WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Springdale High School Bulldog Band was among a small group of bands selected to be in the National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C.
"It's honorable because I might not ever come back here," said six-year band member Candice Kinnamon. She said she's been looking forward to the trip since she was in the eighth grade.
The band has participated in the parade since 1983. Director Russell Robinson said they try to go every three years so that each student member has a chance to take the trip. To be accepted to march, bands must submit an extensive application including clips of performances.
"They like the fact that they are representatives not only for Arkansas, their state, but their community and their parents," said Robinson.
Students raised money through school fundraisers to help pay the $1,100 needed to travel and participate. Many of the kids said it was worth the money to visit the nation's capital for the first time.
"I didn't think D.C. was going to be like this," said trumpet player Fernando Vargas, "To have this opportunity to march down Constitution is a great feeling."
The band started the road trip earlier this week and visited historic sites in the nation's capital when they arrived. A total of 69 students marched in the parade.