Curwensville band to perform in the NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade
CURWENSVILLE, Pa. —
Clearfield County will be represented this weekend at one of the world’s oldest and largest parades.
The Curwensville Area Golden Tide Marching Band will be participating in New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade Saturday.
Band Director Robert Pennington said Curwensville has marched at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. He started looking for another unique opportunity for the students and sent an audition tape to New York.
“One thing that we do different a lot than other bands is we do street drill whenever we perform, usually that is something done on the football field,” said Pennington. “We do it on the street to help our showmanship.”
According to the parade’s website, it was first held in 1762 and draws about two million spectators each year.
“Coming from such a small town like Curwensville, I think it’s a really great opportunity to go somewhere big and just really show off,” said Majorette Captain Raylee Sunderlin.
More than 70 students from Curwensville will get to perform in the parade and also tour the city. They'll be performing a traditional Irish folk song.
Band members said this is the shortest amount of time they’ve had to put a routine together, but know their hard work will pay off.
“We’ve spent the past few months just really working hard coming up with a routine we’ve put a lot of hours into making this look good,” said Drum Major Jonah Bell.
Pennington said two buses filled with parents, community members and fans will also make the trip.