The Pitman High School Band Boosters have announced that the Pitman High School Marching Band and Color Guard have been selected to represent California at the 2012 National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C.
In all, approximately 120 local Turlock students from the Band and Color Guard have the opportunity to travel to the Nation’s Capitol and participate in the 2012 festivities.
“We are absolutely thrilled,” stated Boosters President, Jean Hazelwood. “Our students work harder than anyone can imagine. This invitation is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and recognizes the significant commitment and dedication required by each of the students.”
The National parade occurs each year on July 4th and travels along the National Mall on Constitution Avenue. The parade includes bands, rifle and drum corps, floats, military units, drill teams and dignitaries. It is televised nationally for enjoyment by community and proud parents. Participating bands, including Turlock’s Pitman High School “Marching Pride,” are recommended by each state’s governor. Pitman was chosen by Governor Jerry Brown, out of hundreds of other California high school for this honor.
“We could not be more excited about the opportunity to represent our community, the San Joaquin Valley and the State of California at this National event,” said Ruben Modesto, Director of Pitman Bands.
The total cost for the trip is projected to be around $182,000, of which each student would be required to contribute up to $600. The cost includes all travel, hotel accommodations and meals.
In the coming months, the Band Boosters will be working hard to raise funds and are currently planning a community kick-off event on October 29th at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds as part of their effort. Check TurlockCityNews.com for more information as it becomes available.
Anyone interested in contributing may contact Jennifer Carter directly at 209-495-2641, or visit the Pitman Band’s website at www.pitmanhighbands.com and click the “Donations” page.
“Obviously these are very difficult times we are in, but if everyone gives a little, we can in turn give our students and our community’s youth the investment of a lifetime,” said Hazelwood.