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Riverview Kiltie Band marches in historic parade

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Senior Ashley Gilbert plays the tuba.
Senior Ashley Gilbert plays the tuba.
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The Riverview High School Kiltie Band performed in the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade Monday.
The Kiltie Band, which includes a color guard, bagpipers, a drumline, Highland dancers and a wind ensemble, marched 1.5 miles along Fifth Avenue to St. Patrick’s Cathedral on 79th Street.

The New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade has taken place since 1762 and is the oldest and largest parade in the U.S. celebrating the holiday.

Kiltie Band Director Mark Spreen said the parents, students and members of staff involved were excited and well prepared.

“These kids have spent hundreds of hours preparing, practicing over and over again to ensure a perfect performance,” Spreen said.

J.D. Karman, 18, drum major
As drum major, J.D. Karman has co-conducted and led the Kiltie Band since November. He says that, as a senior, it feels like it is his time to lead the band. Before he was drum major, Karman played the alto saxophone. Karman said that although he and his band mates were ready for the parade, they were slightly anxious. “It’s only Fifth Avenue,” he said.

Chris Collins, 18, drums
Senior Chris Collins has been on the drumline since he was in middle school and was excited for the parade and to visit New York for the first time. “Playing all together is always fun,” says the second bass line drummer.

Adam Frazier, 17, trumpet
Adam Frazier said he likes being the trumpet section leader because everyone can hear his section. “It’s so fun,” says the Riverview junior. Frazier has been section leader since freshman year; he started playing the trumpet in sixth grade. However, Frazier says his job as leader is not always easy. “I’m in charge of a bunch of teenage boys,” he says.

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