Pulaski and Oswego high school marching bands are receiving state money obtained through the help of state Sen. Patty Ritchie.
A total of $51,000 was secured for bands throughout Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties.
Included in the funding is $5,000 for Pulaski High School to help it represent New York State in the National Fourth of July Parade in Washington D.C. Students — who spent a great deal of time recently fundraising for the trip — departed Thursday morning for the event, which will take place on Friday.
“As a former high school band member myself, I know that activities like this help students build invaluable life skills and also allow them to further develop their musical talents,” Ritchie said.
“I’m pleased to be able to provide this funding, which will help ensure high school band programs continue, and in the case of the Pulaski Marching Band, will allow band members to make the trip to represent New York State at the National Fourth of July Parade in Washington D.C..”
Oswego High’s band is receiving $5,000.