W.J. Keenan High School’s Marching Keenan Raider Rubber Band has been invited to perform in the 2024 National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C. The parade, organized by the American Veterans Center, honors those who have served and sacrificed their lives protecting the United States. It will be held May 27, 2024.
The Marching Keenan Raider Rubber Band was the only high school band in Columbia invited to perform. Congressman James Clyburn’s office nominated W.J. Keenan’s band, as well as three other South Carolina high school bands.
“This is such a huge honor. The students haven’t had an opportunity like this in several years. This is an incredible opportunity, especially for the students who’ve never traveled out of South Carolina,” said Howard Parnell, W.J. Keenan’s director of bands.
Approximately 60 students are in the Marching Keenan Raider Rubber Band this school year.
The band is raising money to fund the trip to Washington to participate in the parade. Persons who would like to help can send donations to W.J. Keenan High School (361 Pisgah Church Road, Columbia, SC 29203) or drop them off at the school. Checks should be made payable to W.J. Keenan High School; please indicate on your check that the donation is for the W.J. Keenan Marching Band.