Yes, the Blue Devils actually recreated the DINER from that famous painting on a football field, and then wrapped a well-conceived production around the backstory of the diner's customers.
In the late summer, high school marching bands all across the United States are entering that esteemed, fabled, and exalted period of the season called "Band Camp". For many that have never experienced this phenomena, this period of time represents a tremendously difficult challenge on a musical, physical, and mental/emotional level.
We simply ADORE marching band as an activity. There is no other activity that combines the artistic, physical, and creative elements with the extreme teamwork and coordination required. Students wrestle with a 11-ish minute show for the better part of 6 months, dedicating countless hours to the pursuit of excellence.
One pro-tip we can offer any performing ensemble that is looking to embark on a successful crowdfunding campaign is to closely pay attention to HOW you launch your campaign.
We've mentioned before that one of the biggest assets that your ensemble has going for it is the large number of students or member participants.
If your performing organization travels, performs at destination events like bowl games, festivals, or just presents a large price tag to participate - crowdfunding can be an extremely effective method to allow student participants to offset those costs.
The one simple reason that your group is missing the boat if you DON'T schedule a crowdfunding campaign comes down to - "IT'S EASY."
We completely disregard the notion that crowdfunding is a glorified synonym for "begging". It's just not true.
Having spent most of the last 35 years around music programs and marching bands in various capacities, I can state that there are as many contrasting attitudes and viewpoints on the topic of "marching band fundraising" as there are broken and wonky music stands in the corner of your band room (go ahead and count - I'll wait)...