Band Update – 6/18/18


An important note: I (Alyssa Overmann, along with several Alton students!) leave on Sunday for the Illinois Ambassadors of Music European tour. I will be gone from June 24 – July 9, and will have little to no access to email during that time. For any questions/concerns/absence notifications during that time frame please send them to Mr. James and Ms. Edwards. Feel free to copy me in! Color Guard and Percussion may also want to communicate them to Mr. Paynic or Mr. Bosomworth. Their emails are:

Mr. Steven James –
Ms. Lexi Edwards –
Mr. Mike Paynic –
Mr. Andrew Bosomworth –

Thanks for the help!

Here’s our week:

  • Tuesday, June 19 – M100 Percussion Rehearsal – 3-5pm
    • M100 Color Guard Rehearsal – 5:30-8pm
    • Full Marching 100 Rehearsal – 6-8:30pm, AHS.
      • We have resumed Broom & Popsocket check in/out – please stop in to see the band moms in the uniform room during rehearsal on Tuesday evenings. You can also turn in any unsold items/money.
  • Wednesday, June 20 – M100 Color Guard Rehearsal – 1-4pm
  • Sunday, June 24 – Red Bud Parade – Red Bud Parade Itinerary

Looking ahead:

  • Monday, June 25 – ABOB Meeting – 7pm, AHS
  • Tuesday, June 26 – M100 Percussion Rehearsal – 3-5pm
    • Full Marching 100 Rehearsal – 6-8:30pm, AHS.
  • Wednesday, June 27 – M100 Color Guard Rehearsal – 1-4pm
  • Tuesday, July 3 – Full Marching 100 Rehearsal – 10am – 12pm. This is to prepare for the heat/sun the next day! Students in summer school are expected to attend class – please let us know, and you’ll be excused from rehearsal. If getting a ride to school in the morning is a problem, please let us know – we’ll try to help out!
  • Wednesday, July 4 – VP Parade – St. Louis – VP Parade Itinerary will be sent out tomorrow, 6/19.
  • After the VP Parade we are totally off until Wednesday, July 11!
  • Wednesday, July 11 – M100 Music Camp – 10am-2pm, AHS
  • Thursday, July 12 – M100 Music Camp – 10am-2pm, AHS
  • Friday, July 13 – M100 Music Camp – 10am-2pm, AHS

Parades are here! Now is the time to start preparing for parades/band camp!  Please encourage your student to:

  • For Tuesday rehearsals they should wear shorts, tshirts, a ball cap, and bring a water bottle. “low top” tennis shoes – shoes that don’t go up past the ankle, are preferred as well to allow movement. We have lots of kids wearing hoodies/pants – it’s just too hot!!!
  • Give up soda –  start drinking lots of water, particularly on Tuesdays
  • Begin eating healthier (more fruits/veggies/lean protein, less cheetos/cupcakes/junk food).
  • Getting outside everyday (wash the car, mow the lawn, walk the dog, play basketball, etc). Yes, it’s hot! I’m not convinced it’s going to get any cooler this summer.
  • Please also encourage at home practice – we’re shoving a ton into our Tuesday rehearsals to prep for the VP Parade – they can practice marching (listen to the radio and march along, turn on a metronome), and work on memorizing the parade tune. The more time they spend on it at home the easier it will be on Tuesday nights!!! If they have any questions they can contact their student leader, or shoot me an email.

It’s time to start thinking about Band Camp! Here’s what we’ll need:
Fruit – Grapes, pinapple, strawberries, etc. We freeze it and it’s a great break treat!
Animal crackers
Powdered gatorade any flavor
Donations can be dropped off at the uniform room, or if you’d like to shop through Amazon/online you can have them sent to my attention at AHS (Alyssa Overmann 4200 Humbert Road Alton, IL 62002).  Thank you!

Disney Trip Info:

As of 6/2, students should have $825 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:

  • Brooms & Popsockets  – We have resumed check outs! Please check out brooms and popsockets with the band moms in the uniform room at Tuesday night rehearsals! You may also turn in any money/unsold items then too. Record clearance has been filed for those who still have items out.
  • Cardinals Games have been discontinued due to lack of interest/availability.