Band Update – 2/18/20


Solo & Ensemble fees are due! Sophomores – Seniors all participate in our choirs – that is covered. If your student is taking anything extra (solo, small ensemble, etc.) they do owe! Solos are $10 each, Ensembles are $15 divided among the players. Checks can be made to Alton High School. Thank you!

Here’s our week:

  • Tuesday, 2/18 – Dine Out for ABOB – Red Lobster – business hours. Present the flyer and ABOB will receive a portion of the days proceeds! Dine out at Red Lobster
  • Wednesday, 2/19 – Jazz Band – 3:30-5pm
    • AMS/AHS Winterguard rehearsal – Lovejoy Elementary Gym. AMS – 3:45-6pm, AHS – 6-9pm
    • Dinner Auction Meeting – 7pm – Ed & Cathy Gray’s house. Email me for more info!
  • Friday, 2/21 –  Festival Jazz Band – 3:30-5pm. Mr Jarden sent out an email with more info!
    • AMS/AHS Winterguard rehearsal – Lovejoy Elementary Gym. AMS – 3:45-6pm, AHS – 6-9pm
    • Gray Pep Band Game – 6:45pm, AHS
  • Saturday, 2/22 – Last Pep Band Game – EVERYONE – 6:45pm. This is also senior night – we do introduce seniors here, but football is our big one. Some students walk for this, some don’t – up to your kiddo!

Just a reminder – the 3rd Quarter Scales & 3rd Quarter Playing Test are all posted on Google Classroom – they can be done and turned in at any time!

Looking ahead:

  • Monday, 2/24 – Percussion – 3:15-4:45
    • ABOB Meeting – 7pm, AHS
  • Wednesday, 2/26 – AMS/AHS Winterguard rehearsal – Lovejoy Elementary Gym.
  • Thursday, 2/27 – All Bands Concert, 7pm, AHS Auditorium. For those used to the “Solo & Ensemble” concert – this isn’t it! It’ll be a regular concert where Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Symphony play. The jazz combo will be making an appearance as well! That’s it!
    • Wind Symphony will wear tuxes & dresses
    • Symphonic & Concert bands wear all black (no jeans/tennis shoes!)
  • Friday, 2/28 – AMS/AHS Winterguard rehearsal – Lovejoy Elementary Gym. AMS – 3:45-6pm, AHS – 6-9pm
  • Looking further ahead (to make sure they’re on your calendar):
  • Monday, 3/2 – Music For All Festival – O’Fallon, IL High School. This is our “contest” for the year. It’s on Pulaski Day – our itinerary is attached – MFA Festival
  • Saturday, 3/7 – IHSA Solo & Ensemble Contest – All Day, AHS. This is an “all hands on deck” day! We will need lots of student and parent help to host the 20 schools that attend. All sophomores – seniors will also perform that day! If you know you can help out that day, please let me know!
  • Saturday, 3/14 – ABOB Dinner Auction – Once Upon a Time…
    Plan on joining us for this fun night! Entertainment from the AHS Symphonic Orchestra & Jazz Band. Click here for more info.
  • Saturday, 3/28 – ABOB Vendor Fair – 9am-3pm – Click here for more info

I know we’re starting to plan 2020 and summer datesWe don’t have anything set in stone yet, but here are the tentative M100 Band Camp Dates:
Monday, July 27 – Friday, July 31 & Monday, August 3 – Thursday, August 6. That gives us all a week for last minute vacations/to prep for school starting! *This is subject to change!!!!

Here’s the pep band game schedule:

Friday, 2/21 – 6:45pmGray
Saturday, 2/22 – 6:45pmEVERYONE

That’s it! Have a great week!