Was I surprised to read, on the front page of the Hartford Courant yesterday - the Trumbull High School Golden Eagles Marching Band will be playing in the 56th Inaugural parade.
WoW! Congratulations to the band members, to their director and parents and friends that make this truly a remarkable program at my old high school.
I had my joy of being in the band in at Hillcrest Jr High - both concert and marching - I played the glockenspiel. For those of you not informed - The glockenspiel (German, "set of bells" or "play-[of-]bells", also known as orchestra bells and, in its portable form, bell lira or bell lyre) is a musical instrument in the percussion family. It is similar to the xylophone, in that it has tuned bars laid out in a fashion resembling a piano keyboard. The xylophone's bars are wooden, while the glockenspiel's are metal, thus making it a metallophone.
The Courant link above will take you to the article and a YouTube video for a slice of one of their competitions. If you haven't ever been involved in "band" , then I must say you missed something. Being in Band has an amazing togetherness considering the amount of time you spend in practise, not only your instrument, but the marching. It is an amazing group of young adults. We should be all proud of them. By the way - if you have a some loose change - why not make a donation to them!