Hortonville band marching in D.C. parade

Hortonville High School marching band

HORTONVILLE - As a patriotic preview for their parents, Hortonville High School's Polar Bear marching band had one final tune up Thursday.

The group will be performing in the National Independence Day Parade on the Fourth of July in Washington, D.C.

“It's a lot like the Macy's Day Parade when you see great big balloons, you're going to see the floats, but it’s all patriotic related,” said Greg Forton, the band’s director.

It's the third time in eight years the school has been invited to the parade.

“I think we're ready,” said Cali Dibbs, a junior. “We've spent quite a bit of time the past couple days getting ready.”

Bands from all 50 states are participating in the parade. The invites are based on recommendations from governors' offices.

“To be able to be picked and to be able to go to this trip is really exciting,” said Dylan Rawlings, a sophomore.

While in D.C., Hortonville will also be performing at the World War II Memorial and the Armed Forces Retirement Center.

“I'm really psyched to just go see the monuments and play for the president and see the Smithsonian and stuff,” said Noah Frazier, a senior.

While it is a fun honor, the band's director says it does come with responsibility.

“They want to make sure they're getting the best of the best and within our state we have so much pride that Hortonville is ready to do that,” said Forton.

The band leaves on Tuesday.

Also as part of the band's tuneup, the Hortonville School District was given an award for being a top community for music education. It is among 376 districts in the nation to receive the honor.