Governor Thomas Johnson High School Band
Frederick, Maryland
Governor Thomas Johnson High School Band Boosters

March 10, 2022

Call to Order
Officially began at 7:40 pm at GTJHS and was presided over by Traci Poppert, with Ellen McGuinness as secretary.

Attendees
Traci Poppert, Dan & Denise Failacci, Harish Kumar, Moira Fisher, Teresa Vaughn, Nick Gasemy, Jaclyn Smith, Krista Allen-Bossaller, Ellen McGuinness, Robyn Marquart, Sarina Hart, Bryan Hirschmann

Director’s Report -- Mr. Gasemy
  • Missing some instruments; received most but others back-ordered.
  • Staff –waiting to hear back.
    • Early marching season
    • Before band camp – one rehearsal per week
    • After band camp – usual, aka, two nights & all day Saturdays
  • Tom Keller @ last meeting –
    • Nick will streamline social media and upgrade website
      • Previously all were created by different people at different times.
      • Website through “Snap-pages?”
    • Banquet – info coming
      • Invite grads from past two years?
      • Trying to choose a date, but March is busy – 5/16?
    • 5/23 = TJ Graduation
    • Band camp = last week of July & first week of August
      • No marching band clinics in May, too busy.
    • Chavez – advertise in stadium is ok (banners)
      • Talk to athletic boosters about location – behind band seats?
  • Musical = 3/24 - 3/27
  • Bryan Hirschmann / Old Line –
    • Tripled transportation budget
    • Banquet with awards – April-sh; potluck, casual
    • Old Line –
      • Richmond reports excellent
      • Not making trip to Dayton, OH in April (too $ & too soon)
      • Working out facilities issues with percussion/guard, & other users (spring sports)
      • Guard – Richmond this Saturday, 8am – may have to carpool due to weather
      • THS event 3/19; Old Line perform at 5 pm
      • Championships in Chambersburg, 4/1(Guard) & 4/2(Percussion)
      • Looking into facility rentals in nearby schools.
      • KIDA – “happy they are here, opportunities for higher level instruction.”
      • “Full Remo Endorsement” – drum heads, reduce costs significantly
      • Honesty/maturity have been an issue
      • Lots of support & sponsorship
      •  Two more performances – Tuscarora & Chambersburg
      •  48 kids & 20 staff
      •  Early membership contracts to returning members next year.
      •  Add marimba & vibe
      •  Sell 18’ trailer & purchase 32’ trailer?
      •  July = Fire Sale fundraiser (last year made $8K)
      •  Hoping next year’s fees = $700
President’s Report – Traci
  • Tom Keller – corporate fundraising
    • Band must pay taxes (Dan F.) if they get something in return, ex: banners
  • Jazz Night – Saturday 5/7, 6 pm.
    • Need one more parent to help on the committee.  Set up/clean up; oversee the group for future planning.
    • Donations coming in slower from stores/businesses
    • Silent Auction – items needed.
    • Many volunteers needed.
  • Open Board positions – vote is in May
    • Both VP are essential and open positions!  Teresa is moving & Krista’s stepson is graduating (Neil).
    • Need a nominating committee/person.
Treasurer – Jaclyn
  • KIDA profit = $2,532.43; major expense was payment to the judges; smaller & earlier event than years past.
  • This has been a rebuilding year – there have been more upfront costs than usual.
  • February budget -- $9,561.73 income & $9,992.93 expenses
    • “coffers” have approximately $68k
    • Big upcoming expense = bibbers
    • Recently purchased many new instruments & equipment.
VP1 – Teresa
  • Absent/no report
  • Need someone to organize the end-of-year banquet.
Secretary – Ellen
  • Everyone – please continue to read the monthly minutes and encourage other families to read them as well.
  • Also, everyone please keep track of band volunteer hours.
VP2 (Student Accounts) – Krista
  • Absent
  • No report for VP or for uniforms.
Fundraising – Denise Failacci
  • Scrip rebate total $324 -- $267 student & $44 general fund
  • Cookie sale  -- last day = Saturday
  • Started Hershey Park ticket sale
    • Share with middle schools
    • Advertise on our own; not a TJ fundraiser
  • Car washes approved by Good Shepherd, 1415 W 7th St
    • Ellen supervising and selecting dates (5); Moira assisting – yea!
    • We will need student & parent volunteers!
  • Spin-the-Bottle – 4/10?  Traci checking with Mark (owner)
    • Tickets are $15 each (need to sell 50)
    • 4:00 & 5:30
  • Start planning for next year!
  • TRAINEES NEEDED –
    • Restaurant nights
    • Uniform room
Next Executive Meeting: April 4, 7:30 PM ???
Next booster meeting: April 11,  7:30 pm (@ GTJHS)
Meeting Adjourned 8:22 pm (jaclyn 1ST, dan 2ND, UNANIMOUS)