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 The Band is raising money to purchase new band uniforms in celebration of the band’s 100th anniversary season. The first school band in the state of Florida was founded right here in Ocala in the winter of 1922 at Ocala High School by Mrs. Browne’ Greaton Cole. With the school being renamed Forest High School in 1969, the Forest Band program is recognized across the state as the oldest, continuous band program in Florida. In recent years, the program has enjoyed great success at competitions and music festivals. They have received “Superior” ratings from Florida Bandmasters Association events, the highest rating possible, consistently over the last ten years. The current uniforms were purchased in 2004, when the new FHS campus was opened on Maricamp Road. The projected cost of new uniforms for the band is a little over $40,000. The Band has been able to raise just over half of the needed funds in the past year and are hoping to be able to reach their goal this year to be able to purchase the sorely needed new uniforms.


Custom Fundraising Solutions (CFS) has worked with numerous other schools all over the US running Mattress Fundraisers and the results can be impressive. In a one-day sale, schools have the ability to raise several thousand dollars, simply by promoting and advertising for the weeks leading up to the event. Since the Fall of 2014, over $50 Million has been raised for schools in the across the country. CFS provides the promotional material and handles the sales and distribution of the products.


Custom Fundraising Solutions was founded in Cleveland, OH.  With over 90 independently owned and operated locations, the company has helped revolutionize fundraising in schools by helping programs earn great sums of money with no risk and a relatively small amount of work.  As a whole, the organization has raised over $40 Million for schools.  If you have questions or need more info, please contact Band Director, David Jones at 352-671-4070 or  by email at

Are you looking to replace a bed in your home?  Now is the time. The Forest High School Band program is excited to announce they will be hosting a one-day Mattress Sale Fundraiser on Saturday Nov. 12th, from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM.  For one day only, the FHS Cafeteria will be transformed into a mattress showroom.  For quick information about the sale, text "wildcats” to 797979.


There will be about 30 different mattress models on display for customers to try. Simply find the one you like and order it in your size.  Adjustable power bases, premium pillows, sheets, bed frames, and mattress protectors will be available as well. The brands include Simmons Beautyrest, Therapedic, Wellsville, and Intellibed. All beds are available in all sizes, come with factory warranties, and are made to order. Delivery and haul away are available.  Best of all, the FHS Band program benefits from every purchase and the beds are priced less than retail stores because of the fundraising company's unique business model.  If you are considering a new bed for someone in your home, the Forest HS Band wants you at the sale. 

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