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Cleveland High School Marching Band 2017
By The Skanner News
Published: 03 October 2019

PORTLAND, OR -  On Friday, October 4th, Cleveland High School (CHS) Bands will have an 8-hour "Play-A-Thon" to raise money for their music program. The students of six different CHS bands will entertain with a variety of music, all afternoon and night from 4 pm to 11:15 pm. Hear the music live in the CHS auditorium; those who can't make it to the show can watch it live-stream. The concert is free, but it’s linked to a fundraising campaign.

Why does the Band Need to Raise Money?

CHS Bands receive no direct funds from the school district. The Play-a-thon is the main fundraiser for CHS Bands and is the primary source of operating expenses for the band program. Donations support the basic needs of running a high school band program including:

  • purchasing sheet music
  • subsidies for performance attire
  • travel to festivals and parades
  • solo and ensemble registrations
  • specialist teacher support

The students themselves, with help from teachers and parents, are doing the work to raise money for their own program.

How to Watch the Concert and How to Contribute

Live concert: Cleveland High School Auditorium, 3400 SE 26th Ave, Portland

Live stream: https://www.clevelandbandspdx.com/

Donations can be made at https://www.gofundme.com/f/chsbandsplayathon2019 or via check (Friends of Cleveland Bands, Cleveland High School, 3400 SE 26th Ave, Portland OR 97202)

About the Friends of Cleveland Bands: The Friends of Cleveland Bands is a dedicated group of teachers, parents and students, who support all the bands of Cleveland High School. Led by talented band director Gary Riler, the team organizes musical events, facilitates performances, chaperones competitions, and raises money to provide myriad opportunities for students to play and enjoy music.

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