CHURCH HILL — The award-winning Volunteer High School Falcon Marching Band will be performing this weekend in the 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City.
Director of Bands Christopher Andies told the Review that the band will march in the event on Sat., March 16.
“We are leaving Thursday and will return on Tuesday,” he said.
For their 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Parade performance in “The Big Apple”, the band will focus on a song by the American Celtic Punk band, the Dropkick Murphys called, “I’m Shipping Up to Boston.”
The song was featured in the 2006 Academy Award-winning movie “The Departed”, and went on to become The Dropkick Murphys’ only platinum-selling single to-date. The band formed in Quincy, Mass., in 1996 and made a name for themselves locally through constant touring and yearly St. Patrick’s Day week shows in and around Boston.
Andies said the VHS band works hard and raises funds to make trips to holiday football bowl games, major parades or other major special events every two years.
He noted that about 90 band members (plus escorts) will be making the trip aboard two chartered buses, and that students have been working to raise money for the trip for the past two years.
Previously, he noted, the Falcon Marching Band has taken part in the Outback Bowl, Sugar Bowl and Russell Athletic Bowl parades and also has marched in Chicago’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
“While we are in New York City, we will visit Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Times Square, the World Trade Center Memorial, One-World Trade Center, and Little Italy,” Andies said. “We will also see the Broadway Musical, ‘Wicked’.”
Andies said he is unaware of any planned national TV coverage for the Saturday parade, but added that the event can probably be found streaming online through social media sites.