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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Percussion – Pantera’s Pizza-Making

First of all, a huge THANK YOU to Max Taul for organizing a fundraiser that raised a little over $800 for percussion! Way to take initiative and ownership of your group :)
Now for the work part!
Who: Percussion students, especially those who sold pizzas
What: Pizza Making!
When: this Saturday, May 9, 7:30am
Where: Edwardsville Pantera’s Pizza – Montclaire Shopping Center – 1522 Troy Rd. Edwardsville, IL
We’ll make all the pizzas that morning and they’ll be ready to be delivered to your customers that day. The more the merrier.
Thanks! See you bright and early Saturday morning!!!
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Band Update – 5/4/15

Hello! Here’s the outlook:

  • AHS Spring Band Concert – Thursday, May 7, 7pm, AHS Auditorium. All band students play on this concert! Students need to arrive by 6pm.
    • Wind Symphony wears tuxedos/dresses
    • Symphonic Band wears all black (no jeans/tennis shoes)
  • Fine Arts Critiques – Due Friday, May 8 – it’s a 100 point grade!
  • Graduation – Friday, May 22. All freshmen – junior band students perform at graduation. We will dress nice (no jeans/tennis shoes) for this performance. Time TBA.
  •  Memorial Day Parade – Monday, May 25 – Upper Alton, morning. We’ll meet in the pit of the Middle School.
  • Band Final Exam – Monday, June 1 – study guides will be handed out in May.

*Please encourage your child to stay on top of their band grades/commitments. Every year around this time I see grades drop due to students not completing everything. Please keep in mind that if a student fails band they are removed from the program for a semester with an audition to get back in after that.*

Other pertinent information:

  • M100 Student Leader interviews will be after school on Tuesday, May 5. If we’d like to interview them, we’ll give them a scheduled time. Just wanted to give you a heads up on the date.
    • *It looks like we’ll need to add more times – We’re going to do Thursday, May 7 after school as well. Times will be posted today! Thanks for your patience.*
  • M100 Button Days: the sequel will be Saturday, May 16. We will need students to wear their uniforms at various locations around town. We’ll have a sign up sheet posted on the band room door soon.
    *Extra credit opportunity!!!*
  • M100 1-2 Camps (incoming freshmen and 2015/16 sophomores) are June 1 & 2, 4-6pm at AHS.

Don’t forget to turn in the following M100 Forms!!!

  • M100 Accessories Order – for band students. Please check to see if your student needs new shoes (new students will!). We also recommend getting a couple pairs of gloves and possibly more than one show shirt – up to you. Parents, if you would like a show shirt, now is the time to order as well! Due by May 22.
  • M100 Color Guard Accessories Order – for color guard students. New members will need all of the items, returning members just replace what you need to! Due by May 22
  • Medical Information Form – ALL members of the Marching 100 need to turn in a medical form each year. The form does need to be notarized – we’ll get some parents at rehearsals to get that done!
  • Handbook Agreement & Student Information FormAlton Handbook 2015 – signed and in by May 22.
  • $50 Camp Fee – can be paid in installments. The full $50 needs to be in by July 1, 2015. Checks made payable to ABOB. NEW! You can pay camp fees online!!!! Marching 100 Camp Fee Payment
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Orchestra, Make a Note! May 4 – 14

Monday, May 4
Pit Eraser Party
Right After School
Snacks as you erase pit books.
AWESOME job, pit orchestra!  Great show!

Tuesday, May 5
Full Symphonic Orchestra
3:20 – 4:45
in the Aud

Wednesday, May 6
Full Symphonic Orchestra
6:30 – 8:00
in the Aud

Thursday, May 7
AHS Spring Band Concert
7:00 p.m.
Aud

Monday, May 11
Full Symphonic Orchestra
6:30 – 8:00
in the Aud

Tuesday, May 12
Full Symphonic Orchestra
3:20 – 5:00
in the Aud

Wednesday, May 13
Full Symphonic Orchestra
Final Rehearsal
7:00 – 8:30
in the Aud

Thursday, May 14
AHS Spring Orchestra Concert

7:00 p.m.
Aud

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M100 Percussion Placement Auditions Update

