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Honoring The Gadsden Elementary School District Marching Band, The Pride Of San Luis

Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva

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Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the Gadsden Elementary School District #32 Marching Band for their accomplishments as a student band and as representatives of the city of San Luis. Gadsden Elementary School is in the San Luis, a city located in the Southwest corner of the State of Arizona on the border of San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico. The school's marching band, the Pride of San Luis, is composed of 180 talented students and 15 dancers in grades 4 8. Director J Martin Peralta, Jr. and Music Coordinator Martin Peralta, Sr. have led this group of young men and women to countless victories, including first place awards in the Lake Havasu, Parada Del Sol Parade in Scottsdale, Arizona, the APS Phoenix Light Parade, as well as in the local Somerton Founder's Day Parade and the Yuma Lights Parade and most recently have been invited to the London Days Bridge Parade. Luis Marquez, Board President, said that ``Listening to the marching band is like listening to an amazing group of professionals: they have the enthusiasm, character, and talent they need to keep making a great job everywhere they go.'' The Pride of San Luis is comprised of more than just talented musicians; they are exemplary scholars. Raymond V. Aguilera, Superintendent of Schools, said that ``[m]any of the band members go on to receive college credit during High School, take the ACT test and qualify for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Program. The band's alumni have attended or will attend university programs throughout the country''. This group of hard working young people brings hope and pride to local residents. As William and Ellen Kiley stated: ``For those who worry about the future of our country, you have only to look at these young people to feel reassured that all will be well''. The parents, teachers, and citizens of San Luis cannot be more proud of their hometown marching band. Juan Carlos Escamilla, Mayor of the City of San Luis, declared: ``It is truly an honor. I'm so very proud of every single one of our kids. I'm so proud as a parent. I know they have a very strong goal. If any organization could do it--it's this group. They will make it happen.'' Music Coordinator Martin Peralta Sr. articulated it best: ``Esta generacon de estudiantes van a hacer historia y la experiencia que van a hacer historia ya que movera al mundo con su musica donde cada uno de los ciudadanos del pais se van a sentir orgullosos de ellos''. Mr. Speaker, please join me in honoring these bright young student musicians and the adults that empower them to succeed.