Welcome to ABOB (Alton Band and Orchestra Builders)

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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.

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M100 Reminders 10/30/14

Hello! A couple reminders for tomorrow:

  • Cardinals Calendar orders are due tomorrowNo late orders will be accepted! Please bring them to school tomorrow, or you can drop it off when you arrive for the Halloween Parade. Please double check your math/money!
  • Bandquet RSVP’s are due tomorrow. Please send one in even if just your student is attending – we need them for the dinner head count as well.
    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.
  • It is supposed to be cold tomorrow evening. The new uniforms are more form fitting than the old ones, so jeans and hoodies underneath will not work. Please advise your child to wear long underwear/under armour/leggings under their uniform to stay warm. Also, stores have hand/feet warmers called ‘hot hands’ that the kids can put in shoes/gloves to try to stay warm. You can usually find them in the sports or camping sections (sometimes they’re even in the dollar spot at target).
  • If your student was issued new uniform pants this season, they need to bring them to the parade Friday night – you can tell if the pants are new because they have the ‘Y’ straps instead of overall-like straps, and they will have the snaps for easy hemming on the bottom of the pant legs.
  • Speaking of old uniforms, please wash them (cold water, hang dry, no bleach) and bring them in! You can bring them to the Halloween parade tomorrow night, or bring them to bandquet next Friday.
  • Friday, 10/31 Alton Halloween Parade – Downtown Alton.
    6:00pm – Meet at AHS, get dressed, pack up,  load up buses
    7:30pm – Parade Step Off
    9:00pm – Parade ends at Piasa/E. 9th Street (by the bus station) – Load Up
    9:30pm – Back at AHS, unload
  • If you’re available at 6 tomorrow – please feel free to come on in and help with new uniform distribution/old uniform collection. We hope to develop a system/routine, but tomorrow will be the first go – just trying to avoid chaos :)
  • Just in case you haven’t seen it – a nice article on the new uniforms is in The Telegraph today.

That’s it! Happy Halloween! See you tomorrow evening.

 

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Orchestra, Make a Note! October 27 – November 1

Tuesday, October 28
Symphonic Playing Test #2
Posted on doors in orch. room

Wednesday, October 29
Chamber
3:15 – 4:00

Thursday, October 20
ILMEA Practice
3:15 – 4:00

Saturday, November 1
ILMEA District 6 Festival

The bus will leave Alton H.S. at 7:00 a.m.   Plan on arriving no later than 6:50 a.m.  You will have access to band and orchestra rooms.  All students are required to ride the bus to Edwardsville H.S.  Your parents are to bring you home.  There will not be a bus to bring you back to Alton.

Bring your own folding music stand
Pencils
Cellos and basses don’t forget rockstops!!

You are NEVER late to any rehearsal.  I expect you to represent Alton High School and our community with pride and dignity.  Absolutely no gum, food or drinks of any kind in the rehearsal or performance venues.  All school rules apply at all times.  No texting during the rehearsals or the concert.

Edwardsville H.S. and ILMEA are not responsible for items lost or stolen.  Please leave valuable belongings at home and keep a close eye on your personal items.

You will need money for lunch, which will be provided by Edwardsville’s food service.  You can also bring lunch from home.  You may want to bring food to tie you over through the concert.

Concert Dress:  Your formal Symphonic Orchestra concert attire.    Normal school clothes for rehearsal.

Rehearsal Schedule
8:00                      Seating and tuning
Morning Rehearsal
Lunch Break
Afternoon Rehearsal
3:30                      Junior Final Concert
5:30                      Senior Final Concert; be in concert dress by 4:15.

Concert Admission:  Adults $5.00/Students $3.00.  Children under 10 are free.

 

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Minutes of the Meeting – September 22, 2014

ALTON BAND AND ORCHESTRA BUILDERS
Minutes of the Meeting
September 22, 2014

VOTING MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE:
Amy Hillery – President
Vickie Schilling – Vice President
Ed Gray – Financial Secretary
Greg Cash – Secretary
Mike Haynes – Communication
Dave Fritz – Hospitality
Cortney Frosch – Ways & Means

TEACHERS IN ATTENDANCE:
Laura Plummer, Alyssa Cudney

GUESTS:
Tom Pullen, Penny Boedeker, Brian Belk

President Hillery called the meeting to order at 7:04pm. Minutes of the August meeting were reviewed. A correction for the spelling of Sally Pierce’s last name was noted by the secretary. Dave Fritz moved that the minutes be accepted with the correction, second by Mike Haynes, motion carried. Cindy Kirbach was unable to attend the meeting so the treasurer’s report was distributed but filed for later review upon a motion made by Ed Gray, second by Dave Fritz, motion carried.

