Alonso High School Bands

HOME OF THE RAVENS    8302 Montague Street, Tampa, Florida 33615

Director of Bands: Amanda R. Griffis  |  amanda.griffis@hcps.net
 
Principal: Kenneth Hart  |  Florida Bandmasters Association: District 7 
 
MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of the Alonso High School Band program is to provide all students with the opportunity to learn an instrument and create unforgettable musical experiences. The band program seeks to make a positive difference in the lives of each member through the pursuit of musical achievement and positive peer relationships, while teaching and instilling confidence, humanity, self-awareness, responsibility and discipline.

TAMPA WEATHER
 

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Directors Updates and Reminders

May 3, 2021


Concert Week has arrived! We hope to see all our families at our Spring Concert tomorrow May 4th at 7pm at the football stadium. We are balancing concert week with lots of FSA and AP testing going on so please be sure you are keeping track of all details regarding our performances this week. A few reminders detailed below. We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!! 


Concert Reminders: 
Performers: Call-time is 6:15pm out by the band room. We will be lining up and walking down to the stadium together. Equipment crew should plan to stay a few minutes after school tomorrow to take the last few items down to the stadium. Attire for gentlemen is concert black (black shoes, black dress socks, black concert pants – absolutely NO denim or joggers, black tux shirt, black bow tie). Ladies are to wear their black concert dress, black dress shoes, and conservative jewelry. Hair should be clean and kempt before arriving for the concert – Rule #1 always look good! 
Audience Members: Doors will open for families at 6:30pm. Seating will be IN THE BLEACHERS for this concert; however, some families may feel more comfortable bringing their own chair and sitting in front of or next to the bleachers. A virtual program will be made available via a QR code. Concert will begin promptly at 7pm.  
***ANY HELP YOU CAN PROVIDE WITH BRINGING EQUIPMENT BACK TO THE BAND ROOM FOLLOWING THE CONCERT WILL HELP OUR STUDENTS AND DIRECTOR GET HOME IN A TIMELY FASHION – THANK YOU IN ADVANCE*** 


2021-2022 PERCUSSION AUDITIONS HAVE BEEN MOVED TO THE FOLLOWING WEEK TO AVOID FURTHER CONFLICT WITH MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL TESTING. 


Looking Ahead: 
Thursday 5/6: Dance Showcase, Auditorium, 6:30pm. Call-time 5:30 for dancers. Each student allowed up to 4 guests – RSVP here: https://forms.gle/oyrg5WQMd5Fyj7vR6 Pre-sale tickets only – No tickets will be given at the door. You must fill out the form to be admitted.  Call-time is 6pm for dancers.

Mon 5/10: Drum Major auditions, 5:15pm-7:30pm  

Thursday 5/13: HAMS concert @ HAMS. High school musicians needed to perform/Volunteer Hours awarded  See Mrs. Griffis 

Tues/Wed 5/18-5/19: Percussion Auditions, Band Room 5:30-7:30   

Friday 5/14: Band Awards, AHS Cafeteria, 6:30 – Tickets are $10 per person which includes a delicious Olive Garden dinner and dessert! Let’s celebrate all that our band students have accomplished this year! Head counts will be taken today and tomorrow. Please RSVP by THIS WEDNESDAY so we can have enough food for everyone  RSVP here: https://forms.gle/wesKhbXFMkA4XWvj6

Tuesday 5/18: Graduation Band Rehearsal 4pm-5:30pm 

Tuesday 5/25: Graduation Band Rehearsal 4pm-5:30pm 

Saturday 5/29: Graduation Rehearsal/Performance @ Fairgrounds 4pm. Call-time TBA. 


There's still time to sign up for our Virtual 5K! Just visit https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/Tampa/ravenbandvirtual5k to register or make a donation. A portion of your registration goes towards a band student's activity account! Be sure to include the name of the band student upon registration. Our goal is to raise at least $1000 and we're almost there!


Now that our race has started, be sure to share your race-day selfie in any of our social media platforms with #RavenBand5K !!! We can't wait to share your support!


1. Our private Alonso High School Raven Band Facebook page
2. Post on your own Facebook page/story and tag our public page Alonso Band and Touch of Class Dance Team
3. Post on Instagram and tag @ahsravenband and we will share it on our band's Instagram story!


