---- — LONDONDERRY — It took a community to get Londonderry High School’s Marching Lancers to Washington, D.C., last week for the inaugural parade.
Parents, the LHS music department, community supporters, corporate donors and, at the top of the list, student musicians and color guard members worked hard to put their collective best foot forward to represent New Hampshire in President Obama’s second inaugural event. It was the Lancers’ second such appearance in four years.
“We are so proud of the 262 members of the Marching Lancers who participated in the inaugural parade. They worked hard to prepare and, when the big moment arrived, they were ready,” said LHS music director Andy Soucy. “All would agree that it was a great thrill honoring the president and vice president on this special occasion.”
Tenor saxophone player Connor Student, an LHS junior, was thrilled to be part of it.
“It was a great trip,” Connor said. “I had fun with my friends and it was an honor to march for the president.”
Senior trombone player Ben Morrill agree.
“It was an excellent trip with a spectacular performance,” he said.
The Marching Lancers have represented the community and the state in places as far flung as China and as local as the Derry holiday parade.
“The Lancers represented our school, community and state as musical ambassadors every place they went, receiving compliments for behavior, work ethic and, ultimately, their performance,” Soucy said. “They also represented music education in New Hampshire and, in a way, the many fine school music programs we have. It was an amazing opportunity to participate in something historic and we are most pleased with the final outcome.”