The Ankeny Instrumental Music Foundation is a private, non-profit organization established in 1999 by an independent board of parents, volunteers, and staff members. It was founded to preserve the future of the Ankeny High School Band Program.
After 35 years of elevating students’ musical skills, teaching and appreciation for the arts, and entertaining audiences, the band has reached the point where dollars are critical for a defined future. The AIM Foundation is committed to support the band programs in both Ankeny High School and Ankeny Centennial High School. In order to continue to provide a first-class opportunity for Ankeny band students, AIM needs your support.
About the Bands
The goal of the Ankeny and Centennial Band Programs is to elevate every student’s musical knowledge and skills to the highest possible level. Through their involvement in the band, students develop an appreciation for music as an art form and a means of self-expression.
The students invest a tremendous amount of time and effort to prepare for performances with rehearsals. When rehearsals are needed for individual, small group, and entire band events, the students are there… enthusiastic and committed to their musical development.
The bands perform more than 50 times each year, traveling to state and regional events. The Marching Bands, Concert Bands, Jazz Bands, and Small Ensembles play in competition and community festivals. Students, parents, teachers, and countless members of the Ankeny community have witnessed this first-class band in action.
Although competition is not the primary goal of the program, a successful record helps the students stay motivated and connected to the program and each other. The students are very proud of their level of performance and their competitive success.
Board of Directors
- Tim Hayden – President, AHS Parent
- Scott Hook – Vice President, ACHS Band Director
- Joel Poppen – Secretary, AHS Director
- Darin Haack – ACHS Asst. Principal
- Jeff Hawkins – AHS Principal
- Jennifer Williams – AHS Director
- Nick Ruekert ACHS Director
- Heidi Palkovic – AHS Parent
- Tim Hackbart – AHS Parent
- Amy Dollison – ACHS Parent
- Nancy Shrader – ACHS Parent
- Patti Hood – ACHS Parent
A Look at the Costs
The Ankeny & Centennial Band Programs each include a marching band, two concert bands, two jazz bands, a pep band, a winter guard program, over 100 solo and ensemble performances a year, and at least 50 large group performances a year. There is an enormous cost associated with providing these opportunities for students. For example:
- Over $10,000 for marching band music, drill, flags, adjunct staff, entry fees and student meals
- Over $1,500 for guest artists, clinicians, and All-State preparation
- Over$5,000 for solo and small ensemble entry fees and preparation
This list does not include instruments, instrument repair, concert music, technology, maintenance on the band trailer, etc. The school budget that the band receives each year covers only about 10 cents of every dollar that it costs to run the program. The other 90 cents of every dollar must be raised from another source.
What has AIM done?
In the past few years, the AIM Foundation has purchased thousands of dollars worth of uniforms for both marching bands, new concert dresses for concert bands, and new color guard uniforms. AIM has funded adjunct staff and provided scholarship dollars to middle school band students. In 2008, the AIM Foundation purchased a new truck to pull the band trailer. In 2013, the AIM Foundation purchased a new a new truck and trailer for Centennial.
Both bands’ uniforms will need to be replaced within 10 years. The cost of a new marching band uniform for both schools will be nearly $200,000. Additionally, within 10 years, Ankeny High School will need to purchase a new band trailer. To continue to provide the students with the best possible musical experiences, we need to provide them with good instruments. That means repairing what we have and replacing what cannot be repaired. The cost of a new bassoon is $7,000. The cost to replace the marching percussion will be $15,000.
Please support the current and future Ankeny and Centennial band students. Please do what you can to ensure that these students will continue to have the opportunity to participate in a world-class program.
What can I do?
There are a wide variety of ways that you can donate of your time, talents and resources to help the Ankeny and Centennial band programs:
- Make a Donation – We accept electronic donations through our PayPal account. As long as you have a credit card, we can accept donations!
- Amazon Smile – Amazon allows 0.5% of all purchases made through a Smile account to be donated to charities of your choosing. AIM is able to receive donations through this program.
- Volunteer Matching – Many companies will donate on behalf of volunteer hours their employees contribute. Talk to your employer about this opportunity
- Help Out at an Event – Both the Ankeny and Centennial programs have volunteer coordinators that can help you find ways to donate your time and talents to either program.
- Attend an Event – There are a wide variety of events for both the Ankeny and Centennial bands, all of which have AIM members in attendance.