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Marsing High School Pep Band – Iota Kappa Took a pep band out to Marsing High School (in Marsing, ID) to play for their final home football game, because their band program had been cut completely.

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Children’s Colony – Omega/Omega

 

For this project, the actives all went to a local hospice for mentally disabled people. We toured the residences door-to-door and played holiday songs to liven up the spirits of the residents.

Date:
December 8, 2007
Location:
Off-campus
Length:
8 hours
Time spent preparing/executing:
6 hours / 2 hours
Active members participating/total:
32 / 49
Estimated audience demographic:
100
Preparation for the event:
The Music Committee Chair contacted Children’s Colony and set up the time and date to come to the facility and perform holiday songs for the residents.
Details of the event:
Everyone that participated in the event met on campus and we car pooled up to the Children’s Colony facility. Once there, the small band went door to door at the facility and played and sang various holiday songs for the residents. This entire process took about two hours, and we brought huge smiles to the faces of the residents.
Challenges faced during event/areas for improvement:
Generally, this service project is a late spring event, but we decided to add a holiday version at the request of the director of Children’s Colony. There were very little problems with the event because we have done it in the past.

Salvation Army – Omega/Omega

For this project, we took a group of active members to the local Salvation Army to play a short performance for some kids in an after school program. After the performance, we held an instrument petting zoo for the kids to explore the instruments we brought.

Date:
February 29, 2008
Location:
On-campus
Length:
3 hours
Time spent preparing/executing:
1.5 hours / 1.5 hours
Active members participating/total:
40 / 57
Estimated audience demographic:
75
Preparation for the event:
The Tau Beta Sigma Vice President of Activities contacted the Salvation Army and arranged a date and time for the event.
Details of the event:
A small group of actives and alumni went to perform for some kids at an after-school program at the Salvation Army. Once the performance was over, we ran a small instrument petting zoo for the kids and taught them a little about each of the instruments there.
Challenges faced during event/areas for improvement:
Having the experience of doing a similar thing with the Pep Band every year, we did not have any problems.

Veterans’ Hospital – Omega/Omega

We went to the local Veteran’s Hospital and played music during their lunch hour in the cafeteria for the veterans. Once the performance was over, we showcased our instruments and interacted with the veterans.

Date:
October 21, 2007
Location:
Off-campus
Length:
4 hours
Time spent preparing/executing:
2 hours / 2 hours
Active members participating/total:
49 / 49
Estimated audience demographic:
15
Preparation for the event:
The Music Committee Chair for Kappa Kappa Psi contact the hospital and arrange a time and date for the event. During one of our meetings, we had a small rehearsal of the music we would play at the event.
Details of the event:
We went to the local Veteran’s Hospital and performed some music for the residents of the long-term care facility during one of their lunch breaks. After the performance, we mingled with the residents and helped liven up their spirits.
Challenges faced during event/areas for improvement:
We actually had too many people at the performance, resulting in us being too loud at some points. For the future, we would not bring so many people, and play somewhat softer music.

PADRES Contra el Cancer Instrument Petting Zoo – Psi/Epsilon Kappa

For this joint Chapter event, Psi and EK hosted an instrument showcase for young children affected by cancer. Our project was part of a day-long educational session for parents and their kids, that addressed topics on how to deal with this disease.

