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 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.


ILMEA District 6 Senior Orchestra (Strings) Audition Info

The ILMEA District 6 auditions will take place Columbus Day, Monday, October 13 at Highland Middle School.  IL Central Bus Co. will provide transportation for students.  Students are required to ride the bus to and from auditions.   Buses will leave AHS at 7:30 a.m. and return back to AHS sometime around 2:00.

$8.00 ILMEA Audition Fee due Friday, September 26.
Please make

ILMEA Audition Workshop
Friday, September 19 at SIU-Edwardsville.   FREE
Leave 8:00 a.m.
Return about 1:45.  Students will attend 6th hour.

Audition Materials

  • Academic Festival Overture.   Violins need to prepare all excerpts from both 1st and 2nd violin parts. Viola, cello and bass prepare all of their music.
  • ILMEA State Required Excerpt:  https://docs.google.com/a/altonschools.org/file/d/0B56pjwTXc8tyZWxiVzlYY0xFMFE/edit
  • Prepare all of the following three octave major scales (two octave for string bass) by memory:  Bb, F, C, G, D, A, & E Major and C and G melodic minor.   The tempo for scales should be Quarter Note = 120, detache’ (no slurs).
  • Sight-reading


Scales and audition spots will be posted outside of audition rooms when you arrive at Highland.  Seek me out before you audition.  I want to tune and hear you.


The ILMEA District 6 Festival is Saturday, November 1, at Edwardsville H.S.
If selected, there is a $20 festival fee due by the end of October.
IL Central Bus Co. will be transporting students to the festival.
Parents are to bring you home from the festival.



Trivia Night Round Sponsors

Thanks to the following round sponsors for the ABOB Trivia Night this Friday, September 19:

Bemis Wilderman Chiropractic
Halpin Music Co.
Alton Symphony Orchestra
Amy Hillery, Landmark Realty
Next Step Foot & Ankle Centers, Dr. Lindsay Barth, DPM
Paul Lauschke and Associates Real Estate, Inc.
Woodman Collision Center
Alton High School!  Home of the Redbirds!

Please share your thanks with our local businesses who so generously support the Alton School District Band & Orchestra programs.

We have one spot open if you or your business is interested in being a round sponsor.  We could also use a few more baskets.


Orchestra! Make a Note!

We started Symphonic Orchestra winds and brass today.
Good read-through of Night on Bald Mountain!

ILMEA audition help after school Tues. & Thur. as needed.

Wed., Sept. 17
3:15 – 4:00

Fri., Sept. 19
ILMEA Audition Workshop at SIUE
Free!  We’ll leave AHS at 8:00 a.m. and return by 1:45.
Students will attend 6th hour.

ABOB Trivia Night
Friday, Sept. 19
Symphonic is performing
Arrive at 6:30. We’re done about 9:30
Wear jeans and an orchestra t-shirt or AHS t-shirt

$8.00 ILMEA Audition Fee is due by Sept. 26
Checks payable to Alton H.S.
Auditions are Mon., Oct. 13 in Highland




Band Update: 9/15 – 9/20

Hi! Here’s our week:

– Tuesday, 9/16 – Rehearsal – 6-8:30pm, AHS

– Thursday, 9/18 – Rehearsal – 6-8:30pm, AHS

*Please note we will not be rehearsing at West much this year – we have too much stuff to load up and lug over!

– Friday, 9/19 – ABOB Trivia Night – 7pm, Alton Holiday Inn.
We will need student workers for the evening – sign up sheets are on the band room door. Band 3H students can count hours worked as service hours!

– Saturday, 9/20 – Edwardsville Tiger Ambush Classic
Edwardsville Itinerary
Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, and $3 for students. Children 5 and under are free.

A couple of other notes:

– We’re always looking for bus chaperones! Please email Susan Berry at vanishinggirl@att.net if you are available and willing to ride a bus to a competition.

– Looking ahead to next week: TJ’s Pizza (trip fundraiser) will be delivered on Monday, 9/22.
If  your student can take it home, we will send it home with them after school. Otherwise pick up will be Monday evening until 5:30pm. Head in door 44 (where the kids always enter for rehearsal). Please put the pick up on your calendar!

– The next trip fundraiser will be tumblers (like Tervis). We’ll have our own super-cool Marching 100 tumbler as well as more generic ones. Keep an eye out for it!

A general note:

THANK YOU so much to those who have jumped in with both feet this season – the pit, uniform, bus, and general parent help has been tremendous! This year is a big one – props (that will need repair), bigger pit, new uniforms, a big trip, and lots of new students mean that we need and appreciate any and all help we can get.

However,​when it comes to how to change/improve anything – transporting pit, fixing equipment, repairing props, etc.​, please run all suggestions by me first.  This includes purchases, borrowing, obtaining new items, etc. I may already have some ideas/things in the works and don’t want any of us ​to waste time or​ energy with different solutions to the same issue.

I appreciate that some of you are concerned about “swamping” me with things, but I have a good staff and supportive administration and ultimately the group is my responsibility, so I need to be in the loop in case I get questions.​

Thank you again for all you have done to make this a great year so far!​


Congrats Marching 100!!!

trophyWinners of the crowd selected Spirit Award and the Leroy Kirsch Crowd Appeal Award as well as 4th place in our Division at Belleville East Competition September 13th.

