Clifton Mustang Band Alumni Association

News

It's Dues Time!

October 1st is the due date to submit or renew your CMBAA annual membership dues for the 2016 - 2017 year. If you have not yet joined us as a member, what are you waiting for? Annual dues are $25.00 or $15.00 for college students; and the membership year runs from September through August. Your annual dues help us to continue to bring you alumni news, sponsor scholarships and the community band as well as CMBAA social activities. Consider becoming a sponsor and enjoy a tax deduction. As an IRS 501 (c) 3 qualified non-profit organization your sponsorship donation is fully federally tax deductible. Membership Form

Scholarship News

The Clifton Mustang Band Alumni Association awards three scholarships annually at the Annual Awards Dinner to senior band members who will be attending college, using dues and fundraising money. Two scholarships honor former band director Robert D. Morgan, and our first drum majorette, Marie Vullo-Giunta. In addition, a scholarship honoring former band director Stanley Opalach is awarded to a Clifton Community Band member. A fourth scholarship, The John and Margaret Donkersloot Scholarship, is funded annually by their children, all band alumni. The annual $3000 scholarship will be given by their children, John Donkersloot, Diane Drake, Janice Ice and Barbara Skelly, all Mustang Band alumni, to honor their parents for their support in all their children's activities throughout their school years. The scholarship will be awarded based on the recipient's demonstration of motivation, commitment, teamwork and leadership during their time in the band. According to the siblings, their parents encouraged them to participate and supported them with their time and energy. The scholarship honors their memory and the important role the band and their parents played in their lives.

Since there are so many more deserving seniors, we encourage all alumni to consider funding a scholarship, either by yourself, or with fellow alumni or family members. Who you would like to honor would be your choice. If interested, please contact Diane Donkersloot Drake, Scholarship Chairperson, at dianie@mac.com.

Community Band Makes History

John Philip Sousa, “The March King” loved Cape May, NJ so much he wrote the “Congress Hall March” to commemorate a series of concerts held there in the summer of 1882. The CMBAA and City of Clifton sponsored Clifton Community Band made history at Cape May’s Historic Congress Hall Hotel on July 4, 2004 by being the first band to play Sousa’s Congress Hall March live on the very same lawn Sousa & The Marine Corp Band performed 122 years ago! A crowd of over one thousand gathered for the 2-hour concert & fireworks display. Dust off your horn & join us in November. You can make history too!

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