B-CC High School Music Boosters

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The B-CC Music Boosters are happy to welcome you, especially parents of new students, to the world of B-CC Music.  We urge you to become an enthusiastic supporter of your student's musical life at B-CC. 

The Music Boosters are all of us, parents of music students and B-CC community members who support the music department with our time, energy, and financial donations. There is no fee to join the Music Boosters.  Donations and proceeds from the fundraisers are made payable directly to the school music department account, B-CC High School Music. 

For many years, the music boosters have supported our Grammy-Award-winning music department and its dedicated staff, Marshall White, Matthew Hoffman, and Lisa Itkin. 

Your monetary and volunteer support will be needed more than ever.  MCPS is no longer charging course fees, however the expenses necessary to maintain such a high-quality music program have not gone away.  We will have to increase our fundraising support to compensate for that lost revenue. 

We invite you to be generous with your financial support and to participate in our many program events and fundraisers, which will also allow you to get to know the families of other music students while supporting our wonderful music teachers and students. 

MUSIC BOOSTER PRESIDENT

Linda Karson at MusicBoostersBCC@gmail.com.  

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Why should you make a donation to the B-CC Music Department?

  • B-CC has one of the most successful and popular music programs in the county.  More than 500 students are enrolled in a music class each semester. 
  • B-CC’s ensembles consistently receive top honors at Music Festival competitions.  In 2004, B-CC was named a Grammy Foundation Signature School.
  • While many high schools have only 3 or 4 ensembles, B-CC has 6 instrumental ensembles, 3 choral ensembles, guitar and piano classes; in addition to the pep band, drum line/percussion ensemble and pit orchestra. 
  • It costs a lot to run a high quality program for so many students.  All those students sharing the same instruments means that about $10,000 is needed each year alone for instrument repairs and maintenance.  Funding from MCPS intended to offset the loss of lab fees cannot cover all of these costs.
  • Outside music professionals periodically provide sectional coaching for the instrumental and choral ensembles.  Being able to work in small groups is especially beneficial for students that may not be able to afford frequent private lessons.
  • Last year, thanks to the generous contributions it received, the Music Department awarded over $5,400 in trip scholarship money and over $2,000 of the profit from the Fruit Sale and Sally Foster fundraisers was used by students as credit toward the cost of the Spring Music Festival trip. 

Say What?! Musicians Hear Better! 

Click on the following link to read this story from National Public Radio. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=113938566

Why Study Music?

Here is a very compelling answer taken from a welcome address given to the parents of incoming students at the Boston Conservatory on September 1, 2004, given by Dr. Karl Paulnack, Director of the Music Division. 

“… I have come to understand that music is not part of ‘arts and entertainment’ as the newspaper section would have us believe. It’s not a luxury, a lavish thing that we fund from leftovers of our budgets, not a plaything or an amusement or a pass time. Music is a basic need of human survival. Music is one of the ways we make sense of our lives, one of the ways in which we express feelings when we have no words, a way for us to understand things with our hearts when we cannot with our minds.  …

What follows is part of the talk I will give to this year’s freshman class when I welcome them a few days from now. The responsibility I will charge your sons and daughters with is this:

‘If we were a medical school, and you were here as a med student practicing appendectomies, you’d take your work very seriously because you would imagine that some night at two AM someone is going to waltz into your emergency room and you’re going to have to save their life. Well, my friends, someday at 8 PM someone is going to walk into your concert hall and bring you a mind that is confused, a heart that is overwhelmed, a soul that is weary. Whether they go out whole again will depend partly on how well you do your craft.

            You’re not here to become an entertainer, and you don’t have to sell yourself. The truth is you don’t have anything to sell; being a musician isn’t about dispensing a product, like selling used cars. I’m not an entertainer; I’m a lot closer to a paramedic, a firefighter, a rescue worker. You’re here to become a sort of therapist for the human soul, a spiritual version of a chiropractor, physical therapist, someone who works with our insides to see if they get things to line up, to see if we can come into harmony with ourselves and be healthy and happy and well.

            Frankly, ladies and gentlemen, I expect you not only to master music; I expect you to save the planet. If there is a future wave of wellness on this planet, of harmony, of peace, of an end to war, of mutual understanding, of equality, of fairness, I don’t expect it will come from a government, a military force or a corporation. I no longer even expect it to come from the religions of the world, which together seem to have brought us as much war as they have peace. If there is a future of peace for humankind, if there is to be an understanding of how these invisible, internal things should fit together, I expect it will come from the artists, because that’s what we do. As in the Nazi camps and the evening of 9/11, the artists are the ones who might be able to help us with our internal, invisible lives.’ “

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