Marching Band Takes 3rd in Apple Blossom Parade

BlossomParadeZ.gif Marching band prepares for parade route.

By Leah Smith

The Mckinley Tech Marching Band participated in the annual Apple Blossom Parade in Winchester, Virginia, and won third place. They competed against schools from Maryland and Virginia. They were the only band from DC. There are currently 68 members of the band, including the drum line.

"This was really our first time competing. We had all our members, instruments, equipment, and uniforms for the first time," said Ms.Bennett, band director. "I am truly happy and proud of them for getting 3rd place. Some bands they competed against have been together for years and we just really formed."

The band also performed with their counterparts, the banner girls and band dancers. They are sponsored by art teacher Ms.Green. "It felt like we were walking for hours, but in the end all our hard work paid off," said Sward Tondoneh, a banner girl. There are currently four banner girls and eight band dancers who perform during events with the band.

Ms.Bennett says the band has many more parades planned in the future. "If we keep working hard, we will be well on our way up there with the biggest bands in DCPS," said Ms.Bennett.

By Anna Kinsman |  May 29, 2008; 2:40 PM ET News
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