ABOB Vendor Fair

This Saturday, March 28
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Alton H.S.
FREE Admission

Several Vendors and Crafters all on the main floor (2nd floor) of Alton High School.

Also, Chris Cakes’ Pancake & Sausage Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
AHS Commons
$7.00 per person



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, 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.


ABOB Spring Butter Braid, Cookie Dough & Pizza Pick Up

ABOB Butter Braid, Cookie Dough and Pizza Pick Up
This Tuesday, March 31
3:00—5:00 p.m.
Alton High School Music Suite

The very back of Alton H.S.
Go past the M100 semi-trailer to the very end of the building
Park by the last loading dock  with the red dumpster
Sign will be on the door

These items must be kept frozen!


Questions?  Call  474-6967 or emaillplummer@altonschools.org

Reminder notes went home with the students on Thursday, March 26.

THANKS for supporting ABOB!


Marching 100 Pancake Breakfast

Good Afternoon!

Just a friendly reminder to please send in any unsold pancake tickets/sold ticket money with your student tomorrow, Wednesday, March 25. I’ll be by the middle school for the 8th grade, and high school students can turn them in before school or in class.

8th grade parents – if you don’t know what I’m talking about, please ask your students if they got pancake tickets from me last week to sell. You can also shoot me an email and I can let you know.
Sales will start a Marching 100 trip account for your student with the profit from pancake ticket sales going directly for your student for our next trip (2016-2017 school year).

Here’s the information for the Pancake Breakfast:
All you can eat pancakes! by Chris Cakes
Saturday, March 28
8:30 – 10:30am
Alton High School Commons

Folks can also pay at the door and give a student’s name for the profit to go into their account.

In conjunction with the pancake breakfast is the ABOB Vendor Fair:
Saturday, March 28
9:00am – 4:00pm
Alton High School
Free admission – vendors and crafters on the main floor of Alton High!

We are looking for students and parents to helpwith concessions/pancakes/set up/etc. the day of – sign up sheets are posted at school, and if you are available to help, please let me know – just shoot me an email with what time you’re available. Thanks in advance for the help!

See you Saturday!!!


Winter Guard to MCCGA Championships – 3/27-3/29

Here’s the schedule for winter guard this weekend:

Friday, 3/27:
11am – leave class, depart AHS
5pm – Arrive hotel, unload, dinner, etc.

Saturday, 3/28:
Depart for Ozark High School
12:22pm – Performance
1:30pm – Scholastic C awards

Ozark High School
1350 W. Bluff Dr.
Ozark, MO 65721

MCCGA Championships Info.

Sunday, 3/29:
8:30am – Depart hotel
3:00pm – Arrive AHS, unload

What to bring – clothes/toiletries for two days/nights, all makeup/costumes needed to perform, money for around 6 meals.

Hotel: Quality Inn North
2745 N. Glenstone Ave.
Springfield, MO
Breakfast Included.


Minutes of the Meeting – February 23, 2015

Minutes of the Meeting
February 23, 2015

Amy Hillery-President
Vickie Schilling-Vice President
Ed Gray-Financial Sec.
Cindy Kirbach-Treasurer
Greg Cash-Secretary
Mike Haynes-Communications
Rose Lammers-Craft/Vendor Fairs
Kathy DeWitt-Craft/Vendor Fairs
Dave Fritz-Hospitality
Tom Pullen-abob.net

Laura Plummer
Alyssa Cudney

GUESTS: Fred Lammers, Cathy Gray, Brian Belk

President Hillery called the meeting to order at 7:05pm. Minutes of the January meeting were reviewed. Cindy Kirbach made the motion to accept them as presented, second by Mike Haynes; motion carried. Cindy Kirbach presented the treasurer’s report. Dave Fritz made the motion to accept the report as presented, second by Rose Lammers; motion carried.

TEACHER REPORTS – Laura Plummer reported that 5 orchestra students attended the ILMEA. Stringsation will be March 17, 2015 at 7:00pm in the AHS gym. Spring recital for Solo & Ensemble Contest will be March 5, 2015 at Calvary Baptist. S & E is March 7 at Collinsville High School. Pit orchestra rehearsals for the spring musical begin next week. ABOB and Dunlope scholarships have been awarded. Butter Braid order forms are going out. The orchestra will be traveling to Vandercook College in Chicago on April 6 and 7.
Alyssa Cudney reported that she had 1 band student who attended All-State. Winter Guard is doing well. The middle school Winter Guard won a competition at Eureka. Winter Percussion has had 1 event and one that was cancelled due to weather. They will have 2 more this season.

COMMITTEE REPORTS – Communications: Mike Haynes reported that he is sending out an email reminding everyone of the Dinner Auction.
Abob.net: Tom noted that the Amazon link has been moved to the front page.
Ways & Means: Cortney Frosch was absent, but Laura Plummer reported that Butter Braid order forms are due March 13.
Uniform Fundraiser: Mike Haynes reported that they are putting together a flyer and are working on the alumni list, making it a Google doc.
Vendor Fair: Rose Lammers and Kathy DeWitt asked that they be replaced for 2016. Discussion related to the amount of work and the return the Vendor Fair has seen thus far was held. Dave Fritz made the motion to discontinue the event after 2015, second by Ed Gray; motion carried. It may possibly be revived at a future date.
Dinner Auction – Ed Gray reported that ads and sponsorships are doing well; however, auction items are still needed and should be submitted right away.

New Business: Laura Plummer reported that the Marching 100 was named as a memorial for Stan Barth, father of 2 M100 alumni who recently passed away.

