Band prepares for St. Patrick's Day parade in NYC
ASHWAUBENON – One area high school marching band is getting its final tune-up before a big parade next week.
“One, two, roll-off, and!” band director Marc Jimos shouted through a megaphone Tuesday evening.
These students are marching their Badger State pride all the way to the Big Apple.
“I think I’m most excited for seeing the crowds and watching with such a big group of people,” said Sophia Jimos, a sophomore clarinet player.
Next week Tuesday, the Ashwaubenon High School marching band will fit in just fine with their green attire. They’ll be performing in the New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade.
“I’ve done the trip three other times. We always have a great time doing it,” said Marc Jimos. “New York is really in love with St. Patrick’s Day, and they really do it up.”
But it will be the first time playing in front of millions for most of these band members.
“The only places I’ve marched are in Green Bay,” said the younger Jimos, the director’s daughter.
It will also be many students’ first time out east.
“I’m really excited because it will be my first time in New York,” said percussionist Trent Williams.
The idea of millions of eyes watching makes a few of the young musicians a little nervous.
“Doing that shouldn’t make me nervous, but in front of that many people, I don’t know, we’ll have to see,” said trumpet player Spencer Schauer.
“I’m calling the cadences this year, so if I mess up, that won’t be good,” said Williams.
“Maybe if I trip or something ,” said Sophia Jimos.
But they know the months of hard work and practice will pay off, as they gear up for an experience of a lifetime.
“I think it’s a really good chance to see what it’s like to play in front of people in the real world,” said Schauer.
“It’s going to be cool to see where I am and soak it all in,” said Jimos.
It will be the band's fourth New York Saint Patrick's Day in 16 years. The trip will include sight-seeing and two Broadway shows.