JACKSON – Well-wishers filled Jackson Liberty’s auditorium Friday night to show support for the Lion Band’s Memorial Day weekend visit to the nation’s capital.
The band will be representing the New Jersey in the 2017 National Memorial Day Parade down Constitution Avenue.
This is the second time in the school’s and band’s 10-year history that the Lion Band will play on the national stage. It was part of the National Independence Day Parade, also in Washington, D.C., back in 2012.
During the hour-long send-off on May 26, the Lion Band played patriotic standards in between praise from school district officials and proclamations from local, county, state and federal officials.
JLHS band director Scott Katona told The Jackson Times that much hard work and hours go into preparing for not only the band’s competitions – many of which it has won – but parades such as the Memorial Day Parade, now in its 13th year.
Students, staff and chaperones will head down to Washington, D.C. Saturday to play tourist before performing in Monday’s parade, which starts at 2 p.m.
Read more coverage of the Jackson Liberty High School Lion Band’s performance in the National Memorial Day Parade, and its send-off ceremony, in the June 3 edition of The Jackson Times.