Band Update – 10/31/16

Happy Halloween

Here’s the plan for the week:

  • I forgot to mention it at banquet, but it’s time for the annual Marching 100 ornament and photo flash drive. You can find the order form here – 2016-ornament-and-photo-order-form. Please try to have orders in by the end of this week, Friday, November 4. Email Cortney Frosch with any questions –
  • Concert Band Auditions continue this week! I’ve heard there’s quite a bit of anxiety regarding audition results – the process of listening to everyone individually just takes some time. Please encourage patience!
  • Halloween Parade – tonight! Monday, 10/31. We will follow this schedule:
    • 6:00pm – Arrive Alton High, put on uniforms, grab instruments, load buses
    • 6:45pm – Depart Alton High
    • 7pm – Arrive at police station, warm up, stage
    • 7:30pm – Parade Begins
    • 9pm – Finish parade, load up, depart for AHS
    • 9:15pm – Arrive AHS, unload, change out of uniform
  • Lovejoy Music Festival – AHS Jazz Band – Thursday, Nov. 3, 7pm, Lovejoy Elementary. This is a Fine Arts Critique opportunity!  Fine Arts Critique Rubric Jazz band students who are playing should arrive at Lovejoy by 6:30pm.
  • IMEA District VI Festival – Select students – Saturday, November 5, Edwardsville High School. Info will be sent home with our two students today! Bus will leave AHS at 7am. Students will need money for lunch!

Looking ahead:

  • The Nashville Trip Fundraiser, Trash Bag Sales will be due next Monday, November 7.
  • ABOB Butterbraids Pick Up – Wednesday, November 9, 2-5pm. Pick up will be at the back of AHS (by the big red box).
  • IMEA District VI Jazz Festival – Select students – Saturday, November 12, Belleville East High School. More info. TBA
  • Fall Orchestra Concert (Fine Arts Critique Opportunity) – Thursday, November 17, 7pm, AHS Auditorium
  • Cudney/Overmann Wedding – Saturday, November 19, 2pm. The rumors are true… the kids are indeed playing at the ceremony! All band kids are invited – we will take buses down, play (wearing uniforms), have a pizza party, then head back home. Time will be around 11am – 5pm.
    • This is a totally optional event – if your student can/wants to come, great! If not, no problem at all.
    • At some point, I will need to know for sure whether or not your student plans on attending (bus plans/pizza count/etc.) I don’t need an email – we’ll just ask in class. Please discuss at home if your student is planning on coming!
  • Just to confirm, we will NOT be participating in the St. Louis Thanksgiving Day Parade this year. You can mark that off the calendar and enjoy the holiday. 🙂
  • It is time to start thinking about Pep Band (Redbird Rhythm). All band students are involved in pep band – we divide the bands up into two groups, a Red Band and a Gray Band. We will post the groups in the band room this week. Here is the schedule:
    • Practices (Everyone): Tuesday, 11/29 – 3:25 – 4:15pm
      Tuesday, 12/6 – 6:15pm
    • Games: Red Band:
      • Tuesday, 12/6 – 6:45pm
      • Friday, 12/9 – 6:45pm
      • Friday, 2/3 – 6:45pm
      • Tuesday, 2/21 – 6:45pm
    • Games: Gray Band:
      • Tuesday, 12/6 – 6:45pm
      • Friday, 1/13 – 6:45pm
      • Friday, 2/10 – 6:45pm
      • Friday, 2/24 – 6:45pm
    • Pep Band is a graded activity (25 points for each game/rehearsal). Students who may need to miss a game can attend the other band’s game for extra credit – any extra game a student attends is worth 25 extra credit points.
  • Here’s what else is going on:
    • I sent an email out to those who have not yet paid the $50 Band Fees for this year. If you paid them at registration, that was for last year (2015)’s fees, not for this year (2016). Please send it in when you can. If you need to work out a payment plan, please let me know. Checks are payable to ABOB, or you can pay it online by clicking here