August 23, 2018
Dear Petaluma High School Music Parent,
Our bingo fundraising game is in desperate need of your help. At this time, the game could cease operation due to lack of parent involvement as we currently do not have enough parent workers to sustain the fundraiser. If Petaluma H.S. Music Booster involvement in the bingo game ends, it will necessitate drastic changes to the PHS Music Program due to financial hardship.
Our students are privileged to have the opportunity to participate in a quality music program at Petaluma High School. The Petaluma High School Music Program has repeatedly been recognized at festivals and competitions for the excellence of our marching band, concert bands, jazz bands, choir, color guard, and drum line. There are many Bay Area high schools and students that envy our music program, as they are not so fortunate at their own school. The quality of our program is a reflection of our students’ and parents’ determination and commitment, but this commitment requires time and effort.
The Petaluma City Schools District does provide some financial support to the PHS Music Program, and this permits the program to function on a basic level. However, the bingo fundraising game operated by the Boosters provides the Music Program with an average of over $30,000 annually. The loss of this income would be catastrophic.
The list of program components and elements that would likely be eliminated includes:
- Band competitions
- Choir festivals
- Trips to New Orleans, Disneyland, etc.
- Drum Line
- Color Guard
- Instrument and equipment maintenance, repair, and purchase
- Band Assistant Director and Choir Accompanist positions
- Marching Band, Choir, and Jazz uniforms
- Sectional clinics by professional musicians
- Bus and truck transportation
The PHS Music Program would be reduced to only in-class activities, seasonal school concert performances, and local community performances, with the quality of those events and performances becoming substantially diminished.
To keep our music program financially healthy, to continue our program’s current high level of quality, and to ensure the future of the bingo fundraising game, it will require some sacrifice on your part. If you have a student in the PHS Music Program, then as a parent, you have a responsibility to support the program. Each parent is expected to participate in operating/working the bingo game for 6 Saturday nights per year. The money that is generated from your involvement (time and effort at bingo) will be the financial validation of your student’s participation in the PHS Music Program. The income generated by bingo is an average of $500 per student. If you cannot participate in working the bingo game, then please send a check for $500 payable to the PHS Music Boosters ($1,000 if you have two students in the program).
In order to be successful, everyone must do their part and we cannot afford for anyone to think that someone else will do it. Our need for fundraising is incessant, and past participation in working bingo does not imply a present pardon from this obligation. A few of our music parents have already enlisted to work the bingo game. If you haven’t already signed up, you will be receiving a phone call regarding your anticipated involvement in bingo. The individuals who will contact you are volunteers. They are making an extra sacrifice of their time to benefit the PHS Music Program and to help your student. Please remember the spirit of cooperation and attitude that will continue to make your student’s participation in this educational program a positive, fun, and enriching experience.
Cliff Eveland, Director
Petaluma High School Music