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Thank you to the Band Students, their Families, our Directors, our Sponsors and our many Donors!

This project has done so much more than raise money for the new uniforms, it has forged a team, created new friends, built new business relationships, and engaged new volunteers. We are proud to be part of a project that shows how all kinds of people can come together with hard work and generosity to make something wonderful happen in Knoxville. 

The Uniform Drive

THANK YOU, Knoxville!
We have surpassed our $60,000 fundraising goal for new Uniforms!

Thanks to our amazing, supportive community and many volunteers, we raised over $75,000 for our new marching band uniforms in 2016-2017!


The uniforms are now ordered, and we will have a thank you ceremony at the first home football game.


Money raised beyond the goal made it possible for us to invest in practical improvements, such as adjustable snap hems that will extend the new uniforms’ durability.

Mr. McCartney is exploring the purchase of drum major uniforms, which weren’t part of the original goal. The Music Boosters also plan to invest in the future, placing money in a secure fund as seed money for the next uniform drive, around 2030.

Total Raised
“The community really stepped up to support us,” said Ben McCartney, Knoxville marching band director. “It’s a huge testament to our town and its people. The band kids jumped in and worked hard. Their families pulled together. It’s been a huge team effort, and everyone will be really happy when they see the result next fall.”


The band kicked into double-time during August and September.  Amid preparation for Homecoming and their first band competition last Saturday, band members reached out to business leaders, who responded generously. Middle-school musicians helped HyVee serve a tailgate party, and fans filled band members’ hats with cash at the football game.​

Thank You to these Generous Donors!

As of 9/24/2016


$5,000 & Up

Knoxville Booster Club

Knoxville Heritage Foundation

Pella Rolscreen Foundation

Vermeer Charitable Foundation


$1,000 to $4,999

David Fridlington

Hormel Foods

HyVee Knoxville

Iowa State Savings Bank

Marion County Auto Body

Molloy & Slykhuis Family

Troy & Cassi Pearson

Precision Pulley & Idler

Mel & Holly Suhr


$500 to $999

Gary & Mary Anderson

Scott Chambers, SMC Construction Services

Don & Kathie Croghan

Abie & Jody Davis

Dr. Travis Egesdal, PC

Eye Health Solutions

Jeff Hicks

Jim & Susan Hicks

Nile Hicks

Julie Hicks Robinson

John & Kay Jensen

John & Carol Joenks

Johnson & Lane Attorneys

Kevin J. Wadle, CPA PC

Knoxville Dental Center, Dr. Andrew Secory

Knoxville Noon Kiwanis

Tim & Sherri McDonald

William & Lylia McDonald

Motor Inn of Knoxville

Ned & Jan Pearson

Ralph Porter

Raceway Tire & Exhaust

Andrew & Camille Schmidt

Jon Szlachetka

Troy & Angela Vandecamp



Elizabeth Adrian

Anytime Fitness - DNL Investments, Inc

Mike & Bette Cunningham

Nancy DeJoode

DeSocio-Young Family

Curt & Kathy Froyen

Jay Olson Insurance Agency

Knoxville Nuclear Medicine

Leighton State Bank

Marion County Abstract Co., Inc.

Connie Mason

Steve & Terry McCombs

Musco Lighting

Cindy Nielsen

Robert & Sheri Postma

Marvin & Marilyn Sloan

Karen Soens

Jim Sperr

Marjorie Sublett


Up to $250

Carrie Adrian

Kathy Adrian

Heather Amos

Barb Anderson

Bernie & Marilynn Avitt

Sandra Banks

James & Betty Bassett

Jeremy & Melissa Bassett

Gerald & Lori Beary

Mary Ellen Beaver

Bertrand Funeral Home

Michaela Bigaouette

Brookwood, Inc.

