March 1, 2018


Band and Guard Families,

The next two months are full of activities!  Please check  for the most up-to-date band and guard schedules.


The Grand Raffle – This is one of our most important fundraisers of the year! We are asking all band and color guard members to sell a minimum of 10 tickets this year.  Each ticket is $10.  Raffle winners will be announced after the concert band and wind symphony performances in May.  The student who sells the most tickets wins $100.  The ensemble that sells the most tickets earns a party. 


Cheesecakes!  Cheesecake fundraising forms were handed out at the February concerts.  For those of you whose kids are interested in next year’s spring break trip, for each cheesecake sold students will earn $3 in their student accounts. Orders, complete with payment, are due Tuesday, March 6. Your cheesecakes will be delivered to the LTHS East Auditorium hallway on Thursday, March 22nd.  If you cannot pick up your cheesecakes on the delivery day, please have someone pick them up for you—we do not have the capacity to store unclaimed orders.


Teamwork Makes the Dream Work!  Thank you to all of the families who volunteered for basketball concessions and Wildfest.  We have one more major volunteer opportunity this year and hope you will consider participating.  Student sign-up sheets will be posted in the band rooms; color guard students can sign up using the online links below:


IGSMA Music Festival – March 10, LTHS East Auditorium & Cafeteria – All hands on deck!  This middle school music festival includes students who will be future Porters, so let’s have a great showing of Porter Pride!  Both student and parent volunteers are needed to help in the auditorium area and in concessions.  Multiple slots are available to fit your schedule.

 Auditorium sign up here: 

Concessions sign up here:


Jazz Showcase – March 9, 7 – 9 PM, LTHS East Cafeteria – Please join our jazz musicians at this year’s Jazz Showcase. We ask that each family bring a serve-ready dessert to share. 


Spring Break Trip – Students were sent home with the information for next school year’s Spring Break trip to sunny California! As we know such important documents end up at the bottom of backpacks, please check with your student to make sure you have the information. To obtain a new copy of the document, contact Mr. Beckwith.


The next Band Parent Organization meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 20th in the LTHS East Band Room. Elections for open board positions will take place at that time.


Need to know the amount in your student account?  Send your inquiries to our Treasurer, Laura Kriha.   She can be reached at (815)263-3889 or at  Remember, many of our fundraisers provide your student with opportunities to earn money towards their student trip account!


As always, please do not hesitate to contact me at (815)325-1171 or if you have questions.   

Kind regards,
Natalie Ruffatto
President, 2017-18 Band Parent Organization