Nighthawk marching band to host 24-hour March-A-Thon Feb. 21 – Band raising funds for epoch trip to Washington, D.C.

The Murrieta Valley High School Band and Color Guard has been invited by the Department of Defense to attend the National Festival of the States. Murrieta Valley High will represent the State of California. Murrieta Valley High will perform at the WWII Memorial, the Armed Forces Retirement Center and in the National Memorial Day Parade.

Instrumental Music Director Neil Anderson has worked the band hard this year and is taking the Nighthawks to a higher level as they prepare for their epoch trip to Washington, D.C. later in May.

To help raise part of the $250,000 needed to cover the transportation and living costs of over 140 students and equipment, the Nighthawks will be holding a 24-hour March-A-Thon on Friday, Feb. 21 from 5 p.m. to Saturday, Feb. 22 at 5 p.m.

A total of 120 students will participate in the fundraiser. The band members will be staggered and each will march for 360 minutes. The Nighthawks will be circling the football field non-stop in the Murrieta Valley High stadium for 24 solid hours.

“We are reaching out to the community and to local businesses to see how they can possibly help and assist us in achieving our goal in making this a truly remarkable year,” Anderson said. “There is no donation that is too big or small; I’m hoping that the community will rally behind us.”

Every year, featured ensembles from across the country travel to Washington, D.C. to perform in distinguished venues, hand-selected based on each participating group’s size, musical selections, and physical and technical requirements.

The musical celebrations will be in world-class venues such as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Washington National Cathedral, the Abraham Lincoln Memorial, the National World War II Memorial, and many more.

This unique concert series will be part of the 70th Anniversary Commemoration of D-Day. Concerts are planned both in France and the United States to pay musical tribute to America’s Greatest Generation, retired American veterans and soldiers in uniform.

For information on sponsoring or donating to the band, visit or email [email protected] You may also call (951) 698-3395.

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