FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 11, 2017
Contact: Ann Morroney
Local Marching Band to Represent PA in National Independence Day Parade
Coatesville’s Marching Red Raiders Only PA Band Selected to March in D.C. on July 4th
COATESVILLE, PA—March 30, 2017 – The Coatesville Red Raider Marching Band has been selected to represent the State of Pennsylvania in the 2017 National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C. The Marching Red Raiders are the only band from Pennsylvania selected to participate in this year’s parade, and this will be the school district’s first appearance in the annual, nationally televised event. U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, R-7, of Chadds Ford, nominated the Coatesville group to the Parade National Selection Committee, which selects finalists based upon video recordings, director interviews, past adjudication results, and overall quality, as well as geographical, ethnic, and stylistic diversity.
With the parade just three months away, fundraising efforts are in full swing, as the cost of travel, meals, modest lodging, and events for the approximately 100 marching band members heading to D.C. will be $75,000. Band members and their supporters in the Coatesville Parents Music Club (CPMC) will host a spaghetti dinner Saturday, April 29, at the Coatesville High School cafeteria and a vendor fair on Sunday, April 30, from 12 noon to 4:00 PM at East Fallowfield Community Park. The CPMC has also set up a GoFundMe page at: www.gofundme.com/MarchingRedRaiders.
“I am overjoyed to be able to share such a wonderful opportunity with these students,” said Mr. Gabriel Hughes, instrumental music director for the Coatesville Area Senior High School. “It is a great honor to have been the only marching band from Pennsylvania selected to march in the parade, and it’s a teacher’s dream to showcase students in such a positive light and provide them with lifelong memories.”
The annual National Independence Day Parade is the highlight of "A Capitol Fourth,” a three- day celebration held in our nation's capital, which for the Coatesville band will include not only marching in the Fourth of July parade down Constitution Avenue but also a guided tour of Washington, DC, including all the memorials and the Smithsonian Institute; a visit to Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to participate in a wreath laying ceremony; and attendance at a concert on the Capitol lawn featuring the National Symphony Orchestra.About the Coatesville Parents Music Club
The Coatesville Parents Music Club is a 501(c)(3) non-profit booster club organization. All donations are tax deductible. For more information about the Marching Red Raiders, the spaghetti dinner on April 29, the vendor fair on April 30, or to make a donation toward the band’s appearance in the 2017 National Independence Day Parade, please visit www.cvillepmc.org or https://www.gofundme.com/MarchingRedRaiders.
From: CPMC President <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: 2017 DC Parade Permission Forms & Payment Due TODAY!
Date: November 4, 2016 at 7:54:13 AM EDT
To: mb-parents <email@example.com>
Good Morning Everyone!
Just a friendly reminder that the student and parent permission forms are due TODAY for the 2017 Washington DC Parade! Also, the first payment of $100 is due for the students. PARENTS/VOLUNTEERS.... Even if you are undecided about volunteering for this trip, please send in your paperwork today. We need to get a head count for students and volunteers. If once you turned in your paperwork and then decide not to go, that's ok. We will remove your paperwork from our files. If you are volunteering, please make sure we have all of your updated volunteer credentials. We can not consider you as a volunteer until you have all the necessary paperwork completed.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Hughes or Ann Morroney.
Thank You! Can't wait for #MARCHTODC2017
From: CPMC President firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: "March To DC In 2017" Parade Information Meeting - PLEASE READ!
Date: September 21, 2016 at 10:16:34 AM EDT
To: mb-parents email@example.com
Good Morning Everyone!
SAVE THE DATE!!!!
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 5TH AT 7PM, IN THE CASH AUDITORIUM
The Coatesville Parents Music Club will be hosting a MANDITORY parent meeting concerning the Marching Band trip to Washington DC scheduled for Sunday July 2nd - Wednesday July 5th, 2017!
We are STRONGLY ENCOURAGING everyone to attend this meeting. We will be providing a packet of information outlining the trip details, permission forms, cost, payment plans, due dates,fundraising and more. We encourage you to come with questions! This trip will take everyone's participation in order to make it a SUCCESS!
Please understand, this meeting is to offer general information and SOME specific details. At this time, we DO NOT have details on transportation, hotels, rooming, Chaperone/Pit Dads needs/details or placement. We will continue to offer updates to everyone as soon as the information is given to us by the travel company.
The CPMC will begin Parade Committee Meetings on MONDAY OCTOBER 17TH AT 7PM. We need as many parents/volunteers possible to participate in this committee! Once we have our first meeting, we will then determine how frequent we will meet.
If you can not attend this meeting, please contact Mr. Hughes or Ann Morroney - firstname.lastname@example.org to receive information and the trip packet.
Thank You! Looking forward to seeing all of you!
LETS GO RAIDERS!!