9-member Crow High School band invited to perform in Washington, D.C., for Veterans Day

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    CROW, Ore. - The Crow High School band is headed to Washington, D.C., to perform in the Veterans Day Parade of Heroes on Saturday.

    The 9-member group is the only Oregon band invited to participate this year.

    "Needless to say we are the smallest group performing," director Pat Dixon said.

    Dixon and the band have raised over $15,000 to finance the trip.

    "I had no idea what I was walking in to, I had no clue," Dixon said, 'but just the outpouring of support from the community has just been incredible and actually quite humbling."

    Mary Houle has three grandchildren in the band.

    "It's beyond incredible," she said. "They have worked so hard to raise the money. They've worked hard on their music."

    In addition to the parade, the band will perform Sunday at the Iwo Jima U.S. Marine Corps Memorial.

    "We're so proud of our students, our band director," Principal Marci Haro said. "It's just an opportunity that these kids will never, ever forget. This is what school is about - building memories."

    "I'm like so excited to go but also really nervous," flutist Stephanie Wigle said. "It's an amazing experience."

    "Our whole community has come up and really supported us," trumpet player Mark Simonsen said, "and it's probably going to be the biggest experience of our life."

    "Honestly when Mr. Dixon first told us about it I'm like--wait, repeat that? We're going where?" said tenor sax player Elizabeth Power. "This is our senior year, so it's one way to end it and just like - the kind of memories we are going to make."

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