On Thursday, Mar. 17, the Chattahoochee Marching Band will perform in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City. The program was one of many to apply for this prestigious parade, and Mr. Garofalo is proud to be able to march in it again: “This is the band’s third time in the past decade marching in the St. Paddy’s Day Parade. It’s a great reward for all the hard work the band students put in this year.”
Below is a video of the last time the band performed in this parade.
Marching through the streets of the Big Apple, the band will play an American tribute called “Armed Forces on Parade,” a medley honoring all the branches of the military. However, there will be much more to the trip than marching and patriotic tunes. The band will tour Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall and other sites around the city. Many of the students are excited to see the Statue of Liberty and a couple Broadway musicals as well. In between all these fun tours, the students will eat at some of New York’s most iconic restaurants.
The parade is just one of many national trips the groups within the Chattahoochee Band program are attending this year. In the fall, the Marching Band competed in a regional competition at Vanderbilt University. This spring, the color guard will be going to the state championships. In April, the indoor drumline will go to the Winter Guard International (WGI) World Championships in Dayton, Ohio to compete against 60 other drumlines in their classification from all around the world. The Wind Ensemble recently attended the Kennesaw State University Concert Band Invitational. “Parade committees send out invitations to programs with outstanding overall reputations,” says Mr. Garofalo. “And when we go to compete all around the country, it just adds to an already excellent resume.”
Mr. Garofalo hopes to return to New York City again in the near future, but for an even bigger parade: “The ultimate goal is to be able to perform at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.”