March Forth 2023: A Month of Giving to the EAHS Band and Orchestra

March is “Music in Our Schools Month.” Specifically, March 4th is known as “National Marching Band Day.” Help support your Easton Area High School “Red Rover” Band and Orchestra on this day of giving. As our program grows, we want to continue to be able to provide EVERY student with the tools they need to be successful. Our goal is to create one of the nation’s finest music programs by providing our students with a quality music education, building upon the rich legacy of our school district.

It takes a village and we want YOU to be a part of it. Your donations will help to fund many different aspects of our instrumental program, including events and equipment purchases. Every donation is tax-deductible. This year, we are specifically working to fund-raise for the following:

  • Scholarships – $6,000 (disbursed annually)
  • Tractor Trailer Truck – $9,000 (to move equipment down to Florida in December)

GOAL: RAISE $15,000 BY
MARCH 4, 2023

Why $15,000?

It costs a substantial amount of money to not only maintain, but also to grow a quality music program. Through the donations of many over the past three years, some of what we have been able to provide includes:

  • Maintaining instruments and uniforms
  • Student leadership seminars (Drum Major Academy, etc.)
  • Provide six $1,000 scholarships on an annual basis to graduating seniors
  • Bring in guest clinicians/ private lessons
  • Purchase new instruments & cases
  • Offset costs of travel within the instrumental music program

Your unrestricted donation helps us to defray the costs to not only maintain, but grow the program.

Donate and spread the word about March Forth to help us reach our campaign goal.

Did you know?

  • All donations are tax deductible.
  • Fifty-percent (50%) of your donation can be applied to a student’s contribution for the trip scheduled in Disney World. You can enter the student’s name(s) on the PayPal page when entering your credit card information (see screenshot to the right).
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Noto’s Deli Hoagie Coupons – Winter 2023

The IMA is working with Noto’s Deli, 930 Northampton St., Easton, PA 18042, to help our music program raise money in tasty fashion. 

About the Noto’s hoagie coupon sale:

  • Sale dates: January 30-February 20 (paper forms are due February 15)
  • Expiration date: coupons are good through June 30, 2023
  • Cost: coupons are $10.00 each and are good for one 10″ hoagie (ham, turkey, roast beef, Italian, egg salad, chicken salad or tuna salad)
  • Pick-up: February 27-28 with the exact times and locations to be confirmed
  • Questions: please contact Kara Howe at

Paper form for student in-person sales (PDF)

Noto’s order form

An Evening of Music and Mardi Gras

The IMA is hosting an evening of live music by the EAHS Orchestra and Jazz Band to celebrate Mardi Gras. This fundraiser will feature amazing tricky tray items, tasty treats like all-you-can-eat pie, refreshments, and of course live music. Admission is $10 per person, which includes all-you-can-eat pie and Mardi Gras masks and beads.

Mardi Gras Fundraiser Details

  • Date and time: Saturday, February 25 at 6:00 p.m.; doors open at 5:30 p.m.
  • Location: Easton Area High School cafeteria
  • Cost: $10 per person with additional food choices available for purchase at the event

Spring Craft Show 2023

Event Details

We’re excited to host our annual spring craft show on Saturday, March 25 from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Easton Area High School.

  • Over 100 crafters and vendors are registered for the show
  • 50/50 and basket raffles
  • Expect some good eats at the food court
  • This public event is a big fundraiser for the IMA

Application Process

Crafters and vendors can complete the application and mail it along with a check made out to IMA to:

Instrumental Music Association
c/o Gretchen Burwell
PO Box 3535
Easton, PA 18043


Please contact Gretchen Burwell at

Weekly Update – 7.26

This Week’s Edition: 

  • Weekly Schedule
  • Band Camp needs your help!
  • March A Thon Sponsorships (NEW!)
  • First Flag Sponsorships 
  • Band Camp Info 
  • Percussion & Guard Sectionals
  • Volunteer Information 
  • Band App

Weekly Schedule (August 1 – 7, 2021) 

Monday, August 2nd

  • Drumline, Pit & Guard Sectional 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. @ EAHS.
  • Uniform Fittings 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 PM & 5:00 – 8:00 PM

Tuesday, August 3rd

  • New Member Fittings 3:00 – 7:00 PM

Wednesday, August 4th

  • Band Council Meeting 10:00 AM
  • McDonald’s Fundraiser Night 4:00 PM @ McDonald’s on 3rd Street & Larry Holmes Drive
  • New Member Fittings 3:00 – 7:00 PM

Thursday, August 5th

  • New Member Fittings 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Friday, August 6th

  • New Member Fittings 2:00 – 5:00 PM

Saturday, August 7th

  • Boston Crusaders to practice at EAHS (students welcome to watch – schedule to be conveyed on Friday)

*Marching Band students, if you have not signed up for a uniform fitting, please do so here

**Woodwind & brass sectionals are not included on the weekly schedule, as they are scheduled by student section leaders.

Stay up to date by viewing our online calendar on our website!

