COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX)- A few neighbors in south College Station started their day with a bang.
"They're marching through our neighborhood and several of us got together and donated some money for them to stop here and play for us," said Nancy Roberts, a neighbor and band mom.
The Cougar Band is playing for donations and neighbors around Castle Gate got the opportunity to have their very own "mini-concert" in their front yard for a fee of $150.
The College Station High School Cougar Band wants to raise $25,000 for new equipment and uniforms.
"We're marching around Castle Gate to collect some money and to just get the word out about the band and about all the great work that we're doing over he summer," explained Taryn Hairston, a Junior Band member.
The band director says interest in joining the band has increased through out the years.
"It's the first year we've ever done any thing like this but it's been marvelous, it's been really really fantastic," said Eric Eaks, the Cougar Band Director.
The 215 member band started at Castle Park and followed a parade route down Ravenstone and Rockcliffe loop.
"It was a lot of fun the neighbors were excited, we're all excited, it's bringing us all together too," added Roberts.
With a little music and encouragement the band surpassed their goal and then some.
"Seeing all the support from people is so encouraging and we hope that the rest of the band sees that and they're encouraged to do more and just really become active just in not only the band but in the community as well ," said Hairston.