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Houston’s own Waltrip High School’s award-winning marching band, fondly known as the Roarin’ Red Ram Band, is going to Washington! Or at least they hope to. The 170 students, both past and present members, are seeking donations and sponsors for the trip that has an estimated cost of $137,000.

In March, the Ram Band received the distinct honor of being the sole high school band chosen to represent the state of Texas for this year’s National Independence Day Parade in the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C on Sat., July 4. The band received the invitation based on a recommendation provided by Governor Greg Abbott. Since then, Sen. John Whitmire has also given his recognition of the school’s band.

Waltrip High School

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Gabriella Fuentes, who is the band’s head drum major, is especially excited about the invitation. “…this is my band and being the head drum major, I’m gonna lead them the way and make sure we do things to represent the school, community, and the state of Texas.”

Aside from their participation in the parade, the students will also be able to visit the office of Cong. Shelia Jackson Lee, attend the Capitol Fourth Celebration on the Capitol Lawn, and perform at one of the local national monuments.

Upcoming fundraising events include:

Friday, Jun. 12 – Car Wash at Mighty Burger on 43rd St from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Saturday, Jun. 13 – Sweet Frog Yogurt Shop on 43rd St from 12 p.m.-9 p.m.

Saturday, Jun. 20 – Student Walk-A-Thon from 7 a.m.-2 p.m.

Thursday, Jun. 25 – Dinner at Hickory Hollow in the Heights w/ a performance by the Ram Band from 7 p.m.-9 p.m.

There will also be a Benefit Concert at Community of Faith Church from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. The church is looking for Host Committee Members who will be recognized as large donors, with a minimum donation of $1,000 to qualify.

Donations can be made at the band’s gofundme account or mailed to:

Jesse Espinosa

Waltrip Band Booster Club Inc.,

Waltrip High School

1900 W. 34th St

Houston, TX 77018

Any questions regarding donation or sponsorship can be sent to Jesse Espinosa at