We are a nonprofit corporation that supports all the band programs at Marshall, including Wind Symphony, Concert Band, Marching Band, Colorguard, Jazz Band, Flute Choir, Winterguard, and Indoor Drumline. The BPO raises money to help the band purchase music and uniforms, replace aging instruments, provide master classes and instrument-specific sectional instruction, and attend competitions. BPO parents help with equipment, transportation, uniforms, and props for performances and competitions, and the BPO hosts the band camp lunches, and fall and spring band banquets. The BPO Board of Directors consists of the Officers, the Band Director, and the Chair of the Committees. The Officers are elected annually by the members. All band parents are members of the BPO.
BPO Board Members
GCM BPO Meetings
7:00 PM, Music Work Room, Second Tuesday of School Months
BPO Activities and Committees
We are all volunteers, and we need your help. The BPO and Band Program expect each family to volunteer a minimum of 5 shifts plus Tag Day throughout the marching season. Which of these categories matches your talents or interests? Sign up to help here: Volunteering
We need some Committee Chairs and Co-Chairs. Can you organize and direct people? Please contact our BPO President soon so we can put you to work, er...help you find your niche. If you can't be a leader at this present time, please read through the descriptions below or the SignUpGenii and sign up to be a helper.
Uniforms: Parents help fit the students with Marching and Concert uniforms, assist the students with uniform distribution and collection for performances and competitions, and help organize and sort uniforms at the beginning and end of the year.
Tag Day: Tag Day is a tradition in the Marshall High School community. Every September, band students go door-to-door throughout the Marshall school district requesting donations to support the music program. It is the biggest fundraiser for the band. Students leave a “Tag” (an information sheet asking for a mail-in or online donation) on doors if the residents are not home. BPO volunteers coordinate the event, drive the students, and provide breakfast and an ice cream social at the end of the day.
Concession Stand: In August, volunteers clean up the concession stand at the football stadium and get it ready for the fall season. Parent volunteers buy food and drinks in advance of game day, make popcorn, hot chocolate, grill hot dogs, etc., and staff the stand during varsity and JV football and field hockey games. All proceeds from the concession stand sales go directly to the BPO.
Hospitality/Band Lunches: Parents organize, order, and serve lunch during band camp; organize the fall and spring band banquets; and support other events throughout the year as needed.
Props: In August and September, parents build the props used on the field during the marching show.
Communication/Publicity/Social Media: Social and traditional media coverage helps the BPO spread the word through the Marshall and Falls Church/Vienna communities about upcoming performances and events, including half-time shows at the football games, marching in the Vienna Halloween and Falls Church Memorial Day parades, and the success of the GCM Band in competitions and assessments.
Transportation: Parents rent a truck, drive the instruments to competitions and assessments, and work with students to load and unload the equipment.
Pit Crew: Parents help move the front ensemble equipment (a group of standing instruments) on and off the field during games and competitions.
Spirit Wear: Parents organize and sell clothing with the band logo. This is a service the BPO provides, not a fundraiser.
Volunteer Coordinator/Parent Engagement: The BPO uses Signup Genius to notify parents of volunteer opportunities and to coordinate volunteers. Parents create the sign up forms, monitor sign ups, and recruit volunteers.
Spring Fundraiser: There are two components to our Spring Fundraiser. Students individually sell tickets for a drawing with fabulous prizes. They also play music in small groups in front of local businesses on Blitz Day, accepting donations and selling raffle tickets to passersby. BPO volunteers organize the raffle and provide chaperones on Blitz Day.
Ready to volunteer? Sign up here:
Have questions? Didn't see a SignUpGenius link for the way you want to volunteer? Email the BPO here: