Activities & Benefits
Please refer to the calendar for the exact dates and times of all events.
The money TEMPO raises through membership fees, concession stand sales, and The Cavalcade is used to support music programs throughout the district. We have purchased equipment, musical instruments, and supplies that are not covered by district funding. This year TEMPO is subsidizing the cost of the Disney trip by $17,000. TEMPO also pays for the StogaMusic.com website which facilitates communication between faculty, students and parents, and provides the opportunity for online ticketing for the fall drama and spring musical.
TEMPO sends the student leaders of the band (Drum Majors and Color Guard Captains) to leadership camp at West Chester University. TEMPO purchases pizza for the band when it isn’t practical for the students to get home for dinner before a game or event (over $500 each time we do this) and the band members also receive a free drink during their third quarter break at every home football game.
TEMPO provides the awards that all music students receive at the end of the year and we award scholarships each year to about 10 seniors who plan to pursue their interest in music at the college level. We fund several events like the Tri-M reception, Senior Recognition Night, the Music Meet and Greet (lunch with 8th grade students to encourage them to participate in music groups at CHS), Gal Chorale, and Guys Harmonize. We also subsidize the cost of the annual banquet in order to keep the price lower for families.
TEMPO also offers a variety of student fundraising options in order to make the music trips more affordable for the students.
Cavalcade – ‘Stoga Showcase of Sound
Imagine: The music and sound of marching bands filling Teamer Field… Color Guard banners swirling… Uniformed musicians creating awesome formations… Appreciative audiences filling the stands… Hot dogs, “marching tacos”, and hot chocolate flying out of the concession stands. Last year over 2,000 people attended this spectacular show and we anticipate even more this year!
Welcome to the ‘Stoga Showcase of Sound, a marching band competition hosted annually by Conestoga High School. This event is part of the Cavalcade of Bands, a nonprofit organization composed of over one hundred member schools that come together to compete on an interscholastic level.
Scholarships and Awards
The Tredyffrin-Easttown Music Parents Organization (TEMPO) offers scholarships and awards to students who have participated in the music program at Conestoga High School and who plan to make music a part of their college experience. To be eligible for a scholarship, a student must plan to major in music, musical theatre, music education, or a related field at university. To be eligible for an award, a student must plan to make music or musical theatre a part of his or her college experience, without majoring in those fields (e.g., an expectation of participating in an a cappella choir, ensembles, musical productions, marching band, etc.). In addition, all recipients must be students in good standing as defined by the Conestoga and/or Tredyffrin-Easttown School District administration. Also, recipients’ families must be TEMPO members.
There are two programs available: the Choral and Instrumental. Awards and scholarships are available for each. To be eligible for the Choral Scholarship or Award, an applicant must have participated in Conestoga’s choral program. To be eligible for the Instrumental Scholarship or Award, an applicant must have participated in a curricular activity such as the orchestra, concert band, or any of the instrumental ensembles. Students who participated in marching band (including Color Guard) are also eligible for an Instrumental Scholarship or Award. While participation in extra-curricular activities such as ‘Stoga Music Theatre, or ‘Stoga Theatre (including cast and crew) are not qualifications in and of themselves for either a Choral or an Instrumental scholarship or award, applicants are encouraged to include participation in them among their discussion of their activities at Conestoga.
The Instrumental Awards are named in honor of Anton F. Kiehner, a long-tenured music director at Conestoga. At his retirement, music alumni, parents, and friends contributed to a fund that is the source of those scholarships and awards. The Choral scholarships and awards are funded by TEMPO.
TEMPO organizes several group fundraising efforts throughout the year. Money raised through these group fundraisers is divided equally among all participating students.
Fundraising through Amazon.com
Did you know that Amazon.com is willing to donate to TEMPO each time you shop with them? Go to smile.amazon.com (instead of “www”) and select “Tredyffrin Easttown Music Parents Organization Tempo” as your charity. Then, every time you make a purchase at Amazon, they will make a small donation to TEMPO, without raising the price you pay!
Student Personal Fundraising
In addition to group fundraising efforts that benefit the organization as a whole, TEMPO offers the unique opportunity for members to raise funds that directly benefit them individually. Money raised from these individual student fundraisers may be used towards costs such as annual music department trips, membership dues, and tickets to the year-end music banquet.
Participation in individual student fundraising is optional. The only requirement is you must be a TEMPO member in good standing by paying annual membership dues.
TEMPO currently offers the following individual fundraisers:
Wawa Shorti Coupons
Each coupon is good for one (1) Wawa Shorti hoagie, redeemable at any Wawa location, and has no expiration date. The cost for a Shorti coupon is $5.00. Students will receive $2.00 per coupon sold in their Student Fundraising Account.
This individual fundraiser is available year-round. To place an order for please, please contact Jill Cutler at email@example.com.
File: Wawa Shorti Coupons
Handel’s Ice Cream Pint Cards
Each pint card is good for one (1) pint of Handel’s ice cream. The cost for a pint is $8.00. Students will receive $3.70 per pint card sold in their Student Fundraising Account.
This individual fundraiser is available for a limited time. All orders are due June 30, 2022. Please use the attached form for orders. Please contact Stephanie Crill at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.