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South Band to perform in London New Year’s Day Parade

An invitation to perform in London’s 2014 New Year’s Day Parade has sent the South band members into a reverie.

“When Dr. Miller told us we got invited to perform in London everyone started freaking out and running around to find their friends to ask if they were going too,” said Katrina Kaltefliter (10).

The band will be representing the state of Missouri in the parade that is broadcasted worldwide.  The parade snakes along a two mile route from Piccadily to Parliament Street and lasts about three hours.

After applications were sent in and consideration from the parade committee, South was chosen to be in the parade.

The band will be gone for a total of eight days, leaving Dec. 26, 2013 and returning on Jan. 3, 2014.  Although the trip is over a year away, the band is already preparing.

“We are starting to develop a new marching theme we can perform in the parade,” said Keyan Lunders (11).

The trip is optional, but for those that wish to go it will cost them $3,100.  The band will have many fundraising opportunities starting soon including band car washes and selling tickets to Cappucino Night.

Dr. Miller will be holding early auditions for any eighth graders this year that wish to travel as a member of the band to London.

“Going to London and getting to spend a week with my friends while doing what I love will be the opportunity of a lifetime,” said Miranda Steczak (8). “There is no way I would pass this up.”

Not only is the band in the parade, they will also be performing a concert at Cadogan Hall on Dec. 30.

Even though the band is going for work, they will be enjoying some sightseeing during their week abroad as well.  The band is planning on visiting the Tower of London, Big Ben, The London Eye, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey.  They will be taking a trip to Windsor to see the Windsor Castle and a boat ride along the River Thames to Greenwich where they will visit the 2012 Olympic Village.

“I’m most excited to just experience London and see what it’s like,” said Kaltefliter.

As the practice begins and the anticipation sets in, South band members can’t wait for the experience of a lifetime.

“I hate knowing that it is so far away,” said Steczak, “I have a countdown of the days until we leave.”