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Westview Band represents Weakley County in nation’s capital

Westview Band represents Weakley County in nation’s capital
Westview Band represents Weakley County in nation's capital

The Westview Band had the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. over spring break and perform several selections at the World War II Memorial.
The Westview High School Band, along with family members and boosters, traveled to Washington D.C. over spring break. They spent a week touring our nation’s capital, with the highlight being a performance at the World War II Memorial.
The weather was mostly cold, windy and rainy, but that didn’t dampen spirits, as the cherry blossoms were in full bloom and the concert day was sunny.
They began the week with a walking tour of the National Mall, including the Washington Monument and a preview of the WWII Memorial, where they would be performing.
After lunch, they toured the National Archives, which displayed the original Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, and Bill of Rights. Other important national documents were available also. After a rehearsal at a local high school, they enjoyed pizza and bowling.
Tuesday was the day of the performance. The sunshine brought out many vis-itors to the Cherry Blossom Festival, many of whom stopped to listen to the band perform. The first half was a” Salute to America” and featured patriotic tunes such as “The Star Spangled Banner” and “America the Beautiful”. They also played “The Blue and the Grey” to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
The second half of the concert was  “Tribute to Veterans of the Greatest Generation”. It included “Marches of the Armed Forces” and the “Navy Hymn”. 
Music from the soundtracks to “Band of Brothers” and “Victory at Sea” was also played. “In the Mood” was performed to celebrate music of that era. Selections from the band’s marching field show “South Pacific”  were played featuring the field commander, Chantia Brown, featured twirler, Elizabeth Bukeavich, and color guard members. They closed the performance with “God Bless America”.
Many people enjoyed the performance, inquired where the group was from, and thanked them for performing. WCMT recorded part of the performance for friends back home who enjoyed it as well. It was a very moving experience to see the impact the performance had on visitors to the memorial that day. It was a special moment that will long be remembered. The group represented our county well, and all can be proud of their achievement.
The next two days were spent enjoying sights in the capitol. The group toured the Capitol building, the American History Museum, The Air and Space Museum, The Vietnam Memorial Wall, The Korean War Memorial, The Lincoln Memorial, and Arlington Cemetery. Many miles were walked to reach the sights, but marching bands excel at that, and it was all worth it.
The group would like to thank those who made the trip possible: directors Mike Tucker and Derek Cook, Mr. Frazier and the school board and administrators, community supporters of our fund raisers, The Weakley County Press and WCMT radio for publicity, First State Bank, MTD Lawn Products, 3J’s Food Markets, Wal-Mart Supercenter, Office Products, E.W. James & Sons Supermarkets, and the Coca-Cola bottling Co  Union City.
Your continued support is greatly appreciated.

wcp 4/14/11

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