Our 2015 annual meeting took place Sunday, March 1. To listen to a recording and view past meeting information, click here.
Steve Aylward wrote this post as part of our Glassmen alumni blog series. He was a member of the brass section from 1998 to 2002. Below, Steve describes how being a member helped him become a music educator.
Everyone has their own experiences of what the Glassmen meant to them and how the organization impacted their life. I am sure that eventually in this space I will have the chance to talk at some length about it, but as I started to think through this first blog, I made a realization…
After Glassmen Inc. declared bankruptcy a little over a year ago, some alumni requested that we make jackets available again. It took some work, but the GAA board was able to make this happen. Check out these examples, which more than 50 Glassmen recently received by mail. We’ll let you know the next time we place an order!
Join us at 1 p.m. EST Sunday, March 1, for our annual meeting.
This meeting is open to all.
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The Board of Directors will present via audio, and attendees will have the chance to participate in a chat window. Please post in the comments or contact us if you have questions.
We’re conducting our annual survey to collect information and comments from alumni to help us make decisions about our direction. It’s important that we get as many alumni as possible, from all eras, to fill out our brief form.
The survey is anonymous, and it should only take a few minutes of your time. Click here to begin!
We need your help to gather more items to digitize and complete our history. We’ll take photos, programs, tour schedules, patches — anything to do with the Glassmen that can be easily mailed and scanned. It’s our goal to collect as much as possible from all Glassmen seasons.
You can send your items to the Glassmen Alumni Association by mail. We’ll make sure they get back to you. If you have items to send, or additional questions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your full name (and previous names, if yours has changed), your return address, what you’ve got and the years your photos/other items are from. We’ll get back to you ASAP and let you know where to send them.
We promise to take good care of anything you send, but cannot assume responsibility for any damage when mailing. We’ll scan and return them to you by mail as soon as possible.
A recap of the Glassmen Alumni Association Board of Directors meeting is now available on our website. Board members discussed this year’s DCI finals and surrounding social events; future planning for a performing ensemble; outreach; and merchandise, among other topics.
Meeting recaps are available online once they have been approved by board vote at the following meeting. Past recaps and additional documents are also available at www.glassmenalumni.org/meetings. If you have questions, comments or concerns, please use the comments section.
As promised, we have added the Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps cookbooks and patches to our Glassmen Experience website and are available for purchase.
Get yours before they’re gone!
I would like to take a moment of your time to update you on a few financial developments with Glassmen Alumni Association.
First, I am thrilled to announce that we raised $1,710.68 at the All Star Review, on June 22nd. This amount includes funds raised from the 50/50 Raffle, Alumni Swag Sales, Straight Donations, and a donation from DCI for providing amazing volunteers. We had a great time at the show, and thank you to everyone who gave their time to help. It was wonderful to see so many Glassmen Family members together in one place again.
Second, we have now raised enough money to keep our memorabilia in storage for at least 2 full years. These funds will allow us to keep our historical items together & safe until we figure out the next step. This is an important achievement, and we thank everyone who helped us reach this goal.
Third, the Administrators of CorpData have graciously waived their fees for us. This means that the Glassmen data will remain active in their database, but we do not have to pay for it. We will be able to contact you via email by using their database, so please keep your CorpsData account updated with your contact information.
Finally, it was announced about a month ago, but if you haven’t heard… the Glassmen Alumni Association is now officially a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization! This was a very long process with the IRS, but it’s finally complete and it’s a HUGE step for us as an organization. All donations are now tax-deductible, and we can begin major fundraising.
Please keep an eye on the Glassmen Alumni Association & Glassmen Experience Facebook pages for upcoming information & events. Information & Alumni merchandise can also be found on our websites at www.glassmenalumni.org & www.glassmenexperience.com
If you have any questions or concerns about the financial aspects of the Glassmen Alumni Association, please feel free to contact me directly. You can reach me on Facebook, or you may email me at email@example.com
Thank You so much for all of your continued support. If we work together, we can achieve anything.
Liz Von Allmen, GAA Treasurer