JAMES CHARRETTE » Welcome to BOHS Instrumental Music!

Welcome to BOHS Instrumental Music!

Hello and welcome to the BOHS Instrumental Music Website!
I am James Charrette, Director of Instrumental Music here at Brea Olinda HS. Please click on the links on the right to find more information and materials regarding our wonderful performance ensembles. 
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Have a nice day!
James Charrette
Director of Instrumental Music
Brea Olinda High School
--latest news--

Hello Everyone!

Sorry for the late email. This week is Pre-Band Camp! I invited new members to join the Marching Band Google Classroom through their BOUSD school gmail accounts. I uploaded copies of all this year’s show music, march, stand tunes, etc. onto that site so if anyone needs music for any reason they can find it in the google classroom. This will be the main way I post music and materials for students to access this year and in the future. Below is a link: (reminder: you must be logged into your BOUSD account in order to access)



Here’s what’s happening this week:


Instrument Return Day

Wednesday, July 31st (tomorrow), 8am-3pm

If you borrowed an instrument over the summer please return it to the BOHS band room anytime from 8am-3pm.


Leadership Day

Thursday, August 1st, 9am-5pm (12-1pm lunch)

Leadership attendance is required.


New Members Day

Friday, August 2nd, 9am-5pm (12-1pm lunch)

All leadership and new members attendance is required. Be prepared to be outside all day (hat, large water bottle, athletic shoes and clothes). Bring your instrument.


Workshop Day

Saturday, August 3rd, 9am-5pm (12-1pm lunch)

Leadership attendance is required. All other members optional (but strongly recommended). Leadership will run workshops on drill and music depending on student’s needs/wishes.


Percussion Camp

August 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 9am-5pm (12-1pm lunch)

All percussionists attendance is MANDATORY! We will be running final auditions and assigning parts on August 1st and learning music and technique the 2nd and 3rd. If you plan on being in percussion and can’t make these dates let me know ASAP!


2019 BOHS Marching Band Camp Information:

Information will be updated at bit.ly/bohsband

Summer Workshops:

Summer workshops are NOT mandatory - but are HIGHLY recommended (especially for new members!). All workshops will take place at the BOHS Band Room (PAC1).

Marching Workshops:

Monday, June 17th, 5pm-7pm

Monday, July 1st, 5pm-7pm

Monday, July 22nd, 5pm-7pm

Color Guard Workshops:

Monday, July 22nd, 8am-11am

Wednesday, July 24th, 8am-11am

Friday, July 26th, 8am-11am

Percussion Workshops:

Tuesday, June 18th, 5pm-7:30pm

Tuesday, July 2nd, 5pm-7:30pm

Tuesday, July 16th, 5pm-7:30pm

Pre-Band Camp (all @ BOHS Band Room - PAC1)

Pre-Band camp takes place August 1st, 2nd, & 3rd and is required for select members (see below). Note that these dates are Thursday, Friday, & Saturday. ALL members of Marching Band will attend Band Camp starting Monday, August 5th.

Percussion Camp - August 1st, 2nd, 3rd from 9am-5pm (lunch 12-1pm)

All three days are required for all percussionists in marching band. Note that these dates are Thursday, Friday, & Saturday.

Leadership Day - Thursday, August 1st from 9am-5pm (lunch 12-1pm) (required for all Band Leadership)

All leadership will also be present to help with “New Members Pre-Camp” on August 2nd, and will help run the “Individual Workshop Day” on August 3rd

New Members Day - Friday, August 2nd from 9am-5pm (lunch 12-1pm) (required for ALL NEW MEMBERS of Marching Band)

Leadership will lead new members through a formal introduction to marching & performing techniques.

Individual Workshop Day - August 3rd from 9am-5pm (lunch 12-1pm) (optional for all members, but highly recommended)

Band staff and leadership will run both Visual/Marching workshops and Music workshops assisting all band members to polish their skills in preparation for the start of full Band Camp

--Band Camp--

All members of marching band are required to attend ALL of band camp. Band camp will take place at Brea Junior High.

Week 1: August 5th-9th, 8am-4pm @ BJH (12-1pm lunch break)

Visual/marching rehearsal 8am-12 noon, music rehearsal 1pm-4pm, M-T-W-Th-F.

