The Music Boosters contribute to the RMHS music program by raising money throughout the year in a variety of ways. We are always interested in hearing about any new fundraising ideas or ways we can be more efficient.
Every other year the music department plans a Spring Break trip where the students and staff tour and perform in a major city. The Music Boosters sponsor many different fundraisers throughout each year where students can raise money to help offset some of the expenses they have during the year. Fundraising is optional, but it helps build funds that are deposited directly into their student account. All money raised can be applied towards music camps, uniform cleaning, marching shoes, polo shirts, and buying performance CDs, to name a few. Students can check their balances posted near the band room or contact the head of Student Accounts.
Jazz in the Meadows
Our largest fundraising event each year is Jazz in the Meadows. It’s the largest high school jazz event/competition in the Midwest and takes place the last weekend in February every year. Nearly 100 high school and junior high jazz bands from all over the Midwest come to play and compete in nearly 120 performances. The day is filled with great music and clinics. At the end of the day, a featured jazz group or artist headlines the day with a grand finale performance. This is our single most important event of the year. We ask every band parent, relative, and friend to volunteer their time. There are plenty of opportunities whether it’s all day or just a few hours, we need your help.
Butter Braid Sale
This fundraiser kicks off in the fall of the school year. It’s a great opportunity for music students to earn money for their student account early for every frozen braided pastry dough they sell. Butter Braid is known for its delicious homemade taste and variety. Look for this fundraiser to start as marching band camp and school begins this fall. Students can sell as many as they want.
There are two opportunities to order cheesecakes. The first delivery takes place right before Thanksgiving and the second just before Christmas. Place your holiday orders through any band or orchestra student. Students are given order forms or you can print them out from this Web site. The cheesecakes come from Gourmet’s Delights. Each cheesecake sale results in a $5 deposit in a student’s account.
- Chocolate Chip
- Mint Chocolate Chip
- and Double Chocolate Chip
- Chocolate Marble
- Pineapple Coconut Creme
- Key Lime
- Pecan Caramel
- Mocha Latte
- Raspberry Fudge
- Cookies and Creme
- … and a variety pack
Manna Gift Cards
Manna Cards are a great gift idea, just in time for the holidays. This fundraiser offers more than 150 local and nationwide retail gift cards. They are the same gift cards or certificates you would purchase directly from retailers, but our students earn money for each card sold. There is NO additional up-charge for purchasing them. Here is your chance to purchase holiday gift cards for that special someone and help build money for their student account.
Otis Spunkmeyer Cookies
Warm, moist, oven-fresh cookies are baked and served by the Music Boosters at all home football and select basketball games. Look for our booth next to the concession stand at all home football games.
We’re also at the annual Athletic Boosters Holiday Craft Fair held in November. We’re looking for music students and band parents to sign-up for short shifts. It’s really fun and easy. The crowds love them and line up, many times paying in advance to reserve their warm cookies from the next batch right out of the oven.
Spring Flower Sale
You can sell beautiful flats of flowers just in time for spring planting each year. Students and teachers are given order forms in March. The order form is also available on the Web site. Orders are collected and then delivered to the school on the Saturday either before Mother’s Day or right after.
Turn your stuff into CA$H! Our garage sale has grown over the years, attracting thousands of bargain hunters from all over Chicagoland. It takes place in the front parking lot of the school and is a great time to clean out your closets and basements. The Music Boosters Garage Sale takes place every other year either in August or September when there is a spring break trip planned in that school year (2011, 2013, …). 100% of your sales dollars is deposited directly into your student account. So start saving those unwanted items NOW and build up your inventory for the BIG sale.