Craig & Pamela Burk

Phyllis Burnett

Caring Hearts & Hands

Carpet Services, Steve Watson

Amber Carter

Randy & Sheryl Chambers

Richard & Diane Cushman

Cushman Construction

Lona Dallessandro

Howard & Lois Davis

Deaver Insurance Agency

Jerry & Kathryn DeJong

Elizabeth DeJoode

Paul & Christina deNeui

Sharon Dennison

Judy & Mickey DeSocio

Mary Ellen Digman

Jon & Kristine Dohrmann

Martin & Jacqueline Duffy

Mary Estrada

Scott & Janet Evans

Pat Finan

Randy & Donna Flack

Sebastian Garcia

Grand Headlines

Neil & Dani Graves

Cynthia Heintz

Rick & Mary Henderson

Steve & Kathy Herwehe

Benjamin Hokomoto

Ami Hokomoto

Barbara Hollinrake

Steve & Kim Hollinrake

Hopf Associates

Interiors by Pat Kading

Jacobsen Travel Agency

Lorri & Robert Jahner

Eric & Selina Johnson

Jerrold Jordan

Joseph & Danille Kesteloot

KHS Drumline

Knoxville Chiropractic Clinic

Carol Ann Krumwiede

Ann & Mark Kuenstling

Dean & Barbara Larson

Bob & Annie Leonard

Dwight & Brenda Mater

Ralph & Susan Mayer

Jean McKay

John Mertz

Daniel & Rebecca Millmeyer

Mr. C's Family Restaurant

Grant & Sheena Nelson

Larry & Nancy Niday

Kevin O'Donnell

Kathryn O'Leary

Carol Pearson

Pella Regional Health Center – Medical Clinic in Knoxville

Michael Pitt

Trey & Julie Purvis

Quality Home Care Professionals

Bruce Roof

Salon 114

Donald & Rita Schacherer

Ted Schacherer

Karen Schwanebeck

William & Kitty Shepherd

Shirley Sheppard

Dwight & Pennie Sommar

David & Julie Spowart

Sundance Realty

Three Seasons Lawn Care

Alfred & Pat Tille

Jeff & Theresa Vance

Phyllis Weeks

Linda Williams

Winfield Funeral Home

Park & Susan Woodle

Dawn Worthington

Sally Young

Kelly Zhang

 * and many Anonymous donations!


Business In-Kind Donors

* $500 level donors


DanD Farms

HyVee Knoxville


Knoxville Morning Kiwanis*

Motor Inn of Knoxville

Nearwood Winery

Peacetree Brewing Co.

Pella Printing

Ramaeker Screen Printing *

Studio 92

Subway of Knoxville


Thanks to KNIA/KRLS &  Journal Express
for helping us spread the news!


We apologize in advance for any omissions or errors, and encourage you to let us know if you spot a problem!

Fundraising Events

Total Raised so far: $65,000!!

Yellow Book Delivery, Knoxville -

1st 2 Weeks in July. Raised $1,000 with 50+ volunteers!


Race Parking with the Boy Scouts

July-August, ongoing.

Hy-Vee Parking Lot, Saturday evenings

Patio Lunch Party

Fri., Aug 5th, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at Peace Tree Brewing Company Outdoor Patio

Cost: Free Will Donation

Bring your lunch, have some icy cold Root Beer served by Marching Band Members, and enjoy live music on the outoor patio!

Raised $826!

Music to our Ears - DanD Farms Sweet Corn Feed

Fri., Aug 26th, during the 1st Home Football Game at Ken Locke Stadium

Cost: $1 per Ear of Sweet Corn

Munch on a fresh, locally grown ear of sweet corn and help buy a uniform! Look for us near the Booster Grill. Sponsored by DanD Farms.

Raised $100!

Fundraising Kickoff Car Wash

Sat., Aug 27th, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm at Motor Inn of Knoxville

Cost: Free Will Donation

Get your car washed, have lunch and let the kids play in the Inflatables from the Knoxville Morning Kiwanis. Sponsored by HyVee, Motor Inn, and KNIA/KRLS Radio.

Raised $4,000!

Grant Writing

Ongoing. Thanks to Jamie Hughes, Liz Adrian, and Bob Leonard for writing and submitting grant applications! To date, we have received over $15,000 and Counting!

Letter Campaigns

September 2016. Letters will be going out to area businesses, followed up by visits from marching band members to answer questions. Letters will also be sent to Alumni asking for their support.

Raised as of 9/7/16: $7500 and counting!

Direct Donation Campaign

September 2016. Middle and High School Band students will be soliciting donations from family and friends, and there will be a table with information and donation jars at all home football games.

Raised as of 9/7/16: $5000 (and counting!


Donors from near and far are contributing through our GoFundMe page!

Raised as of 9/7/16: $1300.

Grape Picking Fundraiser & Fun

Sat. September 10th & 17th, 2016, 7 am, at Nearwood Winery's Vineyards. Volunteers will help Nearwood pick their grapes, in exchange for Uniform donations! 

Raised $500!

Homecoming Tailgate Party at HyVee

Fri. September 23rd, 4 to 7 pm, between the Parade and Game Kickoff in the Knoxville Hy Vee parking lot. Food, entertainment, alumni photo displays, and lots of fun!

Raised $2,000 PLUS a $2,000 Donation from HyVee!

Home Football Games

We will have an information table to raise awareness and take donations at all home football games, we will also be helping the Booster Club with 50/50 and with manning the concession stand.

Raised $450 (as of 9/26/16)

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