Liberty Instrumental Music Association (LHSGB&OPC)
General Membership Meeting
February 13, 2018
The meeting was called to order by Meg Evans Gartley at 7:38 p.m. Amy Burke’s motion to
approve the December 12, 2017 minutes was seconded by Robin Anthony and approved
unanimously by the membership.
Meg appealed for volunteers for the band concert to help with concession sales before the
concert and at intermission, handicapped seating, concert doors, and cleanup noting that there
will be information in the next newsletter and directed parents to sign up for jobs on the Sign-
Up Genius on the website. She explained that “concert doors” entails opening the doors for
performers at various spots in the concert precluding volunteers from seeing the concert the
same night. Concert door volunteers will receive a ticket for the other night. Bob Wascura
appealed for a cordless leaf blower to help with cleanup.
In response to a question about the Five Guys fundraiser, Tina Piscitello reported that Five Guys
is sending a check to the post office box and that she is working on a fundraiser at Moe’s. She
appealed for more sources for publicizing the fundraisers. Kevin Long said he will pursue in-
school sources such as the BASD newsletter, Mr. Bailey’s “shout outs”, and the sign in front of
the school. It was suggested to send information to the feeder schools to reach incoming band
members. She is planning a March fundraiser at Panera, but the restaurant requested a copy of
the form with the organization’s EIN number. Meg reported that in the past the number was
sufficient and she would look for the actual form.
Rose Miravich reported that the student quota was up to date as of February 13.
The financial statements for January were made available before the meeting. Shawn Bobyak
entertained any questions of which there were none.
Kevin Long reported the passing of long-time band friend and concert participant Dan Deysher
and read excerpts from the biography which was read at last year’s graduation ceremony
where Mr. Deysher was honored as a distinguished alumnus. Approximately 25 students will be
playing at the cemetery.
He reported that the results of the trip survey indicated all want a major trip and are willing to
travel anywhere. As a result the plan is for an overnight Tier 1 trip during the 2018-2019 school
year and a major Tier 3 trip during the 2019-2020 school year. Mr. Frank reminded parents that
a Tier 1 trip costs are up to $1,000 and Tier 3 trips range between $3,000 and $4,000. While
there is no destination in mind for the overnight trip, Mr. Long noted that in the past they were
the most common trip.
Mr. Long encouraged parents to attend the Red Hot Chili Pipers concert at the State Theatre on
Thursday, March 14 in which the Pipes and Drums will participate. Shelly Brown and the State
Theatre have been long-time supporters of the band, particularly with the annual Red Hot Chili
Pipers (RHCP) concert where they support a 4-day workshop costing up to $10,000 with the
RHCP also spending up to $6,000 of their own money. “We need to support the theatre, “ he
said. He also reported that drummer Tyler Fry would be giving instruction in the band room on
March 12, 13, and 14. He thanked the Jazz Band and A Cappella Singers for performing at the
Haiti Health Trust fundraiser which directly raised $34,000 with an additional $34,000 donated
by benefactors. The organization supports a hospital in Haiti.
Mr. Frank reported:
1. Band concert dress rehearsals will be on Monday and Thursday the week of the concert,
straying from the traditional Wednesday/Thursday rehearsals because of a band
commitment on Wednesday.
2. Band concert tickets are $10.00.
3. There will not be a Parade of Shamrocks this year.
4. Mica Azzati, Vivian Wong, and Chloe Wicox will be be auditioning for Regional Orchestra
5. Mica Azzati, Sarafina Schultheis, and Fernando Ramirez will be participating in the
upcoming Regional Band concert.
1. Red Hot Chili Pipers ticket sales are being handled by Brit Reifinger and will be on sale
2. Band concert handicapped seating request are now live on-line.
3. Checks for band concert tickets should be made payable to “Liberty High School Band”
and not LHSGBOPC.
4. Nominations for officers for the 2018-2019 year can be made on the web site in 2
weeks. Job descriptions will be posted. Nominations will be announced at the March
meeting followed by elections at the April meeting.
5. Parents of incoming 9 th grade band members are not eligible for nomination.
In response to expressions of condolences to the Deysher family, Kevin Long and Allen Frank
said they would coordinate the collection of contributions and cards and make known the
arrangements to the band members.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:19 p.m.
Submitted by Bob Wascura