Athens Drive Band Booster Minutes
January 9, 2014
Meeting started at 7:35pm
President: Welcome and promises to have the meeting last less than one hour!
Secretary: Previous minutes shared and approved. Tabitha Groelle motioned, Lisa Bullock seconded.
Treasurer: Richard Spalding reported that we have a strong position with good cash flow. Statements for
January will be out soon. Thank you to Brian Bennett for help with taxes.
Winter Percussion: Planning to paint the floor from last year. Theme of show is “Sprung.” Looking for a
donation or to borrow trampolines, 3 or 4 big ones, square, 4’ x 8’ size. Also need between 6 – 16 (36”)
exercise trampolines. Will collect!
Winter Guard: Thirty girls enrolled this year. The theme is “Outer Space.” Uniforms will be arriving in a
couple of weeks. First competition is in 3 weeks.
President’s Recap: In December, we had a beautiful holiday concert with all of the class bands. We also
had band caroling at three retirement homes in the area which was a big success.
Our band families raised $1635 for the PLM Giving Tree and a generous gift for Doc.
New York City Trip: Wind Ensemble tickets can be purchased online at Carnegie website. If interested in
riding the bus, please let us know soon so that we know how many seats will be available for city riders. At
the Board meeting we will discuss the possibility of reducing the trip cost for students only.
Donor’s Choose: Richard Spalding introduced a new program called “Donor’s Choose” which is operated
through SAS. It helps provide funding for a project through the employee matching program. The Mandevilli
family wanted to do something for the band so Richard navigated the website and the program enabled the
band to get some African drums. Contact Richard or other board members if interested in pursuing a donation
of this sort. Also, check into matching grants with your employer.
Fun Facts: How many hours spent volunteering for the band?
19,184 hours per season (marching), 135 families, 20 weeks in a season equals 7 hours per family per week.
Alumni Drive: Kay Jamison reported that very soon we will be rolling out the Carnegie Alumni Drive. Ten
alumni families are writing to other alumni families. The goal is to raise $10,000. Greg Fishel researched and
found a lot of addresses. Brochure and donation cards are going out soon. Spread the word please!
Introduced a new student teacher: Max Wang. BM Ed. UNC Chapel Hill. The holiday concerts were
enjoyable, the kids loved playing and are improving. Visiting teachers helped a lot. In January they are busy
working but not too visible. Doc is working on music and drill for the marching band show. Hints about
show were given as being a similar idea to Winter Guard theme. Jazz band will be starting up in the spring
semester with Dr. Parker. Doc is showing the Wind Ensemble a DVD about the history of Carnegie Hall.
The next concerts will be in March.
Meeting adjourned at 8:27pm