Star-Bulletin Features

Monday, October 8, 2001


Pearl City’s famed
band marches on

By Tristan Reid

First, find someone living in a house made of tinfoil, then try to find anyone who has not heard of Pearl City High School's marching band.

Chances are, the person living in a tinfoil house will be easier to find than someone who has not heard of PCHS's marching band. The reputation of the PCHS music program is known throughout the world.

This year, the band has another opportunity to showcase its talents at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, one of the most prestigious parades in the country.

Held in the shadow of what used to be the World Trade Center, this year's parade promises to be bittersweet.

Every two years, the marching band goes on a trip. In the 1999-2000 school year, the band performed at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

For more than a year, the band has been planning its third trip to New York and saving money through fund-raisers. Because the PCHS marching band will be the only school representing Hawaii, the band again has the honor of spreading the aloha spirit.

Hopefully, by continuing on to New York, the band will show just how much Hawaii cares and grieves for the many heroes and innocent lives lost in the Sept. 11 attacks.

The band will leave Saturday, Nov. 17, and return the following Saturday. The band will undoubtedly make the Chargers proud as they march in one of the most prestigious parades in the country.

It is a great honor for the band to march in the Macy's parade because it has a long-standing tradition of inviting only the best bands in the nation, and because it will be televised nationally on Thanksgiving Day.

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