Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

May 6, 2013

Band sounds more than just great

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — When members of Pauls Valley’s band starts to play during this week’s spring concert they’re looking to do more than just make it sound great.

The PV band is also hoping to start the fundraising process as it has been selected to travel to Washington, D.C. next year to play in a very special parade.

First things first and that means the annual spring concert scheduled to get started at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 7 at Wacker Park.

Before the band takes the stage members of the PV Band Boosters will hold a hamburger and hot dog cookout starting at 5:30 p.m. with proceeds going to help with fundraising efforts for the band’s trip to the nation’s capital in May 2014.

Once there next year the band will perform in the National Memorial Day Parade.

For PV band director Drew Etheredge and his students this is a big deal.

“We’ll do our regular marching routine, but I would say a couple hundred thousand people will be there and it goes down Pennsylvania Avenue,” Etheredge said.

“We’ll be representing Oklahoma and Pauls Valley,” he said.

“This is a huge opportunity for the kids. How many times are they going to get the chance to have an experience like that. It will be unforgettable for them, a big time educational trip.

“It’s an awesome opportunity for our kids to represent our city and our state.”

The trip will actually get started the day after the 2014 graduating class goes through commencement.

From there local band members and will begin the four-day, three-night trip to Washington.

The Panther band will also take part in a very solemn Memorial Day tradition.

“Three or four of our students will be selected to present a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier,” Etheredge said.

The students will present the wreath to guards on duty at Arlington National Cemetery.

“Beside the performance we’ll be soaking up all that our nation’s capital has to offer,” he said referring to tours of the U.S. Capitol, monuments and many of the attractions in D.C.