ABOB Fall Butter Braid, Cookie Dough, and Pizza Sale Kick Off



The ABOB Fall Butter Braid, Cookie Dough and Pizza sale ends this week.  Please turn in order forms and money to your child’s band or orchestra director by this Wednesday, October 22.  

  • Teacher/Coach:  write your child’s band or orchestra director’s name
  • Please make sure your order adds up correctly
  • All checks should be payable to ABOB.  Write your child’s name on the memo line of each check in case it gets separated from the order.
Pick up will be Monday, November 10 in the Alton H.S. Music Suite, 3:00-5:00 and 6:30-7:00.
All funds raised from this sale go back to our band and orchestra students in the Alton School District.  ABOB needs your support, but if you prefer not to sell you may make a donation.  All donations are tax deductible and can be sent in with the order form or placed online here at www.abob.net.



Welcome to ABOB (Alton Band and Orchestra Builders)


Alton Band and Orchestra Builders has been helping young musicians in the Alton School District for over 70 years.  We have a great relationship with the School Board, Administration, and the Gifted Educators that make music possible in our district.  Please take an opportunity to look around.  Check back often as more info is being added all the time.


Band Update – Final Show Week! – 10/20 – 10/25

Last Show Week! Here we go:

  • Rehearsal/ABOB General Meeting – Tuesday, 10/21:
    4:30pm – Meet at West – jump into rehearsal
    5:00pm – 8th Graders Arrive! They will learn some drill with us.
    6:15pm – Run Chutes & Ladders for 8th grade
    6:30pm – Eat dinner (pizza, provided by ABOB)
    7:00pm – Get Dressed
    7:30pm – ABOB General Meeting Begins

This is a great evening! The 8th graders will come up to check out the 100, we eat together, and then we’ll watch both groups perform at the ABOB General Meeting. The Althoff Catholic High School Band (Mr. Hayden’s band) will also be joining us to see what having/being a marching band is like.

Students will need to have their instrument and all parts of their uniform – black marching shoes, black socks, bibs, jacket, gloves, helmet with them – this is a performance!

  • Rehearsal – Thursday, 10/23 – 6 – 8:30pm, AHS. Last one!!!

Just a quick reminder about “no call, no show.” Being no call, no show to rehearsal will prevent the student from marching at the performance that weekend. Being “no call, no show” to a performance will result in a 0 in the gradebook for the performance. We had several ill students that I found out were not coming to U of I through other students – please let me know!!!

Other things:

  • Concert Band (Wind Symphony/Symphonic Band) auditions will start next week – the audition is scales and sight reading. The scale sheets can be found here: AHS Band Audition Scales
  • We have the Alton Halloween Parade next week – Friday, October 31. I’ll send out info. next week.
  • Bandquet invitations went out last week – Bandquet is Friday, November 7, 6pm in the AHS Commons. . Dinner will be catered by Tony’s and will be $17 for each guest – the invitation has a RSVP card – please send that in with checks made to ABOB. Marching 100 students have their meal paid for by ABOB, but to give back to the community, they are asked to bring some canned goods to donate.
    I have only received 2 RSVP’s so far (including mine). Get them in! :)

That’s it! Pushing through the week so we end with some great performances. See you tomorrow!


Orchestra, Make a Note! October 20 – 24

Monday, October 20
Winds, Brass, Percussion and Strings
3:20 – 5:00 in the Band Room

Wednesday, October 22
Butter Braid Order Forms & Money Due!

3:15 – 4:00
We start Christmas music!

Thursday, October 23
ILMEA rehearsal for festival
3:15 – 4:00

Congratulations to our ILMEA District 6 Senior Orchestra Students!
ILMEA District 6 Festival is Saturday, November 1 at Edwardsville H.S.
$20.00 Festival Fee is due end of October
If paying by check, please make payable to Alton H.S.




Band Update 10/14 – 10/18

Hello! Here’s the rundown for the week:

  • Thursday, October 16 – Rehearsal 6-8:30pm, AHS
  • Friday, October 17  – Football vs. Collinsville – Public School Stadium, 5:45pm
    Wear full uniform – black marching shoes, black calf-length socks, bibs, show shirt, jacket, helmet, gloves
    This is senior night! Seniors can wear their senior t-shirts, jeans, and marching shoes to this game.
    Parents should meet on the track at 6:30pm, and introductions should start around 6:40pm.
  • Saturday, October 18 – U of I Marching Band Championships U of I Itinerary
  • U of I also has a spectator website for more info. Spectator Information
  • You can order performance videos from U of I as well: 2014 IMBC Festival Order Form.2

*These events make for a busy weekend. Please ensure your student is taking care of themselves – sleeping Friday night, eating healthy, etc!

