A HUGE THANKS to the UTE MOUNTAIN CASINO for helping our band obtain new uniforms this year!!!
Bake Sale Committee: There is a Southwest Concert Series events coming up on May 1st at 7:00. A trumpet player who played with the Canadian Brass will perform.
Raffle Committee: We have raffle ticket to sell! We will raffle off a specialized bike ($700 value) to the first place winner and a Go Pro camera ($400 value) to the second place winner. We will sell the tickets – 1 for $5.00 or 3 for $10.00.
We would like to sell raffle tickets at the upcoming gun shows, the CMS play, the hypnotist show and outside of City Market. Assignments were made to find out if we can sell at these events.
Amazon: now will let you donate to the MCHS Band Boosters!!! Just go to to this Amazon Smiles link and select the MCHS Band Boosters in Colorado as your charity of choice whenever you make a purchase at Amazon – make sure that the url says smile.amazon.com in it! The Band Boosters will receive $0.5% of your purchase without extra costs to you! How Awesome is that!!!!
We have many types of fundraisers each year which are the key to our success. These fundraisers offset all the expenses of traveling to competitions, the copyright music fees and sheet-music costs, field show choreography, and expert arrangers, advisers and clinicians. We also sometimes need to help replace school instruments and cover the costs of maintenance. Due to district regulations, the Band Director is allowed only a limited number of fundraisers, and students are allowed to do only one per year. It is therefore up to the Band Boosters to make sure the necessary funds are available in order to continue to allow our students the opportunities to participate in state and other competitions, and continue to perform at this high level.
To send our band on trips to places like Denver or Pueblo it can cost around $7500 – $9500+ each trip. Our students have also been competing with Bands of America and Red Rock Invitational at the end of October in St. George, Utah. There are five different marching festivals and competitions in Fall semester alone (usually all in October). The school district’s budget allocations for the music program cannot support these costs. In order to offset these expenses we traditionally hold the following types of annual fund raisers:
- Winter Raffle (such as an iPad, laptop computer, motorcycle)
- Concessions at all home football games
- Community Appreciation Concert (Chili Dinner – donations)
- Gift Baskets or silent auctions during the Winter Concert
- Spring All-District Concert Raffle (such as a mountain bike, and this year a home entertainment system)
We also have other smaller fundraisers throughout the year, such as:
- Southwest CO Concert Series intermissions (4 x per year)
- Friday & Saturday Bake Sales (at City Market)
- Summer Rummage Sales
- Garbage Bag sales to local business and people
In addition, we provide the band students opportunities to earn money for their “Individual 740 School Accounts” to help pay for their individual expenses (like marching shoes, t-shirts, concert dress). These student fundraisers traditionally are things like:
- Amazon Smiles
- Rocky Mountain chocolate bars
- Middle school basketball, volleyball, wrestling, baseball concessions
This year as well, Mr Ritthaler is asking that we fund $9,500 for props on the field for the show. This is a one-time costs hopefully for many future years of shows. The meter on the left is how far we are from that goal.