Coronado marching band to march in St. Patrick's Day Parade - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Coronado marching band to march in St. Patrick's Day Parade

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Every year, thousands of people convene on the Emerald Isle for the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin, to celebrate the one day a year that everyone wants to be Irish.

This spring, red and gold will be mixed in with the green, as the Coronado High School marching band joins the celebration as one of only five other high school bands from the U.S.

"These are the greatest group of kids that I have ever had the privilege to work with," Roni Sturdevant said.

Sturdevant is a member of the band's booster club. She says this is an opportunity unlike any other.

"It's a once in a lifetime opportunity," Sturdevant said. "Some of these kids have never been outside of the state of Texas. It's very much a privilege for these kids to do."

Christine Saso plays the clarinet and piano in the band, and she said she's thrilled to grab her instrument and passport - and fly across the Atlantic to the capital of Ireland.

"I'm really excited - my entire family is going," Saso said.

"I'm excited about seeing things that are different outside of Lubbock. Seeing old structures and all that kind of stuff," she said.

The excitement isn't lost on her band mates, who will also be traveling.

"Who can say that they marched in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin?" Devin Jones asked.

"It's going to be really exciting to see another culture outside of the United States," Brittney Dean said.

But traveling outside of the United States, much less 4,607 miles away, takes some cash. $2865 per person, to be exact.

And with 100 students and nearly 80 adults going, that means the band is in full gear, trying to raise as much money as possible to make the trip possible. From T-shirt sales to candy sales to raffle tickets and more, they're hoping to pay for every single person participating.

Because, Patrick Harwell explained, when it comes down to it, no matter the expense, the trip is priceless.

"The experience we're going to have in Ireland is going to be something we cherish for a lifetime," he said. "That the 200 plus people going are never going to have an experience like this one."

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