Greetings LHHS Music Families,
Thank you for being part of the LHHS Music Family and supporting our students in the program. Whether your student is in Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Orchestra, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Color Guard/Winter Guard, Drumline/Indoor Percussion, it’s a great learning experience for them! Not only are they learning music, but they are also learning lessons that will help them to succeed in life.
You’ve heard it before, but they can’t do it without our support. Although fundraisers, such as the Mattress Sale last year and the 4th of July event this year have raised $4100, the bulk of Music Booster’s funding still comes from parents like you! Music Boosters is a 501(c3) organization, and your contribution may be tax deductible.
The suggested “needed to operate”contributions for the 2018-19 ensembles are:
- Marching Band/Color Guard $400 (includes trip to State Finals in Bakersfield, CA)
- Symphonic/Wind Ensemble $150
- Orchestra $175
- Winter Guard $350
- Drumline $300
- Jazz $100
Even if you’re not in a position to contribute the entire amount today, you can pay in installments.
Payments can be made as follows:
- By check (your student can drop it off in the Band Room locked mailbox). Please include the parent name, student name and ensemble(s) on any transaction with the Boosters.
- Using Paypal through your account
- Using our website lhhsmusic.org. Scroll down to the bottom of the web page and click DONATE NOW.
Where does the money go? Your yearly “as needed to operate” contribution goes directly into supporting your student’s music education and musical experience. The yearly contribution goes to providing music, replacing broken equipment, transportation costs, and enabling our students to attend competitions and festivals where they can perform their music at the highest level for a wider audience. In short, again it goes directly to supporting your student’s music experience at Laguna Hills High School. The yearly contribution does not go into a general pot of money but stays with your student’s music ensemble.
Currently, we need to sign up and register for our events for the school year. Unfortunately, if funds are insufficient, those activities will be in jeopardy. While this would never be our desire, it could be our reality. While this situation could affect any of our beloved programs, for example, the Marching Band’s fall trip to Championships in Bakersfield or professional coaching for any of the ensembles is in jeopardy of cancellation.
The Saddleback Valley Unified School District is very proud of the extensive co-curricular programs offered at the comprehensive high schools. Through state funding, both the District provides financial support for these programs, which may include stipends for one or more coach/advisor for each program, superb facilities, and general maintenance of the facilities. However, costs exceed limited state allocations, thus necessitating booster club support and requests for contributions from participants.
Participation in the Laguna Hills High School Music Booster Organization is strictly voluntary, and no student will be denied the opportunity to participate in a SVUSD co-curricular activity because of a parent or guardian’s failure to participate in fundraising activities, failure to devote time or resources to the booster club, or failure to purchase uniforms, or other accessories or equipment. Parents or students who do not participate will not be publicly identified.
In an effort to provide a comprehensive program for students at all levels, the Laguna Hills High School’s Music Program is requesting additional contributions in the amount of $39,930.00 to fulfill our operating budget, which woks our to approximately $250.00 per student.
If additional funds to augment the program are not raised in the amount noted above, the school may find it necessary to scale back the program. We are strongly encouraging all parents to contribute to the program. Remember, your contributions may be tax deductible. Please consult with your accountant or tax advisor for specifics.
Additionally, parents and students may be asked to participate in fundraising activities throughout the year in an effort to provide even greater financial support for the program. Participation is highly encouraged. However, lack of participation in these fundraising activities by a parent or guardian will not affect their student’s ability to participate.
Thank you in advance for your continued support of the LHHS Instrumental Music Program.
The LHHS Instrumental Music and Color Guard Booster Association Board
Mary-Alice Blanchard, Susie Holloway, Beth Pierce, Jennifer Abt, Dave Holloway
Do you have a question regarding the “as needed to operate” program contribution? Send us an email using our Contact Us page.