ABOB “Wonderful World of Music” Dinner Auction

The Alton Band & Orchestra Builders Dinner Auction, “The Wonderful World of Music,”  will take place  Saturday, March 14 in the AHS Commons.

Doors open at 5:30
Dinner at 7:00 p.m. catered by Tony’s
Silent and live auction items
Entertainment provided by the AHS Jazz Combo & Symphonic Orchestra
$25.00 per person

For more info contact Ed Gray, 466-9240, edgrayrams@charter.net or Laura Plummer, 474-6967, lplummer@altonschools.org.

All proceeds benefit over 800 elementary, middle and high school students in the instrumental music program in the Alton School District.  ABOB provides our students with instruments, equipment, scholarships and pays for the repairs of all the district instruments.

 ABOB is selling ads for the program book and seeking donations of silent and live auction items.   Contact Ed Gray if you or your company would like to make a donation.   ABOB is a registered 501(c)3 in the State of Illinois, and all donations are tax deductible as allowable by law.

 Thanks for your support!


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.


Winter Guard to WGI St. Louis 3/7/15

Here’s the details for Saturday:

7am – Meet at East Elementary – try on uniforms, basics, run with the new uniforms on
8:30am – Depart East for Francis Howell High School
11:50am – Prelims performance
5:05pm – Prelims end
6:15pm – Finals begin
10:15pm – Finals awards
12midnight (estimate) – arrive at East elementary, unload

Bring – change of clothes, money for lunch & dinner

Francis Howell High School
7001 Highway 94 South
St. Charles, MO 63304

WGI St. Louis Regional Information


Monday – 3/2 – Getting Closer to Home!!!

Update 6:31 – we are on 255 passing 270. Final stretch! Be home soon.

Update: 3:47 – we are in Illinois! Last rest stop until the final push home. 

Hi parents!

We are finishing up a late lunch in Clarksville, TN and are then going to try to push non-stop towards home. Google Maps says we are about 4.5 hours from home, so I’m shooting for a 6:30pm arrival time.
Once we’re back at the high school we will just need to unload the buses and pick up any backpacks that the students locked up in the band room – no unloading trailer or anything.
I’ll keep posting updates on abob.net or twitter – and I’ll have the kids call home when we’re about a half hour out :)
We’ve had a FANTASTIC trip! Mother nature threw everything she could at us – snow…cold… rain… and the kids stepped up every time. They didn’t complain when we lost half a day driving slowly through snow in Alabama, they accepted the challenge of marching a parade in the rain – and they played well on top of it! Their resiliency, responsibility, and attitude were great the whole trip. I can’t be prouder of them.
Thanks for trusting us with your kids – they’ve had a trip they’ll remember forever.
See you soon!

Sunday, 3/1

Finally! A beautiful day in Florida! 

Kids enjoyed a final day of park hopping, shopping, dinner in the American Adventure Rotunda (Epcot), and special seating for he Illuminations show. 

As an added surprise, we had access to one last ride before leaving the park… Soarin’ and Test Track!!!

On buses heading home! 


Travel updates 2/25 & 2/26

I’ll put updates on this post! 


10:37pm – just crossed into Alabama. Stopping at the welcome center for a bathroom break. We’ve hit some snow but roads seem ok. All is well!!!


12:40am – passing Cullman, AL. Highway has snow on it, but we are moving. Slow but steady! Kids aren’t sleeping…. 

2:00am – in Birmingham for our bus driver change. Roads are getting better! We’re all good, just need some sleep. 

4:55am – approaching Dothan, AL. No snow! Just rain. Finally sleeping a little too :)

8:03am – approaching Bainbridge, GA. Google maps puts us at Disney around 12:30, and we’ll stop to eat breakfast somewhere. Everyone is all good!

9:00am – in Tallahassee. Stopping at Cracker Barrel for breakfast. Children have started singing Feliz Navidad….

11:52am – on I-10 near Madison, FL. About 3 hours away. We were approved for early check in, so we will head to All-Star Music resort to get cleaned up/settled. Plan is to head to the Magic Kingdom this evening!

