ABOB Olde Alton Arts & Craft Fair

The 26th annual ABOB Olde Alton Arts & Craft Fair will take place Saturday, December 6, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 7, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Alton High School.  This is ABOB’s largest event which brings in a significant portion of the budget for the band and orchestra programs in the Alton School District including the Marching 100.

You may receive a phone call asking if you could volunteer a little of your time throughout the weekend.  Or you may contact one of the following chairs:
Doors:  Sue Cole, chair, momacole@hotmail.com or 465-9230.  Shifts:  Saturday:  8-11, 11-1, 3-5.  Sunday:  9-12, 12-2, 2-4.

Cafeteria:  Tammi Cash, chair, my5bucks@sbcglobal.net

Baskets:  Amy Hillery, chair, ajhillery@sbcglobal.net or 520-9850.  Shifts both days:  9-11, 11-1, 1-3

Soda Sales:  Penny Boedeker, chair, nickle31@charter.net

Please contact Amy Hillery if you can donate a basket or items for the basket raffle:  gift cards, board games, scratch off tickets, sledding items or any other items.

We could also use store bought desserts.  Please bring them to the Cafeteria by 10:00 a.m. Saturday or Sunday morning,

Thank you all for your tremendous support of the Alton School District Band & Orchestra Program!

 

 

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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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ALL Marching 100 activities for 11/25 – 11/27 Cancelled.

Good Morning!

In order to ensure the safety of students and staff in light of the civil unrest in the region, the Marching 100 and AHS Cheerleaders will not participate in the St. Louis Thanksgiving Day Parade. 

We will also not have any rehearsal today, Tuesday, November 25.

Please pass along the message to those who may not see it.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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P/T Conferences & Thanksgiving Parade

Good Evening! Another light week:

  • Tuesday, 11/18 – Winterguard Auditions – 5:30 – 8:30pm – East Elementary – see the Guard Page (Band>High School Band>Guard) for more information
  • We’ve decided to drop the price on the ladders –  they’re in good shape and we’ll sell them for $100 each! They will be sold as-is and you’ll need to sign an agreement releasing ABOB and the Alton School District from any liability.
    • Ladders will go for $100 each. Here is a link to the new price/specs - Werner Ladders . One ladder’s steps are odd – I believe it is repairable, and we’ll sell that one for $75.
    • Please shoot me an email ASAP if you’d like one.
  •  Chutes & Ladders ornaments and  Season picture DVD  orders will be due Wed. 11/26. Feel free to bring them to Parent/Teacher Conferences.  Order form: ornament and disc order form 2014. Checks made to ABOB, please get them in ASAP!
  • The last Disney trip fundraiser, fancy popcorn is out! Orders are due this Friday, 11/21 – no late orders will be accepted.
    If your student needs one, have them ask me.
  • It is time for students to start having their blue books – Foundations for a Superior Performance – with them every day. Beginning today, not having a book negatively impacts their participation grade for the day. If your student needs a new one, you can find them at Halpin or on Amazon  – that link will take you through ABOB’s Amazon page, so you give back a little! Remember to shop Amazon through the ABOB link – Christmas season is coming!

Next Week:

  • Parent/Teacher Conferences  – 11/24 & 11/25 – I’ll be having the “mini-lessons” like we did last year. I schedule 10 minute conferences where the parents and students attend and they can have a short lesson with me, we can talk college, what to practice, what they should work on at home, private lessons – whatever can help the student succeed in band. I mean it to be a low pressure time to get some 1 on 1, immediate feedback from me, as they doesn’t happen much in our day to day here. Please shoot me an email to schedule a time – it worked phenomenally well last year, so please take advantage! Of course, if you’d like a traditional conference we can do that as well – just let me know.
    • Time is limited – Here’s what I’ve got open:
      • Monday, November 24 – 1-3:30pm and 4:30 – 5:15pm. I’m willing to schedule some times from 3:30 – 4:30 if you don’t mind me eating while we talk :)
      • Tuesday, November 25 – 8am – 11:45am.
      • Sorry for the limitations – we have rehearsal and some meetings during the other times. If any of these don’t work for you, please email me and we’ll work out another time.
  • Parade Rehearsals – We do have two parade rehearsals – 11/24 from 5:30 – 7pm and 11/25 from 12noon – 1:30pm. The 11/25 rehearsal has a time change. I figure it’ll be warmer to have rehearsal during daylight hours. Please plan ahead – if getting your student to that rehearsal at noon is a problem, just let me know and we’ll find them a ride.
    *Please remind your student to dress warm for these rehearsals – we will be outside!!!*
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Band Update 11/10-11/14

Good Morning! A lite week:

