12/31/11 Southern Alamance band set to perform in annual Macy’s Holiday Parade

BOUND FOR THE SUNSHINE STATE
The Southern Alamance High School Marching Patriots, winners in several different band competitions so far this year, capped off 2011 with a New Year’s trip to Orlando, Fla. The band was scheduled to perform there as part of the Macy’s Holiday Parade at the Universal Studios theme park.

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The Southern Alamance High School Marching Patriots, winners in several different band competitions so far this year, capped off 2011 with a New Year’s trip to Orlando, Fla. The band was scheduled to perform there as part of the Macy’s Holiday Parade at the Universal Studios theme park.

Southern Alamance band set to perform in annual Macy’s Holiday Parade
By Mike Wilder The Times-News 12/31/11     
Reprinted with permission.

It’s not likely a group of Southern Alamance High School students will forget how they spent New Year’s Eve of 2011.

Those are the students who make up the Southern Alamance Marching Patriots. They left the school early Thursday morning about 30 minutes after the previous day ended, in fact — to head for Orlando, Fla.

 Saturday evening, they will perform there as part of the Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal Studios. The parade includes floats and balloons from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in New York City.

 More information is online at www.universalorlando.com 

 Under the direction of Josh Morgan, the Marching Patriots have had an active 2011-12 year so far. They’ve marched in local Christmas parades and competed in five events, winning trophies for first and second place, overall excellence and Band of the Day. That’s in addition to providing music for athletic games and pep rallies.

 Besides raising between $250 to $500 per student to cover costs during a typical year, the band has worked to raise an additional $500 per member to cover the cost of the Florida trip.

 Joy Binkley said band supporters make a lot of their money selling food and drinks at football games at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her son, Jeffrey Binkley, plays drums as part of the Marching Patriots.

 Adam Braxton, a senior in the Marching Patriots, described band members’ experiences on Friday as “riding roller coasters and eating good food.

 “It’s nice to be somewhere warm,” he said.