Foothill's band members enjoyed the trip of a lifetime, topped off by the thrill of winning three first-place awards at the prestigious Victoria Day Parade in Victoria, British Columbia.
Nearly 200 band members started their journey May 14 with an enjoyable four-day cruise from Los Angeles to Vancouver, B.C. While students enjoyed the cruise, they also took time to perform as the ship sailed north.
When the band hit dry land on May 17, students piled onto buses for the drive from Vancouver to Victoria. The jazz band performed on Saturday, followed the next day by the entire band and color guard performing in front of the stately parliament building.
The big day was Monday, May 19 when Foothill was one of 47 bands to march in the 110th annual Victoria Day Parade. The annual event is compared to Pasadena's famous Tournament of Roses Parade because of its elaborate floats and multitude of marching bands. The parade is part of the big holiday celebration in honor of Queen Victoria's birthday.
The competition was fierce, but the proud Falcons walked away with first-place trophies for best band, best drum major and best color guard. The Victoria Day Parade is such a prestigious event that bands are allowed to perform by invitation only.
The exhausted band students and their chaperones flew home that evening, landing in the Bay Area shortly after midnight.
Congratulations to Foothill's exceptional band! The memorable cruise and trip to Canada were a fantastic way to top off a fun and successful school year.
Top -- Band members line the foyer of the cruise ship for a group shot.
Lower -- The color guard poses in front of the parliament building.
Photos courtesy of parent Georgette Whitbred
Posted May 24, 2008