Funding in public education is tight. Although our district strongly supports Stillwater Music, the funding is simply not available to do what we do without extra resources. To help raise funds for the operation of the program, we have three ways that allows everyone to help.
All music concerts are ticketed at SAHS. The purpose is to raise money through our primary mission, creating and performing music. This allows our student musicians to focus on their music rather than a sales pitch.
100% of ticket revenue comes back to the music department. This revenue is used in the bands to rent/purchase music and acquire music supplies such as speciality instruments, mallets and mutes. On average, we spend over $5000 a year beyond our district allocated budget in this area. With our concert ticket revenue, we are able to continue to perform new and exciting works as well as maintain our extensive library with updates.
Our music department RUMMAGE sale is a department effort, involving all students and families. It occurs in late September, with a donation weekend and a sale weekend operating across two consecutive weekends. Students and their families are encouraged to donate items for sale AND recycling, as we make a profit for both. Students will be asked to then volunteer 2 hours to help with the sale.
This sale regularly generates $10,000 or more for the SAHS Music Department. The bands portion of these funds were used last year to combine with other grants to purchase a tuba and a small grand piano for the Music Commons. This year, we will focus on the acquisition of new French Horns and Bassoons.
The Band Council has decided to expand the Wind Symphony Haunted ELC project into a large band fundraiser and community event. It will occur in late October and is organized by our Band Council. More details are forthcoming.
Funds raised by this project will be used to support travel expenses of the Stillwater Bands.