City of Lincoln
2007 Media Releases
When the Lincoln High School marching band is parading through the streets of London, England New Year’s Day, family and friends back home will be able to watch it live on 21 Educational Access (Time Warner Cable channel 21 in Lincoln). The 22th annual parade will be sent via satellite beginning at 6 a.m., Tuesday, January 1, 2008. The parade will be re-aired at 7:30 p.m. on January 3 on channel 21.
Bill Luxford, operations manager for 21 Educational Access and 5 CITY-TV, said the channel carried the Southwest High performance at the same parade two years ago. He said Nebraska Educational Telecommunications (NET) is again helping with the satellite feed.
“It’s pretty rare to carrying an international event live on a local cable access channel,” said Luxford. “Our first experience two years ago went very well, and I want to thank Lincoln High, NET and the parade organizers for giving us this exciting opportunity.”
Lincoln High Band Director Terry Rush said 170 students will march in the parade, and 68 others will accompany the band on the week-long trip.
“For many of the students, this is a once in a lifetime experience,” said Rush. “This is the third time in ten years that a Lincoln High Band has performed in this parade, and the trip has proven to be a wonderful cultural experience. I’m proud of the students for working so hard, both on their performance and on their fund-raising efforts.”
The parade features more than 8,000 performers from many nations, and about 450,000 spectators turn out in London to watch it. The parade route includes such landmarks as the Parliament building, Westminster Abbey, 10 Downing Street and the National Gallery.