Date:
October 13, 2007
Location:
The entire event took place off-campus, at a high school just a few minutes away from UCLA.
Length:
4 hours, 15 minutes
Time spent preparing/executing:
5 hours / 3.75 hours
Active members participating/total:
20 / 65
Estimated audience demographic:
15 Latino children affected by cancer (elementary school age) and their families
Preparation for the event:
At the beginning of the year, our Chapters were contacted by an alumni brother of Psi, Brian Rosenbaum, who works for PADRES Contra el Cancer, a non-profit organization that assists in educating Latino parents in how to care for their children with cancer, as well as provides supports for families. We were asked to bring our instruments to one of their educational teaching sessions so that the kids could test each one out as a sort of study break. In preparation for PADRES, we kept in close contact with our liaison, Brian Rosenbaum, discussing the timeline for the event, as well as activities to do with the children. As many brothers and sisters got involved in the project, we made sure to have full instrument representation for both sound quality, and maximum instrument exposure to the children. Rides to the school were organized for both people and large instruments, we selected a list of tunes to perform for the children when we arrived, and we also made sure to bring along alcohol wipes to ensure that each instrument was wiped down before any children touched it, to ensure that all children stayed healthy and germ-free.
Details of the event:
Our part in this full-day event took place on the school patio and field, ensuring we would have plenty of room to interact with the children. We took a few minutes to warm up before the kids and parents came outside for the petting zoo, and then to properly introduce ourselves, Psi and EK played the UCLA fight song and a few other stand tunes as a group. We then dispersed on the grass and gave each child the chance to experiment with each instrument. We also brought along flags to show off, as well as a UCLA band uniform that the kids could try on. After letting all the children experiment with the instruments, we taught the children the famous UCLA eight-clap, as well as the fight song, and talked to the kids about how much fun we having playing in the marching band. We answered any questions the kids had about what it’s like playing in the band at UCLA or what our favorite part about college is. In addition to exciting the children about music, we also hoped to excite them about the idea of going to college later in their lives!Our goal with this project was to introduce an element to children’s lives that they may not have previously encountered in such a hands-on capacity: the ability to produce music. Most of the children had never seen instruments in such an intimate setting, and it certainly seemed that this experience excited them about playing music! We hope that we were able to help teach them that there are many skills they are capable of, even while living with such a terrible disease. Music can be a fantastic outlet for expression and we hope this event allowed these kids to discover a new passion for music. Each child seemed to truly enjoy trying all the instruments and flags and everyone from Psi and EK who attended was thrilled to help them. After the success of this event, we were invited back to do this again in the future!
Challenges faced during event/areas for improvement:
In the future, it might be beneficial to set up each instrument as a station to allow for even rotation, ensuring that every child has a chance to try out every instrument. Due to space constraints in carpooling to the event, we were unable to bring representation of the percussion section to the petting zoo. In the future we would love to represent each section, in order to better our sound in performance, as well as expose the kids to all different types of instruments.

Orchestra Folders – Iota Alpha/Eta Omega

Raised money and purchased an entire set of music folders for Fresno State’s Orchestra.

Date:
Spring, 2008
Location:
On and off-campus. Fundraising was done through a bowl-a-thon at Fresno State and through helping to move members of the community.
Length:
Fundraising and ordering the folders has taken most of the spring semester.
Time spent preparing/executing:
16 hours / 12 hours of moving, 3 hours of bowling, 1 hour of ordering
Active members participating/total:
26 / 38
Estimated audience demographic:
University Orchestra members
Preparation for the event:
The service chairs, Missy ‘BeeBoP’ Zimmerman and Travis ‘AJAX’ Rico, made fliers and reserved the on-campus bowling alley for the bowl-a-thon. Active members were given pledge sheets and raised money through pledges as they bowled. Jeffrey ‘JouBal’ Detlefsen, a member of the service committee, arranged the moving event and contacted the company, MyMusicFolders.com, for pricing and ordering. The chapters had previously used MyMusicFolders.com to order folders for the University Wind Orchestra the previous year.
Details of the event:
Actives bowled and collected their pledges. Active members also helped Susan Gray and her mother move. This took an entire day to complete. The chapters raised over $900 to purchase the folders, this meant that no money had to be taken from our regular service funds.
Challenges faced during event/areas for improvement:
The bowl-a-thon was not as well attended as we would have liked. Publicity will be improved should we choose to do a similar project in the future.

