Band Ranks 1st in NY St. Patrick's Day Parade
About 260 members of the Coppell High School Band marched in New York City's 248th St. Patrick's Day parade and the band was chosen as the First Place Winner out of more than 150 bands from all over the world.
More than 2 million people are estimated to have watched the March 17 parade, which is known as the largest and oldest parade in the world. The parade extended more than 40 blocks along New York's Fifth Avenue and went on for more than six hours.
The event also marked the debut for the band's new black and white marching uniforms. They still had that familiar “sea of white” look as band members wore white pants for the parade.
During their time in New York, the band played a concert at the world-famous Carnegie Hall on March 18 as part of the Honors Concert Series, which also included bands from the University of Illinois and Texas A&M University.
CHS head band director Scott Mason said, “It was incredible to be on a stage where the world's greatest bands and orchestras have played for the last 100 years.”