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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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Minutes of the Meeting – December 29, 2014

ALTON BAND AND ORCHESTRA BUILDERS

Minutes of the Meeting

December 29, 2014

 

VOTING MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE:

Amy Hillery-President                                                         Vickie Schilling-Vice Pres.

Ed Gray- Financial Sec.                                                        Rose Lammers-Craft Fair

Kathy DeWitt-Craft Fair                                                      Tom Pullen-abob.net

Mike Haynes-Communications                                         Dave Fritz-Hospitality

Paula Fritz-Hospitality

 

GUESTS:

Cathy Gray       Mr. DeWitt       Mr. Lammers   Jamie Pullen    Cory Schilling

 

TEACHERS IN ATTENDANCE:

Laura Plummer

Alyssa Cudney

 

President Hillery called the meeting to order at 6:36pm. Minutes of the November meeting were reviewed. A motion was made by David Fritz to accept them as presented, seconded by Rose Lammers, motion carried. Treasurer’s report was tabled to January 26, 2015 meeting.

 

TEACHER REPORTS

Laura Plummer reported five students made All-State. Alyssa Cudney reported the Marching 100 has a performance at North Elementary for the Marine Welcome Home, Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Communications – no report;
ABOB.net – Tom will add an end of the year donations reminder.
Ways & Means – Cortney Frosch was unable to attend the meeting.
Craft Fair – Rose & Kathy report it was successful. Notes for next year include, drawing ticket information for door volunteers, check on a portable ATM, Clarify to students, when signing up with Mrs. Cudney, this is to help Hospitality, & volunteering at doors, kitchen, soda, & booths are separate sign up times.
Vendor Fair – Looking for volunteer(s) to run. Music to play after Pancakes: possibly Jazzio’s, Winter Percussion, &/or Schumann.
Dinner Auction – The first meeting was on December 11, 2014. The next meeting is January 8, 2015, 7 p.m. at Ed & Cathy Gray’s home. Disney theme, donation letters go out first week in January, if you know of new Business’, contact Ed. Early February, send out invitations. Saturday, March 14, 2015 is the Dinner Auction.
Button Days- Possible dates of May 9 or 16, 2015. Jamie Pullen is contacting businesses.

 

No new business was raised, so the meeting was adjourned at 7:21pm.  Rose Lammers, motion carried, & Mike Haynes seconded.

Next meeting will be Monday, Jan. 26 at 7:00pm at AHS.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Vicki Schilling

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Band Update – 1/26/15

Hello!

  • 3rd Quarter Playing tests begin today! We’re starting with the flutes. Scales for everyone are Concert Eb, Gb, A, and A Chromatic. Percussion will play the following rudiments: 6 stroke roll, single paradiddle diddle, flam accent, single dragdiddle. Mr. Banks gave Symphonic Band their music chunks in class. Wind Symphony can find their chunks here.
  • Tonight, Monday, 1/26 – ABOB Meeting – 7pm, AHS Orchestra room. All are welcome!
  • Tomorrow, Tuesday, 1/27 – Pep Band @ Hockey Game - we have been asked to provide music for the last AHS Hockey game/senior night at the East Alton Ice Rink. Game is at 7:15pm, we’d meet around 6:30 to figure out where to sit, etc. Open to members of both pep bands – extra credit to all who attend!

Next Week:

  • Friday, 2/6 – Red Pep Band – AHS – 6:50pm

Marching 100 Trip Reminders:

  • Don’t forget about the Disney Group Picture and Disney Spiritwear orders – due THIS Friday, January 30 – no exceptions! *We have a minimum order (60) to meet for the picture to happen.* Please get the orders in!
  • Due to the length of the trip, and checking the kids in at night/in the parks, the district would like each adult going on the trip to fill out the Volunteer Information Form found on the district website: http://www.altonschools.org/media/pdf/VOLUNTEER_HANDBOOK.pdf
    Please fill out page 8 of the handbook and get to me by Friday, February 13 – you can send it in with your child, drop it off at the departure meeting, or you may also email it to me if that is easier.
    School district employees do not need to fill this out, but any other adult going on the trip does. We’ll keep these on file in the Board Office.

