Brother Rice McAuley Band USA 4th of July Practice 2014

Band to Represent Illinois in Nation’s 4th of July Parade

The Brother Rice/Mother McAuley Band has been selected as the only marching band to represent the State of Illinois in America’s National Independence Day Parade on July 4, 2014.  Almost 100 members of our band will leave on Tuesday, July 1, to travel to Washington, D.C., to perform in the parade.   In preparation for the once-in-a-lifetime honor, the students have been diligently practicing over the summer.  The band has also been invited to be part of the audience of the PBS Concert at the Capitol Building featuring the National Symphony Orchestra and one of the country’s largest fireworks displays.

America’s National Independence Day Parade takes place annually on July 4th in Washington, D.C., on Constitution Avenue before a street audience of hundreds of thousands of spectators. The parade consists of invited bands, fife and drum corps, floats, military and specialty units, giant balloons, equestrians, drill teams, VIPs, national dignitaries, and celebrity participants.

The Brother Rice/Mother McAuley Band is comprised of students from both high schools and has quadrupled in size over the last four years under the direction of Daniel Briggs at Brother Rice High School and Anthony Rallis at Mother McAuley High School.  In the fall, the thriving music program will welcome approximately 180 students into an unprecedented four music classes including Beginning Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band and the newly formed Philharmonic Band.

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