East H.S. Band Entertains Thousands at Nat'l Independence Day Pa - WBAY

East H.S. Band Entertains Thousands at Nat'l Independence Day Parade


Two local high school marching bands entertained a national audience Friday. 

Students from Hortonville High School and Green Bay's East High School performed in the National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C. 

Students and staff from East talked with Action 2 News via FaceTime about the special honor.

With hundreds of thousands of eyes glued on them, 90 members of the East High School band marched a mile in the National Independence Day Parade.

"Honestly that was one of the most coolest things I will probably do in my life," said Jacob Christopherson, a sophomore.

The trumpet player says the hardest part was not being able to stop and look at everything around him.

"I was awestruck, you're surrounded by all these buildings and monuments as you're walking down street, it was very cool," he said.

Gabby Barnica, a flute player, graduated from East this spring, but like the others, spent the last year fundraising to go on the trip. 

 "You can't get much bigger than this," she said.

She has a message to the Green Bay area community for helping the group raise $20,000 to cover the cost of the trip.

"It's really awesome, so thanks to everyone who, like, helped us get here cause we're so grateful," she adds.

Band director Karen Iken says practice paid off. 

"The kids did an absolutely fabulous job, they looked wonderful, they sounded wonderful," said Iken.

The trip doesn't end with the parade.

The group went sightseeing Friday afternoon. Later Friday, they'll be watching the fireworks near the capitol.

They expect to arrive back in Green Bay Sunday morning.

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