top of page


OCTOBER 16, 2021

What is it? 

The Wave Wash is an Annual Free Car Wash that we sponsor in the community.  We have multiple sites around Summerville where people can come get their cars washed for FREE.  We accept donations onsite, and the wash is OUTSIDE of the vehicles ONLY.  Students do not get into cars.  

How do we raise money with a free car wash?  

Our students ask people in the community to pledge ONE PENNY per car we wash on the day of the event.  We ask for a penny per car from each patron because our goal is to wash at least 1000 cars that day.   Every pledge of one penny per car raises approximately $10.00 for the program.  It's like a walk-a-thon.  



What about people who just donate? 

Invariably, questions arise about people who just give a donation.  Donations can be counted as pledges when you are reporting your pledge totals.  For example, if a person just pledges TEN DOLLARS, that equals the same as 1 penny per car, based on our goal of 1000 cars.  When turning in pledges, everything is based on our goal of washing 1000 cars.  If someone donates FIVE DOLLARS, that is half a penny per car based on our goal of 100 cars.  

Make sure to notate on your pledge sheet which calculations are based on flat donations so that we know to adjust the amount for your collection report.  

When we collect the pledge sheets, you will receive, based on the information you reported, a total amount to collect. Each student should, based on our goal of 1000 cars, raise $100.00 for this event. 

WAVE WASH also includes other Fine Arts groups from around DD2 like the ARHS and FDHS Bands, Strings, Chorus along with our groups from SHS.  The number of groups participating changes year to year.  Our goal is always to wash 1000 cars collectively that day.  We list tag numbers of cars washed for authenticity and reporting. 

Is this student credit?  No, this fundraiser goes to the general fund and is required of every member of the marching band. Just like other groups have requirements to sell a certain number of ads for the football program or sell a certain number of programs at football games, our students are asked to get a total of 10 cents in pledges or the equivalent, based on our washing 1000 cars.  

Who washes the cars?  

Our students are required to wash cars on the day of the event.  Sections are divided up among the approximately 10-12 sites that we run around Summerville, and we wash cars from 8am until 5pm. This is treated as any other band event, rehearsal, performance, etc.  Students are expected to participate fully as this is one of the largest fundraising events we do all year.  It is our single highest income event for the year, so everyone is expected to pull his/her weight. 

Where will my child wash cars? 

Students will be assigned sites based on the sections they play in.  The list below details times/shifts for 2021:


Flutes: Arby's on Trolley Road (8:30am to 11;30am) eat lunch after

Clarinets: Arby's on Trolley Road (11:30am to 2:30pm) eat lunch before 

Saxophones: Spectrum Paints on Main St. (8:30am to 11:30am) eat lunch after

Trumpets: Spectrum Paints on Main St. (11:30am to 2:30pm) eat lunch before

Mellophones & Bass Clarinets: Pizza Hut on Main St (8:30am to 11:30am) eat lunch after

Baritones/Trombones: Pizza Hut on Main St (11:30am to 2:30pm) eat lunch before

Tubas/Percussion Group I :  Advance Auto Bacons Bridge (8:30am to 11:30am) eat lunch after

Tubas/Percussion Group II: Advance Auto on Bacons Bridge (11:30am to 2:30pm) eat lunch before

Color Guard Group I: Advance Auto on Old Orangeburg Rd. (8:30am-11:30am) eat lunch after

Color Guard Group II: Advance Auto on Old Orangeburg Rd. (11:30-2:30pm) eat lunch before

Lunch is not provided.  Students should plan to eat lunch according to the above schedule so that they are able to facilitate moving to rehearsal by 4pm. 

WE WILL REHEARSE 4:00-6:30pm at Summerville High School following the Wave Wash! 

What do students wear? 

Students must wear green T-shirts or a SUMMERVILLE T-shirt.  We are in public.  They may wear bathing suits UNDER their green or , Summerville T-shirt, but we should have NO students shirtless or in bathing suits alone.

What do Chaperones do? 

Our number one desire is to insure the SAFETY of our students.  Keep kids OUT of the street.  Make sure everyone is where he/she is supposed to be.  Their parents think they are with us, so they must be with us.  Remember:

  • Kids wear t-shirts shirts over swim suits.  Bikinis on the street side sends the wrong message to the community, so we have to make sure everybody is presentable the whole time.  

  • Keep things moving smoothly, developing a system that works for the location and personnel. 

  • Keep rags/sponges off the ground!  A single piece of gravel stuck to a cloth on the side of a BMW could be problematic.  

  • Make sure the kids do quality work.  Check behind them to make sure cars are well-cleaned.

  • Record the tag numbers of every car washed. 

  • Be polite.  Everyone must treat kids with respect and dignity.  If there is a behavior problem, it will be addressed by Mr. Gilreath. 

  • We are ultimately responsible for the safety of our people and the success of the event.  You are an extension of the band program in all that you do publicly.  

When is the date? 

THE 2021 WAVE WASH is October 16th!


bottom of page