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The Orleans Pep Band Invitational

Orleans Jr. Sr. High School, IN

200 West Wilson Street, Orleans, IN, USA
Orleans Community School Corporation
Director: Terry Burton
Category: Recruitment Event/Activity
Award: Silver, 2019

Project Description

We are the only school in our state (maybe the nation) that has successfully hosted 10 years of recognizing band programs for their performance in Pep Band. It is important to note, most all schools that have a music program are required to have a pep band. We have found a unique way to reward and motivate students to enjoy the possibilities that all music has to offer.

I have many friends that compose and arrange music. We at Orleans encourage groups to pursue the purchase of new and creative arrangements to promote the longevity of composition.

We are one of the smallest schools in the entire state of Indiana. We do not have the facilities to host marching bands, concert bands, jazz bands, and other ensembles do to the size of our venue. That being said, our event host up to 15 bands per year on a first-entry deposit bases. At our 2017 event we hosted 15 groups and were able to bring in a profit (for the band department) of $10,000. I was simply incredible the amount of time and dedication our small program has.

Logistics – It is very difficult for our school to be recognized for our performance achievements do to the limited number of students in the entire school system. At Orleans we have 240 students in grades 9 – 12 and 105 students in Junior High. Our band and guard program has a total of 103 students from 7th – 12th grade. We are a 5 time ISSMA State Finalist in marching band, a 2015-16 ISSMA All-Music Award Recipient, and a 2012 IHSCGA Novice Class State Champions.

Target Audience

Junior High and Senior High School Students from all over Indiana.

Overall budget


Specific Budget Breakdown

We were able to use the funds for expenses throughout the Spring and into the Fall of 2017.

  • Music Arranger for our Fall Marching Show – $2000
  • Visual Design for our Fall Marching Show – $3000
  • Need Shoes and gloves for our guard – $1200
  • Fuel and driver expenses for the Fall – $2200
  • Misc Expenses: Entry Fees for our program.

New or recurring project?


How did you update/change this project from its previous occurrence?

We have added 5 more groups over the past 3 years. We are pushing our limits but we feel it is important to allow as many schools as we can to participate and share their enthusiasm to perform music that they are forced, by administration, to play.

Measurement of the success/effectiveness of this project?

  • 1st year – 6 groups with a profit of close to $1500.
  • 5th year – 10 groups with a profit of $3500.
  • 10th year – 16 groups (including our own) with a profit of $10,000+

Advice for someone looking to replicate this project in their own community?

We have had 2 other schools replicate the OBR PBI. Silver Creek and Borden High Schools. Both had a great start. The event was profitable for the minimal amount of work needed to host. We attended both events.

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