2017 Spirit of Bohemia Marching Band
The BMHS Music Boosters
The boosters program officially obtained its non-profit status in 2012. At that time, our initial focus was supporting the band programs, with a heavy emphasis on the huge funding gaps our marching band faces. However, it quickly became evident in our second year that the chorus program was also in need of assistance. Since a second music-related boosters program was not feasible, we voted to embrace the chorus initiatives also. One quirky result is that our official name is still “BMHS Band Boosters”. This is because the IRS filing fees & state incorporation expenses were approximately $1,000 to obtain non-profit status and we’re not incurring those expenses a second time to change our name!! So, officially our name is the BMHS Band Boosters, but don’t let the name fool you – we’re here to support the entire music department!
We support Jazz Band, Concert Band, Marching Band, Concert Choir, and Chorale. Each year the band and chorus directors receive a VERY SMALL budgeted amount of funds from Cecil County Public School system. It may shock you to know (or not!) that these funds DO NOT COME CLOSE to covering all the many facets of each program. On a budget of less than $1000 each, the directors can’t possibly pay for music for multiple concerts throughout the year, new equipment, repairs, entrance fees, uniforms and attire, licensing fees and much more! FYI: one band concert alone can run about $500 for music! The BMHS Music Boosters is here to bridge the gap between the school funding and the music program’s needs.
We’re Making A Difference
Our fundraising is pretty extensive and creative: several plant sales throughout the year (mums, poinsettias, herbs/veggies), a Senior Program, A Wine Tasting (in the Spring). We also receive generous support from local organizations, businesses and individuals. We’ve been able to buy items such as chorus attire, concert music, music stands, instruments, drill software, a band trailer, and more!
We need your help!
Please thoughtfully consider any volunteer requests which we announce. We are always in search of new people to help in any variety of ways. Your ideas and input would be appreciated! If you have any questions, just contact any of the officers (information on the right).
If you cannot volunteer, please consider donating – we can use donations of ANY size. Click the DONATE link to the right.
Please help us meet our top priority of supporting the music programs at Bohemia Manor! Again – WELCOME!