The Norman Transcript

Headlines

October 24, 2013

British dignitaries say London loves a parade, bands

MOORE — American marching bands are apparently quite popular in London — popular enough that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth sent delegates to invite the Southmoore High School band to march in London’s annual New Year’s Day Parade 2016.

North American marching bands from high schools and colleges are the beating heart of the parade, according to Executive Parade Director Bob Bone, who entertained band members, teachers, city officials, parents and other guests with a slice of keen British wit at an assembly Wednesday at Southmoore.

Bone and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Greater London the Honorable Roger Bramble, along with Jonathan Whaley, senior director of international participation, presented the formal parade invitation and token gifts during the ceremony.

“You (marching bands) are the favorite thing of virtually everybody,” Bone said, then qualified that the parade also has American cheerleaders, which the “young males of London greatly appreciate.”

The Southmoore band played the “Star Spangled Banner” for the visiting dignitaries and then played a short clip of “Unchained Melody” and the school fight song.

During the visit to London in 2016, the band will have the opportunity to play a number of concerts in the London area and then march and play in the parade. For most, it is a life-changing event, Bone said.

“We have 8,500 participants drawn from 20 countries around the world,” Bone said.

Bone compared the parade to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, which has 4,500 participants.

The London Street audience tops 700,000, he said, with all of those people crowded along narrow, historic streets dating back 1,000 years.

“It’s quite something,” Bone said.

Additionally, the parade is broadcast to a worldwide television audience. The parade had 280 million TV viewers this year.

“Music is my greatest passion,” said Bramble, who is also the parade’s founder. “I am deeply envious of you kids who get to play together.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Headlines
  • SWIMMER Aquatic center could serve many community needs

    Michael Yoch could have been the kid with asthma sitting on the sidelines — could have been, but wasn’t. Michael had trouble running because of his asthma, which made it difficult to play soccer and many other sports his friends loved. ...

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Photo Slideshow: James Garner through the years

    Photos of James Garner...

    July 27, 2014

  • Health officials prepare for flu

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Following a flu season in which a record number of Oklahomans died as a result of the virus, state and county health officials say educating the public and general common sense are vital to reducing both the death rate and ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Injury accident reported

    Transcript Staff Emergency crews responded to an injury accident around 10:20 p.m. Sunday in the 1000 block of 80th Avenue Southeast where there were reports of someone pinned. Several reports indicated a vehicle struck a tree causing one ...

    July 28, 2014

  • Migrant kids go to Mass

    The services have all the elements of a typical Sunday Mass — singing, scripture, a sermon, prayers, communion and worship....

    July 27, 2014

  • Prisons expand reach to bring training to more officers

    McALESTER — Joshua Drake once was offered the chance to be a corrections officer but turned it down because he didn’t want to leave his wife and aging parents for six weeks to train hundreds of miles away in El Reno....

    July 27, 2014

  • Storm victims face loan dilemma

    The tornadoes, flooding and hail that struck Oklahoma last year left hundreds of millions of dollars in property damage, causing many home and business owners to seek help in the form of low-interest federal loans....

    July 27, 2014

  • Norman North teen struck by freight train recovering with therapy

    A Norman North teen struck by a freight train in May is on the road to recovery and ready to get back to school after spending most of his summer in a hospital. Harrison Braddy, 16, has been staying busy with rehab and physical therapy ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Director leaves decade of memories

    Maureen Dolan is giving up the post as director of St. Joseph’s Early Childhood Development Center, fondly called “St. Joe’s” by the many parents whose pre-school children have spent their weekdays under her care over the past 10 years....

    July 27, 2014

  • Teen critical after rescue

    A 17-year-old Yukon male was transported to the hospital Sunday after a near drowning incident at Lake Thunderbird in the Party Cove area. Emergency crews responded to the lake after a report of a possible drowning around 5:30 p.m. ...

    July 27, 2014