Other things to put on your radar:

–  Next Tuesday’s (October 21) rehearsal is over at West at 4:30 – this is the 8th grade/ABOB General Meeting night. Students will need their instrument, uniform (black marching shoes, black calf-length socks, bibs, jacket, helmet, gloves) for the performance that evening (7:30pm). ABOB will feed the kids!

Bandquet invitations went out yesterday – Bandquet is Friday, November 7, 6pm in the AHS Commons. For those who don’t know, Bandquet is a end-of-marching-season wrap up for the kids – they emcee it, present awards to each other, and celebrate all the hard work, successes, and trials they faced throughout the season. They have a dance afterwards – it’s a great night! Each student is invited, and is allowed to bring 2 guests (parent/guardians). Dinner will be catered by Tony’s and will be $17 for each guest – the invitation has a RSVP card – please send that in with checks made to ABOB. Marching 100 students have their meal paid for by ABOB, but to give back to the community, they are asked to bring some canned goods to donate. If you haven’t seen the invitation yet – ask your kiddo for it!

– Just to keep it on your radar, we are marching in the St. Louis Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, November 27. It’s a morning parade, it is televised, and I believe we’ll be back around 1pm – please keep this in mind when making your holiday plans! We’re marching to keep us in shape for the Disney trip in February.

I think that’s it! Whoever keeps doing the rain dance…… please stop. :)


ABOB Cherrydale Farms Fundraiser Pick Up

ABOB Cherrydale Farms Fundraiser Pick Up


Tuesday, October 14

3:00 – 5:00 and 6:00 – 7:00

 Alton H.S. Music Suite

When you enter AHS follow the driveway to the right and go around to the very back of Alton H.S.
Drive past the Marching 100 semi-trailer
Pick up is at door #44 which is by the last loading dock with the red dumpster
There will be a sign on the door.

Reminder notes are going home with the kids by Wednesday.

Several of the items should be refrigerated or kept frozen.
ABOB and Cherrydale Farms are not responsible for items not picked up by the end of the evening.

Please try to pick up by 5:00 p.m.
I will be back at Alton H.S. from 6:00 – 7:00 for those who can’t make it by 5:00.  Let me know if you need to come earlier than 3:00.

We could use help sorting orders at 1:00 and getting orders out from 3:00 – 4:30.  If anyone is available let me know.

ABOB does not give refunds.
If a customer is not satisfied with their purchase, Cherrydale Farms will refund the purchase price.  Mail them proof of purchase, name, telephone number and full address to:  Cherrydale Farms, 707 N. Valley Forge Rd., Lansdale, PA  19446.

Contact Cortney Frosh with any questions: 406-6146 or cyfrosch@gmail.com

 THANK YOU for supporting our kids in the 

Alton School District

Band & Orchestra Program!


Laura Plummer
Instrumental Music Coordinator
Alton CUSD #11
Ph:  474-6967


Orchestra, Make a Note! October 13 -18

Monday, October 13
ILMEA District 6 Audions
Get to AHS by 7:20
Bus leaves 7:30
Bring money for food
You’ll get back between 1:00 – 2:00

Tuesday, October 14
Right after school in back of AHS Music Suite

Wednesday, October 15
3:15 – 4:00

Friday, October 17
Chamber Wedding Rehearsal
Meet AHS Music Suite at 6:00 to caravan or meet us at the church
Return about 7:15
See previous Chamber Strings post for direction

Saturday, October 18
Chamber Wedding
Meet AHS Music Suite at 2:00 to caravan or meet us at the church
Return to AHS about 4:00

Monday, October 20
3:20 – 5:00
Band Room
Required attendance







Minutes of the Meeting – August 25, 2014


Minutes of the Meeting

August 25, 2014



Amy Hillery – President

Vickie Schilling – Vice President

Ed Gray – Financial Secretary

Cindy Kirbach – Treasurer

Greg Cash – Secretary

Mike Haynes – Communication

Rose Lammers – Craft/Vendor Fair

Paula Fritz – Hospitality

Dave Fritz – Hospitality

Cortney Frosch – Ways & Means



Laura Plummer, Alyssa Cudney, Sally Pierce



Tom Pullen, Penny Boedeker


President Hillery called the meeting to order at 7:05pm. Minutes of the June meeting were reviewed. A motion was made by Ed Gray to accept them as presented, seconded by Mike Haynes, motion carried. Cindy Kirbach presented the treasurer’s report; Dave Fritz made the motion to accept it as presented, seconded by Mike Haynes, motion carried.


TEACHER REPORTS – Sally Pierce reported that things are going well with the middle school orchestra and that they are going to the elementary schools to promote the program. She noted that they are in need of instrument lockers now that the 6th graders are coming from the Main building to the annex. Ed Gray asked for a cost estimate and said he will talk to the school administration to secure these. Alyssa Cudney reported that they had an awesome band camp; the band members are taking ownership of the show and doing well. There was no Red & Gray scrimmage game due to the heat. Upcoming events include the Labor Day parade, first home football game and Mozingo. The percussion section held a student led car wash and raised $1,000.



