Edmond Santa Fe High School band is invited to London parade

Band members from Santa Fe High School in Edmond are invited to London to perform in the 2014 New Year's Day Parade. A representative of England's queen made the invitation at the Edmond school Monday.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: September 24, 2012 at 6:11 pm •  Published: September 25, 2012

— Band members at Santa Fe High School were invited Monday to appear in London's New Year's Day Parade in 2014.

Roger Bramble, the deputy lieutenant of London, the queen's representative, was in Edmond to invite the local musicians to participate in the 2.2-mile parade route.

Band director Mike Lowery said he hopes to take about 230 band and orchestra members to London for the parade.

This is the fifth time Santa Fe students have been invited to participate in the parade. Last year, 130 students from the three Edmond high schools made the trip to London to march in the parade.

“It is a terrific parade route,” Lowery said. “Some 700,000 people watch the parade. The British love watching it.”

More than 10,000 performers from all corners of the globe entertain during the parade, while tens of million people watch on television.

The deputy lieutenant was accompanied in Edmond by the directors of the parade, Bob and Geraldine Bone, and parade executive Jonathan Whaley.

Students will experience the rich cultural heritage of the country with educational and cultural activities during their weeklong visit.


by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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