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NHS Friends of Music, Inc. (FOM) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in Needham, Massachusetts that supports all music programs at Needham High School and fosters community among students, parents and music faculty.  Our financial support includes the FOM Bob Ayoub Instrument Fund, educational grants for students and travel assistance to music program opportunities, and funds for uniforms and tuxedos. Our volunteer efforts vary from organizing fundraisers, to hosting annual social events for the entire NHS music community, to selling NHS FOM merchandise at football games, to baking cookies for after the concerts.

We work closely with the faculty in the Fine and Performing Arts Department of the Needham Public School to provide the needed support required by Symphonic, Concert and Marching Bands, Color Guard, Chorus, String Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Chorale and the Annual Musical. Our efforts and activities are guided by our mission:

  • To foster and maintain an enthusiastic interest in the music activities of Needham High School, while reinforcing the positive strength that students gain from the NHS Music experience
  • To create collaboration between parents, faculty, & students through greater inclusion in FOM

Welcome 2011-12!

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Dear Music Department families,
Friends of Music welcomes you to another great year of musical performances and activities! With your help we can continue to provide support and enrichment the NHS music department and students deserve. Please bookmark our website www.nhsfriendsofmusic.org to access all the latest news regarding upcoming performances and events and for a comprehensive look at Friends of Music.  Join FOM and see how your efforts can enhance your student’s experience in the NHS music program. Students and parents are encouraged to explore our opportunities, new and updated, that are designed to create a community for the love of music.

We are in the process of planning WinterFest 2011: Musicals! being held on December 2. It is our biggest fundraiser of the year. If you are interested in volunteering for our annual dinner/silent auction/concert event, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Sign up for the FOM E-mail List and receive monthly updates on concert dates, trip dates, call times, concert attire, due dates for fees & forms, audition dates, and more. (FOM does not share email addresses with other groups.)


Kelly Luce President, '11-12

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 November 2011 20:03

2013-14 Board & Officers

The NHS Friends of Music 2013-2014 Board & Officers are:

 Position  Name
 President  Marcia Mantell
 Vice-President  Kate Findlen
 Treasurer  Ellen Winston
 Clerk  Karen Mullen
 Corresponding Secretary  Judy Chin

To contact any board member, send an email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 20:33

NHS FOM Volunteer Opportunities 2012-13

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 If you interested in volunteering, please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

 Updated! FOM Community-Building

[Commitment: 1 month only, May/June ]
What’s the best way to build a cohesive student group in the NHS Music community? How about an easy way to give parents an opportunity to get to know the faculty? How can we take a break from the insanity of school, and celebrate a year of making great music together? Did someone say PARTY?

FOM Sunset Barbeque

Sign up now, don’t think about it until next May!! We need a chairperson to lead this fun event scheduled for June 2013. We also need a team of volunteers to set up tables, distribute fliers, flip burgers, organize games or man the Friends of Music booth. Help make a lot of people happy with this crazy-fun, summery event in June!

Community Classroom Credits Available

NHS Faculty Liaisons

[Commitment:   1 email, every 2 weeks, throughout the year]

Ms. McLallen and Mr. Vanderwoude would each appreciate a FOM Parent Liaison – a consistent contact person, who will check in every 2 - 4 weeks to see what assistance FOM can provide. Requests can be forwarded to appropriate people, or delegated to parents willing to lend a hand.

Parent Opportunity Only 

2012-13 Liaisons 
Choruses - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Orchestra - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Bands - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 Meet the Merchandise

[Commitment:   1 month only, or intermittently thru the year]

Raising funds for FOM comes in many forms and FOM merchandise is straightforward, easy, and concrete. This is a great way to contribute your time and spread the enthusiasm for NHS Music. All new ideas for merchandise and fundraising are welcome!

 Community Classroom Credits Available

Updated! The “Face” of FOM

[Commitment:   Choose 1 or more events]  

Your best talent is your ability to market and communicate. Help publicize FOM fundraisers and events to the Needham Community through local newspapers, FOM newsletters, NHS school bulletins, and the FOM website. Design advertisements and direct a team to post the flyers at local establishments.

Community Classroom Credits Available

Updated! Winterfest ’12: Dance!

[Commitment:   2 months, late Sept – early Dec]

Get involved in the highlight event of the FOM year! This FOM fundraiser brings NHS music students and local talent together to celebrate the holiday season. The stage curtain will open to the music theme Dance – an evening of instrumental, vocal and dance performances. We need a sell-out crowd! This event is our biggest fundraiser, and we are seeking many FOM participants – moms, dads and students. Lend a hand in a small way, or jump in with both feet, to bring this star-studded night to NHS this December. Just pick one of the opportunities below and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it :

  • Take a lead role: Silent Auction, Dinner, Dessert Buffet or Concert Organizer
  • Silent Auction Donations Collectors (needed immediately)
  • Dinner servers (need 5-6 adults, 5-6 students)
  • Intermission Dessert Buffet (need 5-6 people, prep/breakdown)
  • Set-up Crew 
  • Clean-up Crew 
  • Poster, Program and Ticket Form Design
  • Publicity (Contact Needham Times, Needham Channel, distribute posters to businesses late Nov.)
  • Ticket Table (great for dads)
  • Student ushers in halls and auditorium

With your help, this event is certain to be a huge hit!!!

