Mark your calendars, next Saturday, June 4th, is the 5th Annual Country 4 Coaches Concert. This is a fun, family-friendly event put on by the Woodland Schools Foundation to support Woodland’s public middle school athletic programs. Promoter, Coordinator, and jack-of-all-trades, Tania Garcia-Cadena, answered a few questions about the concert. Enjoy and support this great event and program!
What’s your name and what company are you from?
My name is Tania Garcia-Cadena from the Woodland Schools Foundation (WSF). Personally, I run a small in-home preschool and infant care program in my home, but I volunteer as a WSF Board member.
What’s Country 4 Coaches? Who does it benefit?
Country 4 Coaches is a fundraising concert that brings Nashville recording artists to Woodland. WSF directs the funds to the Woodland Joint Unified School District’s secondary school’s athletic programs. Originally, we paid for coach’s stipends when they were cut from the District’s budget. Now that stipends have been restored, we are directing the funds to cover general expenses, such as transportation, uniforms, equipment.
When is this year’s event and where will it be held? How can I get tickets?
June 4th, Rotary Park at the Yolo County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 3 pm. Bands will perform 3:30-10:00. Tickets can be purchased via Brownpapertickets.com (here is the link).
How old is this event?
This is our 5th annual concert.
What is your role? How many people does it take to put this event on?
LOL!! Um….General Coordinator? I work with the sound company, coordinate the backline, secure the hotel rooms, communicate with the band managers and 101.9 The Wolf staff. I also track sponsors and VIPs. We have a core committee of 10, but we use at least 30 volunteers, as well as paid staff (15 security guards, 2 paid cleaning crew). The Woodland Music Boosters runs the snack bar and gives us a portion of the proceeds. The 70’s Reunion Group coordinates our parking. A class from WHS helps set up the sound equipment, and middle school athletes from both, Douglass and Lee, help with the teardown and clean up.
Can you tell me the process of acquiring the bands/entertainment?
We meet with staff from 101.9 The Wolf and together work to secure the talent. It’s become more difficult now that country has become so popular. We’re competing against four large country concerts that weekend, so we’ve actually had to pay a much larger fee for the talent this year.
What do you want people to know about Country of Coaches?
This is the only concert in Northern California that is completely coordinated by volunteers. WSF members are self-taught concert promoters through “on the job training” and we are very proud of the product we produce. Country 4 Coaches is a family friendly event that directly benefits our community.
All photos courtesy of County 4 Coaches