Students in the North band program thrive on the support of parents, other family members, and North band alumni. Parent support for the North band program is expressed through the many activities of the Band Boosters. The mission of the BHSN Band Boosters is to advocate for the value of music education and provide volunteer and essential financial support for students and directors in the band program. Our values are youth development, inclusiveness, artistry, and success!
Below are descriptions of many of the services and fundraising activities supplied by the Bloomington North Band Boosters on behalf of the band program, individual students and their families, and the community. All these activities require parent volunteer effort. See the Boosters-Volunteering page for more! We need everyone’s help!
All band parents are actually members of the North Band Boosters and encouraged to attend monthly Band Booster meetings. Meetings are at the school, usually in the band room. Minutes (in PDF format) are posted to the website after they are approved. Dates are announced via email and the website calendar.
Each fall the Band Boosters prepare a directory of all students in the band program with contact information for both students and parents. Information for the directory is collected or updated at the band pitch-in on the day of marching band mini-camp and at the start of school.
This website is run by volunteers. Anyone that would like to learn how, help, or take over at some point should contact the current administrator. Photos and videos can be submitted by anyone, but if you are an amateur (or professional) photographer, consider becoming a regular contributor!
The Pitch-In dinner is the first Band Booster event of the school year. It is typically held on a Saturday in August within two weeks of the beginning of school. Families of ALL band students – jazz, concert, and marching bands – are invited to this informal event. Parents may sign up for the band email list and Band Bucks program, learn about band volunteer opportunities, purchase and order spiritwear, and more. Everyone is invited to a potluck buffet, which ends with the introduction of Band Booster officers, special instructions for marching band parents, and a preview performance by the marching band. The Boosters, including committee chairs, plan and run the event.
Festival Hosting and Concessions
Hosting ISSMA Solo and Ensemble (district level) annually and the Bloomington Jazz Festival every other year brings in money from fees paid by participants and concession sales. The Band Boosters provide volunteer coordinators and planning for these events.
The first annual March-a-thon was held in August 2011. Marching Band members attempt to raise $250 each by asking for donations from friends, relatives, and the public. Coordinator of this fundraiser is an important Booster position.
Our first annual Spring Fling Swing Dance was held in March 2012, and it was awesome! North jazz bands and combos play big band music; fancy drinks and desserts are offered for sale; and attendees of all ages dance the night away. Again, the Band Boosters provide planning, acquire volunteers, and solicit donations.