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.


Marine Welcome Home is a GO!

Good Afternoon!

We had a great number of responses to who could participate, so we will be doing the Marine Welcome Home celebration at North Elementary on Sunday, January 4, 2015. Here’s the rundown of information:

Who: All Marching 100 members (including guard – you’ll run Rio with us!)
What: Marine Welcome Home Celebration
When: Sunday, January 4, 2015
Where: North Elementary School (Godfrey)

Here’s what the day will look like:

11:30am – Drumline/Low Brass members meet at AHS, load red trailer
12:00pm – Trailer head to North Elementary
12:30pm – Band members meet at North Elementary, put on uniform (you’ll need to bring  your instrument!)
1:00pm – Run through ‘I Go to Rio’ and ‘Star Spangled Banner’
2:00pm – Celebration begins – procession/banner
2:30pm (Estimate) – finish up – pack up/load trailer/head home

Please ask your student if they have brought their instrument home for Christmas Break – they’ll need to run through I Go to Rio and the National Anthem at least a couple of times over break to keep it fresh.

Percussion members – I will be at AHS on Friday, January 2 to give you some practice time. It will be in the afternoon. Stay tuned to email/abob.net for specific times. Please plan on attending for a while – I will work with you/want to hear you!

Parents – this is a community event – feel free to stick around to join in the fun!

Parking – I’m thinking parking will be a little tight at North on this day. Please plan on carpooling to North, or parking at Monticello Plaza and crossing the street (at the stoplight, in the cross walk, when the signal says walk!!!!)

Please let me know if you have any questions, and please let me know if your child cannot attend – I will be taking attendance.



Band Update 12/15

Good Morning!

Here’s a link to information/study guides for band finals this Friday: Band Finals

Please make sure your student has the correct study guide – 5th and 6th hour band classes have slightly different essay questions, and color guard’s final is completely different.

The final will be online this semester - students will need their chromebooks for the final on Friday. Seniors can bring a device, or we will have access to a lab for them to take the final.

A couple Marching 100 items:

Popcorn will be in this week – though we’re not sure which day. Stay tuned for more information!

– Only about 30 people have responded to the Marine Welcome Home Event on January 3 – please respond so we can plan! Marine Welcome Home Survey

– We will be signing up for rooms/buses for the Disney Trip the week we are back from break. Parents/chaperones are responsible for finding their own room mates (to pay the same price at the students it’s 4 to a room – any less will be additional charge to cover the room. Contact Music Travel for more information). Please be thinking about it – let me know if you have any questions.

– – Due to Finals, No Winter Percussion or Winter Guard practice Tuesday evening. Check pages or with Coop/Mike for schedules for the rest of the week.

I think that’s it! Thanks for your help and support this semester – it truly is a team effort. It’s a joy to work with you and your student(s). Have a safe and relaxing break, and if I don’t see you before, Merry Christmas! :)


Alton School District Concerts and Events, Dec. 15 – 19

Mon., Dec. 15                9:30 a.m.           East Band/Chorus/Orch., Gym
Mon., Dec. 15                  7:00 p.m.           AMS 8th Grade Chorus Concert

Tues., Dec. 16        9:00 a.m./6:30 p.m.    East K-2 Program, Gym
Tues., Dec. 16                  6:30 p.m.           Gilson Brown, K-3 Program, @ AMS Auditorium

Thur., Dec. 18        9:15 a.m./7:00 p.m.    West Band/Chorus/Orch Concert, Gym

Fri., Dec. 19                     9:00 a.m.           Eunice Smith Band/Orch./Chorus, Gym


Marine Welcome Home Opportunity

Hi Parents!

The Marching 100 has been asked to perform at a welcome home celebration for a local Marine. They’re planning a large celebration at North Elementary on Sunday, January 4, 2015.

I talked to the band about it today and most seemed interested – they’re planning it to be a community/veteran’s event, so we’d play around 2pm (probably just Rio and the Star Spangled Banner) and then students could stay or go – up to them.

We would have to meet at the high school to load the trailer – I’ll pass along more details when I know them.

