Band Update 10/3/16

Hello! Here’s what’s going on:

  • Assignments – we do have some assignments coming up! All details are on Google Classroom – that is where they will be turned in as well:
    • First Quarter Playing Test is due this Thursday, October 6!
  • Concert Band Auditions will be at the end of this month (begins Oct. 24). The music students can prepare will be going out this week. Please encourage at home practice!
  • We sent out an email about Trip Fundraisers, and the calendar fundraiser continues!!! If you missed it, you can find the information here – Nashville Trip Fundraisers
    • TJ’s Pizza Pickup will be next Tuesday, October 11 from 3-6pm at AHS! All items must be kept frozen – please be sure to pick them up!
  • 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 
  • It’s time to start thinking about the ABOB Trivia Night! Friday, October 21 at the Best Western Premium Hotel (formerly Holiday Inn). Tables are sold out!!! For more information on how to help or donate please click here. Also, please see below for a message from Jen Patridge:

    Dear ABOB family,

    On Friday, October 21st ABOB will be hosting a trivia night at the Best Western. During trivia night, ABOB will be holding an auction for several baskets put together by different ABOB groups: woodwinds (flute, clarinet, and saxophone), brass, low brass, percussion, color guard, drum major and orchestra. Many Thanks to thegroup leaders (Thank you, Thank you, Thank you): Woodwinds- Penny Boedeker– theme: Spa, Low Brass- ThePullens– theme😕 , Percussion- Laura Shansey– theme: Holiday Decor, Drum Majors- Cortney Frosch– theme: Movie Night, Brass-Jen King– theme: Pets, Color Guard- Tonya Duke- theme: Coloring Books andOrchestra- Ruth Waggener- theme:? . Each group will need donations for their baskets. If you would like to help with collecting for your group or if you need more information, please contact your group leader or you can contact me, Jennifer Patridge.

    Thank you in advance for your support,

    Jennifer Patridge 618-604-8306 (call or text) or u2bunny@charter.net

    Woodwinds: Penny Boedeker 618-304-9768 – Spa
    Brass: Jen King – 618-420-3625 – Pets
    Low Brass: Tom or Jamie Pullen (Jamie – 618-792-1870) – 
    Percussion: Laura Shansey– Holiday Decor
    Drum Majors: Courtney Frosch– Movie Night
    Color Guard: Tonya Duke 618-789-0035- Coloring Books
    Orchestra: Ruth Waggener

    Please keep baskets to around $40 to $75 and the due date for the Baskets is October 18th. Thank you! jp

Here’s what our week looks like:

  • Tuesday, 10/4 – ABOB Fall Fundraiser Pick Up – AHS, 2:30 – 5pm. For more information, click here
    • Full Marching 100 Rehearsal – 6-8:30pm, AHS.
      Pit will begin at 5pm.
  • Wednesday, 10/5 – Jazz Band in the band room – 3:30-5pm
  • Thursday, 10/6 – Full Marching 100 Rehearsal – 6-8:30pm, AHS.
    Pit will begin at 5pm.
  • Saturday, 10/8 – Bi-State Invitational, Potosi, MO. bi-state-itinerary

I understand there has been some calendar confusion – with moving some files around, the calendar has gotten mixed up. Here are our remaining football game dates:
Friday, October 14 – Senior Night

Of course we have our usual Tuesday/Thursday rehearsals through October, and the dates for our competitions are accurate – (10/8, 10/15, 10/22).

A corrected calendar to print can be found here: 100 Full Calendar 2016 8.23

IMPORTANT! PLEASE READ: Parents – we discussed this in class last week, but I need you to be aware as well. In a group this size (160 students as well as staff and parents), we must know what is going on if your child cannot fully participate in any of our scheduled activities, whether it’s a rehearsal or a performance.

This includes contacting us regarding any special or alternate transportation arrangements. We need to know so we can not only plan accordingly, but it also verifies that you know where your student is. We have also had a spike in no call, no show absences to rehearsals and ask that you contact us for the same reasons. When we know, we can plan and most importantly we know your student is safe.

Student safety is of utmost importance, and I am responsible for everyone who travels with us, a responsibility I do not take lightly. I would hate to be caught in a situation where I just don’t know because parent and student did not communicate. Please do not send word via other students or parents – communicate directly with me. I have email on me all the time – acudney@altonschools.org. Please just shoot me a quick email so I know what’s going on. It will keep your children safer.

Thank you!

Have a wonderful week!