McKinley Band Boosters

Band Update:

Without a doubt, this has been an historic school year… it has been a year to contemplate and innovate - a year to empathize and improvise. Overall , it has been a year to persevere, and our students have proven to be champs!

When schools closed their doors over a year ago, our band students quickly adapted to doing sectionals online through Microsoft Teams. Student section leaders showed fantastic leadership skills as they each lead their own sections through virtual rehearsals. Mr. Dorries has been able to assess progress by scheduling individual playing tests and by popping in to various sectional rehearsals, and he has continually reported that all is going smoothly.

Since January, a small number of students have returned to in-person learning, but the majority of our band students remain at home doing virtual learning.

In preparation for students returning to in-person band rehearsals, the McKinley CLA Band Boosters Inc. researched the best and safest ways for instrumentalists to practice during the pandemic. Then, we invested approximately $2,500 in specialized Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for all of our wind instrumentalists. Our in-person learners are already using the PPE with great success, and our remote-learners will receive theirs when they return to school.

How can you help?

If you would like to donate to help fund our purchase of specialized PPE for instrumentalists, please click on the PayPal button below. Any amount would be greatly appreciated. Note - in the "add a note" section, please add your name and email address so we can thank you and send a receipt!

Our next Band Boosters meeting will be Thursday, May 13th, 7pm - 8:30pm - location TBA; it will also be available via Zoom. An email invitation with the location and the Zoom link will be sent to all band parents. If you do not receive it but would like to attend, please contact one of the board members (see the Get Involved page).

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.