Easton Marching Band Turning 100 – Creating an Alumni Band

Our band program is turning 100 in the fall of 2024! This is a huge accomplishment and a testament to the hard work and dedication of thousands of individuals who have passed through the program. We want to celebrate our program by having our alumni stand alongside our current students. Therefore, we are creating our 100th year alumni band!

This is an opportunity for you, as an alumni, to connect with old friends and former directors, meet new people and perform for that final time under the lights at our historic Cottingham Stadium. This is a one-time opportunity and we want you to be a part of it!

The alumni band will perform at our 50th annual First Flag Band Festival on Saturday, September 28, 2024. In addition, there is an opportunity to perform in the stands alongside our current band students on Friday, September 27, 2024.

Don’t have an instrument, flag, or baton? Haven’t played your instrument in years? That is okay! ALL ARE WELCOME! We will have extra instruments and equipment available for use! The music will be accessible to ALL as we want as many to participate as able. Physical activity will be minimal and the field formation will simple.

Please complete the form below to RSVP for this wonderful, once-in-a-lifetime event. We hope to see you there!

Details

  • WHAT: 100th year anniversary alumni band
  • WHEN: September 27 – 28, 2024
  • REGISTRATION DEADLINE: June 30, 2024
  • GOAL: 300-member alumni band
  • COST: $30 (for meal, alumni band T-shirt, admission to the game and band festival)

Schedule

Friday, September 27:

  • 4:30 p.m. – report to Cottingham for football game
  • 6:15 p.m. – march in with EAHS band
  • 7:00 p.m. – kickoff!
  • 9:30 p.m. – approximate end time of game

Saturday, September 28:

  • 10:00 a.m. – registration begins
  • 11:00 a.m. – alumni rehearsal begins on field
  • 2:00 p.m. – rehearsal ends
  • 2:30 p.m. – meal/social at Raub’s Farms (1459 Tatamy Road, Easton, PA 18045)
  • 5:00 p.m. – report time back at Cottingham
  • 6:00 p.m. – 50th annual First Flag Band Festival begins

“Leave a Legacy” Campaign

The 2024 – 2025 school year will mark our band’s 100th anniversary! This is a momentous occasion where we can reflect on the past, but also look towards the future with both our band and orchestra. We are kicking off a fundraising campaign in the hopes that we can leave a lasting legacy and continue to be able to provide EVERY student in band and orchestra with the tools they need to be successful into the future.

Goal: $30,000

Campaign runs February 12 – June 30

This campaign will aim to cover the costs associated with our 100th year celebrations, along with student-centered needs, including:

  • Six $1,000 scholarships (disbursed annually)
  • Maintenance of instruments and uniforms
  • 2024 – 2025 marching band field show (designed and written exclusively for our band)
  • 100th year band anniversary costs (alumni band, drumheads, etc.)

Leave your own legacy:

Individuals who donate $50 or more will be able to have their name printed on a banner that will be displayed in front of thousands of spectators at Cottingham Stadium for the 2024 football season, and then be moved to the EAHS instrumental music room for permanent display.

Did you know?

It costs the IMA approximately $80,000 annually to maintain our instrumental program.

Make your donation now

There are two ways to donate, for which we are grateful. Your unrestricted donation helps us to defray the costs to not only maintain, but grow the program.

Designer Purse Bingo – May, 5 2024

We are looking forward to hosting our Designer Purse Bingo. This important fundraiser for the IMA offers a fun time of playing bingo to win some high-quality purses while also trying your luck at some handsome door prizes and tricky trays.

Design Purse Bingo Event Details

  • Date: Sunday, May 5, 2024
  • Time: Doors open at 10:30 a.m.; games begin at 12:00 p.m.
  • Location: Easton Area High School cafeteria
  • Tickets: Sold online for $30 through May 1, 2024. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door for $30.

Volunteers and Sponsorships Needed

Please contact Kathy at bingo@eahsmusic.org or (610) 597-7473 to let her know your willingness to assist with preparations for the Designer Purse Bingo.

The IMA needs volunteers to:

  • Get sponsors
  • Organize tricky trays, purses, and door prizes
  • Set up for the Designer Purse Bingo
  • Check people in on the day of the event
  • Sell bingo boards, tricky tray tray tickets, 50/50 tickets on the day of the event

Purchase Bingo Tickets Online

Spring 2024 Craft Show

The EAHS Instrumental Music Association will be holding its biannual craft show on Saturday, March 23, 2024. The show will be held from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Easton Area High School cafeteria, 2601 William Penn Highway, Easton, PA 18045. This event is an important fundraiser for the IMA and provides invaluable support for the instrumental students at the high school.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Gretchen Burwell at craftshow@eahsmusic.org.

Registration for the Spring 2024 Craft Show is Closed

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.