The Mercer Island Schools Band Boosters was formed in 2011 to actively support, promote, and encourage the band programs of the Mercer Island School District.
This 501c3 organization works to ensure that band programs in the district are supported to the fullest extent possible, including:
Coordinating fundraising to support band programming.
Supporting scholarships to ensure the broadest possible participation by all students in band related activities.
Coordinating, supporting and training volunteers to support the band programs at all levels (elementary, middle and high school.
Coordinating community support for the bands’ participation in parades, events, and other special performance opportunities,
Advocating for the continued inclusion and funding of music education in our schools, through both local and state funding sources, and
Ensuring that all interested students are given every opportunity to express their musical voice through participation in band.
MUSIC IS EXCITING
“Music is exciting. It is thrilling to be sitting in a group of musicians playing (more or less) the same piece of music. You are part of a great, powerful, vibrant entity. And nothing beats the feeling you get when you've practiced a difficult section over and over and finally get it right. (yes, even on the wood block.)
Music is important. It says things you heart can't say any other way, and in a language everyone speaks. Music crosses borders, turns smiles into frowns, and vice versa. These observations are shared with a hope: that, when schools cut back on music classes, they really think about what they're doing - and don't take music for granted.” ~ Dan Rather, CBS News