Change can be a good thing.
That is the case for members of the Putnam City High School band, who were planning a fall trip to St. Louis. Those plans changed a couple of weeks ago thanks to an invitation to a much bigger event.
Band director Darby Cassaday said the students have been invited to march in the National Independence Day Parade in Washington next July 4.
This year's parade in the nation's capital featured at least 26 bands from across the nation, including the Moore High School band.
Cassaday said about 160 students will participate from Putnam City. That will include eight outgoing seniors as well as incoming freshmen band members.
Cassaday said the students also will take part in such activities as the annual Capitol Fourth concert on the lawn of the White House.
For senior drum major Alan Miller, the event is the culmination of four years of work with the Pirates Band.
“This gives you something to look forward to,” he said. “This is an opportunity to set a goal and to reach it.”
Cassaday said the trip is expected to cost about $1,000 per student. Fortunately, the band will have time to raise the money, and will hold a number of fundraisers. Currently, the band is selling pretzels. A car wash is planned for Saturday.
Cassaday said donations and corporate sponsorships are welcomed.
Staff Writer Terry Groover is the parent of a Putnam City High School band member.
How to help
Tax-deductible donations to help the Putnam City High School band with the trip to Washington can be made to PCHS Band Boosters, P.O. Box 22842, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.