TEACHER REPORTS
Laura Plummer said the orchestra program is going well. Chamber will be performing at a wedding in October. Alyssa Cudney reported that band is in full swing. Competitions for the M100 to date have included Mozingo where they received Best Cymbal Line; Belleville East Marching Invitational where they received the Spirit Award and Leroy Kirsch Crowd Pleaser Award; Edwardsville Tiger Ambush where they took home 2nd in Visual and Performance overall and 3rd in their class. Homecoming is this coming Friday. October competitions include trips to Washington, MO, University of Illinois and Francis Howell. The band will also be performing at the ABOB general meeting on Oct. 21. From Sally Pierce, Middle School Orchestra – they have a large number of elementary students enrolled, an estimate of 230 students, thus they are in need of instruments. Ed Gray suggested we ask the Telegraph to run an article about the need. Amy Hillery offered to contact the newspaper and Mike Haynes will also send an email to our parents. Schumann and Jazzios have both begun rehearsals. From the Middle School Band – they are preparing for the Halloween Parade where they will perform Ghost Busters. Alyssa Cudney noted that she is conducting marching clinics for them so they will be better prepared for high school.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

  • Communications – Mike Haynes reported that he has sent out emails promoting recent events and that he is still willing to put together a newsletter if individuals will send him information.
  • ABOB.net – Tom Pullen reviewed recent hits, most likely due to the roll out of the Uniform the Band video. He will also program the website to post new information directly onto the appropriate Facebook pages directly.
  • Ways & Means – Cortney Frosch. Laura reviewed a report of several years of fall fundraisers. It was noted that sales are down some again, thus affecting our net profit. Cortney revisited the option of allowing parents to do a “buyout” instead of selling. After some discussion of wording it was decided to try it with the upcoming Butter Braids sales which kick off Sept. 30. She also noted that Amazon sales are picking up, $51 in profits to date, noting that it is set up for direct deposit into our account.
  • Trip Fundraisers – TJ’s pizzas and cookie dough products were delivered today. Tumbler order forms also went out today, selling for $15 each, with a profit of $6 for the student. The next fundraiser will be selling Gourmet Popcorn tins in November.
  • Uniform Fundraiser – Button Days are set for Saturday, October 11 from 9am – 1pm. Due to delays from the company the delivery of the uniforms has been pushed back. Alyssa said the plan now is to debut them on Senior Night.
  • Trivia Night – Laura reported that overall the event went very well. There were a few technical problems so plans are in the works as to how they can be resolved for next year. The preliminary figures look good. She thanked everyone who helped and who played.
  • Craft Fair – no report, but we believe not all booth spots have been filled.

NEW BUSINESS
Laura discussed the need to more clearly communicate guidelines to those who run our fundraisers. She will put together a draft to present at our next meeting.

Next meeting will be held on Monday, October 27, 2014, 7pm.

Seeing no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:28pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Greg Cash, Secretary

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Band Update 10/27 – 10/31

Hello! A relatively easy week:

  • Today, Monday, 10/27 – Concert Band Auditions begin. The auditions are over scales – Audition Scales and sight reading. Auditions are blind – each student will be assigned a number. They will record their scales and play the sight reading live. I’ll try to answer any questions today in class.
  •  Tomorrow, Tuesday, 10/28 – Tumblers are in! Susan Berry will be here 6th hour and after school until 4 – we will pass them out to students, as most orders aren’t huge. If you can’t make it and your child won’t have a ride home, please contact Susan at vanishinggirl@charter.net to arrange a pick up time.
    Also, the new uniforms are in! I talked to the kids last week, and most agreed that they could stay after school tomorrow to get fitted, so we can debut them Friday. Fitting should go pretty quickly and they can leave as soon as they’ve tried one on. We will start during band with students who do not have a ride home and will continue after school with students who can get picked up/drive themselves. Please arrange a ride home for your student if at all possible!