Let's get outside and get healthy!


See everyone at the concert!


Amanda Griffis

 
LOOKING AHEAD......
May 10, 2021 Monday - Drum Major auditions 5:15pm - 7:30pm
May 13, 2921 Thursday - HAMS concert at Hams
May 14, 2021 Friday - Band Awards, AHS Cafeteria 6:30pm
May 18 & 19, 2021 Tuesday & Wednesday - Percussion Auditions 5:30pm - 7:30pm
May 18 Tuesday - Graduation Band Rehearsal 4:00pm-5:30pm
May 29, 2021 Saturday - Graduation Rehearsal/Performance at fairgrounds 4:00pm; call time TBD
RAVEN MARCHING BAND CAMP 2021
July 25 (Sunday) thru July 29 (Thursday) - Band Camp from 12:00pm to 8:00pm; First hour will be for check-in on Sunday the 25th. 
August 3 (Tuesday)  - 4:00pm to 8:00pm  
August 5 (Thursday) - 4:00 to 6:00pm, then parent performance and a parent meeting right after.  Please mark your calendars - lots of good information will be shared.
 
SUMMER BAND CAMPS 2021 - OFFSITE
Mrs. Griffis will  advise specifics on any camp attendance requirements at a later date.  Check the links below often as plans for 2021 are continuing to be updated at each location. 
Florida State University - FSU Summer Music Camps  
Florida State University - Marching Band Leadership and Color Guard Camp  
University of Central Florida - Summer Camps and Clinics   
University of Florida - Gatorland Band Camp 
University of South Florida - Senior High School Band Camp 
University of Tampa - Music Camp - Canceled for Fall 2021
 

It Takes a Village.....

Hands-on help from friends and family of our band program and it's members are critical to the success of our band programs.  Year-round there are many areas where extra hands, smiles, teamwork and all-around support are needed especially during fall marching season.  Some areas include the annual band banquet, carpentry projects, chaperoning, collect parking fees, fundraising, game day meals, homecoming events, special events at the school, loading/unloading equipment, transporting equipment, photography, provide water/gatorade, senior night events, uniform alterations, and more.


Hillsborough County Schools requires those who volunteer complete a volunteer registration process before being permitted to volunteer. It should only take (5) minutes to complete. 


If you would like to join our village, please contact Sandy Anderson at sandyandersonrph@att.net or any of our other board members or you can browse the sign-up sheet to get started. 

Notes from recent booster meetings:

March 23, 2021

April 27, 2021

Executive Board Members:

  • Sandy Anderson, President -  sandyandersonrph@att.net
  • Angie McCutcheon, Vice President -  angie.mccutcheon@enavate.com
  • Joanne Westmoreland, Secretary -  jwestmor@tampabay.rr.com
  • Melody Mahusay, Treasurer -  melodymahusay@gmail.com

Spirit Shop & Car Magnets

We now have Raven Band hoodies, parent shirts, windbreakers, hats and other items to show your support for our band program and students.  Visit the Spirit Shop and the Car Magnet sites to place orders to show your support for our bands.  New band spirit items will continue to be added including parent polos and more. 


Orders can picked up by band students during the school day or after rehearsals. eLearners can coordinate with Mrs. Griffis to pick up their orders in the main office.

 
Students and Parents: Use REMIND to receive quick announcements regarding band matters:

For Students:

  • Freshmen: Text @ahsband9th to 81010
  • Sophomores: Text @ahsband10 to 81010
  • Juniors: Text @ahsband11 to 81010
  • Seniors: Text @ahsband21 to 81010
 
For Parents of:
  • Freshmen/Sophomores: Text @ahsbandp1 to 81010
  • Junior/Seniors: Text @ahsbandp2 to 81010
 

Supporters of the Alonso High School Bands:

 
 
 
 
With over 190 band students, individual and corporate support is  necessary to help our band programs operate by providing and maintaining imperitive needs such as uniforms, instruments, music, travel expenses and much more. 

Donating is simple.....use Amazon Smile and select Alonso High School Band Boosters as your charitable organization and they will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to our band programs or use PayPal to donate directly. 

Supporters can visit our SUPPORT PAGE to learn more about specific program needs. Thank you in advance for helping our band programs and students to be successful.
 

Continuing Education in Music After High School

 
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