ORLEANS -- The Lake Region Union High School Marching Ban, under the direction of the school's music director, Dr. Sara Doncaster, will be representing Vermont on Sept. 21 in Springfield, Mass. at The Eastern States Exposition in the Vermont Day parade.
Vermont Day at the Big E (weather permitting) is usually the largest day during the 17-day fair, with somewhere between 100,000 and 150,000 people on the grounds. The band has been rehearsing since mid-July and is a true representation of our school community: elementary, junior high and high school band students will be marching along with faculty and alumni. The band is performing three musical selections: the premiere of Dr. Doncaster's arrangement of "Life Goes On" a rock song by the Northeast Kingdom based band, "Electric Sorcery"; Karl King's traditional march, "The Peacemaker"; and the New Orleans style march, "Take It To the Streets."
The Eastern States Fair is providing transportation to the fairgrounds and free admission to the fair. The bus leaves LRUHS at 7 a.m., arrive at the fairgrounds around 11 a.m. Band members will assemble for the parade at 4:30 and start at 5 p.m. The parade route is approximately one-mile long and takes an hour to complete. The parade starts off next to and behind the New Hampshire building and proceeds down the Avenue of States.
If you are a Lake Region student or graduate, OCSU faculty/staff or middle school student and might like to march with the band, call Dr. Doncaster as soon as possible to find out which spots are still open, (802) 754-6521, ext. 219. If you can't march there are other ways to support the band. Consider a donation to the LR Music program to help cover extra costs associated with the trip, including new marching shirts and band equipment. Checks should be made payable to the Lake Region Union High School Music Department.