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D-R Marching band tune up to play in Washington, D.C.

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DIGHTON, Mass. -

A Presidential invitation for a local group of young musicians.

It's an honor bestowed on only 50 communities around the country every year, the opportunity for the marching band to travel to Washington, D.C. and play in the Independence Day Parade.

Dighton-Rehoboth High School Band director Doug Kelley says that the band was nominated by Taunton Mayor Tom Hoy after they performed in Taunton's Christmas parade. He sent a video to Washington and a parade committee chose D-R over 180 other Massachusetts bands.

The sense of community transcends this group. It's made up of half high school kids, and half middle schoolers, including 6th grade drummer Jake Roy whose recovery from leukemia has gone so well, that he is hoping to participate in the parade with his band mates.

The band along with the community needs to raise $40,000 to help make the dreams of these musicians come true.

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