January 3, 2014

Cape Hatteras School’s marching band
performed in Atlanta’s Chick-fil-A Bowl

Cape Hatteras Secondary School’s much celebrated marching band is just back from Atlanta where they performed at the Chick-fil-A Bowl Game at the Georgia Dome.

And they were joined for the bus trip to Atlanta by a second Outer Banks marching band.

About 50 high- and middle school band members and 12 chaperones joined members of the Manteo marching band for the bus trip.

The group arrived on Saturday, Dec. 28, in time for the football game between Duke and Texas A&M. 

Over the next several days, they had time for some sightseeing at such places as the Georgia Aquarium and The World of Coca-Cola and a dinner at the Hard Rock Café.

And they also participated in some competitions that are judged by college professors, said band director Sean Mccroskey.

The Cape Hatteras band took home three first-place trophies for performances by the concert band, the jazz band, and for Andrea Hook’s solo performance on the trumpet.

On New Year’s Eve, the band marched in the Chick-fil-A Bowl Parade in downtown Atlanta on Tuesday afternoon and joined other high school bands for pre-game and half-time shows that night.

Kelly Wilson who has two children in the band – senior Andrea and sixth-grader Simon – said it was a terrific trip, and she generously provided her photos from the trip to the Island Free Press.

Mccroskey also thought it was a great trip and wants to be sure and thank the school and community members who supported the students’ fundraisers.

What was his highlight of the trip?

“My biggest highlight was the look on the students’ faces when they came off the field after the pre-game show,” he said.

The marching band, along with many others, performed during the national anthem.


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