Prairie Music Association
History, Goals, Fundraisers, Activities
The original support group known as Prairie Music Parents was formed in the mid-1970′s, and existed as a volunteer support entity for the music programs of the College Community School District. In 1985, through the diligent and insightful leadership of the Prairie Music Parents, this group of volunteers sought out and eventually awarded the status of a Non-Profit Organization under Chapter 504 of the Code of Iowa, and the corporation known as the Prairie Music Association was born!
As its own 501(c)(3) Corporation, the Prairie Music Association took on tax-exempt status, thereby allowing all donations, gifts, grants, and other contributions made to the group to be tax deductible. The Prairie Music Association is operated exclusively for the charitable and educational purposes of stimulating interest and support for all music programs in the College Community School District. They aim to promote and develop participation in all levels of music programs in the district through fundraising events and volunteer opportunities to serve and support said music programs. Examples of activities and items purchased using PMA donations: purchase of instruments such as tubas and percussion, costuming, All-State try outs and fees, senior plaques and awards, show choir choreography camp expenses, accompanist, and guest performers.
PMA Fundraisers include: Bands Across the Prairie – a yearly marching band competition held in September; Prairie Premiere – a yearly show choir competition held in January; Curtain Call – held annually at the end of the show choir season with performances by Prairie choirs & show choirs; Just Jazz – annual event held at the end of the band season with performances by the Prairie Jazz bands; Holiday concert fundraisers such as cookies & cocoa.
PMA provides volunteers to the school district for the annual Fall Wreath & Candy Sale and Spring Fruit & Candy Sale.
PMA also participates annually in the Indoor Marching Band Classic and Fab 5. IMBC is a marching band exhibition held in October for Cedar Rapids metro schools and includes one state university marching band. Funds from ticket sales are shared among the participating schools. Fab 5 is a show choir event held in February to showcase metro area schools including Prairie, Jefferson, Washington, Kennedy, and Linn Mar and all proceeds are shared by participating schools.