Band Update – 5/7/18

Hello! Here’s what we’ve got going on:

It’s the final countdown – 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 this week – 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.

Wind Symphony needs to turn in tuxes and dresses to Mrs. Plummer ASAP! They can drop them off in the morning!

Percussionists! SIUE offers a great camp over the summer – check it out! Link here – SIUE Percussion Institute

  • Today, Monday 5/7 – Drumline Rehearsal – 3:30-4:30pm
  • 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.
  • Tuesday, 5/8 – Color Guard Rehearsal – 3:45-6pm
  • Thursday, 5/10 – Color Guard Rehearsal – 3:45-6pm
  • 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

Looking ahead:

  • Monday, 5/14 – Drumline Rehearsal – 3:30-4:30pm
  • Tuesday, 5/15 & Thursday, 5/17 – Color Guard Rehearsal – 3:45-6pm
  • Thursday, 5/17 – Band Final Exam – more information TBA
  • Monday, 5/21 – Drumline Rehearsal – 11:30am-1pm
  • Monday, 5/21 & Tuesday, 5/22- 1-2 Camp – 6-8pm, AHS
  • Tuesday, 5/22 & Friday, 5/25 – Color Guard Rehearsal
  • 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:

As of 5/2, students should have $700 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 – You can now sign up for session times and send folks the link:
  • 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 – the beefstick fundraiser is over! Please finish selling and turn in any money/unsold beef sticks!
  • Cardinals Games:
    The dates we will be working concessions are:

    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