Friends of Music

Dear Parents of Music Students!

Welcome to the start of a new year for the Bozeman Friends of Music! We are a group of parents with students in the music programs in the Bozeman School system. The Bozeman Schools Music program is known to be one of the finest in the Northwest. Our mission is to raise support for music, above and beyond what the school district can afford to provide. This money allows the Bozeman teaching staff to exceed the ordinary music curriculum with state of the art equipment and resources for our children in their musical endeavors.

A personal note from president Willie Eide

BFOM is looking forward to a wonderful year! Even though the economy was tough, BFOM was able to raise a significant amount of money to support what our stellar music teachers are doing in their classrooms.

I have two sons who were immersed in Bozeman's music program and are now using what they learned to gig and continue to make music a part of their lives.  

BFOM is expanding our support for the music students and we need your help!  We encourage you to get involved with BFOM this year!

I cordially invite all interested parents to attend any or all of our meetings to learn more about the activities planned for the upcoming year. Any amount of help, whether small or large, contributes to making a difference in the musical lives of our children.

Friends of Music Meeting Schedule

Friends of Music Meeting Schedule 2014-2015
Date Location Time
September 17th BHS Band Room 5:30 p.m.
October 8th BHS Band Room 5:30 p.m.
November 12th BHS Band Room 5:30 p.m.
December 10th BHS Band Room 5:30 p.m.
January 14th BHS Band Room 5:30 p.m.
February 11th BHS Band Room 5:30 p.m.
No March Meeting n/a n/a
April 8th BHS Band Room 5:30 p.m.
May 13th BHS Band Room 5:30 p.m.


Our main fundraiser for the year is Hawks Night Live (our high school talent show), and many volunteers are needed to pull off this amazing event. Visit us at We look forward to getting to know many of you this year.

Some of the ways we support the music programs in our schools:

  • Travel for high school performing groups
  • Student and teacher scholarships
  • Artists in residence
  • Purchases of instruments and uniforms
  • Equipment upgrades


  • Music festival housing
  • Hawks Night Live high school talent show
  • Instrument Swap
  • Fifth Grade Band & Orchestra Festival
  • Board of Directors

Become a member! Your contributions are tax deductible! Hope to see you at one of our meetings!

Did you know that in the past 4 years:

  • 3 students were chosen to participate in the National Honors Band
  • Eight students were chosen to participate in the All-Northwest Honors groups in Bellevue, Washington
  • Bozeman has the only marching band in the state and they place well at Washington and Idaho competitions?
  • Five students were chosen to participate in the American Choral Directors Northwest Honors Choir?
  • The SMS Select Choir was chosen as a top performing group in the Northwest for 2014?
  • One of the music staff was recognized as a Bozeman Schools Foundation honored alumni?

And that:

  • 648 students at BHS participate in performance groups
  • BHS Symphony Orchestra will travel to Los Angeles, California for an educational tour in 2015
  • 76% of the National Merit Finalists in 2014 were music students
  • 58% of Worthy Scholarship recipients in 2014 were music students
  • 51 BHS students were chosen for the All-State in 2013
  • A music staff member received the Lowell Mason Foundation award, recognized for lifetime national achievement in music education
  • A 2013 graduate received a $100,000 music scholarship
  • 71 of the 2014 graduates received collegiate music scholarships
  • 22 BHS students and grads play in the Bozeman Symphony
  • 10 music department faculty play or sing professionally
  • Music students outscore the general high school population on the SAT exams
  • There is no admission fee for most music department concerts
  • There is no activity fee for music
  • You receive a Hawks Night Live pre-sale order form in the mail for your voluntary $25 tax-deductible donation to Bozeman Friends of Music

Help us help your students succeed!

Please help us fund scholarships, travel, enrichment, guest artists, and the purchase of instruments for the Bozeman Public Schools music classes and groups at all levels. We depend upon your personal, tax-deductible donations to support the important essentials that make up the components for a successful, competitive music program!