The Big Orange Pride (BOP) marching band season is now in full gear. Band camp is going well and our students and staff are working very hard to have a successful year. In addition to all of their hard work, a big part of what is necessary to make the marching band possible is the fees that every student has to pay. The fees that we pay as Northrop BOP members are very reasonable compared to other area schools, where some fees are up around the $1000 range. A primary contributor to keeping these fees low are the major fund raising events that we have. We have three fund raising events scheduled for this year that require involvement from every family involved in BOP. These events are Johnny Applesed Festival - September 16&17, our band invitational on September 23rd and our Fall Craft Bazaar on November 18th. We need help throughout the year but this year we need every family to volunteer for at least 2 of these 3 events (in addition to other events throughout the season). This seems like a lot but it becomes much easier for everyone when more of us get involved. Not only does this help keep our fees low but it also gives us an opportunity to see what our kids are doing for all of those hours they are spending with this activity. It also gives us an opportunity to get to know who our kids are hanging out with.
The first of these three event, Johnny Appleseed Festival, is right around the corner. The Northrop music department sells chicken dinners every year at the JAF and our first organizational meeting is next Monday August 7th. 7pm at Dunkin Donuts on Coldwater Road.
In a typical year, the band share of the proceeds from JAF is approximately $5000. In preparation, planning and running the booth at the event, we need approximately 200 volunteers! There are many different volunteer opportunities available. You can help organize the event. We need people to help get donations from local vendors for the supplies we use, we need people to drive vehicles to transport everything to Johnny Appleseed Park the day before the festival and we need people to clean chicken on the night before the festival. Finally, we need an army of people to cook and sell chicken at the Festival.
Please come to our initial meeting next week at Dunkin' to find out more about this event!
Northrop Instrumental Music Parents Association Board