Drumline members of Pickerington High School North's Marching Panthers will kick off their upcoming band season with an annual fundraiser next weekend.
The PHS North Drumathon and Car Wash will take place June 21 in the parking lot of Sears Hardware, 1075 Hill Road North.
The event, which dates back to the years of a single high school in Pickerington, is an opportunity for percussion members of the marching band to begin rehearsing their next school year's Ohio Music Education Association contest music.
As such, community members are invited to get a sneak peak of the repertoire from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Additionally, band members will host a car wash from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and those who come out to have their vehicles washed or just listen to the music can support the drumline by providing financial donations of their choices.
"(The Drumathon and Car Wash) is something they had done before I even got here in 2001," said Chris Carmean, North's percussion instructor and assistant band director.
"The donations go to purchase supplies like drum sticks, mallets and drum heads, and we've even been able to purchase smaller instruments," Carmean said.
"The students themselves directly benefit from the money that's raised."
Carmean said approximately 20 students will participate in this year's Drumathon, in addition to "some very helpful parents."
"The students take turns washing cars and playing," he said.
Carmean said the Drumathon is a community event, because it offers opportunities for the public to support the drumline and students give back by entertaining and pulling out soap and buckets to clean vehicles.
He also noted it wouldn't be possible without the support of Sears, which each year donates its parking lot, and several other businesses.
Among them are 88 Keys Music Studio, which provides a financial donation to the drumline, and Pizza Cottage and Hungry Howie's, two local stores that provide food to students during the day-long festivities.
Additionally, Carmean said, Discount Drug Mart provides bottled water and Wendy's provides cups for the event.
"We get donations of food items and things like that because students are there all day," he said. "They're very kind to do that."