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Eastwood Band Program


Brian Myers Jonathan Roode

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2022-23 Band Calendar

Click here for the current 2022-23 District Band Calendar. The Google Calendar is always available on this web page in the left menu bar. Add this calendar to your Google Calendar to follow all band events.

Eastwood Jazz Festival

    The 10th Annual Eastwood Jazz Festival will be held Saturday, May 6 at Eastwood High School, 4900 Sugar Ridge Rd., Pemberville.

     The festival will include dinner and entertainment provided by the Toledo Jazz Festival Combo and the Bowling Green, Eastwood, Genoa and Otsego high school jazz bands. There will be a silent auction as well as a 50/50 drawing.

     Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Performances start at 6:00pm. The four-course meal will feature smoked beef brisket and grilled seasoned pork loin. A vegetarian option is available.

     Tickets are $35 for dinner and entertainment. Entertainment only tickets can be purchased at the door for $15. Tables for 8 with preferred seating are $245.

Tickets and full menu information are available online at 

Sousa's March Mania

Sousa's March Mania is a march bracket voting competition sponsored by the U.S. Marine Band. The program facilitates exposure and appreciation for many different marches. The 10th Anniversary of Sousa's March Mania featured all Sousa marches. At Eastwood, we ended March Mania with a classroom Kahoot trivia contest about the U.S. Marine Band and John Philip Sousa. Prizes were March Mania buttons and stickers supplied by the Marine Band. 

BGSU Flutes Visit Eastwood

We were very fortunate to have BGSU Flute Professor Dr. Terri Sánchez and several BGSU graduate students perform and give a flute clinic to our MS and HS flutists on March 30. Dr. Sánchez is a phenomenal teacher, and helped each flutist individually. She encouraged students to consider private lessons to further their skills. The flute clinic was sponsored by the Eastwood Band Boosters.

Dr. Terri Sánchez gives individual feedback to Madi Hawn.

Eastwood's Got Talent

The Eastwood Tri-M Music Honor Society Chapter successfully hosted the first "Eastwood's Got Talent" assembly on March 31. With the HS student body and faculty as the audience, Eastwood's finest vocalists and instrumentalists competed for prizes worth $75, $50 and $25. Winners were 1st place Jordan Appelhans, 2nd place Kalya Buhler and 3rd place Savanah Stephens.

Senior Curtis Nutter performs Lean on Me at Eastwood's Got Talent.

Tiffin University FusionFest

The Eastwood Jazz Band traveled to the University of Tiffin to perform at the 2023 FusionFest on March 30. The performance clinic offers high school ensembles the opportunity to hear other schools perform, gain valuable feedback, and hear collegiate and professional performances. Thanks to Drew Parent, Director of Bands, for hosting this great event. A professional video and photos of Eastwood's performance will be shared at a later date.

Tiffin University FusionFest clinic session following the performance

MS Band Spring Fling

RSVP Link  -  You must RSVP by Tuesday, April 18th.

Parent Volunteer and Donation Sign Up -

Eastwood Jazz Festival

The 10th Annual Eastwood Jazz Festival is not only a jazz performance showcase, but also a large Band Booster fundraiser that requires many volunteers and donations. We will host and feed 4 HS Jazz Bands, a combo from the Toledo Jazz Festival and approximately 150 guests! To volunteer or donate to the Eastwood Jazz Festival, please click on the link below. Donations can be dropped off anytime Friday in the HS Band Room outside the directors' offices. Thank you for your support! A flier also is attached to this email. Please share on social media and with your family and friends!



Uniform Fittings

A sign up sheet is posted in the HS and MS Band Rooms for current 8th - 11th grade students to be fitted for their marching band uniform. Appointments are available between 6-8pm on April 25, 26 & 27. Additional information will be forthcoming to 8th graders and their parents about what is needed for the HS Band uniform.

