By Jim Painter
For the Troy Daily New
TROY — For a fifth time, the Troy High School Marching Band will be attending the 2018 London New Year’s Day Parade in England. The event is considered one of the world’s great street spectaculars.
On Monday, a senior delegation from London arrived in Troy to issue a special invitation to Troy Band Director Kathy McIntosh and students. Parade Executive Director Robert Bone, fellow director Geraldine Bone and Senior Patron Roger Bramble officially extended the invite.
Bramble, is touted as an avid patron of the arts that nurtures musical performance by young people. He stated only the world’s best and most interesting performers are invited to participate.
The London parade has been a New Year’s Day tradition in the UK Capital since 1987, and gathers a massive audience watching live on the streets and on television around the world, they said.
The parade sports more than 8,000 performers from numerous nations will parade along the 2.2-mile route, which passes some of London’s most iconic buildings. Along the ceremonial route are Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street and Whitehall. The parade ends near the Houses of Parliament and iconic landmark, Big Ben.
The parade, which is partnered by the BBC, will feature performances from approximately 15 U.S. marching bands.
McIntosh said, “This is an honor for the program to consistently be invited to a parade of this quality and reputation. Some of the best college and high school bands in the world perform in this parade and it’s an honor to be considered one of the best.
“In addition, this is a performance and trip of a lifetime for the students. Students who have graduated always talk about their opportunity to perform in London and how it positively impacted their lives.”
McIntosh reported the trip will include approximately 130 people, consisting of more than 90 students, and friends and family. The trip will cover several days and include concerts, tours and other performances throughout London.
The band must raise the money to make the trip.
McIntosh said many of the fundraisers are already in place including chicken dinners, Elder Beerman books, trash bags and mattresses. Band members hope to sell Strawberry doughnuts in February and have a quarter auction, including a raffle for a MacBook Air in March or April.
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