Band Festival Funds

St. Catherine of Siena's 7/8th Grade Band is a 20 member south Phoenix school band filled with talented and hardworking students. Over the past few years I have watched these 20 students deepen their understanding and love of music. On March 8, 2018, the band was special guests at the Brophy/Xavier H. S. Music Department concert (see photo). On March 21st they will perform at the Roosevelt School District Band Festival. Because this particular group of outstanding students have shown a high level of dedication and talent, I would like them to have the opportunity to perform at a wonderful adjudicated Band Festival on the campus of Eastern Arizona College (EAC) in Thatcher, Arizona. When I was the band director at St. Mary's H.S., the St. Mary's Band performed many years at the EAC Festival. It is an outstanding festival, especially suited to the needs of smaller-sized bands. I would like this year's St. Catherine of Siena band students to benefit from the valuable educational opportunity offered by participation in the EAC Band Festival. 

St. Catherine of Siena administration, staff and parents are excellent supporters of the band.  The school has already paid for the music for the festival, for repairs on a bass clarinet and baritone sax borrowed from other schools to develop a fuller instrumentation for the festival and for reeds for the bass clarinet and baritone saxophone. We are planning a couple of small fundraisers to help raise the festival funds but we really need the help of the community to make this goal a reality. 

The cost involved are:
$1500 to charter a bus for the 14 hour day trip to Thatcher, AZ
$225 to pay the Band Festival entrance fee
$275 to purchase a pair of crash cymbals to use at the festival and beyond.

Recently, I was contacted by a St. Catherine of Siena and St. Mary's High School band alumni who is now playing trombone in the Navy! I am so proud of her and thankful that her experiences at St. Catherine's and St. Mary's shaped her into the musician she is today. This band alumni  exemplifies the positive results that occur from meaningful experiences in band with tangible life-long  benefits for the individual and their community. 

We are asking that donations be made by March 22, the deadline to pay the festival participation fees.

Thank you for any support you can offer. We are grateful for your generosity and kindness.

Carol Mellis
Band Director
St. Catherine of Siena Band


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Carol Mellis 
Tempe, AZ
St Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Parish Phoenix (St Catherine Of Siena) 
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