The Sandia Band Boosters Information & Board

A Team You Can Rely On


 

Welcome to the Sandia Band Boosters! We are parents and family members working together to support our students in achieving their passion and goals in music and in life.  

Your student is about to embark on many amazing opportunities and adventures in their musical and personal growth in Sandia High School’s Band program. Your student may be in one or several of the various bands in the band program and Mr. North has exciting curriculums planned for each and every one of the bands! As you may or may not already know, music education is an expensive course of study and most of what is needed is not covered by APS, but what the students get in return in their musical and personal growth is invaluable. This is where families come in; under the Sandia Band Boosters, we all work together to make sure the funds and helping hands are there  for our students to aim high and reach their full potential!

The Band Booster Board works with Mr. North to establish a yearly budget and work hard throughout the year to make sure the band program is fully funded.  Included in the budget is purchasing music scores and rights, instruments (new, repair, replace, rentals), hiring music clinicians, uniforms (dry cleaning, shoes, show shirts, etc…), transportation (school buses and Penske trucks), competition entry fees, performance rental spaces, supplies, meals and snack and the list goes on…  To keep costs as low as possible for everyone, all the families work together.  At the beginning of the year, lab fees and booster expenses are collected to get the program started.  This can typically be anywhere from $125 to $365 dollars depending on which and how many bands your student is enrolled.  Then throughout the year we have several fundraisers that we all volunteer at to raise the rest of the needed funds.

One last thing, we know we are asking for some what many of us have little of: time and money.  But remember it is going to our greatest cause; our children.  The great thing about volunteering for the band program, whether it be fundraising or road crew, is actually being present alongside your student and watching them grow right before your  eyes; from  fledgling freshmen to young adults their Senior year.  Please keep in mind when the call for volunteers goes out; YOU are needed, YOU are appreciated, and YOUR influence will leave an unfathomable impact on the lives of our students.

It’s going to be a great year! Go Matadors!

 

Photo Credit: Bellaments Photography


Cassie joined the band boosters last year during her son’s freshman year. He is a sousaphone player in the marching band, wind symphony and jazz band. After watching her son and his enthusiasm grow for the band during summer band camp – she was sold! She knew that being involved with the Sandia Band Boosters was the place she wanted to be. She admires the comradery, enthusiasm and dedication show by the students in the band. And she loves working with Mr. North, the other parents and especially the students. She is honored to work alongside them to help them achieve their goals each year. Cassie has 3 younger children she hopes will follow in their older brother’s footsteps and find their passion in music. If they do, she expects to be involved with the band boosters for the next 12 years!   

Cassie Cadwell – President


I am a graduate of Eldorado High School and received my BA in Criminal Justice from New Mexico State University.  My daughter is a Sandia High School Alum who spent four years with the Marching Band Color Guard and Winter Guard.  She is a first year student at UNM.  My son is a current Sandia Concert Band member in his junior year.  I am a Global Event Specialist for Sandia National Laboratories and an active fundraiser for the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital. 

Cris Carrol – Vice President


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Lisa Gunderson – Secretary


I am Robert Graham and I am the current General Accounts Treasurer.  My second of three daughters is currently a Sandia HS student and was in the band during her Freshman year and is planning on returning this year (her Junior year).  I am a graduate from the University of New Mexico with a BA degree in Operations Management from the Anderson School of Management with an emphasis on Accounting in a manufacturing organization.  I look forward to another year with the Band.

Robert Graham – General Accounts Treasurer 


Corrine Clarkson is the Travel Accounts Treasurer for the Sandia Band Boosters starting in the 2020-2021 academic year.  Corrine has a daughter who is in Marching Band, Jazz Band, and Wind Ensemble.  Corrine is married to Dallon Clarkson who also assists with the Marching Band by driving the Penske truck and is the official videographer.   Corrine also has a middle school daughter who will be a future Sandia band student in the 2021-2022 academic year.  Corrine is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and works as an Assurance Senior Manager at a local public accounting firm, Moss Adams. Corrine has been in public accounting since 2003 and primarily serves large and complex not-for-profit organizations and foundations.  Corrine has a BBA in accounting from the University of New Mexico.  Corrine loves listening to live music and musical theatre, and when she isn’t listening to her husband’s rock band play, she and her husband like to go out and support local musicians whenever possible.

Corrine Clarkson – Travel Accounts Treasurer


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Donna Runyan – Fund Raiser Chair


I am Jean Hollowwa, mother of Senior Lauren Hollowwa. This is my fourth year as the uniform chair for the Sandia High Bands, and my eighth year as a Sandia High parent. 

I love the uniform chair job! In a normal year, I am hip deep in kids all the time, which is the best. This is an odd year to say the least, and I’m hoping there’s a reason to outfit kids before the year is through. 

There is a great uniform parent team in place now, but we are graduating in May! Please contact me if you are interested in joining the uniform team! It’s a lot of work, but a ton of fun! 

Jean Hollowwa – Uniform Chair


Andrea Henderson is married to Robert and has 2 daughters, Hailey (and son in law, Jared) and Brenley. She retired to be a homemaker when her first child was born, after a long career working for non profit organizations. She enjoys her pets, cooking, volunteer work, crafts and spending time with her family. 

Andrea Henderson – Craft Fair Chair 


Melinda Merriam – Craft Fair Chair


I am a graduate of Eldorado High School and received my BA in Criminal Justice from New Mexico State University.  My daughter is a Sandia High School Alum who spent four years with the Marching Band Color Guard and Winter Guard.  She is a first year student at UNM.  My son is a current Sandia Concert Band member in his junior year.  I am a Global Event Specialist for Sandia National Laboratories and an active fundraiser for the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital. 

Andrew Waggener – Banquet and PUTS Chair


Hello! I am Kerri Williams and I currently manage the Band Booster website and newsletter. I am a native New Mexican, a graduate of Sandia High School (as is my husband Terry) and a proud matador parent. My daughter Harlie plays alto sax in the marching band. She is the fourth Williams kid to attend Sandia. I have a BS in psychology from UNM and am currently the CEO/Owner of Grizzly Storage. 

The 2019 school year was our first year as a HS band family and I must admit, I never imagined myself as a band parent. Our time with Matador bands has been filled with so much fun and excitement and a real sense of community. We’ve never experienced such a warm, welcoming and helpful group of parents and kids.  It has been joyful and refreshing.  We look forward to another three years with the band–Go Matadors!!  

Kerri Williams – Webmaster & Newsletter

In a typical year, Terry Williams manages our road crew scheduling.  Who is the road crew? These are parent volunteers who are responsible for lugging around marching show instruments, “the pit”, props and anything else needed to produce our marching show. The crew works football games, pageants and other marching show events.  Terry will assume responsibility for recruiting and scheduling crew members when we resume normal marching operations.  Until then, he enjoys listening to band music wafting from his daughter’s room during this time of distance learning. 

Terry is married to Kerri, is a native New Mexican and an alumni of Sandia High School and is the proud Matador father. 

 

Terry Williams – Road Crew Coordinator


 

Location

Sandia High School Band Room

7801 Candelaria Rd NE,  

Albuquerque, NM 87110

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E-mail: admin@sandiabandboosters.org

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