A fundraiser is always a good idea in these situations, as you can start to regain control and do something positive to help the band out. Coming up with a few straightforward marching band fundraising ideas can be the key to getting your band back into a good money situation for the foreseeable future. If you're just looking for a simple idea that works well every time, it's hard to go wrong with chocolate.
Chocolate bar fundraisers are still so popular after all these years for one obvious reason - because chocolate itself never goes out of style! Some bands have a perfect situation where they can get permission to conduct their fundraiser on school grounds, for example during lunch periods or after school. If this is the case for you, take that and run with it - you can imagine how well marching band fundraising ideas like that could do over a couple of weeks of lunch periods. Really there's just no limit.
Another one of our great classic marching band fundraising ideas is the Parade of Magazine Fundraisers. I'm sure you know how this one works, too - we give you all the materials you need to get out there and take orders for magazines, you're able to offer your supporters extreme discounts on their favorite subscriptions, and you get to keep the profit. It's a win-win situation, and how many households do you know that don't have a single magazine subscription? Magazines are still wildly popular, and they're one of our best marching band fundraising ideas.