Waltrip High School Marching Band makes it to Washington
Today is a very special day in Washington as President Obama will be sworn in for his second term later this morning at the inauguration. And some very special kids from Houston will be witnesses to history.
The marching band from Waltrip High School needed to raise 40 thousand dollars in a week in order to make the trip to D.C. It seemed like the odds were against them. However, they beat the odds, and, band director Jesse Espinosa explained to KTRH how it all came together.
“We were able to raise the funds through a special benefit concert. And to put us over the top, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and a friend of hers donated eleven thousand dollars to put us over the top,” Espinosa said.
The band spent most of the weekend visiting historical sites in Washington, and they played two events over the weekend, including the Black Tie & Boots Inaugural Ball. Where will they be when the President is sworn in?
“We’re going to be at the National Mall watching everything unfold in front of us and from there hopefully we’ll get to catch a glimpse of the parade before we take off,” Espinosa said.
Other Houstonians in attendance today include Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia, and Beyonce will be performing as well.