Valders High School band to march in National Independence Day Parade

Valders Marching band

Fox 11 News: They are called the Marching Vikes and they’re from Valders High School.

The school’s marching band is getting ready to perform in Washington, D.C.

Even with temperatures in the 40s, Drum Major Sydney Miller had the Marching Vikes ready to go early Monday morning.

“Making sure everybody stays in line, and everybody just works together. It’s very nerve-racking, but it gets a lot easier over time,” Miller said.

The 120-member band is rehearsing for its first appearance in the National Independence Day Parade. The official route runs down Constitution Avenue along the National Mall. On Monday in Valders, the band had to improvise.

“The parade in D.C. is about a mile. So we’re going to take a loop around the parking lot, and then we’ll kind of figure eight around the elementary school. And we’ll do that twice to get in everything,” said band director Michelle Hussey.

Hussey says the band has been practicing music for months.

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