Isabella Heupel – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Over Christmas Break, the LRHS Marching Mustang Band
took a trip to Washington DC for the annual Military Bowl. The band left on Christmas day and arrived Dec. 26.
The band participated in a parade down the streets of Annapolis, Maryland, as well as on the field of the Military Bowl during halftime. The parade featured majorettes in front followed by guard and the band.
After the parade, the band got dressed up for dinner and awards. The band won first place jazz band, second place concert band, first place parade auxiliary and grand champion Military Bowl parade marching band.
LRHS band director Ron Lambert said it was an awesome, moving experience.
“Probably the most poignant moment came at the tomb of the unknown soldier,” he said. “Andrew Shelton’s dad passed away last year during marching band season. I selected him to lay the wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier when one of our students got the opporuntiy.
“It was a way to close off our grief,” Lambert added. “As I told the kids today ‘We have the wind in our sails now.’”
Senior Shannon Ray said, “it was a rewarding experience to work alongside bands from multiple states and see the discrepancies of how the same routines translate with specific training.”
Junior Hannah Miller said, “The trip was an incredible opportunity and experience. It was fun to get to interact and bond with students from the other participating schools over an activity that we all enjoy so much. It goes to show what kind of impact an activity, like marching band, can have on people from all sorts of different places.”
The band also spent a day touring Lincoln Memorial, The White House, and The Capital to finish out their trip.