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Seventeen

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This young man is 17 years old today. It would be hard to express how proud Carolyn and I are of him. He works four days per week at a local sandwich shop, he gets great grades in school, he is a leader in Klein Oak Marching Band, he is kind, warm, gregarious, friendly. He is an excellent cook now and is (probably) destined for culinary school, and a life serving great meals to others.

Please join me in wishing Cody Ambrose Needham a very, very Happy Birthday.

(photo credit: Priscilla Shontz at Scatterlight Photos)

(photo credit: Priscilla Shontz at Scatterlight Photos)

He has always had a big smile.

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Happy Birthday Cody.

John P. Needham

Spring, TX

May 1, 2019

6:25AM

Klein Oak Wind Ensemble - Winter Concert

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Klein Oak Wind Ensemble - Winter Concert

Last night the Klein Oak Wind Ensemble performed their annual Winter Convert, along with KOHS Jazz Band, the new KOHS Woodwinds Octet, Klein Oak’s Symphonic I band and local a middle-school’s (Krimmel) band. This is always a super-fun event and last night was no exception. Below are the videos of Wond Ensemble. I also have videos of Jazz Band and Woodwinds Octet, so if any parents want to see those, just let me know and I’ll share them with you.

Wind Ensemble started with Dream of the Silent Night:

KOHS Wind Ensemble, Dreams of the Silent Night, performed December 12, 2018

They continued with The Sussex Mummers Christmas Carol:

KOHS Wind Ensemble, The Sussex Mummers Christmas Carol, performed December 12, 2018

The ensemble closed with their traditional winter concert close: Sleigh Ride. Look for Cody whacking wood planks on this one, it is one of the most important parts of the whole piece, to be honest!

KOHS Wind Ensemble, Sleigh Ride, performed December 12, 2018

John P. Needham

December 13, 2018

Spring, TX

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The 2018 Marching Season

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The 2018 Marching Season

So, yeah. I’ve been pretty much missing around here lately. That’s plainly obvious.

We’ve been busy with the kids, and marching band season. Plus, inertia. Entropy. Okay, laziness.

We’re mostly through the marching season: the Klein Oak Band has played all the football games so far, and there are a few more left before the playoffs, but generally the band does not march for playoff games. They’ve played in one marching contest so fat, and have another one tonight (Area UIL) and another contest Saturday (UIL again, assuming the band qualifies tonight). Then the big one in San Antonio: BOA (Bands of America).

As most know so far from Facebook, Twitter, and IG, we have two sons in Klein Oak Band: one, John Bailey, is a Drum Major, the other, Cody, is on Bass Drum 3. So here are a few images from the season so far.

KOHS Marching Band Drum Majors, 2018
Bailey at band rehearsal
Cody Photo Day
Bailey, too cool for words
Cody, also too cool for waords
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Cody at rehearsal
Bailey & Carolyn on Senior Night
Cody during warmups, Senior Night
Cody warmups (October 20, 2018)
Bailey, leading the half-time show, October 20, 2018

Well, I think that catches us up, for now. I’ll try to do better, maintaining this website. No promises, except to promise to try.

John P. Needham

October 23, 2018

Spring, TX

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16

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This young man turns 16 today. 

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Cody has *always* been a happy kid. Now he's a terrific young man. He will always be our youngest son. But we are super-proud of the young man he has become, and the man he is growing into.

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He still has this sly grin.

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Carolyn and I were talking with Cody last night about his old pictures and he mentioned the ones where he was playing t-ball with a full-leg cast, so I'm adding that below.

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Happy Birthday to our 16-year old!

John P. Needham

May 1, 2018

Spring, TX

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Klein Oak Wind Ensemble Performs at Festival Hall

The Klein Oak Wind Ensemble performed at the Round Top Festival Institute on Friday, April 27th. What a fabulous facility, that was literally in the middle of nowhere, about an hour and a half west of Houston, TX, in Round Top (population: 90). This band of super-talented young musicians practiced for hours, and played really well.

