Pascagoula high marching band heads to Washington to perform

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Pascagoula's High School Band is headed to our nation's capital. The group of about 80 students has been chosen to march in the National Memorial Day Parade on Monday.

Excitement filled the air as the band members rehearsed for their big debut.

"I was so happy. I have never been so far," a band member said.

"It is just an amazing experience. I get to go to the nation's capital. I barley get out Mississippi, so this is fun," another band member said.

Band director John Taylor is just as thrilled.

"We were nominated to participate, which lead to an invitation only to apply. We had to submit video tapes of the band's performance, recordings, and letters of reference. Then the production crew screened all of the applications and selected the 25 bands that are participating this year," Taylor said.

Taylor said the parade will last about a mile and a half, and it is a must the band looks and sounds great the entire time.

"It starts by the National Monument and it ends by the White House," Taylor said

Students admit rehearsing for such a big event is a lot of work.

"It has been tiring walking the track and learning the music, but it is has been worth it," a band member said.

Although the parade is the major focus, the teenagers will also get a chance to learn more about their country's history.

"See firsthand how the government works in many aspects, but it is also important for them to understand the meaning of Memorial Day and that they are just not going on a fun trip or to sightsee," Taylor said. "They are going to honor our lost soldiers that have given their lives for our country."

The band left Friday for Washington D.C. and return Wednesday.

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