevin Kim, viola
Adam Rohrer, viola
Adi Bhargava, cello

High School Southwest Regional Orchestra Participants
Victor Lim-violin
Natasha Wang-violin
Jun Nishikawa-cello
Sophie Burge-cello
Peter McCutcheon-bass 

 

Sycamore will be well represented in the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) District 14 Junior High and High School Honor Bands this year! Sixteen members of the Sycamore 7th and 8th Grade Bands and 18 members of the Sycamore High School Bands will participate in our local OMEA Honor Bands this coming January. Students earned their placements in these groups by auditions which took place in November at Princeton High School. A special congratulations goes to  Brendan Flanagan, Adrian Oliver, and Kevin Sheetz for earning the distinction of being "First Chair" in the High School Symphonic Band.  This means they earned the highest score for their section on their audition. The Honor Bands will perform on January 8, 2017 at Princeton High School.  There will be 2 bands performing at each concert. High School Concert and Symphonic Honor Band performances begin at 3:00PM and 7th Grade and 8th Grade Honor Bands performances begin at 5:00PM.  Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children/students/seniors.

Congratulations to the following Sycamore Band Students!
Junior High Honor Band Participants
Madison Boni, percussion
Karissa Collins, flute
Sasha Gordeyeva, clarinet
Kyle Heppler, tuba
Jake Isakson, clarinet
Josiah Jobe, percussion
Susie Kim, clarinet
Kylee Koosman, horn
Sophia Lipker, alto saxophone
Will McLeod, clarinet
Ian Minton, trombone
Norah Pack, flute
Matt Silverstein, bassoon
Krishna Suresh, bassoon
Rishi Verma, percussion
Samantha Youngquist, euphonium

High School Honor Band Participants
Concert Band Participants
Nishanth Chidambaram, percussion
Ellie Ekstedt, trumpet
Daniel Halstead, horn
Charles Harte, trombone
Nir Kadosh, horn
Hannah Lee, clarinet
Sammy Risma, horn
Nicholas Sheehan, alto saxophone
Julia You, oboe
Symphonic Band Participants
Brendan Flanagan, tuba
Adrian Oliver, bassoon
Aria Oliver, horn
Diego Palacios, horn
Danielle Pratt, flute
Zachary Sheehan, alto saxophone
Kevin Sheetz, baritone saxophone
Kevin Skiba, trumpet
Michael Xiang, clarinet

 

 

December begins the concert season and our Bands and Orchestras are very busy as we enter this holiday season! Concerts kick off on Monday, December 5th with the Greene School 5th and 6th Grade Bands and continue until January 18th. All concerts are free and open to the public!

 A complete list of Band and Orchestra concerts is listed below.

December 5th
5th Grade Band Concert at E.H. Greene Intermediate School, 6:30pm
6th Grade Band Concert at E.H. Greene Intermediate School, 8:00pm

December 13th
Sycamore High School Bands (Sycamore Winds, Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band) at Sycamore High School, 7:00pm

December 14th
5-12 Orchestras at Sycamore Junior High School, 7:00pm

January 18th
7th and 8th Grade Bands at Sycamore Junior High School, 7:00pm

Final Disney Info!
Here is our final itinerary for the Marching Band & Orchestra Disney Trip!  Just click the link below to see the Itinerary which includes information on student report time and bus loading information. 

Click Here for Final Disney Info

Strike Up The Band For Hunger Date Changed!
Due to the high probability that Sycamore will advance to the football playoffs and consequently have a game on Friday, November 4th, Strike Up The Band For Hunger has been rescheduled.  Strike Up The Band For Hunger will now take place on Saturday, November 5th, 6:00pm-6:30pm at the SHS Soccer Stadium located on the campus of Sycamore High School at 7400 Cornell Road. This is a great opportunity to come out and support our community and see our Marching Aviators as they give one final performance  following their appearance earlier in the day at the Mid-States Band Association Championships. In case of rain, the event will take place in the Sycamore High School Main Gym. Come see the SHS Marching Band perform their award winning 2016 show, “Vortex”, while helping fight hunger in the Sycamore School District. Admission to this event is a donation of two non-perishable food items. (No donation required for elementary students and younger.)

Help us advertise this exciting event! If you know of a location where you can post a flyer for Strike Up The Band For Hunger please Click Here For Flyer.

