About the Board
Parents and Family Members Working Together
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 snacks, 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 of what may be in short supply: 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!
Kerri is a native New Mexican, a Sandia High School alum, and a proud Matador parent. She is married to Terry and their daughter will be a 4-year band Senior for the 2022-2023 school year. Kerri has a BS in psychology from UNM and is the CEO/Owner of Grizzly Storage. Kerri joined the band boosters in 2019 during her daughter’s freshman year. During her tenure with the boosters she has fulfilled roles as uniform chair, web master, newsletter editor and roadie. Her role as co-president is new for the 2022-2023 school year.
“I never imagined myself as a band parent but our time with Matador bands has been joyful and refreshing. The last three years have been filled with so much fun and excitement and a real sense of community. Our family has never experienced such a warm, welcoming and helpful group of parents and kids. We look forward to our final year with the band–Go Matadors!!”
Dana is a native New Mexican and the parent of a senior band member this year. She was involved as a volunteer for many board activities throughout the last 3 years including the uniform team, baker of treats for bake sales, craft fair volunteer, unofficial photographer at band events, and serving on the pit crew at football games and competitions. She looks forward to spending her last year with the band in a leadership role. Dana has worked as a speech-language pathologist for APS for the last 20 years and will use her expertise in communication to reach out to the band members and parents.
“One of my goals this year is to establish processes to create an easy transition for new members of the board. We are a close-knit group who are committed to growing parent participation in band activities. I look forward to helping to make this year a wonderful experience for all band kids and leaving behind a booster board organization that is inclusive and easy to navigate.”
Caryn is a native New Mexican and the proud parent of twins who will be Juniors in the 2022-2023 school year. Caryn is a full-time registered nurse working in telehealth triage. Her previous leadership or board experience includes the role of 1st VP for Osuna PTA in 2014-2016 in charge of programs and services; she oversaw all programs and services for Osuna PTA and coordinated with committee chairs. This role has helped prepare her for the current role of Co VP of Sandia Band Boosters. Caryn has been an active volunteer with the boosters the past two years helping with many activities and events from car washes to helping to sell merchandise at the Pageant of the Bands to volunteering and organizing food trucks for the craft fairs.
“This past year (post COVID) has been delightful getting to know students and parents and the organization. The sense of community within the band family has been warm and welcoming as we all share a mutual admiration and respect for our kids, a love of band, and music in our schools. We work hard and play hard just like our kids. My hope is to build an even stronger foundation and fellowship today that will benefit the kids and organization for years to come.”
Cris Carroll – Co-Vice President
Dallon Clarkson – Treasurer
I am the proud parent of a sophomore clarinet player in the Marching and Symphonic bands. I have greatly enjoyed volunteering with the Band Boosters, working alongside an amazing group of parents and kids. I also have an eighth grader who will be moving up to Sandia High School next year, so our family is excited about the many years we have in our future with the band family.
Last year, I was one of Sandia’s school representatives for Pageant of Bands (PoB) and also volunteered as much as possible with car washes, football games, marching competitions, craft fairs, etc. This year I am still a PoB representative and have taken on another official role, the Travel Treasurer. Now that I’ve gotten my feet wet the first year, I’m excited to dive in more and get to know more of the parents and kids. It’s going to be a great year – Go Matadors!
The 2022-2023 school year will be our sixth year as a band family, with both a freshman and a senior participating in Marching Band and Winter Guard. My husband Bruce is part of the hard-working pit crew and for several years I have held the role of Booster Board Secretary, Volunteer Coordinator, and POB Representative…we have found that volunteering with the band family is a great way to meet other Sandia HS parents and we enjoy seeing our kids in their natural habitat with the other band kids. When not volunteering with the band, I can be found working as a Superintendent for a local general contractor, taking weekend trips around our beautiful state (not during marching season of course ), watching horrible reality TV or documentaries, reading to clear my mind of the horrible realty TV shows, or just hanging out with the family.
I am looking forward to another great year with the Mighty Matador Bands and hope to see all of our band families at the upcoming games and events. GO MATADORS !!