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April 2021

Oakville Winter Guard – National Semifinalists

This season, the OHS winter guard was able to create another successful performance. The guard consisted of 12 members, 10 of which were competitive and 2 of which were non-competitive. They performed a show to the title, Afloat, which sought to demonstrate the bubbly feeling we all experience when we do things that we love with the people that we love. Through beautiful choreography, unique bubble aesthetics, and a unique rendition of, Pure Imagination the guard found their way floating to the top. In their state championships, they took second place!
They were able to progress to the national semifinals for the first time in program history, with a superior rating. The accomplishments of these kids are noticed by many across the nation and especially within our school. Congratulations to all the students who were able to participate. We wish the seniors who will be graduating nothing but success as they continue their marching careers well beyond the 4 walls of our tiger gym.
Congratulations to these guard members;
  • Paige Alfedt
  • Andrew Blanchette
  • Kenzie Jacobi
  • Samantha Kiethline
  • Ben Lanier
  • Kolden Lam
  • Kenneth Louvierre
  • Emmanuel Mooty
  • Matthew Sipple
  • Dylan Tice
  • Helen Tolcou
  • Jenna Yeager

Watch the National performance below:

March 2020

Our Varsity Winterguard competed in the WGI Tulsa Regional: There were 26 schools in their division coming from Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, & Texas. Our kids made FINALS and finished in 6th Place overall!!! Congratulations WG!!! Link to scores can be found at:

Solo and Ensemble Contests for the St. Louis Suburban Music Educators Association was held on March 6-7 at Parkway Central HS

We had 23 individual students who received an “Exemplary” Rating are now eligible to go to State Contest (5/1 @ Mizzou)

Exemplary Ratings (I) were awarded to:


  • Emre Aka, Colin Akers, Michael Agnew, Matt Coombs, Jared Hasty, Thomas Kallaos, and Ethan Kauffman,


  • Tuba Trio: Alex Blume, Justin Crawford, Tyler Genthon
  • Saxophone Sextet: Asia Barcom, Aaron Macrander, Faruk Sopovic, Sophie Kettenbrink, Emre Aka & John Hamburg
  • Clarinet Quartet: Kayla Cormack, Alyssa Cervera, Carley Hopkins, Isabella Wirthlin
  • Trumpet Trio: Matt Coombs, Max Jonak, & Ethan Kauffman
  • WW Trio: Mylena Lam, Asia Barcom, Bonnie Niedermann
  • WW Trio: Norah Kovac, Alyssa Cervera, Isabella Wirthlin

February 2020 –

Congrats to both JV & Varsity Winterguard as they competed in the Mid-Continent Color Guard Association contest this past Saturday at Edwardsville High School

The Junior Varsity won their round of Scholastic Regional A and the Varsity finished in 3rd place in their division.
Want to watch them perform? Come to Gym A at 6pm on Sat. Feb 15 for the Guard Preview!

January 2020 – The Marching Band and Winter Guard were recently featured by FJM (Fred J Miller) in their 2019-20 IMAGES catalog.

May 23, 2018 – The Oakville High School Band was featured on Channel 4 News.  It was a great feature and will help promote the effort to get the band to France next June.  Another version of the story will air this afternoon on the 4:00 news.  We are trying to share the story as far and wide as we can, and were hoping the district might be able to link the story on their social media.  We weren’t entirely sure who to contact, so I’m sending to all of you.  We really need community involvement in this process, and this is a great first step.  The story link is below.  Please take a look and share it if you can.


February 28, 2017 – Congratulations to our Symphonic Band & Wind Symphony. Both groups received “Exemplary” ratings while competing in the MSHSAA State Band Contest. This is the highest honor MSHSSA bestows and we are thrilled two have two bands receive this accolade.


We had a great time and were so proud of the kids, not only for their performance but for their behavior & etiquette all along the way.  Both our Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony received Superior Ratings and exemplary comments from a panel of distinct judges at The National Adjudicators Invitational in Atlanta, GA.

Highlights from the trip include:
  • Having clinics with composers: David Holsinger and Robert W. Smith
  • Attended Concert of Atlanta Symphony Orchestra/Chorus: We heard the World Premier of Jonathan Leshnoff’s orchestral work “Zohar” and The German Requiem by Brahms.
  • Campus Tour of Lee University
  • Q & A with Carl Azuz, CNN Anchor of Student News
  • Coca-Cola Tour (stay away from Italy’s “Beverly” and South America’s “Inca-Cola”)
  • Hiking 5.6 miles round trip up Stone Mountain (due to high winds, the lift was not operating)
If you would like to see some pics here is the Oakville Band Parents’ Association Facebook Page
On Saturday, March 5th individual band members competed in District Solo and Ensemble Contest. Those individuals received an Exemplary Rating (I) will move on to State Contest on April 30, 2016.  Those students moving on to state are:

Ally Ashbrook              Grace Bellovich                    Tyler Biermann
Conrad Bucholtz          Luke Carroll                         Matthew Chenot
Nathan Doty                Elise Elking                          Ashley Griffie
Tommy Gholston         Curtis Halbrook                    Mallorie Hodges
Amber Hupperts         Ashley Jackubeck                 Devin Jost
Gio Lauriello               Heather Ludwig                     RJ Martin
Karissa May               Katie McElroy                        Jacob McSwiney
Abby Menkhus           Nicole Neher                         David O’Donnell
Emma O’Donnell        Victoria Ratcliff                      Sara Ravens
Maddie Reinagel        Caleb Roth                            Carson Shaper
Lukas Shelp               Jacob Steding                        Travis Tice
Kris Wu                      Taylor Zapf                             Lauren Zygmont
Sarah Zygmont

Four OHS band students will be attending the Bi-State Honor Band on the campus of SIUE on Friday, January 22 – Saturday, January 23.

Karissa May (10), Amber Cannon (11), RJ Martin (12, & Amber Hupperts (12)

Band Pic 13-14

For information about the band or future events, visit their website

Hawaii Trip 2014:

The OHS band was asked to perform on the USS Missouri in order to honor the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor this summer!  Mr. Brakefield read the band a letter from Governor Nixon about a year ago, congratulating the band on being chosen. The band was picked because someone involved with the anniversary celebration heard their performance at the Missouri Music Educators Association Conference and was impressed with the superior production our band provides!

In addition to the band teachers; Mr. Vance Brakefield and Mr. Theron Perkowski, Principal Mrs. Jan Kellerman and the middle school band directors will also be going on the trip as well as a few teachers.

The band marched in the 98th Annual King Kamehameha Floral Parade and were selected Best Band, played on the USS Missouri at the celebration, went to the beach, hiked to the top of Diamond Head, and got to go to a luau!  It was a once in a lifetime opportunity that our students will remember for a lifetime!

Band to Diamond Head Band to the Boat Band Vet Band Warm Up Band Wins

The OHS Marching Band’s competitive season is underway. The Marching Tigers show is entitled “Scheherazade” and features the music by Rimksy Korsakov. The band is led by senior Drum Majors Brendan Sheehan and Drew Collins.
Recent Competition Results:
9/7 – Mozingo Percussion Contest – 5th place class A
9/14 – Metro East Marching Classic – 4th place in their class
9/21 – Farmington Marching Invitational – Won Outstanding Music and Outstanding Percussion, finished 2nd Place Overall
10/5 – Blue Springs Golden Regiment Invitational – Finished in 1st place in their class winning Outstanding Visual and General Effect. They also made Finals and were the finished in6th place overall out of 23 bands from four different states.
Their last competition will be at the University of Missouri, Contest of Champions on October 12, 2013.