Band Update 6/19/17

Hello!

It’s almost parade time!!! Here’s what we’ve got:

  • Crucial this week and next week!!! Now is the time to start preparing for parades/band camp!  Please encourage your student to give up soda, start drinking lots of water, begin eating healthier (more fruits/veggies/lean protein, less cheetos/cupcakes/junk food), and getting outside everyday (wash the car, mow the lawn, walk the dog, play basketball, etc)!!!
    Please also encourage at home practice – we’re shoving a ton into our Tuesday rehearsals to prep for the VP Parade – they can practice marching (listen to the radio and march along, turn on a metronome), work on memorizing the parade tune, and work on the “show” for the VP parade – ask to see it! The more time they spend on it at home the easier it will be on Tuesday nights!!! If they have any questions they can contact their student leader, or shoot me an email. I’m also at AHS on Thursdays from 1-3pm if they’d like some individual help.
  • I sent out a separate email, but to help us better plan for the VP Show, please let us know ASAP if your student is unable to attend. Thanks!
  • Please don’t forget about forms!!!
    • The $50 Band Fee can be paid anytime. Please make checks payable to ABOB.
    • Medical Information Form – these need to be notarized and are due before our first parade performance (June 25).
    • Marching 100 Handbook – there is a Handbook Agreement and a Student Information Form at the back of the handbook – please send those in as well.
  • We have our usual Full M100 Rehearsal tomorrow, Tuesday 6/20 – 6-8:30pm at AHS. Please wear tennis shoes/comfortable (athletic clothing) and bring water – we will be outside!
    *Please remember that in an organization this big, communication is crucial – for the benefit of the group and for student safety. Please shoot us an email if your child will miss a rehearsal – acudney@altonschools.org and sjames@altonschools.org. Thanks!
  • We’re rehearsing as usual this week:
  • I’ve attached the itinerary for the Red Bud Parade on this Sunday, June 25 . We may tweak the uniform based on heat – we’ll keep you posted. Red Bud Parade Itinerary 2017 
  • We have also updated the calendar – 2017 Calendar – May- Oct – with summer percussion & guard dates.  As always, if you need to miss please let us know.

Looking to next week:

  • Sunday, June 25 – Red Bud Parade – itinerary above
  • Monday, June 26 – ABOB Meeting – 7pm, AHS Orchestra Room
  • Tuesday, June 27 – Full Marching 100 rehearsal – 6-8:30pm. Guard & Percussion will rehearse as normal as well.
    • We will also have Parent 1-2 Camp at 6:30pm this evening in the band room. This is an opportunity for anyone to come check out volunteer opportunites for the season/get more information about how to help. We’ll have folks from food, bus chaperones, uniforms, pit crew, etc. Feel free to come check it out!
  • Thursday, June 29 – Full Marching 100 rehearsal – 10am-12pm. This is to get one more rehearsal in before VP and also to experience what the sun/heat will be like during the parade. Students in summer school are expected to attend summer school – Please just let us know they’ll need to miss the rehearsal. If a ride is an issue, please let us know and we’ll try to find one!
  • Saturday, July 1 – VP Parade – morning/early afternoon, downtown St. Louis – more info coming soon!

I think that is it! Please let us know if you have any questions.