Thanks! Have a great week!

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Orchestra, Make a Note!

Tuesday, January 27
ABOB ISYM Camp Scholarship Audition Applications Due

Wednesday, January 28
No Chamber this week

Wednesday, February 4
AHS Orchestra T-shirt order forms and money due

Thursday, February 12
Chamber Gig
Father – Daughter Dance
Abundant Life Church
Arrive 6:15; Finished 7:15
Chamber Concert Attire

February 17 -20
15-16 Symphonic Orchestra Auditions
Audition materials were passed out to students in October

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Wind Symphony Playing Test Chunks – Jan. 2015

Here they are! Tests start with Flutes on Monday, January 26.

Flute: Saxophobia m. 21 – 24 and Trio – 74

Clarinet: Saxophobia m. 21 – 24 and Trio – 74

Bass Clarinet: Cartoon Symphony m. 10-15

Alto Sax: Cartoon Symphony m. 100-111

Tenor Sax: Saxophobia m. 45 – 1st ending

Bari Sax: Saxophobia m. 45 – 1st ending

Trumpet: Night in Tunisia m. 75 – 81

Horn: Wonderful World m. 32 – 36

Baritone: Night in Tunisia m. 72-75

Trombone: Night in Tunisia m. 72-75

Tuba: Saxophobia m. 45 – 1st ending

Percussion: Rudiments – 6 stroke roll, single paradiddle diddle, flam accent, single dragdiddle

Also don’t forget the scales: Concert Eb, Gb, A, and A Chromatic

 

Go practice!

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Saxsational Concert – new revision 1/23/15!!!

Here’s what we know:

Who: AHS Wind Symphony and Jazz Band
What: Saxsational Concert with Rob Verdi in conjunction with the Greater Alton Concert Association (GACA)
Tickets are $10. AHS students will be admitted free when showing their school ID.
Where: Lewis & Clark Community College – Hathaway Hall
When: Sunday, January 25, 2015

What the day should look like:

10:15 – Jazz Band Arrive at Hatheway Hall – set up/unload
11am – Jazz Band Rehearsal (on the dot!)
11am – Wind Symphony members (not in jazz band) arrive at Hatheway Hall – set up/unload
11:30 ish – Wind Symphony Rehearsal (on the dot!)
1:30pm – lunch (pizza) provided by GACA
2:00pm – Change into concert dress (tuxes/dresses)
2:30pm – Doors Open
3:00pm – Concert with 15 minute intermission

For more information on tickets, please visit http://altonconcerts.org/

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Band Update 1/21/15

Hello!

I am looking for a Marching 100 parent willing to help coordinate the Chris Cakes pancake fundraiser at the ABOB Vendor Fair on Saturday, March 28. It needs to be a parent of a freshman/sophomore student. Please let me know if you’re interested and I’ll get you more information!

Here’s the information for this week:

  • Saturday, 1/24 – AHS/AMS Winter Guards to Mascoutah Preview. Info: Mascoutah Preview

Next Week:

  • Week of January 26 – 30 – 3rd Quarter Playing Tests. Please remember (as discussed in the syllabus, first day of school, and first day of this semester) that the 3rd and 4th quarter playing tests re-seat each ensemble. It will not bump students between the groups, but they may move up and down in their section (does not include percussion). We don’t want this to catch anyone by surprise, so please encourage practicing at home! You can find the test information here: Playing Test Info 2014-15
  • Pep Band @ Hockey Game - we have been asked to provide music for the last AHS Hockey game/senior night on Tuesday, January 27 at the East Alton Ice Rink. Game is at 7:15pm, we’d meet around 6:30 to figure out where to sit, etc. Open to members of both pep bands – extra credit to all who attend!

