Our Purpose & What We Do

Our Purpose

The Orion Music Boosters is a non-profit group of volunteers whose purpose is to lend support, both financially and physically, to the band, choir, and drama departments at C.R. Hanna Elementary School, Orion Middle School, and Orion High School.

What We Do

We help by organizing volunteers to assist with:

  • The Marching Chargers half-time shows, competitions, and parades
  • High School and Middle School music contests, concerts, and trips
  • Uniform fittings for marching band, OCC, and drama productions
  • Concessions for plays and musicals (3 per school year)
  • Any activity the directors and/or students need assistance with
  • Special gate parking at Orion Charger home football games
  • Organize and assist with Marching Band Camp Cookout
  • Assist with organization of student trips

Fundraisers

  • Tanner's Orchard Cider Donuts*
  • Village Inn Pie Cards*
  • Fanny May Chocolates*
  • Manning a concession stand at the John Deere Classic
  • Panera Bread Fundraiser Community Nights
  • Special gate parking at Orion Charger home football games
  • Charger Chow Down during Hall of Fame Induction Night at Orion High School
  • Concessions during plays and musicals
  • When students participate in the noted* fundraisers, they earn 50% of the profit which is saved in their student trip account and can be used on student trips.  More information about the student trip accounts can be acquired by emailing the Orion Music Boosters Treasurer, Autumn Manning, at autumnmanning@hotmail.com.

Recent Expenses

  • Each school year, nearly $15,000 is allocated for our band, choir, and drama budgets
  • 80 new marching band uniforms (2021)
  • 21-foot cargo trailer (2018) used for marching band needs as well as choice and drama
  • End of year awards for Band and Choice (every year)
  • Sousaphone (2019)
  • Cleaning of marching band uniforms and choir robes (every year)
  • Light board for drama productions (2019)
  • Signage advertising special parking for OHS home football games (2019)
  • Student meals during the Prairieland Concert (2019)
  • Color Guard instructor services (2019 and 2020)
  • Pit director for OHS Musical (every year)
  • Tech Director for Musical (every year)
  • Costume rentals for Musical (2020)
  • Virtual performances for graduation (2020)
  • Boxed lunches for the students on the last day of Marching Band Camp (2020 and 2021)
  • Face masks that are conducive to wearing while playing an instrument (2020)
  • Rolling cards for marching band uniforms and drums
  • Decals for the exterior of the Orion Music Boosters cargo trailer
  • Decals for new shako hat boxes and rolling carts
  • Orion Music Boosters pay half of the cost of the Smith Walbridge Drum Major Camp (every year)
  • C.R. Hanna Music Play subscription (2020 and 2021)

A special thank you to the Wyman Coulter Trust for assisting with the cost of a 21-foot cargo trailer in 2018 and 80 new marching band uniforms in 2021.

Another special thank you goes to Madi Greenwood, Sophie Selander, Catie Johnson, and Avery Monson for their efforts in raising funds for the purchase of our new Marching Band Uniforms through their OHS Civics class projects in 2020.

And some fun stuff . . .

  • Orion Music Boosters hosted a Spoons Tournament (cards) at Maple Street Grille in February 2020
  • Family Cookout at the end of Marching Band Camp
  • Presenting the graduating seniors special gifts at the Fine Arts Concert in May
  • Orion Music Boosters was able to donate our retired marching band uniforms (purchased in 2010) to Marching Links, a business in Pennsylvania that sells gently-used band and choir program supplies to interests schools and organizations
  • Every other year, our OHS music students are able to participate in a week-long music trip.  Through coordination with Bob Rogers Travel, they traveled by coach bus to Disney World in June 2016.  In June 2018, the student group visited Nashville and Memphis.
  • Our OMS students has been able to enjoy a day trip to Adventureland in May each school year.
  • Did you know that you can donate money to Orion Music Boosters through PayPal as well as the PayPal Giving Fund?