One local band is getting a presidential welcome and some nationwide recognition.
The Lowndes High Georgia Bridgemen are polishing off some final notes before they hop on a plane and head to our nation's Capitol.
Jake O’Neal, who plays alto saxophone, says, "To have 370 people come together for one purpose and to pull it off cleanly in a unified effort is just a great exercise in teamwork and leadership."
These kids are no strangers to those two things. Complete dedication has earned them a spot in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and an invitation to perform in next year's Tournament of Roses.
Charles Todd, the band director, says, "Next year our seniors can say they've marched in the three biggest parades in the country, which is quite an honor, so we're honored to be able to go and represent our state at this inaugural parade."
It’s an honor which is just one more feather in the caps of these accomplished performers.
Haley Middleton, a senior and trombone player, says, "We've won both competitions we've gone to, which was our main goal, and the parade is just icing on the cake."
But the trip isn't going to be all fun and games.
Charles Todd adds, "These young people know we've got to take everything very, very seriously. We have to go through quite a bit of security in order to do this."
But that won't stop this award winning band from showing the nation south Georgia's talent. Band members will head to Washington, D.C. next Tuesday.
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