*The new uniforms will not go home – more often than not they end up in a ball in the trunk, and we have parts and pieces go missing. Each student will have their own uniform, but we will keep them here at school and check them in/out for each performance.*

  • Speaking of uniforms, please wash the old uniforms. Machine wash on cold, no bleach, hang dry. We are going to try to sell the old uniforms, and we don’t want to sell dirty ones! Please wash it and you can start sending it back in – they can bring it with them when we report for the Halloween Parade or they can bring it to banquet with them.
  • Friday, 10/31 Alton Halloween Parade – Downtown Alton.
    6:00pm – Meet at AHS, get dressed, pack up,  load up buses
    7:30pm – Parade Step Off
    9:00pm – Parade ends at Piasa/E. 9th Street (by the bus station) – Load Up
    9:30pm – Back at AHS, unload
  • Cardinals Calendar (trip fundraiser) orders are due Friday, October 31. No late orders will be accepted. Please get them in if you are done selling! (If you need an order form, have your student ask me!)
  • Bandquet RSVP’s are due this Friday! Please get them in so we have an accurate head count for dinner.
    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.
    *Please turn in the RSVP even if just your student is attending – we need to account for them as well*

That’s it! Not to get all mushy, but I felt that the last run on Saturday night was the perfect way to end a great season. Sometimes we don’t agree with scores, but that’s not what this is about – improving ourselves each run, playing well, and learning to live and work together as a band and a family is what matters. It is a pleasure and a privilege to work with your kids. Parents, thanks for all your help and support as well! We can’t do it without you.

Enjoy the easy week – see you on Friday where we get to SEE ‘EM IN THE NEW UNIFORMS!!!!!!

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Winter Percussion Info. 10/11/14

Winter Percussion Competition Dates:

  • Feb. 7th @ Alton HS (new local circuit)
  • Feb. 21st @ Edwardsville HS – WGI St. Louis Regional
  • Mar. 15th @ Hazelwood Central HS (new local circuit)
  • Mar. 21-22nd @ WKU Bowling Green, KY WGI Mid-South Championships
  • Apr. 9-11th @ Dayton, OH. WGI World Championships

Auditions:

  • Nov.7th = Clinic in Band Room 3:15 – 5:30
  • Nov.14th = Auditions in Band Room 3:15 – 5:30
    *both dates can end earlier

Rehearsals:

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:15 – 4:30
  • Fridays 3:15 – 5:30

Audition Process:

The player must be able to play at the level the music and the ensemble requires them to perform at. There will not be any set numbers to “fill” for the ensemble. For example, we own 4 marimbas. If only 3 players can play at the level the music demands, then we will only take 3. In other words, we are only taking the most well trained students. If a student doesn’t make the Winter Percussion Ensemble, it is highly recommended that the student join the Bistro Percussion Ensemble to receive more training. This percussion ensemble meets in 6th week. In addition to player’s musical performance level, the student must do an acting audition as well as dance audition. The ‘’acting ‘’audition requires the student to perform a happy face, sad face, and an angry face. The “dance” audition requires that student dance to music they bring in that is not in violation to the school code. The dance can be as simple as the hip-hop “Two Step”. (YouTube it)

Parent/Guardian Participation:

Even though this is not required this is highly recommend. As elementary and corny as this sound, this ensemble recommends that Adult participates in fundraising, cheering support and helping their child manage time with all activities.

Fundraising:

Once the unit is set, we will have a meeting strictly about fundraising on Friday November 21st @ 7:00pm. . I advise all members and parents be present. Also be aware that there might be one or two fundraisers presented before the meeting. If it comes to pass, understand participating in those fundraisers are at your own risk. Please understand the more you and the rest of the team stay active on fundraising, the cheaper the activity will be. Personally, I want everyone to pay $0. I hope to do so.

 

Printable version: Winter Percussion Competition Dates

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Help Us Uniform the Band

UniformThey are starting to arrive!!!

The Marching 100 has grown from less than 100 students just a few years ago to over 150 this year.  We expect the band to grow even larger in the next few years.  It has taken a lot of hard work and dedication on part of Staff, Student and Parents to get to this point.

How can you help?  Go to ABOB.net/donate and contribute to the cause.  THEN, share this post with everyone you know.  With your help, we can grow this band to record numbers.

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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!!!
  • Francis Howell Marching Invitational – Saturday, 10/25 – FH itinerary 2014(2)
    *
    Note – our performance time has been bumped back to 3:00pm. We will not change the itinerary, but just so you know if coming to watch. 

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!

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Orchestra, Make a Note! October 20 – 24

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

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

Chamber
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.

 

 

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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. :)

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Minutes of the Meeting – August 25, 2014

ALTON BAND AND ORCHESTRA BUILDERS

Minutes of the Meeting

August 25, 2014

 

VOTING MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE:

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

 

TEACHERS IN ATTENDANCE:

Laura Plummer, Alyssa Cudney, Sally Pierce

 

GUESTS:

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.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

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

 

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