The Wren High Band Program Needs Your Help!
Why is your help so important to the Wren High Band Program?
Band is not just about playing in the stands on Friday night! Throughout the year, our band students are actively involved in Marching Band competitions, Winter Percussion and Guard Competitions, Jazz Band and Concert Band festivals, Christmas parades, and performing at various school functions. With support of the Band Booster Club, our students and their families self-fund an annual budget of nearly $100,000.
How does your support directly impact students?
The basic needs of a quality band program include transportation to events, show design and choreography, uniforms and costumes, paid clinicians, entry fees, props, and upkeep of band equipment. Students contribute band fees and participate in fundraisers to offset these costs. The Band Booster Club also operates a concession stand at home football games and coordinates other fundraisers to support these efforts. Without additional support from individuals and businesses, our program would struggle to provide the bare minimum. Our kids and community deserve better!
Why does it cost so much to run a band program?
- On Saturdays during the fall, the entire marching band travels to an all-day regional marching band competition in South Carolina or a surrounding state. Transportation and expenses cost over $1500 per competition and adds up to over $10,000 by the end of the season.
- In the winter, percussion and color guard ensembles travel nearly every Saturday to all-day competitions.
- The marching band show you see at halftime costs over $25,000 for the composer/designer, props, and costumes.
- The district only provides funding for a single band teacher. Small stipends to the additional staff of experienced clinicians are funded by the Booster club and through band fees.
- Band equipment is expensive. A single tuba costs $7,000 and a set of instruments for the drumline can exceed $15,000.
- Even upkeep of the band facilities (including the practice field) and the purchase of related equipment are funded through the Band Booster Club and student fundraisers.
Even a small donation can make a big difference!
Unlike some programs that have the benefit of corporate sponsors and business partnerships, our band program depends primarily on the generosity of individuals just like you. Small donations add up to have a significant impact. The Wren Band Booster Club is a registered 403(c)(3) charitable organization, and all donations are tax deducible.
Do you want to see an example of how our hard work and your support pay off?
This year's marching band show represents many hours of hard work and practice. Beginning with two full weeks of 12-hour practice days in August, our marching band students practiced daily to prepare this show for competition. We have had an incredibly successful season so far at competitions, and we are looking forward to competing at Upperstate preliminaries and the State finals in the coming weeks. Remember: the marching band is just one part of our band program, and your support will benefit the program as a whole.