  • Butterbraid pick up is tonight, Monday (11/10) from 2-5pm and 6:30 – 7pm. Pick up at the high school, back by the music suite.
    These items need to be kept frozen – please make sure to grab yours today!
  • Winter Percussion auditions for those interested are Friday, (11/14) from 3:15-5:30pm. Winter percussion is an extra group – percussionists who are not in Winter Percussion will be in the Bistro Percussion group. Auditions are open to non-percussionists as well! See Coop for more info.
  • We didn’t sell any chutes or ladders Friday – I’d really like to sell the ladders – they’re in good shape and they’re a bargain compared to buying them new! They will be sold as-is and you’ll need to sign an agreement releasing ABOB and the Alton School District from any liability.
    • Ladders will go for $200 each. Here is a link to the new price/specs - Werner Ladders . One ladder’s steps are odd – I believe it is repairable, and we’ll sell that one for $150.
    • Please let me know by this Friday, 11/14 if you’d like to purchase one – if I don’t hear from anyone we’ll look at other options for selling them.
  • Friday night we also took orders Chutes & Ladders ornaments and  Season picture DVDs.  Order form: ornament and disc order form 2014. Checks made to ABOB, please get them in ASAP!
  • Concert Bands will be posted this week, hopefully Wednesday. I’m ready to get started!
  • The last Disney trip fundraiser, fancy popcorn is out! Orders are due on Friday, 11/21 – no late orders will be accepted.
    I’ll try to get order forms out to anyone who didn’t get one today.
  • It is time for students to start having their blue books – Foundations for a Superior Performance – with them every day. If your student needs a new one, you can find them at Halpin or on Amazon  – that link will take you through ABOB’s Amazon page, so you give back a little! Remember to shop Amazon through the ABOB link – Christmas season is coming!
  • Winter Percussion/Winter Guard folks – please keep an eye on their pages (Band > High School Band > Guard/Percussion on this site) for info.

Just so these don’t take anyone by surprise:

  • Parade Rehearsals – We do have two parade rehearsals – 11/24 from 5:30 – 7pm and 11/25 from 12noon – 1:30pm. The 11/25 rehearsal has a time change. I figure it’ll be warmer to have rehearsal during daylight hours. Please plan ahead – if getting your student to that rehearsal at noon is a problem, just let me know and we’ll find them a ride.
  • Thanksgiving Parade –  Thursday, 11/27 – I don’t have many details on this one just yet – it is a simpler day than VP – no awards ceremony, we arrive, warm up/play, they load up and head home. My goal is to have us back by 1pm so we can enjoy turkey day. You can find more details (parade route, etc) on the Christmas in St. Louis webpage.

Have a fantastic week!

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Orchestra, Make a Note!

OUTSTANDING FALL ORCHESTRA CONCERT!
Have a great Thanksgiving Break!
Instruments on Mon., Dec. 1

Wednesday, November 26 – Friday, November 28
Thanksgiving Break!

Monday, December 1
Chamber
3:15 – 4:00

Tuesday, December 2
AHS Symphonic Orchestra/ABOB at Christmas Wonderland!
Students arrive 5:30-5:45
Done 9:00-9:15
DRESS WARM!

Wednesday, December 3
Chamber
3:15 – 4:00

Monday, December 8
Chamber Gig
Arv. at school in Christmas concert dress
Bring money for lunch at Steak ‘n Shake or Taco Bell
Performing at Fountains in Godfrey, Methodist Village and for Community Service League.
Excused 1st through 4th hours.

Thursday, December 11
Chamber Gig
Holiday Inn
4:15 – 5:00
Alpha Kappa Gamma Christmas Dinner

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Fall Winter Guard Information

Auditions: Tuesday, November 18 – 5:30 – 8:30pm – East Elementary Gym
Prepare an audition piece – 1 minute, 30 seconds long – use equipment you have good technique with. Body underneath the equipment work would be nice too. Try to achieve 45 tosses.

*Please be aware that fighting, attendance issues and/or arguments in the fall season may prevent you from making color guard. Any issues during the Winter Guard season may excuse you from winter guard as well.*

Calendar – there are a couple of types of calendar attached:

ALTON HIGHWINTER GUARD SCHEDULE20142015TUESDAY – Word/List Version

WinterGuard Nov.Dec 14 – Error in calendar dates, but still readable

WinterGuard Spring 15 – Excel/Calendar version – January – March 2015

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AHS Jazz Band Fall Performances

Here’s the info:

Thursday, November 13 – AHS Commons – Combo Only
Arrive at 5:15pm
Perform – 6 – 6:45pm

Monday, November 24 – LCCC/AHS Concert – ATC Theatre (Trimpe Building) – LCCC Campus
Arrive at 7pm
Concert begins at 7:30pm

Wednesday, December 10 – AHS/AMS Winter Concert – AHS Gym
Birdland/Yearbook Picture

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Pep Band Schedules 2014/2015

Rosters of each band are posted on the bulletin board in the band room.

Both bands (all band members) have a pep band rehearsal on Tuesday, December 2, from 3:12 – 4:33pm. This rehearsal is worth 25 points.

All pep band games are 25 points each.
Students may attend their ‘off’ game (ie. a student in the Red pep band attends a Gray Pep game) for 25 points extra credit.

Students need the red pep band tshirt. We will start taking orders next week (November 10). Tshirts are $12 each – checks can be made payable to Alton High School.

Red Pep Band Schedule:

  • Thursday, December 4 – 6:30pm
  • Friday, December 5 – 6:50pm
  • Friday, January 9 – 6:50pm
  • Friday, February 6 – 6:50pm
  • Friday, February 13 – 6:50pm

 

Gray Pep Band Schedule: 

  • Thursday, December 4 – 6:30pm
  • Friday, December 12 – 6:50pm
  • Friday, January 16 – 6:50pm
  • Thursday, February 12 – 6:50pm
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