RTHS marching band headed to Washington D.C.

Several Stateline high school students are heading to our nation's capital to march in a band, to honor those who used to march as soldiers.

The Rochelle Township High School marching band raised the $95,000 needed to head to Washington D.C. The group took off today, as they prepare for performances on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and the Iwo Jima Memorial. The Rochelle band will also march in the 75th annual Parade of Heroes on Saturday in D.C.

"Our show this year was like World War II, Patton, and a salute to America's finest," said Rochelle Head Drum Major Emma Smith. "So the fact that we're playing it, not only from our show, but for our veterans in this parade; it's great."

"I've been getting invitations from bowl games and Macy's parades and all that type of thing," said Rochelle Band Director Ron Duval. "And this one just kind of intrigued me. Then as we further investigated it and found that we were going to be the only band representing Illinois."

The Rochelle band arrives back in the Stateline on the 13th and will play for local veterans after returning home..