The Carlton J. Kell High School Marching Band is set to perform in their Sixth Annual March-A-Thon on Saturday, October 25th. Last year was the fifth time that the Marching Longhorns took on this type of fundraiser and community involvement event. According to March-A-Thon coordinators, the goals have always been simple: to connect with the community, to use their talents to give back to the community, and to raise much needed funds for the band itself. The marching band has accomplished these goals all five years.
During the summer and fall months, the band practices in the band parking lot at least 3-4 nights per week and all day on select Saturdays. The homes in the neighboring subdivisions can almost always hear them playing from a distance. The March-A-Thon was created in 2009, when Kell’s Marching Band decided to give the neighbors a chance to hear the band “up close and personal” by marching right down their streets.
This year’s March-A-Thon will begin with step-off at 2:00 PM from the North Landing subdivision on Trickum Road in Marietta with a destination of Kell High School around 6:00pm. The students will march nearly 6 miles and will continue the tradition of collecting items for MUST ministries. Leading up to the event, the students have been raising monetary donations from friends, family, and local businesses, all in support of the band and this yearly event. Last year, they raised more money with this event than with any other previous fundraiser. Director of Bands, David Roth and Assistant Director of Bands, Taylor Watts appreciate the community support for the Kell Marching Band.
Anyone wishing to make a monetary donation to the Kell March-A-Thon can send them to PO Box 965338, Marietta, GA 30066. All checks should be made out to KBBA (Kell Band Boosters Organization). KBBA is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization. For more information, call 678-494-7844.