The Westfield High School marching band is in New York City this week. Today, the Shamrock Pride will march in the St. Patrick’s Day parade. Each year, several high school marching bands are invited to perform along the streets of New York in the oldest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the U.S. — now in it’s 253rd year.
This is an experience these kids will never forget. I still have vivid memories of my own high school band trip, more than 20 years ago. We went to Florida to march in the Gator Bowl parade, then spent a few fun-filled days at Disney with all my band friends. The laughter, the inside jokes, the flat tire on the bus in the middle of Georgia — these are memories I will always have.
And I love seeing the same thing played out through social media. The band is holding a NYC Landmark selfie contest, with fun pictures directly from the kids on their trip. Follow the #RocksMarchNYC hashtag on Twitter and Instagram for a sneak peek at what band life is like in New York City. The band arrived yesterday and visited Rockefeller Plaza and Times Square.
Today, they will have the amazing experience of marching down 5th Avenue in the New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade, starting at 11am. You can watch it live on the parade website.
The marching band season typically begins in June and runs through the October competition season. In the clear summer months, we can hear the band practice outside from our home a couple miles away. I don’t know how they’ve been able to practice in the arctic cold we have had, but I know they’ve been working hard to prepare for this performance.
Westfield’s Shamrock Pride will be featured in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade at 1:45pm, and I can’t wait to see them live!
Photo Credit: Shamrock Band Boosters, used with permission