JACKSON – Congratulations to Jackson Liberty! The students of the Jackson Liberty Marching Band have made all of Jackson Township proud after participating in one of the largest Christmas Parades in the whole country! On Dec. 1, the marching band received national coverage as they traveled to West Chester, Pennsylvania to compete amongst 17 bands in a huge Christmas celebration.
The parade is “one of the top ten places to experience the arrival of Santa Claus during the holiday season,” according to USA Today. As both a parade and a competition for the students, the Christmas event was both fun and rewarding as the Jackson Liberty Marching Band came out on top with the highest score out of all the bands from New Jersey, with a score of 93.8. The band even took first place in the General Effect category out of all the bands from the areas of Washington D.C., New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
“This parade is a great way to get into the holiday spirit. Everyone in the band as well as the spectators is so festive. It’s certainly my favorite parade I have performed in,” said Senior percussionist and drum captain, Brandon Moy.
The parade is sponsored and aired by 6ABC and QVC. 6ABC will air the footage of the parade locally on Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. and QVC will air it nationally on Dec. 24 ad 25 five times.
“The West Chester Christmas Parade was the most fun, festive, and exciting parade this year. The lights on our instruments, and the Santa hats, made the parade special. It was a great closing to the amazing year the Liberty Lion Band had,” said freshman trumpet player, Katherine Sadowsky.