St. Mary’s band wants to march in NYC

     St. Mary’s Academy band and marching unit have been invited to participate in the  Veteran’s Day parade and celebration in New York City.
     
“We are extremely excited and proud to have been among the bands selected for inclusion in this parade,” said band director Ray Johnson.“This event will afford our students the opportunity to say “thank you for serving” to veterans while performing for thousands of spectators on the parade route and on television.”
    The NYC Veterans Day Parade is the oldest of its kind in America and features more than 20,000 participants, including veterans, active duty military, ROTC and JROTC units, civic and youth groups and music performed by top high school bands.
     According to Johnson, it will cost nearly $700 a student, including accommodations, to participate. The band has raised nearly $10,000 of the $51,000 total package cost. The band hopes to be able to raise $41,000 to offset the cost.
     “We have until the end of October to raise the rest of the money needed to make the trip,” said Johnson, adding while it is a challenge, it is a goal that is attainable. “We teach our students that with hard work and perseverance there is nothing out of their reach. This is a huge honor, and we are working extremely hard to make this trip a reality for our students.”
     To donate to the marching band, visit St. Mary’s Academy at 6905 Chef Menteur Blvd., www.smaneworleans.com or call 245-0200.

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