The Gloversville Middle School Band performed at the Parade of Heroes, an annual event held in Washington, D.C. during Veterans Day week.
The GMS band was invited to perform with other talented bands and choirs from around the country by the Parade of Heroes organizers, Historic Programs, a not-for-profit organization committed to remembering people, places and events that have shaped the world.
View a video of the GMS Band trip to Washington, D.C.
The parade is a celebration that honors all veterans who served in the U.S. military. This year’s parade started at the Lincoln Memorial and finished at the World War II Memorial. The celebration included performances by schools from Illinois, South Carolina, Arizona, Maryland, California, Pennsylvania and Oregon. The parade concluded with all the bands joining to perform “God Bless America” as a tribute to the veterans. In addition, the GMS band, which consists of 21 students in grades 7-8, performed a selection called “Legacy of Heroes.”
During their visit to the nation’s capital, GMS band members had an opportunity to tour several historic sites and places of interest, including the National Archives, the Smithsonian, the National Spy Museum, the U.S. Capitol building and many other famous monuments. The students also enjoyed a dinner cruise on the Potomac River.