The ensemble opened with Santa Fe Saga (10:46 video):

Klein Oak Wind Ensemble at the Round Top Festival Institute. April 27, 2018, under the direction of Todd Clearwater.

Then they played Academic Overture (11:07 video):

Klein Oak Wind Ensemble at the Round Top Festival Institute. April 27, 2018, under the direction of Todd Clearwater.

The ensemble closed with North Wind March (2:33 video):

Klein Oak Wind Ensemble at the Round Top Festival Institute. April 27, 2018, under the direction of Todd Clearwater.

All the parents, obviously, are very proud of these talented and dedicated young musicians. 

John P. Needham

Spring, TX

April 29, 2018

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Marching Season Wrap-Up, 2017

Just a couple of images from the final football game of the 2017 season. With marching season winding down, and contests all in the rear-view mirror, and the final game the day after Thanksgiving in College Station, the number of band kids who showed up to play was pretty small. Bailey and Cody were both there. I got this image of them in the stands, Cody in the foreground on bass drum, Bailey behind him on trumpet.

Cody in front on bass drum, Bailey behind on trumpet

Cody in front on bass drum, Bailey behind on trumpet

Cody had wrapped his drum sticks up in red tape so they looked like candy canes, and he also had our Elf on the Shelf, Bob, mounted on the top of his drum:

Cody on bass drum, accompanied by Bob The Elf.

Cody on bass drum, accompanied by Bob The Elf.

Bob The Elf and Cody's drum sticks

Bob The Elf and Cody's drum sticks

One last picture of Bailey:

Bailey on trumpet

Bailey on trumpet

That's all for now.

John P. Needham

November 28, 2017

Spring, TX

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Bangarang!

Please allow me this "proud band dad" moment.

Since the beginning of August, Bailey and Cody and the rest of Klein Oak High School's marching band have been practicing, working really hard, on the 2017 competition show. They practiced in heat, they practiced many mornings, may late nights, weekends, after school, at football games, in competitions. 

Cody is on bass-4 bass drum; Bailey plays trumpet.

This weekend, all their hard work paid off. The band participated in Bands of America super-regional competition in San Antonio. It was far and away their best show of the season. 

The competition at the super-regional is very steep; some 75 bands competed in prelims over two days, and only 114 made the finals Saturday night. Klein  Oak Band did not make the finals, unfortunately. But that doesn't not take away from their achievement. This year's show, called Bangarang, was terrific, and the kids performed spectacularly in the prelims.

Another of the band parents was able to record the show, and uploaded it to You Tubs. I am embedding the video below. Take a look at let me know what you think!

 

We are very proud of our kids and all the band members; other parents I spoke with feel exactly the same way. These kids all worked so hard, for so many hours, over months, and for the show to come together this well, at this competition, was really special to see.

John P. Needham

November 5, 2017

Spring, TX

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Homecoming, 2017 (Cody)

I've been away from this blog for far, far, too long. Apologies for that little hiatus!

Last weekend Cody went to Homecoming at his high-school. Here are a few images.

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If you want, you can find the full set here in Flickr.

John P. Needham

November 5, 2017

Spring, TX

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Klein Oak Band - Winter Concerts, December 6, 2016

Cody (freshman) is in Concert Band this year. Here is one of the pieces that the Concert Band played at the winter concert. (This is the only piece Cody played in.) Cody on percussion.

Hypnotic Fireflies, performed by Klein Oak Concert Band, December 6, 2016.

Bailey (sophomore) is in Klein Oak's Wind Ensemble. Here is their set from the winter concert. The set includes two songs - A Holiday Rhapsody, and Sleigh Ride - and between the song is the band director Mr. Clearwater's comments, and the student recognition. (Students were recognized for Region Band auditions, for getting a chair in Region Band, and for qualifying for the Area Band auditions.)

Both pieces, A Holiday Rhapsody and Sleigh Ride, along with Mr. Clearwater's comments and the student recognition.

John P. Needham

December 8, 2016

6:20AM

Spring, TX

 

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