Band Update 11/7/16


Here’s the plan for the week:

Note: I will be out quite a bit this week with meetings/presentations throughout the state. If you have any questions/need anything, please copy Mr. James ( in on the email – he will be able to help you quicker!

  • We’ve had a marching shoe mix up after the Halloween parade – please check your student’s marching band shoes at home. If they have initials other than your student’s on them,  please send them back to school! Thanks!
  • The annual Marching 100 ornament and photo flash drive is due. You can find the order form here – 2016-ornament-and-photo-order-form. Orders are past due – please send them in ASAP!!! Email Cortney Frosch with any questions –
  • Concert Band Auditions will finish 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!
  • The Nashville Trip Fundraiser, Trash Bag Sales are due today, Monday, November 7 – checks made payable to ABOB. Please send them in ASAP!
  • ABOB Butterbraids Pick Up – Wednesday, November 9, 2-5pm. Pick up will be at the back of AHS (by the big red box). For more information click here.
  • ABOB Dine Out At LuciAnna’s Pastries – Saturday, November 12 – 7:00am – 2:30pm. Treat yourself and your family to a wonderful breakfast with some fantastic baked goods and coffee!!! A portion of the proceeds from Saturday will go back to ABOB!
  • IMEA District VI Jazz Festival – Select students – Saturday, November 12, Belleville East High School. More info. TBA – we’ll get it to the 5 going this week!

Looking ahead:

  • Fall Orchestra Concert (Fine Arts Critique Opportunity) – Thursday, November 17, 7pm, AHS Auditorium
    Fine Arts Critique Rubric
  • Cudney/Overmann Wedding – Saturday, November 19, 2pm.
    • This is a totally optional event – if your student can/wants to come, great! If not, no problem at all.
    • We did decide to send permission slips home to get in writing whether or not each student is coming – this must be in by this Thursday, November 10! They went home on salmon colored paper last week. You can also find a form to print off here – Cudney/Overmann Wedding Permission Slip
    • Here’s the plan for the day:
      11:00am – Arrive AHS, change into uniform, load instruments
      11:45am – Depart AHS
      1:00pm – Arrive at St. Peter’s, unload, setup
      1:40pm – Marching 100 plays prelude music
      2pm – Ceremony Begins
      3pm – Pictures with the 100 and Bridal Party
      3:30pm – Must leave church, head across the street to Mike Duffy’s Restaurant (124 W. Jefferson Ave. Kirkwood, MO 63122) for pizza!
      4:30pm – Leave Mike Duffy’s, return to AHS
      5:30pm – Arrive AHS, unload/put stuff away.
      *Please be ready to pick up your student at promptly at 5:30pm!*
  • The November ABOB Meeting has been moved to 7pm on Monday, November 21 in the AHS Band Room.
  • 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. 🙂
  • 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.
  • 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.

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