Band Update – 1/9/17

Hello! We’ve got a pretty light week this week:

  • Friday, January 13 – Gray Pep Band Game – 6:45pm. Meet in the band room.
    Pep Band Tshirts will be in by this game!

Other Information (some is new!!!)

  • Our next ABOB Dine Out night is Wednesday, January 18 from 4-8pm at the Homer Adams McDonald’s. No need for a flyer, just dine in or drive thru McDonald’s during that time period!
  • We also have one more extra pep band opportunity (more extra credit!) next Thursday, January 19 – AHS Wrestling Senior Night. We don’t have a ton of information yet, but we think it’ll be from 5-8pm(ish).
  • Our Third Quarter Scale Check Off Assignment has been posted in Google Classroom – the scales are concert Eb, Gb (F#), A, and A chromatic. Scale recordings are due March 3. Please encourage that they get it done early!!! (They could record and submit this week!)
  • We have been talking a lot about IHSA Solo & Ensemble in class. Here’s what you need to know:
    • Who: All students in Wind Symphony & Symphonic Band, select Concert Band students
    • What: IHSA Solo & Ensemble Contest (small groups/solos play for comments/rating from judges)
    • When: Saturday, March 4, 2017
    • Where: Alton High School
  • All students in Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band will play in their choir (large group). Schedule will be announced about two weeks before.
  • Students are encouraged to take a solo and/or a smaller ensemble with friends. It’s a great opportunity for students to play in front of an audience (helps with nerves!) and to receive comments from someone who knows/plays their instrument.
    • Students who take a Solo will be excused from writing a Fine Arts Critique this semester. However some things to think about:
      • Solos are $8 to enter
      • Solos require piano accompaniment – it is the student’s responsibility to find an accompanist (we do have a list of qualified folks) and to pay their accompanist – usually around $25.
      • This is a time commitment! Students are expected to perform to the best of their abilities so they are not wasting their accompanist or the judge’s time. This will require at home practice and before/after school rehearsals with their accompanist.
  • If your student is interested in taking a solo or ensemble, the information form is located on Google Classroom. We must know by January 20!
  • Pep Band (Redbird Rhythm) info –  All band students are involved in pep band – we divide the bands up into two groups, a Red Band and a Gray Band. The groups are posted in the band room. Here is the schedule:
    • Games: Red Band:
      • Friday, 2/3 – 6:45pm
      • Tuesday, 2/21 – 6:45pm
    • Games: Gray Band:
      • THIS Friday, 1/13 – 6:45pm
      • Friday, 2/10 – 6:45pm
      • Friday, 2/24 – 6:45pm

    NEW: *Please note* Students cannot stay after school until their game time – they must leave and then come back. Also, we will always be done around 8:30/8:45 (after halftime). If your student isn’t attending the rest of the game, please be prompt in picking them up! Thanks.

    Pep Band is a graded activity (25 points for each game/rehearsal). Students who may need to miss a game can attend the other band’s game for extra credit – any extra game a student attends is worth 25 extra credit points.

  • 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, or you can pay it online by clicking here