It's an experience like no other, valley high school kids from Ohio and West Virginia do what they love and help others in the process at Bk Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis band camp.
The game is tonight, but the band has been getting ready to perform all week.
"Music is my life," says Sophia Moretto, a drum major and 2013 Marietta High School grad.
One hundred eleven high school band members from across the valley and they're there for more than the free tee shirt.
"They come knowing that they're part of a cause that's much bigger than they are,” says Kay Grose, BACF Board of Directors president. “Actually, cystic fibrosis is the number one cause of death as far as genetic diseases in young people their age."
The program offers an intensive experience for the greater good.
"They'll be spending the next two days at Ohio Valley University working on music to play from the stands and put on a halftime performance at the Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis football game,” Grose says.
Summer vacation -- not for these kids, they want to make a difference. It's about passion, camaraderie and most of all the music.
"They're giving up days of their summer break that they don't have to and many of those students who are doing marching band next fall, they start up in a week or two or within the next month,” says Ernie Cornell, director of the BACF All-Star Band. “They're giving up yet another week of their summer and a couple more days of their summer just to be here and do this, so it's really exciting."
Still going strong after 15 years, a generous valley lends its support.
"In the years in which we've been doing fundraisers in the Mid-Ohio Valley, the Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis events have raised almost a half-million dollars for research for cystic fibrosis,” Grose says.
Teenagers with a giving spirit and a band director having a blast working with them.
"They have such a huge passion, a huge drive and I'm just privileged and honored to get to work with them,” Cornell says.
It's Sophia’s forth year.
"I started doing it because I know someone with cystic fibrosis and so this makes me feel like I'm helping them out in a minute way right now, but hopefully a bigger way in the future,” she says.
Burger king is encouraging everyone around the valley to come to the game at Don Drumm Stadium in Marietta.
Kickoff is at 7, tickets are available at the gate. It's only $5 and for a good cause.
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