Local/State

Downingtown band lands in Los Angeles

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A local high school band has finally arrived in California in time for their appearance in the Rose Parade.

The Downingtown High School band arrived in Los Angeles overnight.

It's a dream trip of a lifetime that was almost derailed by Mother Nature and her snowy wrath on the East Coast.

The band is one of only twelve marching bands in the country selected to perform in Saturday's Tournament of the Roses Parade.

The 350 band members were bused to Newark, New Jersey yesterday where they were scheduled to catch their flights, but the blizzard conditions caused cancellations - and almost shattered the hopes of the students. That was until public pressure convinced Continental Airlines to create a new flight for the band out of New Jersey.

The students had been looking forward to the trip since October 2009. They raised more than $500,000 to pay for their trip to Los Angeles.

It's their chance to hit a high note, and show the nation what they can do.

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