Some recent news struck a most positive chord with the Hallandale High School marching band.
The Chargers and band director Lamont Snyder learned that they've been nominated to represent Florida in the 2015 National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C.
"It was a great surprise," Snyder said. "I'm very happy. I'm glad for the kids and glad for Hallandale High School."
One marching band from each state participates in the annual parade down Constitution Avenue. Hallandale High was nominated by U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
"The kids are excited and ready to go," Snyder said.
The Independence Day parade represents not only United States history, but also military service members and veterans. Snyder is no stranger to patriotic parades. He's a veteran of the Army and was a member of its band during his service.
Because of this connection, the Chargers will likely play a selection of patriotic songs and marches.
"There won't be any of our get-down stuff," Snyder joked. "We want to represent in good fashion."
Snyder is already preparing for the trip and planning a set list, but they won't begin practicing for it until after the fall football season. He anticipates taking close to 100 students, plus chaperons.
"This is a good recruiting tool," Snyder said of the parade. "A lot of kids have never been to Washington, so they'll be able to get an understanding of our history. I'd like for them to tour [D.C.] and see what it's all about. They deserve it."
Because it will be a three-day, three-night trip, Snyder said there will be extensive fundraising involved.
To donate, call Snyder at 754-323-0900.
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