Band Update – 12/19/16

Hello! Just a couple of reminders this week:

Band Grades: As of 3pm today, they are all up to date with what we have received (playing tests, fine arts critiques, etc). Some have dropped significantly – please check skyward! Students can still get stuff in tomorrow… after that we can’t help. 

  • Fine Arts Critiques were due 12/9! Fine Arts Critique Rubric. Students may still turn them in, though they will lose some points for it being late – some points are better than none!
  • Scale Recordings/2nd Quarter Playing Test Recordings were due Friday, 12/16 and need to be turned in on Google Classroom. All information is on Google Classroom
  • Our Band Final Exam is tomorrow, Tuesday, 12/20. Review sheets were posted in class today and can be found here: Fall 2016 Study Guide. Color Guard Study Guide

Please encourage your student to be pro-active about their band grades!!! We have over 400 points in the last two weeks – every year we see grades fall because students don’t get everything in that’s due towards the end of the semester, or they don’t study for the final. Don’t let it happen!

Just a reminder – if a student fails band, they are removed for one semester, and they must audition for Mr. James and me to become a a member again.

Also, it’s the time of year for schedule changes. Please remember band is a year long, sequential class. Students must be in band all year to be back in band in the fall (can’t sit out in the spring then march again in the fall). We need the students improving on their instruments as much as they can! If your student absolutely must be out of band due to a schedule conflict, they will need to reaudition for Mr. James and me to march in the fall (and we work with the counselors to discuss options).

Other items:

  • We will be talking about it in class, but the Pep Band has been asked to play at the Hockey Senior Night – Monday, January 2, 7pm at the East Alton Ice Arena. We will have a sign up posted tomorrow for it – we need to know who can/is willing to make it. It’s a great way to start the semester with some extra credit! Please discuss this opportunity with your student tonight if you can!
  • Pep Band T-shirts! If your student needs a pep band t-shirt, please let us know ASAP (name and size). They are $12 each and we’ll have them in by the next pep band game. Checks can be made payable to ABOB.

Pep Band (Redbird Rhythm) info –  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:

  • Games: Red Band:
    • Friday, 2/3 – 6:45pm
    • Tuesday, 2/21 – 6:45pm
  • Games: Gray Band:
    • Friday, 1/13 – 6:45pm
    • Friday, 2/10 – 6:45pm
    • Friday, 2/24 – 6:45pm

NEW: *Please note* Students cannot stay after school until their game time – they must leave and then come back. Also, we will always be done around 8:30/8:45 (after halftime). If your student isn’t attending the rest of the game, please be prompt in picking them up! Thanks.

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.

  • 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 


That’s it! Have a wonderful break.