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Fundraiser planned to buy box truck for Franklin's marching band

Posted on: May 6, 2022 3:00 pm
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Marching bands have a lot of equipment. When Franklin's marching band takes the field at a competition or football halftime show, students and volunteers carry and roll out stands, instruments, props, flags, and other gear. Moving it all is a logistical challenge. Right now, the band uses a trailer; they'd like to add a box truck and the Band Boosters hope to raise $15,000 toward its cost.

According to FHS band director Josh Long, the band has a nice trailer, "which is three years old and has been a blessing. But to pull the trailer, we have to depend on a parent or volunteer to use their vehicle." He noted that a lot of the equipment is heavy and a light-duty truck or SUV can't handle the weight. "We've been fortunate right now, but given the direction the band is going with competitions, props change and a box truck would allow us to haul props without worrying about the weight."

He noted that for football games, the band is prepared to perform both in the stands and on the field, which requires almost twice as much equipment than a competition show. "There are times when we'd like to use both a box truck and the trailer."

The Band Boosters will hold the title to the new truck and will be responsible for the license, maintenance, and making sure it's ready to go. Long noted that attending band competitions has given band parents a chance to see what other bands are using, which has been helpful in determining the best size truck to purchase.

Long praised the Boosters, noting, "Parent volunteers are extremely important for all of the extracurriculars. For band, with so many things going on, we do have to have parent volunteers. The parents really keep the engine oiled for what we do: providing snacks and organizing extra events for the students and staff that help make this program what it is." Long noted that band parents take on tasks, such as providing food at band camp, that allow him and the staff to concentrate on educating and supporting students.

To raise money for the box truck, the Franklin Band Boosters have scheduled a quarter auction fundraiser on Saturday, May 14, 3 to 5 p.m. at the VFW picnic grounds at 8718 Claude Thomas Rd., Franklin. The goal is to raise $15,000 for the truck and graphics. The Boosters are a 501(c)3 and are accepting donations of raffle items for the event. Donations are tax deductible and businesses who donate will receive recognition.

Businesses and individuals who wish to donate auction items or who have questions should contact Sarah Ross at or 513-594-5664. Those interested in registering or purchasing tickets may do so here: