Crusader Band Update:

February 9th, 2021

Band Families,

As the previous school year is quickly coming to a close, preparations for next year’s marching band season have already begun! I am so happy to announce that due to the excellent participation with our 2020-2021 fundraisers we were able to secure a brand new 7x16 trailer to haul our instruments to and fro! We took advantage of the unique opportunity we were thrust into due to Covid, and we used our time wisely to make up for all the fundraising events that had been cancelled. We tried out new ones. Some were no effort at all, while others took a big chunk of the Booster’s time. We will be repeating some, not all, fundraisers this year. If you have any ideas for fundraising in the future please plan to attend a Booster Meeting! All families are welcome. Currently our meetings are held virtually, so you can attend in the comfort of your own home!

This letter will outline our fundraising plan for the 2021-2022 Season, and your responsibility in this. It will take every one of our families’ participation to make it worth all our effort. Reminders will come to you by way of Email, text, CCHS Marching Band Facebook or Instagram. Please make sure when you register for Band Camp that you put down your active Email address, are linked to the remind app (you MUST respond every so often or you become inactive and no longer receive messages), and you are following us on Facebook and Instagram. Volunteer Signup Sheets will be available at Band Camp Check In. At present, each family is required to sign up for 2 events. There is no limit to how many events parents sign up for.

February 12th, 2021: Bake Sale. Sign up available TONIGHT! We will need a donation of baked items like chocolate chip cookies, No bake cookies, donuts, brownies, chocolate covered pretzels, cupcakes, rice krispie treats, pepperoni rolls individually wrapped.
This is your first opportunity to earn entries in the 2022 END OF THE YEAR STUDENT FUNDRAISER PARTICIPATION RAFFLE (details at the end of this letter). 5 entries if your family participates in this event by donating baked goods!

February 16, 2021: Texas Roadhouse 10% Night. You will be seeing a flyer either from Mr. Costello in the school emails, Mr. J in a remind text, via band family email and/or the CCHS Marching Band Facebook page. All you have to do is share the flyer with everyone you know! On that night between 4pm-8pm go to Texas Roadhouse in the Fort Steuben Mall parking lot to eat in or take out and SHOW YOUR FLYER! For every transaction a flyer gets shown, we earn 10% of that transaction. Last year we were the largest earner for our Texas Roadhouse…Let’s do it again!

Post a pic of your family having your meal in the restaurant or at home on the CCHS Marching Band Facebook page before the end of the event (4:30pm-8:30pm on Tuesday 2-16-21) and your student will be awarded 5 entries in the 2022 END OF THE YEAR STUDENT FUNDRAISER PARTICIPATION RAFFLE!!!!

(Tentative, awaiting approval) March 1st – 14th: Poppin Popcorn: This is a 100% online fundraiser, the buyer pays online (you don’t collect any money), and the product gets shipped directly to the buyer(no delivering items for you). All you have to do is share the link to the website, which will go out in a band family email and remind text at the end of February!

END OF THE YEAR STUDENT FUNDRAISER PARTICIPATION RAFFLE 1 entry for every item bought under your student’s name.

TBD Late April – Early May: Pancake Breakfast hosted by Steubenville K of C at St. Peter’s Church. We attempted to schedule this for 2020, but Covid restrictions made it impossible. We will attempt again this year, but this is tentative. We will need a minimum of 2 parents for 2 hours each to chaperone students. Band/Flag/Royalette members will be expected to volunteer 1-2 hours to help greet, serve, and clean up.


May 4, 2021: Spring Concert: Parents will be needed to man the ticket booth, sell 50/50 raffle tickets, and sell promo items. TBD Summer 2021: Battle of the Bands: Parents will be asked to make some goodies to sell at the event, and volunteer approximately 2 hours of your time.

Tag Days- So far big businesses are still not allowing tag days however we are hopeful that will change soon. Parents are needed to chaperone in 2 hour intervals. Profit from this goes to the kids’ Band Camp 2021 tuition who participates. Dates will be in June and signups will be available at the MAY 11th Booster Meeting.

June/July 2021: Car Wash at Blessed Sacrament Church. We are hoping to be able to plan two car washes in June/July. 1-4 parents are needed to chaperone/organize students during the car wash. This is typically a 9am-2pm event; parents can chaperone in hourly slots or stay the whole time. Pizza is provided to the students and chaperones around noon. Profit from this goes to the kid’s Band Camp 2021 tuition who participates.

