Editor's Note: Annandale High School will not be only high school visiting Annandale homes for Tag Day. The and band students will also knock in doors in Annandale neighborhoods that fall under their boundaries. If you won't be home, you can donate to the Woodson band via their website www.woodsonband.org or to the Falls Church band at www.jaguarband.org.
If you hear a knock at your door on Saturday, the person on your porch may be an (AHS) band member asking for money.
This Saturday is the annual Tag Day fundraising event for the AHS band and color guard and students will be going door-to-door asking residents for donations to support the school’s music program.
The students will only visit homes (but not townhouses, condos or apartments) in neighborhoods that are part of the AHS pyramid. According to the Annandale High School Parent Teacher Student Association’s Tag Day Coordinator Georgi Barker, 100 percent of the donations collected will go toward the music department.
According to a letter addressed to band program parents on the band’s website, donations from Tag Day provide the department with close to 50 percent of its budget since Fairfax County Public Schools performing arts programs raise most of their funds to cover the expenses that FCPS dos not such as uniforms, transportation and more. In previous years, the donations have gone toward purchasing instruments, sheet music and to help the band pay for travel to and from area competitions.
All donations for Tag Day are tax-deductible. Residents who are unable to donate on Saturday can also donate to the band program electronically at www.annandalebands.org. Checks can also be mailed to the band and addressed to: AHSBB P.O. Box 1231 Annandale, VA 22003.