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Pulaski County High School marching band is headed to D.C. for national July 4 celebration

By Web Staff, news@wdbj7.com
Published On: Jun 29 2013 02:48:25 PM EDT

The Pulaski County High School Marching band will represent the school and the state at this year's National Fourth of July celebration in DC.

PULASKI CO., Va. -

It's a dream come true for some hometown students.

The Pulaski County High School marching band will represent the school and the state at this year's National Fourth of July celebration in Washington, D.C.

The lucky musicians will get to march their way down the streets of Washington, D.C. in just days. For some it was a pleasant yet overwhelming surprise.

"I thought that since I’d be graduating this year that I wouldn't be able to partake in it but now it's such a great feeling to come back and do one last thing with this band because I love it so much,” band member Brock Dawson said.

The Cougar band is working overtime to make a good showing in the nation's capitol, but it was more than sheer talent that got them the gig.

"We were nominated by Congressman Griffith and we applied from there on and got invited to perform,” band director Patrick Butler said.

An honor the newer band members never imagined.

"It's really a bit of a surprise to me it's my first year and I'm doing something so big with it,” band member Justin Chrisley said.

Getting ready for this hasn't been easy, but there's no lack of excitement and humility in this group.

"I'm really excited that we're doing this. I get to go out with a bang my senior year. I'm really glad I get to take this one last trip,” band member Brittney Worrell said.

"It's hard to describe the feeling when somebody tells you hey, you're going to be marching in front of the president and congressmen and tons of important people,” Justin Chrisley said.

A feeling none of these musicians will soon forget.