Saturday, August 19, the band, color guard, cheer and poms all participated in the annual Western Welcome Week in Downtown Littleton. This is the 89th year of the Grand Parade and LHS was joined by our sister schools, Arapahoe and Heritage, as the “host bands”. Therefore, they did not compete, but the schools do get invited to march in the parade every year. It is a big community event that is always special for LHS to be involved in, and it usually takes place right around the first day back to school.
“We always do a march and then one fun song which, this year, was “Confident” by Demi Lovato. Per usual, it was very hot and everyone was real sweaty, but it’s good experience for us since it is our first parade of the season and the first parade ever our new members,” said senior Natalie Schoenhals.
Senior Anna Matl is head drum major and Schoenhals is assistant drum major for the band this year. Schoenhals led the group and did mace work for this parade, but Matl will lead next week as the band competes at the Colorado State Fair down in Pueblo.
Half of the band is made up of new members and next week is the first large competition for them. However, they have practiced an enormous amount over the summer and feel prepared.
“It’s really fun to finally see our summer’s worth of effort finally paying off and making people happy. The pressure is on for next week, as it is a big competition parade, but I’m confident in our group,” said Schoenhals.