Houston school band plays at inaugural ball

Waltrip High School's band selected to play at Texas Black Tie and Boots Inaugural Ball

WASHINGTON - Students from a Houston high school are in Washington D.C. to watch the president's inauguration.

Approximately 150 students from Houston's Waltrip High School will be among the massive crowd at the National Mall.

Local 2's Rachel McNeil caught up with the 'Ram Band,' named after Waltrip's school mascot, as they tuned up for the big trip. They were the only high school band selected to play at Saturday's Texas Black Tie and Boots Inaugural Ball.

"Music, it takes you places. And we're going to D.C. and I'm very happy," said Diego Espinoza, a head drummer in the band.

Many of the students have never traveled outside Texas, let alone to the nation's capital.

"I am so excited. This is my first year going on a band trip," said Diego.

Jesse Espinosa, the head band director, said it took a minor miracle to get the group to Washington, D.C.

"Coming up with $150,000 for 150 people to travel, students mostly that are economically disadvantaged, it was definitely an uphill battle from the get go," said Espinosa.

But the kids, their parents and the community stepped up to make it happen.

"This is it. I mean, hard work really pays off and this is the perfect example and we believe it's a miracle, so I'm glad I got to be a part of this because I do believe that miracles do happen," said Diego.

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