Giving Day 2016: #remembertheband

Your support is critical for the continued success of the Big Red Bands. The phonathon was a great success; we raised over $31,619 for the Bands in two evenings of calling!  As you know, Big Red Band Alumni are incredibly loyal, and your generosity has allowed the Bands to maintain a consistent level of performance.  Last year, however, allowed us to look forward, with 2014-2015 annual gifts topping $100,000 for the first time ever.  This was in large part due to Giving Day, which allowed us to shatter our previous record gift total by over $25,000.

What is Giving Day?  It’s an opportunity to share stories, memories, and pictures with all your friends and fellow Band alumni.  It’s a chance to reminisce via social media at your desk, in your home, or wherever you may be, and raise some much needed gifts for the Bands at the same time.  The response to all the posts last year was overwhelmingly positive, and we look forward to an even stronger alumni presence this time around!  Furthermore, we have even more to gain – there will be matching funds available throughout the day for the organization with the highest number of participants.  Reach out to your friends and plan on sharing some memories – it really is the participation that counts!  If you have some pictures and/or stories you’d like to share to the whole crowd, please email them to our Alumni Association Chair, Lowell Frank ’99, ’03, and they’ll go out on our Facebook and Twitter feeds throughout the day.  Lowell can be reached at

The second-ever Giving Day will begin at 12:00 AM on Tuesday April 19th and last for 24 hours; if you will be making a gift to Cornell that day, please #remembertheband and allocate your donation to the Bands. To do so, select “Athletics” and write “Big Red Bands.” Be sure to check out our social media pages – we’ve gone through photo albums and archives to find some iconic band pictures and will be posting them throughout the day.

To celebrate, we will be streaming a concert live from Fischell Band Center! Be sure to tune in on the 19th at 7:30 P.M. and hear the Big Red Marching Band and the Big Red Pep Band play your favorite tunes. Instructions on how to watch will be coming soon in an email.

Thank you again for your continued support!


Kristen Rose Baxter ‘18 and Odalis Flores ‘19