For students who march to the beat of their own drummer — the drumline, that is — band fundraisers are an opportunity to raise money for something you love and get involved in your community too. From traditional to wacky, we have all the best band fundraiser ideas right here.
Selling items is a traditional way to raise money for the marching band. Fundraising companies offer a range of products — from candy and cookie dough to pizza kits and candles — and your band receives a portion of all the sales that you make. Because of the large number of band members, it’s easy to rack up a lot of money by doing a fundraiser like this.
Your school may already have a fundraising company that they prefer to use, but you can also find them online. Ask about minimum purchase amounts and logistics (such as delivery and payment dates), as well as the big details like what percentage of profits your band will get to keep.
Creative Marching Band Fundraiser Ideas
Maybe your school band has already sold some fundraising products this year. What else can you do? Here are some ideas to get you started:
School Variety Show
Get all of your students together and plan a fundraising variety show. You all know how to play instruments already, and it’s likely your bandmates have lots of other skills too. Things like singing, dancing, magic tricks, juggling, jokes, stunts, acting and ventriloquism are crowd pleasers.
Borrow your school’s theatre for an evening (with permission, of course) and charge admission to your event. You can even make it a dual-fundraiser, by sharing the profits with the orchestra, theatre club, football team or cheerleaders in exchange for their participation. The more, the merrier!
You’ll need permission to use your school’s grounds for the day, or rent space off-campus. Then, set up a carnival. You can rent rides from carnival companies, and set up your own games and refreshment stalls.
You can make lots of money by selling tickets, food and drink, and with game stalls. Get some performers involved too (the class clown comes in handy here) and make it a fun-filled day to remember.
Get some of your band members together and hold a concert to raise money.
You can do it anywhere: Perform in front of your school building, or somewhere within the community. Ask to play at your local mall, either in the mall itself or on the parking lot. Gas stations, restaurants and popular stores are also great locations for your performance.
Weird Band Fundraising Ideas
Are you one of those bands that is a really tight-knit group and would do anything for your bandmates? Here are a few strange fundraising ideas that are sure to raise lots of money:
- Group head shave – Set a goal, either individually or for the whole band, and shave your head when you reach it. People love to chip in for crazy stunts like this.
- Sponsored Silence – You’re a band and you like to make noise. How long can you keep your mouths shut? Take donations for a sponsored silence, where everyone must stay quiet as long as the money keeps rolling in.
- Create a Special Day – Devise a special, sponsored school event. For a price (usually $5-$10) each student is allowed to dress or behave a certain way that day. This may mean wearing a Halloween costume, offering invitations to a pizza lunch or getting to throw a pie at a teacher. Trust us, it’s worth the price of admission to shove meringue in the face of your most beloved school official!