Next meeting: March 23, 2015. Seeing no further business the meeting was adjourned at 7:41pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Greg Cash


Orchestra, Make a Note! March 23 – 28

Monday, March 23
No Symphonic Winds & Brass

Tuesday, March 24
Chamber Gig:  5:45 – 6:30
Castelli’s Moonlight Restaurant
Fosterburg Rd.
Please be picked up on time

Pit Orchestra
7:00 – 8:30
Band Rm.

Wednesday, March 25
Chamber  3:15 – 4:00

Thursday, March 26
Pit 6:30 – 8:00
Band Rm.

Friday, March 27
Symphonic Strings: $45 for Chicago trip due by March 27.

Set-Up ABOB Vendor Fair
3:30 – 9:00 = Practice Form

Saturday, March 28
ABOB Vendor Fair

AHS Commons
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Student Help Needed throughout the day
Sign up sheets are on the door in the orchestra room
Help with move in (6:30 – 9:00) and/or Clean Up (4:00 – 6:00) = Practice Form
Marching 100 is also having a Chris Cake’s Pancake & Sausage Breakfast
8:30 – 10:30
Chamber Strings will perform in the Commons 11:30 – 12:30

AHS Symphonic Orchestra Strings
VanderCook College OrchestraFest
Mon., April 6 through Tues., April 7


Band Update 3/16/15

Hello! Here’s a brief overview of the rest of the year (I’ll add dates as needed/when I have them):

  • This week, 3/16 – 3/20 – 4th Quarter Playing Tests.  This will be the last opportunity this school year to move chairs in Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band! Please encourage at home practice.
  • Monday 3/23 – ABOB Meeting, 7pm, AHS Orchestra Room
  • Saturday, 3/28 – ABOB Vendor Fair!!!
    • We will need student and parent help. Student sign up sheets will be posted this week.
    • Please email me if you’d like to work – we’ll need help with concessions, pancakes, etc.
    • Pancake Tickets! Just like last year, students can pre-sell pancake tickets. They are $7 for all you can eat Chris Cakes (you have to catch ‘em!) The pancake breakfast is from 8-10am.
      The profits from the tickets they sell will go into an account for the next trip (two years from now… no I don’t know where :) This will benefit current Freshmen/Sophomores/8th graders. If your child hasn’t gotten tickets and would like to sell, please let me know!
  • Thursday, April 9 & Thursday, April 16 – Symphonic Band After School Rehearsals – 3:15 – 3:45pm. This is to put everything together before Organizational Contest – these are graded rehearsals! Please communicate any issues to Mr. Banks.
  • NEW!!!! CHANGE!!! Monday, April 13 – Marching 100 Informational Meeting – 7pm, AHS Auditorium. This will be to kick off the new year for Marching 100 – we’ll be handing out calendars, handbook, and of course finally announcing the fall show. Please get the date on your calendar!
  • Friday, April 17 –  IHSA Organizational Contest – Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and Jazz Band. We don’t have schedules yet, but please have the date on your calendar.
  • Monday, April 27 – ABOB Meeting – 7pm, AHS Orchestra Room
  • Thursday, April 30 – 7pm, Friday, May 1 – 7pm, Saturday, May 2 – 7pm, Sunday, May 3 – 2pm – AHS Musical “The Pajama Game” AHS Auditorium.
  • Thursday, May 7 – AHS Bands Concert – 7pm, AHS Auditorium
  • Friday, May 22 – AHS Graduation – 7pm, AHS Gym. Students usually need to meet around 5/5:30pm. We’ll send out a schedule closer to the date.
  • Monday, May 25 – Alton Memorial Day Parade – Marching 100 – TBA

Please continue to check Winter Percussion, Winter Guard, Jazz Band, Symphonic Orchestra, and Musical Pit Schedules as well – we’ll post information when we have it!

Just a heads up, the Marching 100 Summer Calendar has been posted as well. Please refer to it when planning your summer.

For those who were on the Disney Trip, some more photos have been added to the Google Drive.


AMS/AHS Winter Guard to MCCGA O’Fallon 3/21/15

Here’s the schedule for the day:

6:45am – Meet at Alton Middle School (Annex Gym)
7:00am – Depart for O’Fallon High School
8:00am – Arrive O’Fallon, unload
9:21am – AMS Performance
11:45am – AMS Critique
11:50am – AMS Retreat

3:48pm – AHS Performance
8:25pm – AHS Critique
8:30pm – AHS Retreat
9:00pm – Load up, depart O’Fallon
10:00pm – Arrive AMS Annex, unload

For more information see the MCCGA Website

What to Bring: Money for Lunch & Dinner (or a sack lunch/dinner), all equipment needed to perform, clothes to change into.


Orchestra, Make a Note! March 16 – 20

Monday, March 16
Pit 6:30 – 8:00

Tuesday, March 17
7:00 p.m.
Help w/ Set-Up 5:30 and Tear Down = Practice Form

Wednesday, March 18
Symphonic Elementary Tour
Be at AHS by 7:45 a.m.
Concert dress (bring a change of clothes)
Bring your own music stand
Bus leaves 8:00
Perform at North and East Elementary Schools
Bring money for lunch:  Taco Bell or Steak ‘n Shake
Excuse 0 through part of 4th hour
You will attend 4th hour

3:15 – 4:00

Thursday, March 19

$45 for Chicago trip due by March 27.

Friday, March 27:  Set-Up ABOB Vendor Fair
3:30 – 9:00 = Practice Form

Saturday, March 28
ABOB Vendor Fair

AHS Commons
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Student Help Needed throughout the day
Sign up sheets will be at school
Help with move in (6:30 – 9:00) and/or Clean Up (4:00 – 6:00) = Practice Form
Marching 100 is also having a Chris Cake’s Pancake Breakfast
8:30 – 10:30
Chamber will perform in the Commons 11:00 – Noon