Band Update – 11/4/19

Hello! Sit down band time! Please encourage practice at home – believe it or not we only have 23 rehearsals until our first concert!

The 31st annual Olde Alton Arts & Crafts Fair is just over a month away! We will need all kinds of parent help throughout the weekend – this event is HUGE and brings in a large chunk of the funds ABOB uses to fund our band program. Please help out! You can contact the following chairs to schedule a time to help:
Mike & Angela Halliday – Kitchen – mimal03@yahoo.com
Tonya Duke – Doors – tonya.duke42@gmail.com
Amy Hillery – Baskets – ajhillery@sbcglobal.net
Penny Boedeker – Soda – nickle31@charter.net

Here’s our week:

  • Monday, 11/4 – Percussion – 3:30-4:45pm
    • Jazz Band dress rehearsal – 6:30pm, LCCC
  • Wednesday, 11/6 – Jazz Band – 3:30-5pm
    • New! The AHS Music Department is holding a “So you want to be a music major?” Meeting on Wednesday at 6:30pm in the Orchestra Room.
      • This meeting is meant for all students & their parents who may want to pursue music in college/as a career. We will be discussing what you can be doing now, how to pick a college, what to know ahead of time, etc. Come on out and ask some questions!
  • Thursday, 11/7 – Lovejoy Festival – Jazz Band performance, Lovejoy Elementary, 7:00pm. Mr. Jarden will have more info!
  • Friday, 11/8 – M100 Banquet – Invitations are out! We must have RSVP’s in by Wednesday!!!
    • Dinner at 6:30pm in the AHS Commons. Catered by Nikki G’s, students are paid with a canned good donation, they can bring two guests at $15 each (checks payable to ABOB). We’ll be celebrating the season with dinner and students presenting each other with awards!
    • Note: There is no dance this year – just dinner/awards
    • Note 2: This event is optional for parents – it’s a chance for the kids to celebrate the season, and they do most of the talking/award giving. It can be goofy/inside jokey. Some love it! Some… don’t. Up to you if you attend! Just want to make sure everyone knows it’s not a super formal event. 
  • Saturday, 11/9 – Dine out for ABOB – Lucianna’s! – 7am-2:30pm. Come enjoy some delicious breakfast and place orders for those holiday goodies!

Looking ahead:

  • Wednesday, 11/13 – Jazz Band – 3:30-5pm
  • Monday, 11/18 – Percussion – 3:30-4:45pm
    • ABOB Meeting – 7pm, AHS – the meeting has been moved up a week to avoid the Jazz on a Fall Evening concert
  • Tuesday, 11/19 – Pep Band Rehearsal– ALL instumentalists – 3:15-4:25pm
    • It’s time to start thinking about pep band! All band students participate. We divide the band in half – into a Red Band & and Gray Band. Each band plays at half the basketball games for the season. This rehearsal is for both bands/everyone to get familiar with the music. More info. will be coming soon!
  • Monday, 11/25 – Jazz on a Fall Evening – 7pm, LCCC – Trimpe ATC Building.

That’s it! Have a great week!