EASLEY — The Easley High School marching band is kicking off several fundraisers over the next few months with four car washes and a yard sale planned for this weekend.
Car washes will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 30) at KFC on S.C. 123, 5 Point Church, Black’s Electric Company and Oaktree Medical Center.
Also on Saturday, the band will hold a yard sale in the band room at the high school from 7 a.m. to noon. All proceeds and donations will go directly to the band.
An Easley “Fan Cloth” apparel sale is ongoing, featuring new T-shirt and hoodie designs, with $8 from every piece sold going to the band. For safety reasons, students are not permitted to sell door to door, but a full catalog is available for viewing at easleyband.com.
The marching band’s annual fruit sale will kick off Oct. 6.
“We do a lot of little fundraisers through out the year, but this is the big one,” said Kristin Gill, director of the band. “The money we earn from this goes to buy instruments, uniforms, and to help pay for gas for our trips and competitions.”
The fruit sale hit an all time low last year after quality issues with the distributor the year before.
“It was awful,” said Easley Band Booster Rebecca Burd, “but the problem has been addressed. We have a completely new company and the fruit comes from a different orchard. It’s all new, and we want to get the word out there that this fruit sale is really important for these kids.”
The band has 126 members and the Color Guard has 28.
“As of right now, when the football team goes on the road, we only take half of the band,” Gill said. “The athletic department stopped paying for our travel (to football games) a few years ago, and we just can’t afford to take everyone.”
The marching band has a competition Oct. 18, with the top seven bands moving on to the state competition the following week.