“Needed-to-Operate” Program Contributions

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Dear 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 we can’t do it without your monetary support. Although fundraisers, such as the 4th of July event this year (profit $2326.00) and the Mattress Sale in September, the bulk of Music Booster’s funding still comes from parents and angel donors! Music Boosters is a 501(c3) organization, and your contribution(s) may be tax deductible.

The suggested “needed to operate”contributions for the 2019-20 ensembles are:

  • Marching Band/Color Guard $275.00 (This does NOT include the trip to State Finals November 22-24, 2019 in Kingsburg, CA)
  • Marching Band/Color Guard $240.00 (State Finals November 22-24, 2019 in Kingsburg, CA)
    Note:  State Finals is an event that is above and beyond the curriculum for the Instrumental Music program. Therefore, it must be paid for above and beyond the suggested program contributions. The number of students paying for State Finals will determine if the MB/CG participates in this event.
  • Symphonic/Wind Ensemble $200
  • Orchestra $200
  • Winter Guard $130.00 (This does not include costume.)
  • Drumline $150.00 (This does not include costume.)
  • Jazz $200

Select the payment method that works for your family’s contribution. Monthly, Bi-monthly, Weekly, Bi-weekly installments are welcome.

  • 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.
  • Go to our PayPal contributions page (requires a PayPal 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 child’s music education and musical experience.  The yearly contribution goes to providing music, coaches to give extra specialized instruction to enhance student playing ability, 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 group.

Currently, we need to sign up and register for our events for the school year.  Unfortunately, if funds are insufficient, those activities and coaches 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 and Color Guard trip to the Championship in Fresno or coaches for any of the sets, is in danger 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, 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 inability to participate in fundraising activities, devote time or resources to the booster club, or 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 $29,685.00 to fulfill our operating budget, which works out to approximately $320.00 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, Chris Ades, 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.