USSBA Creates March 4 Music

Following a similar format as the popular Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and other charity walks, the US Scholastic Band Association (USSBA) has announced the launch of March 4 Music, a cooperative fundraising effort being held in 12 communities across the northeastern United States on March 28, 2010.

Culminating National Music in the Schools Month, the 5K walk or “Marchathon” events will raise funds and awareness about the benefits of music education. Each charter host location will bring together students, educators and community members from several neighboring and local music programs for “a day of dynamic and profitable fundraising and to celebrate their common dedication to the performing arts in schools,” according to the USSBA website.

Participating bands will receive 70 percent of money raised by their schools while the USSBA will retain the remaining 30 percent to cover administrative costs of operating the event. For more information, visit www.yea.org.

About the author

Christine Ngeo Katzman

Christine Ngeo Katzman has played the flute since the age of 8. She marched in the Northwestern University Marching Band, including the 1996 Rose Bowl and 1997 Citrus Bowl. She graduated cum laude from Northwestern with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1997. Since then, she has worked in the publishing industry as a writer and editor and helped launch Play Music, a magazine for recreational musicians, sponsored by American Music Group (now Music and Arts Center). In the summer of 2006, Christine worked at Yamaha where she interacted with staff and students in various marching bands and drum corps. Christine earned her MBA with honors from the University of Southern California in May 2007.

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