WASHINGTON, D.C. - A group of Williston High School students traded in burgers for band uniforms to celebrate this Fourth of July in our nation’s capital.
The Williston High School Band represented the state of North Dakota in the 2019 National Independence Day Parade in Washington D.C.
The band has been practicing since school let out for their musical march down the National Mall.
The 48 students also spent time touring the US Capitol, the monuments and attending a wreath-laying ceremony at the Arlington National Cemetery.
For some students it was their first time visiting Washington. They are grateful for the experience and the support from the community that helped get them there.
"My favorite part was during the parade while we were marching and looking up and seeing the Washington monument. That was super cool,” said senior Leif Larsen
Williston High School Band Director Eric Rook said: “We received enough donations from our community to give each kid over $300 dollars toward their fundraising. So, a huge thanks to the community for supporting that.”
“Everyone is so excited for us and I’m just really happy to be here,” said sophomore Noelle Leibrand.