“I’m with the band!”
Webster Groves High School Band Aides is a parent-led group which supports the band program at Webster Groves High School. The current band program consists of a marching band, symphonic band, wind ensemble, jazz bands and jazz combos. The program involves approximately 200 students.
The officers of the organization include a President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, and a Member-at Large who serves as a financial overseer. Monthly meetings are held at the high school and all band parents are invited to attend.
WGHS Band Aides is a 501c(3) organization registered with the State of Missouri. The operating budget averages around $28-30,000 annually with the majority of funds raised through concession sales at home football games. The amount taken in goes right back in to the Band program. A goal is to end each year with a slight budget surplus (in order to fund the concession stand for football games in the fall).
Funds help pay for band uniforms, instruments (a bassoon, trombone and flute purchased last year), music charts and commissioned music. The Band Aides also help raise money for travel expenses and help bring in musical artists to work with the band. The Matt Wilson Tree-O, renowned NY jazz group previously visited to educate, inspire and play with band students; from the 6th grade level up to our award-winning Jazz 1 ensemble.
The Webster Groves Jazz program is one of the most respected in the Midwest and has sent students on to continue Jazz education at some of the best programs in the country. The band recently toured New York City with Jazz 1 performing at the world-famous Birdland Jazz Club.
Band Aides also helps support the entire band when it tours nationally and internationally. This past year, the band performed in Austria and Germany. The band has also performed in London, Prague, San Francisco, and New York City.
Thank you for your support of our world-class band program!