“He’s been looking forward to his first trip since fourth grade with the band,” she said.
Plenty of local residents tuned in to C-SPAN to see the band in its glory.
Many of those same people turned out early Saturday morning to see the band off, lining both sides of the road at Mack’s Apples to cheer the six coach buses and instrument truck on their way to Washington. A police escort led the caravan out of town.
Even the insides of the buses were decked out in patriotic style, festooned with paper streamers and stars.
The young musicians appreciated the community support.
“It was a great start to a fantastic trip,” drumline captain Dalton Gyorda said.
The students first night in Maryland was interrupted by a fire alarm just before 3 a.m., Gyorda reported, but it was a false alarm and they were soon back in bed.
Sunday, the band, color guard and their 30 chaperones toured Fort McHenry, where Franic Scott Key wrote “The Star-Spangled Banner;” toured Baltimore’s Inner Harbor; shopped, ate and visited the National Aquarium.
After the parade Monday, the group headed to Bubba Gump’s for a celebratory dinner.
The plan called for the band to leave Maryland at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, with an estimated arrival time of 9 p.m.
Reality would soon set in for the well-traveled musicians with final exams for the rest of the week and SAT testing Saturday.