Singers, guitarists, bass players and drummers are all components of a rock band, but there’s still one more thing that ties them all together — a tour bus.

Roanoke Rapids band CounterSuit started reconstruction of an old school bus, which the members said has already eaten up a lot of hours. But their hard work started to pay off as the bus has shaped up and earned the right to carry the CounterSuit name.

Inside, the bus will feature two bunk beds in the back for the four members, a storage area for their instruments, a restroom facility and a lounging area in the front. Already, CounterSuit members have started pulling out the seats and rearranging them to suit their goals.

Bill Waugh, lead singer for the band, said owning a tour bus has been a long-time dream.

“Honestly, I’ve wanted a bus for, like, six years,” Waugh said.

What started CounterSuit down the road to owning the bus was its van, its current mode of transport, was too small. Whenever the members had to go to shows around the state, fitting the instruments and band members left little to no room for movement.

“When we all got to get together and drive for three or four hours or more, it feels cramped,” he said. “We wanted something a little more spacey and comfortable for us.”

So a few months ago, Waugh decided to make the jump and go after his white whale, or rather his yellow bus. He browsed Craigslist, a classified advertisement website, and saw one he wanted. He took out a loan, but when he went to purchase it, someone else had already bought it.

“But I was already hell-bent on getting one. I already made up my mind. I already got the loan,” Waugh recalled.

So he called KIPP Gaston College Preparatory and asked if they had one for sale, and the school did. After Waugh made his purchase, he let his other bandmates know.

Lead guitarist Matt Godsey recalled Waugh posting a picture of the purchased bus, telling members “this is ours now, fellas.” He even thought it was some sort of April Fools joke even though it wasn’t April.

“I tell you ... we thought he was kidding,” Godsey said.

While the others initially laughed, Waugh made it clear he was serious. When Godsey, bassist Scotty Strickland and drummer Johnathan Sharpe arrived for their practice at Waugh’s home, they saw the bus in all its glory.

“I think my jaw literally hit the ground,” Godsey said. “It was amazing, man.”

Since then, the group has actively been working on separate parts of the bus. Sharpe handled the paint job, which took quite some time to change it from school bus yellow to the current shade of black. Sharpe used cans of spray paint to cover the bus, and he also added the band’s logo through vinyl decals, provided by local business Express Signs.

Godsey said he’s on the more creative side of things, envisioning something else to add on to their project.

“Just like he does on his guitar, he’ll go way out there and then we got to reel him back in a little bit, come back to reality a little bit,” Waugh said of Godsey.

Waugh noted he’s been more focused on the beds in the back of the bus since it was the first thing the group started on.

As for Strickland, he’s helped with the painting, but more importantly, he’s the one who keeps balance, his bandmates said. Whenever Godsey and Waugh go on opposite ends of the spectrum for what they want for their tour bus, Strickland is the person who finds a middle ground.

When the bus is finished, the group said they hope to take it to shows not so close to the area, spanning two to four days, serving as their base of operations.

“Walmart and McDonald’s, we’ve been told from other touring bands, are the best hotels as long as you got a vehicle to sleep in,” Waugh said, laughing.

Band members also want to add an entertainment system, a heating and cooling system and even pay for a dedicated driver so they can kick back after a gig.

Ideally, band members said they want the tour bus ready to go for a large concert in Texas early next year.

“One goal for next year which we’ve applied for, we won’t know until December or January, probably, is South by Southwest for next year,” Waugh said. “It’s one of the biggest music concerts in America, and they do it every year.”

The concert takes place in March in Austin, Texas, so Waugh said he wants the bus good to go by January.

Although the tour bus would allow for a more comfortable trip from show to show, it’s also a symbol of who CounterSuit is. Waugh noted while many bands today take vans and trailers, using a bus is more old school.

“I think if we had, let’s say even $200,000 to buy a big motor coach, personally, I’d still opt for taking a bus and spending our time and creating our own because we’re going to have a one-of-a-kind tour bus that nobody else will go by and that nobody else is going to have,” he said.

For more on the band, visit www.CounterSuitofficial.com.