Hilliard Bradley High School will host 14 high school marching bands, including all three Hilliard high school bands, Westerville South High School, Dublin Coffman High School and Canal Winchester High School, at the 37th annual Hilliard Marching Band Invitational on Sept. 15.

Hilliard Bradley High School will host 14 high school marching bands, including all three Hilliard high school bands, Westerville South High School, Dublin Coffman High School and Canal Winchester High School, at the 37th annual Hilliard Marching Band Invitational on Sept. 15.

The invitational begins at 4:30 p.m. at the high school, 2800 Walker Road. Tickets are $7 per person and $4 for students and senior citizens.

Parent and Hilliard Music Boosters publicity chairwoman Laurie Chilcote said the event will include a 50-50 drawing, food concessions and T-shirts for $10.

"This is the largest fundraiser for our entire music program, from fifth grade to high school," she said.

Chilcote said people should sit on the home side of the stadium when they arrive.

"After the bands perform, they sit on the visitor's side to watch other bands perform," she said.

Other high school bands performing include Berne Union, Fairbanks, Franklin Heights, London, Northwestern, South Pointe, Springboro and Springfield Shawnee.

Chilcote said the music boosters raised about $25,000 last year for the music departments.

"I really like this event because it is a chance to hear other high school bands perform and support all of the Hilliard bands," she said. "It is also a chance for all three bands to pull together for one cause."

She said the three high school marching bands recently came together in a vigil to mourn the death of David Phillips III, a sophomore at Bradley who died in a car crash on Aug. 8.

The bands will honor Phillips this year by wearing memorial armbands and trumpet-shaped helmet decals, as well as through an annual scholarship.

"The bands pulled together to support each other and David's family," Chilcote said.

She said the band invitational is a chance for the entire community to support the district's music program.

Both adults and students volunteer their time to keep the annual Invitational running smoothly, according to the Hilliard Band Invitational website, hilliardbandinvitational.org.

Student volunteers are assigned a band and remain with the band director to guide them to warm-up areas and to the stadium.

Other positions for student volunteers include collecting tickets.

The high school will be open that night only to judges, directors, band members and volunteers, not to the general public.