Vernon High School marching band helps lead New York parade

Posted: Mar. 17, 2019 12:01 am

NEW YORK — Vernon Township High School’s marching band helped to launch the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade Saturday as the first high school marching band within the parade lineup.

Marching band director Max Taylor said it was the 10th year the high school has participated in the parade and the third time that the band has been higher up in the parade lineup. About 90 students were a part of the event, with the band appearing on television since they were near the forefront of the parade.

“We love to give the opportunity to our kids annually,” Taylor said. “It’s a great performance opportunity for our students.”

Taylor said the band is asked back annually to the parade, but it waits to hear what order it will be lined up in the parade, which marches on Fifth Avenue from 44th to 79th streets. The parade lasts from the morning until about 4 p.m., Taylor said. Most years, Vernon Township High School marching band also participates in the Sussex County St. Patrick’s Day Parade; and in some years it has marched in both parades on the same day. This year, the school was unable to be in both, as its early appearance in New York City’s parade conflicted with Sussex County’s parade.

The parade allows the students to see the city’s sights and enjoy the experience with the massive crowds in attendance. There are also four stops where the marching band performs for parade judges. Taylor said the entire experience is unforgettable for the students, who march by iconic locations on Fifth Avenue such as St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Central Park.

In addition to the students, two coach buses of students’ families were in attendance. The’ family members spent the day in New York City to sightsee after the parade, Taylor said.

“We thoroughly enjoy this experience and will look forward to participating again for years to come,” Taylor said.

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