Instrument Testing Underway  

The 2023-24 Eastwood 6th Grade Band is almost done with instrument tryouts! These were done during 5th grade general music class. Please encourage your 5th grade friends to try a band instrument!

BGSU CMA Performances

BGSU Early Music Ensemble

TODAY - Thursday, April 13⋅8:00 – 8:30pm

Bryan Recital Hall

Find all BGSU CMA Events here. Most are free!

Upcoming Events

Mon., Apr. 24    Band Boosters, HS Library, 7:30pm

April 25-27       Marching Band Uniform Fittings, by appointment, 6:00-8:30pm   

Thur., Apr. 27    Field Commander Audition Meeting, HS Band Room, 2:25pm-2:30pm

Thur., May 4      Field Commander Auditions, HS, 2:30pm

Sat., May 6         Eastwood Jazz Festival, 6:00pm

Thur., May 11    Bands 6-12 Spring Concert, HS Gymnasium, 7:30pm

Mon., May 22    HS Band Awards Banquet, HS CAFETERIA & AUDITORIUM, 6:00pm; Last name A-K bring main dish and salad, L-Z bring  main dish & dessert; bring table service; drinks provided; Business casual - no jeans, shorts, t-shirts or hats.

Mon., May 29    Memorial Day, report to Pemberville Elementary, 8:45am; Troy Twp. Cemetery (Luckey), 1:30pm

Tue., May 30      7th Grade Band Elementary Performance, in school

Wed., May 31     6th Grade Band Elementary Performance, in school

Sun., June 4        Graduation, report 1:15pm (required for classes of ‘24, ‘25 & ‘26

OMEA JH Solo & Ensemble

Congratulations to the following band students who performed at OMEA Junior High Solo & Ensemble on Saturday, March 25th at Northwood High School:

Earning a Superior One Rating for a solo:

·       Lauren Ellis

·       Jacob Ochs

·       Zander Napierala

·       Leah Sholey (2 solos)

·       Abigail Stewart

·       Erika Smith


Earning a Superior One Rating in an ensemble:

·       Chloe Crosby, Lauren Ellis & Sydney Bell

·       Rorie Amrine, Abigail Stewart, Kaelynn Sigurdson & Erika Smith


Earning an Excellent Two Rating on a solo:

·       Sydney Bell

·       Chloe Crosby

·       Madelynne Sharp

·       Maya Zunk


Earning an Excellent Two Rating on an ensemble:

·       Sydney Bell & Libby Hawn

·       Zander Napierela & Noah Sikora

·       Owen Burris & Leah Sholey


Performing in Festival Performance on a solo:

·       Brayden Barnhart

·       Abigail Stewart & Sophia Zunk

·       Luke Marlow, Gideon Mohn, Jacob Ochs & Jordan Tipping

·       Lucas Firsdon, Layla Newman & Madelynne Sharp

Congratulations to all the participants for their dedication to perform and personal improvement.

MS Band Social Crew

If you would like to attend Eastwood MS Social Crew meetings, contact Chairperson Shawn Ochs at

BGSU Flute Studio Performance and Clinic

The BGSU Graduate Flute Studio and Dr. Terri Sanchez will perform at the Eastwood HS Auditorium on Thursday, March 30 at 7:00pm. All band students are invited to attend. At approximately 7:30pm, a 30 minute flute clinic will be held for all Eastwood flutists.

Pemberville Recycling

Eastwood Band Boosters Pemberville Recycling is looking for a family or 2 to start helping check the recycling areas.  It requires a very minimal amount of time about every 4 weeks and you earn Travel Notes for future band travel expenses. Contact Heather Hawn if you are interested at

The next Band Booster meeting will be Monday, April 24 at 7:30pm in the EHS Media Center.

Fifth Grade Band Recruiting

Eastwood 5th Graders are currently being fitted on instruments for next year's 6th Grade Band. Please encourage any 5th Grader you know to consider trying an instrument.

