On Tuesday, Barletta met with five members of the band and the band director
Barletta presented a Certificate of Congressional Recognition to mark the event and to honor the band and its performance and appearance at the nation's capital as part of the
Forte thanked Barletta for recommending that the band participate in the parade.
Barletta called it a "special accomplishment" to perform in a parade that honors the brave men and women who gave their lives defending our country.
The band could not go to
"They accepted my invitation and their audition obviously went very, very, well," Barletta said. "They were selected to participate with many bands across the country and it is something our whole area should be very proud of for what they accomplished."
Barletta said there is a lot of talent in
"Sometimes we have to step back to realize how proud we are of the talent here," Barletta said. "To be part of that parade in the nation's capital is very, very special and a band from my hometown."
Barletta said he watched clips of the band and was sorry he couldn't be there but he appeared in some local parades for
Senior drum major
"We toured the Smithsonian, the Lincoln Memorial,
"We were just a small-town band in such a national parade with thousands of people watching it was overwhelming," the 16-year-old bari saxophonist said.
"I'm going to remember the people who love their country so much and the way they waved their flags and cheering for us and everyone in the parade," Logue said. "Their pride is something I will always remember."
Assistant band director
"It was incredible for me because I lived in the D.C. area for seven years teaching music right out of college and I used to watch the
Many band members watched the
"It felt good to be in the nation's capital," 17-year-old senior
One of the impressive things she will remember is how members of the
"It was crazy," Smith said.
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