EHS Band Equipment Upgrades for Young Gifted Students

EHS Band Equipment Upgrades for Young Gifted Students

Grant Year: 2019 | Focus Area: Arts & Culture | Grant Amount: $106,000 | Grant Status: Completed

EHS Band Equipment Upgrades for Young Gifted Students

EHS Band Boosters Association, Inc.

The mission of the organization is to unite all Band Boosters into one association for the benefit, advancement, and support of the Escambia High School Band. The EHS Band Boosters were first formed in 1977 to provide financial support to the Escambia High Band. Their first project was to raise money to replace band uniforms that had been in service for over 12 years. Their original name was the Escambia Band Parents, and the band fee for each student membership was $50 a year. In 1978, they purchased a small concessions trailer which they used at the football games and other events around town to raise funds. In 1979-80, the Escambia Quarterback Club turned over all football concession operations to the Escambia Band Parents, and that remains a major fundraiser for the band to this day. In the 1980s, the Escambia Band Parents incorporated as the Escambia Band Boosters Association, Inc. a 501(c)4 corporation to meet financial reporting requirements of the School District. The name change also reflected the reality that many volunteers were not just parents. In 2015, the Escambia Band Boosters Association converted to a 501(c)3 organization, taking on the current name of the EHS Band Boosters Association, Inc. (Boosters) under the umbrella Parent Booster USA Corporation, to take advantage of the logistical and legal support and the more favorable tax laws afforded them. The Boosters provide over $75,000 a year in financial support to the Escambia High Band Program, as well as logging an excess of 14,000 volunteer hours every year chaperoning, raising funds, building props, sewing flags and uniforms, providing camp meals, and running events for the band program.

Project Description

The proposed project is to advance the band curriculum at Escambia High School with upgraded instruments and equipment. EHS Band Boosters and the band directors know there are many students who do not have access to a variety of musical instruments, equipment, and concert attire due to their economic status. IMPACT 100 funds will be used to purchase a variety of band instruments, associated equipment, an enclosed cargo trailer for instrument transport, and dresses and tuxedoes for performances. These resources will support instrumental ensemble music education opportunities at Escambia High School, including Jazz Band, Marching Band and Concert Band. Additionally, non-ensemble music education classes including Guitar, Piano, Music Technology, and Sound Engineering will be supported. These are specifically designed and targeted for general population students who may not have the logistical/transportation support at home to participate in ensemble classes. This will help make it possible for low income students to reap the benefits of a quality music education while easing the financial burden on their families.

Community Impact

EHS Band Boosters expect to impact the Escambia High School students by facilitating the continuation of their musical education by giving them self-confidence, self-esteem, self-respect, and personal discipline and to raising the overall pride in Escambia High School. It has been proven time and again by research that students in all income brackets and demographics who study music outperform those who do not have music in their curriculum; both academically and in all areas of standardized testing. A beginner or advanced student, having a variety of instruments and equipment available will develop an appreciation for the art of music. Students will be able to participate in a variety of festivals, events, and competitions in the Pensacola and surrounding area. EHS Band Boosters expect to impact the Pensacola Bay Area by providing students the opportunity to continue their music education with Pensacola State College and University of West Florida.