LISBON The Lisbon Central School marching band left Tuesday for Washington, D.C., to participate in the national Independence Day Parade on Thursday.
U.S. Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh, met with the marching band as it prepared to board buses and listened to an impromptu performance of New York, New York.
You should really take the opportunity to soak this up, Mr. Owens told the students. Youre bringing the culture of the north country to Washington to share with the rest of the country.
He said the Lisbon band will gain from the experience.
What theyll learn is, even though they come from a small, rural community, they can compete with people from around the rest of the country, he said. It will give them self-confidence in the next stage of their life.
The trip is being attended by 51 Lisbon musicians ranging from fourth-graders to recent graduates.
Director Glenn O. Roberts said Mr. Owens, who nominated the band for the performance, was central to getting Lisbon involved in the D.C. ceremony.
The parade will begin at 11:45 a.m. at Constitution Avenue and 7th Street.
To kick off their season like this, its a huge accomplishment for the school, for the community, for the north country, said drum line coordinator Bob Bice. Its going to be a real good experience for them.
Leeann M. Dawley, a color guard member who graduated from Lisbon Central School in June, said the chance to perform in the Independence Day parade is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Its an honor.