A group of North Dakota students will be helping to lead the celebration of the nation’s independence in Washington, DC, this summer.
The Williston High School Band will march in the National Independence Day Parade on July 4th.
Jim Olson reports from band class in Williston.
(Eric Rooke, Williston Director of Bands) “One, two, one two sing and…”
Eric Rooke is working on pep band numbers with his band. It’s still winter sports season after all. But it won’t be long until it’s time to put away Kung Fu Fighting
and focus on the marching band season.
(Eric Rooke, Williston Director of Bands) “Kind of exciting.”
What’s exciting is that the Williston High School Band was nominated by the governor and has accepted an invitation to march in the National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C.
(Andrew Tong, Williston Junior) “I think it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity so, why not?”
(Cheyenne Harrison, Williston Junior) “It’s going to be a lot of fun because it’s such an honor to go and march in the Independence Day Parade.”
(Eric Rooke, Williston Director of Bands) “It’s going to be a whirlwind trip for the kids.”
A whirlwind that includes a chance to march down Constitution Avenue with red, white, and blue-clad fans cheering them on. The parade invites bands from around the nation each year – giving high school kids a chance to be part of something special.
(Cheyenne Harrison, Williston Junior) “My parents were like, when are you ever going to get this chance again? When are you ever going to march this parade again?”
(Andrew Tong, Williston Junior) “It can be kind of overwhelming at times but I think once we get it all together it will be really fun.”
“Have you figured out what you’re going to play?”
(Eric Rooke, Williston Director of Bands) “No clue! Trying to decide what to play is still in the works. We’re hoping to find something patriotic but still fun for the kids.”
And so, before long, the band will say so long to “Shut Up and Dance,” and start moving outside – preparing their numbers…whatever they turn out to be…for a very special trip.
(Eric Rooke, Williston Director of Bands) “Good. Very good.”
In Williston, Jim Olson, KX News.
About four dozen members of the Williston High School Band have signed up to make the trip.
Each one is paying about 12-hundred dollars to cover travel and other expenses.