The West Valley High School Marching Band and Color Guard had been selected as one of only 15 schools in the nation to march in the 2016 Veterans Day Parade in New York City.
The event – known as “America’s Parade” – is the longest running parade of its kind at 96 years.
“One behalf of our nation’s veterans and military, I am honored to invite the Eagle Marching Band,” wrote Melinda Marinoff, executive director of the NYC Veterans day Parade. “The committee had selected (the band) because of its reputation for showmanship through exceptional leadership and desire to honor America’s veterans.”
In addition, the band will be performing in the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 Patriotic Concert in Times Square, which will honor the firemen, policeman and other first-responders in New York. Both events will take place next November.
Band Director Jim Loucks estimates the 80-member band will need to raise $100,000 in order to for every student to be able to participate.
The band has previously performed at the National Cherry Blossom Parade in California and the Festival of States Parade in Florida, among others.