Band Update – 12/2/19

Happy Monday!

Tis the season! The 31st annual Olde Alton Arts & Crafts Fair is THIS WEEKEND!
We need all kinds of parent help throughout the weekend – this event is HUGE and brings in a large chunk of the funds ABOB uses to fund our band program. Please help out! You can contact the following chairs to schedule a time to help:
– Mike & Angela Halliday – Kitchen – You can also sign up for the kitchen here: ABOB Craft Fair Kitchen

– Tonya Duke – Doors – You can also sign up for doors here: ABOB Craft Fair Doors

– Amy Hillery – Baskets – A message about baskets:
Donations for the Craft Fair Basket Raffle are still needed! Any contribution is appreciated. Baskets, items, cash donations and gift cards for the gift card tree can be sent to school- or contact Amy Hillery at 618-520-9850 for pick up. All proceeds from the Basket Raffle go to ABOB and instrumental music in Alton.

– Penny Boedeker – Soda –
To sign up for the basket table/soda: ABOB Craft Fair Soda/Basket Raffle

Parking – we will need some folks to help out with parking as well – we’re hoping we can get a team together. Please email Mrs. Plummer to sign up –

For more craft fair info. please check out this link: ABOB Craft Fair Volunteers & Donations

Shop Amazon Support ABOB!If you do any online shopping with Amazon, please consider shopping the “Shop Amazon” link on  Up to 8% of your purchase will go back to ABOB!  No extra fees or hidden charges.  

If you need some Christmas ideas for your band kiddo, feel free to contact us – reeds, a new mouthpiece, mutes, valve oil, etc. make great stocking stuffers!

Donate Back:If you still have your child’s AMS music polo shirt and would like to donate it back to the AMS music program, send it in with your child.  We will get it over to the AMS directors.  
Also, if you happen to have an instrument in decent shape you do not want and would like to donate it to our music program, you will get a tax donation letter before the end of this year.  Contact Laura Pummer ( or 474-6967) for more info. 

Band Grades: As we head towards the end of the semester, we have lots of grades coming due: 2nd Quarter Scales, 2nd Quarter Playing Test, and the Fine Arts Critique are all posted on Google Classroom. All three are worth 100 points each.

Here’s our week:

  • Monday, 12/2 –  NO Percussion today
    • Pep Band Game – Everyone! 6:15pm, Band Room – we rehearse the tunes for a bit then play the first game together so everyone learns the ropes! Students can wear casual clothes – just AHS colors!
  • Wednesday, 12/4 – Jazz Band – 3:30-5pm – this is the last jazz rehearsal of the semester!
    • AMS/AHS Winterguard rehearsal – Lovejoy Elementary Gym. AMS – 3:45-6pm, AHS – 6-9pm
  • Friday, 12/6 – ABOB Craft Fair set up – all evening. Sign up sheets for students are on the orchestra room doors!
    • AMS/AHS Winterguard rehearsal – Lovejoy Elementary Gym. AMS – 3:45-6pm, AHS – 6-9pm
  • Saturday, 12/7 & Sunday, 12/8 – ABOB Olde Alton Arts & Crafts Fair. Tis the season! We will need tons of student & parent help! Please get involved in the biggest fundraising weekend of the year! See above to sign up!

Looking ahead:

  • Monday, 12/9 –  Percussion – 3:30-4:45pm
  • Tuesday, 12/10 – Red Pep Band Game – 6:45pm, AHS
  • Wednesday, 12/11 – AHS/AMS Band Concert – 7pm, AHS Gym
    • We will need help setting up in the Gym – usually around 5:30. Parents & students welcome!
    • Wind Symphony will wear tuxes & dresses
    • Symphonic & Concert Bands wear all black (no jeans/tennis shoes) – look nice!
    • If not helping set up, we’ll meet at 6:30pm
  • Friday, 12/13 – Gray Pep Band Game – 6:45pm, AHS
  • Monday, 12/16 –  Percussion – 3:30-4:45pm
  • Wednesday, 12/18 – Concert Band Final
  • Friday, 12/20 – Wind Symphony/Symphonic Band Final
  • Friday, 1/3 – Red Pep Band Game – 6:45pm, AHS

Here’s the pep band game schedule:

Monday, 12/2 – 6:15pmEVERYONE
Tuesday, 12/10 – 6:45pmRed
Friday, 12/13 – 6:45pmGray
Friday, 1/3 – 6:45pmRed
Monday, 1/6 – 6:45pmGray
Friday, 1/10 – 6:45pmRed
Saturday, 2/1 – 6:45pmGray
Friday, 2/14 – 6:45pmRed
Friday, 2/21 – 6:45pmGray
Saturday, 2/22 – 6:45pmEVERYONE

That’s it! See you this weekend!