TBD Summer 2021: Fun Fest, organized by CCHS. We plan to sell our promo items, have a photo booth, sell slushies and glow items. We will have 2 tents. A minimum of 2 parent chaperones (1 per tent) is needed in 2 hour increments. This event usually begins around 4pm and ends at 10pm. Set up can be done the day before and tear down is usually the day after. It is a 2 day event. Student volunteers are also needed 2per tent max in 2 hour increments.


End of August 2021: Promo Items Sale: Your student will be given a signup sheet to sell our promo items. Items will be pictured. These same items will be available for sale before football games as well. Parents are encouraged to help sell some items by branching out to CCHS Alumni and Fans!


Home Football Games: Pass the Drum: Students pass the “drum” to collect money during 3rd Quarter at home games. No parental responsibility needed.


Home Football Games: Concession Stand: 2-3 parents needed at each football game to man the concession stand and/or sell tickets for a raffle item.

After Football Season: Varsity Show: 1 parent needed at the gate if at the athletic complex/ticket booth if at the school, 2 parents in the concession stand if at the athletic complex, and 2 parents in the tent if at the athletic field/lobby in at the school selling promo items.

August-December 2021: $1000 Scrip Raffle: Each STUDENT must sell a minimum of 5 packs of tickets. There are 3 tickets in a pack. Tickets cost $5 each or 3 for $10. More packs of tickets will be available upon request. The seller of the winning ticket will get $100 off Band Camp in 2022!

2022 END OF THE YEAR STUDENT FUNDRAISER PARTICIPATION RAFFLE 10 tickets for the first 5 packs sold, 5 tickets for each additional pack sold. The more your student sells over the required amount, the more times their name gets entered into the student raffle.

November 8th – 26th, 2021: Texas Roadhouse Gift Card Sale: START EARNING MONEY TOWARDS BAND CAMP 2022. This is our Texas Roadhouse Gift Card Sale in which 10% of what your student sells goes directly towards his/her Band Camp Tuition, so your profit depends on what you student sells. For the Seniors, we understand that you will not be going to Band Camp next year, but we encourage you to sell a minimum of $100 in gift cards. This is also an excellent Christmas gift especially for teachers. Cards come in any denomination ($5, $10, $15, $20, $25, $30…..$100 or more) The card will have the logo at the top of this letter on it and it looks fantastic!

TBD, possibly early December 2021: Basket Bonanza: This will be 100% online raffle. We need each FAMILY to donate ONE gift basket for raffle. It can be something you put together yourself, bought from a local store, or even a gift basket you got donated from local store. Attached is a list of suggestions for themes and items that could work with that theme. If you have an idea that is not listed please feel free to let your creativity show!

2022 END OF THE YEAR STUDENT FUNDRAISER PARTICIPATION RAFFLE 5 tickets per basket donated. Multiple basket donations are welcome.

TBD December 2021: Christmas Concert: Parents will be needed to man the ticket booth, sell 50/50 raffle tickets, and sell promo items.

