The Marching Shamrocks kicked off their season with the Preview Parade on Friday, September 14. At 3:45 P.M., the members of the band went to the high school band room to put on their uniforms and grab their instruments. The Shamrocks then rushed over to the New Haven Lumber parking lot around 4:15 P.M. When the whole marching band arrived, different sections of the band got their picture taken by Mrs. Borcherding.
At 5 P.M., the drum major, Grace Allgaier, tweeted the whistle, grabbing the attention of the band members to get situated and lined up accurately. After the band was ready, they warmed up with their two scales, then tweet tweet tweet! The band marched off!
The route of the Preview Parade started at the New Haven Lumber parking lot, and then the band turned left onto Circle Drive. After that, the band turned right onto Maupin Street, then stylishly turned left onto Emmons Street. After a right onto Douglas Street and a right onto Highway 100, the band was finally onto Park Drive, marching back to the high school.
Before the parade, drum major Grace Allgaier shared, “I'm very excited about the Preview Parade, but I'm also very nervous for it. I'm nervous because we still have a lot to work on even though we have been improving.”
Chloe Lueckenhoff, sousaphone player, stated, “I was super excited for our first parade! I could not wait to play ‘You Keep Me Hanging On’ for our community for the first time. I feel like we did well, but we will still need to fix a few things.”
Ryanne McDaris, trumpet player, said, “I was nervous and excited for the Preview Parade because it was my very first march, and I didn't want to mess up, but I think it was a lot of fun.”
“I was excited [for the parade] because we got to show the town a little bit of what we have been working on for the past weeks,” exclaims Shamrockette Natalie Buchheit.
The Marching Shamrocks performed well at the Preview Parade! The community came out to watch and cheer on the band. The band is psyched for their other competitions!