by Sean Cote
The St. Michael/Albertville Marching Knights recently traveled to the Washington, D.C., area to participate in several parades and sightsee.
Andrew Machamer, STMA band director, drove 28 hours one way with 55 students to Ocean City, Md.
The band competed in the Fairfax, Va, July 4 parade, winning second place for their performance, which themed music from “Avatar” and the school song. The parade had more than 400 floats, and the band’s reward was a large sum in the form of a giant check.
They also spent time at the beach and stayed in Ocean City, and performed in a parade in Havre de Grace, Md., July 6.
After visiting the D.C. Mall, the Smithsonian, and the Holocaust Museum, four students laid a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery.
Machamer said that St. Michael/Albertville is a “big school with a small band,” and they travel every other summer alternating with band camp. He would like to see more recruitment into the band for having such a large school system.
The St. Michael-Albertville Marching Knights earned this check for its second place effort in the recent Fairfax, Va., parade. The band also toured Washington, D.C.
St. Michael-Albertville Marching Knight members gather by the Iwo Jima statue in Washington, D.C. After visiting the D.C. Mall, the Smithsonian, and the Holocaust Museum, four students also laid a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery.