On Dec. 1, 112 members of the Crescenta Valley High School marching band, drum line, and color guard took part in the Hollywood Christmas Parade. This was the first time CVHS participated in the annual event.
The Hollywood Christmas Parade is a highly anticipated event that celebrated 82 years this year. The popularity of the parade is not in question as the CV band had to wait in line for three hours before walking down the 3.5- mile route. During that time the band did some warm-ups and talked to those around them also waiting to make their way down Hollywood Boulevard.
One band member, Charlie Kupershmidt, described his experience.
“It was 10 minutes of glamorous cheering and very comfy red carpet. After that . . . it was just a normal parade.”
During their walk down the boulevard, the band played a specially arranged band version of the “Thomas the Tank Engine” theme and a Christmas march called “An American Christmas.” The musicians memorized and practiced up to three weeks before the parade.
Mat Schick, director of the school’s music department, shared one his favorite parts about being in the parade.
“[I enjoyed] the history of marching in a parade that’s been around for a long time,” he said.