McKinley Band Boosters

McKinley CLA Band Boosters Inc. would like to officially congratulate our graduating seniors!

Ruth Christopher has been an instrumentalist in McKinley bands for 7 years. While her primary instrument is double bass, she also plays electric bass, acoustic guitar, some percussion instruments, and has a beautiful singing voice! She has also had some experience conducting.

Ruth's favorite band memories are going on band trips with all of her friends. She also fondly remembers many band room shenanigans, such as instrument swapping (pre-Covid, of course). Ruth's advice to her younger band peers is to stay confident in your abilities and trust in your section leader; also, don't lose your practice card! After graduating, Ruth plans to major in double bass performance at The Juilliard School in New York City.

Alexander Thomas has been an instrumentalist in McKinley bands for 7 years. His primary instruments are baritone saxophone and bass clarinet, but he also plays alto and tenor saxophone and soprano and alto clarinet. Alexander's favorite memories in the band program were all of the band trips with the long, bonding bus rides and amazing competitions. Being able to have all of the hard work from the year shown off to insightful and inspiring judges who then gave worthwhile advice about the band's musicianship, as well as getting a chance to hear other amazing musicians perform, was one of the most fulfilling parts of the band program. After graduating, Alexander plans to attend the UMKC Conservatory to study Jazz Performance, with an emphasis on Baritone Saxophone.

Senior Quote: "Not one ounce of my self-worth depends on your acceptance of me."

_Quincy Jones

To our returning band students, congratulations on making it through a very challenging year.

Happy Summer Vacation! See you next school year!

No Trivia Night... No Bowling Night...

No Jazzmatazz...

How do we fundraise during a pandemic?...

Facebook fundraisers

Over the past couple of years, several of our Band Booster parents have raised significant funds for McKinley CLA Bands by holding Facebook Fundraisers on their birthdays. Feel free to ask a board member if you would like more information about how to do this.

We also now have a donate button on our Facebook page! At some point during the school year, you might consider sharing one of our FB posts and inviting your friends to make a donation to our band program.


Click on the Fundraising tab at the top of the page and check out how you can support our band programs by using AmazonSmile or Schnucks EScript.

Also, supporters of McKinley CLA Band Boosters Inc are welcome to donate any amount at any time to help support our wonderful and award winning band program by simply clicking on the PayPal donate button. But please give us your name and email address in the "add a note" section so we send you a receipt!

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McKinley CLA Band Boosters, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) parent run organization.

We promote and support the bands and all instrumental music activities of

McKinley Classical Leadership Academy in Saint Louis, MO.