All Disney Trip Info / Handouts Available Here!!
All information for students and parents regarding the upcoming Disney Trip is available here! If you were unable to attend the Disney Trip Parent Meeting on 10/20/16, you can access the handouts and information from the meeting right here! If you are a student looking for info on what to bring on the bus or the rules for the trip, that info is also right here!  Links to all of this information can be accessed by clicking the title of the items listed below.  If you have questions about any of the information, please feel free to contact Lonnie Stover, Sycamore Supervisor of Music at stoverl@sycamoreschools.org or 686-1770 ext. 3011.

10/20 Parent Meeting Agenda

Itinerary Highlights

Key Items

“Remind” Sign Up Instructions

Student Code of Conduct

Student Trip Rules

What To Bring On The Bus

Medication Orders From Physician Form due by 11/3 (if needed)

Sycamore Medication Policy

Disney Trip Itinerary Update!
The Disney Trip is less than a month away and the final details are coming together!  This includes some updates to the itinerary!  We have received our final performance and workshop information from Disney and there have been some changes to the original itinerary.  The Marching Band was originally scheduled to perform in the Magic Kingdom however during the time we will be at Disney, they will be filming "stock footage" for the Disney "Unforgettable Christmas Celebration" and are not permitting high school marching bands to perform in any Magic Kingdom parades.  Consequently, the Marching Band will be performing at Epcot on Saturday morning then going to the Magic Kingdom immediately following their performance.  There has also a change to our breakfast plans.  We were originally scheduled to eat one breakfast at Planet Hollywood however they have been undergoing major renovations and are currently closed.  They anticipate opening at the end of October however they will not be accepting group reservations until December.  Consequently, we will be eating one of our breakfasts at the Rainforest Cafe located at Disney's Animal Kingdom park. We do not anticipate any significant changes to the itinerary at this point.  If there are any changes, we will update the itinerary and email those changes through sbob.org.

Sycamore HS Marching Band & Orchestra Disney Trip 2016 Updated Itinerary Highlights

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
4:00pm Depart Sycamore High School for Orlando, Florida.
Drive through the night with restroom breaks.

Thursday, November 10, 2016
5:00am Approximate Arrival at Florida Welcome Center.

9:00am Approximate Arrival at Hotel.
             Park Inn Radisson
             3011 Maingate Lane
             Kissimmee, Florida 34747
             (407) 396-1400
Meet with our Summit Tour & Travel Representative for a breakfast buffet, group orientation and to receive our park tickets.  We will have 6 hotel rooms to use upon arrival, 3 for women and 3 for men, all rooms with adequate       towels, to freshen up and change clothes for the day.

10:30am Depart Hotel for day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

3:30-4:00pm Students Check In with Chaperone in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater (center of Disney’s Hollywood Studios).

7:00pm “Fantasmic” This is a do not miss show where Disney characters arise on giant mist screens 50 feet high and 100 feet wide to familiar Disney melodies.  The show takes you into the imagination of “Sorcerer Mickey” as he and his friends confront the notorious Disney villians in an action packed battle of good versus evil.  

8:30pm Students Check In with Chaperones at the Flagpoles outside the entrance to Disney’s Hollywood Studios immediately following “Fantasmic”.  

9:00pm  Depart for Hotel. Once back at the hotel, students will attend a registration orientation and rooms keys will be distributed.

11:00pm  Lights Out.

Friday, November 11, 2016
7:30am Depart Hotel for Rainforest Cafe Buffet Breakfast at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

9:00am Marching Band Departs Rainforest Cafe for Epcot. Orchestra departs for Disney Springs for performance.

11:00am Orchestra performance at Disney Springs Marketplace’s “Waterside Stage”.

12:30pm Orchestra departs Disney Springs for Epcot.

1:30pm Band workshop at Epcot.

6:00pm Orchestra workshop at Epcot.

9:30pm All students meet their chaperone at the front of the World Showcase Lagoon to check in and watch “Illuminations”.

10:00pm Illuminations.  Lasers, fireworks and music encompasses World Showcase Lagoon in this approx. 30 minute presentation.

10:45pm Depart Epcot for Hotel.

11:15pm Lights Out.

Saturday, November 12, 2016
7:00am Buffet Breakfast at Hotel & load all items on busses for return trip to Sycamore.

8:30am Marching Band departs for Epcot, Orchestra departs for Magic Kingdom.

