MusicCounts! is a parent booster group for our district. Each year they put on an event called Cantonstock, which is their primary fundraising event for the year. All elementary, middle, and high school bands, choruses and orchestras perform in a casual and fun setting! The youngest and smallest group to perform is elementary mallets and the largest and oldest is the high school orchestra. Each group plays a piece to entertain the town! Even the 4th grade strings players get a shot at the stage after only about 8 practices from the beginning of the year! In addition to music there are games, food, and auctioning and raffling merchandise donated by our corporate sponsors. Some games include guitar golf, recorder rings, musical jenga, and the tambourine toss. Of course we also have a cakewalk where each year we give away over a hundred cakes! In addition to these fundraising opportunities, we rely on all of the student performers to reach out to family, relatives, friends, and neighbors to ask to sponsor them for the event. Donations from families and businesses are done online. If the student collects $50 or more, they will receive the year’s version of the Cantonstock T-Shirt that they can proudly wear at the event. (The T-Shirts change color and design each year, so they become treasured collectibles for the students!) Donors appear in a program that is handed out at each event throughout the year. This day of fun is something that the whole community looks forward to. It is wonderful to watch each year as students grow on their instruments.