Music Boosters pay 
about $185,000 toward funding Music Programs. Donations pay for about
50%. Fundraising efforts make up the difference

There are many additional expenses associated with producing the various ensembles under the umbrella of the Music Department. While the Boosters work to plan fundraisers to offset these costs, the responsibility of funding this program rests with the band program at large. To ensure that all expenses related to these programs are met each year, it is necessary to determine, in advance, if the support is in place to move forward as planned. 

No student will be prevented from participating fully in these activities because of their ability or willingness to donate. Donations are tax deductible and eligible for matching funds if your employer offers this program. Donations can be made via check to the Blue Box in the Music Room or through the donation button below. Please add the names of the ensembles to which you would like your donation applied. Please contact the Band Boosters with any questions you may have.

What it Costs to Run Each Program

Note that these target donations have been adjusted to reflect 2020-2021 expectations for a primarily distance or hybrid learning environment .

Marching Band

No student is required to participate in the competitive marching band program, although it is highly encouraged. There are many fitness and social benefits. This group maintains a schedule like any other athletic activity on campus. There are regular practices and additional rehearsals. The activities begin in August with Band Camp and conclude the weekend before Thanksgiving in a typical year.

Total Fall 2020 Marching Band target donation as an ensemble is $20,000. Please consider making a donation to help us reach our goal for this ensemble. Your donation pays for highly qualified staff. 

Concert Ensembles

Total 2020-2021 Concert Ensembles target donation for all 5 ensembles (Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble Honors, String Orchestra & Vocal Ensemble) is $5,000. Any donations made toward these ensembles will support these specialized coaches as well as additional sheet music, ensuring the program’s success and the students’ engagement.

Jazz Ensembles

Total 2020-2021 Jazz Ensembles target donation for all 3 ensembles is $2,000. Any donations made toward these ensembles will support these specialized coaches as well as additional sheet music, ensuring the program’s success and the students’ engagement.

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Winter Programs

Total 2021 Winter Ensembles (Winter Guard & Winter Drumline) target donation is $16,000. The donations are targeted to cover the costs of specialized and highly qualified staff and coaches, traveling costs, original music composition, custom choreography and drill design, prop material and construction costs, copyright clearances, sack lunches for students at shows, winter color guard flag design and costumes, as well as other production costs. 

Ways to Donate

Zelle: The preferred donation method, this will be deposited directly into the ACHS Music Boosters account with NO charge to us (PayPal charges us a service fee based on percentage of payments). If you bank with Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Chase, as well as a long list of other banks, you can easily set up Zelle to use for future deposits. Find out more here. Use the address to send payments through Zelle. Please use the MEMO box to indicate the student name and which ensemble(s) you are donating toward/purpose (i.e., Joe Scorp - Jazz, Jane Scorp - instrument use).

NOTE: If you pay through Zelle, your name will appear on the bank statement. Bank statements are kept in the financial binder that the Treasurer keeps. If this is concerning to you, please use PayPal.

Check: Indicate which ensemble(s) you are donating toward and make payable to ACHS Music Boosters. Mail to PO Box 2366, Camarillo, CA 93011. Once in-person classes resume, payment may be placed in the blue box in the music room.


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