Basket Bonanza Gift Basket Suggestions
Movie Night-popcorn bucket, popcorn, candy, AMC gift card or classic dvds
Game Night-Uno, Sorry, Scrabble, Pictionary, 5 second rule, crimes against humanity (adults only), minute to win it
Car Wash-bucket, sponges/rags, tire cleaner, soap, towel, debugging spray, interior cleaner
Coffee Lovers-witty (clean humor) mugs, K-cups, coffee scented candle, coffee themed decoration
Italian-pasta, jar sauce, Italian apron, strainer, bottle of red wine
Fiesta-fiesta ware platter, chips, salsa, margarita glasses, margarita mix
Pamper Yourself-hair towel, face masks, scented candles, slippers, robe, nail care kit and polish
Gardening-flower pot, tools, gloves, hat, seeds, garden markers
Camping-cooler, tent, folding chair, sleeping bag, hot dog sticks, s’mores kit, flashlight, camping bingo, frisbee, lantern, playing cards
Picnic-basket, plastic plates and cutlery, tablecloth or blanket, salt and pepper, condiments,
The Works-hair, skin, nails products
Bling Basket-jewelry, purse, makeup
Laundry-basket, detergent, wool balls , shout, tide pen, mesh bag, lint roller
Spring Cleaning-magic eraser, microfiber towels, Clorox clean up, dawn dish soap, sponges, sos pads, bar keepers friend, stainless steel cleaner
Tech Toys-gaming headphones, vrhq gift certificate, ps4 game
Central Gear-decal, license plate, insulated cup, mask, CC sign
Baker’s Basket-cookie jar, oven mits, measuring spoons, apron, spatula, bowl, cookie mixes
Cash Cash Cash-Cash ($100)
Scratch Off Craze-Scratch off assortment
Wine-wine shop basket
Kitchen Gadgets-assortment of interesting kitchen gadgets
Bath time-kids or adult bath essentials
Sports Fan-Steelers, Browns, Penguins, Pirates
Pizzas Around Me-gift certificates from multiple pizza places around the area
Dinner and a Movie-Gift cards for a night out
Gift Cards Galore-assortment of gift cards
Photo basket-frame with photography certificate, photo booth props, disposable camera
Christmas Emergency Kit-tape, ribbon, bows, paper, tags, tissue paper, gift boxes
Birthday Emergency Kit-tape, ribbon, bows tissue paper, gift bags, birthday card assortment
New Year’s Eve kit-party poppers, sparkling grape juice or champagne, toasting glasses
Dog/cat basket-animal care items
Stationary basket- card assortment form BJKM EEE Create-a-Card class, good writing pens, organizer for birthdays, anniversaries, etc, small pretty table lamp.
Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, Tim Horton baskets, Leonardo’s-reusable cups, coffee, gift card
Baby-onesies assortment, toys, diapers, wipes
LEGO-anything LEGO
Nerf Wars-nerf stuff
Tea time for two-tea cups, tea pot, loose tea, accessories
Handy Man-tool belt, tools, duck tape, gorilla glue, heavy duty mug
iPhone/Samsung baskets-charger cable, App Store Card, adapter, screen protector
Religious Basket-prayer cards, rosary, crucifix, statue, framed saint
Fall basket-fall crafts and decor
Christmas basket-Christmas themed Items (Jesus, Santa, elves, snowmen)
Thanksgiving basket-turkey bags, seasonings, pumpkin pie filling, stuffing, corn, gravy, napkins
Spring-spring crafts and decor
Summer fun-goggles, beach ball, popsicle making kit, sidewalk chalk, Towel
Candle basket-assortment of candles (stick with one brand like gold canyon or yankee)
Bath and body works-assortment of lotion, sprays, sanitizers, and soaps
Girly girl basket-hairbrush, hair ties, Scrunchie , clips, hair spray, flat iron, curling wand

This Raffle is for Students ONLY! Every time the student/family participates with a fundraiser they earn “tickets”, and at the Band Banquet several names will be drawn. For the 2022 Band Camp there will be a minimum of 5 $100 scholarships awarded through this raffle! The more you participate, the more chances your student will have at winning!

The Highlighted fundraisers are the 4 main fundraisers that are essential to our budget. Opt out information for as many as 3 of these fundraisers will be available at Band Camp on Day 1.

Your participation in these events is crucial for the band to grow and meet its ever changing needs. As always we are extremely grateful to work with the parents to meet our goals, and make this Marching Band Season a memorable one no matter what this year may bring. So, from us to you, Thank You!

CCHS Band Boosters
Joelle Bucci, Paul Reinacher, Laura Zaleski, Tammy Zinno
*All fundraisers are currently pending approval

From Alex & Sarah

Hello returning and new band parents and students,

For those of you who do not know me, my name is Alex Milewsky and I am the color guard (or flag) coach. I was on Central’s guard for 4 years when I was in high school and this will be my 7th season as the coach! If you are unfamiliar with the term, color guard is a type of sport and art that works with a flag to add visual movements to the sound of the band. We paint the picture or tell the story that goes with the music.

I am very excited to start this season with Mr. J and Sarah. We try our best to work closely with each other to ensure the best for every child who marches in this beautiful band. Even if your child is not on color guard, we are still one big family, and I can’t wait to see each and every one of the grow over this season. We have some exciting ideas ready for this year, and we can not wait to showcase our talents on that football field.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and I hope that this will be a good year for me and all of the students in the band! If there are any questions, feel free to email me at!

Thanks again,

Alex Milewsky