Frances Veseth doesn’t play an instrument and never participated in band.
However, these past few years she spent many hours in the band room and being involved in the program.
“My kids are in music, and I don’t have a clue,” she joked. “I’m not a band person. I’m a band mom.”
For her involvement in the Band Boosters, Veseth is this year’s School Bell winner. The School Bell award is given to someone in the community for his or her service to the youth of Columbus Public Schools.
“One of the highest compliments to Frances is her humility and wanting to help out when and where she can without any recognition; yet, she surely deserves it for all she does to help our school and community be a better place,” Stephanie Bourek and Jeff Peabody said on the nomination form.
Although she had no previous knowledge of band, this didn’t prevent Veseth from jumping in with both feet.
“I always like being involved in what my kids are in,” she said. “I never realized how much help (the band) could use, and they don’t always ask for it.”
Helping out is exactly what she has done. All band parents belong to Band Boosters, but most are not involved at her level. Veseth served as president-elect, president and treasurer and for two years in a newly created position, Sponsorship Chair.
In the newly created job, she helped spearhead the fundraising for a band trailer. With the help of her husband, Don, and many other band boosters, the dream of a trailer soon became a reality.
“It was fun to see something from the start to the finish,” Veseth said about the project.
When coming up with a sponsorship plan,, Veseth said the committee wanted to make sure there would be a yearly income. For a certain dollar amount, a business’ name and logo would go on the trailer, but in order for it to stay, they must pay each year.
“We’ve gotten a lot of parents involved and that is awesome,” she said. “We were not expecting the turnout at that level. We were impressed with the generosity of the businesses, parents and friends.”
In addition to the trailer, funds raised go toward the big band trip every four years and equipment the band program needs.
Veseth was also active at North Park when her children attended school there. She is also involved in her church, St. Anthony’s, Barb’s School of Dance and Desiree’s Dancers. They have three children, Nicole, a 2011 graduate of CHS and a graduate of UNL; Tyler a 2014 CHS graduate and junior at UNO; and Catherine a junior at CHS.