10:30am Marching Band Parade at Epcot Marching Band will depart Epcot for Magic Kingdom immediately following Parade (approx. 11:45am).

12:15pm Marching Band arrives at Magic Kingdom.

9:00-9:30pm Students Check In with Chaperone at flagpole by main entrance/train station and find seating for fireworks.

10:00pm Wishes Fireworks Spectacular.   Beloved Disney characters narrate this spectacular fireworks show.  

11:00pm Depart Magic Kingdom for Sycamore High School with fond memories of Orlando Florida!

Sunday, November 13, 2016
8:00am Approx. Arrival at Golden Corral in Kennesaw, Georgia for Breakfast Buffet.

2:00pm Approx. Arrival in Georgetown for Pizza Lunch.

6:00pm Approx Arrival at Sycamore High School.

Stay Connected With The 2016 Disney Trip!
Want to know what is happening with the 2016 Sycamore Marching Band & Orchestra Disney Trip? Want to know about all the Disney "Magic" our students will be experiencing? There are 3 ways you can do this!  1) You can join the "Remind" Disney 2016 Group!  If you are not familiar with "Remind", it is a way for educators to communicate with parents and students in a safe, secure environment.  All contact information is private and no one in the group can see your personal information!  To join,  simply click the following link for simple instructions on how to sign up.  Click Here for Sign Up Directions  We will be using "Remind" for announcements and reminders prior to our departure and once we leave, "Remind" will be the way students receive daily updates on itinerary or other important information.  By joining the group you will be up to date on the movements and "goings on" of the students.  2) You can also follow the Sycamore Schools Music Department on Twitter! Follow us at @sycschoolsmusic!  We will be tweeting photos and videos of the students as they experience this incredible trip!  3) Plan on attending our Parent Meeting on October 20th at 7:00pm in the SHS Little Theater. You will be hearing about the final itinerary, hotel, food, weather, performances, workshops, what to pack and anything else related to our trip.

The Disney Trip is getting closer and we are now at the point in time when 2 important forms will be due. Those are the "Summit Tour & Travel Trip Application & Health Form" (due September 12) which must be completed by all students and chaperones on the trip and the "Medication Orders from Physician Form" (due October 26) which is only necessary if your child will need to take any medication while on the trip. Those forms can be found right here! 

Summit Tour & Travel Trip Application & Health Form (click for form)
This form is required for all students & chaperones going on the trip.  This is a 2 sided form and must be submitted in that format.  Please print as a 1 page – 2 sided document, complete and return to your child’s director.

Medication Orders from Physician Form (click for form)
This form is mandatory for any student requiring medication (this includes “over the counter” medication) while on the trip.  If your child already takes medication while at school, you do not need to complete this form.  The SHS Nurse will provide a copy of this form in this case.  If your child takes a daily medication this form will need to be completed.  If your child sometimes take a medication, ex. allergy medication or acetaminophen for occasional headaches, they will need to have this form completed in order for them to have the medication on the trip.  Please note, medication must in the original container, prescription medications must also have the original label affixed by the pharmacist, must show the student's name, name of the medication, dosage directions, licensed prescriber's name and RX number (if applicable).

Thanks to the Sycamore Community, Parent Volunteers and Students for making Tag Day 2016 a tremendous success!  If you missed us on Saturday, it is still not too late to help us with a donation! You can make a donation online through our web store by clicking HERE or if you were not home when we came on Saturday, you hopefully found the "2016 TAG DAY FUND DRIVE" flier our students left. You can fill it out and mail your donation to SBOB TAG DAY, 7400 Cornell Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242-3099.  To see some of our "Tag Day Selfies"  go to the Media Library-Photo Gallery!

