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Band drums up support along march
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The South Forsyth High marching band travels along Windermere Parkway on Saturday during a fundraising event. - photo by Autumn McBride

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High humidity and temperatures held off long enough for members of the South Forsyth High marching band to complete a fundraiser Saturday.

The 90-member unit held a march-a-thon, walking more than six miles from the Sharon Forks library, down Windermere Parkway to Chattahoochee River Club.

Students presented music from this year’s halftime show, "Presto," which will center on magic and magic shows.

The band marched along the sidewalks, making several stops in neighborhoods and subdivisions along the route to perform War Eagle fight songs.

During one of those stops, director Paul Clark said things were going well.

"It’s not too hot and it was totally overcast for the first mile or two," he said. "The kids have a great attitude and we’ve collected a little money."

Julie Green, secretary of the band boosters, said spectators gave some donations, but money is still being raised on the group’s Web site.

"We collected about $400 in cash Saturday," she said. "But we’ll be taking donations through the end of the month."

Green reminded potential donors that the band is a nonprofit organization "if they want to have it as a tax write-off."

She added that Saturday’s march-a-thon didn’t draw quite the crowds as years past, but that may have been due to last year’s hiatus.

"And this was a different route," Green said. "We anticipate we’ll have a lot more of a crowd next year."