In less than a week the West Monroe High School Rebel Band will be marching on some new territory– the streets of Washington, D.C.
It’s where they’re going to perform in the Presidential Inaugural Parade and they are the only high school band in the state to get invited.
“It makes us feel very proud of our school and what we’ve worked really hard for and I’m glad we get to represent the state of Louisiana and all of the high schools in Louisiana,” WMHS band member Jeremiah Wheeling said.
This week they’ve been practicing to make sure their performance is perfect.
Band directors told us they’re bringing some iconic Louisiana tunes to the Capitol, including the song ‘When The Saints Go Marching In’.
“In a parade, a lot of times you can hear them before you see them and we wanted them from the first note they heard us– that we had to be a band from Louisiana,” band director Robert Freeman said. “So all of our tunes are a medley of music from Louisiana.”
All of the students said they’re excited to be a part of history.
“That’s the only way you can put it,” Wheeling added. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and we are trying to take full advantage of it.
It’s an experience band members tell us wouldn’t be possible without the community’s support.
“Five dollars could buy somebody a part of a meal and every little bit helps and it’s just amazing to see how everybody’s just pulled together,” WMHS band member Elisabeth Williams said.
“They’ve been very generous to our cause and helping us go to D.C.,” Wheeling added. “If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t be going.”
Organizers are hoping to raise $175,000 for this trip. Almost $18,000 has been raised on the band’s GoFundMe page so far.
You can visit their page and donate here– https://www.gofundme.com/wmhs-band-inaugural-parade-2017?ssid=870837524&pos=1 .