The Marching 100 is a much larger band this year and a much younger band.  33% of the band are Freshmen with another 33% of the band being Sophomores.  They may be young but they are mighty.  Next week, Edwardsville Tiger Ambush.  Come out and cheer the 100 on to victory.


M100 Rehearsal/Football/Contest Changes 9/11-13

Good Morning! Some small changes to the plan this week:

Tonight - rehearsal, 6-8:30pm, AHS.
Please plan on tonight’s rehearsal going until 8:30pm – we will be taking the semi trailer over to the football game tomorrow! Therefore, we’ll be loading the trailer tonight!

Please make sure your child brings their uniform (bibs/jacket on hanger) and helmet to school tonight. We will be putting it on the trailer.

Friday – football game – 5:45pm
This one will stay the same – students will need to start unloading the trailer as soon as they arrive.

Saturday- Hey! The trailer will all ready be loaded since we’re taking it to the football game. We will now meet at the high school at 10:30am! Students must be on time – we will be departing at 10:45am. The BE Itinerary 2014 has been changed to reflect the time!

Please send a snack or lunch! It’ll be a long day without it!

Thanks! See you tomorrow.


Band Update – Week of 9/8 – 9/13

Hello! Here’s what our week looks like:

Tuesday, 9/9 – Rehearsal, AHS, 6-8:30pm

Thursday, 9/11 – Rehearsal, AHS, 6-8:30pm

*Quick note about rehearsals: The band and staff have agreed that if they rehearse efficiently – minimal talking, moving quickly, being on time, etc. that we can end rehearsals at 8pm instead of 8:30pm. Until we have changed some old habits, rehearsal end time may be “hit and miss.” For example, last Tuesday we were out at 8:30pm, but Thursday we were out at 8pm.
Please know we will never go later than ending rehearsal at 8:30pm.

Friday, 9/12 – Football v. O’Fallon – Public School Stadium (West) – 5:45pm.
Meet by the band trailer. We will wear full uniform this week – black marching shoes, black calf-length socks, bibs, show shirt, jacket, helmet, gloves (we will get gloves this week).

We will need a full pit crew for the game! Feel free to jump in!

Please have your student try on their uniform at home before Friday evening – it’ll be easier to make jacket changes if we’re not all ready at West Friday evening!

Saturday, 9/13 – Belleville East Marching Invitational – Belleville, IL
Itinerary: BE Itinerary 2014

Belleville tends to be quite a hike around campus with our equipment – we’ll need a full pit crew here as well!

Other Reminders:

  • Camp fees! Please get them in! $50 – check made payable to ABOB.
  • Guard Fees! Please start getting them in – $150 – check made payable to ABOB. Feel free to make smaller payments.
  • Trip Payments! We took the month of August off, but they do start up again in September. The suggested amount to have in the accounts on September 15 is $625.
  • ABOB Cheese & Sausage is due this week – please have money & orders in by this Wednesday, September 10.

New parents – jump in and enjoy the ride! Here we go with competition season!



Congratulations Marching 100 Percussion!!!



Congratulations to the Marching 100 percussionists who participated in the 25th Annual Mozingo Percussion Competition on Saturday, September 6th at Francis Howell North High School.

The Marching 100 Percussion received Best Cymbal Line and placed 5th in their class!

Good work percussion!


ABOB Cherrydale Fall Fundraiser Due This Week

Dear Parents,

The ABOB Cherrydale Farms Fall Fundraiser wraps up this week.    Orders are due to your child’s band and orchestra director this Wednesday, September 10.

  • Please go over your child’s order and make sure everything adds up.
  • Your child’s name should be on the memo line of all checks in case it gets separated from the order form. All checks should be made payable to ABOB.
  • Turn in the white and yellow copies of the order form. You keep the pink copy.  The white copy should come back to you with the order.
  • Order Form should have: Your child’s last and first name

Classroom/Group:  MSABOB for Middle School

HSABOB for High School

Teacher’s Name:  your child’s band or orchestra teacher

  • If your child sold 15 items or more, make sure he/she selects their prize and turns in the Mega Prize Zone form with their name and Organization (ABOB). Prizes will arrive with your order.  I’ve attached the original letter which lists the number of items sold for each prize level.  2014 Cherrydale Farms Fundraiser Letter

The prizes are cumulative, which means if your child sold 25 items, they get to choose from Prize Level A (5lb. BAG OF GUMMIE BEARS!) and 1 item from Prize Level B.

  • Make sure your child’s name and school is on the outside of the fundraiser envelope.

Pick up will be Tuesday, October 14 from 3:00 -5:00 and 6:00 – 7:00 in the Music Suite at Alton High School.

We greatly appreciate your support with our fundraisers and events.   ABOB has been supporting the Alton School District Band & Orchestra Program since 1944.  With the backing of our generous community, the Alton School District continues to have a quality instrumental music program recognized as one of the best in the state.

Thank you!