TheBrassBandofAppalachia-Startup

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"The Brass Band of Appalachia" is the Appalachian region's newest professional arts organization. The group was conceptualized primarily by Mr. Will Shell. Mr. Shell partnered with Dr. Art Haecker and Mr. Onsby Rose with the idea of creating a group that would draw from the Appalachian region's best and brightest brass and percussion musicians to form a professional level British style brass band. The goal of the group is to offer performances of brass band music to the community. Eventually the group hopes to represent the region at the North American Brass Band Association Championships. 

This campaign is for start up costs for the group. These include, filing to become a 501c3 non-profit arts organization, sheet music expenses, advertising, organizational instrument purchases (such as Eb Tenor Horns), and many, many other expenses related to the formation of the organization. 

The group has completed their inaugural music reading session on Feb. 29th and is proud to have had 42 professional brass and percussion musicians in attendance. Because the initial session was such a success, they have now scheduled thier first concert for May 1, 2016 in the auditorium at Virginia High School in Bristol, VA at 6PM. The musicians that have agreed to play this first concert with the group represent the top musical talent in the region. There are university professors, symphony orchestra musicians, the top graduate performance majors from the area, as well as music educators who continue to perform at exception levels on their instruments.

In order for this organization to be solidified they have appointed a small board of directors and are in the process of establishing a consititution and by-laws for the group. Serving on the initial board will be:

President, Mr. Will Shell
Vice-President, Dr. Art Haecker
Treasurer, Mr. Mark Collins, Sr. 
Member-at-Large, Mr. Mark Collins, II
Music Director and Conductor, Mr. Onsby C. Rose

The primary mission of the group is simply to provide a professional brass band for regional performances, supporting music education, and eventually representing the area on a national level at NABBA events as well as state and national music conventions.

We appreciate any support that you can give us! Please mark your calendar to attend in inaugural concert at 6PM at Virginia High School in Bristol, Va!

 

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The funds drive has went quite well! We are pushing into our final push for the GOFUNDME portion of our drive. Currently there has been $725 in donations! Our output need thus far is:
$70 for a Post Office Box
$75 to submit incorporation papers in the State of Virginia
$178 of music has been purchased
$100 for website fees
$200 for concert programs
$250 for misc. concert expenses
$200 for rehearsal day expenses (lunch, etc.)
$900 for three used Eb Tenor Horns
$750 for filing for 501c3 with the IRS.

As you can see the list is long and expensive but is totally within reach with your help!!!

The above are all short term needs. In addition, in the future we will be looking at purchasing cornets also. In addition the long term hope is we will travel to the North American Brass Band Association Championships. This will be a large cost for travel, lodging and food.

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Hello! In five days we have raised $700! Things are going smoothly and we are excited that the paperwork is almost done to incorporate in the State of Va! The board of directors is planning a meeting this weekend to vote in our Constitution and By-Laws and discuss some further fundraising activity! We truly thank each of our donors for the support! The money raised will go for administrative expenses, instrument purchases (Eb Tenor Horns and eventually cornets), sheet music costs, and concert expenses! Keep Sharing and Donating!!!
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Remember we are offering these levels of donation tiers to our supporters:

$20 - $49 - Friend of the Band
Includes your name listed in the donor list in our concert program.

$50 - $99 - Band Member's Circle
Includes all previous benefits plus a t-shirt with band logo.

$100 - $149 - Star Patron
Includes all previous benefits plus reserved seating at concerts.

$150 - $199 - Director's Circle
Includes all previous benefits plus a 30 minute pre-concert talk with the Director

$200 - $249 - Brass Band of Appalachia Golden Donor
Includes all previous benefits plus a half page ad in concert program.

$250+ Brass Band of Appalachia Chair Endowment
Includes all previous benefits plus name listed in program with the musican of your choosing as sponsoring their endowed chair. Endowments renewable each year.
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We have recieved our first Chair Endowment from Mrs. Karen Beek!!! Thank you Mrs. Beek for your support!!!
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Raised by 20 people in 33 months
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MB
$250
Mary Lou Blackman
21 months ago

Endowed chair - Mary Dave Blackman

HB
$300
Heather Beaudry
31 months ago

Sponsorship of 1st Euphonium Chair -- Aaron Hurley

KW
$25
Kim Wangler
33 months ago

Can't wait to see this group get off the ground - best of luck to all of you!

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