By MICHELLE LOVE | Personal editor
PELHAM- On Saturday, December 11, the Pelham High School Marching Band will perform in Pelham’s first hometown Christmas Parade. The parade is set to be a full-fledged production celebrating the holiday season with decorative floats, ice skating and a special appearance from Santa Claus.
The marching band is scheduled to perform throughout the two-mile parade, and marching band director Justin Ward said the students have been looking forward to it for months.
“We are very grateful to those who worked tirelessly to organize Pelham’s first ever Christmas Parade,” he said. “It’s so special to be able to host events where the whole community can come together and celebrate the holiday season as well as our great community. We are even more grateful that our music program was invited to participate and lead the parade. .
The group recently made headlines after winning multiple awards at the Alabama Marching Championship. They received awards for Outstanding Musical Performance, Visual Performance, Overall Effect, and were named Class 6A (First Place) Champions. Ward said the awards were the well-deserved result of months of hard work and dedication from his students, and he said they applied the same dedication to their performance in their town’s Christmas parade. native.
The 160 members of Pelham High School’s ‘Green Machine’ marching band began work on a special arrangement of ‘We Wish You A Merry Christmas’ written especially for the parade.
Ward said one of the main challenges of the parade is making sure the band is ready to march and play their instruments for more than two miles.
“We have no doubt that the outstanding members of the Pelham Band will rise to the occasion and proudly represent our community as the largest student organization within the schools of the town of Pelham,” said Ward.
For the past five years, the group has performed in the Alabama Bicentennial Parade as well as the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City. Ward said the group is eager to share their hard work with the community at the parade, and they look forward to sharing the joy and excitement of the holiday season with the Pelham community.
“Pelham is a wonderful place to live and work, and there’s no doubt that community events like this make it even better,” he said. “Parades don’t happen that often, so they provide a unique performance experience for our students, and they always seem to enjoy those unique experiences and challenges.”