Middletown HS marching band will be world famous

By Amy Cherry 3:24pm, February 25, 2013 - Updated 5:20pm, February 25, 2013
WDEL's Amy Cherry has the story.
Students from Middletown High School's Marching Band will be ringing in the new year in London.

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"If you would like to come to perform in the New Years Day Parade in London, do you want to do that Middletown?"

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Applause rang out as the Cavaliers got a personal invite from the Lord Mayor of Westminster England Councillor Angela Harvey, marking the first time the Middletown marching band will travel overseas.

Freshman Vicki Grillo is ecstatic.

"I cried when I found out, just cried, for an hour," says Grillo.

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Grillo can't wait to see Big Ben and Stonehenge during her week in London.

"I have been infatuated, I think would be the right word to use, with British people forever because I like the Harry Potter series, and I watch the movies, and I was like 'British people! I love them!'

"Maybe you'll find a British husband over there?" I suggested.

"Oh my God, I would like die," she says.

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15-year-old Hayley Collins is excited too.

"It's a pretty big deal. It's my first time really traveling. I've never been on a plane before, so it's a really big honor to have us go," says Collins

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Many students have already begun asking about the passport process.

"It's very exciting. I mean, I've never been to London before but I have lots of family there, so to get this chance to play in the parade is very exciting," says junior Imeh Uwah.

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Tyler Feret, a sophomore, says he was in total shock and is pumped to do what he loves in another country.

"I like being in the marching band because I like to make music, and hanging out with my friends, and just being able to be myself around people that like the same things I do," says Feret.

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Band Director Brian Endlein wants his students to know anything is possible.

"Anything is possible and that hard work, and commitment, and discipline still pay off these days, and certainly, it's a really unique opportunity for them to be world travelers now and international performers," says Endlein.

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The three-hour televised parade includes performs from 20 nations and is twice the size of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.


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