Smartcell Stocking Stuffer Fundraiser

Dear Parents,

As your students are getting out of school for the Thanksgiving break, we are asking for your help this Holiday Season. To exceed our goal for this year’s fundraising, we have partnered with Smartcell Fundraising to use their amazing Stocking Stuffer Fundraising Program.

From now until 12/15/2017, shop for awesome Apple-Certified and Android cell phone accessories that can be purchased as wonderful holiday gifts for your friends and family, especially those small stocking stuffers. With everyone now owning a cellphone, the selection of great products from Smartcell will make it easy for you to find something for everyone and everything you buy will be shipped directly to you.  We have also been notified that several new items will be added to the site for Black Friday.

In addition to receiving great holiday gifts at great prices, our organization will receive 50% of the purchase price. Let me share that with you again: We get 50% of each sale; 40% of which will be credited to your student’s account! This program allows us to raise a substantial amount of money for our organization by doing what we all do during the holidays: Buying gifts for our friends and family. What could be easier for us!

Please go to, enter in our unique Shopping Code: PantherBand and the student’s name that you would like to give credit for the sale. You will be taken to a landing page which provides more information. Please don’t be shy – share the code with friends and family so that they can also purchase great gifts, and help our organization at the same time. Please SHARESHARE, and SHARE again!  If your family just found seven others that would help, we would exceed our goals.  Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, neighbors, and co-workers, they all can benefit with these gifts.

We hope you will help us. Every little purchase matters, and the beauty of this program is you get to shop for great gifts for a great purpose.

Please contact me with any questions.       


Sandy Lockwood

O’Connor Panther Band

Butter Braids Delivery

OC Band Parents,

Butter Braids will be delivered on Tuesday, November 14.

Butter Braid orders must be picked up on Tuesday 6pm – 8pm. Please look for us in one of the band halls. It is vitally important that orders be picked up during these times as we have no place to store any of these orders. Braids will start thawing and rising in about 4 hours.

For any questions and concerns, please contact us at

O’Connor Jazz student makes TEXAS ALL STATE JAZZ ENSEMBLE

O’Connor Jazz student makes TEXAS ALL STATE JAZZ ENSEMBLE

We are very proud to announce that the O’Connor Jazz Program has another student named to the Texas Music Educators Association Texas All State Jazz Ensemble.

Senior trumpet Chidy Odita-Honnah joins a great group of alumni that earned chairs in this elite ensemble. Only ten trumpet players in the entire state are selected.

Placement in Texas All-State is indicative of being ranked in the top ½ % of all music students in Texas and the top 2 % nationwide! The past OC All State students are honored in our band hallways with two hanging frames listing the year they made All-State. Annually OC band students earn the highest % of chairs in the Region Jazz & Band since the school opened!

Congratulations to Chidy on this tremendous accomplishment!

Help Needed for Wednesday Region Competition

From Mr. Garza today:

Hey Mr. Whan. First, thanks so much for all your help yesterday and all year long. We couldn’t do all the things without you and all the parent helpers. It’s much appreciated.

Second: we will need help with the small trailer for Wednesday’s region try-outs at Warren. In the past we have always had a parent pull the small trailer. All we need to take are the 4 timpani and 1 larger marimba. So the smallest trailer works. If possible if we can load around 3pm Wednesday and leave school and drop off at Warren. It will stay over night and then we would need to go pick it up late on Thursday when kids are done. Worst case is we could use my truck and another and possibly fit it in the two trucks.


Please contact of you can help.