By Angie Roberts Harris
Watching grand parades on television such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Rose Parade, Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, and Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade is a tradition in our home. While the incredible bands march and perform, my thoughts run wild as I wonder how these large band groups of 400 + travel across the country to the various parade sites.
A bus holds approximately forty-one people. A group of 400 band members, along with chaperones and band directors, would require about eleven buses with an average travel time of two days. How many drivers would such a trip require and does the school provide them? I can imagine the craziness of the entire travel group getting on and off the buses for pit stops at McDonalds, bathroom breaks, food, and the usual high jinks. Not to mention the thought of arranging hotel accommodations and unloading suit cases.
Without a doubt, flying is the best option! However, I have personally booked flights for my family of sixteen and it is not an easy task. The arrangements take hours and when finally finished, I hope there are not any changes…oh my. The thought of booking 400 students is inconceivable.
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“Man must rise above the Earth—to the top of the atmosphere and beyond—for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives.” – Socrates