Band Update – 12/16/19

Happy snow day! Here’s the last band update for 2019:

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If you need some Christmas ideas for your band kiddo, feel free to contact us – reeds, a new mouthpiece, mutes, valve oil, etc. make great stocking stuffers!

Donate Back: If you still have your child’s AMS music polo shirt and would like to donate it back to the AMS music program, send it in with your child.  We will get it over to the AMS directors.  
Also, if you happen to have an instrument in decent shape you do not want and would like to donate it to our music program, you will get a tax donation letter before the end of this year.  Contact Laura Pummer (lplummer@altonschools.org or 474-6967) for more info. 

Band Grades: We had lots of grades due last Friday, 12/13: 2nd Quarter Scales, 2nd Quarter Playing Test, and the Fine Arts Critique are all posted on Google Classroom. All three are worth 100 points each. We see grades tank this time every year – we can take assignments through Wednesday, 12/18. Just a reminder: if a student fails band, they must sit out a semester, then pass an audition to be placed back into the program.

Here’s our week:

  • Wednesday, 12/18 – Concert Band Final. A final review sheet is posted on Google Classroom!
    • AMS/AHS Winterguard rehearsal – Lovejoy Elementary Gym. AMS – 3:45-6pm, AHS – 6-9pm
  • Friday, 12/20 – Wind Symphony/Symphonic Band/Guard Final. A final review sheet is posted on Google Classroom!
    • AMS/AHS Winterguard rehearsal – Lovejoy Elementary Gym. AMS – 3:45-6pm, AHS – 6-9pm
  • Saturday, 12/21 – AMS/AHS Winterguard rehearsal – Lovejoy Elementary Gym.

    Looking ahead:
  • Friday, 1/27/19 – AMS/AHS Winterguard rehearsal – Lovejoy Elementary Gym. AMS – 3:45-6pm, AHS – 6-9pm
  • Friday, 1/3 – Red Pep Band Game – 6:45pm, AHS. Yes, this is a game before we come back from Christmas break. Please make sure it’s on your calendar!
  • Monday, 1/6 – Gray Pep Band Game – 6:45pm, AHS. This is a game the night before school starts for the spring semeser. Please make sure it’s on your calendar!
  • Wednesday, 1/8 – AMS/AHS Winterguard rehearsal – Lovejoy Elementary Gym. AMS – 3:45-6pm, AHS – 6-9pm
  • Friday, 1/10 – AMS/AHS Winterguard rehearsal – Lovejoy Elementary Gym. AMS – 3:45-6pm, AHS – 6-9pm
    • Red Pep Band Game – 6:45pm, AHS.

Here’s the pep band game schedule:

Friday, 1/3 – 6:45pmRed
Monday, 1/6 – 6:45pmGray
Friday, 1/10 – 6:45pmRed
Saturday, 2/1 – 6:45pmGray
Friday, 2/14 – 6:45pmRed
Friday, 2/21 – 6:45pmGray
Saturday, 2/22 – 6:45pmEVERYONE

That’s it! Stay safe and warm out there.

Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!! It is truly a blessing and a privilege to work with you and your kiddo(s). Enjoy some time with family and friends!