GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (GRPS) — Grand Rapids Public Schools band scholars marched in the Mackinaw City Memorial Day Parade in honor of those who died in service to our country.

Forty-two scholars made the trip to Mackinaw on Saturday, May 27, to participate in the parade said to be the largest Memorial Day parade in the state. The group consisted of the Grand Rapids Montessori High School Marching Band along with several participants from the middle school band and high school choir.

“The students and parents had an excellent time on our trip,” said Band Director Nathan Weber. “Having trips like this at the end of the year gives the students something fun to work towards.”

Weber said the trip provides many scholars the opportunity to see a part of the state that they've never seen before.

“We put on so many local performances during the school year... but with this trip, the kids get to travel far from home and perform somewhere they have never been,” Weber said. “I would like to think that performances like this have a positive impact on the students and help make their high school experience more memorable and fun.”

Mr. Weber’s scholars participated in the parade last year as well. In that performance, the band was recognized with the parade’s “Ambassador's Award.”

“Our band and choir programs are important pieces in creating well-rounded students in the Grand Rapids Public Schools,” Weber said.