Week 2: August 12-16th, 8am-4pm @BJH (12-1pm lunch break)

Visual/marching rehearsal 8am-12 noon, music rehearsal 1pm-4pm, M-T-W-Th-F.

Potluck Performance: Thursday, August 15th, 5pm @ BJH

Marching Band performs what they learned over band camp and after we all join in a potluck dinner!

Mandatory Parent Meeting: Thursday, August 15th, 7pm @ BJH

ALL students and parents are required to attend. Important information regarding Marching Band and Band Boosters will be given out.

Brea Fest Performance: Friday, August 16th, 5:30pm-6:00pm at the Brea Civic Center

The BOHS Marching band has been asked to perform at Brea Fest! Local restaurants donate food to this annual community event that celebrates Brea's Art Programs. We will perform at the opening and then students be released to enjoy the event!

Student Health:

Student health & safety always comes first! Students experiencing any pain or discomfort should immediately remove themselves from rehearsal and inform Mr. Charrette.

Please let Mr. Charrette know of ANY allergies, health conditions, or other pertinent health information ASAP. This includes any food allergies, pollen or contact allergies, asthma, chronic joint/muscle issues, visual or auditory impairments. Every effort will be made to accommodate students with health conditions to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience in Marching Band.

Marching band is a very physical activity and students are responsible for taking care of their own bodies to ensure their minds and bodies can function at maximum capacity. DO: get a lot of sleep & rest, drink lots of water, eat 3 healthy meals a day (especially before rehearsal!), stretch & warm up, wear sunscreen, wear ear plugs. DO NOT: stay up late, drink sugary carbonated drinks or coffee, skip meals, eat junk food/fast food, engage in strenuous physical activity.

Some of our musical instruments are extremely loud and can reach volumes of up to (or over) 100 decibels! Prolonged exposure to this level of sound will cause permanent hearing damage. Two pairs of foam earplugs WILL be available to all students, however some students might want to invest in some higher-quality ear plugs for a better listening experience. All percussionists are required to wear ear plugs during all rehearsals and performances. Other students performing in close proximity to the drum line are highly recommended to wear ear plugs as well. All students are recommended to wear earplugs in the stands during football games.

Recommended Materials:

Students are NEVER required to purchase any materials in order to participate in Marching Band. Below is a list of recommended materials that will help ensure a successful and pleasurable Marching Band experience. If any students have any difficulty acquiring materials or have questions please contact Mr. Charrette. jcharrette@bousd.us


For all of Band Camp, ALL students should plan on being OUTSIDE ALL DAY and should therefore dress appropriately. It will likely be VERY HOT, and the best clothing will keep the sun off of your skin and allow for air flow. Students are EXTREMELY ENCOURAGED wear loose-fitting, light colored clothing and a light-colored, wide brimmed hat (or baseball cap).

It is also advisable to bring a light jacket just in case it gets cold (we rehearse until 8pm and it might get cool in the evening).

ALL students should plan on wearing athletic shoes AND socks (Drill Master shoes are NOT required for camp). Any ankle-high tennis shoes/sneakers/running shoes that are comfortable will be fine. Make sure your shoes are comfortable as you will be marching for hours every day. Open-toed shoes or sandals are NOT allowed.


It is EXTREMELY ENCOURAGED that ALL students bring a large 1/2 gallon or 1 gallon water container with them. Wearable water containers (such as CamelBak) are also encouraged. Students will be outside in the sun and heat for almost two weeks and in those conditions it’s recommended that you drink at least 1 gallon of water a day. Please be responsible and stay hydrated!

Sun Protection:

The sun is the enemy! ALL students are highly encouraged to bring and continually apply a lot of sunscreen and to wear a light-colored, large brimmed hat (or baseball cap). Please apply sunscreen outside, BEFORE rehearsal starts. Please be sensitive about who is around when applying “spray” sunscreens - nobody wants to breath that in!

