Welcome to BOHS Instrumental Music!

Hello! Welcome to the Brea Olinda High School Instrumental Music Website!
I am James Charrette, the 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. 
Please share this website with anyone interested! bit.ly/bohsband
Support our program! Visit the BOHS Instrumental Music Boosters webpage and donate! https://www.bohsband.com/
Our main method of email contact with our members is through Charms Office.
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If you have any questions/comments/concerns about our program please email me at jcharrette@bousd.us
Have a nice day!
James Charrette
Director of Instrumental Music
Brea Olinda High School
Latest News:
(regarding the 7/27 and 7/28 Zoom meetings)

Hello everyone! And welcome new members & parents!

I apologize for the lack of communication over this summer. The situation with band, school, and the fall season has been changing daily. Thank you for being patient. I finally have some hard information for you all.


Firstly, everyone should please plan on attending the following Zoom meetings:


ALL Freshman members & Parents: Monday July 27th, 7pm

-We will go over important information for new members regarding both marching band and Band Boosters participation (Freshman/New Members only)
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 975 5660 1363
Passcode: bohsband

ALL MEMBERS & PARENTS: Tuesday July 28th, 7pm

-All students in Marching Band, Percussion & Color Guard and their parents are required to attend this meeting. We will distribute important information about how we will conduct Band Camp and the season beyond, as well as important changes being made this year due to distance learning. The Band Boosters will also give out important information regarding their organization and fundraising. 
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 958 4345 4700

Passcode: bohsband



More detailed information regarding materials for band will be released, but in anticipation of our distance learning and online band camp it’s encouraged that students and parents start thinking about acquiring the following: Zoom internet streaming capabilities, an appropriate space to practice/stream from (students can be loud and play their instruments, have at least 6ft x 6ft space to move for movement routines), separate tuner/metronome/music playback devices (a phone can do all these things, but not at the same time), a music stand. In addition, percussionists should acquire drum sticks and a drum pad. Color Guard will have to find an appropriate practice space outside with enough vertical and horizontal space to manipulate their equipment (a large backyard with grass would be ideal). 


Important Dates:

Below is a reminder of important dates. All events will be taking place online through Zoom or other means. Students must have these entire blocks of time available for Zoom meetings/sectionals/group rehearsals, and individual practice.


Pre-Band Camp (July 29th, 30th, 31st)

Percussion Camp/Auditions: (Percussion only)

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, July 29, 30, 31 from 9am-6pm

Color Guard Camp: (Color Guard only)

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, July 29, 30, 31 from 9am-6pm

Leadership Meeting (Band Leadership members only)

Thursday July 30th, 9am-6pm

Freshman Camp (all freshman/new members & Band Leadership only)

Friday July 31st, 9am-6pm


BAND CAMP 2020 (REQUIRED for ALL Marching Band, Percussion, and Color Guard members)

Week 1: August 3-7

Monday - Friday, 8am-12noon; (lunch break 12-1pm);  1pm-4pm

Week 2: August 10-14

Monday - Friday, 8am-12noon; (lunch break 12-1pm);  1pm-4pm



See you soon! 


Sorry if you all already received this. I wanted to copy it to reiterate how proud I am of all the seniors who are, and have been previously, a huge part of the Instrumental Music Department here at BOHS. I'm so glad to see so many band students being honored!

Regarding Instrumental Music specific awards, Cody Thurman received the US Marine Corps Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence, the Brandon Hampson Instrumental Music Award, and was a Character Counts Finalist (~17:24 in the video). Congratulations Cody!

Thank you seniors for everything you've done! 

Best wishes!
James Charrette
Director of Instrumental Music @ Brea Olinda High School
About the Director:
James Charrette is the Director of Instrumental Music at Brea Olinda High School. A graduate of El Dorado HS, James went on to study percussion performance at U.C.L.A. (B.A. Music Performance) and The Boston Conservatory (M.M. Percussion Performance). In his performance career, James has performed with many educational, independent, and professional organizations including The Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps, UCLA, The Boston Conservatory, Irvine Valley College, CSUF, and the Pacific Symphony (OC Can You Play). As an educator, James taught high school level marching and concert percussion ensembles at many schools in the Southern California area for over 10 years. James earned his teaching credential at California State University Fullerton in 2018 and is excited to be in his second year teaching at Brea Olinda High School.