Plymouth Whitemarsh Band Boosters
Plymouth Whitemarsh Band Boosters
            BAND BOOSTERS, INC.

Who We Are

The Plymouth Whitemarsh Band Boosters (PWBB), Inc., a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation, is parent organization which supports the Plymouth Whitemarsh High School Marching Colonials, Jazz Band, Lab Band, Indoor Drumline and Indoor Guard.   The PWBB mission includes promoting and encouraging excellence in music at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School and throughout the Colonial School District; providing financial, administrative and operational support to the Plymouth Whitemarsh High School Band Program under the guidance of the Band Director and consistent with the educational mission and policies of the Colonial School District; and encouraging parents, guardians, and others to get involved in the musical education of our students by supporting and attending various performances and competitions.

What Does PWBB Do?

PWBB is one of the largest and most active parent booster organizations within the school district. PWBB provides support to the bands in a variety of ways:

  • chaperoning scheduled band activities;
  • organizing tailgates, cookouts and banquets;
  • providing fundraising opportunities for students to raise money for the annual band trip;
  • fitting uniforms;
  • building sets and props;
  • driving trucks;
  • organizing the annual band banquet;
  • providing administrative support to the program; and
  • providing food and assistance for events, receptions, and other programs.

Our two biggest events of the year are the annual PW Cavalcade of Bands and Jazz Festival Shows.  These competitions have been held at PW for over 30 years!    Each year at the Cavalcade of Bands, our annual marching band show, many bands compete, alumni return, and a great day is had by all.  At our annual marching show, we present the Keith Stimson Memorial High Percussion Award and the Adam M. Wilson High Wind Section awards.

Volunteer with PWBB

We encourage all parents with students in the Band Program to get involved and experience the fun and satisfaction of supporting our students and the bands. What you are willing to offer of your time and talents will make all the difference to the band students. We really do need your help to whatever extent you can offer!   Also, be sure to attend our students’ performances and competitions!  Coming out to applaud our talented musicians and guard is a great way to show support!

Opportunities to become involved include helping with a number of fundraisers throughout the year; volunteering to help with events, such as the annual banquet and Senior Picnic, which are held to honor our band students; helping to produce publications, directories, email distribution groups and the band web page, which are designed to keep everyone informed and up-to-date; and chaperoning during the many band events.

Meetings

PWBB meets approximately once per month. The dates will be published on the PWBB web page.  If your student is involved with any of these programs, you are encouraged to attend the PWBB meetings and to join our mailing list.  Please see our “Contact PWBB” link to join!  This is a great way to find out what’s happening and to share your ideas!

PW Cavalcade of Bands Annual Show

For more than 30 years, the PW Marching Colonials and the PWBB have hosted the annual PW Cavalcade of Bands competition in October.  This competition features high school marching bands from throughout the Philadelphia metropolitan area.  The event is open to the public and is generally a great day of entertainment and friendly competition.  Come see our students and what they can do!  For the date of the next PW Cavalcade of Bands Show, please see our Upcoming Events link!

Keith Stimson High Percussion Award

Keith Stimson

This award has been presented at the Plymouth Whitemarsh Cavalcade of Bands Marching Band Show since 1987.  It is awarded to the highest scoring percussion section in memory of Keith Stimson, a former Plymouth Whitemarsh drum line member who died unexpectedly in his junior year at PW.

The award is the original Drum Trophy, created in his memory a family friend and representative of Ziljan Drums.

In 1987, Keith was also attending Tech School studying Commercial Art.  He loved working with other students and various school activities and was chairman of the American Red Cross Blood Drive that year.

In addition to band activities, he was a member of Colonial Players and appeared in his first production, The Sound of Music, as the oldest Von Trapp son.  He preferred working behind the scenes on productions and especially loved working on the lighting aspects for all of the productions.  He also had a rock group called “Silver Mane”.  Their last performance together was at the Cast Party for Colonial Players’ “The King & I” on April 4, 1987. 

