Off to Texas they march

Off to Texas they march

Two Houston County schools will be participating in one of the largest parades in the United States.
Band members from Dothan and Rehobeth High Schools are headed out west.

They'll perform later this week at the San Antonio Fiesta Flambeau Parade. It’s the largest illuminated parade in the united states.

Marc Mclendon, Rehobeth High School Band Director said this opportunity is more than a regular school field trip.

"It’s a little bit of a vacation -- a little bit of work. We're doing the parade a little bit of history and education seeing the Alamo and the downtown area of San Antonio," said Mclendon.

The parade is a three mile march and will have an audience of over 700,000 people. Not only will the two bands be collaborating through music, but the band directors are related.

"My son is the band director at Rehobeth, so I think we can make it work,” said Dothan High School Band Director, Steven Mclendon. “We do things a lot alike."

"I've been teaching 12 years and so it'll be the first time we've combined for something in my career so it'll be pretty neat I think,” said Marc.

This trip for students is not only the opportunity to enhance their musical talents but also a mini vacation. The students will get to see the Alamo, spend some time at six flags and enjoy Seaworld. So they don't see each other as competition, but as a united front representing Alabama.

Ivan Thompson, a senior band member said he is excited to reconnect with the Rehobeth High School band.

"I like it because it’s like a sister band and the fact that we'll be marching together. They wear blue and white and we wear red and black. I think it'll be an interesting look - a little color combination for us.”

Three other Alabama high school bands will be participating in the parade and they’re all meeting up for a pizza disco party.

There will be 110 students going on the trip and 50 parents will chaperone.
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