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Maple Grove Senior High Band Finds Unique Way to Buy Music

Aug 07, 2017 05:12AM ● By Doug Erlien

Maple Grove Senior High (photo by Wendy Erlien / Maple Grove Voice)

When it comes to raising money, school programs have had to become creative with new ways to pay expenses.

The music department at Maple Grove Senior High School has come up with a way to ensure that with the help of others, the band plays on.

Crowd sourcing has become a popular way to raise funds. From movies, to assisting in surgeries, money is raised every year for great causes.

That now includes the band at Maple Grove Senior High.

“We just had this idea at our most recent meeting,” 
Maple Grove Band Director Peter Buller said. “A parent brought up people being able to help out by purchasing a tangible item instead of just a donation. We threw it together and we are excited to see what comes from this!”

The program, which now includes 300 students, which will make up four bands this coming school year. Each band requires about four songs per concert in their four concerts per year. According to Buller, around 20 new pieces of music should be purchased each year for the whole program. Currently, the program is able to buy between 10 and 15.

Buller, along with Peter Durow and Paul Terry in the music department, make the decision on music selections each year.

“We sit down after we know what groups we have, what skill level we think the kids will be at and decide what will be best for the kids,” 
Buller said. “Unlike other subjects, we cannot teach the same material to students so we must go out and buy new.”

According to Buller, the school has a library of music that has been played and the bands will go back to that library for about half of the music played each year.

More information on the Maple Grove music fundraiser can be found by 
clicking here, then help by purchasing the music needed for the upcoming year. 

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