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Georgia High School Band Selected for Thanksgiving Day Parade 2008 Doing Fundraising For Trip

The Bainbridge High School Band will appear at the 2008 ABC/BOSCOV’s Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. This is the third time the band has been selected for the parade. The 2008 year is the 89th year for the ABC/BOSCOV parade. It will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Bainbridge High School Band of Bainbridge, Georgia first joined the parade in 2000.

More than 200 band students will participate in the parade. The students have several fundraisers planned to help pay for their transportation and expenses.

Director of Bands Paschal Ward stated, “Both students and parents are excited about this wonderful opportunity.” “Students are given the option to go with the band or not to go. It is not a mandatory trip for anyone. It is a trip that will provide opportunities towards each student establishing a better work ethic as well as the historical and educational values included in this trip”.

The students are currently running a Smoked Chicken plate fundraiser from Monday, October 29th through Monday, November 5th. Tickets sell for $8.00 and include chicken, baked beans, potato salad, bread and cake.


Ever Try to Catch a Minnow?

When I was a kid I’d always try to catch the minnows at the edge of the lake with my bare hands. The 1-3 inch long fishes were so fast! My parents tried to tell me to give up, but I was undaunted.

So when I saw this fun fundraising idea it instantly caught my attention. It was called a “minnow race” and sounds like so much fun…

Participants paid $1 for the opportunity to select a minnow and race it against two other minnows down a track made from house gutters. The minnows were released into the pond at McCray’s Farm after the event. Small prizes were awarded.

“It’s a lot of fun,” said Poli. “The best part is seeing the look on the kids faces as the minnows swim down the track.”


The minnow races were part of an event to benefit music and marching band students in South Hadley, Massacusets.  The school group made about $100 from the minnow races alone.  Plus there was a minigolf tournament with a portion of the tournament fees benefiting the school’s music program.  What a fun way to raise funds!

Links: Marching Band Fundraisers

Many high school marching bands raise funds so they can go to parades, to pay for uniforms or for other music education expenses. Here are a few fundraisers that are going on for marching bands across the country. Maybe your band could jump on some of these great ideas for your own band. 😉

Fayetteville High School Marching Band in Fayetteville, Arkansas is raising funds by installing seat backs at the University football stadium.

Normal, Illinois band members will be selling cheesecakes as its fall fundraisers.
Richmond High School Marching Band in Richmond, Indiana is raising money for new uniforms by selling their old uniforms to band alumni.

New Britain High School Parent Music Association is raising funds with one of the most popular fun fundraisers, the “flock of flamingos.”

North Thurston High School band in Washington state holds an annual rummage sale and car wash.

Cocoa Beach, Florida Band Boosters hold a booth at the local Farmer’s market each weekend to raise funds.

Marching Band & Football Jamboree Fundraiser

Many high school marching band booster clubs host tournaments, contests or exhibitions These are often practice performances for marching bands as they prepare to compete in regional and state contests. They are also usually a fundraiser! The marching band booster club raises funds from ticket sales, concessions, t-shirts and other fun things like raffles.

One Ohio based company is sponsoring a really big two-day school competition event this weekend (Aug. 17 and 18, 2007). In addition to marching band exhibitions there will also be football games and cheerleading spirit contests. Eight area football teams will compete during the event: East Liverpool High School, Harrison Central High School, John Marshall High School, Linsly School, Magnolia High School, St. Clairsville High School, Wheeling Central Catholic High School, Wheeling Park High School.

“Our primary mission with the Wheeling Hospital Football & Band Jamboree is to provide a new and positive experience for the youth of our community,” said Bill Ihlenfeld II of Scholastic Sports Marketing. “The Jamboree will also serve as a fundraiser for nonprofit organizations and the involved Ohio Valley schools.”

from WTOV Channel Nine