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Allen Eagle Escadrille TWIB Notes August 9-15, 2020

Message from Dr. Obado

Allen Eagle Escadrille 2020: No Escape From Reality

This week we present our NEW 2020 Allen Eagle Escadrille show: No Escape From Reality! We will begin with our Traditional Show where we feature the band on Tallen Fanfare and March Grandioso along with feature tunes for the color guard and Tallenettes. After our Traditional Show, we will continue with music from Star Wars and Queen's hit Bohemian Rhapsody (both selected by our senior class). This year, all Escadrille parents will have the opportunity to see their son/daughter perform in Eagle stadium as you will receive priority time slots for purchasing tickets. Please go to the ATHLETICS page on www.allenisd.org for the latest information on ticket sales.

As the summer closes, we start a whole new school year this week. While the marching band is finishing up summer band rehearsals, we will immediately begin our regular marching band season on Thursday for all marching band students. Our rehearsals will be 30 minutes shorter (6pm-8:30pm) and we will bring the entire marching band to rehearsals. Please know that while we will now be rehearsing with the full band, we are splitting the band in new and smaller groups. When school starts on Wednesday we will be remote/online, but it will be very different than last Spring. While different, we have the opportunity to be better than ever. Until we see everyone again in-person, let's take advantage of our opportunity to be better! #YouCanDoHardThings

Here is a glance of this week's announcements. Please scroll down for more details.

  • This week we will have our final summer rehearsal (Groups 1-4 on Monday and Groups 5-8 on Tuesday). Mon/Tues rehearsal times have changed: we will rehearse from 6pm-8:30pm.
  • We will begin our regular marching season rehearsals on Thursday, August 13th with the entire band from 6pm-8:30pm. We are creating NEW GROUPS so we can continue rehearsing in smaller groups. Scroll down for information and the reason for the new groups.
  • Allen Band Booster Association (ABBA) Announcements
  • Our Excused Absence Request Form and our Recurring Athletic/Activity Conflict forms go live on Monday.
  • The first day of school is on WEDNESDAY, August 12! It will be remote teaching. What are we doing in band?
  • Online registration is past due. All students (at-home, at-home/marching band, in-person/marching band) must complete the online registration process.
  • Music (including region music), section videos, and fundamental videos are available on www.allenband.com
  • Private lessons (virtual) are encouraged and recommended! Who is your teacher?

Rehearsals This Week

  • Monday 6:00p-8:30p (Groups 1-4)
  • Tuesday 6:00p-8:30p (Groups 5-8)
  • Thursday 6:00p-8:30p (EVERYBODY)

As you see from the times listed above, we finish our last summer band rehearsal on Monday or Tuesday and begin our regular marching season rehearsal on Thursday with the full band. Times have been adjusted.

Attendance counts towards grades and PE Credit waiver (0.5) beginning on Thursday evening's rehearsal. You need to be present at rehearsal for 90% of rehearsals all season to receive the PE credit waiver. AISD athletics classes count towards PE. While we will excuse club sports/Non-UIL activities this season, these students will not receive the PE credit waiver if they have less than 90% attendance (since they aren't earning AISD credit through an athletics class).

Please see your new groups for THURSDAY along with a new traffic pattern below.

Allen Band Booster Membership

Please consider becoming a member of Allen Band Booster Association. Your membership dues fund the band and colorguard programs with equipment, resources, staff support, scholarships and more. You can find more information at www.allenband.com/membership

Spirit Wear

Spirit wear is still available for purchase. Some items are low in quantities and will not be restocked. Shirts, fleece, bags, hats, flip flops and more TAX FREE TODAY, 8/9. Certain items such as Christmas Ornaments and custom Moonlight Threads will only be available until August 21. Purchase today at www.allenband.com/store

Excused Absence Request Forms

If you are sick or have an event/appointment planned at least 3-weeks in advance, please fill out the EXCUSED ABSENCE REQUEST FORM for every day you are requesting an excused absence.

Dr. Obado will approve recurring absences due to AISD athletics, Non-UIL athletics, club sports, and other regularly held activites for this season only (since we are rehearsing on Tuesday/Thursday evenings). As stated earlier, Non AISD athletic group absences can be excused, but not subject to the PE credit waiver if you miss more than 10% of our rehearsals. Please fill out the RECURRING ATHLETIC/ACTIVITY CONFLICT FORM by 12pm on Monday, August 17th.

Both forms can also be found on www.allenband.com.

First day of School (Remote): Wednesday, August 12

Wondering how band is going to work when school starts on August 12th (remote)? You will receive communication from your campus regarding 1st day procedures on Wednesday, August 12.

Since our first three weeks will be online, the first few class periods will go through the band handbook, taking attendance, Charms, Canvas, Flipgrid, along with teaching how to scan and upload files into Google Drive and Canvas. Then we'll get into all of our traditional show music.

All after-school rehearsals are happening at AHS on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6pm-8:30pm while remote teaching is occurring.

Online Registration Past Due

Registration is now past due. Please see the link above to complete your registration. ALL students regardless of At-Home, In-Person, Marching Band, or Non-Marching Band are required to complete the online form.

The purpose for registration is to:

  • Submit required paperwork
  • Pay required marching band fees (if applicable)
  • Pay instrument usage fees if you are using a school-owned instrument
  • We will establish a distribution day for paid items soon (BEFORE our first performance).

Music & Section Fundamentals

See link above for access to All-Region music, stand tunes, traditional show music, and Star Wars music (directors will assign parts). Parts to Bohemian Rhapsody and our drill team/color guard tunes will be added soon.

Included in this link is a section video page. This page includes links and Remind codes for each section. There is also a great video produced by our Band Council and SLTs on our marching fundamentals. You can view this resource to practice at home!

Private Lessons (Virtual)

All students are highly encouraged to take private lessons. Currently, lessons are offered virtually as we will not have face-to-face lessons in AISD at this time. Know that All-Region Auditions will be VIRTUAL this year. Taking virtual lessons will give you a huge opportunity for maximizing your potential as you prepare for your virtual All-Region audition.

You may take lessons during your assigned band class (At-Home & In-Person). Directors will have a list of students that have lessons each day during class. At-Home students on-line must check-in with director before leaving for their virtual lesson. In-Person students must check-in before their lesson time; they may have their virtual lesson in a practice room. Practice rooms will locked if not being used for a lesson and sanitized/locked after all lessons.

Three-Week Calendar

  • Aug 10: Marching Rehearsal (6-8:30p)
  • Aug 11: Marching Rehearsal (6-8:30p)
  • Aug 12: FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL (remote)
  • Aug 13: Marching Rehearsal - ALL MARCHING BAND STUDENTS (6-8:30p)

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  • Aug 18: Marching Rehearsal - ALL MARCHING BAND STUDENTS (6-8:30p)
  • Aug 20: Marching Rehearsal - ALL MARCHING BAND STUDENTS (6-8:30p)

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  • Aug 25: Marching Rehearsal - ALL MARCHING BAND STUDENTS (6-8:30p)
  • Aug 27: Marching Rehearsal - ALL MARCHING BAND STUDENTS (6-8:30p)
Welcome to the Allen Eagle Escadrille! #MyBand

Credits:

Created with images by Travis Chiles "No Escape From Reality", Wesley Tingey - "untitled image" • Trent Erwin - "Hard at work" • Lauren Mancke - "Taking notes at coffee time" • Mat Reding - "untitled image" • Gabriel Benois - "Home School, quarantine :(" • Ron - "untitled image". Photo Credits: Calvin Ku