PAST MEMO'S FROM OUR BAND BOOSTER PRESIDENT:
May 3, 2020
Hello Sickles Band Family!
I trust this email finds all of our band families safe and doing well in what has been a long and challenging COVID-19 confinement.
Your Band Boosters would like to update you on a few initiatives because, the show will eventually go on in although it may be different than what we’ve come to expect, and when it does, we will be ready together as we always are.
First, congratulations to our band seniors – the Class of 2020. We have not forgotten you and just like the school is planning graduation and other things, we are planning to celebrate our seniors this summer with their own special event. As with so many plans nowadays, we have to “wait and see” on those exact details but stay posted.
Next, we look forward to hosting our virtual 2020 band banquet in May. Special thanks to Manny Perotin and Lori Anderson for assembling and mass producing our multi-media extravaganza, which I think you will enjoy. More details to be released on that from Mr. Griffis soon.
We are very pleased this year to fund all of our Booster senior scholarships thanks to the efforts of Fundraising in spite of the cancellation of our Spring fundraising plans. Thank you to all the parent volunteers who contributed to fundraising in some way this year. So many of you volunteered creatively, donated cash and goods, and in many ways kept the momentum going. Your generosity and time have been beyond any previous years. In fact, your contributions had a significant impact in supporting the program with, in addition to scholarships, the purchase of new instruments, music, stand holders, and other equipment to the delight of our students and Mr. Griffis.
I also want to sincerely thank all of our band families for volunteering in general. This year we have had more “help” than ever and in more unique ways. Our band families have been unprecedented in their willingness to do anything and everything it takes to support our student musicians, the band program, and our extraordinary Band Director. It’s special; it’s fun, it’s once in a lifetime for us as well as the students and I hope even more of you will swell our ranks in the upcoming season.
In light of our circumstances, we will not have another general Booster meeting this year and will retain the current executive board for the 2020-2021 band season. We have decided to expand and include our key chair positions for a full booster board next year. If you are interested in a position for the upcoming year; please contact me. We need your time, talent, and treasure and are grateful for the expertise you bring us. A full list of volunteer and in kind needs will be posted in the future.
I want to
thank the other members of our Executive Board; Caroline Goodrich, Vice
President, Chris Wilson, Secretary, and Ginny Thomas, Treasurer, who have
supported our band with integrity, professionalism, and sincerity. We have had an unusually strong and
I would also like to thank Jen Lingo, our Hospitality Chair, who raised the bar so high this year and did a wonderful job. We are delighted she will be staying on with us for the upcoming year. In addition, we thank Maribel Perotin who will also be staying on as our intrepid and hardworking Uniform and Caring Closet Chair, and Maralijn Robertson for offering to be our Volunteer and CHARMS Chair.
It has been my pleasure to serve as your Band Booster President. It is humbling to see how hard this band works and how enormously talented they are. I know all of us are involved because of the kids and this investment in them may last a lifetime.
Enjoy your summer while staying safe.
Yours in Service,
Sickles Band Boosters
March 1, 2019
Hello SHS Band Family:
As we are now fully immersed in Concert Season, I would like to reflect on our highly successful 2018 Marching Band Season and to thank everyone who helped out in any way. Thank you to all parents/supporters who volunteered their time, talent, and treasure for the busy but exciting first half of the year with the SHS Wall of Sound; contributing to our collective accomplishments.
Extra special thanks to these leaders:
Joyce Jones for her hard work in the uniform room; organizing us and “keeping up appearances”, Toks Adeniji for a great Hospitality program; thank you for your final year of service, and to Kip House for his dedication in making sure our kids had the support of the Dad’s Crew; getting our equipment and supplies everywhere they needed to be. They couldn’t do it without all of your contributions so thank you, thank you, thank you. Whether you cooked, cleaned, helped raise funds, drove students, filled your trunk with supplies – it all mattered and is all appreciated. If you haven’t had an opportunity to join us in any way yet, consider it for Spring. There are lots of ways to become plugged in to one of the best experiences your student musician will ever have.
We have also been more successful with fundraising this year and I would like to thank Caroline Goodrich for bringing many new performance-based initiatives to the plan for our band. See attached list for just some of what is coming up in the next few months.
As we continue into concert band season, our band trip, and more, we will still need your continuous support and volunteerism. As needs arise, we will send out emails and post needs on CHARMS.
Thank you again. Your investment – in whatever way you can - in this band program and our 240 talented and hard-working student musicians is enriching their lives in a way they will remember always.
March is National Music In Our Schools Month; this would be an ideal time to support us with a sponsorship from your business, an offer to volunteer to chair an activity next year, to donate goods or services, or to suggest your own unique way to help. We are open to a discussion with anyone and look forward to hearing from you. You may always contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 813.494.6677.
Yours in support of music education,
SHS Band Boosters 2018-2019