Eastwood Jazz Festival

May 6, 2023


Eastwood HS Gymnasium

Grades 6-12 Band Concert

Thursday, May 11, 2023

Eastwood HS Gymnasium

7:10pm report time, 7:30pm performance

OMEA D1 Honors Band

We are very proud of our MS & HS students who auditioned and were selected for the 2023 OMEA District 1 Honors Bands. They will perform in the District 1 Honors Festival this Sunday, January 22nd at 2:30pm for MS and 7pm for HS at the Stranahan Theater. The performances are free, but donations are accepted.


Cameron Brinker, bassoon

Haley Sponaugle, clarinet


Sydney Bell, clarinet

Noah Sikora, trumpet


Leah Sholey, clarinet

OMEA HS Solo & Ensemble

The band schedule and maps for OMEA HS Solo & Ensemble were emailed to all participating students. The event is Saturday, January 28 at Lake HS. Please come support your Eastwood musicians at their performances! A voluntary practice recital will be held Monday, January 23 at 6pm in the HS auditorium. Families are welcome to attend.

8th Grade (& HS) Pep Band Night

Friday, February 10 (changed)

6:30-end of game (approx. 8:45)

Wear school clothes. No admission. Money for concessions is optional.

Report to HS Band Room.

6th & 7th Grade Band Concert

Thursday, February 23


Eastwood HS Auditorium

Quarter Frenzy

Benefitting the Eastwood Band Program

February 26, 2023

Pemberville American Legion

Doors open at 5pm. Bidding starts at 6pm. $5 Admission

A flier is attached. Bid on gret deals and help the band!

8th Grade & HS Band Concert

Monday, February 27


Eastwood HS Auditorium

OMEA District 1 Large Group HS Band Adjudicated Event

The Eastwood Concert Band performed on Friday, March 3 at the OMEA HS Large Group Adjudicated Event at Sylvania Southview HS. They earned II (Excellent) ratings on their prepared pieces and a I (Superior) in sight reading for a final composite score of a II. These ratings were one rating short of earning a spot on the State stage.

Into the Woods

Eastwood HS will present Into the Woods on Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18 at 7pm and Sunday, March 19 at 2pm. An announcement will be made when tickets go on sale.

Little Caesar's Pizza Sale

The annual Little Caesar's Pizza Sale will be October  24-November 21. Delivery will be the week of December 5. A separate online sale will be held the November 16-December 16.

Honor Bands

Congratulations to our first honor band members of the year!

Brenna Payne, Capital University Honors Band, Nov. 11-12

Jennifer Russell, OMEA NW Region Honors Orchestra, Nov. 13

First Responder Salute

It was an honor to host many local first responders at our only home performance of the First Responder Salute Halftime Show. We are indebted to their service and dedication to keeping our communities safe.

Home - August 26

Final performance at Maumee - September 2

6th Grade Beginning Band

All student who were interested in band were tested on instruments at the end of 5th grade.

Instrument Rentals/Procurement

In most cases, parents rent an instrument through Rettig Music for their middle school years.  Rettig offers a wonderful rent-to-own program and is an established music retailer throughout Ohio.  Of course this is not required. Oftentimes parents may have an instrument (either their own or a relative's) that their child will use.  We highly recommend having the instrument looked over by Rettig to make sure it is in good working order, especially if it's been sitting in its case for an extended period of time.  Finally, if you decide to purchase an instrument on your own, please consult with Mr. Myers or Mr. Roode before doing so.  You may be tempted to get the $100 instrument from Amazon or eBay, but don't!  Poor quality instruments are the biggest cause of frustration for young musicians. AN INSTRUMENT, BOOK (Tradition of Excellence, Book 1) AND INSTRUMENT CARE SUPPLIES ARE NEEDED ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. DO NOT WAIT TO RENT OR BUY AN INSTRUMENT UNTIL AUGUST WHEN DEMAND IS HIGH.