Just wanted to give you some dates for M100 Auditions. High school students have been auditioning/setting a line for Memorial Day/clinicing for drumline and pit this week from 3-5pm on Monday & Wednesday. We will have a final day this Friday, May 1 from 3-5pm.
8th grade members – you are more than welcome to attend Friday just to get a feel/hang/check things out!
We’d like all 2015 M100 percussion members to be able to attend clinics/auditions on Monday, May 11, Wednesday, May 13, and Friday, May 15 from 4-6pm. This gives us a chance to see and get a feel for the whole group. If you have a conflict with one of the dates, no big deal – just let me know.
Please keep in mind that auditions are for placement on an instrument, not actually auditioning to get into Marching 100 – if you want to be in, you’re all ready in!
We will be working on the same packet of music that the high school members all ready have. 8th graders, I will be at the middle school to distribute your packets this Friday. In the meantime, you can also see it/print it off of abob.netPercussion Audition Materials
Please let me know if you have any questions – it’s always interesting trying to get everyone together before they’re out of middle school :)
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Band Update! 4/27/25

Hello! Here’s an outlook for the rest of the year:

  • M100 Drumline/Pit Auditions: This week (Monday, 4/27, Wednesday, 4/29, and Friday 5/1) 3:15 – 5pm. More information here. Current 8th graders don’t worry – we’ll get you in here at a later date.
  • Thursday, April 30, Friday, May 1, Saturday, May 2 (all 7pm) or Sunday, May 3 (2pm) – AHS Musical – “The Pajama Game” AHS Auditorium. One of the last Fine Arts Critique opportunities! Tickets are $8/adults, $6/students. Please contact me to reserve/purchase tickets.
  • Percussion Pantera Pizza Fundraiser – orders due this Friday, May 1. Contact me if you’d like to order. More information here
  • AHS Spring Band Concert – Thursday, May 7, 7pm, AHS Auditorium. All band students play on this concert!
    • Wind Symphony wears tuxedos/dresses
    • Symphonic Band wears all black (no jeans/tennis shoes)
  • Fine Arts Critiques – Due Friday, May 8 – it’s a 100 point grade!
  • Graduation – Friday, May 22. All freshmen – junior band students perform at graduation. We will dress nice (no jeans/tennis shoes) for this performance. Time TBA.
  •  Memorial Day Parade – Monday, May 25 – Upper Alton, morning. We’ll meet in the pit of the Middle School.
  • Band Final Exam – Monday, June 1 – study guides will be handed out in May.

*Please encourage your child to stay on top of their band grades/commitments. Every year around this time I see grades drop due to students not completing everything. Please keep in mind that if a student fails band they are removed from the program for a semester with an audition to get back in after that.*

Other pertinent information:

  • M100 Student Leader interviews will be after school on Tuesday, May 5. If we’d like to interview them, we’ll give them a scheduled time. Just wanted to give you a heads up on the date.
  • M100 Button Days: the sequel will be Saturday, May 16. We will need students to wear their uniforms at various locations around town. We’ll have a sign up sheet posted on the band room door soon.
    *Extra credit opportunity!!!*
  • M100 1-2 Camps (incoming freshmen and 2015/16 sophomores) are June 1 & 2, 4-6pm at AHS.

Don’t forget to turn in the following M100 Forms!!!

  • M100 Accessories Order – for band students. Please check to see if your student needs new shoes (new students will!). We also recommend getting a couple pairs of gloves and possibly more than one show shirt – up to you. Parents, if you would like a show shirt, now is the time to order as well! Due by May 22.
  • M100 Color Guard Accessories Order – for color guard students. New members will need all of the items, returning members just replace what you need to! Due by May 22
  • Medical Information Form – ALL members of the Marching 100 need to turn in a medical form each year. The form does need to be notarized – we’ll get some parents at rehearsals to get that done!
  • Handbook Agreement & Student Information FormAlton Handbook 2015 – signed and in by May 22.
  • $50 Camp Fee – can be paid in installments. The full $50 needs to be in by July 1, 2015. Checks made payable to ABOB. NEW! You can pay camp fees online!!!! Marching 100 Camp Fee Payment

 

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Orchestra, Make a Note! April 26 – May 4

Sunday, April 26
Full Musical Rehearsal
1:30 – 6:00
Bring food to share for snack break
Monday, April 27
Chamber Gig
Meet in AHS Orch. Room by 5:30 p.m.
Perform for Senior Scholarship Awards in Commons
Done a little after 6:00
Concert chamber dress

AND

Full Musical Rehearsal
6:30 – 10:00 p.m.
Dress: all black for pictures
Shirts should be solid black with sleeves.  No writing or graphics
Pants:  solid black; black jeans are fine (no holes, rips or tears)
Skirts or Dresses:  long/maxi.  Need to go to ankles

