Father Ryan Band Boosters
The Father Ryan Band Boosters are volunteers who support the staff and students in all of their activities. If you are a parent, family member, or friend of a Father Ryan Band student and you enjoy sharing in their life experiences, you are a Father Ryan Band Booster.
The Boosters provide the infrastructure that enables the staff and students to practice their craft and participate in numerous activities. These activities include Concert Band, Marching Band, Jazz Band and the Winter Drumline. Providing food, water, transportation, communication, props, uniform maintenance, fundraising, publicity and encouragement are among the many duties of the Boosters. As the saying goes,"Many Hands Make Light Work," and we need everyone to pitch in and help!
Band Booster Board
What do the Father Ryan Band Boosters do?
The Boosters provide the infrastructure that enables the staff and students to practice their craft and participate in numerous activities. These activities include: Concert Band, Marching Band, Jazz Band, Winter Drumlineand the Winter Guard. Providing food, water, transportation, communication, props, uniform maintenance, fundraising, publicity, and encouragement are among the many duties of the Boosters. As the saying goes,"Many Hands Make Light Work," and we need everyone to pitch in and help!
PRE-GAME MEALS The marching band remains on campus between the end of practice and the time to start boarding the buses for Friday night football games. During this time, the Boosters provide their evening meal for $5.00 per student.
Chair: Donna Asta
UNIFORMS The marching band has two sets of uniforms. The purple and white set is used for most half-time performances at Friday night football games. The black set is used for competitions and special occasions. The Boosters are responsible for fitting and numbering the uniforms for each student, organizing uniform storage and transportation, cleaning the uniforms and emergency repair work.
Chair: Candace Sprader & Karyn Labadie
PIT CREW During half-time shows and competitions, the marching band's pit instruments must be rolled into position on the field and removed from the field in a very short amount of time. The Boosters aid the pit musicians in this task at each event. They also work on outfitting the transport trailer to facilitate instrument loading and unloading and to insure the equipment can be safely transported.
Chair: Mike Bray
CHUCK WAGON In an effort to ensure the students have planned, nutritional and affordable meals during competitions and to help reduce the overall cost of participating in competitions, the Boosters arrange for each student to bring in some fruit, sandwiches, cookies, drinks or snack items. These items are then sorted into sack lunches and snack bags for the students to eat during the bus ride. At times it may be necessary for meals to be provided at a nominal cost to the students.
Chair: Susannah Kniazewycz
STADIUM CREW Prior to each football game, the Boosters prepare coolers of water and Gatoraid to serve to the students while they are in the stands. The drink coolers, cups, seat covers, stand music and caution tape are then taken to the stadium and the area the band will occupy is marked off and prepared.
Chair: Tom & Marie Palko
FUNDRAISING The Boosters provide several fundraising opportunities for the students to earn money to help offset their fees. Working concessions at Titan's games and selling Citipass books and fresh fruit are among them. The Boosters also organize selling of Krispy Kreme vouchers to help fund the cost of the equipment trailer and truck rental.
FLAG CREW Each year, the Boosters construct the color guard flags. The materials are purchased, cut to shape, and assembled.
Chair: Nancy Benenson
NEW PARENT COORDINATOR - The new parent coordinator will pair the new or “freshman” parents with experienced parents for mentoring purposes. Band has its own language and way of doing things so it’s good to have someone to ask in the group.
Chair: Elaine Stuessi
HISTORIAN - The Father Ryan Marching Band has a deep and impressive history in the Nashville area and worldwide. As a Band member your child is involved with something very special. We keep a history of the participation in competitions and events as well as the accolades that our individual students receive through their particpication in Mid-State, All-State and Governors School. This information is used to promote the school and the band in the media and when applying to participate in special events, such as Macy's Thanksgving Day Parade
Chair: Beth Wood