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This Band is Your Band - This Band is My Band

posted Oct 7, 2016, 6:16 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Oct 7, 2016, 6:16 PM ]
You've all heard a lot in recent weeks about the need to fill fundraising spots at our two State Fair Fundraisers. Many of you may be wondering why we are working so hard to get these spots filled. We thought it would be beneficial to take a brief look at why our fundraisers are so important. The income generated by our fundraising efforts benefits both our individual student accounts and the Band's General Fund. Fundraising income credited to our General Fund helps keep the fees for our programs from constantly increasing. Following is a brief overview of our budgeted General Fund income from fundraisers for the 2016/2017 school year: 

BBQ = $9,831  (Fall and Spring)
Big Al's = $1,100  (October)
Durham Bulls = $2,400  (Spring/Summer)
Coupon Books = $3,300  (August/September)
Fruit and Nut Sale = $3,800 (October - December)
Mattress Sale = $2,900 (November)
PNC = $200 (September - May)
State Fair Parking = $19,350  (October)
Store Programs (HT VIC, BJ's, Target) = $1,600 (Ongoing)
Grand Total to General Fund = $44,481

Without this income, there are two possible outcomes:

1. Program Fees would increase substantially.
2. Drastic cuts would have to be made across all of our programs. 

We all love our band program. We all want to keep our band program operating at its current level of excellence. We all want to keep our program affordable and accessible to all. In order to achieve these goals, we all need to actively participate in our band's fundraising efforts. This band is your band. This band is my band. This band is OUR band. 

With these facts in mind, please consider consistently participating in our fundraisers (see the list above for the time of year each is active). Our most immediate need is to support State Fair Parking (46 open spots) and Big Al's BBQ (16 open spots). Many of you have already signed up for multiple shifts - Thank You! If you haven't yet signed up, please join us! If each family worked two spots at the State Fair venues, all of our shifts would be covered and we would be well on our way to achieving the goals outlined above. You can sign up to work the State Fair venues via the following link (user name: booster; password: lincoln07):


I love this band program and all that it does for all of our children. I love the relationships my family has built within this band family. I love the sense of pride we feel for the incredible accomplishments of our kids. It does my heart good to volunteer for this band family. If you haven't yet taken steps to get involved with this incredible experience, I hope you will join me and our many dedicated volunteers so you too can enjoy this amazing journey. This band is your band. This band is my band. This band is OUR band. 

Thank you for your commitment to helping our band step confidently forward toward continued success. With your help, the potential is unlimited. 

Wendy Bennett