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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Support high school band programs on Tag Day, Sept. 7

The Marching Atoms in the Chapel Square Halloween Parade.

Saturday, Sept. 7, is Tag Day, when high school band students will be knocking on peoples’ doors asking for donations to help support band and other music programs.

In the Annandale/Mason area, band students from Annandale High School, Falls Church High School, and Stuart High School, will all pounding the pavement this Saturday. Please be generous. Your tax-deductible donation will help pay for uniforms, scholarships, guest clinicians, music, and other things not covered by the Fairfax County Public Schools or student fees.  

Band students from different high schools won’t competing with one another; they are confining their Tag Day activities to their school’s attendance area.

There’s an exception for the Wakefield Chapel neighborhood, however. While the boundary change approved by the school board in 2011 shifted Wakefield Chapel from Annandale High School to the Woodson High School attendance area, most of the juniors and seniors who live there chose to stay at AHS. As a result, the Woodson and Annandale Tag Day coordinators agreed to share the neighborhood on Tag Day.

If you’re not home when the AHS band students come by your house, you can make a contribution online  or mail a check (made out to AHSBB) to AHS Band Boosters, P.O. Box 1231, Annandale VA 22003.

Members of the Falls Church Jaguar Band, orchestra, and chorus will be wearing their school colors or band uniforms as they knock on doors. If people aren’t home, they will leave an envelope and instructions on how to mail a tax-deductible contribution.

“Tag Day is an important fundraiser for the continuing success of all the music programs at the schools,” said a member of the Stuart Band Boosters.  Donations to the Stuart music programs can be made online via PayPal.

“Those of you who marched with the Atoms, or with your own high school band, especially will remember the benefits of music education in high school,” added a member of the Annandale Band Boosters. Band programs depend on generosity and support from the community.

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