Upcoming Events 

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Summer Percussion & Guard Sectionals 

There is only one more sectional for all of our students in the percussion & guard sections:

  • Monday, August 02

All sectionals run from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. and are held at EAHS. Attendance is required at all sectionals, as we are a team. These practices allow us to put our best foot forward heading into band camp in August. Excused absences include vacation, family events (wedding), illness, or PIAA events. 

In order to be excused from a sectional, students/ parents/ guardians should email Mr. Ballentine two (2) weeks prior to the conflict. 

Band Camp needs your help! 

Band Camp is less only a week away! We provide all the snacks and dinners for the band during camp. We need many helpers to make it run smoothly. Please sign-up to provide what you can. Please use the following link to sign-up to volunteer or provide food for our hard working band!

This year we will be having an additional pasta night. We will need several helpers during those dinners as well as people willing to bake pasta dishes. We would like a variety of dishes if possible.

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2021 Band Camp Information 

We are one week away from our first days of band camp! There are many great things happening behind the scenes to make this year special for our students, families, & community. 

Band Camp is a massive undertaking to bring all of our students together. In order to make this a success, the following will occur before camp begins:

  • Summer sectionals: each section has summer sectionals to get to know one another, bond as a group, and work on music & marching before camp. Sectionals are required for students to attend unless on vacation, family event, etc. If you have not yet heard from your section leader, please contact Mr. Ballentine. 
  • Obtain any needed materials: all students must have certain items in order for us to achieve our potential. Please see the “Band Camp Welcome Letter” found below. 
  • Complete & return all required forms: all students are required to return the forms found below BY July 30, 2021. A hard copy mailing was also sent in July with these documents. If you have not yet turned in these forms, please drop them off at the HS prior to band camp.
  • Uniform fittings: All students should be signing up for a uniform fitting. Returning members are scheduled for Monday, August 02. New members begin August 03. Questions? Please reach out to Mrs. Niosi or Mrs. Martyak at

Please see the forms below for information on band camp. 

As always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to Mr. Ballentine or any of the band council leadership.

2021 March A Thon – Friday, August 13 

It is that time of year when we begin preparing for our annual March A Thon!

What is it?

Taking place during our regularly scheduled camp, students march the equivalent of 50 laps around the football field throughout the morning. In addition, they partake in team building activities, games & other events.

What do I need to do?

We ask all students to find sponsorships for this day. Section leaders will be relaying information to their sections regarding specifics for the event & ways you can sponsor a student. 

Our goal is $5,000. If every student found $20 in sponsorships, we would EXCEED our goal! See the forms below for sponsorship information:

Sponsorship Letter

All checks / sponsorships can be dropped off in the lockbox located in the instrumental music room OR mailed to:

Instrumental Music Association

Easton Area High School

PO Box 3535

Easton, PA 18043

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First Flags Information 

Introductory Letter

Pre-Sale Ticket Order Form
Business Sponsorship Form

Parent/ Guardian-Owned Business Sponsorship

Patron Ads

There are MANY ways that you can help! One of the best ways to help us fundraise is to contact businesses who may be interested in sponsoring the instrumental music program. There are options for businesses to also get special shout outs on our social media, in our concert programs & more. 

Parents & Guardians: there is a DISCOUNTED rate for pre-sale tickets. This form is due back by September 04. 

There are also ways for you to take out an ad for your child. You can also choose to put a shout out in the program (only $5!). All ads are due by August 28. 

Questions? Please reach out to Mrs. Jennifer Martellucci:

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Other News 

PMEA D10 Band & Orchestra Auditions 

Solo lists for the 2021 – 2022 PMEA District festivals have been released. 

Auditions take place on Saturday, December 04, 2021. To view the solo lists & see more information about the requirements, please visit the PMEA D10 website

Booster Bulletin 

Calling all volunteers! 

As we prepare for the upcoming year, we are looking for volunteers to help at various events! In order to do this, clearances need to be on file with EASD. 

To do this, please view our website with step-by-step information on how to go about obtaining these.

Please be sure to also complete & return the volunteer form found under the strings camp/ band camp information sections of this newsletter. This form will also be mailed out in mid-July.

Additionally, if you are interested in serving as a nurse for the band during band camp & football games, please reach out to our medical coordinator, Mrs. Ferretti, at

Thank you!

Band App – Stay Informed 

This year, we are using a platform called the “band” app to communicate. This is a supplement to our emails sent out weekly.

The advantages of this app include:

  • Notifications sent directly to phone or device.
  • Instant communication to relay last-minute changes or details.
  • Integrated calendar (with ability to import the calendar to your phone’s calendar).
  • Attachments tab to keep track of any forms. 

It is recommended every parent/ guardian sign up for this app. To do so, please click this link. This group is specifically for any parent/ guardian of a student in the band or orchestra. 

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Parents, stay informed with the BAND app

This year, Band and Orchestra will be using a platform called the BAND app to communicate. This is a supplement to the emails sent out weekly.

The advantages of this app include:

  • Notifications sent directly to one’s phone or device.
  • Instant communication to relay last-minute changes or details.
  • Integrated calendar (with ability to import the calendar to your phone’s calendar).
  • Attachments tab to keep track of any forms.

It is recommended every parent/ guardian sign up for this app. This group is specifically for any parent/guardian of a student in the band or orchestra.

Download and join the BAND app.