The WFP High School Band was invited to participate in the University of Maryland’s Band Festival and Competition January 17.
While there, the students got personal tours of the United States Capitol, the National Holocaust Museum, the Lincoln Memorial, the Martin Luther King Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Arlington Cemetery. While at the Cemetery, the band participated in a special wreath ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers with a select group of students.
The band performed at North Western High School due to renovations being done at the University of Maryland. North Western is in Hyattsville, MD and there were groups from seven different states including California, Colorado, New York, North Carolina, Connecticut, Michigan and, of course, Louisiana.
Among the five groups the band brought to perform, the concert band, jazz, percussion, flag team and parade pass and review, each one received 1st place honors and trophies.
The students also took part in the Presidential Swearing In Ceremony in Union Square of the US Capitol thanks to special tickets given to the band from US Senator David Vitter.
The students also visited and took organized college tours of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL and University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS.
“This was a once in a lifetime opportunity for some of these students,” said Jones. “They’ll be able to say they were there when the President was sworn in, and not many people can say that.”
“We are really trying to build a legacy and tradition with the band,” said Jones. “Participating in events such as this help us accomplish that.”