Reuniting the NC State Marching Band

Marching band during football game, 0018081, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, North Carolina

Reunion Fundraising — Support the Marching Band Today

Philanthropic support is essential to the marching band if it is to continue its more than century-long trajectory of steady improvement in size, musicianship, and performance quality.

Our goal: Increase endowed support of the NC State Marching Band in advance of the 2019 alumni reunion

Option 1: Create your named endowment

The NC State Marching Band seeks endowment funding to support its four funding priorities: equipment (uniforms and instruments), scholarships, travel expenses, and greatest needs (unrestricted funding). 

Equipment

Outfitting a band of more than 350 members with uniforms and instruments is costly but essential to keeping the band looking and sounding their best. Every eight to ten years, the band needs to purchase a new set of uniforms, which typically costs $250,000. Marching band members play their instruments for hours a day while practicing, rehearsing for performances, and performing. Such heavy use leads to many repairs, and eventually, to the end of an instrument’s lifespan. Endowment support will ensure the regular upkeep and timely purchase of new uniforms and instruments to keep the band performing at the highest caliber.

Scholarships

Scholarships show prospective students who want to participate in the marching band that they can continue to explore their musical talents while majoring in any department at the university. By mitigating some financial concerns, renewable scholarships also increase the likelihood that students stay involved in music and continue to play for years to come. Students who remain in an ensemble throughout their entire college career also provide a valuable leadership role, which raises the quality of performances and enhances every student’s musical experience.

Travel

In order to get to an away game, the band needs to travel along with all of their equipment. Travel expenses–for the bus, hotels, etc.– mount into a large number very quickly when multiplied by the ever-increasing number of invitations to play. The marching band is also increasingly rewarded for its hard work and musicianship with invitations to travel and perform overseas. Many students are able to contribute to the cost of their travel, but some students are not. The marching band needs a reliable, endowed funding stream to ensure that it can expand its reach and make these high impact travel opportunities accessible to as many students as possible.

Greatest Needs

Everyone knows about the expenses and unexpected costs that come up in day-to-day life. Having robust, unrestricted endowments will enable the marching band to shoulder the many miscellaneous expenses that come with managing a group of more than 350 students through access to sustainable, flexible funding.

Option 2: Make a one-time reunion gift to the Athletic Bands Endowment

Gifts of any size to the Athletic Bands Endowment will help expand unrestricted support for the marching and pep bands at NC State. The Athletic Bands endowment was created in 2003 to be used for any needs that may arise for these ensembles that are not otherwise covered from other funding sources. Since 2003, over 470 gifts have been made to the fund and it has grown to over $235,000. Growing this endowment will ensure the band is well funded, now and in the future.  

Other Ways to Give

Send gifts of cash or check to:

Arts Development
Talley Student Union
Campus Box 7306
Raleigh, NC 27695

Please make checks out to the NCSU Foundation and note “Athletic Bands Endowment” in the memo line.

Use our secure giving website or contact Michael Auchter at (919) 515-6160 for assistance with making a gift via credit card.

Your gift does not have to be paid all at once. Donors have the option of making a pledge commitment now and paying their pledge over a period of up to five years. Breaking a gift into several payments may help some donors make a larger investment in the Athletic Bands Endowment or your own named endowment.

Contact Jill Orr, Director of Development, at (919) 513-4101 or jhorr2@ncsu.edu to make a pledge commitment.

You can choose to support the Athletic Bands Endowment or your own named endowment through your will or trust for a specific amount or percentage of your estate. For more information on making a gift that costs nothing now and supports future generations of band students, please contact Jill Orr at (919) 513-4101.

If you have questions about the 2019 marching band reunion or how you can support the band in honor of your reunion, please contact Michael Auchter, arts development associate, at (919) 515-6160 or mrauchte@ncsu.edu.