About the Music Boosters
Every family of an Instrumental Music student is considered a La Paz Music Booster family and member. The La Paz Music Boosters assist the Instrumental Music program throughout the year to help the students experience a fun and worthwhile year in music!
Involving yourself in this organization brings tremendous pride and happiness to all who are involved. We are looking for volunteers to assist with concert preparation and tear down, chaperones for festivals and concerts, and to help with fundraising efforts throughout the year.
Welcome to the 2017/2018 Music program!
La Paz Intermediate has one of the best intermediate school music programs in Orange County, and our students are consistently awarded top honors at festivals, one of the very few middle schools to receive an invitation to play at the Pacific Symphony, and also receive the 2078 SupportMusic Merit Award from the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation (NAMM), which is only given to 92 school nationwide. This success is due to our Music Director, Dan Robbins, and Assistant Director, Christy Alesi, and the program they have developed. At the center of this program are several unique opportunities that no other middle school in our district offers:
- The variety of instruments available for student use: Mr. Robbins believes in giving students the chance to play any instrument that they are interested in learning. At La Paz, a student may choose to plan more than one instrument, or an unusual instrument that is notreadily available for rent at local music stores. Mr. Robbins’ goal is to help them find an instrument that excites them to further their love of music. These instruments are made available at school.
- Instrumental coaches that work with the students: Mr. Robbins brings in coaches who are able to give more individualized instruction on the various instruments. Each coach meets with students approximately once a week throughout the year. Instrument-specific instruction enables students to learn to play their instruments properly and expand their potential as musicians more quickly.
- Program-enhancing materials: Students receive instructional music books specific to their instruments, performance uniforms (tuxedo shirt, cummerbund, bow tie button studs), and band t-shirts.
The La Paz Music Boosters Association: The Boosters Association is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a Board made up of parents. The Boosters Association raises funds and supports the overall music program through parent volunteer efforts. Without the Boosters Association, all the “extras” mentioned above would not be possible.
Approximately 50% of the booster income traditionally comes from Booster Donations from students’ families, with the remainder coming from Instrument Use Donations and Fundraising Activities.
The Saddleback Valley Unified School District is very proud of the extensive co-curricular programs offered at the comprehensive high schools. Through limited state funding, the District provides financial support for these programs, which may include stipends for one (or more) coach/advisor for each program, officials, facilities and their general maintenance. However, costs for co-curricular programs continue to exceed the limited state allocations, thus necessitating booster/parent organization support and the request for suggested contributions from participants.
Participation in the Middle School program (and booster/parent organization) is strictly voluntary, and no student will be denied the opportunity to participate in a SVUSD co-curricular activity because of a parent or guardian’s failure to participate in fundraising activities, failure to devote time or resources to the booster/parent organization, or failure to purchase uniforms, or other accessories or equipment. Parents or students who do not participate in the organization will not be publicly identified.
In an effort to provide a comprehensive program for students at all levels, the Middle School program is suggesting a voluntary, non-refundable contribution in the amount of $200.00 per student to fulfill our annual operating budget of $50,000, which includes costs associated with instrumental coaching, instrument repairs, instrument insurance, uniform purchases and cleaning, sheet music, student music books and music festival participation expenses.
If additional funds to augment the program are not raised in the amount noted above, the school may find it necessary to scale back the program. We are encouraging all parents to contribute to the program, and are most hopeful that the needed funds will be raised. We often receive inquiries about our non-profit status. Please accept this letter as certification that the Saddleback Valley Unified School District qualified as a non-for-profit organization. We are a state educational institution, which is considered a political subdivision of the State of California. Because of this, we are considered a nonprofit state entity rather than a private 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Additionally, parents and students may be asked to participate in fundraising activities throughout the year in an effort to provide even greater financial support for the program. Participation is encouraged and greatly appreciated. However, lack of participation in these fundraising activities by a parent or guardian will not affect their student’s ability to participate.
Program is a Member of the La Paz Music Boosters Association by definition. If we have your email address, you will receive our emails and concert reminders. If you haven’t received any emails from us, that means we don’t have your information, so please see one of the Music Booster Board Members.
Thank you for your continuing support of the La Paz Music Program! We look forward to a wonderful, musical year!
Mr. Robbins and the La Paz Music Boosters Association