Due to the closure of school and the need to cancel fundraisers, including our monthly Flea Market, our department is losing a significant amount of revenue needed to maintain the quality music education you have come to expect. Although some expenses will not occur this year, others have arisen to take their place as we develop new online experiences for our students. As we all work through the pandemic, Paly Instrumental Music (a separate department from Choir) asks that anyone who is able in the Paly community to please help our department continue to bring great musical experiences to our students.
Please Support Paly Instrumental Music Boosters!
The Palo Alto High School Instrumental Music Department is over 140 students strong. Our talented students make up two full Concert Bands, an Orchestra, two Jazz Bands and small group ensembles. Each group meets as a class and performs at Paly concerts and community functions. The Band classes also serve as the spirited Viking Pep Band.
WHAT do the Paly Music Boosters support?
District funding for the program covers a music-rich classroom learning environment and an instrument for each student. To maintain the robust musical experience for each musician, additional funding is required to provide student uniforms, guest clinicians, festival participation, and some new items to help create great distance learning experience. It costs a minimum of $25,000 per year to fund these aspects of the Instrumental Program. The Boosters cover the majority of the budget to help meet that financial goal, ensuring all musicians have access to all opportunities of the department. The Music Department is then able to maintain its high standard of excellence.
You can support us by doing one or all of these: attending concerts (watching the performances online), attending Music Boosters meetings (via Zoom), and making a tax-deductible donation to the Paly Music Boosters organization. We ask that you consider a voluntary donation of at least $150 per musician to support the exceptional musical experience at Paly. This voluntary donation is in no way required for your student to participate in Paly Instrumental classes.
Music Boosters Meetings are the 1st Thursday of the month, from 4-5pm via Zoom (or in Room #109 once in-person classes resume). Any parent or guardian of a Paly instrumental music student is a Music Boosters member, but all are welcome!