“I think it will be very fast paced, but we’ve been doing it for so long,” she said. “I’m pretty excited about it.”
Soucy said it’s a prestigious opportunity for the band to perform alongside marching units from all over the nation, as well as being able to see national landmarks during their stop in Washington.
Visiting Sohm’s grave will also be special.
Soucy told his students that when Sohm was a senior in high school, he performed a trumpet solo during a halftime show to the band Chicago’s song, “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?”
This year, the band performed that song again with current drum major Joe Conti playing the trumpet solo. At Arlington, Conti will have the opportunity to sound “Taps” at Sohm’s grave.
Students return to school March 18.
“Our music staff is very proud of their (students) commitment and dedication in preparing for these ambitious programs,” Soucy said. “They truly represent our school and community with pride.”
This weekend’s schedule will be a busy one, Conti said.
“It will be different as both parades are within 24 hours of each other,” she said. “There will be some level of stress, but all of us get together and realize how lucky we are and it’s great to have these opportunities.”