'The Marching Orioles' of Hartford Union High School
Who We Are:
We are the marching component of our instrumental music program and perform regularly at local parades, sporting events, community engagements, and travel across the nation for various clinics and performances.
Hartford Union High School provides a comprehensive high school education to students in grades 9-12, and serves approximately 32,600 residents of the city of Hartford and surrounding communities. The music department at HUHS carries a proud tradition of excellence through chamber music, jazz, orchestral study, vocal music, and wind band.
Our band works hard but knows the high value of socialising and collaboration. Many social events are organised by our student leaders throughout the school year to celebrate our success. Together we create an instrumental family.
The Marching 97 hails from beautiful Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in the Lehigh Valley. Since 1906 the Marching 97 has been an essential part of Lehigh University with its signature leg-liftery, sing-singery, and a unique brand of spirit called psyche! The band is led by a student board and prides itself on being one of the largest student run marching bands in the world.
Every autumn in the week leading up to the big game the Marching 97 spends a day storming into classrooms and playing fight songs to get the university excited! This event is called, "Eco-flame" and started when an economics professor complained that there wasn't enough school spirit.
Affectionately known as "The Pride of McNeese", the band includes students from the states of Louisiana and Texas, representing over 30 different academic areas of study. Our students study music, engineering, nursing, business, medicine and many other areas.
McNeese State University is located in Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA. This is the heart of "Cajun Country", with plenty of culture, seafood, crawfish, rice and alligators (live and fried!).
What Are We Most Proud Of:
In the 2017 edition of US News and World Report's "Best Colleges", McNeese is ranked in Tier One in the Best Regional Universities-South category and it is also ranked in the top 50 public school in the southern region for a 6th straight year. All of our students receive scholarships for their participation in the marching band.
The band is the university's largest and most visible student organisation, performing for over 100,000 people each fall. The people and businesses of southwestern Louisiana generously support the band and made our trip to London possible!
Throughout their history, the Cavaliers have maintained an active schedule of concert and competitive performances. A Tournament of Band Atlantic Coast Championship finalist for the past 10 years, the Cavaliers are one of many successful marching arts programs at the school.
What we are most proud of:
The Cavalier Marching Band is most proud of being invited back for our second time to perform in London. This is a truly unique opportunity for our ensemble and our community! The Marching Band is also proud to call Middletown, Delaware their home. One of the fastest growing communities in the state, it has been recognised in both 2016 & 2017 as a "Best Community for Music Education" by the National Association of Music Merchants.
The band participated in the "Middletown USA" band in New York City. This ensemble was comprised of band from around the country who resided in the "Middletown" of their respective state.
Oak Grove High School Marching Band and Colorguard
Who We Are:
The Oak Grove High School Marching Band and Colourguard is from San Jose, CA USA, in the heart of Silicon Valley. This is a diverse group of musicians and performers of all levels with a focus on creating an atmosphere where all participants are welcome, challenged and are equally able to progress to levels unimaginable to them as they started the program.The Oak Grove music program is an all inclusive program for musicians, dancers, performers, etc. have the opportunity to perform publicly over 60 times each year. Any Oak Grove student, no matter their experience, can join and take part in this program.
What are we proud of:
We are most proud of all of our amazing students - past, current and future .... and the fact that every one of our students achieve at the highest levels - on the field, in the concert halls. on the stage and in parades.
This will be the sixth time for Oak Grove Marching Band and Colourguard to have traveled to Europe to perform; the 5th appearance in the London New Year's Day Parade and was the first American marching Band to participate in The Night of Kings Parade in Madrid, Spain.
The Troy High School Marching Trojans enjoy a rich history of performance excellence. The band appears at many Troy varsity football games as well as community events. In addition, the band has performed in the London New Year's Day Parade in 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014 and the Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2012.
Troy, Ohio is a small community in Southwestern Ohio with a population of 25,000. Troy has a small town feel with many of the amenities of a larger city. The city is home of the annual Strawberry Festival which brings in over 120,000 people over two days in June.
What Are We Most Proud Of:
The band has appeared in 36 consecutive OMEA State Marching Band Finals, only one of four high schools in the state of Ohio to hold that honor. In addition, the top concert ensemble has also achieved a Superior rating.
The Troy Trojan Marching Band made homemade donuts to raise money for London. They made 1300 dozen homemade strawberry donuts in 12 hours making over $10,000 in profit! In the summer, the band program makes 15,000 dozen strawberry donuts. The profit from this fundraiser helps to fund the band, choir and orchestra for an entire year!