Marching 100 Trip Info:

  • Don’t forget about the Disney Group Picture and Disney Spiritwear orders – due Friday, January 30 – no exceptions! *We have a minimum order (60) to meet for the picture to happen. Please get the orders in!
  • I understand we’re excited and trying to plan through the next month, but please continue to be patient – calendar/popcorn fundraiser profits should appear in accounts this week. The company is working on final payment amounts as well – several people added/dropped last minute, which has the potential to change numbers.
  • We will have a trip departure meeting, which will outline chaperone duties, student rules/responsibilities, final itinerary updates, etc. No specific date just yet, but I’ll get it out to you once I know it.
  • Due to the length of the trip, and checking the kids in at night/in the parks, the district would like each adult going on the trip to fill out the Volunteer Information Form found on the district website: http://www.altonschools.org/media/pdf/VOLUNTEER_HANDBOOK.pdf
    Please fill out page 8 of the handbook and get to me by Friday, February 13 – you can send it in with your child, drop it off at the departure meeting, or you may also email it to me if that is easier.
    School district employees do not need to fill this out, but any other adult going on the trip does. We’ll keep these on file in the Board Office.

Again, thanks for your patience. I know now is the time to get excited!!!

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1/31 Eureka MCCGA Festival

General Schedule for the day:

6:30am – Depart East Elementary
7:30am – Arrive Eureka High School
9:44am – Middle School Performance
*Middle School Guard members may leave with a parent after their performance*
12:35pm – Middle School Retreat
4:41pm – High School Performance
6:15pm – High School Retreat
8:45pm – High School Critique
10:00pm – Depart Eureka High School
11:00pm – Arrive East Elementary, unload

You’ll need money for lunch/dinner/snacks – we will stop for food.

Eureka High School
5625 Highway 109
Eureka, MO 63025

Eureka Schedule/Information

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1/24 Mascoutah Guard Preview

*Practice times may be added before hand.*

Here’s the general schedule for the afternoon:

12noon – Meet at East – Middle School & High School Runs
1:30pm Bus leaves East Elementary
2:30pm Arrive Mascoutah High School
4:45pm Middle School Guard Performs
6:00pm High School Guard Performs
7:00pm Depart Mascoutah High School
8:00pm Arrive East Elementary, unload

Bring some money for dinner/snacks

Mascoutah High School
1313 West Main St.
Mascoutah, IL 62258

Mascoutah Preview Schedule/Information

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Band Update – 1/12/15

Hi! Here’s an outline for the rest of the month:

  • This Friday, 1/19 – NO Gray Pep Band – I will be at SIUE with some students, so take the night off!
  • Sunday, 1/25 – Saxsational ConcertWind Symphony/Jazz Band Only
    Who: AHS Wind Symphony and Jazz Band
    What: Saxsational Concert with Rob Verdi in conjunction with the Greater Alton Concert Association (GACA)
    Where: Lewis & Clark Community College – Hathaway Hall
    When: Sunday, January 25, 2015 (see below for ticket information)What the day should look like:

    Rehearsal – 10 or 11am (TBD), two hours.
    Pizza Lunch provided
    Sound Checks/Change clothes
    Concert at 3pm

    Please get this date on your calendar! Should be a great opportunity to perform with a guest artist  in a great venue with a good audience!

    For more information on tickets, please visit http://altonconcerts.org/ – Tickets are $10 each, though I’m checking on a student discount.

  • Week of January 26 – 30 – 3rd Quarter Playing Tests. Please remember (as discussed in the syllabus, first day of school, and first day of this semester) that the 3rd and 4th quarter playing tests reseat each ensemble. It will not bump students between the groups, but they may move up and down in their section (does not include percussion). We don’t want this to catch anyone by surprise, so please encourage practicing at home! You can find the test information here: Playing Test Info 2014-15
  • Pep Band Extra Credit – we have been asked to provide music for the last AHS Hockey game/senior night on Tuesday, January 27 at the East Alton Ice Rink. Game is at 7:15pm, we’d meet around 6:30 to figure out where to sit, etc. Open to members of both pep bands!
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