Stone County High School is one of only 12 marching bands nationwide who will participate in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. To celebrate, the band boosters hosted a send off party Saturday night in Wiggins.
Sparkling in their blue uniforms, the band performed in the bitter cold to friends and family, eager to see them off to New York City. Traveling across country is something a young person doesn't get to do ordinarily. The band makes it possible.
"These kids have worked very hard. They've had a lot of demands placed on them. Last year we went to the Midwest band clinic in Chicago and this year it's Macy's," band director Mohamad Schuman said.
"This helps them learn everything about life, and not just how to play music, but how to bond together, and helps them learn teamwork and they get to travel together to New York city," assistant band director Susan Schuman said.
It was not only a sendoff for the band, but a day to honor the Schumans for their dedication and direction to this organization, and also the parents who make it all possible.
The band, which consists of 25% of the entire student body at Stone County High, will leave for New York one week from Sunday.