The Music Advocacy Group (MAG) champions and sustains music education in our public schools, with the support of music lovers on Orcas Island.

Wishing you Happy Holidays filled with joyous music! Please enjoy this wonderful recording of the OIHS Winter Concert at the Orcas Center on December 9, knowing that your support has helped to create this amazing school music program! With gratitude, from MAG to you and yours!



Public school music program needs chair carts for daily use

Carts are used to safely stack, move, store and protect the music chairs used daily by 5th-12th grade music students for practice and performance. To donate, go to to find MAG’s entry. 

Every bit helps, starting from $10. Read more about Giving on GAME DAYS..

HELLO from MAG! School music has started, in-person, at Orcas public schools. Hooray! The high school band even performed ‘live’ at the Homecoming week bonfire on the Village Green on October 8th. Holiday concerts are being planned, albeit only open to families at this time.

This year, there are 116 students in Band and Strings programs. High school musicians meet at 7:15am, Mondays to Fridays—known as ‘zero hour’, an hour before the regular class schedule begins.  If you know one of them, do commend them for their commitment! Read more…

Spring is in the air! This is the time of year that the Music Advocacy Group (MAG) normally brings you “100 Musicians! 1 Great Cause!”, our main fund-raiser to benefit music education at the public school.

Over the past year, Orcas Island School District (OISD) music teachers, Pamela Wright and Darren Dix, have continued teaching music remotely. In March 2021, the teachers created delightful student recitals that showcase OISD Strings and Band groups for MAG’s concert video, in lieu of our annual benefit in the school gym. We hope you enjoy ‘2021 Surprise Concert for School Music’. Thank YOU for supporting school music!

And, here’s a 2020 OISD Strings Christmas Virtual Concert:

By partnering with the school and community, we can support a quality music program for all students. Volunteer, or donate online or via check to ‘MAG’ at P.O. Box 1171, Eastsound, WA 98245.  MAG is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Our signature Spring annual fundraiser is the single largest concert on Orcas island, where over 100 island musicians come together in a show of support for school music that has become an island tradition.

Now, the number of students choosing band and strings is growing tremendously and their performances at competition are winning regional recognition.  To reach greater heights, we need your continuing support for the Orcas Island Public School music program.

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