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Music Parents Organization (MPO)

"Music Parents Organization" consists of anyone with a student involved in the music program at Lakeside. Whether it's Freshman Chorus, Cantate Choir, Warrior Band, Swing Choir, A Cappella Choir, Jazz or Pep Band, there are opportunities for you to serve and get involved.
Summer 2024 Warrior Band Volunteer Opportunities
Please review the available slots at the Sign-Up Genius and click on the button to sign up. Food donations can be labeled "Summer Band" and dropped off at school at any time up until June 4.  Thank you for your support of the Summer Band program!


MPO semi-annual meetings

The Music Parents have two formal meetings per year to report on upcoming schedules, look at the financial situation, and plan upcoming events. (First is held at end of August; second is in Jan-Feb.) Special meetings are held as needed. All music parents are encouraged to attend.

8/30/2023 MPO Semi-Annual Mtg 6:30 pm (minutes)
2/4/2024 MPO Semi-Annual Mtg 3:30 (after Pops Concert)

MPO Fundraisers

MPO hosts individual student fundraising opportunities each semester. The fall semester involves personal selling of food items, and the spring semester features SnapRaise, an e-mail-based activity where musicians can share travel plans and request donations from family and friends. These are Warrior musicians' opportunities to save for band and choir trips, where profits from sales go into personal trip savings accounts. We appreciate all the faithful support from friends and family. Info for the next school year appears on this page as soon as it's available.


Occasionally, group events take place that raise money that is applied to keep trip costs lower or go to pay for special events that the students enjoy while participating in musical events or trips without needing to charge additional costs to families. MPO FUNdraisers— bowling, casino night ... have a new idea?

MPO Bowling Fundraiser & Chili lunch
Come bowling with MPO—all are welcome!
Watertown Bowl North - map 
Saturday, March 2, 2024
Doors open at 12:30, bowling from 1-4
Option 1: 4 games of bowling, chili and fixings for $20/person
Option 2: No bowling but watch & have lunch for $5/person
Bowling prizes, raffles, silent auction, bake sale!

Fall 2023 Fundraising

Starts August 30, 2023
Ends September 22 (forms need to be at school by 3 PM)
Pick-up items for delivery on October 14 at LL from 9-10 a.m. in the bus barn on the west end of the campus.
Items on sale in Fall 2023. Use links to see products and/or print additional sell sheets as needed

SnapRaise fundraiser Spring 2023

LLHS summer band participants were encouraged to take advantage of a different type of opportunity called SnapRaise to ask for support in travel costs as they represent the Lord and LLHS on band trips!

  • Snap Raise sets up a webpage for our group with links/QR codes so families/friends can easily access the page.
  • Teens create an account by following this link when it goes live Feb. 14 or through coaching described below. Students add a photo and provide emails of family and friends who like the goal of the Warrior Band and who may be willing to support with an online monetary donation. Families have until Feb 26 to accomplish this. Parents and teens should work together to determine the best email addresses!
(Many of our families liked this idea since they don't have many local fam or friends who buy pizza or kringle. Rest assured that these emails are never used in other or additional ways after this.
  • Each teen's profit is separated behind the scenes so everyone gets to keep what they make (students get 80% of all donations to their page).
  • The average donation received is $35/email
  • The fundraiser runs for 28 days beginning Feb. 26. Snap Raise sends one email/week to the emails teens provide. The emails provide a bio, links to the page, and QR codes to the page. 
MPO Bowling at Watertown Bowl North 
November 12, 2022
A social fundraiser for the LLHS music department
The first-ever MPO Bowling "fun-raiser" did just that and raised awesome funds too (almost $3K)! On Saturday, more than 70 band fam and friends showed up to roll scotch doubles, eat chili and shop a silent auction and bake sale. Congrats to winners Christian Collins and Connor Slattery with 931 pins across 4 games. Thanks go out to Watertown Bowl North for their generous hosting, Kwik Trip, Kraemer Wisconsin Cheese, Sweet Talkin' Treats, Countryside Jewelry, Farmington Inn, Johnsonville, Johnson Creek American Legion Post 305,  and Culver's, Fuelify (Watertown), Thrivent, Tracy Schwantes, Kyra Lostetter, Molly & Troy Schreiner, and so many Warrior band families who donated and organized to make this a fun and profitable day for our teen musician programs. See & download more pics at
Warrior Band Trip Chaperone Requirements/Policy
Considering serving as a trip chaperone? Here are a few things that the Lakeside Lutheran High School Music Parents Organization (MPO) requires of all trip chaperones.
A trip chaperone needs to:
  • have a child in the band (If a parent is not able to chaperone, an adult close relative, i.e. grandparent, may fill in. This would need to be approved by the MPO Executive Board.)
  • be a positive, Christian role model for our teens
  • conduct him/herself in a Christian manner
  • complete and clear a criminal background check
  • serve as a parade chaperone for at least one of the local parades
  • volunteer for at least one shift during Band Camp (overnight is recommended but not required if work dictates this as not possible)
  • be able to get off of work for the entirety of the band trip (Calgary 2020 is June 28-July 11)
  • to be present the night before trip departure to help pack truck
  • be present at pre-trip chaperone meetings as scheduled
  • be chosen by Mr. Pufahl and other members of the MPO Executive Board
  • be willing to serve in multiple capacities on the trip (uniforms, kitchen help, packing truck, etc.)
  • have a physical completed and WI DOT form filled out and both on file at Lakeside (if driving the van with students)

MPO Handbook

The following link will open the Music Parents Handbook. There you will find more information on the the organization, how you can assist, and more details about opportunities to make a difference in the lives of Lakeside Lutheran students by helping them have rewarding, fun, meaningful Christian experiences with God's gift of music!


At the MPO special meeting on April 16, 2014, it was approved to update the constitution as was written and published.


Want Summer Band info?
Visit our Summer Band page.

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Music Parents are currently organized by these volunteers:

MPO Board 2023-24

President: Kelly Schauer   [email protected]
Vice-president: Rich Parkhurst
Treasurer: Michelle Hemling | [email protected]
Secretary: Emily Gulczynski
At-Large members: Stacci Barganz, Rachel Tolkinen, Tricia Parkhurst
Student Fundraising Coordinator: vacant 
Uniforms Coordinator: Carla Morris-Robinson
Activities/Promotions Coordinator: vacant
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