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.


Orchestra! Make a Note!

We kicked off ABOB’s annual cheese & sausage fundraiser today with a new company, Cherrydale Farms.  They have a couple of great brochures with a LOT of items.   Students collect money as orders are placed. Order forms and money are due Wed., Sept. 10.  Delivery will be Tues., Oct. 14 after school in the AHS Music Suite.

Chamber:  Wedding Rehearsal Friday, 6:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s.  Pizza Hut on Godfrey Rd. afterwards. Parents can pick you up from Pizza Hut about 8:00 p.m.   Wedding:  Saturday.  Arrive 1:20 in formal chamber dress.   We should be done about 3:30.

Practice Forms
 One practice form is due by Tues., Sept. 2.  The kids have had classtime to complete these as well.

Scales!  All of the students have scales and arpeggios to work on.  Music should be out by the end of next week.

ILMEA Audition Workshop:  SIUE is hosting a free ILMEA audition workshop for orchestra students on Fri., Sept. 19 during the school day.  We will return near the end of 6th hour.  More info to come.

ABOB Trivia Night!  The annual ABOB Trivia Night is Fri., Sept. 19. Doors open at 6:00 and the fun begins at 7:00.    Symphonic will perform one of the rounds that night.  A table of 10 is $120.     Contact me if you’re interested in getting a table, being a round sponsor ($100 gets your business on the round and in the program) or if you have items or will put together a basket for the silent auction.


The annual Alton Band & Orchestra Builders Trivia Night will take place Friday, September 19 at the Alton Holiday Inn.

Doors open at 6:00 pm.  Fun begins at 7:00 pm.
$120.00 for table of up to 10 people.

There will be a silent auction and a raffle for a TV
$200 1st place; $100 2nd place.
Mr. Ducey is the emcee again!

Outside food welcome.
Cash bar.

To reserve your spot contact:  Laura Plummer 474-6967  or lplummer@altonschools.org.

We’re also looking for any type of donations or baskets for the silent auction, or let us know if your business would like to be a round sponsor ($100).

All proceeds benefit the Marching 100 and the elementary, middle and high school students in the Alton School District band and orchestra program.

ABOB Trivia Night Flier


Cherrydale Farms Fall Fundraiser

Dear Parents,

Today we kicked off the annual Alton Band & Orchestra Builders (ABOB) cheese and sausage (and LOTS of other things!) fundraiser. We are using a new company this year, Cherrydale Farms.  Their brochures offer many more items, and over 90 items that cost $10 or less.  Please take note that some of the items need to be refrigerated or kept frozen.

We prefer the students sell to people they know:  church, parents work (if allowed), family and friend gatherings, etc.  Please make sure your child is safe if he/she goes door to door.   You can also sell to out of town friends and family through Cherrydale Farms’ online store:  www.cherrydale.com.  There are even more items at the on-line store. Your child will earn credit towards the prizes (see fundraiser packet) for purchases made during our fundraiser period.

Collect money now.  Checks are made payable to ABOB.  Please write your child’s name on the memo line of all checks. Please make sure your child’s name and either MS or HS (middle school or high school) is written on the outside of the fundraising envelope as well as on all order forms.   If you need another order form, ask your child to get one from their director at school.

Order forms and money are due Wednesday September, 10.   The student turns in the white and yellow copies and you keep the pink copy.  The original top/white copy should come back to you in your box.  Make sure the orders and money collected add up.   Please write your child’s name on the memo line of checks collected.

Delivery will be Tuesday, October 14 from 3:30 – 5:00 and 6:00 – 7:00 in the music suite at Alton High School.

This year ABOB expects to raise over $61,000.00.  All of these funds support the nearly 800 elementary, middle and high school students in the Alton School District band and orchestra program.

Thank you for your tremendous support of our district band and orchestra program!

2014 Cherrydale Farms Fundraiser Letter


M100 Weekly Update

Here’s what the rest of the week looks like:
  • Thursday, 8/28 - Rehearsal, AHS – 6-8:30pm.
    If you’re interested in Pit Crew (helping the kids move equipment) we’ll be having a “dress rehearsal” at 7:30pm Thursday. Please stop by if you can!
*TJ’s Pizza order forms are due Thursday!*  You can send them to school with your child or turn them in at rehearsal. Please remember no late orders can be accepted. These will go to Susan Berry -vanishinggirl@charter.net
  • Friday, 8/29 - Football Game, Public School Stadium, 5:45pm
    We will meet on the track (look for the red M100 trailer) at 5:45pm.
    The heat is supposed to calm down a bit, so we will plan on wearing black marching shoes, black calf-length socks, black marching bibs, red chutes & ladders show shirt, and helmet. They can arrive in the shoes/socks/athletic shorts/show shirts – we’ll get dressed at the last minute.
Here’s how a game works:
5:45pm – arrive, warm up, unload trailer
6:45 ish – pregame
7pm – game begins
8 ish – halftime
We stay in the stands as a group through the third quarter. Students will be released in the 4th quarter to pack up/change and enjoy the game. They must remember to keep all of their belongings with them or make arrangements for them!

