When the Lincoln Southwest 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 24th annual parade will be sent via satellite beginning at 6 a.m., Friday, January 1, 2009. The parade will be re-aired on channel 21 numerous times during the month of January.
Bill Luxford, operations manager for 21 Educational Access and 5 CITY-TV, said the channel carried the Lincoln Southwest High performance at the same parade four years ago, the Lincoln High performance two years ago, and the Lincoln East performance last year. He said Nebraska Educational Telecommunications (NET) is again helping with the satellite feed.
Southwest High Band Director Terry Rush said 155 students will march in the parade, and 47 others will accompany the band on the week-long trip.
Marching in the New Year's Day Parade is a great honor for our students," Rush said. "We are honored to be representatives of Lincoln Southwest High School as well as Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln, Nebraska and the United States. The London New Year's Day Parade has become the largest parade in the world with over 40 countries from around the world participating.
Students in the school's Wind Ensemble, Chamber Choir and Chamber Orchestra also will perform at one of London's largest cathedrals. In addition to the performances, students will have the opportunity to tour many of the historical aspects of London including museums, the Tower of London and Windsor Castle along with the City of Bath and Stonehenge.
The parade features more than 8,500 performers, and about 550,000 spectators turn out in London to watch. The parade route includes such landmarks as the Parliament building, Westminster Abbey, 10 Downing Street and the National Gallery.
For a channel 21 program guide, visit the City Web site at lincoln.ne.gov and click on the 5 CITY-TV icon.