by Denise Blaszynski
President, Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters
In early June, Kaneland High School bid farewell to the graduating class of 2013, of which 21 students were in choir and 17 were in band, with three involved in both. This is an amazing group of talented young people with incredibly bright futures who brought continued success to the Kaneland music and theatre programs. They will be greatly missed.
Some of these students will pursue a career in music, while others will study fields such as bioengineering, mathematics, English, veterinary medicine and computer science.
The Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters, too, had a very successful first year as an organization. Our four original Executive Board members grew to seven. We held a few successful fundraisers, one of which was the well-attended Knight of Performances. The support that we received from the directors, parents and members of the community was very humbling.
With the money raised this year, the Boosters were able to support the students and directors in a variety of ways. Some of the items purchased this year included: recording equipment and a music-sorting rack for the KHS choir; a new drum major podium for the KHS Marching Knights; and a hand-held recording device for the KHMS Band Department. With a private donation to the Boosters, the Marching Knights will be able to purchase new plumes for their uniforms.
In addition, the Boosters helped to fund music-related trips, such as the KHMS Mattina Brass performance at the Chicago Slaughter game; the KHMS band performance at the Chicago Wolves game; and the KHMS Treble Choir performance at the Kane County Cougars game.
Every graduating band and choir member received an award and certificate that was funded in part by the Boosters. The Boosters awarded 14 individual scholarships to students involved in band, choir and theatre. Funding was also provided to students attending Madrigal and Drum Major camps. Attendance at these camps is vital to the continued success of Kaneland’s music program.
Lastly, we are grateful for our parent volunteers. Whether it was helping with candy sales at a football game, providing meals during the spring musical’s tech week, working at theatre box office coordinated by the Boosters, or providing lunch for our music directors during Teacher Appreciation Week, parents supported our organization whenever asked.
If you’d like to learn more about the Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters, please send an email to email@example.com or ‘Like’ us on Facebook. There are many exciting opportunities and ways you can support Kaneland’s band, choir and theatre students.
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