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Allen Eagle Escadrille TWIB Notes NOvember 9-15, 2020

Message from Dr. Obado

This is a very busy week for the marching band. We have a huge game vs. Denton Guyer on Friday (11/13 - 5:20pm call time) and Region 25 UIL on Saturday (11/14 - 8:00am call time). Let's have productive and amazing rehearsals (I know we will!) Please see the itineraries for this week below and scroll down for more information.

  • Marching Rehearsal Calendar
  • Allen Band Booster Association Notes
  • All-Region Auditions
  • Region 25 UIL Marching Band Contest (11/14)
  • Varsity Jazz Concert (11/17)
  • Fall Exams & Spring Band Audition Information
  • December Concert Schedule and Information
  • Nov. 27 Home Football Game Details (Thanksgiving Break)
  • Football Playoffs

Marching Band Calednar

The month of November puts us in hyper-drive as we have two remaining home games and UIL Region Marching Contest this month. Let's make sure we have 100% participation and attendance as we have limited rehearsal for the rest of the season. Please see the ENTIRE rehearsal/performance calendar for the marching band below.

NOTE: all rehearsals will now begin at the track stadium. We will not split Red/Blue on the Rugby Field.

  • 11/10: Rehearsal (6:-8:30)
  • 11/12: Rehearsal (6-8:30)
  • 11/13: Game vs. Denton Guyer (5:30pm call time)
  • 11/14: Region 25 UIL (8am call time)
  • NO MARCHING REHEARSALS week of 11/16-11/20
  • 11/27: Rehearsal & Game vs. Prosper (Senior Day) - 12pm Call Time
  • 12/10: Fitness Gram & Rehearsal (4:45pm-6pm) - ALL MARCHING STUDENTS NEED TO BE HERE
  • 12/11: Playoff Game #1 (Home)

UIL Patches

The UIL Region Marching Contest is this week. Now is the time to order your 2020 and 2019 Matching Contest Letterman Jacket Patches. You must order by Monday, November 16 for pick up during our December concerts. We encourage you to purchase patches as they come available because we do not reorder when they run out and do not plan to have extras in our inventory. Order yours at www.Allenband.com/Patches. Questions, email Patches@allenband.com.

Volunteer Opportunities

We have two volunteer opportunities. Remember you must log in to see the sign ups. All volunteers will be vetted to make sure they have an approved background check completed by Allen ISD. Sign up at www.allenband.com/volunteers. Questions, email volunteers@allenband.com.

  1. Top Secret Opportunity
  2. UIL Marching Contest

TMEA All-Region Band Audition Registration & Payment

9th Grade Region Band

  • Audition Window: 11/7-11/11
  • It is too late to register for 9th grade Region Band Auditions

High School Region Band - LAST CALL

  • Phase 1 Audition Window: 11/14-18
  • Phase 2 Audition Window: 12/5-9
  • Cost: $3
  • You can still register until 8am on Monday, Nov 9. You will not be able to audition if you do not register by 8am on Monday.
  • Online payment only
  • High School All-Region Band Payment/Registration Link Here
  • AHS/LFC Students auditioning for the HS Region Band are required to play from all three Region etudes.

Region 25 UIL Marching Contest - Sat. Nov. 14

  • The UIL Marching Contest is REQUIRED for all marching band students.
  • The band will provide Chick-Fil-A for all students. Please fill out the Dietary Questionnaire Form if you have not done so already.
  • UIL will be at Kimbrough Stadium in Murphy (Plano ISD). After rehearsal and loading, students have a choice of taking the bus or riding to Kimbrough Stadium with their parents (no student drivers).
  • If your parents are driving, you must submit the "Alternate Means of Travel Form" to a director at a marching band rehearsal or email to susan.fulk@allenisd.org by Thursday, Nov. 12. Students will be required to ride the bus if form is not turned in by Nov. 12.
  • Spectators are allowed for UIL! Tickets for this year’s UIL Region 25 5A/6A Marching Contest may be purchased in advance at https://www.pisd.edu/domain/14369
  • Tickets may still be purchased at the stadium ticket office on a cash basis only – No Credit Cards or Checks will be accepted at the contest site.
  • Admission: Adults - $10/Students - $5/Children 6 yrs. and under – Free/School & District Administrators - Free
  • While your ticket is good for the day, Kimbrough staff will be clearing the stands on the breaks to make room for the next block of bands. We will also monitor the size of the audience so we can follow Plano ISD’s guidelines throughout the event!

