Band Update – Homecoming Week!


IMPORTANT! PLEASE READ: Parents – we discussed this in class today, but I need you to be aware as well. In a group this size (160 students as well as staff and parents), we must know what is going on if your child cannot fully participate in any of our scheduled activities, whether it’s a rehearsal or a performance. 

This includes contacting us regarding any special or alternate transportation arrangements. We need to know so we can not only plan accordingly, but it also verifies that you know where your student is. We have also had a spike in no call, no show absences to rehearsals and ask that you contact us for the same reasons. When we know, we can plan and most importantly we know your student is safe. 

Student safety is of utmost importance, and I am responsible for everyone who travels with us, a responsibility I do not take lightly. I would hate to be caught in a situation where I just don’t know because parent and student did not communicate. Please do not send word via other students or parents – communicate directly with me. I have email on me all the time – Please just shoot me a quick email so I know what’s going on. It will keep your children safer. 

Thank you! 

  • Assignments – we do have some assignments coming up! All details are on Google Classroom – that is where they will be turned in as well:
    • Recording a small portion of movement three, due this Friday, September 30
    • First Quarter Playing Test is due October 6
  • We sent out an email about Trip Fundraisers last week, and the calendar fundraiser continues!!! If you missed it, you can find the information here – Nashville Trip Fundraisers
  • 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 
  • It’s time to start thinking about the ABOB Trivia Night! Friday, October 21 at the Best Western Premium Hotel (formerly Holiday Inn). Tables are sold out!!! For more information on how to help or donate please click here. Also, please see below for a message from Jen Patridge:

    Dear ABOB family,

    On Friday, October 21st ABOB will be hosting a trivia night at the Best Western. During trivia night, ABOB will be holding an auction for severalbaskets put together by different ABOB groups: woodwinds (flute, clarinet, and saxophone), brass, low brass, percussion, color guard, drum major and orchestra. Many Thanks to thegroup leaders (Thank you, Thank you, Thank you): Woodwinds- Penny Boedeker– theme: Spa, Low Brass- The Pullens– theme😕 , Percussion- Laura Shansey– theme: Holiday Decor, Drum Majors- Cortney Frosch– theme: Movie Night, Brass-Jen King– theme: Pets, Color Guard- Tonya Duke- theme: Coloring Books andOrchestra- Ruth Waggener- theme:? . Each group will need donations for their baskets. If you would like to help with collecting for your group or if you need more information, please contact your group leader or you can contact me, Jennifer Patridge.

    Thank you in advance for your support,

    Jennifer Patridge 618-604-8306 (call or text) or

    Woodwinds: Penny Boedeker 618-304-9768 – Spa
    Brass: Jen King – 618-420-3625 – Pets
    Low Brass: Tom or Jamie Pullen (Jamie – 618-792-1870) – 
    Percussion: Laura Shansey– Holiday Decor
    Drum Majors: Courtney Frosch– Movie Night
    Color Guard: Tonya Duke 618-789-0035- Coloring Books
    Orchestra: Ruth Waggener

    Please keep baskets to around $40 to $75 and the due date for the Baskets is October 18th. Thank you! jp

Here’s what our week looks like:

Homecoming Week!!!

  • Monday 9/26 – ABOB Meeting– 7pm, AHS
  • Tuesday, 9/27 –  Full Marching 100 Rehearsal – 6-8:30pm, AHS.
    Pit will begin at 5pm.
  • Wednesday, 9/28 – Jazz Band in the band room – 3:30-5pm
  • Thursday, 9/29 – Full Marching 100 Rehearsal – 6-8:30pm, AHS.
    Pit will begin at 5pm.
  • Friday, 9/30 – KSDK Prep Rally  – AHS Gymnasium– 6:00-7:00am (arrive at 5:00am)
    • Please wear jeans and an Alton High School shirt/spiritwear.
    • Students will need to arrive at the high school at 5:00am. Yes, it is early. We will have a small breakfast after we play!
  • Friday, 9/30 – Seniors will have the opportunity to be in the Homecoming Parade – Information TBA – the parade starts at 5:30pm, departing from the pit at AMS. Students will need to be sure they have everything they need to perform (marching shoes, socks, instrument, etc.) at West ready to go!
    • Homecoming Football Game vs. Collinsville  – Public School Stadium (West) – 5:45pm
      • Wear your black marching shoes, black calf length socks, athletic shorts, Trance show shirt to the stadium.
      • Students will need to take their instrument home with them after school Friday!!!
      • For those coming to watch, pregame is around 6:45pm. Kick off for the game is 7pm.
      • We will cheer in the stands the 1st quarter, warm up for half time in the 2nd quarter, perform at halftime, cheer in the stands the 3rd quarter, and students are released to pack up/enjoy the game in the 4th quarter. All band members are expected to stay until the end of the 3rd quarter.

Looking towards October:

  • Tuesday, 10/4 – Full Marching 100 Rehearsal – 6-8:30pm, AHS.
    Pit will begin at 5pm.
  • Wednesday, 10/5 – Jazz Band in the band room – 3:30-5pm
  • Thursday, 10/6 – Full Marching 100 Rehearsal – 6-8:30pm, AHS.
    Pit will begin at 5pm.
  • Saturday, 10/8 – Bi-State Invitational, Potosi, MO. bi-state-itinerary

I understand there has been some calendar confusion – with moving some files around, the calendar has gotten mixed up. Here are our football game dates:
Friday, September 30 – Homecoming
Friday, October 14 – Senior Night

Of course we have our usual Tuesday/Thursday rehearsals through October, and the dates for our competitions are accurate – (10/8, 10/15, 10/22).

A corrected calendar to print can be found here: 100 Full Calendar 2016 8.23

Have a wonderful week!