*The last spiritwear order is due Friday, August 29! Please send those in with your child or bring them to the football game Friday evening. These will go to Robin Berry - berryrobin68@gmail.com.
  • Other Reminders:
    - I still have 50 (!) students that have not turned in Medical Information Form. I will send a separate email to let you know if I have not received one for your child. The competition season is quickly approaching - I will unfortunately be unable to allow your child to perform at the football game Friday if they have not turned one in. A form is attached, and I will have notaries at rehearsals this week.
    - Still have a number of camp fees out – please send those in!!! $50, checks made payable to ABOB
    Color guard folks - your dues are due ASAP! $150, checks payable to ABOB.
    - Please keep up on trip payments. You should have around $525 in your account to be “caught up” by MTC’s guidelines. Next $100 payment is due Sept. 15.
    - The Color Guard is holding a Quarter Auction on Sept. 5 at the Sportsmen’s Club. Please plan on attending to show your support! AHS MARCHING 100 COLOR GUARD quarter auction
    Color Guard is a VITAL aspect of our team, and their equipment changes based on the show for the year, so it’s a pricey activity. Thanks for the help!

See you at the game!


AMS Orchestra Supplies

Instrument, in good working order

AMS Music polo

All AMS orchestra members received an Orchestra handbook last week. The last page was a parent info page and shirt order form. This page needs to be turned in (with shirt money, if applicable) by Friday, August 29.


8th-Essential Elements 2000, book 3 (“Green” Book)

7th-Essential Elements 2000, book 2 (“Purple” Book)

6th-Orchestra Expressions Book (“Yellow” Book)

All of these books can be purchased at Halpin Music


Please contact your child’s orchestra teacher with questions or concerns. Thanks!


CHANGES: Marching 100 tonight & tomorrow

Due to extreme temperatures and heat index readings for tonight,  Alton High School will be altering the Fall Sports Kick-off Night to more of a Fall Sports introduction, or “Meet and Greet” night.  The Soccer and Football scrimmages will not occur, nor will the Marching 100 performance.  All Fall Sports Teams will still be introduced.  We have attached a revised schedule for these activities.  We will still have athletic pictures taken as scheduled at the previous scheduled times and locations.  The Girls Volleyball Team will still be able to scrimmage in the West Elementary Gymnasium at approximately 5:15pm. Parent Meetings can still be held as scheduled.  Any questions, contact the AHS Athletic Office.  Thank you.

Here is our plan:

Tonight (Friday, 8/22): Red & Gray Scrimmage
Parents please plan on staying for introductions and pictures that way no one is left waiting for a ride. We’re trying to make this quick and easy.
Arrive at West by 5:15pm. We will meet where the trailer usually sits. We will not need to bring horns.
5:40pm – arc up, introduce the band
6:00pm – file into the bleachers, take a picture for the Fall Sports Program
6:10pm – head home
Attire: black marching shoes, black socks, khaki shorts, red chutes & ladders show shirt.
Unfortunately we are not allowed to play when canceling due to heat. We’re just building anticipation for when everyone finally gets to see the show :)
Tomorrow (Saturday, 8/23): Alton Labor Day Parade
Arrive at Alton Middle School (front of Annex) at 9am
Parade step off is 10am
The parade route is up College, right on Washington, left on Edwards, left on Main and follow Main down to the Motivational Achievement Center. We will then break and walk back to AMS.
I’m hoping to be done by 11am – 11:30am at the latest.
Attire (CHANGE to previous info): black marching shoes, black socks, khaki shorts, red chutes & ladders show shirt.
Might have to do some laundry tonight, but we have to keep the kids as cool as we can.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Cudney – acudney@altonschools.org

Beginning of the School Year Band Info.

Please read through the following documents that we’ll go over in class tomorrow, Wednesday, August 20.

AHS Band Program Syllabus 2014 - please mark dates on your calendar, look at the “no call, no show” policy under after school rehearsals, and look at the changes to the quarter playing tests/chair challenges.

Please print, sign, and turn in the last page of the syllabus

AHS Honors Band 3 info - for Band 3H students only

Playing Test Info 2014-15 - Dates & Scales on each quarter playing test for the year

Fine Arts Critique Rubric for All Bands - all fine arts critiques will be turned in via Google Classroom (we will go over this in class). Seniors without chromebooks will be the only exception.

This will be a great year!!! I’m excited about all the possibilities we will have with the chromebooks – submitting fine arts critiques, communication, recording ourselves for practice/playing tests/auditions. We will go over most of this in class and try to troubleshoot any problems there. As always, feel free to contact me with questions – acudney@altonschools.org