Marching Band and Guard students at Roswell High School will exemplify what it means to M.A.R.C.H. on March 17.

“Musicians Acting with Responsibility, Compassion and Hard work,” is a community workday and all band fundraiser.

“This is our first ever, inaugural for the band and we are very excited. We are receiving great feedback in terms of how this helps give back to the community,” said Ways & Means Vice President Michael Dal Cerro.

Roswell High School Band Booster Association is organizing the service day.

Over 150 members of the Roswell High School Band programs will participate in M.A.R.C.H., a day of giving back to the community it represents.

“Our goal is to raise most of the operational funds of the Roswell High School Band in a single working day. Along with our financial goal, we are striving to make a substantial impact to the Roswell community,” said Dal Cerro.

Each student will commit to collecting a minimum amount of $400 through financial donations or pledges from friends, family and neighbors, for an 8-hour community workday.

They will be requesting a donation of $40, which is $5 per hour of the 8 hour work day.

Potential job sites for the day include, but are not limited to: Drake House,  Mountain Park Elementary, Chattahoochee Nature Center and Roswell City Parks.

Through M.A.R.C.H. the Roswell High School Band Booster Association hopes to bridge the “financial gap between what the county funds and the actual cost for the band program.”

According to Dal Cerro, the estimated fundraising goal is $60,000.

He noted those efforts are typically achieved “through fees and fundraisers, most of which fall to the parents.”

“M.A.R.C.H.” is intended to reduce that and put the fun back into fundraiser,” according to Dal Cerro.

He estimated last year’s budget was over approximately $150,000 and expected to be even higher for upcoming school years.

“Together, let’s build the tradition and legacy of generosity, community and ownership,” said during a video presentation given to Roswell Mayor and City Council on Feb. 26.

Those interested in making a donation can do so securely with a credit card using a smartphone to text “RHSband” to 779-77 and a link to “PushPay” will be sent to the donor’s phone. Potential donors can also mail contributions to RHSBBA, 885 Woodstock Road, Suite. 430-144, Roswell, GA 30075-2277.

More information and answers to questions can be attained by e-mailing Ways & Means Vice President Michael Dal Cerro at waysandmeans@roswellband.com

Dal Cerro, an alumnus of RHS and former marching band member, also has three sons, two are students at Roswell High School, one of which is in the marching band.

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