What I need to know now is if your student is available to perform! Please fill out this simple google form (student name, can they attend) so I can get an idea of who we can plan on.

Marine Welcome Home Survey


Gray Pep Band Tonight – 6:50pm!


AHS Band Final Information

Band Finals will be on Friday, December 19.

The final will be online, so students will need their chromebooks  to take the final. Seniors should bring a device to take the final or they will be escorted to the music tech. lab to take it.

5th Hour: 8:35 – 9:50am

Fall 2014 study guide 5th


6th Hour: 9:55 – 11:10am

Fall 2014 study guide

Color Guard Study Guide – Fall 2014 *More questions may be added to this one*

Please let me know if you have any questions!



ABOB Dinner Auction Planning Meeting

Happy Holidays, Everyone!

We’re going to have a short meeting if you can make it this Thursday, December 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Ed & Cathy Gray’s house (804 Foxwood Circle in Alton).

Anyone who would like to help with the planning of the annual ABOB Dinner Auction and/or help solicit donations is welcome to attend.

The ABOB Dinner Auction will take place Saturday, March 14, 2015 in the AHS Commons.



Band Update – December 8

Hello! Pushing to the end:

  • Monday, December 8 & Tuesday, December 9 – Symphonic Band after school rehearsals – 3:15 – 4pm. These are graded rehearsals to put the 5th and 6th hour students together before the concert. Please communicate any absences to Mr. Banks – gbanks@altonschools.org
  • Wednesday, December 10 – AMS/AHS Bands Concert  – 7pm, AHS Gym.
    Symphonic Band – wear all black – no jeans/tennis shoes. School dress code applies
    Wind Symphony – tuxedos/dresses (will be issued this week)
    Students should meet in the band room at 6:30pm
    * We will need help setting up for the concert beginning around 5:30pm – students can get extra credit/band service hours. Parents are welcome too – we’ll be laying down carpet squares, setting up chairs/stands, and moving percussion equipment*
  • Thursday, December 11 :
    • 2nd Quarter Playing Tests Begin – Playing Test Info 2014-15. Students will also be asked to play a section from their concert music.
    • Winter Percussion Panera Night – an easy way to help support Winter Percussion! Simply present this flyer: FLYER- Alton Winter Percussion_12 11 14 when ordering at Bread Co. (4 – 8pm). Thanks in advance!
  • Friday, December 12 – Gray Pep Band – 6:50pm – Band Room

Looking ahead to next semester:

A post about extra Jazz Band rehearsals: Saxsational Jazz Rehearsals

A post about an extra Wind Symphony Performance: Saxsational Information

See you Wednesday evening! We’ll get final exam information out later this week.


Saxsational Concert

Here’s what we know so far:

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

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!


Pep Band Reminders

Just a couple reminders about Pep Band:

  1. Pep Band rehearsals/games are worth 25 points each. Students may attend their “off” game either for extra credit or to make up for missing one of their games.
  1. All Band Students are part of one pep band – either Red or Gray. The only exemption are the percussion students due to lack of room in the gym/parts for all to play. You can find their schedules here – Red & Gray Pep Bands
  1. Students will need the red “Redbird Rhythm” pep band shirt. I have not yet placed an order, as we had lots of extras  last year – I’ll sell those first and then place an order as needed. Please send in $12 (checks made payable to Alton High) and we’ll either get them a shirt or place their size on the order list – they can bring the money to rehearsal tomorrow or one of the games later this week.
    *If they do not receive a pep band shirt this week, they can just wear jeans and an Alton High tshirt to the game*

AHS Jazz Band Rehearsal Info.

For the members of the “summer jazz band” that will be playing on the Saxsational Concert on January 25 here are the extra rehearsal dates:

Monday, December 15 – 3:30-5pm
Monday, January 5 – 3:30 – 5pm
Monday, January 12 – 3:30 – 5pm

Assorted 6th Hours in January with permission.

Planned tunes:

My One & Only Love
Ben’s Blues
Softly As In…
There Will Never…