Our two oldest children are a junior and a senior this year. It’s hard to believe they have grown that much. It wasn’t so very long ago that she cuddled her brand new brother for the first time and said, “I love you, baby.” A few weeks later she accidentally gave him the nickname that has survived sixteen years. They’ve been inseparable through thick and thin, from Barbies and Legos to dating and driving.
One of their common interests is music. She plays the flute and loves listening to music. She has discovered some cool musicians and some weird ones. I mean, who makes music by slapping a dead cow? Apparently someone does, if the internet is to be believed. He started his musical career with the trombone, and has since learned to play the trumpet and the baritone. He loves jazz (hooray!) and lots of other stuff as well. They’ve both been in marching band since the moment they could be. Marching band is her favorite part of band. It’s a toss up for him between jazz and marching band.
Band is important to them and to us as parents. We’ve spent the last four years planning our summer vacations around band and band fundraisers. Our fall schedule revolves around marching band. Our kids are so dedicated to band that they get up at 4:30 to 4:45 am every school day because they’ve also made a commitment to attend the full four years of Seminary that our church offers. It’s similar to Bible study and happens every morning before school. Because of band, our kids attend a class at 5:45 am Monday through Friday. Education is important, but maintaining our faith is paramount.
We’ve been in a medium sized program and in a very large program. Both band programs require dedication and hard work. Currently our kids are part of one of the most competitive bands in Oklahoma. We love the opportunities that come with it. They are able to travel to national competitions and be exposed to lots of musical influences as part of their band experience. It’s incredible to watch them flourish and raise to the occasion.
Being part of this incredible program means that as a family we are responsible for some pretty hefty fees. I’m cool with that. We’ve been blessed to be able to manage it. This year we asked our kids to earn some of their band fee money to make it even more personal. They will be working concessions a few times (not every time because there are lots of kids and they need shifts too) to earn some money. They’ve done some fundraisers with their sections as well. Every bit helps.
Recently there was a light bulb moment. They love band memes. I think they both have Pinterest boards of band memes. They also love a good t-shirt. Why not combine them and try and sell some shirts? We did some homework and found Custom Ink. They actually have a fundraising platform which takes a lot of stress off of us. They handle the money, the shipping, and the shirts. We design the shirt and find the customers.
Band Meme Shirts for Band Fees Campaign
Designing the shirt was pretty easy. We messed around with the file until both the kids approved. We set up the fundraising page. And we’ve been trying to get the word out. Our t-shirt is for sell until August 18th, and we have to get a minimum order of 11 to have it printed and shipped. We have a goal of 50 t-shirts. It’s a great shirt, reasonably priced at $15
If you’ve made it this far, you might be asking what you can do. Reblog this. Facebook it. Put it on your social media somewhere. If you know a marching band kid, consider buying a t-shirt for them. We have 11 days to make my kids’ idea work.
Click on the link below to go to our Custom Ink page.
And just so you know, I ordered a shirt for both of my marching band students because they want one too. Thank you for helping!