Olentangy High School music students will hold the Olentangy Pride fundraiser beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, in the students' residential areas.

Olentangy High School music students will hold the Olentangy Pride fundraiser beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, in the students’ residential areas.

Members of the OHS band, choir and orchestra will visit neighborhoods, asking people for monetary donations for the music program. About 250 students will participate.

“Groups of four or five students will canvass their routes, chaperoned by one adult, and knock on doors, asking for donations for all the music programs in the school,” said Maureen Allen, Pride Day committee chairperson.

The donations from the annual fundraiser pay for things such as repair or replacement of musical instruments, fees for competitions, maintenance of the band truck and uniforms.

Students can provide receipts for the donations, which are tax-deductable, Allen said.

“It’s the only fundraiser we have where all the money goes directly to the music account,” said senior student Katy Olson, who is the field commander for the marching band and a flutist for concert band. “Only part of the game concessions and other sales goes toward the music program.”

About 25 percent of the music program budget comes from the district’s general fund, said Allen. The remainder comes from the boosters.

Allen said the boosters hope to top last year’s Pride-Day donations of $10,200.

“We really appreciate everyone who donates, whether it’s $2 or $3. We appreciate it because it helps us so much,” said Olson.

The music program contributes to a well-rounded education, Olson said.

“You have people who are academically, athletically and musically talented,” Olson said. “(Supporting those talents) shows how accepting and diverse our school and district is, in allowing students to do whatever it is that they love to do.”

Last year, band director Ian Brun decided to hold a community performance at the residential development that donates the most money, said Allen.

The 2010-11 school year winner was Piatt Meadows, Allen said. The band and color guard performance will occur around 2 p.m. that Saturday, after students finish their rounds and lunch.

“We usually do some ... tunes such as ‘Hang on Sloopy,’ ‘Land of a Thousand Dances’ and ‘Crazy Train’ — fun stuff like that, as well as music from our contest show,” said Olson. “The people who are in the program have such a passion for music and this is what we love to do, and we can’t thank everyone enough for helping to support us and allowing us to perform.”