ROSWELL, Ga. — Mark your calendars – the Roswell High School band is planning to raise over $60,000 in just one day through an inaugural communitywide fundraiser event. On Saturday, March 17, every band and guard member will spend the day working in multiple locations across Fulton County to help collect donations and pledges for their goal.
Ultimately, the students aim to collect most, if not all, of their operational funds for the 2018-2019 school year in one swoop through their program, Musicians Acting with Responsibility, Compassion and Hard work.
“It’s a way to collect money while giving back to the community,” said Michael Dal Cerro, vice president serving on the executive board for the Roswell High School Band Booster Association.
Each year, the band has an operating budget of about $150,000. However, big trips for competitions, for example, can balloon those costs to $200,000 for a given year. The county helps with some of these costs, but there are still “substantial expenses” that fall outside of those contributions, Dal Cerro said.
This year, the band plans to have students take a primary role in fundraising.
To reach their goals, over 150 students will commit to collecting a minimum of $400 each in donations and pledges during the eight-hour community workday. Locations where the students will work include North Fulton Community Charities, the Old Roswell Cemetery and at various senior centers across North Fulton. They also plan to work with Chattahoochee Riverkeeper as well as deep clean classrooms in various local schools. Parent chaperones will be with students at all times, with between five to 10 students at each worksite.
The band programs that will benefit from MARCH include the multiple bands themselves, the marching band, indoor drumline and winter guard. Funds will also go toward musical enrichment, which could include hiring additional staff, purchasing new instruments and equipment and competition costs.
“This fundraiser will have us reach out and go into the community to help beautify and have us be involved with the community,” said John O’Donovan, president of the Roswell High School Band Booster Association. “But at the same time, ask people to pledge for our time. This will help us offset the costs and let us do bigger and better things with the band and the community and possibly support additional students.”
“Music is a universal language, and we all have a universal love for Roswell,” Dal Cerro said. “These kids are our future leaders and a part of this community. And we want to empower them through this community service project.”
For information, to get involved or donate, visit roswellband.com. All donations are tax deductible.