Tuesday, April 28
Full Musical Rehearsal
Parent Show!  Parents and family members welcome
They can take pictures or record
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Dress:  black on top; jeans on bottom

Wednesday, April 29
Full Musical Rehearsal
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Dress:  black on top; jeans on bottom

Thursday, April 20
The Pajama Game SHOW
!  7:00 p.m.
Arv. 6:15
Dress: all black
Backstage Pass afterwards

Friday, May 1
The Pajama Game SHOW!
 7:00 p.m.
Arv. 6:15
Dress: all black

Saturday, May 2
The Pajama Game SHOW 7:00 p.m.
Arv. 6:15
Dress: all black

Sunday, May 3
The Pajama Game SHOW!  2:00 p.m.
Arv. 1:15
Dress: all black

Monday, May 4
Pit Eraser Party
right after school
all pit books and binders must turned in by 3:30

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Orchestra, Make a Note! April 20 – May 3

Monday, April 20
Full Symphonic Orchestra
3:20 – 5:00
Band Room

ABOB Meeting
7:00 p.m.
AHS Orchestra Room
All Welcome!

Tuesday, April 21
Pit w/ Cast in Aud
3:30 – 6:00

Wednesday, April 22
Pit w/ Cast in Aud
3:30 – 6:00

Thursday, April 23
Pit w/ Cast in Aud
3:30 – 6:00

Friday, April 24
Pit w/ Cast in Aud
1:30 – 4:00

Sunday, April 26
Full Music Rehearsal
1:30 – 6:00
Dinner Break provided halfway through

Monday, April 27
Chamber:  Perform Senior Awards Ceremony
AHS Commons
Arv. 5:30.  Done 6:00

Musical Rehearsal
6:30 – 10:00
Concert Black for pictures
No homework or cell phones in the pit for all rehearsals and performances

Tuesday, April 28
Musical Rehearsal
6:30 – 9:30
Parents Welcome to Attend
Dress:  jeans on bottom, black on top

Wednesday, April 29
Musical Rehearsal
6:30 – 9:30
Dress:  jeans on bottom, black on top

Thursday, April 30
MUSICAL SHOW!
Arv. 6:15 and warm up
Done 10:00 p.m.
Concert Dress:  all black
(Backstage Pass afterwards)

Friday, May 1
MUSICAL SHOW!
Arv. 6:15 and warm up
Done 10:00 p.m.
Concert Dress:  all black

Saturday, May 2
MUSICAL SHOW!
Arv. 6:15 and warm up
Done 10:00 p.m.
Concert Dress:  all black

Sunday, May 3
MUSICAL SHOW!
Arv. 1:15 and warm up
Done 5:00 p.m.
Concert Dress:  all black
HELP STRIKE THE PIT IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE SHOW

 

 

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Last minute IHSA Organizational Contest Reminders

Here we go! IHSA Organizational Contest is tomorrow (Friday, April 17)!!!

Here’s what you need to know:

What to bring to school:

  • Performance attire – tuxedo/dress (Wind Symphony), all black – shoes/socks/shirt/pants – no jeans!!! (Symphonic Band). The band room will be open to drop it off in the morning.
  • Instrument
  • Music
  • Money for O’Fallon concession stand – dinner/snacks

Wind Symphony & Jazz Band will follow this itinerary: 2015 IHSA Itinerary

Symphonic Band – Mr. Banks has a more detailed schedule for you:
– 3pm – Depart AHS
– 4pm – Arrive at O’Fallon Milburn Campus, take instruments to homeroom (auxiliary gym)
– 4 – 5pm – Eat (bring money), change clothes if needed
– 5pm – Jazz Band performs (cafeteria) – feel free to watch!
– 5:30pm – Meet in homeroom/grab instruments (auxiliary gym)
– 5:45pm – Meet our guide/head to warm up room
– 6pm – Warm up/Tune
– 6:20pm – Head to performance room (auditorium)
– 6:30pm – Performance!
– 7pm – load buses, depart O’Fallon
– 8pm – Arrive AHS, unload

*Play your instruments in designated (warm up/performance rooms) only!!!!

Parents are more than welcome to attend and watch tomorrow! Feel free to meet us at O’Fallon – their freshman campus – 650 Milburn School Road O’Fallon, IL 62269. If you’d rather ride the bus, just shoot me an email – acudney@altonschools.org

 

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