W.T. Woodson Orchestra Boosters

As a parent of an Orchestra student you are automatically a member of the Orchestra Boosters! The Boosters Board helps plan and implement the important (and fun) functions of the Orchestra, allowing the Director to concentrate on your child's musical education. This year we are excited to have Mrs. Collins as our new Director, and we want to help her continue all the great traditions from the past and implement fresh and new ideas. We won’t have the traditional start to the school year with our Car Wash and Cookout, and our flurry of uniform measuring and fitting, but we still will need your involvement. For those of you a part of last year’s orchestra, the Boosters organized a virtual End of the Year Banquet with an online performance. As we continue our virtual world, if you are savvy with technology, we especially welcome your help!

The Boosters have also been vital to fundraising, such as the Yankee Candle sale and Poinsettia sale that we did last year. We were not able to have our annual Tag Day collection in May, so please consider making a contribution as an Orchestra Patron at the level you can afford and passing along the request to others who may wish to contribute. In the past, to name some of our major acquisitions, we purchased a conductor’s platform, storage cabinets, instruments, and an outdoor storage shed. This year, Mrs. Collins has plans to bring a virtual ensemble experience opportunity for all students, secure coaches and clinicians to make orchestra, especially a virtual one, even more engaging and fun.

For those of you new to the program, the Board has needed help with Uniform measuring, fitting, distribution and collection; the Car Wash and Cookout; Orchestra Concert publicity, decoration, supervision, receptions, and clean-up; Yankee Candle Fundraiser; Poinsettia Sale; Trip Plans (last year the two major trips were VMEA and University of Mary Washington concert performance); Tag Day; and End of Year Banquet. Usually, we have solicited help for these events using SignUpGenius. At some point, we will be doing these again; but for now, if you were not able to physically come to Booster meetings, you can join them online – so please look out for email announcements. All help and ideas are welcome; we are currently looking to get help on technology support and Spritwear orders!

Supporting and furthering your student's musical growth and education is the primary goal of the Boosters Executive Board. In order to continue building the Woodson Orchestra Program, your child needs you to join us in this goal! We look forward to working with you this year.

If you have any questions or ideas for the boosters, please contact us at

Monika Brenner, President

Trish Sinclair, Vice President

Dan Kepler, Secretary

John Ruby, Treasurer

Susan Job, At-Large Member


W.T. Woodson Orchestra Program has a rich and long tradition of excellence, consistently being recognized throughout Virginia and the nation. Any contributions made to W.T. Woodson Orchestra Program Boosters will help support a well-rounded and comprehensive music education for all participating students. The goals and needs of the Orchestra Department always surpass the funding available from the county, so we ask for your kind contribution to assist in bridging the gap. Your tax-deductible donation will be used to cover purchasing new sheet music, instruments, repairs, other orchestra supplies and equipment. Funds can be used to hire guest clinicians and professional musicians who enhance the musical education of our students. In addition, your contributions will offset any costs for outsourcing any compilations for possible virtual events. Any amount helps! Please click on the letter below for more details!

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