Band Update – 5/15/18


Please read this entire email – between finishing up the school year and starting Marching 100, we have a lot going on!!!

Please check grades!!! We’re reaching the time of year where we can’t do much to help those who have fallen behind. We had 300 points due on Friday – the Fine Arts Critique, 4th Quarter Playing Test, and 4th Quarter Scales – lots of GREAT kids had their grades tank. All information is posted on Google Classroom and they can still get them in!
Just a reminder, if a student fails band, they must sit out one semester and then re-audition to get back in band. It doesn’t matter if they’re signed up for the Disney trip or not! They must pass band.

We’ve updated the Disney Trip Fundraisers – please see below!

Wind Symphony needs to turn in tuxes and dresses to Mrs. Plummer ASAP! They can drop them off in the morning when they get to school!

Percussionists! SIUE offers a great camp over the summer – check it out! Link here – SIUE Percussion Institute

Here’s our week:

  • Tuesday, 5/15 & Thursday, 5/17 – Color Guard Rehearsal – 3:45-6pm
  • Thursday, 5/17 – Band Final Exam – We will be reviewing today in class. The final is over intervals (discussed in class) and critiquing the 5/3 band concert. We will play after the final to prep for graduation/Memorial Day.

Looking ahead:

  • Monday, 5/21 – Drumline Rehearsal11:30am-1pm *note the time!
    • ABOB Meeting – 7pm, AHS Band Room
  • Monday, 5/21 & Tuesday, 5/22- 1-2 Camp – 6-8pm, AHS
  • Tuesday, 5/22 & Friday, 5/25 – Color Guard Rehearsal
  • Friday, 5/25 – AHS Graduation. We will have a parade and graduation rehearsal on this Friday – All band members will rehearse for the Memorial Day parade and then Symphonic Band & Wind Symphony members will stay for graduation. Here’s the schedule:
    • 3:30pm – Meet outside for quick Memorial Day parade rehearsal with color guard – wear tennis shoes/comfortable clothes. EVERYONE is in on this rehearsal!!!! After we finish the outdoor rehearsal and load the trailer, concert band (5th hour) students may head home.
    • 4:30pm – run graduation tunes/load the trailer
    • 5:30pm – Eat dinner (provided by ABOB), change clothes – wear nice clothes for graduation – no jeans/tennis shoes!
    • 6:30pm – Enter gym/start playing graduation prelude music
    • 7:00pm – Graduation begins – Pomp & Circumstance
    • 7:30pm – Finish playing – quietly move chairs/stands/equipment back to band room.
  • Monday, May 28 – Alton Memorial Day ParadeMemorial Day Parade Itinerary

Disney Trip Info:

As of 5/2, students should have $700 in their trip accounts. If you need special arrangements/need to make payments later, please be in touch with Music Travel – they’ll work with you, but need communication! Email Ben Hilmer – to make arrangements.

Here’s where we are with fundraisers:

  • Photography Sessions – we’ll be having photography sessions with three photographers on Saturday, June 2 at Gordon Moore Park – You can now sign up for session times and send folks the link:
    • Here’s how the photography sessions work:
      • You/your student recruit folks to sign up for a time using the link above.
      • They pay $10 at their session (give your child’s name). The $10 goes into your child’s trip account. Those attending the photo session get a 30 minute session and receive an 8×10 photo.
      • They will also have the opportunity to purchase a photo disc of the rest of their session directly from the photographer.
  • Brooms, Popsockets & Beefsticks – please turn in any unsold items and money ASAP. We need to wrap this up with the school year. I will be emailing folks who still have items out this week! Record clearance will be filed for those who haven’t turned anything in.
  • Cardinals Games:
    The dates we will be working concessions are:

    Wednesday, May 23 – 12:15pm game (weekday games make more profit)
    Friday, June 15 – 7:15pm game  (Cubs Series)
    Saturday, June 16 – TBD game  (Cubs Series)
    Sunday, June 17 – 1:15pm  (Cubs Series)
    Saturday, July 21 – Kenny Chesney Concert
    Friday, July 27 – 7:15pm game  (Cubs Series)
    Saturday, July 28 – 6:15pm game  (Cubs Series)
    Sunday, July 29 – 1:15pm game  (Cubs Series)

    •  We’ll be confirming sign up before each game. Thank you for your flexibility with this one.