If there are concerns of the financial impact of renting or purchasing an instrument, please look at the Be Instrumental Foundation in Toledo.  They are a non-profit organization that provides educational opportunities, mentoring, and financial resources to young musicians. 

Student/Parent Contact Form

If you have not done so, please take a minute to fill out the following 6th Grade Band Information Form. The parent contact information is so we easily can add you to our mailing lists for communication during the school year.

If you have any questions, please contact me by email at  

Jonathan P. Roode

Assistant Director

Practicing and Improvement

There are important practice tools for all band members to use for personal improvement. 

Tuners and metronomes can be found for free online, as apps, or you may have an electronic device (HS winds have a school provided Korg TM-50/60). For Android apps, try Metronome Beats and Sound-corset tuner (both free). In 2021, we will start using the Tonal Energy Tuner app at school which is available for $3.99.

Individual Practice System in the Tradition of Excellence

The 6th & 7th Grade Tradition of Excellence (TOE) method book comes with a free 1 year subscription to the Individual Practice System (IPS). This computer program or app contains playing examples, accompaniments, and much, much more! This is a very valuable practice tool. Directions for installing the IPS can be found on the inside back cover of the TOE method book (Note: It cannot be downloaded to the 6th Grade ChromeBooks. Please use another device.)

Solo Instrument Books

Themed solo instrument books (sometimes called play-along or folios) have the melody written for your instrument, and include a recorded accompaniment. Solo books can be purchased through Rettig Music (1-800-52-MUSIC) or online. Be sure the difficulty level is appropriate by viewing sample pages. Check out the numerous styles of pop, rock, Disney, country, musicals and more at the Hal Leonard website.

Method Books

These are not the red, blue or green books we use in MS classes, but rather instrument specific method books that work progressively on playing techniques. There are many to choose from, so ask a director for recommendations. If you take private lessons (next paragraph), your teacher will probably ask you to purchase a few method books. If you are going to use more than 1 book, it may be more affordable for you to purchase a yearly SmartMusic subscription. This gives you access to numerous method books, band pieces, professional reference recordings, and a host of practice tools. One of the most useful tools is immediate feedback on performances.


Any private lessons are great for individual growth, even if you cannot meet every week in the summer. A great place to start for wind players is Howard Williams, the retired Woodmore Band Director. He is closeby in Woodville, experienced and affordable ($15/30 min.). He can be reached at or 419-575-4658. For percussion, Mike Czeczele, Terra Tech. Percussion Instructor who lives in Woodville, 419-707-3133,; or if you are closer to Bowling Green try Nick Dian, 815-298-4587, There are many other teachers, so please contact Mr. Myers if you need additional recommendations.

Piano Lessons

If you are looking for a new challenge, playing piano has theory and musicianship benefits that apply to every instrument. Click here for a list of Eastwood area piano teachers.

Sight Reading Factory

Your school Sight Reading Factory subscription is good throughout the summer, so please continue to use it as a part of your practice routine.

College Camps

Most Ohio colleges and universities offer summer camps for specific instruments, band and jazz. Many were not offered this summer, or went online due to COVID, but will be back in 2022.


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  YouTube Channel

Performances of the Eagle Marching Band will be posted on our YouTube Channel

High School Band Florida Trip

The Eastwood High School Band will travel to Orlando, Florida from April 9-15, 2022. The band has been taking this trip every 4 years since 1986. In Disney's "You're Instrumental" Performing Arts Workshop, the concert band sight reads, prepares and records a polished performance of special Disney music selections, including a pairing the band with a clip from a Disney film. The marching band will perform in the Magic Kingdom's Festival of Fantasy pre-parade for a park full of spectators. The band was able to visit four Disney parks, Typhoon Lagoon water park, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. Trip arrangements are with Noteworthy Tours, Sandusky. Trip payments of $250 are due on the 15th of August, September, and October. The balance is due November 15. Send to Eastwood Band Booster Treasurer, P.O. Box 101, Pemberville, OH 43450 or give to Mr. Myers.