Carmel Bands, Carmel, Indiana

Special Announcement – August 1, 2011

Band Boosters Special Announcement
August 1st, 2011

Carmel Bands Support Joplin Bands  -  From our Band Family to Yours

On May 22, 2011, a Tornado destroyed the town of Joplin, Missouri. The National Weather service determined top winds of more than 200 miles per hour making the tornado an EF-5. This tornado was one of the deadliest U.S. tornadoes since modern record keeping began. 160 lives were lost. Of the 2300 students at Joplin HS, over 60% of them were displaced by the tornado. Roughly 8000 homes and 250 businesses in the city were damaged including Joplin HS. The picture above shows a bass drum sitting on a pile of rubble that once was the Joplin HS band room. Everything in the room was either blown away or destroyed including all of the instruments, sheet music and band’s uniforms.

The band at Joplin is trying to raise money so no one has to pay band fees. According to Rick Castor, Director of Bands at Joplin, “We’re hoping to raise enough money, so [the students] don’t have to pay the band fees and instrument rental fees. … They just don’t have enough money to pay for anything right now.” They are also raising money to repair and replace all of the equipment and uniforms lost in the tornado. Several groups from around the nation have donated instruments to help the band, but, many of those instruments are in need of serious repair.

We are asking each band and guard member to donate money to help the Joplin Band recover from this tragic loss. On Monday, Mr. Saucedo will talk with the students about the Joplin tornado and its effect on the Joplin Band.  He will ask the students to bring in their donations beginning on Tuesday and ending on Thursday.

On Tuesday morning, the Drum Majors will begin collecting cash donations from the students. Overnight, the Drum Majors will tally each section’s donations. To promote participation in the event, we will hold a contest between sections. The section with the highest dollar average per student will win a free lunch (to be provided by the boosters) on a Saturday later in the fall. Each day, the Drum Majors will update the tote board to show the progress of donations and will share which section is in the lead. On Friday evening, at the End of Camp Pool Party, the Drum Majors will reveal the total donation to the Joplin Band and the winning section.

To the extent possible, Mr. Saucedo would like for each band and guard member to participate in this project, as it will have a strong impact on the Joplin band and your student. This is a way for the Carmel Marching Greyhounds to make a difference in the lives of those who have suffered great loss. We are hoping to establish a precedent for our band to help other bands/organizations in coming years.

This is intended to be a student charity project; however, if parents wish to donate to the cause, please make a check payable to Carmel Band Boosters and write “Joplin Project” in the memo. A parent’s donation will be tax deductible and will count towards their child’s section total (a check required for tax reporting purposes).

Thank you for your support of the Joplin project.

For additional information on the Joplin Eagle Pride band: see the following links:

CNN article on Joplin Band

Joplin Article in Halftime Magazine

Thank you for your support of the Joplin High School Band Program.