COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A trailer sitting on church property was stolen overnight, and it was full of instruments and band uniforms.
The executive director of the Columbus Saints Drum and Bugle Corps says he feels numb knowing 95 percent of their equipment and instruments are gone.
Le Ron Carlton said if this trailer isn’t found or returned, the program may be in jeopardy for summer programs.
“Yesterday we were meeting with the city to discuss starting a new drum program at a community center and now I’m like I got to pull drums from somewhere to have our main program survive,” said Carlton.
It sat in this church parking lot a place they’ve always parked the trailer. Now everything that was inside it is gone.
It looks like they broke off the hitch lock,” said Carlton. “You’re talking about tens of thousands of dollars of equipment. Drums, uniforms, bugles, sound equipment that’s just hard to recover.”
Had said it’s a devastating blow to what they do.
The Columbus Saints were founded in 2003 and is an Ohio non-profit corporation dedicated to providing affordable quality performing arts educational opportunities for young people.
It promotes social and artistic development and focuses on leadership and education.
Now the sound of music and the joy the Columbus Saints brings is temporarily muted, and so is their impact.
“We were in discussions with Parks and Rec to perform at a vigil on April 10 with the city for victims of violence. That was going to be our next community-based thing.”
With no instruments Carlton it may not be possible.
He just hopes whoever took the trailer returns it.
“Been doing this 16 years and never had anything like this and it’s just, it hurts. It just hurts.”
Carlton said the Columbus Saints were also scheduled to perform at the Saint Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin this weekend. He hopes he can borrow a few instruments to get them through.
He added he’s heard from former members of this program who are already trying to help as well.