58th Annual Tag Day to take place on August 27th!
The Sycamore Band and Orchestra Boosters will be holding their 58th annual “Tag Day” on Saturday, August 27th, 2016 from 9:00am to Noon.  More than 500 students and 125 parent volunteers will take part in this year’s event which is one of 4 annual fundraisers sponsored by the Sycamore Band and Orchestra Boosters.  Begun in 1958,

Tag Day is a door to door solicitation of the Sycamore Community School District by the students, grades 7 – 12, enrolled in the district’s Bands and Orchestras.  In the early years, members of the Sycamore High School Band went door to door asking for donations from neighbors and friends on a Saturday morning in early September.  When the students received a donation, the donor was given a small ‘tag’ that they could display to show their support the program.  Over the years Tag Day has grown and evolved.  Donors are no longer given a “tag” but instead are listed as “patrons” in the concert programs of the Sycamore Bands and Orchestras and, as the community grew, so has the number of students involved in instrumental music as well as the opportunities for these students to participate in a wide variety of band and orchestra experiences.  Money raised through the fundraising efforts of the Sycamore Band and Orchestra Boosters goes to support these students and the numerous instrumental music opportunities provided by the Sycamore Community Schools.
Additional fundraisers held during the upcoming school year include the Sycamore Arts and Crafts Show on November 19, 2016, Pancake Day (District Fine Arts Fair) on March 4, 2017 and a Mattress Sale on April 29, 2017.

Disney Trip 2nd Payment Due August 15th
We are less than 3 months away from the Sycamore Marching Band and Orchestra 2016 Walt Disney World Trip!  The 2nd Payment ($200) for this trip is due by August 15th and can be made by going to the "Store", select Disney 2016 Band or Disney 2016 Orchestra and select 2nd Payment $200.  Payment can also be made by mailing a check or money order payable to "SBOB" to Lonnie Stover, Supervisor of Music, Sycamore High School 7400 Cornell Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242

E. H. Greene 6th Grade Orchestra Member makes donation to Greene School Orchestras!
6th Grade Cellist, Renee Neuman has chosen the E.H. Greene Orchestra program as the beneficiary of a very generous donation of $125!  Renee sets aside a portion of her weekly allowance to donate each year and this year chose the Greene School Orchestra to receive her donation.  Renee is in her second year as a member of Orchestra, is a member of the Advanced Orchestra and will be continuing in Orchestra next year as a 7th Grader at Sycamore Junior High School.  We are truly grateful for Renee's generosity!  Renee has set a tremendous example for her peers and all of us regarding the importance of supporting the arts and giving back.  Thanks for your generosity and we are very proud of the example you have set!  Pictured are Gayle Castle, 6th Grade Orchestra Director and Renee Neumann.

Color Guard Try-Outs May 10 & 12
It is that time of year!  What time you ask? Time for Color Guard try-outs for Marching Band! No experience? No problem!  Clinics & Try-outs will be May 10th & 12th, 7-9pm.  Meet in the HS Band Room, bring a friend, wear comfortable clothing that you can move in!

What is Color Guard?  Click the following link and check out this short video!  Join Color Guard!

Questions?  email Alison Blankenship at alison.m.blankenship@gmail.com

 

Thanks for supporting the SBOB Mattress Sale!
Thanks to everyone who came out to support the SBOB Mattress Sale on Saturday, April 30th!    A big thanks also to all the parents, students, staff and community members who helped "spread the word".  We greatly appreciate the support of our Band & Orchestra Students & Programs!  Look for our 2nd Mattress Sale next year!

The SBOB Mattress Sale Is This Coming Saturday!
This Saturday, April 30, from 10:00am to 5:00pm at Sycamore High School the Sycamore Band & Orchestra Boosters are excited to host their first mattress sale! Tell your friends and family!  Post it on Facebook, Tweet it and share this great opportunity in anyway you can!  This sale is a "Win - Win" for anyone looking for a new mattress and the students of the Sycamore Band & Orchestra program! This event has been a very successful fundraiser for bands & orchestras not only in the greater Cincinnati area but across the country for more than a decade. We are excited to have the opportunity to run this event here at Sycamore High School for the first time!

How does this sale help the Band & Orchestra Students?  Because this is a tremendous opportunity for families to earn money for their student accounts!

How does this sale earn money for your student account?  Anyone who purchases a mattress at the sale and mentions your student’s name as referring them to the sale earns you money for your SBOB Student Account!  How much can we earn?
$75 for every Twin size mattress/set
$100 for every Full or Queen size mattress/set
$125 for every King size mattress/est
$100 for every adjustable base
Additional $100 Bonus for 4 or more referral sales

In order to receive the credit for a sale the purchaser needs to give us the name of the student who referred them.  To do this please print or share the following link to the student referral form.
Student Referral Form Link

Why would families want to add money to their student accounts?  Because the Marching Band & Orchestra are going to Walt Disney World in November and this is a great way to help pay for it!