Girl Scouts Music Badge Project at DLC – Beta Omicron

Over the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, Beta Omicron coordinated a huge 200+ person service project. It consisted of five stations where the girl scouts would rotate through and learn how to sing, play instruments, march and try on uniforms, make their own instruments and learn a little about music history.

Date:
January 19th, 2008
Location:
On-campus
Length:
6 hours
Time spent preparing/executing:
15 hours / 6 hours
Active members participating/total:
150 (district) / 42
Estimated audience demographic:
Local Girls Scouts of Phoenix and their families
Preparation for the event:
We met with the Projects Coordinators for the Pine Council for the Phoenix Metropolitan Area to set up the project initially. After that initial meeting, many emails were sent back and forth to hammer out details, dates and times. After numerous conference calls with our District Presidents to get more ideas and insight, we finally hashed out a final itinerary and the project was locked. Our chapter president reserved rooms on the ASU campus and then we asked for donations from our active and alumni and received overwhelming support, through gifts of money, music, instruments and craft supplies.
Details of the event:
Check in started at noon, and the actual event kicked off around 1:15pm. From there, the girls were split up into 5 groups and rotated through the 5 stations: Singing, Instrument Making, Uniform and Marching, an Instrument Petting Zoo and finally a music history listening session. Beta Omicron brothers took the lead and led the stations and the rest of the district only added to what went on. For not getting together until the day of, it went off without a hitch and was more than I could have ever have dreamed of. The parents and girls had so much fun and were just thoroughly happy to have spent the day having fun with music.
Challenges faced during event/areas for improvement:
First off, we would definitely give the Girl Scouts more heads. Not that 200 girls showing up with a 225 girl wait list is bad, but if we set it up more in advance, then we could potentially charge to help offset the cost of what went on. Also, I think that having a workshop for the brothers running the event, so there is more cohesion and clarity and it will only make the project as a whole better.

Marsing High School Pep Band – Iota Kappa

We took a pep band out to Marsing High School (in Marsing, ID) to play for their final home football game, because their band program had been cut completely.

Date:
October 26, 2007
Location:
Off-campus, at Marsing
High School
Length:
~5 hours
Time spent preparing/executing:
5 (spent gathering equipment and recruiting other members to join the contingent) / 5, the length of time spent traveling and playing at the football game
Active members participating/total:
~20 / ~28
Estimated audience demographic:
The people who benefited from this project were the students and parents at Marsing High School, as well as the entire town (through the re-introduction of music in their high school).
Preparation for the event:
Preparation for the event was a whirlwind affair. We were apprised of the situation approximately five days before the football game, so we had only that small intervening period to recruit members from Blue Thunder to help us (since we don’t have full instrumentation as a Chapter), to secure the loan of instruments (particularly marching percussion) from Blue Thunder, and to arrange transportation for the ~35 people that we took out to Marsing for the event.
Details of the event:
The event itself was a blast. We showed up virtually unannounced (since we were unable to re-establish contact with their former band director after the initial contact was made), and so it was a great surprise to the students and parents attending the game. All of the administration for the school district (since it’s a very small town) was in attendance, so they were able to witness the power of having a fully-instrumented pep band on the sidelines. Perhaps the most inspiring part was that many of the former band students — some of whom left their posts as cheerleaders — went into their band room and pulled out their instruments to come play with us.The immediate benefit was that Marsing High School won the game (and played the spoiler for the theretofore undefeated Nampa Christian), but the longer-lasting effect was renewed enthusiasm among the MHS students, faculty, and parent boosters for a band program — enthusiasm that directly
resulted in the immediate re-establishment of the program for the spring semester.
Challenges faced during event/areas for improvement:
About the only thing I would have liked to have changed about this project was the compressed timeframe. Given a little more time (just a few more days or a week) we could’ve orchestrated more collaboration with the former high school bandmembers, and perhaps brought a larger contingent to play for the game. As it stands, though, I’m proud of the response that our Chapter and our Band were able to provide in the time allotted, and I couldn’t have asked for a more positive outcome.