Band Update 11/16/15

Hello! A couple reminders:

  • Today, Monday, 11/16 – Pep Band Rehearsal for everyone – 3:12 – 4:33pm. If I had to guess, we’ll probably get out a little early!
  • Tuesday, 11/17 – $12 for Pep Band Tshirts are due – We will be using the same shirts as last year, so returning members do not need to buy a new one unless they need a different size/new one. Checks can be made payable to Alton High School.

*Side note – we do have two extra tickets to see Wicked on Thursday, December 10 – we will sell them at first come, first serve. Tickets are still $55 – please let me know ASAP if you are interested!*

Looking to next week:

  • Parent/Teacher Conferences – As in the past couple of years, I’ll be using Parent/Teacher conference time to have “mini lessons” with students – students and/or their parents can come in and play for the 10 minute conference slot to get help with concert music, have general questions answered, etc. It’s a GREAT opportunity for me to have some individual lesson time with students to see what help they need. No pressure, really low key – come in and play a bit if you want!
    Band grades are in great shape, so we can also use this time to talk about any questions you may have – college, upgrading to a newer instrument, etc. Feel free to stop in with any questions! No need to schedule time – just stop in when you’re here.
  • Ms. Davis will be splitting her time between the middle school and high school. She will be at the high school on Monday from 5-7pm, and the entire time (8am-1pm) on Tuesday.
  • Monday, 11/16 – ABOB Meeting – 7pm, AHS Orchestra Room

Dates for the remainder of the semester:

  • Monday, November 30 – Pep Band Rehearsal for everyone – 3:12 – 4:33pm.
    • AHS Jazz Band Concert with LCCC – meet in the Trimpe Building at 6:45, combo starts playing at 7:15pm.
  • Tuesday, December 1 – Pep Band Game for everyone (both bands) – AHS, 6:30pm
  • Thursday, December 3 – AHS Choir Concert – 7pm, AHS Auditorium – Fine Arts Critique Opportunity
  • Friday, December 4 – ABOB Craft Fair Set Up
  • Saturday, December 5 – Sunday, December 6 – ABOB Craft Fair – see below to volunteer
  • Tuesday, December 8 – Gray Pep Band Game – 6:45pm, AHS
  • Wednesday, December 9 – Alton Bands (6th – high school) Concert – 7pm, AHS Gym
  • Thursday, December 10 – Wicked at the Fox Theatre (students/parents who bought tickets)
  • Friday, December 11 – Fine Arts Critiques due – Color Guard Members must turn one in as well!
  • Friday, December 18 – Red Pep Band Game – 6:45pm, AHS
CRAFT FAIR!!
The ABOB Olde Alton Arts and Craft Fair will take place Saturday, December 5, 9am – 4pm and Sunday, December 6, 10am – 3pm at Alton High School.   This is ABOB’s biggest fundraiser which brings in $25,000.00 to our instrumental program each year.  Phone calls will be going out soon asking for volunteers to help out a couple hours with doors, cafeteria, baskets and soda sale.  Please consider giving a little of your time. After your shift you can go shopping!  We are also seeking donations of baskets or items for the basket raffle at Craft Fair.   Contact the following people if you’re able to volunteer that weekend:
This year we have 851 students taking band or orchestra in grades 4 through 12 throughout the Alton School District.  The holiday concert season will soon be upon us and we have many students able to participate in our music program thanks to instruments, equipment and scholarship  lessons paid for by ABOB.  We had several Alton M.S. and Alton H.S. students proudly represented in the ILMEA (IL Music Educators Assoc.) District 6 Festival choirs, orchestras and band yesterday.  We could not offer the quality music program we have without our parental support and ABOB.
Thank you all so very much!!