We are very excited about this fundraiser for many reasons:
- We do not have to sell anything!
- We do not have to collect any money or be responsible for any product distribution!
- It is a one day event that should raise several thousand dollars!!!
- There is no risk or out of pocket expense to our organization or school!
- The fundraising organization is extremely professional, organized, and handles almost all of the legwork!
- The mattresses are extremely high quality and have outstanding warranties!
- The mattresses are also deeply discounted: up to 50% below retail stores!
- Every band & orchestra member can earn personal referral bonuses directly into their student account!

Our contribution to this event is simply to get the word out about the mattress sale! The best part about this fundraiser is that our parents are not expected to buy a new mattress. This event is only for the people in our community who are in the market for a mattress.  We just need to spread the word about this sale so anyone that is in the market for a new mattress can come to the sale!  

How is this sale beneficial to someone looking to purchase a mattress?  The mattress available at the sale are high quality & deeply discounted which benefits the consumer! 

  • Brands available at the sale are not “seconds”, “flea market quality”, reconditioned or “low end discounted quality”.  Everything is brand new, factory sealed with a full manufacturer warranty. Brands include nationally known manufacturers Simmons, Southerland and Restonic!
  • All sizes and adjustable bases are available. There will be a complete showroom with 25 sets on display.
  • Delivery is available for a fee or items can be picked up at the company’s local warehouse (located near IKEA in West Chester) about 1 to 2 weeks after the sale.
  • No high pressure sales- just savings to our community up to 50% below retail.  All we ask is that people come in and take a look.

Questions about products available at the sale?  contact Debbie Harbin at dharbin65@yahoo.com

Congratulations SJHS Band & Orchestra Students on "Superior" Showing at OMEA Solo & Ensemble!
Nearly 100 Sycamore Junior High School Band and Orchestra Students participated in a total of 54 events at the Ohio Music Education Association Solo & Ensemble Adjudicated Event on Saturday, April 9th at Milford Junior High School.  These students played solos or small ensembles for an OMEA Adjudicator who then gave the students a rating as well as comments on their performance.
Students can earn one of five possible ratings (I, II, III, IV, V).  All Sycamore Band & Orchestra Students earned one of the two highest ratings with 50 events receiving a rating of "I" and 4 events receiving a rating of "II".  Congratulations All!

Sycamore designated a NAMM 2016 "Best Communities for Music Education"!
The Sycamore Community School District has been honored for the 7th consecutive year with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Sycamore joins 476 school districts across the country in receiving the prestigious award in 2016.  The Best Communities Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. Districts that have been recognized by the NAMM Foundation are often held up as models for other educators looking to boost their own music education programs.

To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Sycamore answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas. This award recognizes that Sycamore is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the new federal education legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation, signed into law in December 2015, replaces No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), which was often criticized for an overemphasis on testing—while leaving behind subjects such as music. ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements of well-rounded education for all children.

Sycamore Schools Supervisor of Music, Lonnie Stover says, "At Sycamore, we recognize the value of music and the arts in the education of the whole child.  Our community and administration have long supported music as a vital piece in the puzzle that is a student.  Without music, the picture is incomplete.  We greatly appreciate this support and commitment and will continue to strive to provide all our students with the highest quality musical learning opportunities that meet the needs of all our students."

2016 SHS Marching Band & Orchestra Disney Trip Information!
Preparation is well underway for the 2016 Disney Trip!  The following information has been made public as we begin developing the list of students and chaperones who will be coming with us on this tremendous trip!  If the information you are looking for is not listed here, please contact Lonnie Stover, Supervisor of Music at 686-1770 ext. 3011 or email stoverl@sycamoreschools.org with any questions.

Trip payment options & deadlines.
Payments can be made through our online Store (preferred method) or checks/money orders (payable to "SBOB") can be mailed to Lonnie Stover, SHS Supervisor of Music, 7400 Cornell Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45242
Full Payment Option, $660 due by May 2nd, 2016
3 Payment Option, Payment 1 $250 due by May 2nd 2016, Payment 2 $200 due by August 15th 2016, Payment 3 $210 due by September 12th 2016

Trip Information Meeting
Parent Information Meeting Presentation (3/29/16)
This is a thorough overview of the 2016 trip and includes information on payments, forms, deadlines, chaperoning and itinerary highlights.

