East High Band preps for Christmas City of the North Parade

By KBJR News 1

November 18, 2013 Updated Nov 18, 2013 at 11:38 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.COM) - The Christmas City of the North parade is just around the corner. The temperatures are expected to be chilly but East High Schools band members say they're feeling the heat of last minute preparations.

"Last week we got the piece and we started memorizing it in chunks like first half and second half and we started going outside and marching up and down greyhound drive," says senior trombone player Andrew Zimmerman.

Each student has a unique reason for being drawn to the parade.

"Seeing the crowds of people lined up just to see us come marching by. I know some people are shy about crowds of people watching them in wearing the uniform but instead of that...I actually like it," says senior percussionist Sam Moscatelli.

I like marching and seeing downtown and all the people it's really just a festive event.

With less than a week to practice the pressure is on and rehearsing for a parade isn't easy.

"Instead of just focusing on your music and focusing on keeping time, it's that plus you have to march and stop go stop go and you have to listen to the whistle so it's much more multitasking when you're in a parade, says Moscatelli."

Performing for a parade can pose more challenges than a typical concert but members agree when it all comes together, it's worth it.

"Oh there's definitely a sense of pride and I think the kids have a great sense of pride too when it comes together," says East High School Director of Bands, Blake Peterson.

Zimmerman has performed in the parade all four years of his high school career. He's happy to leave East High the way he came in.

"I'm really excited for it because it's my last year in band and I got to do the parade all four years so I got to do it as a freshman and then this year so it's just a really fun event to be a part of."

"When we're forced to all go in the cold, dress up, get ready, play the same song over and over again, it creates something of a bond that some extra–curricular activities don't necessarily have...I'm proud to be in this band," adds Moscatelli.

KBJR 6 & Range 11will carry the parade live beginning at 6:20 p. Friday, if you don't want to brave the nippy streets of Duluth

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