Schurr High School Band Invited To Play ‘Across the Pond’

Local high school band invited to play in the London New Years’ Day Parade.

By Elizabeth Hsing-Huei Chou, EGP Staff Writer

After listening to the Schurr High School Band play their signature piece “Taco Mambo,” British dignitary Catherine Longworth beamed with delight and exclaimed that traveling all the way across the Atlantic Ocean and the United States to invite the band to play in London “was worth every mile.”

Her words caused the excited band members, crowded into an aging classroom crammed with trophies and posters, to let out a collective “awww…”

The students had already heard the news from their band director, but nonetheless expressed a sense of awe at the sight of Longworth, a former Lord Mayor of Westminster, who traveled to Montebello last Friday to formally invite the Schurr High School Band to play in the 2013 London New Years’ Day Parade. Current band members graduating before 2013 will also be able to attend.

Members of the Schurr High School band entertained British dignitary Catherine Longworth, pictured right, last Friday. (EGP photo by Elizabeth Hsing-Huei Chou)

“Not many bands get to do that, and it’s just, wow. I always wanted to see London. Excitement is overflowing me, it’s crazy,” said Daniel Lopez, 17.

The parade is seen by 280 million people from around the world, according to former Lord Mayor’s consort, John Longworth. The weather in London will be a “wee bit colder” than what they are used to, he said.

One parent said Schurr High School Band’s booster club will be kept busy raising money for this trip. The furthest the band has traveled is to Florida, and never to another country, but not getting the students to London would be unthinkable, he said.

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October 27, 2011  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.

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