The Van Alstyne Bands will mark a milestone this month, hosting the 10th Annual Band Spaghetti Dinner, one of the key fundraisers that keep the award-winning group supplied with necessities such as new uniforms, equipment trailers, new music stands and chairs and instruments, etc.


The dinner will take place Saturday, Feb. 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the High School cafeteria. The doors open at 6 p.m. and tickets are $12.50 for adults and $5 for kids, all tickets to be sold at the door. In addition to high school ensemble performances, both the seventh and eighth grade bands will play, along with the Jazz Band.


Part of the fundraising efforts include both a silent and live auction. Anyone interested in making donations for either auction may contact vanalstynepantherband@gmail.com.


On the band directors’ wish lists for this year are items such as additional chairs and chair racks along with more music stand racks. A new percussion storage cabinet is needed, along with computers and Smart Music programs that the students can use in the practice rooms to improve their performances.


As the marching band prepares for another year of competition — this next year being a state competition year — Band Director Tim Fulton said he hopes to have the practice field repainted with hash marks to help the students perfect their marching steps. To improve their posture and presence, he plans to line one wall of the band hall with mirrors for the students to observe themselves as they practice.


Earning enough funds at the Spaghetti Dinner to help purchase these items will be key to setting the band up for further success. These funds also support individual band members through scholarships for college and need-based scholarships for the students’ private lessons.


“We appreciate so much all that the Band Boosters do to help us support the students in this way, and we know that extends to the whole community, which stands behind these parents and grandparents,” Fulton said. “We look forward to seeing everyone come out to the Spaghetti dinner to continue that support, and so we can say ‘thank you.’”