We are in need of a TRUCK and a TRUCK DRIVER to help transport equipment for the marching band this season. We have been very fortunate the last several years to have a parent who owned his own truck that was able to help us out, but he has graduated and we now have a VERY BIG NEED!
While not impossible, it's probably unlikely that we have another parent owner/operator, but if we do, I'd LOVE TO TALK TO YOU!
Here are what I believe are our options moving forward.
Option #1 - Local Business Truck Sponsor
Does anyone know any local area businesses that use semi-trucks that would be willing to donate/rent their equipment to help us? We had an arrangement in Rock Hill several years ago with a local cement company that provided us a truck & driver and just asked us to pay the driver for their time. They donate the use of the truck and much of the gas and used it as a tax deduction. Remember... we are 501 c 3 so any donations are tax deductible!
DO YOU KNOW ANY BUSINESSES THAT MIGHT BE ABLE TO HELP US?
Option #2 - Rent a truck & find a driver
This is more or less what we do for the Indoor drumline season and this is an expensive option. The truck rental via Penske/Ryder is roughly $130 a day plus mileage and gas so it can easily be over $200 a day just for the use of the truck. This would be a very serious impact to our budget but we'll have to do what we have to do to get our equipment where it needs to do. If we go with this option then we'll need one or more CDL certified drivers to commit to driving the truck. On game nights they would need to be able to pick the truck up and get it to the school by 5:30pm or so to get it to the game on time. DO YOU HAVE YOUR CDL OR KNOW SOMEONE WHO DOES THAT WOULD BE WILLING TO HELP US?
Below are the dates/locations that we're going to need a truck for the fall season. Please feel free to share this as needed. If we don't have an owner/operator parent, then we'd really love to see if we could get Option #1 to work.
Please contact me or have those interested/available contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org We need to try to figure this out ASAP so we can begin making plans for the season.
Truck & Truck Driver Needs for 2017 Fall Marching Band Season
15 – Transport equipment to Stadium for practice
16 – Nation Ford Exhibition – Fort Mill, SC
22 – Transport equipment to FB game
23 – Olde English Festival of Bands – Rock Hill, SC
30 – The Reservation Tournament of Bands – Gaffney
13-Transport equipment to FB game
(Leaving after half-time of FB game & staying overnight in hotel)
14 – Bands of America Regional Competition – Winston Salem, NC
20 – Transport equipment to FB game
21-22 – Western Carolina Tournament of Champions – Cullowhee, NC
(Overnight trip. Staying over Saturday night after competition)
3 – Possible transport equipment to stadium for practice
4 – 5A State Championships – Irmo, SC