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INDIANA: Marching band goes to Hollywood

by LORRAINE YERGER, Gazette Student News Reporter on November 30, 2012 11:00 AM

After months of fundraising and over a year of anticipation, the Indiana Area Senior High School marching band, led by director Nevin Saylor, journeyed to the illustrious West Coast to march in the Hollywood Christmas Parade.

The band and visual ensemble arrived in Hollywood on Nov. 23 and stayed throughout the Thanksgiving break.

On Nov. 25, Indiana Senior High marching band joined 20 other high school bands from around the nation to march in Hollywood's 81st Christmas parade.

Their 3.2-mile trek down Sunset Boulevard was accompanied by many other novelty performances, including U.S Air Force mini-jets, a float from the San Diego Zoo featuring live animals and, of course, Santa Claus.

A portion of the famed parade was marched on the red carpet, where it was being broadcast on national television.

In the days before and after the parade, members of the marching band and visual ensembles took advantage of the tourist attractions in California.

Experiencing Disney on a whole new level, they explored downtown Disney on Nov. 23 and went to the Disney California Adventures Park on Saturday.

"My favorite part was just having a vacation with my best friends," said Monica DeLoreto, a sophomore at the senior high and a member of the I-Ettes.

Following the parade, on Monday the band ate on the Queen Mary, an early 1900s luxury cruiser turned World War II battleship that has rested in Southern California since 1967.

After their meal, they traveled to Hollywood Boulevard and saw the Walk of Fame, where celebrities have been honored by receiving a star imprinted on the sidewalk.

After finishing their sightseeing, the group had a quick visit to Huntington Beach.

The band began winding down its adventure with a trip to Universal Studios on Tuesday, then dinner at the famous Hard Rock Cafe.

The Indiana High School marching band has never failed to wow students and spectators at football games here at home, and they continued to represent the Indiana spirit 2,500 miles away in an adventure that many of them will remember for the rest of their lives.

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