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Southmoore High marching band invited to perform in London

Queen of England invites 200-member group to London for 2016 New Year's Day parade
by Tim Willert Published: October 24, 2013

— It's not every day the Queen of England invites your band to play in London on New Year's Day.

She wasn't at Southmoore High School on Wednesday, but her lieutenants were on hand and they received a Queen's welcome.

As director Adam Mewhorter, dozens of band members and school and city leaders looked on, a British chap by the name of Roger Bramble made it official, extending an invitation to play London in 2016.

“The kids have worked really hard,” Mewhorter said. “I'm glad they're going to get a reward.”

The annual parade features more than 10,000 performers representing the London boroughs and countries from across the globe, according to the city's online visitor guide.

Bramble, who goes by the title deputy lord lieutenant, spoke of the band's “unparalleled reputation” in his brief remarks. He encouraged members to keep playing their instruments “no matter how many other priorities emerge in life.”

“It's amazing for the whole program,” said senior drum major Madalynne Melot, 17. “It's really a morale booster for us after what happened on May 20,” she said, referencing the destructive tornado that struck Moore and south Oklahoma City that day.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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