Band Update – 8/30/16


*Did your child lose their phone at band camp??? I have one that has yet to be claimed… it’s dead, but I think I did get to see the email address associated with the phone before the battery ran out. Let me know!*

Important Information:

  • Medical Information Forms are way past due. We will not be able to allow your child to march at the football game on Friday evening if it is not turned in. Mr. James will be sending emails and will let your child know if they have not gotten one in yet. Please get this taken care of ASAP!
    We will have a notary at Thursday’s (9/1) rehearsal, both before and after!!! 
  • 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.

Here’s what our week looks like:

  • Yes! We will rehearse!!! – Tonight, Tuesday, 8/30 – Full Marching 100 Rehearsal – 6-8:30pm, AHS.
    Pit will begin at 5pm. Please bring water!!! 
  • Wednesday, 8/31 – Jazz Band in the band room – 3:30-5pm
  • Thursday, 9/1 – Full Marching 100 Rehearsal – 6-8:30pm, AHS.
    Pit will begin at 5pm.
  • Friday, 9/2 – ABOB Fall Fundraiser check in – if your student has sold 12 items by this Friday (and they bring in proof – photo of order form, order form, etc) they can compete to win a cell phone printer. For more info please see the link: ABOB Fall Fundraiser
    • Our first Playing Quiz is due (turn in on Google Classroom). Students will need to record both the Star Spangled Banner and Alton Loyalty and turn them in. They have been shown how to record/submit in class!
    • Football v. Quincy – Public School Stadium (West) – 5:45pm
      • Wear your black marching shoes, black calf length socks, athletic shorts, Trance show shirt to the stadium. The plan right now is to wear full uniform on Friday night – we will keep an eye on the weather if that needs to change.
      • Students will need to take their instrument home with them after school Friday!!!
      • For those coming to watch, pregame is around 6:45pm. Kick off for the game is 7pm. Mr. Ed Gray will be conducting Alton Loyalty during pregame – you won’t want to miss it!!!
      • We will cheer in the stands the 1st quarter, warm up for half time in the 2nd quarter, perform at halftime, cheer in the stands the 3rd quarter, and students are released to pack up/enjoy the game in the 4th quarter. All band members are expected to stay until the end of the 3rd quarter.

Looking ahead:

  • Tuesday, 9/6 – Full Marching 100 Rehearsal – 6-8:30pm, AHS.
    Pit will begin at 5pm.
  • Wednesday, 9/7 – Jazz Band in the band room – 3:30-5pm
  • Thursday, 9/8 – Full Marching 100 Rehearsal – 6-8:30pm, AHS.
    Pit will begin at 5pm.
  • Friday, 9/9 – M100 Drumline Rehearsal – 3:30-5pm
  • Friday, 9/9 & Saturday, 9/10 – Marching 100 Button Days. It’s time again! We will be visiting various locations throughout Alton/Godfrey to accept donations and hand out our Trance buttons. Here’s the scoop:
    • Friday, 9/9:
      • 4-6pm (Pizza provided after school) – Shop ‘N Save, Eppel’s Pantry, Halpin Music, St. Louis Bread Co, Wal-Mart (2 doors)
      • 6-8pm – Wal-Mart (2 doors)
    • Saturday, 9/10:
      • 7-9am – Mr. Donut
      • 8-10am – Alton Farmer’s Market
      • 9-11am – Mr. Donut, Shop ‘N Save, Eppel’s Pantry, St. Louis Bread Co, Joe K’s
      • 10am – 12pm – Alton Farmer’s Market – *There is a Canine Carnival at the Farmer’s Market at this time* 🙂
      • 11am-1pm – Shop ‘N Save, Eppel’s Pantry, St. Louis Bread Co, Joe K’s
  • Students will have a sign up sheet on the band room door – they will need to stop by the high school 30 minutes before their shift to pick up their uniform, buttons/buckets/signs, etc. They can also bring their instrument to play if they wish!
  • Parents can sign up online! Visit the volunteer spot link to pick your time/spot! Thanks!

That covers the next couple of weeks!

I understand there has been some calendar confusion – with moving some files around, the calendar has gotten mixed up. Here are our football game dates:

Friday, September 2
Friday, September 16 (this one was left off the calendar)
Friday, September 30 – Homecoming
Friday, October 14 – Senior Night

Of course we have our usual Tuesday/Thursday rehearsals through October, and the dates for our competitions are accurate – (9/17, 9/24, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22).

A corrected calendar to print can be found here: 100 Full Calendar 2016 8.23

Have a wonderful week!