All Schools Band Concert

Iowa Falls-Alden High School students perform at the All School Bands Concert on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019.

As the Iowa Falls-Alden band has grown – more than 20 percent in the last three years – so have its needs. Instruments aren’t cheap. Neither are new uniforms. But organizers of a new fundraiser are hoping to take some of the worry about those needs off the shoulders of the program’s directors, so they can focus on making music, not money.

Last week the IFA Band Boosters announced the launch of a new fundraising campaign called Band Together. For each of the next five years, up to $10,000 in donations to the Band Boosters will be matched with $5,000 from the Chris and Jessie Weaver family, and $5,000 from Green Belt Bank & Trust. The goal is to raise $20,000 per year, for a total of $100,000 to support the schools’ band program.

All Schools Band Concert

Jeff Schmitt directs the Iowa Falls-Alden High School band during a performance at the All School Bands Concert on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019.

All Schools Band Concert

The Iowa Falls and Alden fifth grade bands perform at the All School Bands Concert on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019.

IFAHS Jazz 1

Iowa Falls-Alden High School Jazz 1 ensemble is headed to the Iowa Jazz Championship competition for the second year in a row after finishing in first place at the North Central Iowa regional competition in Clear Lake earlier this month. Members of the band are pictured above (front row, from left) Carter Arends, Brody Hoversten, Jacob Michaelson, Zack Huffman, Cailin Reimer, Mikayla Fjeld, Nic Hudspith, James Nicholson, Thomas Barnett, (back row, from left) Director Jeff Schmitt, Ashley Newton, Lilly Rush, Mikaylan Winters, Briar Hoversten, Hannah Elerding, Erin Brunsen, Sam Weaver, Ivan Orozco and Andrew Nicholson.

IFA Jazz Band Concert

Ross Schumaker directed a performance of the Riverbend Middle School 7th/8th band during a special jazz band concert at Iowa Falls-Alden High School on Feb. 18. The concert also included performances by Iowa Falls-Alden High School Jazz 2, Iowa Falls-Alden High School Jazz 1, and the ISU "Jazz 2.0" band.

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