The St. Patrick’s Parade Committee of Washington, D.C., has awarded the Londonderry High School Marching Lancers band and color guard the 2014 trophy for “Best Band” in its parade, based upon presentation and musical performance.
“All eyes were smiling with the Irish as the Londonderry Marching Lancers played their St. Patrick trademark musical selection, ‘Londonderry Air’ (‘Danny Boy’),” said LHS Music Director Andy Soucy. The 255-member unit marched two and one-half hours down Constitution Avenue in the 43rd Washington, D.C. annual St. Patrick’s Parade on Sunday, March 16.
Soucy said that included in the award announcement made by Parade Band Chairman David D. Bowen were the comments, “I am still marveling about your students’ performance. What a magnificent group.”
“The students worked hard to prepare for this performance, and I am delighted for them that they were awarded this recognition,” Soucy said. “The students were excellent representatives for our school and town.”
Dubbed by Soucy as the Tale of Two Cities Tour, the Londonderry Marching Band marched in two consecutive St. Patrick’s Day parades – Washington, D.C., parade on Sunday, and the St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York City on Monday, March 17.
The band also received first place from the New York City parade.