JAMES CHARRETTE » Welcome to BOHS Instrumental Music!

Welcome to BOHS Instrumental Music!

Hello and welcome to the BOHS Instrumental Music Website! I am director James Charrette. Please click on the links on the right to find more information and materials regarding our wonderful performance ensembles. 
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Hello everyone!

I hope your spring is going well! We continue to be busy bees here at BOHS Instrumental Music. I have some important schedule announcements about the coming weeks. We will be crazy busy after Spring Break!


We will be having Leadership Auditions/Interviews on April 24, 25, 26 after school. Wednesday 4/24 will be Woodwinds, Thursday 4/25 will be Percussion, Color Guard, and Drum Majors, and Friday 4/26 will be Brass. If you have conflicts let me know ASAP.


I'd like to have a few after school rehearsals for full band Wind Ensemble on Tuesday, 4/23 from 3-4pm and Tuesday, 4/30 from 3-4pm.


Due to the high number of applicants, I have decided to hold a separate concert for our auditioning Drum Majors to conduct the Wind Ensemble. We will have an open Drum Major Audition Concert on Thursday, May 2nd at 7pm where the Drum Major applicants will conduct the pieces they’ve picked. No tickets required - it’s free! Come support our leadership applicants!


Our Spring Concert will take place on Friday, May 3rd at 7pm. Tickets will go on sale over Spring Break. All instrumental music ensembles will perform: Winter Color Guard, Winter Drum Line, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Band. It will be a blast! Please come support our hard working students!


Jazz Band will be attending the Mt. SAC Jazz Festival on Saturday, May 4th. Our last festival of the year! It will be fun!


Please come support our awesome color guard!

Winter Color Guard Performances:

-THIS Saturday! 4/6 @ Valencia HS (BJH at 9am ; BOHS at 1:20pm)

-Saturday 4/13 @ Championships*

-(Friday 5/3 Spring Concert performance)


Drum line placed 2nd last weekend! Come support them!

Winter Drum Line Performances:

-SUNDAY 4/14 Semi-Finals @ Colony HS*

-Saturday 4/27 Finals @ Azusa Pacific University

-(Friday 5/3 Spring Concert performance (stand-still))


*keep in mind that the 4/13 & 4/14 Drum line and Color Guard performances technically take place over the first spring break weekend*


Placement auditions for next year will happen the weeks after the Spring Concert (May 6-10; and May 13-17) during class. I'll announce details in class.


Looking forward: our annual Instrumental Music Awards Banquet will take place on Monday, May 20th at the Brea Community Center. Mark your calendars! Tickets for that will go on sale over Spring Break as well.


Thank you!

James Charrette
Director of Instrumental Music
Brea Olinda High School

Hello Everyone!

I’d like to take a moment to request your continued support of our fantastic instrumental ensembles here at BOHS. Our ensembles require purchasing music, instrument maintenance & repair, and professional instruction (coaches) in order to maximize their success every year. I would like to request that every ensemble member make a donation to help support each ensemble as follows:


Suggested Donations:

Wind Ensemble: $90

Chamber Orchestra: $90

Jazz Band: $90

Please make donations our to the ‘BOHS Band Boosters’

Thank you so much!



The Winter Color Guard is hosting a Yard Sale this Saturday 9/26, at the Plummer’s residence: 989 Tremaine Dr., Brea CA 92821. Please come out and support them!

Also, we have organized another dinner night! We’re going to Panda Express on Tuesday, 2/5! I’ll send the flyer/details shortly.


The 2019 Brea 8K Classic Race is right around the corner! The race happens on Sunday February 24th, with a LOT of setup taking place beforehand. My understanding is that proceeds distribution is directly related to volunteer participation, so we need as many volunteers as possible to maintain our involvement and return on this SUPER IMPORTANT fundraiser!

Please sign up at:


Contact volunteers@brea8k.com if you have any questions!



Reminder of Important Upcoming Dates:

Wind Ensemble:

Festival Performance (tent.) -  Friday 3/15

Instrumental Pops Concert -  Friday 5/3, 7pm

Chamber Orchestra:

Brea Olinda Area Orchestra Concert - Wed. 2/20, 7pm @BJH

Festival Performance (TBD)

Instrumental Pops Concert -  Friday 5/3, 7pm

Jazz Band:

BJH + BOHS Jazz Concert - Thursday 3/7

Festival Performance(tent.)- Saturday 3/16

Instrumental Pops Concert -  Friday 5/3, 7pm

Festival Performance(tent.) - Saturday 5/4

Winter Drum Line competitions:

3/2 - West Covina HS

3/9 - hosted by Rancho Buena Vista @ Mission Vista HS (San Diego Tour - 8, 9, 10th)

3/30 - Mission Hills HS

4/13-14 - Semi-Finals (Colony HS in Riverside)

4/27 - Finals (Azusa Pacific University)

Instrumental Pops Concert. - 5/3

Winter Color Guard competitions:

2/9 - Classification Performance (@Woobridge HS)

3/9 - Valencia HS show

3/23 - El Toro HS

4/6 - Savannah HS (@ Valencia HS)

4/13 - Championships (OC/Huntington Beach area)

Instrumental Pops Concert - 5/3, 7pm


TBD *fundraiser show*

James Charrette
Director of Instrumental Music
Brea Olinda High School
Welcome to 2019! We have a lot to look forward to this year! I’d like to keep you all in the loop as far as what’s planned this semester.

Attention junior and seniors!: Fullerton College is hosting a Music Appreciation Course at BOHS this semester on Mondays & Wednesdays after school. You can earn 4 units of college credit, for FREE! Both Seniors AND Juniors are eligible. Contact your counselor to sign up!
Our Chamber Orchestra will perform at our first ever Brea Olinda USD Combined Orchestra Concert on Wednesday, 2/20/19. We will perform along with the BJH Orchestra and our new Elementary Strings Orchestras. I hope to see you all there!

Wind Ensemble: I’d like everyone to know that I am planning on having some after school rehearsals for the concert season. Please plan on rehearsing in March on Tuesdays after school, from 3pm-4pm. Here’s the exact dates:
Tuesday, 3/5 3pm-4pm
Tuesday, 3/12 3pm-4pm
Tuesday, 3/19 3pm-4pm
Tuesday, 3/26 3pm-4pm
Tuesday, 4/2 3pm-4pm
We will have a festival performance in March, and our Spring Concert on the evening of May 3rd (dress rehearsal on Thursday May 2nd after school)
Please let me know if there are any issues/conflicts. Thanks!

Jazz Band, please keep the dates of Saturday 3/16, and Saturday 5/4 clear for possible festival dates.

Winter Drumline Rehearsals are continuing on Tuesdays (4-7pm) and Thursdays (5:30-8pm). Please turn in your $190 Costume payments by this Friday, 1/11/19. Please make checks out to “BOHS Band” and give payment to Mr. Charrette directly. Let me know if you have any questions/comments/concerns.
Drumline Competitions will take place on 3/2, 3/9 (SD trip), 3/30, 4/13 (Semi-Finals), 4/20 (Finals). Performers, please keep those dates free! (The WHOLE DAY!)

Winter Color Guard Rehearsals are continuing on Tuesdays and Fridays, 6-8:30pm. Please turn in your Costume payments by next week, Friday, 1/18/19. Please make checks out to “BOHS Band” and give payment to Mr. Charrette directly. Let me know if you have any questions/comments/concerns.

James Charrette
Director of Instrumental Music
Brea Olinda High School