Ninety members of the Barrington High School band rang in the new year as featured performers in the 2018 London New Year’s Day Parade.
The Broncos first appeared in the 2014 parade and were invited back for a rare encore performance. This time around they were one of just 16 bands from across the U.S. marching in the parade.
The London New Year’s Day Parade is a long-running tradition that demands high standards of excellence from all participants. City Councillor and former Lord Mayor of Westminster Robert Davis traveled to Barrington over a year ago, to meet with Band Director Randy Karon, District 220 Director of Fine, Visual & Performing Arts Brigid Tileston and BHS Principal Steve McWilliams, to personally invite the band to return for the 2018 parade.
In addition to the parade, the BHS Concert and Symphonic Band members performed at a gala in St. John’s Hall on January 2.
“It is an honor to be invited back,” said BHS Band Director Randy Karon. “We have played in many great venues, such as the Thanksgiving Parade of Bands at Walt Disney World and at New York’s Carnegie Hall. The parade and the gala provide unique opportunities for these musicians to perform at another level and to a global audience.”