Mattress sale to help fund Chicago trip for Pioneer band

  • The second annual mattress sale fundraiser for the Pioneer Valley Regional School band will be held on Saturday in the school gymnasium from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Proceeds will help fund the band’s April 2020 trip to Chicago. Contributed Photo

Staff Writer
Published: 11/14/2019 6:32:43 PM
Modified: 11/14/2019 6:32:32 PM

NORTHFIELD — Help fund a band student’s dream, while you dream.

The second annual mattress sale fundraiser for the Pioneer Valley Regional School band will be held on Saturday in the school gymnasium from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“People are tired of traditional fundraisers,” said Pioneer band instructor Timothy Burns. “We’re looking for things that are more unique, where the consumer gets something more than a candle or candy bar. It’s something that may be needed anyway.”

Those who attend Saturday’s sale will be able to purchase brand new mattresses, Burns said. The gym is turned into a makeshift show room, where interested parties can test out the name brand mattresses and immediately order them, with delivery taking about two weeks. Sheets, pillows and mattress skirts will also be available for viewing and purchase.

A portion of each sale goes toward funding the band’s April 2020 trip to Chicago. There are beds of all sizes available, ranging from $400-$5,000. According to Burns, the band will get about $50 for each twin-size mattress sold, $75 for each full, $100 per queen and $125 per king. He said the company that partners with the Pioneer band to put on the fundraiser is owned by Mattress Firm.

“Last year, we made just under $3,000,” Burns said. “This year, we’re hoping to aim for double that.”

Those purchasing a mattress can choose to allocate their fundraising portion to a specific student; otherwise the money will go toward the general fund for the trip.

Including plane tickets, hotel fees and food for the weekend, the Chicago trip will cost approximately $1,100 per student — without fundraising, Burns said. Students will leave on April 23 and return on April 26.

While in Chicago, the students will perform for a panel of judges. Each band will be judged on its own potential, Burns said. Instead of traditional first, second and third place rankings, each band is judged on a 100 percent point system. Last time, Burns said, the band was within points of achieving a “gold level” score. The students hope to achieve gold level status on their upcoming trip.

In addition to performing for the judges panel, students will have the chance to partake in various workshops with musicians and professors from a number of colleges and universities. Burns said he is also coordinating opportunities for students to play small, public concerts in various parts of the city.

Zack DeLuca can be reached at zdeluca@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 264.


Jobs



Support Local Journalism

Subscribe to the Greenfield Recorder, keeping Franklin County informed since 1792.


Greenfield Recorder

14 Hope Street
Greenfield, MA 01302-1367
Phone: (413) 772-0261
 

 

Copyright © 2021 by Newspapers of Massachusetts, Inc.
Terms & Conditions - Privacy Policy