A local percussion ensemble is using a number of methods to drum up financial support to replace instruments it lost to theft.
Capital City Percussion, a Columbus-based independent indoor percussion ensemble, stored about $150,000 worth of instruments in a trailer that was discovered missing July 4 from the parking lot at Central Crossing High School, 4500 Big Run South Road.
"It's just devastating," Capital City Executive Director Donnie Ross said. "There's just a feeling of total devastation among the members of our group. Everyone is calling each other, wondering if there's any hope to recover our instruments, or at least begin to buy replacements."
Unless the stolen instruments are recovered or enough money is raised to buy replacements, "it will probably mean we will cease to exist as an organization," Ross said. "It's that dire."
Capital City will need to find a solution by the middle of next month to ensure its program will begin as scheduled in September, he said.
A fundraising campaign via gofundme.com had netted $2,175 by July 14.
Capital City's donation page is available at gofundme.com/ b3t9qs.
Supporters also can make a donation on Capital City's Facebook page, Ross said.
Two fundraising events also have been scheduled.
The first, a car wash, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at the Arby's restaurant on the corner of Georgesville and Holt roads, just off Interstate 270.
The second, a mattress fundraising sale coordinated by Custom Fundraising Solutions Columbus, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 3 at the McCoy Center, 5462 Center St., Hilliard.
"There will be a variety of mattress types people will be able to order and a large percentage of the proceeds will go to our group," Ross said. "You might not think a mattress sale would raise much money, but high schools that have held similar events have raised several thousand dollars in one day."
Other fundraisers are being planned, Ross said.
"We've always had such great support from the community and they are supporting us again in our hour of need," he said.
Ross said he is having a hard time understanding why anyone would want to steal Capital City's instruments.
"They are instruments that are only suitable for a middle school or high school band. I can't imagine there would be much resale value," he said. "Why would you do this? Sometimes the world just doesn't make sense."