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

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."

Copyright 2013 KCBD. All rights reserved.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • Giuliani advises no Mueller interview without informant info

    Giuliani advises no Mueller interview without informant info

    Sunday, May 27 2018 11:05 AM EDT2018-05-27 15:05:32 GMT
    Sunday, May 27 2018 7:35 PM EDT2018-05-27 23:35:09 GMT
    President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani says the president wants details on the classified information shared with lawmakers about the FBI investigation into Russian election meddling before deciding on an interview (Source:CNN)President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani says the president wants details on the classified information shared with lawmakers about the FBI investigation into Russian election meddling before deciding on an interview (Source:CNN)

    President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani says the president wants details on the classified information shared with lawmakers about the FBI investigation into Russian election meddling before deciding on an...

    President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani says the president wants details on the classified information shared with lawmakers about the FBI investigation into Russian election meddling before deciding on an interview with the special counsel.

  • Budget battle brews as Trump threatens another shutdown

    Budget battle brews as Trump threatens another shutdown

    Sunday, May 27 2018 8:04 AM EDT2018-05-27 12:04:06 GMT
    Sunday, May 27 2018 7:34 PM EDT2018-05-27 23:34:47 GMT
    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File). FILE - In this March 30, 2017, file photo, the Capitol Dome is seen at dawn in Washington. The Senate has kicked off its annual attempt to pass government funding bills. Success is hardly assured, but President Don...(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File). FILE - In this March 30, 2017, file photo, the Capitol Dome is seen at dawn in Washington. The Senate has kicked off its annual attempt to pass government funding bills. Success is hardly assured, but President Don...

    President Donald Trump has warned Congress that he'll never sign another trillion dollar plus government-wide spending bill like the one he did in March.

    President Donald Trump has warned Congress that he'll never sign another trillion dollar plus government-wide spending bill like the one he did in March.

  • Soldiers recall carnage of Alaska WWII battle 75 years later

    Soldiers recall carnage of Alaska WWII battle 75 years later

    Sunday, May 27 2018 11:34 AM EDT2018-05-27 15:34:09 GMT
    Sunday, May 27 2018 7:34 PM EDT2018-05-27 23:34:36 GMT
    (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen). In this May 19, 2018, photo World War II veterans Allan Seroll, left, of Massachusetts, and William Roy Dover, right, of Alabama, right, attend a 75th anniversary celebration of the Battle of Attu in Anchorage, Alaska. Dover w...(AP Photo/Mark Thiessen). In this May 19, 2018, photo World War II veterans Allan Seroll, left, of Massachusetts, and William Roy Dover, right, of Alabama, right, attend a 75th anniversary celebration of the Battle of Attu in Anchorage, Alaska. Dover w...

    One of the bloodiest World War II battles in the Pacific was waged 75 years ago this month on Attu Island in Alaska's Aleutian Islands.

    One of the bloodiest World War II battles in the Pacific was waged 75 years ago this month on Attu Island in Alaska's Aleutian Islands.

Powered by Frankly