Band Update – 4/30/18


Please check grades!!! We’re reaching the time of year where we can’t do much to help those who have fallen behind. We have lots of grades coming due at the last minute – please be sure your child gets it in! Just a reminder, if a student fails band, they must sit out one semester and then re-audition to get back in band. It doesn’t matter if they’re signed up for the Disney trip or not! They must pass band.

Here’s our week:

  • Tuesday, 5/1 – Concert Jazz Band (Rehearsal & Gig)
    • Marching 100 Color Guard – 3:45-6pm
  • Thursday, 5/3 –
    • Marching 100 Color Guard – 3:45-6pm
    • AHS Spring Band Concert – 7pm, AHS Auditorium
      This is our final concert of the year!

      • We’ll have students arrive at 6.
      • Concert band and Symphonic Band wear all black (no jeans/tennis shoes)
      • Wind Symphony wear tuxes and dresses.
  • Friday, 5/4 & Saturday, 5/5 – M100 Button Days. We have sign ups for the kids on the band room doors. We’ll need parent help too! Here’s the sign up link for adults:

Looking ahead:

  • Monday, 5/7 & Tuesday, 5/8 – Student Leader Interviews. Students will be scheduled at 10 minute time slots. It’ll be posted this week. ALL parts of the application must have been submitted in order to receive an interview.
  • Friday, 5/11 – Fine Arts Critique, 4th Quarter Scales, 4th Quarter Playing Tests due – these are 100 points each! All information is currently posted on Google Classroom.
  • Thursday, 5/17 – Band Final Exam – more information TBA
  • Monday, 5/21 & Tuesday, 5/22- 1-2 Camp – 6-8pm, AHS
  • Friday, 5/25 – AHS Graduation. We will have a parade and graduation rehearsal on this Friday – All band members will rehearse for the Memorial Day parade and then Symphonic Band & Wind Symphony members will stay for graduation. Here’s the schedule:
    • 3:30pm – Meet outside for quick Memorial Day parade rehearsal with color guard – wear tennis shoes/comfortable clothes. EVERYONE is in on this rehearsal!!!! After we finish the outdoor rehearsal and load the trailer, concert band (5th hour) students may head home.
    • 4:30pm – run graduation tunes/load the trailer
    • 5:30pm – Eat dinner (provided by ABOB), change clothes – wear nice clothes for graduation – no jeans/tennis shoes!
    • 6:30pm – Enter gym/start playing graduation prelude music
    • 7:00pm – Graduation begins – Pomp & Circumstance
    • 7:30pm – Finish playing – quietly move chairs/stands/equipment back to band room.
  • Monday, May 28 – Alton Memorial Day Parade – Upper Alton, Morning

Disney Trip Info:

We’ve had a little bit of misinformation going around about who is going on this trip. It is an AHS Music Department trip – Band, Choir, and Orchestra are all going. The Marching 100 Color Guard is of course eligible to fundraise and go on the trip – they’re a vital part of our team! Please let me know if you have any questions.

As of Tuesday, 4/2, students should have $575 in their trip accounts. If you need special arrangements/need to make payments later, please be in touch with Music Travel – they’ll work with you, but need communication! Email Ben Hilmer – to make arrangements.

Here’s where we are with fundraisers:

  • Photography Sessions – we’ll be having photography sessions with three photographers on Saturday, June 2 at Gordon Moore Park – we will be starting sign ups soon!
  • Brooms & Popsockets – keep selling! Next check out day is TBA
    • If you have not turned any money/brooms and have not checked in, please do so!
      ***Please note that you will be unable to check out any brooms, beef sticks, or popsockets if we have not received any payment/communication about items that were checked out over a month ago.
    • Beef Sticks – we will be selling boxes of Beef Sticks (think Slim Jims) that students may sell at school! They sell for $1 each and 50 sticks come in a box. We will be sending home check out forms – send back in a signed sheet and we’ll get the boxes out! You can print one here – Beef Stick Check Out
  • Cardinals Games:
    •  We were also informed that we must have Stand Managers & Cashiers attend additional training – that is now on the form as well. Please consider it – we have some parents willing to be at the extra training, but if we don’t get more, we will have to cut back on games. We must have a minimum of 1 Stand Manager and 1 Stand Cashier at each game. In order to “compensate” folks for attending the extra credit, your student’s name will go onto the profit list twice – For example, if 10 people work the stand and it makes $100, the profit gets divided among 12 names. We appreciate those willing to do the extra work!
  •   Please fill out the form at this link to “register” for a training – all trainings will be at Busch Stadium.
     If you are interested in working the Cardinals Games, but didn’t fill out the previous form, please sign up for the training! You must have the training in order to work at the games. 
    The dates we will be working concessions are:
  • Friday, May 4 – 7:15pm game (Cubs Series)
    Saturday, May 5 – 1:15pm game (Cubs Series)
    Sunday, May 6 – 1:15pm game  (Cubs Series)
    Wednesday, May 23 – 12:15pm game (weekday games make more profit)
    Friday, June 15 – 7:15pm game  (Cubs Series)
    Saturday, June 16 – TBD game  (Cubs Series)
    Sunday, June 17 – 1:15pm  (Cubs Series)
    Saturday, July 21 – Kenny Chesney Concert
    Friday, July 27 – 7:15pm game  (Cubs Series)
    Saturday, July 28 – 6:15pm game  (Cubs Series)
    Sunday, July 29 – 1:15pm game  (Cubs Series)

    •  We’ll be confirming sign up before each game. Thank you for your flexibility with this one