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South Band Performs in London New Year’s Day Parade

Photo by Laiya Smith

The South Marching Band and Colorguard will travel to London in 2013 to perform in the London New Year’s Day Parade, which will be aired on national television in Britain. The Band and Colorguard will leave on Dec. 26 for a nine day trip, ending on Jan. 4, 2014.

    The Band will be representing the state of Missouri in the parade. The trip is long enough, however, that performing won’t be the only thing the Band gets to do in London. According to Adam Kriz, freshman clarinet player, some of the band are even planning a day-trip to Paris.

    “It’s like a combination of two of my favorite things: Band and Europe!” said Kriz.

Both the Band and Colorguard are excited for this opportunity.

“I’ve never been out of the country, and it’s a special opportunity at a low price,” said Kristina Eichhorst, sophomore. Eichhorst is on Colorguard and has been for the past two years.

    The price for each person is around $3100. The Band and Colorguard will be fundraising to try to lower the cost. Fundraisers include Cappuccino Night for both, and car washes held by the Colorguard girls.

    The Band and Colorguard are already starting to practice.

“The trumpets have learned some fanfare, and we have music for “For Your Eyes Only” from James Bond,” said Kriz.

New players next year will be trained by the section leaders, and new Colorguard members have Colorguard camp to prepare them.

    According to Kriz and Eichhorst, this opportunity for the Band and Colorguard is huge and performing at the London New Year’s Day Parade to represent the state of Missouri is an honor.