Osseo Marching Band Festival cancelled for 2014, resumes in 2015

After a long meeting Feb. 19, the Osseo Band Boosters decided to cancel the 2014 Osseo Marching Band Festival due to concerns that fundraising efforts may not be sufficient to adequately fund the event.

“While we would love to hold the event this year, the Osseo Band Boosters have not been able to reach their fundraising goals and cannot ensure the event will properly represent the Osseo Band and City of Osseo,” said Kevin Rebman, Osseo Band Festival Chairman.

Drawing marching bands from across the State and some from neighboring states, the Osseo Marching Band Festival is one of the premier street-marching competitions held each year in Minnesota. With more than 14 bands competing each year, the Osseo Marching Band Festival provides an excellent opportunity for high school music students to showcase their talents and entertain.

A major portion of the funding used to host the Osseo Marching Band Festival comes from donations made by business, foundations, and individuals. The remaining money comes from fundraising activities sponsored by the Osseo Band Boosters throughout the year.

“Unlike a stadium sporting event, it is not possible to charge admission to watch the event on the street. Without the support of the community, an event such as ours must be attentive to the financial commitment,” Rebman said.

The Osseo Band Boosters, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, plans to use the remainder of 2014 to continue fundraising for return of the event Saturday, June 27, 2015.

“By releasing this information now, the groups who were planning to perform in Osseo will have more time to adjust their performance schedules for 2014,” said Rebman.

The Osseo Band Boosters sincerely thanks all of their sponsors, competing bands, and spectators for making the past seven years a huge success and they look forward to bringing this excellent performing arts activity back to Osseo in 2015. Organizations or individuals wishing to make a donation to the Osseo Band Boosters for the 2015 Osseo Marching Band Festival may do so by sending an e-mail to krebman@osseobandfestival.org or by US Mail at: Osseo Band Boosters, P.O. Box 411, Osseo, MN 55369.

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