Heartland band performing in Washington D.C.

Heartland band performing in Washington D.C (Photo: Amber Draper/KTVO)

In the small town of Memphis, Mo., Scotland County R-1 band members are taking the chance of a lifetime.

“ We’re going to Washington D.C with our band from Scotland County, that’s crazy," said graduated senior Alyssa Clair.

The band was selected to perform at the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington D.C. on Monday.

“ I was extremely excited especially because we are such a tiny school, getting this opportunity to go march in front of maybe the president is pretty huge," said junior Slade McAfee.
“ We’re a pretty small group, but I believe we can perform fairly big," said junior Conner Harrison.

The students found out the good news at the beginning of the year and have been practicing for the big day ever since.

“ This year we have a board of the events and things we go to this year and it has been packed," said Clair.
“ It’s been a huge workload, but now we’re right here at the end, and we’re almost ready to go," said McAfee.

The band headed out for Washington D.C. on Thursday.

Every band member attending the trip had to raise $1,000.

Thanks to help from the community, all of the students went over that goal before the end of the year.

“ We’ve had t-shirts made, we’ve had fundraisers. Every single time they are always there," Clair said.

For many students, this will be their very first time at our nations capitol.

The students say performing will be a bit nerve racking, but more than anything, they are excited to embark on a once in a lifetime opportunity.

“ Just to see that, whenever I started band, and see where we are now, it’s amazing. This is the most amazing thing we have done in a long time," said Clair.
“ We all got so close, and we build such close bonds. It’s so worth it and something I’m always going to look back on and be glad that I did," said McAfee.

For information on how to watch the parade live online click here.

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