Happy New Year! I wanted to reach out and give you an update on the film and also thank you for all of your support and enthusiasm for Marching Beyond Halftime. We love hearing from so many of you. It constantly reminds us how important the work is that we are doing.
Along with our small group of volunteers, I have been working very hard behind the scenes this past year to move the film forward. While we have made significant progress, we still have some things to accomplish to complete the film at the level that we want to make it.
In 2016, we met some incredible band alumni who we are going to feature in the film. We went to Vancouver in February to sit down with actress and director Jennifer Morrison, from ABC’s Once Upon A Time and previously on Fox’s hit show House. Jennifer talked about literally growing up in band, as her dad was an award-winning band director. She also talked about how she uses her band skills every day in her career. She told us a story about how she and fellow musician and actor Hugh Laurie used to approach their scenes together as if they were musical compositions. It was really fascinating and I can’t wait for you to see it!
We met many other prominent alumni that we hope to go and interview and get their stories on camera including Captain Winston Scott who is a retired United States Navy Captain and former NASA astronaut who flew on 2 space shuttle missions. Captain Scott is a trumpet player and has a music degree from Florida State University. He now teaches aeronautical engineering and is the director of Jazz Studies at Florida Institute of Technology. He credits being in band with literally helping him reach the stars!
In order to finish the movie, we need to complete filming, hire a dedicated editorial team, and begin our music licensing process (a huge undertaking!). The bottom line is that we need additional funding to finish the job. We have been quite successful with small donations from individuals and businesses and will be launching another crowdfunding campaign next month. In addition to this, we are looking for more corporate donations and philanthropists who are interested in supporting a tax-deductible cause for this important issue in today’s society.
For those of you who have contributed, we sincerely thank you as you have gotten us to this point! If you have any people or companies in your circle of influence that might be interested in making a financial contribution, please email us or share this page with them.
For those of you have not contributed yet but believe in the powerful benefits of music education, please make your tax-deductible donation to help us complete this film.
Thank you again for joining us on this journey. We are so thrilled that we will be able to show the world what band really is and how important it is for today’s students and tomorrow’s society!
With much appreciation,
Marching Beyond Halftime