Met with Aaron, assistant director, face to face several times for discussions and continued each of those discussions through phone calls, throughout the month of December and the beginnings of January. All manner and matters regarding the corps were open; reviewing, planning, prepping ideas. He is and will continue to be vital to the achievement in all corps operations.
Worked extensively with Katie getting audition info up on the website. Robert provided all technical assistance getting PayPal links scripted. Captain heads provided audition packets in PDF form and I emailed to those who prepaid. Moderate success in the prepayment option interest. Later, while updating calendar, Katie discovered some technical difficulties, we discussed. Resolution is being sought.
Bandfest with Martha and Byron. Moses and Josh also provided support throughout the first day. Jen came as well. Day one, our biggest success was our presence and getting our name out in public. Good relations, also, with the Watchmen booth next to ours. Dr. Dave Betancourt, Cerritos College Music Department Faculty member, came to support his son in a Rose Parade group. Dave and I exchanged thoughts about the possibility of Impulse and Cypress College having a mutually beneficial relationship. Cypress College President was previously in the same position at Cerritos. Day two resulted in a handful of interest sign ups. Lots more PR, community relations. Aaron, Sam, and the Sneddons were there, and Trevor also, helping out. Stuart Pompel, PC director, also happened by, and stopped by the Impulse booth, chatted briefly with Aaron and myself. Carol, Innovative Percussion rep, came by also.
Later had a multiple email exchange with Cypress College President. Her assistant is contacting me for a face to face, on-campus meeting in two weeks.
Volunteers (show, camps, tour, fundraising), should get consideration for complementary (or $5 booster club fee) Impulse branded shirts, hats, to help advertise the organization, and as a thank you. Multiple level committed volunteers, super boosters, could have their own brand. Volunteer Impulse gear could be appropriately labeled like staff shirts, but instead of STAFF, the Zot Patrol brand woild be for volunteers. Possibly also add more souvie items or designs of shirts to the general sales offerings.
Met with new quartermaster Andi, several times. She is an instrument repair technician working in the same shop as Aldo. Besides having extensive experience with brass repair, Andi is also equally able with percussion instrument maintenance and repair. One of her many goals she and I discussed: work with the captions and student leadership to ensure there is proper basic understanding of equipment care, maintenance, and storage. Also work with captions on assessing what equipment is repairable and what needs to be replaced. Her initial report, based on initial assessments, was cause for extensive conversation about immediate plans moving forward.
Worked with Tom on finalizing a new promotional video, to assist with recruitment, public relations, assistance with soliciting donations. Discussed with Tom, also, about developing a third video, with performance clips only, Impulse sound and video.
Great conversation with John, board member, regarding corporate fundraising and sponsors. Agreed that a promotional video would be a first step. He’ll do mailings, initiating contacts, at some point, set up meetings for presentations with possible donors. A committee needs to be formed to assist with follow through. Need to work on a corporate presentation script. Also, I need to discuss with staff about supporting corporate related event performance offerings. Sent John a draft of a letter to possibly send to potential corporate donors or sponsors, he reviewed and sent back revisions.
Kevita, a probiotic drink company, politely rejected the idea of working with us as a donor or sponsor. Also rejected by Yakult, probiotic drink company. Still to respond: WOD, athletic wear company; Colosseum Athletics, clothing company.
Kind Snacks, healthy treats company, has offered to send a box of bars. Has not arrived, yet.
Continuing to work with Robert getting appropriate documents submitted and approved to receive donations through Apple Computer’s charity. Cleared steps 4 of 5.
Discussed with Jason current condition of tractor. Whatever repairs and maintenance need to be done, these next two months would be the best time. We can get long term local use out of the tractor. Jason recently replaced all four truck batteries.
I need bus quotes for tour. Contact Frank, contact Lisa, contact Camila.
Met Carol Carpenter at BandFest. Exchanged contact info. Inviting her or other IP reps to Auditions other events through the season. She responded, NAMM is our audition weekend, but she sent some swag.
Sent Stick Tape, LoneStar Percussion, an email inquiring about sponsorship.
I asked Sam to look at other Corp websites, and compare ours, in terms of layout, ease of use, constructional aspects. He sent me a report that I forwarded to Katie, for later discussion
Extended a season long invitation to our Yamaha rep to attend Impulse events. Specifically asked him to attend auditions and bring a truck full of swag, equipment.
Sent San Gabriel Valley Tribune and LA Times local community reporters a season long invitation to cover our events. I started specifically with the January calendar and will send follow up emails two weeks prior to each event.
Sent Huntington Beach July Fouth and Pacific Palisades July Fouth parade association and the managing group for both emails indicating our interest in participating this coming summer, 2018. Heard back from Palisades. Application will be emailed next month.
Sent an email to California Adventure indicating our desire to return to a performance opportunity in mid-July 2018. Our Yamaha rep, Jonathan, sent an email to his Disney Music contact to assist these efforts, and provided me the Disney music contact info. Both attempts successful, sort of. Net result, no summer slots during the week I provided, but was encouraged to apply anyway, possible cancellation of another group.
Various ongoing discussions with Danny, Marc, Jen, and Charlie regarding caption specific topics.
Participated in New year’s Rose Bowl fundraising. Best part of these events for me, besides raising money for Impulse, is meeting parents, answering questions, encouraging them to consider more volunteering opportunities, outside of fundraising.
Long phone conversation with Bill Greenberg, parent. Discussed many ways to develop multiple SoCal resources to enhance the organization and home show, specifically.
Developing a Timeline for 2019 Impulse.
Met with design team. All plans are on schedule, deadlines are being met, show is under construction. I recently assigned Matt, drill writer, as Team lead. He will drive the dynamics of creating the tangible constructs of the show.
….and I’m leaving a few other things out. Other various miscellaneous meetings and discussions with people regarding corps business.
You know, little stuff😉