Alonso High School Bands

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

Director of Bands: Amanda R. Griffis    |   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.

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Directors Updates and Reminders

March 1, 2021

Raven Band families,

It’s MPA week! While this year’s MPA looks very different I am so excited that our students will have a meaningful opportunity to showcase their efforts from these past few weeks, and to work with renowned judges who will be working with each group. Thank you SO much to Ed & Melody Mahusay and Sandy Anderson for coordinating camera operations so that we will be able to record and stream our performance out to our parents on Facebook!! :)

Please see below for some important details about this week’s schedule and upcoming performances/deadlines. There are a few action items in this email so please act on them as soon as possible.


3/1 - Concert Band in auditorium 3:00-4:30 
Symphonic Band in auditorium 5:00-6:30
3/2 -  Wind Ensemble in auditorium 4:00-5:30pm
3/4- Concert MPA (Attendance Mandatory)



Where: Alonso High School

5:00pm – Concert Band students report to the stage

Symphonic Band students report to the band room

Wind Ensemble reports to the audience

5:30pm – Concert Band performs

6:00pm – Symphonic Band performs

6:30pm – Wind Ensemble performs

7:00pm – All groups dismissed. Students will watch each band perform.

What to Wear: 

Students should arrive at call-time wearing their concert uniform (same as Winter Concert). 

Gentlemen: Bow tie/black socks/dress shoes

Ladies: Concert dresses/dress shoes.

What to bring: 

Students will be responsible to bring their music and instrument, along with extra reeds, valve oil, and sticks/mallets for percussion.

Can I attend the performance? 

The performance is not open to the public, but we will be recording it and sending out a link of the performance for viewing.



We will be holding our first car wash of 2021 at the 

7 Eleven on Linebaugh and Countryway 

Saturday March 27th

We have two shifts, 9:00am-11:30am and 11:30-2pm. 

Students and parents can sign up by logging onto CHARMS


As we are coming to the end of the 2020-2021 school year, we are beginning to look ahead to next school year with high hopes of a much more normal marching band season. With that being said, we need to expand our volunteer base and get more parents involved in our band program. As our band continues to grow, we will need "all hands-on deck" to help to keep the band running at its best!

There are multiple ways you can be involved whether it be a little or a lot. We are looking for parents to help us in all aspects of band.

For the executive board, we will be accepting nominations for all the board positions:

1. President - Responsible for organizing booster activities and chaperones for the benefit of the Alonso Band Program. The President will work closely with the Director, Board and Committees.

2. Vice President – Fundraising – Responsible for researching and organizing fundraising activities to benefit the general band fund and individual student accounts.

3. Vice President – Volunteers – Responsible for ensuring volunteer needs are filled for all events.

4. Treasurer- Responsible for keeping clear records of all transactions or monies made through the booster organization and reporting them to parents/guardians.

5. SecretaryResponsible for documenting and reporting meeting information to parents/guardians.

If you would like to nominate someone (or yourself), please send an email to with the name and position. If there are multiple people nominated, we will vote in May. All nominations due by April 30.

We would also like parents to help out with the following committees:

Parking Committee - this will involve organizing volunteers to collect parking fees for all home games (usually about 6 people per game); note you will be back in the stadium to see the halftime show.

Equipment Committee

Advocate for our Alonso Band program: As many of our families are well-aware, COVID-19 has taken a very large toll on our Tampa area community. We are very blessed here at Alonso to not only have so many outstanding band students in our program, but to have such an incredibly supportive administration and band parent community. We have all witnessed first-hand the invaluable benefits that being involved in band has had on students' confidence, peer relationships, resilience, commitment levels, academics, and overall ability and appreciation of music in general. I ask that as we continue to maneuver through these times, please continue be an ACTIVE advocate of our band program and band students in any way that you feel is positively impactful. Thank you.
Looking Ahead:
March 27, 2021 Saturday - State Solo & Ensemble (Band AND Dance) Virtual
April 30, 2021 Friday - Nominations due for Executive Board 
May 2021 - Band Banquet
May 2021 - Spring Concert  
Summer 2021 - Band Camp TBA  

More Notables....

Become a Band Booster Sponsor

Help keep the Alonso Raven Band performing at its absolute best (and get the membership gear) by becoming a Band Booster Sponsor.  Click HERE to sign up.

Sponsorship Levels:

Bronze Booster  - $10 per person; Incl. (1) car magnet.

Silver Booster - $40 per person; Incl. (1) car magnet, (1) Halftime Show T-Shirt; Concert Program Listing.
Gold Booster - $80 per person; Incl. (1) car magnet, (1) Halftime Show T-Shirt; (1) Band Polo Shirt; Top Concert Program Listing.

Spirit Shop

We now have Raven Band hoodies, parent shirts, windbreakers, hats and other items to show your support for our band program and students.  Items can be purchased by following the link andnew band spirit items will continue to be added including parent polos and more.  Visit the ALONSO BAND SPIRIT SHOP.

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.

Find us on Facebook 

LINK Alonso High School Raven Band - Relatives of current members may join.

LINK Alonso Band and Touch of Class Dance Team - All posts are shareable and can be used to spread the word about our amazing members.

Use REMIND for Quick Announcements

  • 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

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