MARCH MADNESS MARCHING BAND
PO Box 1712
LEXINGTON KY 40588-1712
Contact Information
Nonprofit MARCH MADNESS MARCHING BAND
Address PO Box 1712
LEXINGTON , KY 40588 1712
Phone (859) 536-3393
Contact Name Fernie Williams
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2012
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
  • Marching band and holiday-inspired costume pieces
  • Musical instruments, accessories, and repair services
  • Color guard props and flair (hoops, flags, pom poms, and decorative tape)
  • Costume and prop design
  • Talented musicians and dancers who love to practice and perform!
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Statements
Mission Statement MMMB is an all-volunteer, community-building organization that brings joyous creative arts to charity events and public festivals.
Background Statement
MMMB is an all-volunteer, community-building organization that brings joyous creative arts to charity events and public festivals. Our mixture of professional artists, dedicated amateurs, and spirited children has entertained crowds throughout the state, and at a nonprofit street band festival in Austin, TX.
 
MMMB was formed to represent Local First Lexington in the 2008 downtown Christmas Parade, and was intended to be a one-time moving musical metaphor for the diversity of high quality independent stores with unique options for holiday gift shopping. MMMB was named "Best in Show" for our symphony of mismatched musical instruments, kaleidoscope of band-inspired costumes, choreographed gaggle of hoop dancers, and array of unpredictable dancers and spinners.
 
Under Tripp Bratton's musical leadership and direction, MMMB continues to soar above audiences' artistic expectations. Tripp introduces increasingly complex songs and arrangements as the band attracts more professional musicians. Melissa Smyth and Teresa Tomb (of Mecca Dance Studio) create original choreography for individual songs and for plot-driven stage shows.
 
MMMB welcomes everyone from the community, regardless of age or skill level, as long as members attend weekly rehearsals and practice diligently to learn the original musical arrangements or color guard choreography. Each performance features at least 40 musicians and dancers, and we often have 60 or more band members present.
 
Our annual downtown Lexington parades include Independence Day, Christmas, St. Patrick's Day, "Thriller", and the Roots and Heritage Festival. MMMB has also volunteered at dozens of charity functions, such as the Lexington Pride Festival, Moveable Feast's Belmont BBQ, BCTC's Peace and Justice Fair, Living Arts & Science Center's Bike Prom, Lexington Art League events, and ribbon cuttings for the Town Branch Trail and the Legacy Trail. Our music festivals have included the Forecastle Festival in Louisville, the Great American Brass Band Festival in Danville, and HONK! TX in Austin. 
 
MMMB incorporated in January 2010. In December 2012, MMMB was granted federal tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Impact Statement
In 2015, MMMB reached more parts of Kentucky--including performance at the Master Musicians Festival in Somerset. We made small steps in attracting more people of color among our musicians and color guard. Administratively, we decided to increase the information resources for both new and existing band members, and began creating those resources.
 
For 2016, we are focusing on outreach to new audiences within Lexington, and to both expand and refine our artistic repertoire. To those ends, we decided to forego what had become an annual March trip to Austin for HONK! TX, although we may make a shorter out-of-state trip this summer. As of April we have begun to achieve these goals and more of 2015's goals, with release of a handbook for band members and four new tunes taught to the band. We are also excited about an expected hour-long performance at the city's Moondance amphitheater, including a collaboration there with other local arts groups.
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Music
Tertiary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Dance
Geographic Areas Served
Areas
Kentucky
Board Chair
Board Chair Fernie Williams
Company Affiliation East Kentucky Power Cooperative
Term Dec 2016 to Dec 2020
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Tripp Bratton Berea College, Music ProgramVoting
Lee Ann Coleman Energy Insurance Agency, Inc.Voting
Amy Byers Figgs Bluegrass ImpactVoting
Jamie Groover self-employedVoting
Lori Rowland Houlihan Office of the Mayor, Lexington-Fayette Urban County GovernmentVoting
Laura Fuller Lacy PM AdvertisingVoting
Jennifer B. Miller Self-employed attorney and cultural producerVoting
Leif Erickson Rigney BCTCVoting
Melissa McCartt Smyth Office of the Mayor, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government; and dance instructorVoting
Teresa Tomb Mecca Dance StudioVoting
Jessica Walker LFUCGVoting
Jeff Watts Professional musicianVoting
Fernie Williams East Kentucky Power CooperativeVoting
Derek Wingfield East Kentucky Power CooperativeVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 93%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 85%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Finance
Comments
CEO Comments
11 of the 14 members of the Board of Directors each serve 4-year terms, and are part of a slate of officers nominated by the Board and ratified by the full membership.

The Board also includes 4 at-large members, who serve 2-year terms and are elected by a popular vote from the band membership. In 2014, 67 adult band members were eligible to make nominations and cast votes.
 
Until 2012 elections, the Board had 11 members (9 on the slate of officers and 2 at-large members). 2012-14, the Board had 13 members (10 officers and 3 at-large members).
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director All Volunteer
Term Start Jan 2010
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 90
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0%
Management Reports to Board? N/A
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Description
MMMB performs for free at public parades, charity events, and nonprofit music festivals. To cover operating costs, MMMB charges a fee for performances sponsored by for-profit entities
 
Our annual downtown Lexington parades include Independence Day, Christmas, St. Patrick's Day, "Thriller", and the Roots and Heritage Festival. MMMB has also volunteered at dozens of charity functions, such as the Lexington Pride Festival, Moveable Feast's Belmont BBQ, BCTC's Peace and Justice Fair, Living Arts & Science Center's Bike Prom, CASA's Bourbon and the Bayou, Lexington Art League events, and ribbon cuttings for the Town Branch Trail and the Legacy Trail. Our music festivals have included the Forecastle Festival in Louisville, the Great American Brass Band Festival in Danville, Master Musicians Festival in Somerset, and HONK! TX in Austin.
Category
Population Served , ,
Description
For each song in MMMB's repertoire, music director Tripp Bratton creates
separate charts for each instrument and provides them to all band members through his personal website. He also posts audio files that allow musicians to practice each song at various tempos. At weekly MMMB rehearsals, held at Mecca Dance Studio, Bratton provides free public instruction to band members of all skill levels. Similarly, Melissa Smyth and Teresa Tomb provide no-cost dance instruction to color guard members, and MMMB posts online practice videos to utilize at home between the weekly group sessions. 
Category
Population Served , ,
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Financials
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $10,200.00
Projected Expenses $11,300.00
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$3,507$3,924$4,816
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$5,954$7,985$9,614
------
$4,974$1,930$4,590
Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Other------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$6,489$12,106$19,494
Administration Expense$1,663$1,710$2,588
Fundraising Expense$500$500$850
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.670.970.84
Program Expense/Total Expenses75%85%85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue5%4%6%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$9,946$2,194$3,383
Current Assets$9,946$2,194$3,383
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities----$2,550
Total Net Assets$9,946$2,194$833
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
Comments
Foundation Staff Comments
This organization files the 990N, which contains no financial information. All financials were supplied by the organization itself. Numbers are not audited.
Address PO Box 1712
LEXINGTON , KY 405881712
Primary Phone 859 536-3393
Contact Email info@m-m-m-b.org
CEO/Executive Director All Volunteer
Board Chair Fernie Williams
Board Chair Company Affiliation East Kentucky Power Cooperative