When not in school, Keith could be found outside enjoying his skateboard.

Before he died, he had auditioned for, and was chosen to be a member of, the Bridgemen Drum & Bugle Corps located in New Jersey.

Keith had a zest for life and people and a strong dedication to school activities.

 

Adam Wilson

Adam M Wilson

One of the special features of the Plymouth Whitemarsh Cavalcade of Bands show in recent years has been the Adam M. Wilson Memorial High Wind Section Award.  This award is only a part of what the Adam M. Wilson Memorial Scholarship Fund does for our school.
 
Please read Adam’s story and the story of the fund that now memorializes him.  You may also get details at The Adam M. Wilson Memorial Fund web site.    
 
Adam M. Wilson Memorial Scholarship Fund
A nonprofit organization incorporated Dec 31, 2001. Federal Tax ID: 02-0543828


The organization raises funds in the memory of Adam Matthew Wilson who died in April 2000 from complications after receiving a Bone Marrow Transplant.  Adam was 16 when he became ill in July of 1999 and was diagnosed with Acute T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma, cancer of the Lymphatic system.  In August of that year Adam almost died from the disease and was hospitalized at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital for 3 weeks. The physicians and surgeons saved his life with surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. He then began a one-week a month chemotherapy regimen, scheduled to last for approximately one year; designed to kill the cancer; the doctors were optimistic concerning his survival.
 
Unfortunately, the disease returned in December of 1999 affecting Adam's Central Nervous System and brain. He suffered from severe migraine headaches and the left side of his face was paralyzed. Again with radiation the disease was forced into remission. At this point, because the disease had returned in Adam's CNS, the physicians determined that a Bone Marrow Transplant was his best chance for long-term survival. A search was begun to find a compatible donor through the National Bone Marrow Transplant Program, which resulted in the finding of a matched donor. In February of 2000 Adam entered Thomas Jefferson University Hospital for chemotherapy treatment prior to the transplant that had been scheduled for May.
 
Because his immune system was so severely depressed by radiation and 5 months of chemotherapy he developed severe fungal and viral infections, which required additional hospitalization and treatment. Due to this the BMT was moved up to early March hoping that a new immune system would be of benefit. Two days after Adam's 17th birthday he received the transplant and began his recovery. He did well initially and the transplant began to rebuild his immune system. But, as in solid organ transplants, there is always a risk of rejection. In Bone Marrow Transplants the rejection is the opposite, the new immune system begins to reject its host body. This occurred with Adam. He was given anti-rejection medications in an effort to control the process. However, due to the rejection and his very suppressed immune system he contracted infections that could not be controlled by known medications today. Adam died suddenly and unexpectedly of heart failure on April 28, 2000.
 
Throughout all this Adam maintained a positive attitude and outlook towards life. He continued his high school studies provided by tutors and maintained an "A" average in all of his subjects. He never complained and, at least outwardly, never expressed any fear or discouragement with his condition. He was brave and courageous and friendly to all he came in contact with. His doctors were always surprised when he would thank them for helping him after they had just done procedures that caused him pain and discomfort.
 
Adam was an 10th grade student at Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School and a member of the P-W Marching Colonials, Jazz Band, Indoor Drum Line, Concert Band and Choir. He also played trombone for "The Town Players", a group of adults and youths, which gives performances in local churches and nursing homes. He was a strong musician and very much enjoyed performing. Adam had just started working at his local YMCA as a Lifeguard and Swim Instructor with his brother Keith when he became ill. He loved his job and brought to the "Y" his love of life and own brand of humor. He was also a member of the P-W High School Swim Team where he enjoyed the camaraderie of his teammates and the thrill of competition.
 
Funds raised will be invested and the proceeds will be used award a college scholarship to a senior at Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School chosen by the teachers of the music department as someone who best exemplifies Adam’s love of music, life, spirit and friendship to others.