HARRISON, N.Y. – The Harrison High School Band (HHS) is raising money to pay for their trip to Hawaii where they will march in a parade commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor memorial.
According to HHS Band Director Fred Pasqua, the marching band was chosen to represent New York State in the parade.
“We are proud to represent Harrison and the State of New York in Hawaii,” Pasqua said at the March 15 town board meeting. “We are mostly proud to honor those veterans who served on our behalf in World War II and in all wars.”
According to Co-Band Director Charlie Briem, the band will create a memorial on the front lawn of HHS on Tuesday, March 27 by putting American flags on it. The flags are being sold for $40 each.
“We are working on a whole bunch of projects with veterans in our community,” Briem said. “We are in the midst of asking veterans group for tokens from home to carry with us similar to what our men and women serving overseas carry with them on missions. That is our way to represent the veterans of Harrison.”
HHS sophomore and band member Julia Ng said that the parade is “special” to her and has pushed the band to a greater distance that is not just related to the 5,000 miles they will have to travel to reach Hawaii.
“This parade gives us a better purpose,” Ng said. “We will make this dedication worth it.”
Junior Serena Takada said she has marched in countless parades but this one will be the most special one for her.
“This is a unique opportunity that probably will never be offered to any of us ever again,” Takada said.
Sophomore Danny DeBois said that the trip is exciting because the school will get to represent the entire state at one of the biggest memorial parades in the nation’s history.
“This could be the best trip the HHS band has gone on in a while,” DeBois said. “It means a lot to us to represent our veterans at this parade.”