Money for Music
Participating School: Almond-Bancroft Eagles
- Founded: 1901
- Principal: Jeff Rykal
- Students: 125
The high school students at Almond-Bancroft are given the opportunity to participate in the ABHS Wind Ensemble, Pep Band, Marching Band, Concert Choir, and Show Choir. We have a total of 37 high school musicians participating in our music department ensembles.
Students participate in the District Solo Ensemble competition every year, and AlmondBancroft hosted the festival in February 2013. Each year we have students advance to State Solo Ensemble level as well. Both the Wind Ensemble and the Concert Choir participate annually in the CWC Large Group Concert Festival (which we also host each spring). The ratings of Excellent and Superior have been awarded to both high school ensembles at the Trills and Thrills Music Festival in Illinois.
The Almond-Bancroft band is especially proud of its recent revival of the long-standing tradition of marching in local parades. 5th-12th grade band students and alumni once again appear in both the Almond Tater Toot parade and the Bancroft Good Old Days parade for the first time in many years. They have been very well received by the community and even made the front page of the Portage County Gazette. As numbers continue to increase, the band is hoping to restart some other traditions such as the “Polish Mafia” Polka Band, the marching field show at homecoming, and the Jazz Band. In the fall of 2012, Almond-Bancroft kids, parents, teachers, and even school board members tuned in to WDEZ every day and won 5th place in the Money 4 Music competition. Both the band and choir were able to make significant updates to the music technology in their classrooms thanks to WDEZ. Needless to say, we’re excited for another Money 4 Music competition this year!
Despite the small size and limited resources at our school, we are continually working to develop musical opportunities for our students that would rival the biggest and the best programs. It is our goal to make music meaningful in each student’s life and give them the chance to shine. We are proud of all our young musicians!