Instruments and Music Materials:

Again, students are NEVER required to purchase any materials in order to participate in Marching Band. Below is a list of recommended materials that will help ensure a successful and pleasurable Marching Band experience. If any students have any difficulty acquiring materials or have questions please contact Mr. Charrette. jcharrette@bousd.us

Students should bring to every rehearsal:


-A pencil (NOT pen)

-A three-ring binder -preferably with clear-plastic inserts (so music papers don’t get wet) that has ALL music AND warm-ups (1 printed copy will be provided & digital versions will be made available)

Other suggested materials:

-chromatic tuner


-extra valve oil (brass)

-extra cork grease, extra reeds & case (woodwinds)

-extra drumsticks/mallets (percussion)

Suggested Equipment:

Any quality “intermediate model” instruments with a concert-stye mouthpiece and reeds are entirely acceptable. However, as students move into the more discriminating realm of high school music where more focus can be spent on tone quality and techniques become more advanced, it may be appropriate to invest in more intermediate or professional-grade equipment.

Upgrading a mouthpiece is much more affordable than purchasing a new instrument and can be an effective way to achieve a more professional sound with an intermediate level instrument. I recommend the following gear:

Brass Mouthpieces:

Trumpet: Bach 5C or Bach 3C

Mellophone: Blessing 6V

Trombone: Bach 6.5 AL or Bach 5G

Baritone: Schilke 51D

Tuba: Conn Helleberg

**Please be aware of “small-shank” versus “large-shank” when purchasing mouthpieces and make sure you purchase the correct size for your instrument. The "Bach 6.5 AL" and "Schilke 51D" comes in both sizes.

Woodwinds Mouthpieces:

Clarinet: D'Addario Reserve X5 or Vandoren M30

Bass Clarinet: Vandoren B45

Alto Sax: Selmer Paris S80 C* or Vandoren AL3

Tenor Sax: Vandoren TL4

Bari Sax: Yamaha 5C or Vandoren BL3

**Woodwind players should have at least 3 high quality reeds available at all times. I recommend a Vandoren 3 strength reed (or equivalent). Ligatures have less impact, but consider a quality Rovner, Yamaha, or Vandoren ligature if you feel the need to upgrade.

Percussion Equipment:

For marching season, students will be provided with one pair of sticks/mallets. It is highly recommended that students purchase extra (especially Snare drum). Percussionists are strongly recommended to bring their own metronome and a drum key/torque wrench.

For the concert season, I recommend that percussionists invest in a small stick bag (VicFirth Standard Drum Stick Bag) and fill it with at least one pair of drumsticks (VicFirth 5A or 5B or equivalent), one pair of yarn mallets (Balter Pro Vibe Series Rattan 23R Medium Blue Cord), and one pair of timpani mallets (VicFirth T1 General).


Marching Band Performances - Fall 2019:

Friday 8/30 Home Football Game v. Sonora HS, 7pm-10pm

Friday 9/6 Away Football Game v. Valencia HS, 7pm-10pm

Friday 9/13 Home Football Game v. Sunny Hills HS, 7pm-10pm

Friday 9/20 Away Football Game v. Fullerton HS, 7pm-10pm

Friday 9/27 Home Football Game v. Ayala HS, 7pm-10pm

Friday 10/4 Away Football Game v. Canyon HS, 7pm-10pm (@ BOHS)

Saturday, 10/5 Tustin Tillers Day Parade

Friday 10/11 Away Football Game v. Yorba Linda HS, 7pm-10pm

Saturday, 10/12 South Coast Invitational CSBC Competition (@ Costa Mesa HS)

Friday 10/18 Home Football Game v. Esperanza HS, 7pm-10pm

Saturday, 10/19 Norwalk Halloween Parade

Friday 10/25 Away Football Game v. El Dorado HS, 7pm-10pm

Saturday, 10/26 Circle City Classic CSBC Competition (@ Centennial HS)

Friday 11/1 Home Football Game v. Foothill HS, 7pm-10pm

*Potential CIF Football Games 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 11/29*

Saturday, 11/9 Mayfair HS CSBC Competition

Saturday, 11/16 CSBC Semi-Finals Competition (likely @ Irvine HS)

Saturday, 11/23 CSBC Finals Competition pending qualification (likely @ Huntington Beach HS)

Wednesday, 12/11 Evening of the Arts, 7pm (12/10 dress rehearsal)

Thursday, 12/12 Assembly of the Arts (during school)

For all CSBC competitions, please clear your ENTIRE DAY. We will usually perform in the afternoon and the stay to watch other groups perform and for awards at the end of the competition. Marching band also performs at school Pep-rallies and at other school events.

Thank you!
James Charrette
Director of Instrumental Music
Brea Olinda High School

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