D.C. Everest Bands Head to San Antonio, Texas for Music Festival and Parade
Students from the D. C. Everest (DCE) Senior High concert band, jazz band and marching bands have been preparing since mid-January for a six-day trip to San Antonio, Texas. The student musicians have been chosen as the President’s Honors Band for the San Antonio Fiesta Flambeau Parade — America’s largest illuminated parade — leading the President’s float early in the parade sequence. The parade, which is attended by more than 700,000 people, will be broadcast to a live TV audience on Saturday, April 29.
Preparations for the San Antonio Fiesta Flambeau Parade have extended beyond musical rehearsals. Joseph Finnegan, DCE Senior High Band Teacher, noted “the marching band members, parent guides, banner carriers and directors all need to be illuminated during the parade. Everything needs to be illuminated or we cannot be a part of the Fiesta Flambeau parade and will be asked to leave.” Volunteers and band members have done an outstanding job of completing the illumination work. “The band members’ uniforms are already wired and ready to go,” he continued. “They have a neon light strip that travels down each arm and over the shoulders. This week we will attach lights to the drums and cymbals — and then we are set for our performance.”
Prior to performing in the parade, the Concert Band and Jazz Band will compete in San Antonio’s Choice Music Festival on Friday, April 28. Each band will have 25 minutes to perform. Students also will have the opportunity to tour the San Antonio region and visit El Marcado (Mexican Market), the renowned Riverwalk, visit the Battle of the Flowers Band Festival, Mission San Jose, SeaWorld and the Six Flags Theme Park.