Burke County marching bands set to perform in Hawaii

Local students to perform at Pearl Harbor

BURKE COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - Huge news for several marching bands in Burke County.

All four high school bands are heading to Hawaii tomorrow to perform in the 75th commemoration of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

It's a huge honor for all the bands.

More than 275 students from Freedom, Draughn, Patton and East Burke High Schools joined together for one of their last practices Thursday afternoon at the Morganton Christmas Parade.

"It's a huge honor because this is an opportunity for our students to come together, all four bands from Burke County to work together, but more importantly to come together for a great cause and that is to honor our service men and women," Freedom High band director Robert Johnston said.

Honoring veterans is the mission for most of the kids heading to Hawaii and it's also an incredible opportunity to perform on a world stage.

"We're all so excited and also anxious because we do leave tonight. It's going to be a once in a lifetime kind of thing," Karson Branch with the Freedom High School band said.

The four bands from Burke County aren't the only ones representing North Carolina in the event. The Cuthbertson High School band from Waxhaw, NC, will also be attending and performing at the 75th Anniversary memorial event this December 7 at Pearl Harbor.

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