Sylvania and Geraldine High School band members will grace our nation’s capitol with patriotic tunes next year when the two bands travel to Washington, D.C. for a joint performance Oct. 6.

Geraldine High School Band Director Lauren Roszell said the trip is an opportunity to exhibit the kids’ hard work.

“We just decided that the kids have worked very hard over the past few years and the opportunity just kind of fell in our laps,” Roszell said. “It was kind of a joint decision between me and Mr. [Patrick] Roszell at Sylvania.”

Lauren Roszell said the seniors from 

this year will also make the trip. 

She said the band members will be doing fundraisers from now until this time next year.

“The seniors now will get to take part in this,” she said. “Combined we will have about 70 kids and we’re going to have practices over the summer. 

“We’re selling sponsor yard signs for $20, chocolate bars, Chick-fil-A Spirit Nights and all kinds of different fundraisers that we can come up with between now and the trip. We are taking tax-deductible donations as well.” 

Roszell said the GoFundMe account set up for the two bands is: “Geraldine and Sylvania Bands D.C. Trip.” 

She also said, while the trip gives the students the opportunity to perform at the Lincoln Memorial, they will get to do some sightseeing as well.

“We’re going to go to the Lincoln Memorial and we’re going to set up on the front steps, and my husband and I will take turns conducting,” Roszell said. “In addition to the performance, the students are going to get to see all the Smithsonian Museums, tour the Capitol Building, the monuments and they will get to take full tours of some of the greatest landmarks in our nation’s history.”

Roszell said, although she is excited about the trip herself, she is especially excited for the kids. 

“We’re excited to make the trip and we’re hoping we can get as many sponsorships as possible,” she said. “It’s not about me.

“I’m just excited the kids get to be recognized for all the work that they have done.”

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