The 13th Annual McKinney High School Royal Pride Band March-a-Thon will be held on Saturday, Aug. 17.

This will be the band's first public appearance for the 2013-2014 school year. March-a-Thon is the largest fundraiser put on by the band with pledges/donations going toward the students' spring trip to Corpus Christi.

"The March-a-Thon is a great community event that has been going on for years," said MHS Royal Pride Band Director Ken Ringel. "Our kids look forward to it every summer."

The band will depart McKinney High School at 8 a.m. and begin their 5-mile journey under the Texas sun through local neighborhoods.

The "parade" route crosses under Hwy 75, on Valley Creek Trail and on to Kensington Place, where they will take their first water break and perform a mini-concert.

Royal Pride marchers will then proceed west on Provine to Hardin Road and then south to White Wing. They will make a second stop at Fawn Hollow Park, continue marching on to Doe Run, west on Quail Hollow and return to Hardin Road heading south.

With the end in sight, the band will head to Tom Thumb parking lot for another mini-concert and a much needed water break.

They are not done. The Royal Pride band members will then board buses and head to Market Street for another mini-concert and lunch.

The route has been the same for most of the previous years. The students collect pledges through the summer to earn money for each mile marched. The money they raise benefit the band booster club, the individual student's spring trip account, and their band fees.

If you or your business would like to sponsor the band this season, please contact band director Ken Ringel at kringel@mckinneyisd.net.

All donations are tax-deductible. Hope to see you in your blue and gold cheering on the amazing Royal Pride Band as they perform for our community, truly making McKinney the No. 1 place to live!