Hamilton High School band and choir are getting ready for a performance of a lifetime. They will participate in the 2019 London New Year’s Day Parade (LNYDP) and Festival.
Charger Marching Band will be part of the Jan. 1 parade, which London has hosted for the past 30 years, that will be seen by 500,000 spectators on the streets of London and an estimated television audience of 600 million people. The parade follows one of the city’s most famous thoroughfares that travels through Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Waterloo Place, Pall Mall, Cockspur Street, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and Parliament Street.
Along with the parade is the LNYDP concert series and grand finale. Hamilton Concert Choir will perform a solo concert at the 800-year-old renown Southwark Cathedral and it will participate Jan. 2 in the culminating London International Choral Festival Gala Concert at Westminster Central Hall. The choir will work with distinguished musicians and conductors throughout their rehearsals and performance.
Local citizens will be able to experience the musicians’ performance by live-streaming them at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcPP2YOJfKY, including:
- Cadogan Hall band concert – Dec. 30 at 1:30 p.m.;
- Parade – Jan. 1 from 6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.; and
- Choral festival – Jan. 2 from 1:45 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Students have been preparing for this historic performance for more than a year – rehearsing and raising funds for the exceptional travel and music development opportunity.
“We are extremely grateful to have the chance to perform internationally,” said Hamilton Choir Director Marilyn Mascitti. “For many, this will be a once-in-a-lifetime trip overseas.”
“People learn so much through travel and experience, and our students will come back with lessons they would never have learned through books alone,” she said.
Hamilton Band Director Jon Waite believes the performance-travel experiences will have a profound impact on students.
“Many of our students haven’t left the state, let alone the country, and when you throw in performing in historic venues, for so many people it just make the experience so educationally rich,” he said. “We are extremely proud and excited to have this opportunity.”
The 140-member Hamilton Charger Marching Band is one part of a comprehensive instrumental music program that includes two concert bands, two jazz bands, pep band, numerous chamber ensembles and other opportunities. The marching band finished one of its most successful seasons this fall by placing third in class AAAA at the Wisconsin Marching Band Championships.
Hamilton’s choir program is more than 125 singers strong, offering unique opportunities for performance and other music experiences. The choral program consists of Concert, Cantabile, Hamiltones A Cappella and Synergy Show choirs. The various choirs have performed and competed throughout Wisconsin and have traveled to New York and Orlando with the band.
The Hamilton Band Boosters and Hamilton Choir Boosters clubs are dedicated parents who support the band and choir through organizational and fundraising activities.