FoPM History

FRIENDS OF POMPERAUG MUSIC, INC. is a Connecticut non-profit organization (501(c)(3)) formed in 1999 by concerned parents of Region 15 music students, with the simple purpose of providing opportunities for students to succeed through continuous excellence in music education. Over the last years, Friends has accomplished the following:

*  Provided an additional $7,000 to an anonymous $12,000 donation to purchase a complete set of orchestra and band risers

*  Generated gross revenues exceeding $100,000 from various fundraising activities, such as:

  • Raffled off a Harley Davidson “Fat Boy” motorcycle
  • Conducted FPM, Inc. golf tournament
  • Hosted major event concerts featuring professional acts such as: The Cast of Beatlemania, The Bill Mays Trio, Five O’Clock Shadow, Bill Harley, Riders on the Storm, and SteveSongs
  • Hosted the Bales & Gitlin Band at a Swing Dance instructional event with dance teacher Brian Gillie

*  Awarded $26,000 of D’Angelo scholarships (an annual $2,000 cash scholarship granted to a senior student(s) planning continued education in music)

*  Distributed over $8,000 in student grants and exposed our music students to special educational opportunities afforded by our all-volunteer organization

*  Purchased uniforms for all music students; coordinate annual distribution/collection of uniforms

*  Produced digital recordings of all school concerts and made CDs available to contributors

*  Assisted music faculty in all concert production and stage preparation

*  Served food and hosted the Regional CMEA auditions

*  Helped fund the purchase and installation of a new sound system for the auditorium

*  Sell refreshments and flowers at all major school concerts

*  Provide chaperones for all travel by the various band, orchestra and choral groups