Donations and Fees are used to help the program operate. Without these, we would not be able to participate in the fun and exciting opportunities throughout the year. Each year the Band Director
along with your Board of Directors determines the funds needed to sustain the program based on previous years expenses, expected expenses for the year, and the number of students we expect to
have participating (this is what we referred to as Annual Operating Cost).
Gone are the days when the school districts pay for all those extras that may have been covered when we all attended high school. We are fortunate to live in a district where some of the expenses
are covered by our district, but they do not provide enough and most of the expenses fall on the band booster organization and the parents.
The expenses associated with a band season include (but may not be limited to):
Technical staff and instructors
Entry Fees for Competitions
Equipment and repairs
Uniform Maintenance and Repair
So, as you can see we are talking thousands and thousands of dollars (hundreds of thousands if you include instrument costs). The School District pays the salary of the Band Director and
transportation to and from football games and competitions, but every other financial aspect of the program is the responsibility of the Boosters. The band boosters currently cover
expenses related to the home competition, and various items that come up during the school year. For example, in the past few seasons we assisted in the purchase of props for the shows, color
guard flags, the costs for bringing in experts in different fields of music to teach the kids and etc. It all adds up to tens of thousands of dollars!
One of our biggest single cost each year is staff. While the district funding does not provide us with more than one teacher, we are extremely fortunate to collect funds to provide additional
staff so that we may offer a full comprehensive band program. Each instructor is a specialist and is assigned to a specific category of instruction: instruments, sections, jazz, percussion, color
guard, marching and movement. Our staff is a very important component in our ability to effectively teach our students the many skills needed in order for them to achieve a high level of
excellence and success.
The Roswell HS Band Booster Association is a non-profit organization therefore, our budget is for a zero profit or loss. Band fees are kept as low as possible to ensure maximum
Please feel free to ask any questions along the way and attend booster meetings so you can see where every dollar goes.