Community Classroom Credits Available

 Updated! Behind the Scenes

[Commitment:   Occasional intermittent involvement, 1 day only, or 2 weeks a year]

You’d like to help, you don’t have a lot of time, and you like to stay out of the spotlight. These opportunities are just for you. Every year, many people contribute a small effort to make a difference. FOM truly appreciates any support we can get from parents and students to make this year more successful that any other!

Technology Support - 1 to 2 days per month

Keep information on website up to date
Maintain student page
Redirect FOM e-mails
Update FOM database

Baking for FOM – 1 day only, choose your event

Add sweet treats to the usual candy at the table for audiences at concerts
Consult with ensemble reps to organize what is needed for your event date

Concert Attendance Assistant - 1 day only

Choose one concert night, help teachers check off student names (concert attendance affects student grade) 

Spring Cabaret Event - 1 day only

Help w/ concessions and ticket sales
Work w/ students to organize their event!

Community Classroom Credits Available


Updated! Marching Band Support Team

NHS Marching Band is music, friendship, dedication pride and discipline all in one amazing activity! Make friends for life and memories to last a lifetime. Keep the traditions or start new ones such as an Off-Season Party or a Marching Band trip.

Parents of Marching Band: Your help keeps Marching Band a vital organization!
We need a Parent Lead for the 2012-13 Marching Band Season. Do it for the kids!


Marching Band Parent Reps

Band Camp Barbeque

Car Wash

Uniform Distribution

Marching Band Breakfast

Instrument Transportation

Competitions and Field Trips


Awards Banquet 

Little League Parade

Memorial Day Parade

Troubleshooting Support

Spring Party or Marching Band Trip

Marching Band Web Communications


FOM Photo Team

[Commitment:  1 day only, or occasional intermittent involvement
Two or three people needed, parents and/or students]

Everyone loves to mug! Bring your camera to an event, and be the one to capture the faces and fun of the NHS Music experience.

  • Anyone can take the lead  - collect photos from NHS Music students & parents
  • We’ll post the best shots on the FOM website
  • Add photos to our slide show loop, to be displayed at all FOM events
  • Take group and candid photos of music ensembles for the NHS Yearbook
  • Submit to local newspapers, eager for photos that depict positive achievements by students and events that enrich our cultural community
Community Classroom Credits Available


Updated! NHS Musical Support Team

[Commitment:   1 day; 1 evening; a few hours!  Tech Week is March 11 - 14, and show is March 15 - 17, 2013]

The NHS musical involves over 90 NHS students!  It's a very exciting and busy time for students.  These opportunities give parents a chance to work side-by-side with students, get to know your child's friends, and soak up the excitement of show time!


  • Publicity
    • Assist FPA with posters, newspaper articles, etc.
  • Tickets
    • Assist FPA with ticket distribution via e-mail.
    • Sit at ticket table for 1 hour before one show to distribute "on call" tickets.
  • Costumes
    • Student manager needed.  Adult assistant desired.
    • Costumes are rented, so all that's needed is help with fitting and alteration!
  • Builders and artists
    • People with power tools wanted to supervise set building.
    • Help needed after last show for set breakdown.
    • Serve food during the final "tech week" rehearsals.
    • A great chance to support the students and directors!
  • Concessions
    • Pick-up water, candy, cookies.
    • Sell at intermission for one show.
  • "Breakdown" Party! 
    (At Newman cafeteria, after the final performance)
    • Pick-up pizza and cake.
    • Help with clean-up of Newman school.
Last Updated on Sunday, 30 September 2012 19:09

Used Chorale and Chorus Dress Sale

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New this year! NHS Friends of Music is facilitating sales of gently used “Kathryn” or “Amber” gowns FROM chorale or chorus members who have outgrown their dresses, moved out of the group or graduated TO those looking for a gown. Our Used Dress Sale Coordinator, Maureen Olsen, will help facilitate the sale and purchase of used dresses.

TO SELL A DRESS: Students or alumnae interested in putting their gown up for sale, should contact our coordinator  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it before the first concert but no later than December 13, 2012.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 November 2012 11:05

Student Testimonials

"Thanks again to FOM for everything they do to help make the music students' high school experiences so special!"