Hamilton high band honors history, makes some of its own with holiday performance in waikiki – insider – story

Sophomore Daniel Sutton, junior Meghan Conover and senior Kyle Holmes hold awards and certificates for their participation and performances in events honoring survivors and those who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor. All inclusive hawaii vacation packages (Photo by Roxanna Swift)

HAMILTON, Ohio — A trip to Hawaii proved to be educational in more ways than one when members of Hamilton High School’s Big Blue marching band helped commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The group of 71 students and nearly 50 parents, volunteers and leaders traveled to Honolulu during Thanksgiving break to perform in the annual Waikiki Holiday Parade.


Hawaii package trips The band was one of 30 from around the country to march in the Nov. Best vacation packages to hawaii 25 parade. Hawaii deals all inclusive Although others from the area have participated in the event in past years, the Big Blue marching band was the only one from Ohio this year.

“The caliber of our band, I believe, is improving, and therefore maybe via word of mouth or something else, they believed that we would represent Ohio well,” said band director Paul Dixon.

Band members played musical arrangements including “Let it Snow,” “Amazing Grace,” “America the Beautiful” and “Eternal Father, Strong to Save.”

Sophomore Daniel Sutton, junior Meghan Conover and senior Kyle Holmes hold awards and certificates for their participation and performances in events honoring survivors and those who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor. Cheap hawaii packages for two (Photo by Roxanna Swift)

HAMILTON, Ohio — A trip to Hawaii proved to be educational in more ways than one when members of Hamilton High School’s Big Blue marching band helped commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The group of 71 students and nearly 50 parents, volunteers and leaders traveled to Honolulu during Thanksgiving break to perform in the annual Waikiki Holiday Parade. Where to travel in hawaii The band was one of 30 from around the country to march in the Nov. Best hawaii travel deals 25 parade. Holiday packages in hawaii Although others from the area have participated in the event in past years, the Big Blue marching band was the only one from Ohio this year.

“The caliber of our band, I believe, is improving, and therefore maybe via word of mouth or something else, they believed that we would represent Ohio well,” said band director Paul Dixon.

Hamilton High School’s Big Blue marching band was the only one from Ohio to play in the Waikiki Holiday Parade in Hawaii, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Best hawaii vacation deals (Photo provided)

Band members played musical arrangements including “Let it Snow,” “Amazing Grace,” “America the Beautiful” and “Eternal Father, Strong to Save.”

Band members and leaders have been preparing for the trip for about two years, and their efforts ranged from applying to perform in the parade to getting school board approval and raising money.

Fundraising efforts included a mattress sale, change collection boxes at area businesses, contests, dine-to-donate partnerships with restaurants and door-to-door soliciting for donations. Cheap hawaii vacations Although the trip cost $3,000 per student, the fundraising brought the out-of-pocket expense down to $2,500, Dixon said. Hawaii hotel and flight Money raised also helped cover the cost of shipping band uniforms and instruments.

The trip spanned eight days, during which band members performed in the holiday parade and visited the USS Arizona Memorial, the Battleship Missouri Memorial, the Polynesian Cultural Center and Oahu’s Secret Island beach.

While at the USS Arizona Memorial, Holmes had the opportunity to participate in a ceremony, placing a wreath at the bottom of a memorial wall bearing the names of those who died on the ship.

“Until we went there, I never realized how emotional it was for some people,” she said. Cheap vacation packages to hawaii “You walk onto the monument, and you look at the names, you look at the ship, and you really feel … the history on there.”

“They told us about how a band had been there, and they said they only found a couple survivors,” said sophomore clarinetist Jahlyn Simmons. Hawaii vacation for 2 “It was a really emotional place to be at.”

For sophomore French horn player Daniel Sutton, the stop at the Pearl Harbor visitor’s center provided a new perspective to build on what he’d learned in school.

Although the memorials and visitor center offered additional historical information and context for students, there were ample lessons to be learned from the trip’s more easygoing activities, too.

Students weren’t the only trip participants who took something from the experience. Cheap hawaii deals packages From the honor of watching band members perform in the Waikiki Holiday Parade to witnessing those who were flying on a plane for the first time, Dixon’s favorite thing about the trip was seeing his students’ reactions.

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