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NHS band raising money to perform in D.C. parade!

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NHS band raising money to perform in D.C. parade

The Northridge High School band has performed at a number of parades and even bowl games, including the Sugar Bowl. But there is a new opportunity that is too good to pass up—to perform at the 2023 Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C.

The NHS Band has been invited to perform and to represent the state of Alabama in the parade.

“We have been fortunate to perform at a couple of bowl games, including the Sugar Bowl,” said NHS band director John Cain. “This parade opportunity, however, is unique.  I am looking forward to my students being able to experience the big concert and fireworks show on the Washington Mall.”

The trip, however, will not be inexpensive, budgeted at about $1,000 for each student that makes the trip, which will last July 2-5, 2023. There are 75 members of the Northridge High School marching band.

“I knew this would be a financial burden on many of my students, so we created a fundraising committee who has worked tirelessly to help get us organized in our efforts,” Cain said.

“We are trying to raise another $15,000 to ensure that every student has the opportunity to participate,” Cain said.

The band will host a fundraiser on Saturday, April 1 at Christ Episcopal Church at 6 p.m. to help close that gap. Tickets for the event are $50 and include dinner catered by A Southern Bite and live music from the NHS band, as well as a performance by local Bluegrass group Bounds & Determined.

One other fundraiser the band is doing is selling ads for the program for their spring concert, if any local businesses are interested in purchasing an ad, Cain said.

To purchase a ticket to the NHS band fundraiser dinner, text 205-242-5969. Or, to purchase an ad for the band’s spring concert program, contact the Northridge High School office.