Los Alamos Hilltopper Marching Band. File photo
The Los Alamos Hilltopper Marching Band is set to perform at noon, July 4, in the National Independence Day Parade on Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C.
The Hilltopper Marching Band, which left for the nation’s capital Friday, was selected by Gov. Susana Martinez to represent the State of New Mexico in the National Independence Day Parade. More than 50 student-performers in the Hilltopper Marching Band are making the trip to Washington, D.C.
The Los Alamos students’ appearance in the National Independence Day Parade is one of two appearances they will make on their trip. They also will perform July 5 at Six Flags America, in the Washington, D.C., area as part of the National Festival of the States.
Members of the Hilltopper Marching Band are busy throughout their stay in the nation’s capitol. Friday, July 1, band members attended the Official Evening Parade at the Marines Barracks, which features the “President’s Own” United States Marine Band. Saturday, July 2, they participated in a special U.S. Military Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Ceremony, and visited the National World War II Memorial, toured the U.S. Capitol and visited the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress and the National Archives Building, which houses the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.
The Hilltopper Marching Band is rehearsing today for its appearance in the National Independence Day Parade, and visiting the Jefferson Memorial, Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, Kennedy Center and Ford’s Theater, the site where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.
Following their appearance in the National Independence Day Parade, members of the Hilltopper Marching Band are invited to attend A Capitol Fourth, the Independence Day Celebration in Washington, D.C., where they will view the festivities from the lawn of the Capitol.
On July 5, the Hilltopper Marching Band will perform at 10:30 a.m. at Six Flags America, along with enjoying the day at the park before returning home July 6.
The National Independence Day Parade has a YouTube channel and the parade will be streamed live starting at 9:45 a.m. MST, July 4.
To find more information about the Hilltopper Marching Band and learn about fundraising efforts for its appearances at local events and special out-of-town events, visit the band’s Facebook page.