Big honors for an area marching band. Local 5 reports they are flying out soon to perform in New York City in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Inside Ashwaubenon High School – the sounds of a marching band getting ready to hit the road. This is the Ashwaubenon Jaguars Marching Band and soon its members will be performing in New York City in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
“On the parade route there is about a million people, 200,000 participants in the parade, so it’s an enormous event that just kind of takes over the city,” said Marc Jimos, director of bands for Ashwaubenon High School.
One hundred seventy members of the marching band and color guard are making the trip, along with 50 choir members. They are flying to New York on Thursday for an experience that students like Mieka Clark have been preparing for – for years.
“I’m pretty excited. We’ve been working on our music and marching techniques since literally we were freshman,” Clark said.
This band is well traveled having performed Hawaii in 2017 and now a fourth time in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York, with their last appearance in 2015. They’ll march the two-mile route performing the Fighting Irish theme song and of course “On Wisconsin.”
“I’m going to stand up straight, I’m going to take deep breaths and I’m going to do what I’m there to do,” said Clark, a drum major.
“I think it’s going to be kind of cool. I’ll just try not to look at anybody with awkward eye contact or nothing,” said Jakoby Harris, a member of the band.
“Going on these trips, it’s a shared experience with everybody in the group, so I think it just really brings us all so much closer,” said Katie Larson, also a drum major.
“These types of experiences, these travel experiences are things they’ll cherish their whole lives,” Jimos said.
And with their bags all packed – it’s time for a little fine tuning, before this marching band hits the road.
Schneider National has donated a semi to transport all the band’s luggage and equipment out to New York.