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Allen Eagle Escadrille TWIB Notes NOvember 2-8, 2020

Message from Dr. Obado

What a great game on Friday with Boo Bowl and Homecoming! Shout out to junior Kaitlyn McKneely and seniors Lilly Rockwell and Zack Miller for representing the Escadrille on the homecoming court on Friday. Check our our 2020 Show Trailer created by Escadrille alumni and former Band Council President Chris Cammarata by clicking the video above. Looking forward to our next game - a district showdown with Denton Guyer on November 13th!

Apologies to our All-Region Jazz students for the late post. Congratulations to the following students that earned spots in a TMEA Region 25 Jazz Band two weeks ago:

  • Arda Calisir, tenor saxophone
  • Lucas Jabara, trumpet
  • Melanie Schwartz, trumpet
  • Ganesh Somashekhar, trumpet

A Message to our At-Home Only Students

Our staff understands there are frustrations in assignments and frustrations that band isn't as engaging as it is live and in-person. Please know that when we designed our curriculum in the summer, it was designed to reflect the same curriculum as the In-Person students. As we have discovered, an ensemble/band curriculum is a live and in-person activity that cannot be simulated virtually. That said, please continue doing your asynchronous assignments and alternative assignments to finish off the semester. These are the exact same things our in-person students are doing and an appropriate way to assess skills we are doing at AHS/LFC. We will change things up in January to make a more effective curriculum for our virtual students.

Starting in January 2021, we will be providing our virtual students a completely separate curriculum for our At-Home students. We want to create a platform that is MORE ENGAGING & MORE ENJOYABLE. Ensemble skills cannot be duplicated at home and ensemble assignments just don't make a lot of the same connections you can live and in-person. In January, virtual students will be grouped by ability level and will have a virtual only teacher. The curriculum will continue technique/musical development, but will focus on the individual as a player and as a listener with a dedicated teacher for each online class. We will work on ensemble skills from a virtual sense through two, three, or four part music that can be sequenced together with technology rather than following in-person students over spotty internet connections with low-fidelity audio quality you cannot adjust on your own. The final outcome of our virtual students next semester will be to train the independency of our virtual students in an engaging platform that will develop their technique so when we are all back to being live and in-person they can enjoy making music together again at the highest level. The intent is to have a 1st period, 2nd/5th period, and 8th period virtual course based on the level of students in those classes. We will be able to design a more accurate curriculum once we know what students are at-home only or what students come to in-person band classes for Q3. All students will be able to choose their status during the Dec 1-8 AISD choice window.

A Message for Everyone

As we start November, we start looking at the end of the semester. Please see important information below regarding traditional end-of-semester events such as UIL, concerts, All-Region auditions, Spring semester auditions, semester exams, and playoffs.

  • Marching Rehearsal Calendar
  • Allen Band Booster Association Notes
  • All-Region Auditions
  • Region 25 UIL Marching Band Contest (11/14)
  • 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.

  • 11/3: Rehearsal (6-8:30)
  • 11/5: Rehearsal (6-8:30)
  • 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 in a couple of weeks. 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

Student Dietary Questionnaire Form

If you have not filled out the Student Dietary Questionnaire Form yet, please do so by 11/4 to ensure that all students have the appropriate meal for the UIL Marching Competition. Questions, email foodservices@allenband.com

Blast Athletic Donation Drive

Thank you to everyone that participated in the Blast Athletic Donation Drive! We were able to raise a lot of money for the band and colorguard programs. The final results are:

  • Band: $23,255
  • Colorguard: $5,470
  • Jazz Band: $2,207
  • Percussion: $10,970

TMEA All-Region Band Audition Registration & Payment

9th Grade Region Band

High School Region Band

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.

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 will record the concert music on Flipgrid for their performance grade in lieu of performing in person.

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 12:30pm for a 2:00pm game. While this is a regular season game (and our Senior Game), we understand that there may be some family travel circumstances that may require an absence.

Because this game is still required, we will excuse students that have filed out the excused absence request form by Friday, November 6.

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 2: Three-Week Progress Report to re-evaluate ineligible students. Students can regain eligibility on Nov 9. You cannot lose eligibility on this date.
  • Nov 3 (6-8:30p): Marching Rehearsal: all on the track
  • Nov 5 (6-8:30p): Marching Rehearsal all on the track

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  • 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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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