As you are aware, the competitive component of the marching band season was canceled. Although we are disappointed, we remain committed to ensuring that our marching band students continue to have an amazing experience and are tightly connected as a special and unique community during this uncertain time.
To deliver a fantastic band experience that you appreciate and are proud of comes at a cost. A decision was made to not charge a marching band fee for the 2020 band season. However, in preparation for the marching band season, expenses have been incurred. Examples are shared below. The investments support our commitment to retaining high-quality staff for not just this pandemic but also future years.
- Salaries for core instructional staff (e.g., color guard dance teacher)
- Visual designer
- Drill writer
- Music copyright fee
- Licensing fee
- Flag design
- Music arrangement
- Percussion arrangement
- Operating expenses – examples include auto insurance, truck registration, tax preparation, bank fees, auction directory, and auction-related expenses
The Cherry Creek School District is experiencing a material revenue shortfall. Absent of student band fees of $775 per student, the CCHSBPA board has been working creatively to plan fundraising activities to cover expenses and retain a healthy reserve for future marching band seasons.
To maintain marching band identity and promote this talented community, we are providing each marching band student a commemorative t-shirt and photo buttons at no charge. The CCHS BPA approved unanimously to leverage our reserve to fund these. However, I want to candidly share with you that we are living on our reserve.