Communications-Mike Haynes reported that the Trivia Night email has gone out; they are updating the abob.net website weekly and discussion was held about putting together a back to school newsletter-please send information to Mike within the next 2 weeks.

ABOB.net-Tom Pullen noted that many changes have been made and showed the group how we can track recent activity on the site. PayPal is now fully functional. The music teachers have been posting more information and Alyssa Cudney is going to inquire if the link can be added to the Alton Schools website.

Trip Fundraisers-TJ’s pizza+ is going on now.

Uniform Fundraising-Mike Haynes reported that they are meeting weekly. He handed out a summary of the campaign and sample stickers which they plan to use as giveaways to donors. Rose Lammers suggested we consider reusable bags as possible giveaways also. Noting that funds will be needed to purchase gifts for donors, Dave Fritz made the motion that we allocate up to $1,000 for premiums, seconded by Rose Lammers, motion carried. They hope to make a promotion at the upcoming Trivia Night. The group consists of Mike, Tom, Dave, Penny and Amy. Alyssa Cudney reported that the uniforms should arrive by Sept. 23 and will be debuted at Homecoming during the half-time show.

Ways & Means-Cortney Frosch reported that the kick off for the Cherrydale fundraiser is this Wednesday. Prizes will be awarded for the top sellers. Sept. 10 is when order forms are due with a delivery date of Oct. 14. She plans to have an update next month about the ornament fundraiser idea. Another possible fundraiser idea is to take and sell pictures of the students in their new uniforms and/or orchestra dresses and tuxes.

Trivia Night-Laura reported that they currently have 15 tables registered and 5 round sponsors secured.

Craft Fair-Rose Lammers reported that they are still taking applications and have all chair people in place.


NEW BUSINESS – Alyssa Cudney stated that Chris Cooper and Mike Paynic (Percussion and Guard) would like us to host a percussion event on Feb. 7, 2015. After some discussion it was decided to tentatively go ahead with pursuing the particulars.


Next Meeting – Monday, September 22, 2014


Seeing no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:27pm.


Respectfully submitted,

Greg Cash, Secretary



Marching 100 Button Day

Support Marching 100 and get a cool new “retro” looking button.

St. Louis Bread Company (9a – 1p)
Alton Farmer’s Market (8a -12p)
Quality GM Cars (9a – 1p)
Halpin Music Co (10a – 1p)
Mr. Donut (7a -11p)
Schnucks, Alton [by KMart] (9a – 1p)
Shop n Save (9a – 1p)
Eppel’s Pantry (9a – 1p)
The Gift Box (10a – 1p)

If you are unable to catch us at one of these locations, please consider going to http://www.abob.net/donate and help the cause.

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Plan Your Saturday…

Start out your day at Mr. Donut. Grab a dozen or so of your favorite Honey Glazed donuts and grab a Marching 100 button.

We all know that St. Louis Bread Co has amazing coffee, so swing past there a get a cuppa-joe and grab another button.

Of course, no breakfast would be complete without some fruits and veggies so we are off to the Alton Farmer’s Market for something locally grown and delicious…and of course a Marching 100 button.

All this driving may be hitting the gas tank so drop by Eppel’s Pantry and fill up your tank….and purchase another Marching 100 button.

Your next stop should be Halpin Music (they open at 10 folks) and you can get a Marching 100 button, and grab some much needed band or orchestra supplies in the process.

From here, you really are going to need a larger vehicle so drop by Quality GM Cars on the Homer Adams Parkway. A nice GMC Yukon would be perfect to help with the rest of the day’s running….oh and grab a Marching 100 button while you are there.

Since there is so much space in the back to the Yukon, you will be able to stop and both the Alton Schnucks and Shop n Save to stock up on groceries for the week, while collecting your 7th and 8th buttons.

Finally, it is time to do something nice for yourself (after you drop off the groceries of course). Spend the rest of the day browsing the Gift Box for just the right something for you….Oh, and buy one more button.

Have a great Saturday, courtesy of Marching 100!!!!


Disney Picture Opportunity


I received an email today asking if we’d like to schedule a group picture (in uniform) while we’re at Disney World in February. The picture would take place in front of our All-Star Resort, in front of Epcot, or in the Disney Hollywood Studios.

The catch is that we would have to purchase a minimum of 60 group pictures – we have over 100 students traveling to Disney, so that should be an attainable number. However I thought I would throw it out to students/parents to see how much interest we do have.

Here is a brochure for more information: Disney Performing Arts – Group Photo Order Form 2014-15
*Please just look at the form – do not fill out or send anything in. We’ll do that later if we decide to go with it*

Once you’ve made a decision, please answer the three simple questions in this google form:

Disney Picture Questions

Please shoot me an email if you have any questions. Thanks!