WHITE OAK, TX (KLTV) –
White Oak High School’s marching band will showcase its talent in Washington D.C. for a capital celebration on July 4.
The members of the White Oak band were chosen as one of the many high school marching bands to represent Texas in the National Independence Day Parade. The parade is a patriotic, flag-waving, red-white-and-blue celebration of America’s birthday that includes an audience that typically numbers into the thousands. The procession also includes several military and specialty units, and floats.
Many of the students said they’re excited to show off all their hard work.
The band was nominated to participate by Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert. This will be the band’s second time to visit Washington D.C., but this time around, the school’s band director Jason Steele said they were going to perform something but patriotic, but instead, chose to represent Texas with a medley of songs native to the Lone Star State.
“I thought, you know, we’re probably going to be the only people from Texas in the parade up there, so might as well represent Texas,” Steele said.
The White Oak band will arrive in Washington D.C. on Sunday, July 1, and will spend several days touring our nation’s capital ahead of their July 4 performance. According to the itinerary, the band will begin their return trip on Thursday, July 5.
“Obviously we want to make a good impression because we want to represent our school well and our program well since we’ve worked so hard,” said Morgan-Taylor Thomas, a graduating senior who will perform for the last time at the parade. “But at the end of the day, it’s for fun, and I know they will have a blast.”
“I’m very proud of these kids, they have worked extremely hard, no complaints,” said Steele. “They just continually amaze me.”
Many times, several marching bands from the East Texas area are chosen to march in the same parade. If you’d like to share photos or video of a performance, you can send them to us through the See It, Snap It, Send It link on our homepage.