2023 Allen Eagle Escadrille TWIB Notes September 18-24

2022 Homecoming Game vs. Prosper Rock Hill

This Week In Band

We had so many great events last week: Tailgate, first away game, SMU Game, and HEB Percussion Contest. We have a number of photographers capturing these moments. You can access photos FOR FREE on the Allen Band Flickr Page. This week is homecoming. All band students will be involved in pep rallies and will perform at Pre-Game for our homecoming court. For halftime we will perform our entire traditional show, portions of our contest show, and finish with our EAGLES spell-out.

  • Congratulations AHS Wind Ensemble: The AHS Wind Ensemble is a National Winner in the 2023 Mark of Excellence Contest sponsored by the Foundation for Music Education.
  • ABBA General Membership Meeting (9/19): Join us Tuesday, September 19, at 7:00 pm for our first Membership Meeting of the year. Come hear what the boosters have been up to and a program update from Dr. Obado. The meeting will take place in the band hall. Please enter through door 29.
  • Eligibility Check Friday: Will do a grade pull on Monday morning for all band and guard students. Will email families of students in danger of being ineligible after Monday's grade pull. Students must maintain a minimum grade of a 70 in all on-level/non-exempt class. Grades need to be in order by Friday, September 22nd for our first UIL grade pull to maintain eligibility. Students must be eligible to participate in football games, marching contests, and pep rallies.
  • Homecoming Pep Rallies This Week: LFC Pep Rally is on Thursday during 2nd Period. Mr. Blankenship and Mr. Hicks will have information for students in class. AHS Pep Rally is on Friday during 1st period. Band students will receive excused absences for participating in the pep rallies. Required dress is Escadrille Dri Fit and khaki shorts/long blue jeans.
  • Homecoming Game vs. Braswell (Fri, Sept 22): Check the ITINERARY for this Friday's game. Call Time is 5:15pm. CLICK HERE to pre-order an optional dinner by Wednesday, Sept 20. Access our GAMEDAY CHECKLIST so you can be prepared for the busy day. We will be wearing our Traditional Uniforms. Students will need to pack their blue traditional show shirt, black shoes, long black socks, and black gloves on Thursday night and bring to school on Friday. Students need to have copies of "Colors of the Wind" in their flip folders.
  • Looking Ahead - Jazz Concert (9/26): Our first jazz concert of the year will be on Tuesday, September 26 at 6:30pm in the LFC Auditorium.
  • Looking Ahead - Wylie Marching Invitational (9/30): Our first marching contest is next week at the Wylie Marching Invitational (Saturday, September 30). Students will have a morning rehearsal at AHS followed by a prelims and finals round at Wylie HS. All students are required to with the band for entire day. Call time is: 11:00am. Return to AHS: 11:15pm. ITINERARY HERE.
  • Absences/Tardies: THERE IS NO EXCUSED ABSENCE REQUEST FORM IN 2023-24. The only way a student can receive an excused absence for a rehearsal or performance is through e-mail communication with the student’s band director from a parent. The reason must follow attendance regulations set forth in the AISD Student Handbook. You may lose your marching status/assignment based on absences/tardies of any kind (excused or unexcused). See Band Handbook for more details.

Events This Week

  • Monday (9/18): No school for students; no rehearsal
  • Tuesday (9/19): Morning rehearsal (7:00am-8:30am)
  • Wednesday (9/20): Morning rehearsal (7:00am-8:30am); Musicianship Class: 4:30pm-5:30pm (AHS Band Hall)
  • Thursday (9/21): Morning rehearsal (7:00am-8:30am); LFC Pep Rally during school
  • Friday (9/22): Morning rehearsal (7:00am-8:30am); Homecoming Football vs. Braswell: 5:15pm Call Time. Traditional Uniforms. ITINERARY HERE

Allen High School/Lowery Freshman Center Band Staff

  • Dr. Philip Obado, Director of Bands, Allen ISD
  • Dr. Steven Knight, Associate Director of Bands & Marching Band Director
  • Joshua Blankenship, Director of Bands, Lowery Freshman Center
  • Miles Locke, Percussion Director & Assistant Band Director
  • Andrew Camp, Colorguard Director & Assistant Band Director
  • Alex Baczewski, Assistant Band Director & Jazz Studies Director
  • Neil Hicks, Assistant Band Director (LFC)
  • Jeremy Rohr, Assistant Band Director
  • Susan Fulk, Performing Arts Administrative Assistant

Allen Band Booster Association Announcements

Donation Drive 2023: Our 2023 Donation Drive has concluded. Thank you to everyone that supported our efforts to help us raise over $100,000!!! These funds will be used to support the Allen Band and Colorguard in various ways from scholarships, to equipment, to instruments and so much more!!! Congratulations to our 10th $500 Best Buy gift card winner Parker Strong.

Volunteering Opportunities

  • Game #5 AHS Homecoming
  • Morning Traffic
  • Wylie Marching Competition

Log in and sign up at www.allenband.com/volunteers. Questions, email Cindy at volunteers@allenband.com

Pre-Order Game Meal: You can order a pre-game meal for the 9/22 game - CLICK HERE. Deadline to order is Wednesday, 9/20. This week's options from Honey Baked Ham include:

  • Regular: Turkey sandwich on baker's roll, chips, cookie
  • Veg: Roasted tomato & cheese sandwich on ciabatta bun, chips, cookie
  • Gluten-Free: Turkey sandwich on gluten-free bun, fruit cup, side salad

The Next Three Weeks

  • Mon. Sept 18: No School/No Rehearsal
  • Tues, Sept 19: Rehearsal 7am-8:30am
  • Wed. Sept 20:Rehearsal 7am-8:30am; Musicianship Class 4:30-5:30pm; Region Jazz Auditions
  • Thurs. Sept 21: Rehearsal 7am-8:30am; LFC Homecoming Pep Rally
  • Fri. Sept 22: Rehearsal 7am-8:15am; AHS Homecoming Pep Rally; Homecoming Game vs. Braswell - ITINERARY


  • Mon, Sept 25: Rehearsal 7am-8:30am
  • Tues, Sept 26: Rehearsal 7am-8:30am; Jazz Concert (6:30pm; LFC Auditorium)
  • Wed, Sept 27: Rehearsal 7am-8:30am; Musicianship Class 4:30-5:30pm
  • Thurs, Sept 28: Rehearsal 7am-8:30am
  • Fri, Sept 29: Rehearsal 7am-8:30am; Away Game vs. Rock Hill
  • Sat, Sept 30: Wylie Marching Contest (11:00 Call Time) - ITINERARY


  • Mon, Oct 2: Rehearsal 7am-8:30am; Evening Rehearsal 5:30pm-8pm
  • Tues, Oct 3: Rehearsal 7am-8:30am; AHS Wind Ensemble Rehearsal 4:30-5:45pm
  • Wed, Oct 4: Rehearsal 7am-8:30am; No musicianship class
  • Thurs, Oct 5: Rehearsal 7am-8:30am