PARKLAND, FL- The Eagle Regiment is headed to London, England, to perform in the world-renowned London New Year's Day Parade in 2021. Parade representatives made their way across the pond to formally invite Stoneman Douglas's marching band in person at the school auditorium on Monday morning.
Founder and Executive Director of the parade, Bob Bone, enthusiastically shared his excitement along with Senior Patron Steve Summers. They spoke about the history, size, and scope of the event.
"The London New Year's Day Parade is the greatest event in the greatest city in the world. We have participation from twenty countries. 670,000 people come out to the streets of central London to watch the event on New Year's Day. We are broadcast worldwide on 550 television stations reaching an audience of 455 million people," shared Bone.
Band Director Stephen Rivero and Associate Director Robert Rivero were on hand with the Eagle Regiment at the presentation as the group performed a few minutes of "The Carol of the Bells" for the Londoners. The short performance impressed the Founder.
"Awesome. What a terrific performance. You're going to "knock their socks off," as we say in London," quipped Bone.
The trip to London for the Eagle Regiment will be at the end of calendar year 2020 to perform on New Year's Day 2021. Not only will the MSD students march in the parade, but they will also be able to attend and participate in musical performances at a number of London's renowned theaters and concert halls. They will also visit some of London's most historical and legendary sites.
A contingent of local representatives were on hand to receive the party from London, including City Commissioners Stacy Kagan, Bob Mayersohn, Rich Walker, School Board member Lori Alhadeff, Superintendent Robert Runcie, and Stoneman Douglas Principal Michelle Kefford. The group is collectively excited for both the school and the Eagle Regiment.
'I'm so proud of this group of students. They are absolutely incredible and outstanding, and it is my privilege to be able to work with them every day," shared Principal Kefford.
"I am beyond excited for our Eagle Regiment family! Mr. Rivero exudes tremendous enthusiasm for the continued growth of our program, our school, our city, and most importantly our children. As a parent of a current sophomore and upcoming freshman next year, my family is very excited to participate in this journey with our two dedicated color guard girls!" shard City Councilman Rich Walker.
Students, Stoneman Douglas staff, and local leaders were presented with an official plaque and invitation to participate in the parade. The road of preparation and anticipation for the London New Year's Day Parade now begins for our Eagle Regiment.