Daytona Beach, FL – Members of two Daytona Beach-area school marching bands are going to get some pretty big spotlights during the New Year.
Seabreeze High School will perform in England as part of London’s New Year’s Day parade.
SHS Band Director Jarrod Koskoski says part of their set list will include “God Save The Queen”, the national anthem of Great Britain, since the band is slated to be the last one to perform during the parade.
“It’s a big ordeal and a big undertaking,” Koskoski added. “It has been over a year of planning. It’s been a big endeavor.”
The band’s performance on a global stage is set to be seen by more than 500,000 spectators on the streets of London and a televised audience in the hundreds of millions.
Seabreeze will take over 200 people to London, with a little over half of that number being those in the marching band, when it departs on December 27th. The band returns on January 3rd.
The school’s Symphonic Orchestra will also be in tow to perform at London’s Gala Concert Series on December 30th at St. John’s Smith Square.
While that’s going on, ten members of Bethune-Cookman University’s marching band will also perform on New Year’s Day at the Rose Bowl Parade in Los Angeles.
Bethune-Cookman University Marching Wildcats Drumline to Participate in 2019 Rose Parade Aboard Honda “Celebration of Dreams” Float on New Years Day. There will be ove 45 million viewers. #BCUGoodNews pic.twitter.com/l495jan7zk
— Bethune-Cookman (@bethunecookman) December 11, 2018
School officials say the drumline of the BCU Marching Wildcats will serve as “candles” on a birthday cake float sponsored by Honda for the carmaker’s 60th anniversary celebration.
Those students will leave December 29th and return January 2nd.