The Owasso Band Program has a long history of excellence. Students learn that good behavior and citizenship are the driving force behind the success of the band. Without these things it is impossible for individuals to reach their maximum potential as a musician.
Since 1980 the Owasso High School Band has earned 116 OSSAA State Sweepstakes Awards. The band program now five contest-level concert bands.
The concert bands have also participated in contests in Chicago, Washington D.C., Orlando, St. Louis, Houston, Virginia Beach, Atlanta, Chattanooga, Indianapolis and San Antonio. The PRIDE of Owasso is a 1997 recipient of the Sudler Flag of Honor and a 2005 recipient of the Sudler Shield. These international awards are presented by the John Philip Sousa Foundation to outstanding concert bands (the “Flag”) and marching bands (the “Shield”). Owasso High School is the only band in Oklahoma to have received both awards. The Owasso Wind Ensemble has performed twice at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic (1999, 2012).
The PRIDE of Owasso marching band has received First Divisions in the OSSAA marching competition for the past 47 consecutive years and has performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Recently the Pride of Owasso received an invitation to perform, for the 6th time, in the Tournament of Roses Parade. The band will perform on international TV on January 1, 2020 in Pasadena, California. The PRIDE of Owasso also received invitations in 1985, 1989, 1995, 2004 and 2011. In March of 2014, the PRIDE of Owasso was named “Best Overall Band” in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland. Most recently, the concert bands performed at the historic Majestic Theater in downtown Dallas, Texas. The marching band performed a patriotic concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. in the Spring of 2016. At the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association Championships, The PRIDE has finished in the top four every year they have competed, and were named Grand Champions in 1996. They have been a finalist at Bands of America Regionals in Arlington, San Antonio, Atlanta and Las Vegas and were the 2012 Champions of the St. Louis Super-Regional. At the Bands of America Grand Nationals in Indianapolis, the PRIDE of Owasso was a Semi-finalist in 2001, 2002, 2009, 2014, 2016 and 2017; the band reached the finals in 2005 (12th) and 2011 (7th).
The Owasso Band program’s commitment is to help children develop life skills through the art of music. Among these skills are discipline, citizenship, responsibility, and leadership. We also hope to create a love and understanding of music through performance, preferably top-notch performance, which we can all be proud of!