Important Forms
Forms are due by September 12, 2016

Summit Tour & Travel Trip Application & Health Form
This form is required for all students & chaperones going on the trip.  This is a 2 sided form and must be submitted in that format.  Please print as a 1 page - 2 sided document, complete and return to your child's director.

Medication Orders from Physician Form
This form is mandatory for any student requiring medication (this includes "over the counter" medication) while on the trip.  If your child already takes medication while at school, you do not need to complete this form.  The SHS Nurse will provide a copy of this form in this case.

SBOB Financial Aid Information
The Sycamore Band & Orchestra Boosters provide alternative payment plans and, where necessary, financial aid to students with demonstrated need.  These options are available for fees related to student participation & trips.  
SBOB Financial Aid Policy

Financial Aid Request Form

Alternative Payment Plan Request Form

Welcome to the new SBOB.org!
We have an updated look with more features and functionality to help you stay connected with the Bands and Orchestras of the Sycamore Community Schools.  This is also the place to stay up to date on all the great things the Sycamore Band and Orchestra Boosters do to support our bands, orchestras and students.  You might even find a way you can help too!  Read More

SBOB Flower Sale to Benefit Student Accounts
SBOB has teamed up with Osterbrock Greenhouse & Florist to bring back our Flower Sale! The proceeds of this sale will go to benefit student accounts! Band & Orchestra students in grades 7-12 can earn 20% of their total flower sales to be deposited into their student account. This is a great way to get your bedding plants, hanging baskets and vegetables for spring and earn money for your student account! Student Accounts can be used to pay for HS Marching Band & Orchestra Trip Fees (We go to Walt Disney World every 2 years and 2016 is one of those years!), HS Marching Band Fees, HS Orchestra Uniform Fees, SmartMusic, etc. The sale begins February 22, 2016 and the last day to order will be March 13, 2016. Pick up will be May 7, 2016 from 12:30-2:00pm at Sycamore High School. All orders will be done online through the sbob.org online “Store”. A kiosk will be set up at Pancake Day and help with be available if you would like to order then! Click this link to our online “store” to check out the flowers.

Support SEE1 at Skyline between February 1st and February 14th
Visit the Skyline Chili at 5005 Cornell Road between February 1st and February 14th and a portion of your purchase will be donated to the Sycamore Band & Orchestra Boosters.  This fundraiser goes to support the annual SEE1 (Sycamore Electric Ensemble) Rock Orchestra Concert featuring this year’s guest artist, Joe Deninzon.  Just tell the cashier you are there to support the Sycamore Band and Orchestra fundraiser and 20% of the check will be donated to SBOB to support the SEE1 Concert.  Read More

Renowned electric violinist Joe Deninzon joins SEE 1 Rock Orchestra Live on February 19th!
Sycamore High School’s own, SEE 1 Rock Orchestra will be presenting its’ annual concert at Sycamore High School on February 19th at 7 pm.  Admission is $10 and tickets are available through the online store.  This year’s concert will feature contemporary hits by the Weekend, One Republic, Muse, classics by Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, Van Halen, and the Allman Brothers, plus some of guest artist Joe Deninzon’s original music. Read More

Bravo and Congratulations to the Sycamore Junior High Orchestra & 8th Grade Band on tremendous performances at the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) Professional Conference!  
The OMEA Conference is an annual event and features performances by the best bands and orchestras from across the state of Ohio.  To be considered for this honor, ensembles must submit a recording of the group which is then reviewed by a selection committee.  To be chosen to perform is a tremendous honor and to have two ensembles from the same school is a very unique honor!  The appearance by the Sycamore Junior High Orchestra at this year’s conference was their eighth and this was the first appearance for the 8th Grade Band.   

The Sycamore HS Marching Band and Orchestra are going to Walt Disney World!  

The Sycamore High School Marching Band and Orchestra will be returning to Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida in 2016!  Our students will once again get the opportunity to perform for thousands of people, attend workshops and make magical memories that will last a lifetime! Our trip is only 10 months off, November 9 through 13, 2016 and we wanted to let everyone know so they can begin planning for this tremendous opportunity. We have been hard at work to insure another incredible experience for everyone.  Our past experiences with Disney have been great and our performances have been in front of enormous crowds.  This optional 2016 trip will be similar to those of the past and not only will it be fun, it will include inspiring performances and workshops for the students!

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