April Update

posted Apr 12, 2010, 2:24 PM by Eric Drew   [ updated Apr 12, 2010, 3:00 PM ]

There has been much activity in the world of the Band Parents during the month of April. A successful candy sale was held this past Saturday and we have been moving forward with plans for a Spaghetti Supper fundraiser on May 2, and field trip to New York City on May 15. Information for each of those events is included below.

Spaghetti Supper Fundraiser  (Shift sign-up information can be found here.)

The NBHS Band Boosters will hold a spaghetti supper fundraiser on Sunday, May 2 from 4-7PM at Cyd's Creative Kitchen on Acushnet Avenue in New Bedford.  The cost of each ticket is $5.00 and includes salad and dessert.


Each band and colorguard member will receive (if not already received) a sheet of 10 tickets to sell.  It is expected that the students will participate by selling their tickets.  The money from the ticket sales, and any unsold tickets, must be returned to Mr. Drew by April 27.  Part of the profit from this fundraiser will go towards assessment for students that participate in this fundraiser by selling their tickets.


As part of this fundraiser, each student is required to donate 1 box of thin spaghetti pasta, as well as bring 1 dessert to Cyd's Creative Kitchen on May 2.  The donated box of thin spaghetti needs to be dropped off at the band rehearsal on Tuesday April 27, where they will be collected and brought to Cyd's on April 29.  So please drop off your box of thin spaghetti on Tuesday April 27 to Mr. Drew.  All desserts will need to be brought to Cyd's by 3:30PM on May 2.


Volunteers are also needed, starting at 3PM, to help with the set up, through 8PM to help with the clean-up.  Dinner will be served between the hours of 4-7PM where students will need to serve dinner to customers.  Mr. Drew will have the sign-up sheet in school so please make a point to see him to sign up to help with this fundraiser.  Again, all money and unsold tickets must be turned in to Mr. Drew by April 27.  Please return your money in an envelope with your name clearly printed on it.

Trip to New York City

The NBHS Band will be sponsoring a field trip to New York City on Saturday May 15, 2010.  The trip includes a visit to the American Museum of Natural History and a performance of  “The Phantom of the Opera” at the Majestic Theater near Times Square.  An itinerary for our trip follows this letter.  This is a wonderful opportunity for students to experience a live performance of tremendous quality and artistic value.

The cost of the trip will be $149 per person, and can be defrayed by fundraising.  Any money already in students’ assessment accounts can be used toward this expense.  Payments will be due in three installments of $50 (or $49) due on April 16, April 30, and May 12.  Band students will have priority for this trip until the April 16 deposit date.  After that time, remaining seats will be opened up to parents and to chorus and drama students within the NBHS Music Department.  This is necessary to ensure that we fill the bus and do not have to pay for any leftover seats.

While students are allowed to use their assessment accounts to pay for the trip, students must first pay any remaining balance by cash or check.  This means that unless a student’s assessment account will cover the entire cost of the trip, they must still make a payment by April 16 in order to reserve their seat.  Payment must be $50 or the cost of their trip not currently covered by their assessment, whichever is less.  If a band student or family cannot afford the cost of this trip please contact Mr. Drew as there may be some scholarship money available for students who would not otherwise be able to attend.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have. (edrew@newbedfordschools.org)