Band Update – 4/1/19

CONGRATULATIONS to the Alton Middle School & Alton High School Winter Guards who competed in MCCGA Finals in Springfield, MO this weekend. The AMS Guard received an Excellent (highest they can get) rating, and the AHS Guard placed 5th in their round. They wrapped up a GREAT season!

A big THANK YOU to all who helped or shopped at this weekend’s Vendor Fair! What a fun day!

Here’s our week:

  • Today, Monday, 4/1 – Percussion Ensemble – 3:15-4:30
    • Jazz Band – 3:30-5:00pm
  • The Exercise Project finishes up this week – We’ll go from 3:30-4:30pm Tuesday and Friday, and be done!
  • Tuesday, 4/2 – Percussion Ensemble Concert – 7:00pm, AHS Auditorium (time was wrong in last week’s update – it is at 7pm!!!)
  • Thursday, 4/4 – Jazz on a Spring Evening – 7pm, AMS Annex Cafeteria
  • Friday, 4/5 – Jazz Band to SIUE Essentially Ellington – Mr. James emailed out the itinerary this morning!
  • If you ordered an ornament – they’re here! All ornaments that were paid for have been delivered. If you still owe, please send in the $10 and we’ll send home yours! Thanks!

Looking ahead:

  • Monday, 4/8 – Percussion Ensemble – 3:15-4:30
    • Jazz Band – 3:30-5:00pm
  • Friday, 4/12 – IHSA Organizational Contest – O’Fallon High School (Milburn Campus). ALL BANDS perform at contest! Schedule for the day depends on the group they’re in: IHSA Contest Itinerary.
  • Monday, 4/15 – Jazz Band – rehearsal and playing at Excellence in Education dinner

IT’S TIME! IT’S TIME!!! We’ve got to get moving on the Marching 100 season! Here’s what we’ve got:

  • Marching 100 Kickoff Meeting – Wednesday, 4/17 – 6:30, AHS Auditorium. Please try to have a representative (student or parent) at this meeting – this is where we hand out our calendar (still tentative), all forms, and introduce the 2019 show!!!
  • Drumline Auditions: Drumline Info – We will have two clinics:
    • Wednesday, 4/17 – 3:30-4:30pm, AHS (8th graders get here when you can)
    • Wednesday, 4/24 – 3:30-4:30pm, AHS (8th graders get here when you can)
    • Auditions will be Monday, 4/29 & Wednesday, May 1 from 3:30-5:00pm – students will be assigned an audition time, and won’t stay for the entire time!
    • If you have any questions about drumline, please email Ms. Edwards –
  • Color Guard Auditions: will take place Tuesday, 4/23-Friday, 4/26 from 3:30-6pm in the AHS Multipurpose room. Please email Mike Paynic with any questions –
  • Student Leader Applications will go out today, 4/1. Applications have been posted on Google Classroom, and will be due Friday, 4/12 at 3:15pm. NO EXCEPTIONS!

Please know we are still very tentative (no school calendar out yet), but we’ve got to get moving! Here’s what we’d like to do with Marching 100, as long as the school calendar works out:

  • June-July – Tuesday evenings, 6-8:30pm
  • Red Bud Fireman’s Parade – Sunday, June 30 (afternoon)
  • America’s Birthday Parade – Thursday, July 4 (morning)
  • Music Camp – July 17-19 – 10am-2pm
  • Band Camp – July 29 – August 8 – 8am-5pm. This is the tentative one, depending on when school starts. If we need to make a change, we’ll bump it back to July 22 – August 1.
  • We’re just trying to get information out early – we’ll let you know once we can solidify it!

That’s it! Have a great week!