Band Update 11/21/16


Before we get to the band update, I just wanted to take a second to thank all those who attended the wedding, sent well wishes, washed uniforms, etc. in preparation. The love you and your kids have shown Eric and me has been humbling and heartwarming – a fantastic reminder that what we do is so much more than playing music. Thank you, thank you, thank you! And if you haven’t seen it yet, here’s one of the best pictures from the day…


Now onto the band update…. Looking to next week!

  • Jazz on a Fall Evening (with LCCC Jazz Band) – Fine Arts Critique Opportunity/Concert –  Monday, November 28, 7:30pm in the Ahlemeyer Atrium(TR 141) – in the Trimpe ATC Building. Those playing in the jazz band should arrive at 7pm!
  • Tuesday, 11/29 – our first Pep Band Rehearsal! 3:25 – 4:15pm. All pep band students are expected to attend for a 25 point grade. If they cannot make it, please let Mr. James and me know ASAP.
  • Wednesday, 11/30 – we will kick off our last Nashville Trip Fundraiser – a Chris Cakes Pancake Dinner – Wednesday, December 14. Tickets will be $7 each and students will be able to check out tickets starting the 30th.
  • Thursday, 12/1 – AHS Choir Concert – 7pm, AHS Auditorium – a Fine Arts Critique Opportunity! Fine Arts Critique Rubric  Don’t forget that Fine Arts Critiques are due Dec. 9!
  • Friday, 12/2 – Sunday 12/4 – Olde Alton Arts & Crafts Fair – Alton High. Sign up sheets for student workers are on the orchestra room doors – students get 10 points extra credit for each hour worked! Please let me know if you’re available to help as an adult – we can for sure use the help! Thanks in advance!
  •  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. The groups are posted in the band room. 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.

Old Business:

  • 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