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Members of Quapaw Marching Band will head to Chicago

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It's an opportunity that many marching bands don't get to have...marching in one of the biggest parades in the country. For members of the Quapaw Marching Wildcats, they'll be heading to Chicago for the annual St. Patrick's Day parade.

"Small bands can't go be apart of big parades like that typically. So this is a chance for kids from the smaller schools to go on up and be apart of those big things." says Quapaw Band Director, Sarah Fanning.

Students Jakob Way and Jesse Morton are just two members of marching bands to be nominated into the Mid America All Star Band, that will be marching down the busy streets of Chicago in march for the St. Patrick's Day parade.

"It's something...doing what we do in a small school, you don't always get those chances unless you have a good director." Way says.

The band is composed of 11 members...up 3 members from last year, when Fanning began her role as director.

Fanning is a native of Pitt State, and learned about the Mid America band nominations through the school...now in her second year at the Quapaw School District, she's already making an impact on the students lives.

"It was her first year of being a teacher period. So we kind of helped her get used to everybody." Way explains.

"She's taught me a lot about marching and stuff, and its only been her second year now." says Morton, who is the band's drum major.

She hopes this marching opportunity will be an inspiration to bring in members for the Quapaw Wildcats Marching Band.

 "Just the fact that they're doing it is enough recruitment for the kids. They look forward to it. They know that they're working towards something like that, and that gives them something to work for also." she says.

The students head to the Windy City in March.

The band is paying their own way to Chicago. They have several fundraiser's in the works.
Way's Ranch in Quapaw will be holding a fundraiser on behalf of Way and Morton on October 27th at the Ranch.

You can also donate by clicking the link here and typing 'band' in the box.

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