To offer a high quality program, the Mission Viejo High School Instrumental Music Booster Association depends very heavily on financial support from all our music families. The only things provided to the music program by the school district are the music classroom and the director and assistant director salaries. With a yearly budget that averages around $250,000 per year, the music booster organization funds everything else, including the salaries of numerous professional coaches who work with all students, purchase of show designs and choreography, purchase and maintenance of instruments, equipment, and uniforms, and fees and transportation for local and regional competitions.
Suggested Donation Amounts
Fall Competitive Groups: $500 (Marching Band, Color Guard, Battery, and Pit)
Winter Competitive Groups: $500 (Winter Guard and Drumline)
Performance Groups: $250 (Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Symphonic Band)
Please note: Most of our students participate in multiple groups. If your student is a member of a Fall or Winter season competitive group, just one contribution of $500 per season is requested regardless of how many additional performance groups he/she participates in. If your is not in a competitive group but is in one or more performance groups, just one contribution of $250 per year is requested. This donation is tax deductible.
Travel Costs for Fall Field Season
WBA Championships: $400 (Marching band, Color guard, Battery, and Pit)
Students involved in the fall field season must pay $400 for travel to the WBA Championships held in Bakersfield CA. This payment is due November 1. Students leave the morning of Friday November 16 and return to school Monday November 19. This cost includes bus transportation, hotel rooms and food for 4 days/3 nights. Other potential trips in the spring include a jazz band trip to the Monterey Jazz Festival and a winter color guard trip to Dayton Ohio. These costs are yet to be determined, and online payment will be available after marching band season.
Additional Costs for Fall Color Guard
Additional costs for fall color guard are not covered by the requested program donation include costumes, equipment, and other personal supplies.
There will be additional costs for winter color guard and winter drumline as well, and these will be detailed here after marching band season.
District Policy on Booster Organizations
The Saddleback Valley Unified School District is very proud of the extensive co-curricular programs offered at the comprehensive high schools. Through state funding, the District provides financial support for these programs, which may include stipends for one or more coach/advisor for each program, superb facilities, and general maintenance of the facilities. However, costs exceed limited state allocations, thus necessitating booster club support and requests for contributions from participants. Participation in the Mission Viejo High School Instrumental Music Boosters Organization is strictly voluntary, and no student will be denied the opportunity to participate in a SVUSD co-curricular activity because of a parent or guardian’s failure to participate in fundraising activities, failure to devote time or resources to the booster club, or failure to purchase uniforms, or other accessories or equipment. Parents or students who do not participate will not be publicly identified. In an effort to provide a comprehensive program for students at all levels, the Mission Viejo Music Boosters is requesting additional contributions, listed above. If additional funds to augment the program are not raised in the amount noted above, the school may find it necessary to scale back the program. We are strongly encouraging all parents to contribute to the program. Remember, your contributions may be tax deductible. Please consult with your accountant or tax advisor for specifics. Additionally, parents and students may be asked to participate in fundraising activities throughout the year in an effort to provide even greater financial support for the program. Participation is highly encouraged. However, lack of participation in these fundraising activities by a parent or guardian will not affect their student’s ability to participate.