General Fundraising Information

We all know one of the major goals of the booster club is to provide financial support to the students and directors of the band club in order to help keep the level of the band program to what is expected and help the students achieve their goals. It takes a considerable amount of revenue to offer the students their well-deserved quality band experience. School budgets rarely cover the band’s needs; the band boosters come to the rescue with extra funds to keep the program fiscally responsible. Our organization ensures the future of quality music education for the student musicians.

Here is a question that most new band parents have – Where does all of our fundraising money go? Every year is different, but income generated by fundraising activities go to items such as outside instruction for all aspects of the band program, marching shows (drills, music, band camp, etc.), concert music, winter guard (drills, music), percussion ensemble music, equipment (tarps, props, flags, instruments, electronics), student awards/recognition, travel (buses, trucks/trailers, food), registration fees, administrative items (accountants, SC non-profit fees, website, etc.), dues and education for directors and many other items – the list goes on and on.

When you consider all of that, it is easy to see how the booster club’s fundraising efforts benefit the band program and our children. Band is one of the many positive activities in which students can participate in high school. The benefits of a good music education are endless but here are a few quotes from nationally distributed articles:

  • Music majors are the most likely group of college grads to be admitted to medical school.Lewis Thomas, Case for Music in the Schools, Phi Delta Kappa, 1994
  • Students who participate in school band or orchestra have the lowest levels of current and lifelong use of alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs among any group in our society. H. Con. Res. 266, United States Senate, June 13, 2000
  • High school music students have been shown to hold higher grade point averages (GPA) than non-musicians in the same school. National Educational Longitudinal Study of 1988
  • 78% of Americans feel learning a musical instrument helps students perform better in other subjects. Gallup Poll, “American Attitudes toward Music,” 2003
  • Nine out of ten adults and teenagers who play instruments agree that music making brings the family closer together
    Music Making and Our Schools, American Music Conference, 2000
  • 71% of Americans surveyed by the Gallup Poll believe that teenagers who play an instrument are less likely to have disciplinary problems. Gallup Poll, “American Attitudes toward Music,”
  • With music in schools, students connect to each other better—greater camaraderie, fewer fights, less racism and reduced use of hurtful sarcasm.
    Eric Jensen, Arts with the Brain in Mind.
  • A study of 7,500 university students revealed that music majors scored the highest reading scores among all majors including English, biology, chemistry and math The Case for Music in the Schools, Phi Delta Kappa, 1994

Please plan to get involved and support the fundraising activities of the booster club. The importance of a good music education are well known – don’t we all want to provide the most and best opportunities for our children??

Thanks in advance for volunteering to help our students achieve their goals, and for helping to continue the tradition of music excellence at Nation Ford High School!!!