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Local high school bands to play in D.C. Memorial Day parade

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MEDFORD, Ore. -- For the past couple of months, North and South Medford High School bands have been collaborating on a piece to play in this year's Memorial Day parade in Washington D.C.

"Representing Oregon and Medford is a big honor," said Erik Osberg, South Medford High School's band director. "We've been practicing with both schools combined every week."

Medford Mayor Randy Sparacino nominated both schools. The band directors came together as one band called the "Medford United Marching Band and Color Guard."

The Medford City Council Community Initiative Fund awarded $75,000 to MSD to help the marching band's travel and participation in the parade.

Erik Osberg, a junior at South Medford High School will play the trombone in the parade. He said the hardest part about practice is memorizing the music with a bigger ensemble.

"It's really nice to be, like, one of the few selected kids to go," Osberg said. "And it's just going to be something that sticks with me for the rest of my life."

The two bands plan on heading to Washington D.C. on Friday and will play in the parade on Monday.

Mariah Hill is a news producer/reporter at NewsWatch 12. You can reach Mariah at

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