The Chipley High School “Spirit of the Tiger” Band performed on the plaza of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial on Friday, May 23, as part of the National Memorial Day Concert Series in Washington DC. The CHS Band received the invitation to represent our state in this unique opportunity for thousands of patriotic Americans to come together and honor those who have sacrificed so much in service to our country. The National Memorial Day Celebration celebrates all those who have served in uniform from the American Revolution to Operation Iraqi Freedom, and seeks to educate the public about the meaning of this hallowed day. Not merely an event for Washington, the National Memorial Day Celebration is an event for the entire country, which seeks to draw the attention of Americans to the real meaning for the holiday: honoring those who have served, and died, to preserve our liberties.
“We are extremely humbled to be asked to participate in this event honoring those who have served our country,” said CHS Band Director Richard Davenport. “We received this invitation based on the incredible tradition of excellence established by former members of the band. Worthy of that tradition, the band’s musical tribute of patriotic music certainly represented our small community and school with the utmost dignity and respect for our nation’s military heroes.” The CHS Band is indeed grateful for the incredible support of the Chipley
community in helping to fund the majority of the cost of the trip; the rest was raised by the individual band members and Band Boosters.
The band boarded two charter busses early on the morning of May 22 to make the 16-hour trip to Washington DC. After their performance on Friday, the group spent time walking through the monuments on the National Mall, followed by an evening cruise down the Potomac River on the “Spirit of Mount Vernon.” Saturday was filled with the students visiting the historical museums and government buildings on the east end of the Mall, Arlington National Cemetery, and ending with a night tour of the Iwo Jima, Air Force and Pentagon Memorials. The band members also visited the historic settlements of Jamestown and Colonial Williamsburg before making the trek back to Chipley.
The members of the Chipley Band would like to thank Chipley High School, the Washington County School District, the Chipley business community, fans, parents, and our alumni for the tradition of support for our school band program. The “Spirit of the Tiger” Band is honored to positively represent our community everywhere they perform. The band will close out the school year with performances at the KMS Ground Breaking Ceremony and CHS Graduation this week, followed by preseason rehearsals for next year’s marching band.