Honor band marching in 130th Rose Parade

With students from Kennett and Unionville High schools taking part in next year’s Rose Parade, the directors of the Cavalcade of Bands Honor Band are asking people to take part in a series of fundraising events.

The directors and staff are beyond excited to be able to offer local students the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in the 130th Rose Parade in Pasadena. The Honor Band is one of just 20 marching bands, and the only group from this part of the country, selected to participate alongside elaborate floats and graceful equestrian units in the historic 130th Rose Parade on Jan. 1, 2019.

The Honor Band consists of a diverse group of talented musicians representing the best of Mid-Atlantic high school bands, with approximately 90 students from both the Unionville High School and Kennett High School Marching Bands expected to participate. These students exemplify the positive impact music education has on young adults. They have made an incredible commitment of both time and resources that will be rewarded in January on a national stage.

The cost to outfit, transport, house, and feed such a large group is staggering. The parents of participating students in the Kennett Consolidated and Unionville-Chadds Ford School Districts have formed the Kennett-Unionville Band Boosters (KUBB) to fundraise within our community to help offset the cost of the trip for each individual family. There are several ways you can support these young adults in May:

  • Shop and dine at The Market at Liberty Place in Kennett Square on May 1. KUBB will receive 15 percent of the sales on that day and the first Tuesday of each month for the rest of 2018. There is no need to mention the Honor Band or any supporting organization, just come out May 1 to enjoy the variety of dining options at The Market at Liberty Place.
  • Enjoy the Festival Cinco de Mayo taking place in the heart of Kennett Square on May 6. As you stroll around this family-oriented street festival enjoying great music and food, stop by the KUBB table. Band members will be selling rose lollipops and car magnets, as well as accepting donations.
  • Participate in the KUBB Business Blitz. Band students will be visiting local Kennett Square, Chadds Ford, and Unionville businesses to drop off donation canisters in early May. When you shop at these stores, please consider making a donation. Every little bit helps our student musicians.
  • Dine at Chick-fil-A in Concord Township on May 15. KUBB will receive 15 percent of the sales on that day from all guests mentioning Kennett-Unionville Band Boosters when they place their order. Guests can check to make sure KUBB receives credit for their order by looking for the words “Spirit Night” on the receipt.

About Cavalcade of Bands:

The Cavalcade of Bands is one of many competitive band organizations in the United States and is one of several major circuits in the mid-Atlantic states. Cavalcade was founded in 1958 by the members of the Mid-Atlantic Judges Association and its member high schools. The organization currently has more than 145 member schools. It provides a large array of competitive performance opportunities including marching band, indoor guard, percussion, dance teams, and jazz ensemble. Cavalcade sanctions approximately 42 field band events as well as about 43 indoor events annually.

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