NORMAN — It seems that Norman North didn’t want to say aloha to Hawaii.
More than a hundred band members, parents and faculty had to stay an extra night in Honolulu after performing in the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade this past weekend after their returning flights were canceled due to weather.
Saturday marked the 72nd anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Eight battleships were moored at Pearl Harbor during the attack, and each were represented by a marching band from the state after which it was named.
Norman North High School Marching Band represented the state of Oklahoma and the veterans of the USS Oklahoma.
After being selected to take part in the parade, Norman North raised money to pay for the four-day, three-night trip. The band successfully performed in the parade and was scheduled to return to Oklahoma on Monday. However, due to winter weather conditions, the band’s returning flight from Los Angeles was canceled.
A small group of the band with a different flight plan returned to Norman on Monday, but the largest group of band members was stranded en route home.
Shelly Hickman, Norman Public Schools public information officer, said the band could not have foreseen the costs of the trip rising because of flight cancellations/delays due to the winter storms nationwide, but the NPS district was able to secure rooms Monday night at the LAX Marriott for the band.
“The band had a fantastic trip and represented the state very well,” she said. “We supported them in any way asked of us in getting them home as quickly and safely as possible when there were flight cancellations and delays due to the winter weather nationwide.”
On Tuesday, the rest of the Norman North band returned safely to Oklahoma on three different flights.
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