2:49pm – WE HAVE DRIVEN UNDER THE DISNEY WORLD SIGN! There has been much rejoicing!!!! Pulling into the hotel lot now!!! Wooooo hoooooo!!!!!


Trip Update #1 – Clarksville, TN

Good Evening!

Just a quick trip update! We are currently stopped for dinner in Clarksville, TN. All is going very well and we haven’t hit any bad weather.

In an effort to avoid the snow in the mountains we are going to alter our route – we will take 65 south to 20 and then hit Atlanta.

Please know that the safety of the students is always our priority. We will stop if need be, and both Vandalia Bus Lines and Music Travel Consultants are keeping us updated on the weather.

On the road, it’s actually much easier for me to keep you updated via abob.net and twitter (@M100Alton), so please check those – I can’t send these mass emails from my phone.

Please don’t hesitate to email me or text the Google Voice (314-472-5538) with any questions. Thanks!


Last Minute Trip Reminders!

We’re about 24 hours away!

Final reminder about the Alton High School MARCHING 100 TRIP RULES AND EXPECTATIONS. Students must have this form signed and turned in before we load buses tomorrow. Get it in!!!!

Here’s the schedule for tomorrow:

  • Wednesday morning (7:15am for Early Bird, 8am for 1st Hour) – auditorium will be open for students to drop off their bags. Any bag that is going on the trip needs to be placed in the auditorium to be checked.
  • 4th Hour Wednesday:
    • If you have A lunch – eat lunch A, attend all of 4th hour. Head to the auditorium when the bell rings for 5th hour.
    • If you have B lunch – eat lunch B, attend all of 4th hour. Head to the auditorium when the bell rings for 5th hour.
    • If you have C lunch – attend class A, B, eat lunch C. Head to the auditorium when the bell rings to go to D lunch.
    • If you have D lunch – attend class, A, B, C – try to eat lunch quickly in D then head to the auditorium.

Students will have their bags checked by an administrator, then they will load onto the bus. We’re hoping this process may get us on the road quicker!

Medication: ALL medication (prescription and non-prescription/over the counter) needs to be checked in during the 4th hour bag checks. Simply send the medication (in its original packaging) in a ziploc bag with the student’s name on it. If you have a usual medication routine, feel free to put a little note with that on there. Feel free to send medications just in case (headaches, allergies, etc.) but it will need to be checked in.

Packing: Please encourage packing layers – a jacket, pair of jeans, etc. The weather looks like it’s going to fluctuate quite a bit while we’re down there.
Definite needs: black marching shoes, black calf-length socks, shorts for underneath uniform, Chutes & Ladders show shirt, black marching gloves. Instrument if it didn’t get on the trailer yesterday.

*Please pack a change of clothes, toothbrush, deodorant, etc. in the carry on – we’re heading straight to the park when we arrive into town on Thursday. *

Parents: Please arrive by 2pm if possible – if you can be here around 12:45pm to help with crowd control, that would be great! Please don’t bring your bags into the school building – leave them in your car and we’ll load them straight onto the buses when they arrive.

Parking: Please remember to park in your childs’ spot or by the tennis courts tomorrow.

Movies: We can bring DVDs for the bus ride – PG-13 or lower please! It also helps to put your name on it.


Orchestra, Make a Note! Feb. 23 – March 7

No Chamber Wed., Feb. 25

Tues., March 3
Stringsation! Rehearsal all string students
3:15 – 3:45

Wed., March 4
Chamber, 3:15 – 4:00

6:30 – 8:00

Thur., March 5
Symphonic Spring Recital
Calvary Baptist Church, 7:00 p.m.
arv. 6:30
Dress nice

Sat. March 7
IHSA Solo & Ensemble Contest
Collinsville H.S.

Sat., March 14
ABOB “The Wonderful World of Music” Dinner Auction
Alton H.S. Commons
$25.00 per person
Doors open 5:30 p.m.
Dinner at 7:00; catered by Tony’s
Entertainment provided by the AHS Jazz Combo and Symphonic Orchestra

Sat., March 28
ABOB Vendor Fair
Alton H.S.
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Free Admission
+ Chris Cake’s Pancake Breakfast
8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
$7.00 unlimited pancakes