Two local high school bands will represent San Antonio in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C.
The long bus trip started early Friday morning for the Burbank High School Band in the San Antonio School District. They’re taking three charter buses of students, chaperones and parents to the nation’s capitol.
The Burbank group is scheduled to arrive around 11a.m. Saturday and band director Jesse Orta says they’ll tour the sites as soon as they arrive.
“We plan to visit museums, Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier,” said Orta.
He says the trip has special significance for him because he’s a veteran of the U.S. Marines and a former member of the Marine Band.
“I’m excited to be able to take the band to Washington to see the sites and honor our veterans, especially those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice,” said Orta.
Sunday night, the students will attend a concert on the White House Lawn.
The Burbank High School Band will play the Marine Hymn and San Antonio Rose along the parade route Monday.
The Clark High School Band in the Northside School District also will represent San Antonio in the National Memorial Day Parade Monday.