Marching Band and Color Guard perform in Hawaii
Marching Band and Color Guard visited and performed for the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor from Tuesday, Nov. 22 to Monday, Nov. 28 in Hawaii.
Marching Band and Color Guard performed “Uptown Funk” and a jazz rendition of “Here Comes Santa Claus” at the Waikiki Holiday parade Friday, Nov. 25. Hundreds of people lined the streets to watch the parade, which included performers from around the country.
“My favorite part in the parade was seeing all the people smiling and enjoying the parade on the sidewalks as they clapped and cheered as we marched by. The smiles on the faces of the children and adults reminded me of why I enjoy being part of the band. To share music with people,” alto saxophonist senior Austen Benton said.
At the United States Ship Missouri Memorial, the Marching Band and Color Guard performed for the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. On Saturday, Nov. 26, they played songs such as “God Bless America,” Armed Forces tunes and the national anthem.
“This experience is very special because it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be selected to honor the men and women of Pearl Harbor for the 75th anniversary,” Color Guard sophomore Lauren Blair said. “I remember getting ready for the parade and having a 91-year-old woman come up to me and tell her story about her survival of Pearl Harbor, and the excitement that she had for the parade.”
Throughout the week, Marching Band and Color Guard members were able to visit several tourist destinations such as the Dole Plantation and the Polynesian Cultural Center. They also hiked Diamond Head, celebrated with a picnic Thanksgiving dinner and ended their trip with a final meal at the Hard Rock Cafe.
“My favorite part of the experience was learning about the Hawaiian culture and getting closer to other people from Walnut that I didn’t really talk to before,” bass clarinetist freshman Katie Whittingham said. “This trip was special because we’ve been making new friends and memories, getting to experience a new culture, representing our school in good ways and just having an overall amazing trip.”
Written by Nicole Chiang, staff writer
Photo courtesy of Tempest Wicks