Band Update – 3/3/20

Hi!
What a GREAT day yesterday! All three bands played well for a knowledgeable audience, and the clinics were incredible! The Music for All festival is all about giving quality feedback to students & teachers, and it was an awesome experience. Wind Symphony & Concert Band had Mr. Michael Pote of Carmel, IN (a 5x BOA Grand National Championship Band) as their clinician, and Concert Band even FaceTimed Richard Saucedo, the composer of “Nightsong,” one of their pieces – HOW COOL! Some pictures are available at this link: MFA 2020.
A big THANK YOU to the parents who helped out as well!!!

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:

  • Wednesday, 3/4 – Jazz Band – 3:30-5pm
    • AMS/AHS Winterguard rehearsal – Lovejoy Elementary Gym.
  • Friday, 3/6 –  3rd Quarter Scales & 3rd Quarter Playing Tests due. They are all posted on Google Classroom.
    • AMS/AHS Winterguard rehearsal – Lovejoy Elementary Gym. AMS – 3:45-6pm, AHS – 6-9pm
    • Solo & Ensemble Set Up – after school (until around 5pm). We’ll need student help to set up! Sign up sheets are on the band room door.
  • 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! We need parent help with concessions, parking, and pointing people in the right direction – if you can help please let me know what times you’re available. THANK YOU in advance!

Looking ahead:

  • Monday, 3/9 – Percussion – 3:15-4:30
  • Wednesday, 3/11 – Jazz Band – 3:30-5pm
    • AMS/AHS Winterguard rehearsal – Lovejoy Elementary Gym.
  • Friday, 3/13 – AMS/AHS Winterguard rehearsal – Lovejoy Elementary Gym. AMS – 3:45-6pm, AHS – 6-9pm
  • 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.

Looking further ahead (to make sure they’re on your calendar):

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!!!!

That’s it! See you on Saturday!