Band Update – 10/28/19

Hello! Whew! We made it – thank you to each and every parent for your help and support throughout the marching season. You are vital to the team! Now we can slow down a bit:

  • Monday, 10/28 –  Percussion – Drumline Only – 3:30-4:45pm
    • ABOB Meeting – 7pm, AHS
  • Wednesday, 10/30 – Jazz Band – 3:30-5pm
    • The ABOB Breakfast Pastry Sale is still going on. This is our new “butter braid” fundraiser! Place your orders now for Thanksgiving, Christmas, & Easter. Order forms and money are due Wednesday, October 30. Thank you for your support!
  • Thursday, 10/31 – Halloween Parade – Downtown Alton. Please note they have moved the start time to 7:00pm! Here’s our plan:
    • 5:40pm Meet at AHS, dress in uniform/load buses
      6:15pm Depart Alton High School
      6:30pm Arrive Alton Police Station/Alton Plaza
      7:00pm Parade Step-Off
      8:00pm Parade Ends at Piasa St./E 9th Street & Load Up
      8:30pm Arrive Alton High School/Unload/Turn in All Parts of Uniform
    • It’s going to be COLD Thursday evening – please encourage light layers under the uniform – hoodies, jeans, etc. don’t work well.

Looking ahead:

  • Monday, 11/4 – Percussion – 3:30-4:45pm
  • Wednesday, 11/6 – Jazz Band – 3:30-5pm
    • New! The AHS Music Department is holding a “So you want to be a music major?” Meeting on Wednesday, 11/6 at 6:30pm at AHS. This meeting is meant for all students & their parents who may want to pursue music in college/as a career. We will be discussing what you can be doing now, how to pick a college, what to know ahead of time, etc. Come on out and ask some questions!
  • Thursday, 11/7 – Lovejoy Festival – Jazz Band performance, Lovejoy Elementary, 7:00pm. Mr. Jarden will have more info!
  • Friday, 11/8 – M100 Banquet – Invitations are going out this week! Dinner at 6:30pm in the AHS Commons. Catered by Nikki G’s, students are paid with a canned good donation, they can bring two guests at $15 each (checks payable to ABOB). We’ll be celebrating the season with dinner and students presenting each other with awards!
    • Note: There is no dance this year – just dinner/awards
    • Note 2: This event is optional for parents – it’s a chance for the kids to celebrate the season, and they do most of the talking/award giving. It can be goofy/inside jokey. Some love it! Some… don’t. Up to you if you attend! Just want to make sure everyone knows it’s not a super formal event. 
  • Saturday, 11/9 – Dine out for ABOB – Lucianna’s! – 7am-2:30pm. Come enjoy some delicious breakfast and place orders for those holiday goodies!
  • Monday, 11/18 – ABOB Meeting – 7pm, AHS – the meeting has been moved up a week to avoid the Jazz on a Spring Evening concert
  • Tuesday, 11/19 – Pep Band Rehearsal– ALL instumentalists – 3:15-4:25pm
    • It’s time to start thinking about pep band! All band students participate. We divide the band in half – into a Red Band & and Gray Band. Each band plays at half the basketball games for the season. This rehearsal is for both bands/everyone to get familiar with the music. More info. will be coming soon!
  • Monday, 11/25 – Jazz on a Spring Evening – 7pm, LCCC – Trimpe ATC Building.

That’s it! See you Thursday evening!