"The McCracken School band has reached the heights of national and state acclaim and has brought great credit on the Village of Skokie and School District 73.5. These young musicians deserve our support and I hope the community also will support their efforts."
- Mayor Van Dusen, Supported by the Office of the Mayor of Skokie

Support the McCracken Bands

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$25 - Patron
$50 - Donor
$100 - Honorary Conductor
$250 - Midwest Patron
$500 - Midwest Donor
$1000 - Major Donor

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The McCracken Middle School Bands are in the midst of a significant fundraising campaign to support our upcoming preparation and performance at the 2013 Midwest Clinic. While we're fortunate to not have to fly 60 middle school kids across the country for this prestigious performance, there are several costs related to this performance that we are responsible for funding.

Please join us in helping make this 2013 Midwest Clinic performance a rousing success! All contributions will be recognized individually in each of our 10 regular concert programs throughout the year. Donations over $250 will be recognized in our special Midwest Clinic concert program. In addition, alumni contributions will also be grouped and recognized by class (i.e. McCracken Middle School Class of 2006 or Oakview Junior High School Band Class of 1975). Please note that our concert programs for 12/12/13 and 12/18/13 have been sent to the printer.

Prefer to send a check? Just download a donation form.


Midwest Clinic Performance and Preparation Expenses

  • Midwest Clinic Program Printing
    • Program design, photography, and printing
    • 3000 programs, full color
    • Anticipated Cost: $4000
  • Preview/Community Performance Program Printing
    • 1000 programs, full color cover, BW inside
    • Midwest Preview/Community Performance program printing funded, in part, through a grant from Triangle Printing
    • Additional funding needed: $500
  • McCracken Band Mini-Camp
    • Single Day Camp (November) for McCracken Middle School Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and Fifth Grade Band
    • Some overlap with Axiom Brass Residency (below)
    • 10 sectional coaches
    • 6 instrumental masterclasses
    • Band Clinician for all bands
    • Anticipated Cost: $3000
    • McCracken Band Mini-Camp is funded, in part, through a grant from the Skokie School District 73.5 PTA
  • Guest Soloist Fees (Midwest Preview Concert & Midwest Clinic Concert)
    • Appearance fees for two trumpet soloists for Havener Fanfare
    • Expenses for alumni percussion soloist for Moto Perpetuo
    • Anticipated Cost: $1200

Axiom Brass Residency

    • Axiom Brass in residency at McCracken Middle School on and off from October to December.
    • Designed to impact as many students as possible and assist Symphonic Band with Midwest preparations
    • Let's Make Music concert at McCracken Middle School
    • Let's Make Music concert at Middleton Elementary School
    • Individual masterclasses for each brass instrument (4 total)
    • Individual sectionals for each instrument (4 total)
    • Full brass sectionals (2 total)
    • Masterclass on "The Art of Practice" for all band students
    • Joint rehearsals/concert with the Symphonic Band (our October concert)
    • Side-by-side rehearsal
    • Axiom Brass Residency is funded in part through a grant from the Target Foundation, with additional support from Axiom Brass sponsors Mutec Mutes and Shires Trumpets
    • Additional funding needed: $2000

Any contribution amount is greatly appreciated and goes a long way to helping us achieve our goal!

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