Varsity Jazz Band Concert

Tuesday, November 17 @ 6:00pm

The Park at Fairview Town Center

Join the Allen High School Varsity Jazz Band as they perform NEXT TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17th (6pm) at The Park at Fairview Town Center. Bring a blanket or lawn-chair while sipping on some coffee or eating on a patio at one of the nearby restaurants next to the outdoor stage.

Fall Exams & Spring Semester Auditions

FALL EXAMS: All band students will have two parts to their Fall Exam. 50% of their exam grade will be based on their audition submission (see below for details). The other 50% will be based on each individual band class's activity on their exam day (Spring 2021 music reading, Sight-Reading, etc). Click HERE for the AHS/LFC/STEAM Exam Schedule.

AUDITIONS: All In-Person & At-Home students will submit an audition on Flipgrid for Spring Semester Band auditions. Q3 At-Home students will submit their audition for their appropriate Virtual Instrumental (Band) Music Class while Q3 In-Person students will submit their audition for their appropriate band ensemble. The audition will consist of both 9th Grade All-Region Band Audition Cuts.

GRADING/AUDITION RUBRIC: We will have two separate rubrics when directors assess auditions. The exam rubric will grade students based on TEKS mastery. The audition rubric will place students in proper in-person and virtual classes based on comprehensive performance elements beyond TEKS mastery. Rubrics will be released on 11/16.

December Concerts

Please see the schedule below for our December concerts. Each student will be able to have two guests for limited seating and distanced spacing inside the Performing Arts Center. We will also have overflow viewing in the PAC Commons if we reach capacity. All concerts will be videoed and shared on each student's CANVAS page. We are asking that all patrons come at the beginning of the concert and stay for the entire concert. There will only be two bands per concert. More information will be provided by our Performing Arts Staff.

Please note that we will not issue tuxedos and dresses for students this year. All students are required to wear all solid black for each concert. If you do not have solid black shirt, pants, skirt (appropriate length), etc. you have the time to purchase the proper attire.

All live concerts will be required for In-Person & At-Home/In-Person Band students. At-Home students may participate in the December concert based on their ensemble's minimum in-person rehearsal requirement. At-home students will have the opportunity to make a choice to perform In-Person this week. Students that do not perform In-Person for the Dec concerts will be required to perform their music on Flipgrid the day of their concert.

Individual directors may schedule before or after school rehearsals starting on November 16th. They will communicate with their bands directly regarding before/after school rehearsals.

Concert Schedule

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

  • 6:00pm: AHS Concert 1/2 (combined), AHS Symphonic 3
  • 7:30pm: AHS Symphonic 2, AHS Wind Symphony

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

  • 6:00pm: LFC Concert 1/2 (combined), AHS Symphonic 1
  • 7:30pm: LFC Wind Ensemble/Symphonic (combined), AHS Wind Ensemble

Nov 27: Home Game

We have a home football game scheduled the Friday of our Thanksgiving break. Our call time will be 12pm for a 2:00pm game.

If you did not submit the excused absence form by Friday, Nov 6th, you will be required to be at the Nov 27th game.

Playoff Football Info

The Allen Escadrille will support our team and community as we go into the playoff season. The first playoff game (usually at home) will be required for the entire marching band.

Games 2-6 will not be required, however all marching band students can participate with the following conditions:

  • All marching band students will be required to fill out a playoff game interest form (online) that will be sent out in the next few weeks. It will be due (from everyone) by December 1st for planning purposes (transportation, meals, stadium seating, etc).
  • All students that sign-up for a game (games 2-6) will be required to ride the provided transportation to the playoff game site (school bus or charter bus). Students may be picked up by their parents after the game (with the proper Alternative Transportation Form).
  • Meals will be provided for all playoffs games.
  • Game 3 can be scheduled on December 24 or 26.
  • Game 4 can be scheduled Dec 31-Jan 2.

Here is the 6A UIL playoff calendar (with possible game dates provided):

  • Week 1: Dec 10-12 (usually a home game - will be required)
  • Week 2: Dec 17-19
  • Week 3: Dec 24 or 26
  • Week 4: Dec 31-Jan 2
  • Week 5: Jan 7-9
  • Week 6: Week of Jan 11-15

Three-Week Calendar

  • Nov 10 (6-8:30p): Marching Rehearsal: all on the track
  • Nov 12 (6-8:30p): Marching Rehearsal - all on the track
  • Nov 13: ALLEN FOOTBALL vs. Denton Guyer
  • Nov 14: Region 25 UIL Marching Contest (8am Call Time)

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  • No events Nov. 16-20
  • Directors may call before/after school rehearsals for Dec concerts beginning this week.

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THANKSGIVING BREAK

  • Nov 27: Rehearsal/Football Game vs. Proser (Senior Day) - 12pm Call Time
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