Marching band spends weekend in Atlanta

Georgia Geen

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Band students get ready for the parade by doning their hats. Photo by Georgia Geen

The Marching Hawks brought
holiday melodies to a (slightly)
warmer climate with their annual
trip. This year, they traveled south,
to Atlanta, Georgia.
Band members departed the
school in tour buses the night before
to arrive in Atlanta the morning
of December 4 after a nine hour
ride. The first day was arguably the
busiest, starting with breakfast at
the Hard Rock Café after the band’s
arrival in Atlanta and ending when
they checked into their hotel at
about midnight.
The attractions visited by band
members included The World of Coca-
Cola, the Georgia Aquarium and
CNN Worldwide, where they toured
the facility. In addition, the Marching
Hawks attended a Broadway performance
of “Elf.”
Following a full day of visiting
tourist attractions, on December 5
the band marched in Atlanta’s Children’s
Christmas Parade: the largest
holiday parade in the southeastern
U.S. Some attendees purchased tickets
to sit in bleachers near the streets
to get a better view of the parade but
others chose to stand by the streets
free of cost.
The parade route spanned several
miles; large helium balloons and
other marching bands were included
in the lineup. The band played
the same arrangement of Christmas
songs as they’ve played in past years,
“An American Christmas,” arranged
by Robert Smith. The piece includes
variations on “Jingle Bells,” “God
Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “Toy
Soldiers,” from “The Nutcracker.”
After completing the parade, the
band ate lunch at The Varsity, the
largest drive-in restaurant in the
world, before spending the rest of
the day at Six Flags Over Georgia,
which was highly decorated with
Christmas lights.
To conclude the trip, the band
traveled just over two hours on December
6 to Stone Mountain, whose
biggest attraction was the Summit
Skyride, a high-speed cable car spanning
over top of the Stone Mountain.
It gave band members a view of the
Confederate Memorial Carving, the
Atlanta skyline and the Appalachian
Mountains.
Band members loaded the buses
at approximately 2 p.m. after spending
several hours at Stone Mountain
and made a stop in Charlotte, North
Carolina to eat dinner before arriving
at Hanover after midnight.

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Author: The Hawk Eye

Hanover High School, Mechanicsville, Virginia The Hawk Eye Student Newspaper thehawkeye@hcps.us

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