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Ryan band to take part in National Memorial Day Parade in US capital

The Ryan High School band has been selected to represent the state of Texas in the National Memorial Day Parade, sending the group to the U.S. capital on May 30, 2016, to honor U.S. soldiers who sacrificed their lives to defend the country.

Ryan’s band was chosen by the event’s selection committee based on its audition, application and recommendation from Denton Mayor Chris Watts. As a result of its selection, Ryan’s band will perform in the District of Columbia and take part in a parade that features floats, musical ensembles from each U.S. military branch, specially selected bands, veterans groups, military and specialty units as well as national dignitaries.

The parade will take place on Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th streets before an audience of several hundred thousand spectators. Ryan students will pass the White House and other national monuments and museums as part of the route.

Beyond the local audience, the parade, which began in 2005, is broadcast globally to U.S. troops stationed across the world. With its scale, the parade is the single largest Memorial Day event in the nation.

In addition to their performance, Ryan band members will experience the nation’s capital through several educational opportunities, including seeing a performance by the National Symphony Orchestra.

To help pay for the costs associated with the trip, the Ryan band’s staff and boosters are seeking donations, with more information on how to donate to be announced at a later date.

For more information about the honor and inquires about donating to the band, please contact Eddy Russell, Ryan director of bands, by phone at 940-369-3079 or via email at erussell@dentonisd.org. Additional information regarding involvement in the parade can be found on the Ryan band website.