Let The Band Play On - Ames Education Foundation

Let The Band Play On


- The district’s band enrollment is nudging close to 850 students (grades 5 through 12). There’s no longer money available to buy the instruments needed to keep the Ames school bands vibrant and progressive. Horns are rotting, literally, Tubas, euphoniums and French horns needed to make the bands complete cost dollars our financially-strapped school district can’t afford any more.

-The goal of the Let the Band Play On campaign is to raise $500,000, half of that amount will help purchase band instruments to replace those that are no longer useable. The other half will go to establish an endowment fund through the Ames Education Foundation to provide ongoing support to the band and fine arts programs throughout the Ames Community School District.


-Our band program requires large expensive instruments such as tubas, euphoniums, French horns, which, are not purchased by individuals. The life expectancy of an instrument used in a school music program is between 15 and 20 years. Many of the instruments currently in use in the Ames Schools are double that age.


-The Band Campaign is still accepting donations.  The need for helping with band instruments is an important one for Ames High School.


 -To date, we have raised just over $300,000.00 with $140,000.00 in the endowment fund. Donations have come from 25 states with over 300 contributors including band parents and alumni from Ames High School. During the 2010-11 school year we put 34 new instruments in the hands of students in grades 5-12 and in the fall of 2011 the total increased to 45 new instruments! Unfortunately, the immediate need is still great and an endowment of 1 million dollars will be needed to replace instruments every 15 to 20 years.


 -Thank you for your consideration and assistance with this program!




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