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Student works to collect 4,000 bottles of water for band camp

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A McGavock High School junior is leading a campaign to collect 4,000 bottles of water for band members to have during summer band camp next week.

McGavock High School drum major Elise Taylor is leading the campaign to collect bottled water for her fellow band members to drink during meal times next week when band camp starts.

The band must have enough water on hand for every one of the more 135 band members to each have two bottles of water per meal. The band is served two meals a day during the band camp that runs from Sunday until Thursday.

"Just having a water bottle helps you because it's easier access than having to go all the way up the hill and get some water," she said.

The band would also like to have more bottled water to use throughout the regular marching season for rehearsals and travel, especially in the summer and early Fall when temperatures are still high.

"It is so much better if you can have a frozen water bottle with you that you can keep cold on your neck and then you can crunch it up and drink it," Taylor said.

The percussion section is outside rehearsing more than other sections of the band.

Center snare drummer Sophia Campbell said without water the band members begin to quickly feel the effects of the heat.

"It kind of weakens us and it drags us on a lot," she said. "It's good to have a lot of breaks, if we don't, it can ruin our mental capacity and all that."

A number of Donelson area businesses and churches have contributed several cases of water and others have pledged cases for the band.

GreenLight Local is a community based group that encourages supporting businesses and organizations in the Donelson, Hermitage, Old Hickory and Mt. Juliet.

The group posted the band's need for water on its Facebook page. That led to several individuals stopping by the McGavock Band Hall Wednesday with bottles of water.

"We reached about 6,000 people and the post was shared about 58 times, which is massive," Kevin Barnett, with GreenLight Local said. "We believe in supporting the community through coming together where you live work and play."

Willetta Williams, a 2000 graduate of McGavock High School and former band member, stopped by to donate two cases of water.

"I know how that feels like because they are just waiting on that break for the Gatorade and the water," she said. "Oh, I know what this is like spending many hours on the pavement."

The band members are grateful for the water donations.

"The McGavock band has a long tradition in the community and it's great to see the community supporting us in this way," Head Band Director David Hazlett said.

Taylor said, "The band as a whole we are beyond appreciative of everybody."

Water donations can be made at the McGavock High School Band Hall located at 3150 McGavock Pike, Nashville TN.

Band members said the band hall is located next to the semi trailer with McGavock High School Band written on the side.

The band asks that donations be limited to water or Gatorade. The band is not serving sodas to students anymore.

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