Bucks for Band

Discovery Band organizes several fundraisers throughout the school year, including the popular cookie dough sale and many dine-to-donate days at local restaurants.

For those who choose not to do the fundraisers, the Bucks for Band program offers a convenient way to donate by check directly to the Discovery Band.

To become a Bucks for Band member, please contact Mr. Marc Whitlock at 734-416-7960.

Every dollar earned through fundraising goes directly back into the band program.

Giving Levels


Donors at the Bronze Level receive:

  • Written recognition in printed programs for concerts and performances
  • Discovery Band window decal
  • VIP Donor Card
  • Donation receipt for tax purposes

Discovery Band families that contribute to Bucks for Band at any level are exempt from participating in fundraisers for the current school year, unless you choose otherwise.

Silver: $100-174

Donors at the Silver Level receive:

  • All the Bronze Level benefits
  • Meet & Greet with Mr. Whitlock with coffee & cookies and other goodies in band room

Gold: $175-249

Donors at the Gold Level receive:

  • All the Bronze and Silver Level benefits
  • Reserved VIP Seating for all concerts during the current school year. *No waiting in line!*
  • Free DVD at the end of the year

Platinum: $250 and above

Donors at the Platinum Level receive:

  • All the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Level benefits
  • Meet & Greet with Mr. Whitlock is upgraded to a dinner out, compliments of Mr. Whitlock
  • Decorative item that displays “Proud Sponsor of Discovery Band”
  • 60 minute private lesson with Mr. Whitlock for your child or yourself
  • Guest Conductor of the Band at the Spring Concert (if you desire)

Your Donation at Work

Our band needs approximately $10,000 per year to operate to provide the high quality music education and experiences that our band has traditionally enjoyed.

Our district budget is typically less than $300 per year. Therefore fundraising each year is crucial to our success.

Your investment in the Discovery Band helps us purchase:

  • Music literature
  • Ensemble methods and materials
  • Tuners and metronomes for classroom use
  • Potential software needs
  • Guest clinicians
  • Purchasing rights to some music that we play for recording purposes
  • Paying to have a videographer at our events
  • Paying to have an audio engineer at our events
  • Paying for extra accessories such as reeds, neck straps, etc.
  • Maintaining the band’s copier (repair, toner, paper, etc.)
  • Entry fees to festivals
  • Maintaining school-owned instruments such as bass clarinets, oboes, tenor and barisaxes, french horns, euphoniums, tubas, and all percussion instruments
  • Purchasing band instruments
  • Repairs and new purchases to avoid students sharing instruments
  • Costs for local travel, transportation, etc.
  • Other activities/events