Band sounds off in nationally televised parade
This Thanksgiving, Waukegan High School’s Marching Band had the honor of participating in the nationally televised 77th Annual McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago for the very first time. While most of you were snuggled in bed dreaming of heaping helpings of turkey and stuffing (or tofurky for you vegans), the 77 members of the band were waking up around 5 am to make their way to a grand event in the Windy City.
Marching down the length of State Street between Congress and Randolph, our band was heard and seen by thousands of people, and enjoyed the applause of much of Chicagoland, as well as that of the few Waukegan residents whom they saw lining the crowds. Our band, one of the oldest in Illinois, was chosen from a field of more than 100 bands vying for a spot in the parade. The band was led by Director of Bands Josh Kumpula, Assistant Director Jeanine Batty, and Kathleen Eikenberry, Colorguard Instructor, and its performance aired twiceon November 25th: once on WGN – Channel 9 and also on CLTV.
The crowd seemed to love the Bulldog’s rendition of “Don’t Stop Believing,” as well the drum line’s cadences (and rather exuberant visuals). No part of the band was left out of the energy, be it the color guard with their bright pink fleeces, the drum line with their Santa hats, or the band with their signature lean. Overall, the parade was an extremely fun experience for our Bulldogs, and a huge honor. Many of the seniors agreed that it was a perfect way to end their high school marching band careers.