Bonnie Petrie

Waltrip HS Ram Band Hits the Open Road for Obama Inauguration

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In the pre-dawn hours, a nervous energy zipped through Waltrip High School. One-hundred and twenty band members loaded on busses heading for our nation’s capitol. The Ram Band will be performing at the Presidential inauguration.

But it has not been an easy road. The band had to raise $150,000 for the trip. They wasted no time setting up barbeque dinners, car washes and garage sales. Not an easy feat for any school, but three quarters of Waltrip’s students are low income. With days to spare, all the funds were in place.

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Senior Crystal Garcia explains the once in a lifetime opportunity.

“Most of the people in the band, they don’t get to go anywhere. The only place they get to go is Houston, let alone not even downtown or anything,” she said.

“I know for me, I’ve never been to Washington and the only reason I get to go out of town or anything is because of the band trip. I’m very nervous. I’m really into politics and watching Meet the Press and everything. So I’m going to be scanning and saying ‘Oh, that’s our congress person, that’s our president’.”

The band will arrive in Washington, D.C. at 10 pm. They will be there for four days, performing at three events along with taking in the sights, visiting museums, meeting area lawmakers.

Just how dedicated is this group? They were still practicing at 4:00 p.m. yesterday afternoon.

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