Amador Valley H.S. Music

Presented by The Amador Friends of Music

The Amador Valley High School Music Program consists of five Concert Bands – two Wind Ensembles,  Wind Syphonies, and Symphonic Band.  The Amador Valley Music program also includes three Jazz Bands (Jazz A, Jazz B, and Workshop), two Orchestras and several Choir ensembles, including Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, Women's Choir, Mixed Vocal Ensemble and Men's Ensemble.  The Guard and Percussion units perform in two Winterguards and Winter Percussion units.

Fundraising

Overview  |  How the Program is Funded  |   FAQ

How the Program is Funded

The music program at Amador Valley High School is funded from two sources: the Pleasanton Unified School District and the Amador Friends of Music (AFM) organization.

The Pleasanton Unified School District (PUSD) has been as supportive to the music program as possible given the significant funding challenges all school districts are facing in California. In addition to funding the construction and maintenance of the music building on campus and the excellent teaching staff of Mr. Grantham and Mr. Aubel, they have provided some limited funding to the high schools in support of 7th period instruction for many of the music students.  This 7th period support has enabled many of our Amador students to maintain a top notch full academic course schedule while still including music instruction.

AFM uses Requested Donations to fund the direct operating costs of the music program. Requested Donations are calculated to break-even on an annual basis, and include:

  • The instruction and design staff (above and beyond Mr. Grantham and Mr. Aubel), that coach the marching band, color guard, winter percussion and winter guard groups. They also develop our show music and design our performances.
  • Transportation of the students, , instruments and equipment to performances.
  • Housing and feeding of the students and staff at overnight performances.
  • Personal items for each student such as marching shoes, t-shirt, uniform pants hemming, etc.

AFM uses fundraisers to fund the capital costs of the music program. These expenditures are considered long-term investments in the program, and they are used in multiple ways, such as marching band, concert bands, choir, etc., and include:

  • Marching band uniforms (pants, jackets, shakos, plumes, gauntlets, etc.)
  • Large band instruments such as marching and concert percussion, sousaphones, bassoons, baritones, etc.
  • Support equipment such as speakers, metronomes, amplifiers, carts, etc.

Over the last 18-months, fundraising activities have supported the purchase of new uniforms (2010), new percussion instruments for the drumline (2010) and new pit instruments including vibraphones and marimbas (2011). These purchases have totaled over $100,000. All of these investments are expected to support the band program for the next 10+ years.

AFM welcomes matching grants and sponsorships from local businesses, community groups and families.

Requested Donations

FM uses Requested Donations to fund the direct operating costs of the music program.  These are calculated to break-even on an annual basis, and include:

  • The coaching & creative staff (above and beyond Mr. Grantham and Mr. Aubel), that coach the marching band, color guard, winter percussion and winter guard groups. They also develop our show music and design our performances.
  • Transportation of the students, staff, instruments and equipment to performances.
  • Housing and feeding of the students at overnight performances.
  • Personal items for each student such as marching shoes, t-shirt, uniform pants hemming, etc.

Requested Donation amounts are determined each spring by the Board and then approved by the General Membership for the following year. If you would like to review current Requested Donation amounts and how they are calculated, click here. (you must be logged in to this website for this document to be available)

Parent donations allow AFM to support the Amador music programs in a way that minimizes impact on the students. Band students are not asked to directly participate in fundraisers such as cookie dough sales, wrapping paper, etc. This enables the students to focus on their music and academic studies.

Several fundraising opportunities are available throughout the year that AFM recognizes as individual contributions, and the value of those fundraisers are recognized as a contribution towards the requested donation for each student. If you have not received information about this from AFM, please contact the AFM Treasurer.

Donations can be made by mail, via a drop-box in the band room, or online using our Donation form.

The Amador Valley High School music program has an “every student plays” policy.  Donations, fundraising participation and contributions are voluntary, and no student will be denied participation due to an inability to donate, purchase personal band items or participate in fundraising. AFM appreciates the parent community support for the program.

Mr. Grantham and Mr. Aubel develop annual performance schedules and consider the level of available support for those schedules through parent donations. Strong parent support  has enabled AFM to continue to fund an enriching  performance  schedule, and that community support is much appreciated.

Matching Grants & Contributions

Many corporations support community organizations by providing either contributions, or matching grants. Typically the corporations give priority to organizations that their employees are passionate about.

Matching grants and contributions from corporations are tremendously valuable to AFM as they multiply the effectiveness of existing contributions and fundraisers.

We strongly encourage AFM families to contact their HR or corporate giving groups to see if a matching grant or contribution can be supported.  If any assistance is needed to obtain the corporate support, such as documentation, meeting, non-profit organization information, etc. please contact the VP of Fundraising for support.

Although AFM can reach out to corporations directly, we have found that support from employees within the corporations significantly increases the likelihood that a contribution to AFM can be realized, so parent support is key to this program.

Some corporations prefer sponsorship opportunities that identify their corporation as a sponsor of AFM. Click here for more information on sponsorship opportunities.

Sponsorships

Sponsorships are available to businesses and community groups to support AFM. For more information contact AFM Fundraising.

Conductor: $2,500

  • Logo featured prominently on the AFM website that reaches ~400 Pleasanton families
  • Featured prominently in AFM on-site signage at all AFM events
  • Half page (7.5”x4.5”) ad in Campana Jazz Festival program
  • Logo featured prominently on back page of Magic of Music Program, Campana Jazz Festival Program, and Winterguard Show Program
  • Car magnet to display your support while traveling around town
  • Press release announcement of sponsorship for each major AFM event. Featured in annual thank you ad in Pleasanton Weekly

First Chair: $1,000

  • Logo presence on AFM website that reaches ~400 Pleasanton families
  • Included in AFM on-site signage at all AFM events
  • Quarter page (3.5”x4.5”) ad in Campana Jazz Festival program
  • Logo listed on back page of Magic of Music Program, Campana Jazz Festival Program, and Winterguard Show Program
  • Car magnet to display your support while traveling around town
  • Press release announcement of sponsorship for each major AFM event. Listed in annual thank you ad in Pleasanton Weekly

Ensemble (In kind sponsor)
“Significant” donation which defrays cost of event for AFM

  • Logo presence on AFM website that reaches ~400 Pleasanton families
  • Included in AFM on-site signage at all AFM events
  • Logo listed on back page of Magic of Music Program, Campana Jazz Festival Program, and Winterguard Show Program
  • Car magnet  to display your support while traveling around town
  • Press release announcement of sponsorship for each major AFM event. Listed in annual thank you ad in Pleasanton Weekly

VIP Table purchase (Magic of Music)
Purchase full table ($100/seat)

  • Priority seating at Magic of Music event
  • Meal + 2 drink tickets per seat
  • Introduction as special guest from stage during event
  • Listing inside front cover of Magic of Music Program

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