John Bisbee, the band and orchestra director at Williston High School, is orchestrating a grand adventure that’s music to everyone’s ears. On Monday, July 1, Bisbee, along with 65 talented students and seven dedicated chaperones, will embark on a memorable journey to Washington, DC.

John Bisbee
John Bisbee
Band Practice
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Their mission? To proudly represent North Dakota in the prestigious National Independence Day Parade.

The excitement doesn’t stop there. The parade, set to take place on Thursday, July 4, will be livestreamed on YouTube for all to enjoy. Catch the musical magic live at this link.

While in the nation’s capital, the group will immerse themselves in DC's rich history and culture. They’ll tour iconic monuments, explore the treasures of the National Archives, and visit the fascinating Smithsonian museums. A solemn highlight of their trip will be participating in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, honoring those who have served.

On the night of July 4, the students and chaperones will experience "A Capitol Fourth" from the lawn of the US Capitol building. This star-studded concert will be broadcast live on PBS, featuring headliners Smokey Robinson and Sister Sledge. Check out the performers and get ready for an unforgettable evening of music and fireworks.

John Bisbee
John Bisbee
WHS Band

Before they leave, don’t miss the sendoff performance at Harmon Park on Monday, July 1 at 2 PM. The students will showcase the pieces they’ll play in DC, giving the community a taste of what’s to come.

The journey back home promises more excitement, as the group will catch a Minnesota Twins vs. Houston Astros game at Target Field, (go Twins!) adding a sporty twist to their musical adventure.

None of this would have been possible without the efforts of Music Celebrations International, who, along with the National Park Service, organized the parade down Constitution Avenue. Bisbee’s connection with them at a conference in Chicago was the spark that set this incredible journey in motion.

Bisbee said in a recent conversation, "Representing North Dakota on such a prominent stage is a privilege. The Williston High School band and orchestra are ready to showcase the musical talent and spirit of our home state, making everyone back in Williston proud."

Be sure to watch, listen, and cheer them on as they hit all the right notes in Washington, DC! It should be at 10:30am central time on July 4!

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