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Our View: Parade band was a great sight, sound

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Posted: July 8, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 8, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

Earlier this week, the whole nation came out to celebrate all things America, and in a variety of ways.

We barbecued, threw parties, saluted the flag, set off fireworks, honored servicemen and women both here and gone and, of course, we held parades.

There’s nothing more vintage Americana than a main street Fourth of July parade, and the Santa Clarita Valley’s last week was one of the best we’ve had in years.

A big part of what set this year’s display apart from ones of the past was the addition of musicians from local high school marching bands — a staple of a proper, wholesome, all-American celebration.

But it’s been decades since we’ve had our own high school bands marching proudly in front of spectators because it has been difficult rounding up the students after school had let out for the summer.

But this year, parade committee members made it happen. And the result was what many consider the high point of the parade, and a wonderful show by 90 students representing all six of our comprehensive local high schools.

Though there were student marching bands in the parade decades ago, this is the first time the SCV has had an all-high-schools band perform in the parade as one cohesive unit.

But it wasn’t easy to organize, and it took nearly six months of behind-the-scenes work and cooperation to get volunteers, then learn the music, learn to march together and finally perform live. The dedicated students were still practicing at 6 a.m. on the Fourth to perfect the set.

We offer thanks and kudos to the parade organizers who brought the band together, to the parents and volunteers who brought water to the performers, to the sponsors that supplied free T-shirts and food, to the band directors who had to coordinate the large group and a definite kudos to all the student musicians who came out on a day off to perform for their city and country and made us all proud.

For all the support and pride placed in our local schools, it was great to see that they were brought into the spotlight, especially on a day when the whole valley came together to celebrate.

We hope this is the first in an annual tradition for future parades.

March on.

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