Band Camp Update – 8/5/19

Hello! We hope you’re enjoying a relaxing weekend. We had a GREAT first week at camp. The kids are working hard and putting together a really fun show. If you haven’t stopped by to see it yet, feel free! We’re sounding great and the visual is coming together!
We’re sending the update out a little early so everyone has time to plan/volunteer. Please see below!

It’s time for our annual Spiritwear order! We sent order forms out with the kids on Friday (they can pick them up this week too). Orders are due by the Thursday, August 22 rehearsal. Please see the links for order form/info:
Spiritwear order form
Spiritwear item pictures
Please contact Barbie Morris with any questions – 314-265-6836 or

Here’s our week:

  • Monday, 8/5-Thursday, 8/8 – Band Camp – 8am-5pm, AHS.
    • This week, lunch will be provided & it’s our annual dress up days:
      • Monday – Disney Day!
        Lunch: Upper Alton Baptist Church (sloppy joe’s, chips, veggies, watermelon, cookies)
      • Tuesday – Twin Day (dress like another member (or two!)
        Lunch: Mr. Ed Gray (Burgers & Dogs)
      • Wednesday – Mr. James Day (wear a fish shirt or mismatched/crazy colors)
        Lunch: Mr. Vern VanHoy (catered by Rolling Hills Golf Course)
      • Thursday – Section Day (dress up with your section)
        Lunch: ABOB (sub sandwiches)
        *Camp will still release at 3pm on Thursday, even though we will not have a performance that evening.
    • We do need parent help to serve lunch each day (at noon). Please let us know if you’re available any day to help out. Thank you!
  • Due to Freshmen orientation and the ongoing construction at West, we will not be able to have a parent performance this year. Worry not! We’ll be able to debut the show at the Red & Gray Scrimmage on Friday, August 23.
  • A reminder of student needs for week 2:
    – Light colored clothing – tshirts and shorts are perfect! Jeans, hoodies, and black clothing is not!
    – Good tennis shoes and socks – cuts down on blisters
    – A hat
    – Sunscreen
    – Bug Spray (our field can be a little buggy)
    – Large water bottle
    – Three ring binder with sheet protectors (for music)
    – Pencil
    – Towel/Blanket to sit on during breaks
    – Pop Up tent/Camping chair – OPTIONAL – student is responsible for lugging it down to the field, assembly, and taking it home each day
    – Sunglasses
    – A healthy breakfast – be sure to eat something each morning!!!

Looking ahead:

  • Tuesday, August 13 – Full M100 rehearsal – 6-8:30pm, AHS
  • Wednesday, August 14 – Dine out for ABOB – Roma’s Pizza! Valid all hours that day. No flyer needed – just mention ABOB! Thanks!
  • Once school gets going we start our after school rehearsals:
    • Tuesday, 8/20 – Full M100 Rehearsal– 3:30-6pm
    • Thursday, 8/22 – Full M100 Rehearsal – 3:30-6pm
    • Students should bring a change of clothes, water bottle, & sunscreen to school with them!
    • We will have the 6:30pm athletic bus that students can ride home if needed – just have them talk to us!
  • Thursday, 8/22 – Dine Out for ABOB – Shiver’s – after rehearsal, enjoy dessert for dinner from 6-9pm. All window (not drive thru) orders help support a donation to ABOB!
  • Friday, 8/23 – Red & Gray Scrimmage – West. Times TBA
  • Saturday, 8/24 – SIUE Percussion Clinic– Ralph Korte Stadium (SIUE) – Times TBA. All percussionists (front ensemble & drumline) participate in the clinic day!

Other reminders:

  • Tardiness – we have lots of folks arriving at rehearsal 10-15 minutes late! We start on time! We preach to the kids that to be early is to be on time, to be on time is to be late – they should arrive at school with plenty of time to prep and be ready to rehearse at the scheduled time. Thanks for your help with this!
  • Communication – the kids are really trying to communicate any absences or needs, but it helps us to know that we’re on the same page as their parents. Please send us an email if/when you know your child needs to miss anything.
  • The Medical Information Form is way past due – please get those in! We usually have a notary at rehearsal! All forms are at the bottom of this update.

Marching 100 info:

  • We all ready have a change to the Fall Calendar – Homecoming has been moved, so the first two weeks in October have changed. We do not have a game on 10/4, and we will attend the Washington, MO Band Festival. The Homecoming Game will be on 10/11, and we will not attend the Bi-State Marching Invitational in Potosi, MO. Please toss October from the previous calendar – A new Calendar can be found here: UPDATED M100 2019 Calendar.
  • Here are electronic versions of the other forms:

That’s it! Please continue to encourage those healthy habits this week – water, healthy food, plenty of sleep, showers (with soap!). Thanks!!!