May 24, 2018
Dear Friends and Families of the Madison Marching Dodgers:
What an exciting time to be a part of this community – -- as you open and read this letter, our award-winning Mighty Madison Marching Dodgers will have recently marched as THE band to represent the state of New Jersey in the televised National Memorial Day Parade, which took place on Historic Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C.! We are so very proud of our Marching Dodgers to have been selected for this honor. This recognition both caps off a fantastic season in 2017 and kicks off what is sure to be another amazing year in 2018! Our organization continues to grow and to exceed expectations. And we recognize that this success has only been possible thanks to your ongoing and generous financial support. That support affords our students an incredible opportunity to gain critical skills of discipline, persistence and teamwork; to strive for excellence in a challenging, educational (plus fun!) environment; and to learn life lessons that will serve them well beyond their school days. The entire Madison Marching Dodger community is extremely appreciative and grateful for your past help to sustain this hardworking Varsity program and we hope we can count on your continued generosity as we look toward even greater success.
Some quotes from last year’s seniors illustrate the incredible impact of this program:
“[M]arching band was like a family to me. For one, I was seeing them more than my actual family, but two, I had built bonds with these people that I knew were going to last…. One day I hope I can become a band director, and create a program that will encourage bonds and friendship, and change students’ lives for the better. What marching means to me comes down to … [f]riendships, bonds, and people that have influenced me [and] will never be forgotten.”
“Looking back, I see how Marching Band and Color Guard have changed me, in almost every aspect of my life…. I learned the importance of dedication and commitment, and I learned how to be confident in my life, not just in Color Guard (confidence to make friends, to perform, to raise my hand in class, to play softball, and much more).… Not only did Marching Band give me the foundation to become a better person, it gave me the best family and community in the world.”
TOURNAMENT OF BANDS CHAMPIONS FOR 3-OPEN!
Last year, the Marching Dodgers not only won the Tournament of Bands Championship for our Chapter (winning 1st place and all the caption awards for 3-Open!), but also soared in the Atlantic Coast Championships (which pulls the very top bands from nine different states), placing 2nd in Woodwinds, 5th in Color Guard, 5th in Percussion, and 8th place overall for our category! Even more important than the leadership board was the spirit that the entire group demonstrated throughout what can only be described as a very demanding season that runs essentially from April through December. A testament to the Dodger work ethic and grit, we are never satisfied to rest on our past accomplishments and continue to push the musical and technical difficulty with aspirations to continue our climb up the ranks amongst top caliber bands.
The success and excellence of the program continues to draw in more students looking to be part of something exciting and worthwhile. For the program to continue its professional level, it is important to ensure there are enough instruments and uniforms, proper staffing to work with the students, and proper field sound equipment, scenery, and transportation. All of this is necessary to maintain the success and well-known reputation they have earned at the local level in Madison as well as within the State of New Jersey and Regional levels.
In short: this hard working group of students needs your help: There will always be a financial gap between what our very supportive Board of Education can provide versus the amount of money needed to run the program.
THIS YEAR’S UPCOMING SHOW – ENTITLED “ M-pire ” – WILL CONTINUE TO RAISE THE BAR
Our 2018 show “M-PIRE” (which title plays on the theme of a Madison “empire”) will continue the Marching Dodgers’ drive for a creative and challenging show that has a few unique twists up its sleeve – incorporating nontraditional ways to engage with the crowd (including a Master of Ceremonies to address the audience directly). The music will largely be based on the “Hunger Games” score, exploring the concept of a marching band as an integral instrument (pun intended) of framing an empire’s propaganda -- lifting spirits, giving voice to particular sentiments, as well as other layers.
Of note, our members amount to nearly 10% of the student population -- which means we are the largest and most inclusive team at Madison High School. It is remarkable to bring together such a rich, cross-section of Madison students and train rigorously to become a synchronized, disciplined unit that performs and competes with the precision, energy and physical fortitude required of a top-caliber marching band.
YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS SUPPORT OUR GROWTH
The cost to run the Marching Dodger 2018 program exceeds $90,000, which translates to approximately $1100 per student. Every student has a place in the Marching Dodgers program regardless of their ability to contribute financially. We are thankful for the support of the Board of Education who graciously provides transportation to and from competitions, but we are dependent on friends, families and our community for assistance. Your tax-deductible donation of ANY amount is urgently needed and greatly appreciated to offset the costs associated with this program. We are strong because of your support that plays an enormous part in our ability to provide an incredible learning experience for our dedicated students.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for your support!
Marching Dodger Booster Club
PLEASE COMPLETE THIS SECTION & MAIL
YES! I want to help the Marching Dodgers Booster Club in 2018
Enclosed is my check for $ payable to: Marching Dodgers Booster Club
If Parent of Band member, Student’s Name/Grade:
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Corporate Matching gifts also welcome and easy way to support our mission. Please ask your company’s Human Resources Dept. for any matching forms, then complete and send to MDBC and we will do the rest!
Thank you for your donation!